DearReader.com: You've got (book-ish) mail!

The resource DearReader.com offers free short book excerpts, delivered daily to your email. If you state what type of books you like, you get a 5-minute excerpt from a book selected based on your preferences. New books are offered each week.

Suzanne Beecher -- the reader/writer behind DearReader.com, and also author of the book Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a happy (if disorderly) life -- does other amazing things, such as giving away aprons, books and homemade chocolate chip cookies through DearReader.com.

Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access DearReader.com, go to the research page, and select DearReader.com from the Books, Reading & Literature category.

Computer Database

Use the Computer Database to find technology articles on topics such as telecommunications, computer software and hardware, business and industry, and consumer advice on technological products. This database contains articles, including peer-reviewed, full text, and those with images, that have been published from 1980 to present.

The database is fully searchable by subject, and you can also search for specific publications.
Popular search topics include viruses, hacking, spam, and electronics.

Access to this database is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card, or since this is a MeL Database, a Michigan driver's license number can be used instead.

For L-card holder access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access the Computer Database, go to the research page, and choose to Browse by Name A-Z: A-C, and click on Computer Database. Michigan residents without a valid library card can gain access to this and the many other MeL databases by visiting MeL.org and entering your driver's license number.

Chilton Auto Repair

Chilton Auto Repair is your go-to guide for all things automotive. Whether you have a 1940 Chevrolet Master Deluxe or a 2010 Kia Sportage, Chilton has what you need to keep your car ticking.

The Chilton Auto Repair database contains the complete text of Chilton auto repair manuals going back all the way to 1940. In addition to the text and diagrams, many repair manuals are supplemented with photos, videos, PDFs, and animated visual aids.

Want to know when you should get your spark plugs changed? Take a look at the maintenance section where Chilton has schedules of recommended timelines for vehicle upkeep.

Chilton also posts current and past technical bulletins and recalls for automobile parts, so you and your passengers are always at your safest.

Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access the Chilton Auto Repair database, go to the research page, and select Chilton Auto Repair from the Car Repair category.

Brainfuse Is Here To Help

Get help with homework or get ahead of the curve with Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. Live tutors are available from 2-11pm everyday to teach students in the subject areas of math, english, science, and social studies. You can even submit papers for comments before they get turned in for grades. This is a truly incredible resource for students from Kindergarten to college. Adult tutoring is offered as well through their Adult Learning Center. Everyone student can benefit from the use of Brainfuse.

Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access Brainfuse, go to the research page, and select Brainfuse from the Student Papers category.

Books & Authors Database

If you love reading fiction, then the Books & Authors database is the place for you. Whether you're looking for read-alike books or your book group wants critical reviews and author biographies to add to the discussion, Books & Authors has all this and more in through easy-to-navigate homepage. Try browsing through Community Picks and Expert Picks for popular selections, or Seasonal Suggestions, Best Sellers, or Award Winners for more ideas.

Get suggestions on your next read by searching author, title, or genre. For every title you find in Books & Authors, the site generates dozens of related book titles for you to read next. Find what might be your next favorite book based on what you already like. The database is also a great way to access a solid range of book reviews compiled in one place, all from reputable publications such as The New York Time Book Review, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly.

Access to this database is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card, or since this is a MeL Database, a Michigan driver's license number can be used instead.

For L-card holder access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access Books & Authors, go to the research page, and choose to Browse by Name A-Z: A-C, and click on Books & Authors. Michigan residents without a valid library card can gain access to this and the many other MeL databases by visiting MeL.org and entering your driver's license number.

Birds of North America Online

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Clangula hyemalis! Ortalis vetula! No, these aren't Harry Potter spells, they are birds -- the Long-tailed Duck and the Plain Chachalaca, scientifically speaking. For a wealth of information on our local feathered friends, be sure to visit the Birds of North America Online database. Created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologists' Union ("Ornithology" is the scientific study of birds), BNA provides information on EVERY species of bird from North America. Photos, videos, and audio recordings of bird calls accompany text descriptions about characteristics, life cycles, habits, and demographic information for each species. This site, which is updated every month, is fabulous for students, bird watchers, budding ornithologists, and lovers of nature.

Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access the Birds of North America Online database, go to the research page, and select Birds of North America Online from the Science & Technology category.

Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive

In celebration of the Ann Arbor Film Festival's 50th year, AADL has partnered with the AAFF to launch the Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive, an online collection of the Festival's history. Here you can browse through past programs or flyers and posters reaching back to the Festival's origins in 1963. The site also includes photographs, historical newspaper articles from the Ann Arbor News and Ann Arbor Sun, and interviews. (Look for additional interviews with past festival directors and visiting filmmakers to appear leading up to and following the 50th anniversary.)

If you have AAFF documents you would like to share - in particular, any from the few seasons we're currently missing - please contact us!

How To Get The News at AADL!

This may be refresher for some of you, but for many it will be a bit of NEWS! At all of our branches, we get several newspapers every day. Some newspapers, however, only come a few times a week or even just a few times a month.

We also have a steady supply of backdated newspapers available on microfilm at our Downtown branch, on the second floor. By clicking this newspapers link, you can see all of the newspapers that the AADL owns.

To search even more newspapers - including the Ann Arbor News, Detroit News, and New York Times, just to name a few - you can visit our newspaper database collection if you are have an AADL library card. Some of these newspapers go all the way back to 1831! You can always access this collection of databases and many others from the research tab, located at the top of aadl.org.

Ann Arbor Police Department History


This is Ann Arbor District Library's online exhibit of the history of the Ann Arbor Police Department since 1847. This research database includes a searchable picture exhibit of the police department with images dating as far back as 1871. It also includes an interesting True Crimes section as well as the history of police department's pistol range. To access AAPD History, go to the Research page, select Ann Arbor under the Complete subject listing category, and choose Ann Arbor Police Department History.

Biography in Context: Research Someone Famous!

If you are searching for biographical information about important people, click into Biography in Context. This valuable database offers reams of information on notable people from the past and present. Moreover, you will find news articles to help you place an individual life into historical context. Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access Biography in Context, go to the research page, and select Biography in Context from the History and Biography category.

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