Category: Librarian-Recommended Free Resources

Librarian-Recommended Free Resources Databases

If you are new to computers, have not used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, DigitalLearn has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Semantic Scholar provides free, AI-driven search and discovery tools, and open resources for the global research community. They index over 200 million academic papers sourced from publisher partnerships, data providers, and web crawls.


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services teamed up with GetSetUp to provide hundreds of live online classes to keep you mentally, physically, and socially active. Classes are interactive, easy to join, offered day and night, and free for our community.


Access free forms for Michigan income, business, city, and property taxes. You can also explore online filing options, check your refund status, or apply for a new business registration.

Free and accessible federal tax forms that you can print or download to your device. The website also includes tax guides in multiple languages and links to free online filing options.

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in 2003 with 300 open access journals. Today, this independent index contains almost 17 500 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Open access journals from all countries and in all languages are accepted for indexing.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. The HathiTrust Digital Library is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries including content digitized via Google Books and the Internet Archive digitization initiatives, as well as content digitized locally by libraries.

Search for definitions and synonyms on this free online website. The website also features fun activities like the “Word of the Day.”


Michigan Legal Help is for people who are handling their legal problems without a lawyer. It can help you learn about your legal problems and get ready for court. There are many Do-It-Yourself tools to help you create court forms. This website does not give legal advice, and it is not a substitute for having a lawyer. If you need more help, search the website for a lawyer, community services, or a Self-Help Center nearby.


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