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  • Heritage Quest: Census data, family records and local histories and much more.
  • MeL Michigana: Michigan history research with the digital and audio materials. Over 50,000 items from many libraries and historical institutions in Michigan are included in this free online collection.
  • Ellis Island Online: Search immigration records.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index: Indexes current, readily available reference sources, and the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Bibliographic citations only.
  • Family Search: Discover your family history. Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
  • Library of Michigan Genealogy Resources: Links to a variety of online genealogy resources and information from the Library of Michigan
  • Michigan Counties Histories and Atlases: The Michigan County Histories and Atlases Digitization Project is comprised of 428 digitized titles (many composed of multiple volumes) published before 1923.
  • Rootsweb: The Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases.
  • US GenWeb: Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenWeb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors.
  • National Park Service Soldiers & Sailors Database: The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
  • Michigan Vital Records: Michigan Department of Community Health - Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records.
  • Shiawassee County Historical Society
  • Seeking Michigan: Seeking Michigan is home to a treasure trove of records, photographs, and maps. Visit this section for death records, state census records, and much more.
  • Shiawassee County History: Past and present history including city, village, township, famous citizens, railroad, aviation, county government, churches, and military.
  • Shiawassee County MIGenWeb: This information is primarily from volunteers and other researchers who want to share information.
  • Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society
  • Books & Authors: Reading advice. A database to help you decide what to read next. Search by character, topic, setting, time period, genre, title, author, and series. Includes over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner, and librarian's favorites lists.
  • GoodReads: Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations!
  • What’s Next (Kent District Library): Help finding books in series, courtesy of Kent Public Library.
  • New York Times Bestseller: New York Times expanded bestseller lists.
  • Internet Movie Database: Information about movies, actors, film crews, tv shows, and video games and trivia, user reviews and forums.
  • All Music: Biographies of musicians, discographies, reviews, similar artists, and best pics.
  • Small Business Resource Center: Small business owners/entrepreneurs and general user. Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.
  • Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce: A non-profit organization of over 550 member organizations that serves as a representative and advocate for small businesses in Shiawassee County.
  • BusinessDecision: Researchers and entrepreneurs are enabled to access comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better penetrate the consumer marketplace.
  • Gale Directory Library: Provides access to Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and Business Rankings Annual. Ward’s profiles over 113,000 U.S. companies, approximately 18,000 in Canada and approximately 33,000 in Mexico listing the industries in which it operates, names of top executives, number of employees, the type of company it is, and financial performance.
  • General BusinessFile ASAP: Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings.
  • MeL Databases - Kids: MeL Kids databases provide age appropriate and reliable resources that are fun too! Click here for the complete list of recommended databases for quality information.
  • CultureGrams: Upper Elementary through High School and general user. Contains reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe. Build-your-own data tables and graphs, interviews with native children and adults, printable maps and flags, sounds files for the national anthems and country names and much more.
  • Early World of Learning: Early Elementary. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Includes materials for educators.
  • eBook K-8 Collection: Fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun. Search for what you want. Picture books, homework topics, languages learning. Online help available too.
  • eLibrary: Upper Elementary through High School.  Find over 2000 articles, ebooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias. Includes reading level search, spell check, integrated dictionary and language.
  • eLibrary Elementary: Kindergarten to upper elementary. Video, audio, books, pictures, magazines, maps, newspapers, & transcripts of TV and radio shows.
  • Junior Edition: Middle and Junior High School.  Access a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
  • Kids InfoBits: K-6. A database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, The curriculum-related, age appropriate content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
  • Learning Express Library: Practice tests for Grades 4 & 5 math and Grade 4 & 6 reading (and much more for older students and adults).
  • NoveList K8 Plus: Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, Common Core standards; even books made into movies, and much more.
  • SIRS Discoverer Deluxe: K-9. A children's database of articles, books, video, audio on all topics. The interface is appropriate to children and includes reading levels, teacher's help pages, over 3,000 maps, and more.
  • World Book Kids: Young learners. Contains eight major subject categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, World Religions. Has three sets of activities divided into: Make It! Think It! and Be It! Has full-featured pictures, sounds and videos. Also includes a section for teachers.
  • Learning Express Library: Interactive online learning platform of academic and licensing/certification practice tests, elementary level testing for math and reading. Includes a section that takes users from job assessment to success on the job. A tutorial course series designed to help all learners succeed on the tests they must pass includes immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of practice test results
  • MichiganCAP: A statewide initiative supported by the Michigan College Access Network which provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career.  This easy to use Web-based, personalized tools to insure that each step in the process of planning , applying and paying for college is completed successfully. You must create your own account.
  • StudentAid.gov: U.S. Department of Education website containing information and resources on preparing, applying, and paying for traditional two-four year, vocational, and career colleges.
  • ERIC (free version): Recommended for: Educators, pre-service teachers and parents. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
  • Job & Career Accelerator: Everything you need for a successful job search. This innovative job hunting system enables users to explore, over 1,000 different occupations and match interests and skills with the career that’s best. It searches recent local and national job postings and job seekers can create professional resumes and cover letters as well as practice and master interviewing skills.
  • Learning Express Library: Interactive online learning of academic and licensing/certification practice tests, elementary level testing for math and reading. A tutorial course series designed to help all learners succeed on the tests they must pass includes immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of practice test results.
  • Pure Michigan Talent Connect: Visit the official Pure Michigan site for job hunters seeking new careers & employers looking to post jobs & hire employees in Michigan.
  • Michigan Works: A workforce development association serving employers and job seekers throughout Michigan.
  • MLive Job Searching: Michigan jobs, Michigan employment, Michigan careers, Michigan work, Michigan part-time jobs.
  • Indeed: Indeed searches millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. One search, all jobs.
  • Jobs with the State of Michigan: Job postings for State of Michigan openings.
  • Health Insurance Marketplace: Learn how the health care law affects you at Healthcare.gov. The official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace. See your health insurance choices.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center: Recommended for: Students, Patients, Health Professionals. Mostly full text. Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets and over 700 health-related videos
  • Health reference Center Academic: Recommended for: Students, Patients, Health Professionals. Mostly full text. Provides access to professional and personal health magazines, journals and reference sources.
  • MedlinePlus (free version): Recommended for: Patients and health professionals. Some full text. Covers all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. From the National Library of Medicine.

 

  • Legal Forms: Copies of actual forms and documents in Word format are provided to help users with their legal needs – whether for business, personal or litigation purposes. Continuously updated to reflect current state laws, Gale LegalForms also includes a law digest, legal questions and answers and an attorney directory.
  • Michigan Legal Help: Created to help people handle simple civil legal problems without an attorney, this interactive website includes checklists, forms and articles about specific areas of law that assist users in preparing to represent themselves in court.
  • Michigan Legal Aide: Learning more about the law can help you understand and resolve your legal problems. In this section, you will find links to helpful information. Information is listed by topics and subtopics for easy navigation.
  • Thomas: The Library of Congress THOMAS site is the source for federal legislative information. THOMAS provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, and more.
  • League of Women Voters – Michigan: A nonpartisan political organization dedicated to Making Democracy Work through voter education, issue advocacy and citizen participation.
  • USA.gov: Official information and services from the U.S. government, including forms.

MeL Databases - Teens: MeL Teens databases provide reliable resources on all subjects. They are great for homework help or general information seeking.

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