Research by Topic 2021-03-20T11:14:58+00:00


Library DatabasesSaline District Library is pleased to provide access to dozens of online resources for research and learning. Get started by exploring the following highlighted resources, or by clicking on a topic below. You can also search for online resources by name in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Saline Library DatabaseProvided by SDL. Access from home with a Saline District Library card number.
MeL DatabaseProvided by MeL (Michigan eLibrary).

Ancestry Library Edition
Log in w/library card # & PIN

Chilton’s: Service & repair manuals for thousands of domestic & imported vehicles. Saline Library Database

Consumer Reports:
Login from Library | Login outside of Library :  Access product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more.  Saline Library Database

Home Improvement Reference Center: Articles & step-by-step instructions for a variety of do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects. MeL Database

Small Engine Repair Reference Center: Repair guides for all manner of small engines. MeL Database

Literary Reference Center: Information on thousands of authors & their works. MeL Database

Michigan Authors and Illustrators: Searchable database of Michigan authors and illustrators.  MeL Database

NoveList Plus: The premiere database of reading recommendations.  MeL Database

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center: Classic & contemporary poems & short stories as well as author bios. MeL Database

WorldCat: Get connected to the collections & services of 10,000+ libraries worldwide.

AtoZdatabases: The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research.  MeL Database

Demographics Now: Find businesses, people, demographics, and more.  MeL Database

Small Business Reference Center: Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business.  MeL Database

Value Line Investment Survey:
Login from Library | Login outside of Library  :  Provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, and more.  Saline Library Database

AtoZ Food America: Try out recipes, cuisine, and regional favorites from the US.Saline Library Database

AtoZ World Food: Explore recipes, cuisine, and food culture from around the world.Saline Library Database

Creativebug: Thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.Saline Library Database

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center: Detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas for virtually every hobby enthusiast from leading hobby and craft magazines.MeL Database

American Ancestors: In-library use only – Trace your ancestry with the most respected name in family history.

Ancestry Library Edition: Log in w/library card # & PIN – Start searching billions of records to discover your family’s story.

MyHeritage: Millions of historical documents & photos spanning the last 5 centuries.  MeL Database

Consumer Health Information: Detailed answers to the 200 most commonly asked health questions.  MeL Database

Consumer Health Complete: Health & wellness information & images from magazines, reports, books, fact sheets, & medical dictionaries.  MeL Database

MedlinePlus: The National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends.

Merck Manual: Information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

Merck Veterinary Manual: Information on animal health topics.

Teen Health & Wellness: Provides nonjudgmental, straightforward health information for teens for self-help support or research needs.

Explora for High School: Access to a variety of material for information on art, history, sports, music, & more. Grades 9-12.  MeL Database

Explora for Middle School: Access to a variety of material for information on history, current events, sports, & more. Grades 6-8.  MeL Database

Opposing Viewpoints: Contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues.  MeL Database

World Book Online: An online encyclopedia that offers everything from early learning to advanced research.  Saline Library Database

LearningExpress Library: Academic and licensing/certification practice tests, elementary level testing for math and reading, and skills building tools.  MeL Database

LinkedIn Learning: (formerly Technology, business, & design classes. Saline Library Database

MichiganWorks: A workforce development association serving employers and job seekers throughout Michigan.

Mango Languages:  Language-learning resources to help patrons learn 60+ languages online.  Saline Library Database

New York Times:
Login outside of Library :  Unlimited access to acclaimed journalism.  Saline Library Database

Explora: Content from magazines, newspapers, reference books, & more on a wide range of subjects. MeL Database

Historical Saline Newspapers: Explore digitized copies of The Saline Observer, Saline Reporter, and Saline Review.

Newspaper Source Plus:  Search newspapers, newswires, news magazines, TV & radio transcripts, & daily updates from popular news sources.  MeL Database

Biography Reference Center: Biographical information on a wide range of historical & contemporary figures.   MeL Database

Gale Legal Forms: Information, forms, & detailed how-to instructions covering a wide range of legal issues.   Saline Library Database

Science Reference Center: Science magazines, encyclopedias, reference books, & images.   MeL Database

World Book Online: An online encyclopedia that offers everything from early learning to advanced research.  Saline Library Database

Historical Saline Newspapers: Explore digitized copies of The Saline Observer, Saline Reporter, and Saline Review (click “Advanced Search” to limit search to Saline newspapers).

Saline Area Historical Photos:  Searchable collection of over 1,000 photographs of Saline from the 1860s to the late 1900s.

Saline Historic Homes:  Searchable database of all structures built up to 1944 within the city limits of Saline, Michigan.

Saline Valley Farms:  Searchable collection of Saline Valley Farms photographs.

LearningExpress Library: Academic and licensing/certification practice tests, elementary level testing for math and reading, and skills building tools.   MeL Database

Michigan Driving Tests: Practice tests and state handbooks for car, motorcycle, and CDL licenses.  MeL Database

GCFLearnfree Online Tutorials: Online learning tutorials about everyday life, basic math, computer training, and more.

New Computer User Tutorial:  This tutorial is designed to help people who have never used a computer before.

TechBoomers:  Video tutorials for many popular and useful websites.

FactCheck.Org: Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.

Project Vote Smart:  Provides free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting.

Vote 411 Election Information by League of Women Voters: Enter your address to find your polling place, build your ballot with an online voters’ guide, and more.

Click Here to View an Alphabetical List of all Databases

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

Current Update from the Library Director 3/19/2021

In June when libraries were allowed to reopen to the public, we did so with our staff providing service during all of our regular business hours.  We have maintained that full schedule over the past nine months without reducing hours and without having to close the Library again due to COVID-19.  Because we have operated with caution and great concern for the safety of our staff and the community, our Library is one of the few that is fortunate enough to be in such a position.  Of course we hope to maintain this status and plan to continue moving forward with caution.

Early in this process the Library Administration, with the support of the Library Board, determined what metric would need to be met in Washtenaw County before we could safely move to the next stage in our phased reopening plan.  Because the COVID-19 situation has been so volatile, we still are not near that point.  Recent trends have shown some movement in the right direction, but there has also been a more recent reversal of those trends.  The case numbers in Washtenaw County are much lower than they were during the winter, though they are still not low enough for the Library to move to its next stage of reopening.  Recognizing this, we have updated our phased reopening plan with the addition of an interim stage that would allow some increased access to the building.

Stage 3.5 in the reopening plan would maintain all of our current services and would add the opportunity to make appointments for quick browsing in the building.  Unless conditions worsen, we anticipate moving into this phase beginning April 19th.  More details about appointments will be available before then.

Until then, we remain in Stage 3 of our reopening plan, which includes people coming into the building to pick up materials reserved for them. In addition to this, our staff continues to provide nearly all of our usual services, including a wide variety of virtual programs for all ages, take-and-make craft kits, book discussions, online author visits, reference services by phone and email, remote printing, wifi access on the grounds, and more.

Thank you for helping us keep our community healthy and safe!

Mary Ellen Mulcrone
Library Director

Past Updates from the Library Director

Local Resources

County, State, and Federal Resources

Saline District Library Internet Use
In compliance with Public Act 212, effective October 1, 2000, all minors (17 years of age and under), must use restricted terminals in the Saline District Library unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Picture identification may be required for use of non-restricted terminals.