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Automotive | Business | Consumer Information | Employment & Life Long Learning |General Reference | Genealogy & History |  Geography & Demographics | Healthcare |Legal Resources | Library Catalogs | Magazines & Newspapers | Science & Nature

Automotive 


Image for Chilton Library DatabaseChilton Library: Search by vehicle make and model back to 1954. Information includes Technical Service Bulletins and Recalls, maintenance information, and repair data, including wiring diagrams and diagnostics.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

driver-tests-logo-164x70Driving-Tests.Org: In partnership with driving-tests.org, we are able to offer free Michigan Driver Permit practice tests for both automobile and motorcycle.  Getting ready to test for a license? Practice here first.

Business Resources


morningstar logo 164x70Morningstar Investment Research Center: An authoritative source for comprehensive and up-to-date information on stocks and mutual funds, as well as for creating and maintaining an investment portfolio.
Access:

DemographicsNowDemographics Now: 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.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

business insights global 164x70Business Insights: Combines an international perspective and sophisticated research tools with convenient access to a range of comprehensive learning materials. Uses case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals, and topical reference materials organized by country, company, and industry.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Gale Legal FormsGale Legal Forms: Copies of actual forms and documents in Word format to help users with their business, personal, or litigation legal needs. Continuously updated to reflect current state laws, and also includes a law digest, legal questions and answers and an attorney directory.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

BusinessDecisionBusiness Decision: Access comprehensive business-to-consumer market data.  Better penetrate the consumer marketplace with detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

small business resource center 164 x 70Small Business Resource Center: Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, forms, and business articles from books and magazines. Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Consumer Information


Image for Consumer Reports.orgConsumer Reports: As a Spring Lake cardholder, you have access to all of the content on ConsumerReports.org including ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services from appliances to computers to cars to personal finance.

 

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Financial Ratings SeriesFind out the financial strength of your insurance company, bank, mutual fund, credit union and more from Financial Ratings combining the ratings of Weiss Ratings & The Street Ratings. From outside the library, Spring Lake cardholders will need to enter their library card number for access.

 

Employment & Life Long Learning


Learning Express LibraryLearning Express Library: Computer skills, test preparation, job & workplace skills, and more. Create an account to start learning.

 

Michigan eLibraryMeL Business & Jobs Gateway: Whether you’re looking for a job, to change careers, or to start your own business, this Michigan eLibrary resource has the tools to help.

 

Mango Languages LogoMango Languages: An easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language, and it’s free to all Spring Lake District Library cardholders. Create an account to save your progress in learning nearly 80 languages.  You can even take Mango Languages with you on your iOS or Androiddevice.

General Reference


Academic OneFile logoAcademic OneFile: A comprehensive database for the college-level researcher. Contains peer-reviewed articles from the world’s leading journals.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Encyclopedia Britannica LogoEncyclopedia Britannica:  A powerful resource to search for or browse information in encyclopedias, magazines, websites, videos and other media sources.

For Access:   Inside the library and Outside the library.

General OneFile Database LogoGeneral OneFile:  This is a general interest database with access to current magazines, reference books, maps, journals, and more.  Millions of full-text articles and images that are updated daily.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

opposing viewpoints 164 x 70Opposing Viewpoints: Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues.  This resource has continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Genealogy & History


Heritage Quest Database Button 164 x 70Heritage Quest: Includes full text and all images plus extensive indexing for the Federal Census 1790-1930.  Also included are many early family and local histories, tax lists, probate records, and more.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Michigan eLibraryMeL Michigana: A centralized resource for digital Michigan historical collections. Some included are the Collections of Henry Ford, the Burton Historical Collection, Great Lakes Maritime Database, and many more!

This resource is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Geography & Demographics


DemographicsNowDemographics Now: 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.
This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

digital sanborn 164 x 70Digital Sanborn Maps: Created for insurance purposes from 1867-1970, these maps show select Michigan towns and cities in great detail.  This is a great resource for historical research.

 


nations of the world 164 x 70Nations of the World: This is a great source for up-to-date information on any country of the world.  Just click the link and search for the country’s name.  (We also have this book at the library if you’d rather!)

America's Top Rated Cities LogoTop-Rated Cities: Gives access to customized ranking tables for 300 cities in the United States.  You can download city reports, sort and rank cities by many different statistics and much more. (A hard copy version with 100 rated cities is available at the library.)

Healthcare 


salem health 164 x 70Salem Health: Online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works including Magill’s Medical Guide.

 

health and wellness 164 x 70Health and Wellness Resource Center: Instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials.   Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Michigan eLibraryMeL – Health & Wellness Gateway: Reliable and comprehensive health information for both consumers and health professionals.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


MichiganLegalHelp.orgMichiganLegalHelp.org: The Michigan Legal Help website was created to help people who have 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.

Gale Legal FormsGale 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.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Michigan eLibraryMeL – Legal Gateway: Whether you need to access state or federal laws or regulations, to get information on bankruptcy or landlord/tenant issues, or to find ways to decipher legalese, MeL Legal Gateway will point you in the right direction.

Library Catalogs


Search LakeNet CatalogLakeNet: Search the Spring Lake District Library and associated libraries for books, dvds, audiobooks, and more!

 

 

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Kent District Library Catalog: With a Spring Lake District Library card, you can check out materials from the Kent District Library, but you have to check out and return the materials at their branches. Search to see if they have a book you’re looking for!

Search Grand Rapids Public LibraryGrand Rapids Public Catalog: With a Spring Lake District Library card, you can check out materials from the Grand Rapids Public Library, but you have to check out and return the materials at their branches. Search to see if they own a book you’re looking for!

 

Search MeLCat

MeLCat: Did you know you have access to books in hundreds of libraries across the state of Michigan? If the book you want isn’t available at Spring Lake, search MeLCat to see if another library in the state can send it to you.

Magazines & Newspapers


 

Grand Haven Tribune ArchivesGrand Haven Tribune: An online searchable archive of the Tribune with selected articles from 2005 and full archives from 2006-2015 is available and must be accessed from within the library.

Looking for the magazines & newspapers we have delivered to the library? Take a look at our Magazines and Newspapers page.

 

Science & Nature


Birds of North AmericaBirds of North America: BNA Online provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada.

salem science 164 x 70Salem Science: Online access to science reference works such as Encyclopedia of Global Warming.