Online Resources

Below is an alphabetical listing of the resources offered through the Dearborn Public Library and MeL.

Online Resources by Name





























A-Z Databases

Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers/homeowners. Special features include a background and criminal history search. Information provided on U. S. healthcare professionals. Includes a jobs database and email marketing.


AtoZ Food America

Explore recipes and food culture state by state.

AtoZ World Foods

Explore recipes and food culture by country.

Academic Search Complete

Coverage on a wide range of topics.  Includes peer-reviewed full texts for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities.


Adult Core Skills from LearningExpress Library

Practice for the U.S. Citizenship exam in English or Spanish. Build your math and reading skills. Includes eBook study help as well as an eBook guide to getting a green card. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on these tests.



From the National Agricultural Library. Contains citations about all aspects of agriculture and related fields. Includes: journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports. Coverage: 1970 – current.


Online automotive diagnostic & repair information for the professional automotive technician.

Alt HealthWatch

Provides information on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and wellness. Sources include journals (some peer-reviewed) and reports.

Ancestry Library Edition (HFCL USE ONLY)

ProQuest has partnered with to create Ancestry® Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection.

Applied Science & Technology Source

Broad coverage of research and development within the applied sciences and computing disciplines. Content derives from leading trade journals, professional and technical society publications, and conference proceedings.

Arabic Collections Online

Publicly available digital library of public-domain Arabic language content.

Art & Architecture Source

Covers fine, decorative, and commercial arts. Also covers architecture and architectural design. Features full-text articles and indexing and abstracts for journals, books, podcasts, and more. Art Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. For use by art scholars, artists, designers, students, and general researchers.

Associates Programs Source

Articles on topics often taught in community colleges. Topics include accounting, agriculture, child care, cosmetology, cooking, food service, forestry, graphic arts, hospitality management, interior design, plumbing, heating & air conditioning, and welding.

Auto Repair Source

Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts, and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.



Biographies of over 25,000 American and international personalities from Arts and Entertainment Television.

Biography Reference Center

More than 450,000 biographies. Includes complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine as well as thousands of narrative biographies.


Beginning readers. An interactive experience that allows beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction designed to increase understanding and fluency.


Get tutoring, feedback on projects, and resources for academic success.

Britannica Learning Zone

Pre K – 2nd grade. Play and read to learn letters, numbers, shapes, and more.

Britannica School

Suite of Britannica School resources at four levels – Learning Zone, Elementary, Middle, and High. Each contains resources at the appropriate learning and skill level including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies.

Britannica School Elementary

Grades 3-4. Find information on countries, animals, and people. Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.

Britannica School High

Quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and more. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles, and interactive resources are available.

Britannica School Middle

Grades 5-7. Find maps, photos, articles, and famous people and places. Compare countries and tour the U.S.A. For homework help and your curiosity.

Business Book Summaries

Provides concise, comprehensive summaries of the best business books. Professionals and students can use these to keep up with the latest information in the business world.

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Business Resource Package

EBSCO’s Business Resource Package includes Business Book Summaries, eBook Business Collection, Entrepreneurial Studies, Regional Business News, and Small Business Reference Center.  A wide range of content is included such as journals, SWOTs (4000+), company profiles (20,000+) industry reports (1600+) and case studies.



Career Preparation from LearningExpress Library

Includes a resume builder where you can save, edit, and print. Explore a variety of careers including allied health, law enforcement, and nursing. Prepare for occupation exams including civil service, commercial driver’s license, cosmetology, teaching, and more. Prepare to join the military or become an officer. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on these exams.

Caribbean Search

In-depth, full text information about the countries and people of the Caribbean.

Central & Eastern European Academic Search

Information on a variety of topics of importance to researchers of Central and Eastern Europe. Includes resources on history, business, and law in a number of European languages.

Citizenship Works

Helping people through the immigration process, step by step.

College Admissions Test Preparation from LearningExpress Library

Practice tests, preparation eBooks, and tutorials for the ACT®, SAT, 12 AP subjects, PSAT/NMSQT, and TOEFL iBT® exams. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on your college admissions tests and essay. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on your college admissions tests and essay.


College Students from LearningExpress Library

Math, reading, grammar, and science review with eBooks. Practice tests for six graduate school record exams including the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT. Includes multiple college placement exams including ACCUPLACER and ASSET preparation. Includes practice for the CLEP exams. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on your college admissions tests and essay.


Computer Skills Tutorial from LearningExpress Library

Offers 90+ courses on topics such as computer basics, Internet basics, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and MS Office tools like Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Create a free account to access these tools.

Consumer Health Information in Arabic

Offers detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions. Provides answers in evidence-based reports that feature illustrations and easy-to-read text.


Consumer Reports

An excellent resource for unbiased ratings on all types of products. Includes access to their Cars Best Deals Plus content for automobile ratings as well.  Click here to read a collection of Consumer Reports articles.

Countries of the World

Covering nearly 200 countries, this yearbook is filled with background notes reports from the U.S. Department of State. Entries typically cover geography, history, government and political conditions, economy, and state of relations with the United States.


Discover thousands of video tutorials on how to do a wide variety of DIY and creative projects, taught by renowned artists.



Dearborn Press & Guide

Digital Access to Dearborn’s local newspaper.

Demographics Now

Download reports on businesses, people and demographics.

Driving Tests

Practice tests for car tests, motorcycle tests, CDL tests as well as FAQs and handbooks.

Detroit Free Press Historical Newspapers

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.  Coverage 1831-1999


Early World of Learning

Grades PreK-3. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world. Share their love of colors, numbers, and other fun things. Come inside for stories and pictures.

eBook Academic Collection

Thousands of titles ranging from literary criticism to health, mathematics, sports, and religion. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook Business Collection

A key resource for academic and business school libraries. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook High School Collection

For high school students and educators. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook K-8 Collection

Titles that support K-8 students across all subject areas. Also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators including Common Core alignment. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book Kids (Spanish)

Explora for Public Libraries

Arts, biography, business, current events, geography and culture, health, history, and social science, science and math.


Folger Shakespeare Library

Digital texts from the Folger Shakespeare Library.



Browse hundreds of live online classes to keep you mentally, physically and socially active.


Health Source – Consumer Edition

Subjects include fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women’s health, children’s health, and more. Information comes from magazines, books, Clinical Reference System reports, and pamphlets.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses, and medical educators access to scholarly journals on many medical disciplines. Provides indexing, abstracts and full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.

High School Equivalency Center from LearningExpress Library

Skills building in reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and math. Practice for the GED in English and Spanish. Practice the HiSET and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on these tests.

Historical Newspapers – Detroit Free press

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.  Coverage 1831-1999

History Reference Center

Documents, photos, maps, film, and video from leading history journals. Also includes biographies of historical figures.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Subject areas include arts & crafts; games & electronics; models; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & paper craft.

Home Improvement Reference Center

Includes maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating, home & garden, etc. Includes more than 130 reference books.


Stream books, movies, TV shows, audio-books and more without waiting or incurring late fees.  Download the Hoopla app and enjoy streaming or downloaded content wherever you go!

Humanities Source

Covers literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Ideal for students, researchers, and educators interested in the humanities.


The Internal Revenue Service provides free tax information for small business owners and self-employed individuals at this site.


Jewish Studies Source

Offers a multidisciplinary view of the study of Jewish civilization, from its historical origins to the present. Nearly 350 biographies of leading historical and contemporary Jewish figures.



Kanopy is the best video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain. We partner with public libraries to bring you an ad-free experience that can be enjoyed on your TV, mobile phones, tablets, and online.


Learning Express Library

Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams.

Legal Information Reference Center

Designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds.  Coverage includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, thousands of legal forms, and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide range of legal issues.

Legal Source

A scholarly resource of current issues, studies, and trends of the legal world. For attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, and paralegals.

Library & Information Science Source

Journals and periodicals that help librarians and researchers keep pace with the latest trends in the field.

Literary Reference Center

Includes over 14,000 short stories and 54,000+ poems. Covers information on thousands of authors and their works. Topics include: plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, novels, and author interviews.

Literature Criticism

Includes two sources. Contemporary Literary Criticism covers authors now living or who died after Dec. 21, 1999. Children’s Literature Review covers authors of books for children and young adults.

Local History Resources

Get information about local Dearborn history and institutions.



Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection. As you listen to and repeat after native speakers, you’ll learn more than just words and phrases. You’ll learn how those pieces can be rearranged and combined to make new thoughts, new conversations, and even more practical communication! In no time at all, you’ll be able to navigate all sorts of everyday situations — get directions, order a meal, make new friends — the possibilities are endless!

MAS Complete

Provides hundreds of popular magazines and reference books for high school libraries. Covers subjects such as art, history, sports, and music. Includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.

MasterFILE Complete

Broad collection of popular full-text magazines and reference books. Contains Consumer Reports. Covers subjects including: business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, and fashion. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.

Michigan Legal Help .org


Morningstar Investment Research Center

Investment Research Center provides real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Perfect for all levels of investors with a range of dynamic tools and thoughtful perspectives to help them make more informed investment decisions.

MyHeritage Library Edition

Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.


Newspaper Source Plus

Includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. Offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources. Primary full coverage newspapers are The Washington Post and USA Today.

New York Times

Digital access to the New York Times, including some historical content.

Niche Academy

Master everything that the library has to offer with these helpful tutorials and training modules.

Novelist K-8 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.  Read reviews and learn about the author.


Novelist Plus

NoveList is a readers advisory tool for readers of all ages. This resource will help you find fiction books to read similar to the book you just read, or you can search by title, author, series, or even plots. Browse book lists, or even create and save lists of your own favorites.


Opposing Viewpoints

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.


PBS History Page

Multimedia coverage of various historical topics.

PDR Physician’s Desk Reference 

Information on prescription drugs, diseases, treatments, and clinical trials.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Hundreds of thousands of poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and essays. Topics include the poetic forms, movements, and techniques.

Points of View Reference Center

Presents multiple sides of over 400 issues. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Political Science Complete

Designed for students, researchers, and government institutions. Covers political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of current discourse.

Professional Development Collection

Specialized information for librarians, teachers, and education researchers.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences, and related disciplines. For psychologists, counselors, researchers, and students.


Read It!

For middle and high school students and adults. It helps to build reading skills and improve study habits. Includes tests.


A cooperative effort between Library of Michigan and the presses of University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University, have launched a unique collection of regional eBooks available to all residents of Michigan.

Recursos Para Hispanohablantes from LearningExpress Library

Learning tools, career, and citizenship exam practice in Spanish. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on these tests.

Referencia Latina

Spanish-language resource. Covers academic and non-academic subjects. Offers content from reference books, general interest magazines, health reports, and other sources. Daily updates from a dozen newspapers from ten Latin American countries and more than 2,500 health reports.

Regional Business News

Regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces to 1990. Includes newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, trade publications, magazines, and newswires.



School Center from LearningExpress Library

Grades 4 through 12 skills improvement in math, writing and grammar, reading comprehension, social studies, and vocabulary and spelling through tests, eBooks, and tutorials. U.S. Constitution study and review, advanced math, and logic available for high school students. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well in school.


Science Reference Center

Contains material from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. More than 4,000 full text, full-length biographies. Includes: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, the environment, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, and wildlife.

Small Business Reference Center

Offers coverage that addresses many small business topics from consumer small business reference books, business videos, help and advice section and how to create business plans.


Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.). Also includes guides on extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. Coverage includes lawnmowers, motorcycles, tractors, and snowmobiles. More than 450 full-text reference books with photos and illustrations, information on more than 25 years of engine models, and coverage of more than 90,000 repairs.

Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Documents and images on the history of the visual arts in America.

Something About the Author 

Something About the Author Online provides comprehensive online access for examining the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series.


Teen Health and Wellness

A one-stop self-help resource and fully interactive online community center for teen health and wellness.

Thomas Register

Search for manufacturers of industrial products and services.


Beautiful, authentic ebooks are enhanced with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content in a variety of text types and media-including primary sources, fiction, videos, audio clips, images, and related websites.  Trueflix helps students improve literacy skills, build contents area knowledge, and cultivate the critical skills necessary for academic success and college and career readiness.

Tumblebook Library

Tumblebook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books for kids.

Turfgrass Information File

A cooperative project of the United States Golf Association and the Michigan State University Libraries’ Turfgrass Information Center. Provides bibliographic and descriptive records of all types of work-related to turfgrass culture. Established in 1983. Over 50% full-text content.



Value Line

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

Virtual Louvre

The Atlas database covers all the works exhibited in the Louvre-some 30,000 items.  The explanatory texts that accompany museum exhibits, compiled under the authority of the museum curators.

Vocational Studies Premier

Designed for two-year colleges, this resource offers support for vocational programs. Subjects include counseling, biotechnology, cosmetology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, law enforcement, and veterinary assistant.


Wall Street Journal

Access the Wall Street Journal from anywhere!

World Book Kids

Grades Pre K – 5. Easy-to-read content for elementary school learners. Hundreds of activities, science projects and experiments.


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