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Key Resources Great Books Online
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Classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference online free of charge i.e. Shakespeare, Poe, Confucius, Homer and many, many more.  More
BookFlix (TM)
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Beginning readers. An interactive experience that allows beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction designed to increase understanding and fluency. Increase comprehension and have fun at the... More
Books & Authors
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Recommended for: General user, Reading advice. A database to help you decide what to read next. Search by character, topic, setting, time period, genre, title, author, and series. Includes over 140,00... More
Database of Award Winning Children's Literature
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Contains over 7,000 records from 84 awards across six English-speaking countries. Each book is indexed to some degree so users can find it using the form search or the keyword search. More
eBook Collection
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Recommended for: General user. All full text. Over 20,000 eBooks available on all topics. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only. Netlibrary users ALERT--the collection has changed its nam... More
eBook K-8 Collection
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Beginning Reader-Friendly. Fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun.  Search for what you want.  Picture books, homework topics, languages learning.  On... More
Infotrac Newsstand
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Recommended for: General user. All full text. A collection of more than 1,000 newspapers from around the country and the world. Includes the New York Times (1985-current). Michigan residents or Mich... More
Library Thing
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LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. Your catalog can be accessed anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also conn... More
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Recommended for: General user. A catalog of materials available through Michigan libraries. Patrons of participating libraries can order items from other statewide participating libraries and have the... More
Michigan Authors and Illustrators
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Recommended for: General user, Reading Advice. A searcheable database of Michigan authors and illustrators. Provides biographical and contact information. Indicates whether person will do library pre... More
NoveList K-8 Plus
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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.  Cre... More
What's Next? from the Kent District Library
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The What's Next? database from the Kent District Library helps you search for fiction books in a series. A series is defined as two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common tra... More
WorldCat (free version)
I Like This lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're... More

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