Online Resources by Subject

The Orion Library provides its users with access to subscription online resources that can be accessed with an Orion library card. Additional resources provided by the Michigan eLibrary can be accessed via MeL.org with a Michigan driver's license.

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Arts

Fine Arts & Music Collection

With more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide your students with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Pop Culture Collection

It's all around us and influences our lives every day.  This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course.  This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Automotive

Chilton Library

Represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.
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Biography

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as 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 -- no full-text.

Biography in Context

Biography in Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it is continuously updated to ensure students have access to the latest information.
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Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability. School Code = MeL5.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Business & Investing

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases is a premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
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Business Economics & Theory Collection

With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics.  Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.

Business Insights: Global

A unique source for international business intelligence offering the most comprehensive and convenient way to find full case studies, analytical tools, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries and industries.
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BusinessDecision

BusinessDecision enables you to research consumer market data, demographic data, and market segmentation data associated with geographies you customize such as addresses, ZIP Codes, cities, and much more. Users will be asked to create a free account before accessing this resource.
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Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

DemographicsNow Library Edition

Robust and highly-detailed demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an untapped audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more. Reporting capability allows you to rapidly produce a variety of compiled reports to help you make informed and accurate decisions.
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Financial Ratings Series Online

Financial Ratings Series Online combines the strength of Weiss Ratings and The Street Ratings to offer a single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Mutual Funds, and Stocks. This resource provides the accurate, independent information you need to make informed decisions about your financial planning.
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Gale Directory Library

Provides access to Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico and Business Rankings Annual. Ward’s profiles over 51,000 companies (approximately 18,000 in Canada and 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. The eDirectory version also includes alternative mailing addresses, an expanded list of executives, and historical financial information. Business Rankings Annual (BRA) provides "top ten" rankings of companies, products, services, and business-related activities compiled from a variety of published sources.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Infotrac Business Collection

Provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through nearly 4,000 leading business and trade publications, updated daily.

Insurance & Liability Collection

Protection of assets is a concern for all: from the individual property owner to the multinational corporation, all have a vested interest in ensuring the retention of their assets, be it physical or intellectual.  This collection, of journals, takes a broad view of this multimillion dollar industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With a valid library card, users can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.
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When logging in to this service for the first time, you'll be asked to provide your name and email address in order to create a profile. If you've previously had a lynda.com account, you can log in with the username and password for your previous account and that history will transfer to your new profile.

ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA compiles information, in module format, on U.S. and Canadian businesses, U.S. jobs and internships, U.S. physicians and dentists, U.S. consumers and homeowners, and U.S. and Canadian White pages.
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Small Business Collection

Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.  Users will find hundreds of full text subject-appropriate periodicals.

Small Business Resource Center

A comprehensive database offering content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a small business, including finance, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, and taxes.
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Careers & Employment

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases is a premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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LearningExpress Library

Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more. To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.
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Lynda.com

Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With a valid library card, users can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.
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When logging in to this service for the first time, you'll be asked to provide your name and email address in order to create a profile. If you've previously had a lynda.com account, you can log in with the username and password for your previous account and that history will transfer to your new profile.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Your launch pad for new jobs, careers, and talent. It is an online marketplace connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers, and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support Michigan’s workforce. The site features information and resources that give job creators the tools necessary to help identify and develop their talent base and job seekers the ability to create a personalized plan to help them find new jobs and effectively navigate career searches.
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Vocations & Careers Collection

Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones.  Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

Computers

Computer Database

Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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LearningExpress Library

Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more. To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.
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Lynda.com

Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With a valid library card, users can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.
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When logging in to this service for the first time, you'll be asked to provide your name and email address in order to create a profile. If you've previously had a lynda.com account, you can log in with the username and password for your previous account and that history will transfer to your new profile.

Downloadable Audiobooks

Hoopla

With an Orion Library card, Orion residents can instantly stream or download thousands of audiobook, comic book, ebook, movie, television, and music titles to their computer or compatible mobile device.
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OverDrive

With an Orion Library card, Orion residents can download and access eBooks and audiobooks using a computer, eBook reader, or compatible mobile device.
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TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks!  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!  It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

eBooks

BookFlix

BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.
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EBSCOhost eBooks

Provides access to Michigan eLibrary's collection of digital versions of printed materials such as books or journals, databases and any other digital content.  All content is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Not all EBSCOhost titles support ebook downloading and portable reading device transfer.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Hoopla

With an Orion Library card, Orion residents can instantly stream or download thousands of audiobook, comic book, ebook, movie, television, and music titles to their computer or compatible mobile device.
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OverDrive

With an Orion Library card, Orion residents can download and access eBooks and audiobooks using a computer, eBook reader, or compatible mobile device.
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TrueFlix

An online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process.  All of the True Book titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.  TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which kids can read, or have read to them.

TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks!  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!  It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

World eBook

World eBook by World Book includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. World Book eBooks are always available with no holds required and can be read in World Book’s customized online viewer or downloaded to supported mobile devices.
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Education

Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

ERIC (free version)

Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information. Includes bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) for more than 1.4 million items indexed since 1966, including:  journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education related materials. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Encyclopedias & General Reference

Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability. School Code = MeL5.
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EBSCOhost eBooks

Provides access to Michigan eLibrary's collection of digital versions of printed materials such as books or journals, databases and any other digital content.  All content is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Not all EBSCOhost titles support ebook downloading and portable reading device transfer.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Continuously updated pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, periodical articles, tables/charts/graphs, and more.

World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
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Environment

Agriculture Collection

With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge.  Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

A collection of over 800 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.  A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
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Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition

Collection of approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes), Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes), The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630, Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, Federal Slave Narratives, and a strong Civil War collection.
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Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as 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 -- no full-text.

Geni

Geni is a genealogy and social networking site whose goal is "solving the problem of genealogy by inviting the world to build the definitive online family tree." After creating an account, users can add and invite their close relatives to join their family tree. All Geni users can share photos, videos, and documents with their families. Geni’s Pro subscription service (available with a valid library card) allows users to find matching trees and merge those into the single world family tree, which currently contains over 80 million living users and their ancestors.

For free access to a Pro account, users must create and access their account from within the library.

HeritageQuest Online

Includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1940 U.S. federal censuses with additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Roles and more; interactive census maps; more than 26,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories; more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records and more; Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800 - 2009; Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files; the Freedman’s Bank Records; and the U.S. Serial Set Private Relief Actions, Memorials and Petitions.

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online

Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.

Health

Culinary Arts Collection

The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines.  Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module

Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc.  Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases.  The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Health Reference Center Academic

Provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals plus professional and personal health magazines, journals and reference sources. Topics include:  Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.  The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Medline Plus

Covers all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find the meanings of words, view medical videos or illustrations, get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. Material contained in this resource is intended for informational purposes only.

Nursing Resource Center

Provides a wide array of content needed for research papers and basic nursing theory overviews, including access to sample care plans, multimedia content, full-text reference books, citations to journals in the field and more.  Ideal for students preparing to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN.

Psychology Collection

This set explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death.  This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time.  Library users will have instant access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Collection

Both researcher and practitioner alike will find relevant, authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.  Covering a wide spectrum of information, researchers will have access to a diverse, but focused set of topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.

History

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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iDigOrion – Digital Archive

Searchable databases containing the Lake Orion Review (most issues published since 1935, plus many older issues), Heir-Lines (the quarterly publication of the North Oakland Genealogical Society), the Orion Legacy (the Orion Historical Society Newsletter), and Jim Ingram’s Time Tracs.

Military & Intelligence Database Collection

Both the historian and reporter on the frontline will find useful information in this collection, composed of content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs.  Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Oakland County Historical Resources

Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR) is a full-text, searchable database composed of digitized text and images of original documents, death notices, maps, newspapers, photos, etc. contributed or approved by OCHR members. Each item is documented with the citation or source. The focus is on pre 1930's copyright free materials.

Pop Culture Collection

It's all around us and influences our lives every day.  This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course.  This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Research in Context

Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
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U.S. History Collection

As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.  This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

War & Terrorism Collection

A definitive periodical collection of hand selected titles for analysts, risk management professionals and students of military science, history, social science.

World History Collection

As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.  This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

Home Economics

Culinary Arts Collection

The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines.  Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.  A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

Home Improvement Collection

Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation.  Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

Language

Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages teaches you to think critically in new languages and retain what you have learned. When it comes to the language-learning content you will encounter, we keep it real. You'll learn from conversations between native speakers and culture-packed films you might see in theaters in the country where your new language is spoken. And Mango goes wherever you go with full apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. You'll need to create an account before accessing Mango Languages via iOS or Android apps.
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¡Informe! en Espańol

Full text. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos.  Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.

Law & Government

Criminal Justice Collection

Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection rises to the challenge.  Users will have access to 150 journals.

Gale Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas.  Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.  Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Insurance & Liability Collection

Protection of assets is a concern for all: from the individual property owner to the multinational corporation, all have a vested interest in ensuring the retention of their assets, be it physical or intellectual.  This collection, of journals, takes a broad view of this multimillion dollar industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

LegalTrac

Use this database to find articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers.  Included are articles on Federal and State Cases, Laws and Regulations, Legal Practice, and Taxation.  Also included are: British Commonwealth, European Union and International Law.

Michigan Legal Help

The Michigan Legal Help website was created to help people who need to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. Some forms are completed automatically once you answer simple questions. The Michigan Legal Help website does not provide legal advice, and it is not a substitute for having a lawyer. If you need more help, you can search the website for a lawyer or community services in your area.
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Literature

Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Michigan Authors and Illustrators

Find out about Michigan authors! Search for non-fiction, poetry, mysteries, romance, children’s books and much more. Find authors for presentations and visits. This is a great source for students looking for Michigan authors to read and teachers looking for Michigan authors to do events. This database is brought to you by the Michigan Association of Media in Education, the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Center for the Book.

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in the classroom.  Use favorite book titles and authors to find additional books to read or use in the classroom.

NoveList Plus

Locate books to read and learn more about fiction books and authors through Author Read-alikes, Feature Articles, Book Discussion Guides, and Book Talks.
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Research in Context

Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
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Magazines & Journals

Academic OneFile

A premiere source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.  Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.

Expanded Academic ASAP

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images.

General OneFile

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.  Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold

Integrates a variety of sources – newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Infotrac Student Edition

This database is designed for high school students, with access to 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.

Multicultural

Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability. School Code = MeL5.
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Diversity Studies Collection

A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.  This set includes more than 150 journals.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
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Nation & World

Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability. School Code = MeL5.
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CultureGrams

CultureGrams provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on hundreds of countries, as well as the U.S. states and Canadian Provinces. Each World Edition report is written by a native or long-term resident of the country, in coordination with a CultureGrams editor. The Kids Edition, States Edition, and Provinces Edition reports are written by CultureGrams editors but with extensive input from reviewers. Each report covers 25 categories, including history, religion, family, economy, gestures, current events and more.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Military & Intelligence Database Collection

Both the historian and reporter on the frontline will find useful information in this collection, composed of content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs.  Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Research in Context

Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
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World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
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World History Collection

As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.  This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

Newspapers

iDigOrion – Digital Archive

Searchable databases containing the Lake Orion Review (most issues published since 1935, plus many older issues), Heir-Lines (the quarterly publication of the North Oakland Genealogical Society), the Orion Legacy (the Orion Historical Society Newsletter), and Jim Ingram’s Time Tracs.

Infotrac Newsstand

InfoTrac Newsstand is a full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields from a collection of thousands of national, international, state and local newspapers.  (1980 - present)

New York Times

National edition. Provides national and international news, opinion and commentary. Full Text: January 1, 1985 – current. Indexing: January 1, 1965 – current.

Oakland County Historical Resources

Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR) is a full-text, searchable database composed of digitized text and images of original documents, death notices, maps, newspapers, photos, etc. contributed or approved by OCHR members. Each item is documented with the citation or source. The focus is on pre 1930's copyright free materials.

Philosophy & Religion

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Religion & Philosophy Collection

Why do some people believe in Heaven?  Is it fear, hope, upbringing or blind faith?  Users of this collection can research different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.

Science

Agriculture Collection

With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge.  Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability. School Code = MeL5.
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Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

A collection of over 800 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.  A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

General Science Collection

A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.

Research in Context

Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
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World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
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Social Sciences

Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability. School Code = MeL5.
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Diversity Studies Collection

A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.  This set includes more than 150 journals.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
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Gender Studies Collection

This collection of journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.

Military & Intelligence Database Collection

Both the historian and reporter on the frontline will find useful information in this collection, composed of content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs.  Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Continuously updated pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, periodical articles, tables/charts/graphs, and more.

Pop Culture Collection

It's all around us and influences our lives every day.  This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course.  This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Psychology Collection

This set explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death.  This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time.  Library users will have instant access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Research in Context

Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
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War & Terrorism Collection

A definitive periodical collection of hand selected titles for analysts, risk management professionals and students of military science, history, social science.

World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
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Tests & Training

LearningExpress Library

Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more. To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.
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Lynda.com

Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With a valid library card, users can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.
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When logging in to this service for the first time, you'll be asked to provide your name and email address in order to create a profile. If you've previously had a lynda.com account, you can log in with the username and password for your previous account and that history will transfer to your new profile.

Youth

ABCmouse.com for Libraries

With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+).
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BookFlix

BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.
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Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability. School Code = MeL5.
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Britannica School – Learning Zone

Pre-K - 2nd Grade - Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills.Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included.  School Code = MeL5.

EBSCOhost eBooks K-8 Collection

Beginning reader-friendly fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun.  Picture books, homework topics, languages learning.  Online help is available too.

Hoopla

With an Orion Library card, Orion residents can instantly stream or download thousands of audiobook, comic book, ebook, movie, television, and music titles to their computer or compatible mobile device.
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Infotrac Junior Edition

This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Infotrac Student Edition

This database is designed for high school students, with access to 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

Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Michigan Authors and Illustrators

Find out about Michigan authors! Search for non-fiction, poetry, mysteries, romance, children’s books and much more. Find authors for presentations and visits. This is a great source for students looking for Michigan authors to read and teachers looking for Michigan authors to do events. This database is brought to you by the Michigan Association of Media in Education, the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Center for the Book.

Miss Humblebee’s Academy

Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a fun, interactive, and award-winning, online kindergarten-readiness learning solution for children ages 3 to 6. With hundreds of lessons in Math, Science and Social Studies, Language and Literacy, Art, and Music, the curriculum increases in difficulty as the user progresses through the program. Miss Humblebee’s Academy can be accessed at the library, from home, or on-the-go via iPads and tablets.
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NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in the classroom.  Use favorite book titles and authors to find additional books to read or use in the classroom.

OverDrive

With an Orion Library card, Orion residents can download and access eBooks and audiobooks using a computer, eBook reader, or compatible mobile device.
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OverDrive for Kids

OverDrive for Kids, or Kids' eReading Room, shows only kids’ content.  No adult content will appear in the search results.  All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, AT scores and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns.  All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.

PebbleGo

PebbleGo, the award winning PreK - 2 database for reading and research, includes database options for Animals, Earth and Space, and Biographies.

PebbleGo Next

PebbleGo Next is the next step for researchers ready to graduate from PebbleGo to more robust content. PebbleGo Next covers content appropriate to grades 3-6 curriculum content at a reading level geared to those students with built-in reading and research tools such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. PebbleGo's initial module covers States and American Indian studies.

If you are using Internet Explorer to access PebbleGo Next, it must be version 9.0 or higher.

Research in Context

Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
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TrueFlix

An online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process.  All of the True Book titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.  TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which kids can read, or have read to them.

TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks!  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!  It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
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