Automotive

Automate: Service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. Designed for touch-enabled devices such as laptops and tablets, AutoMate offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today’s complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed.

This database provided by Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Driving-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.

Small Engine Repair: Detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in an easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Business Resources

Business Book Summaries: Concise yet comprehensive summaries to help professionals and students keep up with the latest information in the business world. A wide range of topics is covered including business biographies, change management, communication, entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, personal growth, productivity and technology.

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Demographics Now: Business and residential reference and research tool providing users with access to demographic data for the entire U.S. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Identify untapped audiences and analyze shifts/needs of a given population.

This database provided by Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Entrepreneurial Studies Source: The latest insights on entrepreneurship and small business topics for business students and researchers. Content comes from business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies and company profiles.

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Morningstar 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.

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Inside the Library
Outside the Library (for SLDL cardholders)

Regional Business News: Provides coverage from regional business publications for the U.S. and Canada.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Consumer Information

Consumer Health Complete: Provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Consumer 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.

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.

Health Source Consumer Edition: Consumer health information including magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Employment & Life Long Learning

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

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Mango 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 Android device.

General Reference

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

This database provided by Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Britannica School: Multimedia, reading-level appropriate nonfiction content for K12 students and educators. Content includes over 132,000 encyclopedia articles, 103,000 images, 7,500 multimedia elements, more than 27,000 eBooks, novels and essays, a translation tool for 50+ languages and read-aloud functionality. Includes lexile ranges and is aligned with MDE Academic Standards across a variety of subjects.

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MasterFILE Complete: Content from popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources. Covers wide range of subjects including business, health, fashion, sports, and personal finance.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Opposing Viewpoints: Contains K12 focused viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites. Covers timely social issues in a range of categories including business, environmentalism, health, law, politics, science and technology. Also includes a category on the National Debate Topic.

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

Genealogy & History

MyHeritage: MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Geography & Demographics

Demographics Now: Business and residential reference and research tool providing users with access to demographic data for the entire U.S. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Identify untapped audiences and analyze shifts/needs of a given population.

This database provided by Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Digital 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: 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.

Top-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.

Health & Wellness

Alt HealthWatch: Full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Consumer Health Complete: Provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Health Source Consumer Edition: Consumer health information including magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Psychology & Behavioral Science Collection: Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. For psychologists, counselors, researchers and students.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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

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. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Legal Source: Authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world. It is an excellent resource for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, paralegals and others involved with the law.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

MichiganLegalHelp.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.

Library Catalogs

Grand Rapids Public Library 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!

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!

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

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 or other Lakeland Cooperative libraries, try a search in MeLCat to see if another library in the state can send it to you.

Magazines & Newspapers

Grand Haven Tribune: An online searchable archive of the Tribune with selected articles from 2005 and full archives from 2006-2017 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.

Newspaper Source Plus: Provides coverage from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. TV, radio transcripts, and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources are also included. Primary full coverage newspapers are The Washington Post and USA Today.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Science & Nature

Applied Science & Technology Source: Full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Birds 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.

Environment Complete: Offers coverage for students and scholars in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy and affiliated areas of study.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Psychology & Behavioral Science Collection: Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. For psychologists, counselors, researchers and students.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).