High Schoolers: Infotrac Student Edition is for you!

Working on a research paper? Check out Infotrac Student Edition for articles from magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books. This database is great for current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. Historical images and maps are there, too. For cross-searching, this database is linked to others -- including eBooks -- to help you find the best sources.

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 also 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 database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access Infotrac Student Edition, go to the research page, and choose to Browse by Name H-M: and click on Infotrac Student Edition.

Michigan residents without a valid library card can gain access to this and the many other MeL databases by visiting MeL and entering your driver's license number.

Heritage Quest

Interested in finding historical records for your ancestors? Ancestry.com not doing the trick? Try Heritage Quest. This database contains images of federal censuses, thousands of family and local histories, and millions of other historical articles and documents. You can also use Heritage Quest to search for individuals in Freedman’s Bank, which was founded to provide services to newly emancipated African-Americans. Explore your family history!

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 Heritage Quest, go to the research page, and select Heritage Quest from the Genealogy category.

A Fun, Brightly Colored Research Database!

eLibrary Elementary is an extremely useful tool for kids doing research. Offered through ProQuest, this database offers a wide range of articles from magazines, books, and newspapers. Geared towards kids, this highly accessible research tool features a bright, user friendly interface with plenty of helpful hints for young researchers. eLibrary Elementary also provides pictures, maps, video, and audio as well as transcripts of TV and radio shows. While the eLibrary is built to appeal to the Kindergarten - 6th grade set, people of all ages may find this resource helpful.

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 eLibrary Elementary, go to the research page, and select eLibrary Elementary from the Kids category.

White Market

White Market, a locally owned market at 609 East William Street, has been in business for at least 84 years. While the exact date it opened is unknown, a newspaper article from 1984 indicates that it was "in business as early as 1928." In 1939, the shop was at the retail space next door, 607 E. William St.

White Market, 607 E. William St.

Ann Arbor, Then and Now

The Ann Arbor News' archive highlights major events and news-worthy stories through the city's history. But beyond that, it also gives a glimpse into what life was like for residents on a daily basis. Hidden between photos of big events are images of the stores and streets. They can give us a window into what Ann Arbor was like for the people who lived here, and they can highlight what has changed... and what hasn't.

The following are old images of Ann Arbor paired with views from today, which let you see which buildings have withstood the test of time and where things have grown and developed.

308 South Ashley Street, 1937

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308 South Ashley Street, 1937

Detroit Free Press, Historical Database (1831-1922)

Explore Detroit's history through the eyes of the major city newspaper:

MT. ELLIOTT CEMETERY. CONSECRATION OF A CATHOLIC BURIAL GROUND. -- Detroit Free Press, Dec. 10, 1865, Page 1.

J. L. Hudson Celebrates the Anniversary of His Establishment in the Clothing Business. -- Detroit Free Press, Mar 31, 1882, Page 6.

VERNOR TO RESCUE: Brings His Ginger Ale to Council Meeting. THIRSTY ALDERMEN REJOICE -- Detroit Free Press, Aug. 22, 1906, Page 6

SEVERE TEST FOR THE NEW FORD MACHINE: Makes 1,357-Mile Tour on 67 Gallons of Gasoline and Not One Adjustment -- Detroit Free Press, Oct 11, 1908, Page 20

What an incredible resource we have in this database. AADL patrons have full-text access to articles and full-page images from over 90 years of Detroit newspapers. These articles cover Detroit and Michigan, as well as national news from 1831-1922, and provide citations for students wishing to use them as primary resources. Genealogists will enjoy the special obituary search option, and historians will love being able to peruse this treasure trove of information.
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 Detroit Free Press Historical Database, go to the Newspapers page, and select Detroit Free Press Historical (1831-1922).

General Business File: Your Go-to Place For Business Articles

If you need articles on business or finance, check out General Business File. In this database you can locate millions -- yes, millions! -- of articles to analyze company performance, industry events, and the latest in management, economics, and politics. The database draws on general interest publications, such as Fortune magazine, and on an enormous range of trade and specialized publications from around the world.

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 seeking access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. Michigan residents without a valid library card can gain access to this and other MeL databases by visiting MeL.org and entering their driver's license number.

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Titanic Passenger Records Released Online

The genealogy site Ancestry.com has released thousands of records online relating to the passengers and crew of the Titanic. The collection will be available for free until April 15, the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. More than 2,200 people were aboard when it struck an iceberg, and more than 1,500 killed. The collection includes a massive amount of information relating to those people, including passenger lists, crew lists and lists of deaths at sea. Also included are two databases from Canada, one featuring headstone images of 121 Titanic victims buried at Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The second, from the Nova Scotia Archives, includes 329 coroner inquest files and 330 records of bodies that were recovered by ships, along with the disposition of those bodies. "The sinking of the legendary Titanic was a major moment in the history of both the United States and the United Kingdom," says Dan Jones, VP of global content for Ancestry.com. "As the years have passed, many generations have lost information that would confirm relatives who may have been aboard. We’re very pleased to offer these records free for a limited time and provide a single source to find answers to some long-standing family mysteries." Other Titanic-related databases available on Ancestry.com include the Carpathia Passenger List from 1912, which includes many survivors from the Titanic, as well as a broader collection known as “Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1975”.

The Ancestry.com Titanic Collection can be found here. Visit one of our AADL locations to access the library version of Ancestry.com.

Titanic Captain Edward J. SmithTitanic Captain Edward J. Smith

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.

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