Category: Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Databases
Auto Repair SourceMEL Database

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

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UpCodesOther

UpCodes is a free website that provides access to some Michigan building codes.

Small Engine RepairMEL Database
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 lawn mowers, 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.
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This resource for small business owners/entrepreneurs walks the user through brainstorming the creation of a small business, as well as the writing of a business plan, business canvas, lean canvas, and several other business visualization models.
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Training Topics in this business-and-life-enhancing database include: 3D Animation, Business, Design, Diversity, Home Computing, Photography, Web, Leadership, Microsoft Office, Time Management, Communication, Marketing. Some training programs offer certificates upon completion.

Learn how to use LinkedIn Learning

LearningExpress Library is an interactive collection of self-paced online courses and practice tests including the GED; college and graduate school entrance tests such as the ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT GMAT; and professional and or licensing tests from the CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) to the ASVAB, to nursing and real estate. Although Michigan achievement tests, such as the MEAP are not included, reviews geared toward other states’ tests at similar grade levels may be useful preparation tools. This resource also has computer skills courses and tutorials, sections on verbal and mathematical skills building, and hundreds of online PDF titles. You will need to create an account to fully utilize this resource.

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

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ALLDATAPDL Database

AllData contains factory-correct automotive diagnostic and repair information. Available only inside the Portage District Library.

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Michigan eLibraryMEL Database

The State of Michigan supplies over fifty resources to further academic and career growth, only some of which we feature on our website. If you can’t find information in the PDL databases, check out the Michigan eLibrary for resources on education, medicine, business, and history, among other topics. Michigan eLibrary is available anywhere in Michigan.