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Adoptions – Michigan Family Independence Agency
Pact: An Adoption Alliance
Search Angels

Advocacy, Social

Call 211
Disability Network – Northern Michigan
Do Something
Domestic/Sexual Violence Prevention Resource Guide Women’s Resource Center of N. Michigan
Family Resource Guide (Great Start Collaborative)
Helping Hand
MI Bridges
Michigan Disability Rights
Military OneSource
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency
Sign Language Interpreters (Local Interpreter Services Network)
TrueNorth Community Services
Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan


Art History Resources on the Web
Coloring Books Free Coloring Books from World-Class Museums and Libraries
National Gallery of Art
Smarthistory Multimedia Web-book About Art and Art History
Timeline of Art History


Solar System Exploration (NASA)
StarDate Online
Sunrise and Sunset Calculator


DMV Practice Test
DOE/EPA Fuel Economy
iFixit Vehicle Repair
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety/Highway Loss Data Institute
Michigan’s Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Petersen Automotive Museum
What Every Driver Must Know Michigan Secretary of State

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Books and Literature

Bookshare Accessible Online Library for People with Print Disabilities
Digital Book Index
Feeding America MSU’s Digital Cookbook Collection
Folger Digital Texts: Shakespeare’s Plays from the Folger Shakespeare Library
Grand Comic Book Database
Juvenile Series and Sequels
Michigan Center for the Book
Michigan Children and Young Adult Books and Authors
NPR’s Book Concierge
Open Library
Reader’s Circle
Reading Rants! – Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!
What Should I Read Next?
What’s Next: Books in Series
Writing for the Web

Business Resources

Better Business Bureau
Code of Federal Regulations
Corporate & Community Education North Central Michigan College
Entrepreneurial Toolkit Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
Free EDGAR SEC EDGAR Documents
Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business (MEDC/SBDC)
IRS Tax Information for Businesses
Michigan Business Licensing Requirements
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Michigan Small Business Development Center
Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
Networks Northwest
Online Advertising and Marketing (Federal Trade Commission)
Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory
Pure Michigan Talent Connect
Reference for Business
Resource Guide for Small Business (Michigan edition)
SCORE – National
SCORE – Tip of the Mitt Chapter 622
Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)
Statistical Abstracts of the United States
U.S. Census Bureau Economic Programs
U.S. Small Business Administration
World Chambers Network–Worldwide Chambers of Commerce


Learn How to Become
Mapping Your Future
Pure Michigan Talent Connect
U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration


Census Bureau
Census Bureau Annual Population Estimates
Statistical Abstracts of the United States


Charitable Choices
Global Impact
GuideStar: The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations
National Center for Charitable Statistics

Computer Classes Online

Computer Tutorials in Pictures
GCF Global Learning
Microsoft Virtual Academy

Consumer Education

Better Business Bureau
Consumer Information Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Protection Guide
Consumer Reports (Library account for in-library use only)
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Michigan Attorney General Consumer Protection Division Complaint Directory
Michigan’s Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Practical Guide for Tenants and Landlords
Product Recall and Safety Warnings
Smart Disclosure Data Community
Tenants and Landlords – A Practical Guide

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Digitization Projects

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Civil War Diaries
Coloring Books Free Coloring Books from World-Class Museums and Libraries
Detroit Area Library Network Digitization Projects
Digital Book Index
Digital Einstein Papers
Digital Public Library of America
Early Americas Digital Archive
Europeana 1914-1918 World War I
Hathi Trust
Historical Petoskey/Emmet County Newspapers
Huntington Free Library Native American Collection (Cornell University)
Image Gallery Smithsonian Libraries
IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library Free Public Domain Sheet Music Library
Internet Archive
LIFE Photo Archive
Lives of the First World War
Making of Modern Michigan
National Security Archive at George Washington University
New York Public Library Digital Collections
New York State Historic Newspapers
Pioneering the Upper Midwest (Library of Congress)
Richard A. (Rick) Wiles Collection Greenwood Cemetery
Sanborn Insurance Maps at Library of Congress
Shorpy Photo Archive
Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog from the American Folklife Center
University of Virginia Numismatic Collection
Veterans History Project
World Digital Library

Directories (telephone, etc.)

AT&T Charlevoix/Emmet Counties Directory
AT&T Local Calling Area Look-up
AT&T Real Pages
Gethuman 500 Database (how to reach a person at many companies)
International Look-up
Lookup Directory from Melissa Data
PhoneGuide (Local directory from Review Directories, Inc., Petoskey)
Reverse Phone Directory
State of Michigan Telephone Directory
Toll-free Directory Assistance


iFixit Free Repair Manuals


Academic Earth Video Lectures from the World’s Top Scholars
AcademicInfo Online Degrees, Subject Guides & Video Lectures
Accredited Schools Online
Affordable Colleges Online
College Navigator
Colleges, College Scholarships and Financial Aid Page
Distance Learning
Early on Michigan Resources for Infants and Toddlers
FAFSA on the Web (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Federal School Code Search Page
Federal Student Aid Gateway
Khan Academy
Livemocha Language Instruction
Michigan College Access Network
Michigan Department of Education
Michigan School Financial Data
Michigan Student Aid
Michigan Virtual
National Center for Education Statistics
National Literacy Directory
Parent Dashboard for School Transparency MI Department of Education
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Test Preparation Information (Digital) for SAT, GRE, ACT, GMAT, and MCAT
U.S. Department of Education
Workforce Development Summit Michigan Department of Education


AARP 2012 Elections
Citizens Research Council of Michigan
League of Conservation Voters
League of Women Voters of Michigan
Michigan Campaign Finance Network
Michigan Election Reform Alliance
Michigan Voter Information Center – Michigan Secretary of State
Michigan Voter Power
On the Issues
Open Secrets – Center for Responsive Politics
Smart Voter by the League of Women Voters
Vote 411
Vote Smart

Electronics Repair



Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy U.S. Department of Energy
National Environmental Services Center
Sustainability Coverage from American Public Media
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council


Amortization Calculator
AnnualCreditReport.com (request your free credit report)
Bank and Credit Union Ratings
Big Charts (Historical Quotes)
Currency Conversion Calculator
FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data
How Stuff Works Money Channel
Investing in Bonds.com
MI Money Health Michigan State University Extension
Money Smart for Older Adults: A Resource Guide
Personal Finance Calculators
Savings Bond Calculator
Social Security Benefits Estimator

Foreclosure Avoidance Resources

Avoiding Foreclosure: A Guide for Michigan Homeowners
Consumer Tips for Avoiding Foreclosure Rescue Scams
Foreclosure Rescue Scams
Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure HUD
Helping Hand
Hold On To Your Home
Michigan Lending & Foreclosure Guide
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Foreclosure Prevention Assistance
Mortgage Payments Sending You Reeling? Here’s What to Do
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency


American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island
Ancestry™ Library Edition (in-library use only)
Beginner’s Genealogy Research Kit (compliments of Barbara Manley Hernden)
Brigham Young University Family History Archive
Castle Garden: America’s First Immigration Center
Charlevoix Courier Obituary Database
Chicago Ancestors
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Date an Old Photograph
DeadFred Genealogy Photo Archive
Emmet County Clerk Death Record Search
Emmet County Clerk Marriage Record Search
Emmet County Genealogical Society
Emmet County Plat Book, 1902
FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service (LDS)
Federation of East European Family History Societies
Find A Grave
Genealogy Center Allen County Public Library
Greenwood Cemetery Records
Historical Petoskey/Emmet County Newspapers
Michigan County Histories
Michigan Family History Network
Michigan Vital Records Office
MyHeritage Library Edition
Obituary Daily Times
PHS Class of 1959 Find A Grave Site
Seeking Michigan
Social Security Death Index
World Vital Records

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General Reference

Acronym Finder
Baby Names
Directory of Open Access Journals
Inflation Calculator
Information Please
Math Forum
MDHHS Eat Safe Fish Guides
OneLook Dictionary Search
Online Conversion (Convert just about anything to anything else)
Phrase Finder
Quote Investigator
TinEye Reverse Image Search
Visual Dictionary Online
World Fact Book


American Presidency Project
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Census Bureau
CIA World Factbook
Consumer Price Index
Do Not Call Registry
Energy Information Administration
FedStats: Statistics from over 100 Federal Agencies
Free Government Information
Government Information: Links from Vanderbilt University
Government Publications
GovFresh Government 2.0
Internal Revenue Service (Tax Forms and Publications)
Social Security Benefits Estimator
Statistical Abstracts of the United States
United States Code
United States Government Blog
United States Government Manual
United States Patent and Trademark Office
USA.gov: Official Site for U.S. Government Information, Services, Transactions and Forms
USA Services
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Government Printing Office
Veterans Affairs
White House

Bear Creek Township
Bliss Township
Carp Lake Township
Center Township
City of Boyne City
City of Charlevoix
City of East Jordan
City of Harbor Springs
City of Petoskey
City of Petoskey Schedule of Rates & Charges
Cross Village Township
Emmet County
Friendship Township
Littlefield Township
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Little Traverse Township
Maple River Township
McKinley Township
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
Petoskey Code of Ordinances
Pleasantview Township
Readmond Township
Resort Township
Springvale Township
Wawatam Township
West Traverse Township

State of Michigan
Agencies and Departments (Complete Links)
Attorney General (Consumer Rights, Consumer Complaints, Legal Rulings)
Attorney General Consumer Protection Division Complaint Directory
Bureau of Elections
Citizens Guide to State Government (pdf)
Congressman Jack Bergman (U.S.)
Congressman Lee Chatfield (107th District – MI)
Congressman Triston Cole (105th District – MI)
Do Not Call Registry
ExpressSOS The No-wait Secretary of State
Friend of the Court: A Guide to Custody, Parenting Time and Support
Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Helping Hand
Legislative Process in Michigan (Student’s Guide)
MDHHS Eat Safe Fish Guides
Michigan Census Information
Michigan Child Support Formula Manual
Michigan Children’s Protection Registry (ProtectMIChild)
Michigan Community Service Commission
Michigan Compiled Laws
Michigan Manual
Michigan Senate
Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide 2018
Michigan’s Labor Market News
Natural Resources (Includes State Parks)
Senator Gary Peters (U.S.)
Senator Wayne Schmidt (37th District – MI)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (U.S.)
State of Michigan Telephone Directory
Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats
Supreme Court
Treasury (Includes Tax Forms)
Unclaimed Property – Michigan Department of Treasury 
Unemployment Benefits & Claims
Veterans Benefits and Services for Michigan Veterans

Grantseeking Resources

Council of Michigan Foundations
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (GVSU)
Foundation Center
Grants and Related Resources (Michigan State University)
Grants for Individuals Index
Rural Assistance Center
SBIR/STTR Assistance in Michigan
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Great Lakes

International Joint Commission Newsletters
Lake Michigan Angler
Restore Our Water International

Health and Medicine

AMA Resources for Patients
AMA Online Doctor Finder
American Parkinson Disease Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Diagnostic Tests
Economic Impact of Health Care in Michigan
Enroll Michigan (Affordable Care Act Assistance)
Genetics Home Reference
Go Ask Alice – Columbia University’s Health Q&A Internet Service
Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
Health Information Resources from MeL
Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act
Health on the Net Foundation
Helping Hand
Kaiser Health News
Mayo Clinic
MDHHS Eat Safe Fish Guides
Medicare & You
Medicare – Prescription Drug Coverage
MEDLINEplus:Health Information From the National Library of Medicine
Michigan Center for Assisted Living
Michigan Consumers for Healthcare
Michigan Genetics Resource Center
Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s Comparing Hospitals
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Library of Medicine
National Library of Medicine Drug Information
National Parkinson Foundation
Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency
Nursing Home Compare from Medicare
Online Medical Dictionary
Patient Care Guides from University of Michigan Health System
Planning for Your Peace of Mind: A Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions
PTSD Coach Online
RxList: the Internet Drug Index

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American Memory from the Library of Congress
American Presidency Project
Historic Archaeological Research Links
Historical Society of Michigan
History Channel
Holocaust Chronicle
Holocaust Memorial Center (Michigan)
LIFE Photo Archive
Making of Modern Michigan
Michigan Centennial Farms
Michigan County Histories
New York State Historic Newspapers
Richard A. (Rick) Wiles Collection Greenwood Cemetery
Seeking Michigan
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
World History by History Link 101
Yad Vashem. The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

Home and Garden

All Recipes
Good Food
Howard Garret: The Dirt Doctor
You Bet Your Garden


A to Z Home’s Cool
Best Homeschooling
Homefires: The Journal of Home Schooling Online
Home School Hub
Homeschooling from About.com
Jon’s Homeschool Resource Page
Life Learning Magazine

House History and Historic Sites Research

Genealogy of a House
House History Checklist
How to Research the History of Your House
Michigan Historic Sites
Michigan Subdivision Plats
National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places, Petoskey
Panoramic Maps – Library of Congress
Researching the Genealogy of Your Home
Researching the History of Your House
Researching Your Own Home
United States Land Patent Search


All Music Guide
Chopin Early Editions
EpistemeLinks Philosophy Links on the Internet
International Music Score Library Project
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Jazz in America: The National Jazz Curriculum
National Endowment for the Humanities
OWL (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
Poetry Daily
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Human Services

Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan
Helping Hand
MI Bridges
Military OneSource


Finding Information on the Internet
How Stuff Works Computer Channel
Internet Tutorials
PC Magazine
Search Engine Watch
Virtual Training Suite


Helping Hand
Learn How to Become
Michigan’s Labor Market News
Michigan Unemployment Benefits & Claims
Michigan Works
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Pure Michigan Talent Connect
State Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
Workforce Development Summit Michigan Department of Education

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American Bar Association Law Info
Court Listener
Electronic Credit Repair Kit
FindLaw (Legal Resources)
Free Legal Forms
Free Michigan Legal Aid
Friend of the Court: A Guide to Custody, Parenting Time and Support
Lawyer Search from Martindale-Hubbell
Legal Information Institute: State Statutes by Topic
Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors
Legal Information Reference Center (Michigan eLibrary)
Legal Services of Northern Michigan Internet Representation Project
Michigan Compiled Laws
Michigan Court Forms
Michigan Legal Help
Michigan State Appellate Defender Office
Michigan State Law Library
Nolo: Law for All
Northern Community Mediation
Planning for Your Peace of Mind: A Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions
Practical Guide for Tenants and Landlords
Selected Historic Supreme Court Decisions
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Code
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court
Washlaw Web: Washburn University School of Law
Zimmerman’s Research Guide


Alanson Area Public Library
American Library Association
Boyne District Library
Charlevoix Public Library
Cheboygan Area Public Library
Crooked Tree District Library
Library of Congress
Library of Michigan
Little Traverse Bay Bands Cultural Library
MCB Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL)
Michigan eLibrary (MeL)
Michigan Library Association


Emmet County Plat Maps, 1902
Google Maps
Historical Maps of Michigan
Rand McNally
Topographical Maps
University of Texas Map Collection


Center for Michigan, The
Helping Hand
Historical Maps of Michigan
Historical Society of Michigan
Making of Modern Michigan
MI Bridges
Michigan Centennial Farms
Michigan County Histories
Michigan County Population Estimates, 2010-2020
Michigan Trail Maps
Michigan Trails Finder
Northern Home and Cottage (Traverse Magazine)
Pure Michigan
Unemployment Benefits & Claims

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Michigan Authors and Illustrators

Michigan Authors and Illustrators Database
Michigan Children and Young Adult Books and Authors


Internet Movie Database
Rotten Tomatoes


ABYZ Newslinks
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Cheboygan Tribune
Daily Source
Detroit Free Press
Detroit News
Gaylord Herald Times
Historical Petoskey/Emmet County Newspapers
Lansing State Journal
National Public Radio
Newspapers U.S. and Worldwide
Northern Express
New York State Historic Newspapers
Petoskey News-Review
Traverse City Record-Eagle
TV News Archive
U.S. News Archives on the Web


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Argus Institute for Families and Veterinary Medicine
AVMA Pet Care
Companion Animal Care
Humane Society of the United States: Pets
Missing Pet Network


Activity-Based Physics
Physical Science from How Stuff Works
Physics Research Overview (National Science Foundation)
Physics Topics from IPL2

Public Opinion

Gallup Organization
Howard Odum Institute Public Opinion Poll Question Database
Public Agenda
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

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Association of Religion Data Archives
Blue Letter Bible
Catholic Online
Internet Resources for the Study of Judaism and Christianity
Islam and Islamic Studies
Judaism 101
Mosques Around the World
Religion and Theology Resources from IPL2
Religious Movements Homepage
Sacred Text Archive
Sermon and Bible Study Database
TempleNet (Indian Temples)
Virtual Religion Index

Science, General

Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education K-12 online projects
Global Warming Facts
How Stuff Works Science Channel
National Science Foundation
Putting DNA to Work
Science Update
Scientific American: Ask the Experts
Webwatchers’ Web Guides (National Science Teachers Association/National Science Association)
What Tree Is It?

Senior Citizens

AARP Social Security Center
Assisted Living in Michigan
Changes and Choices: Legal Rights of Senior Adults
Eldercare Locator
Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
Guide to Services for Older Adults
Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors
Long Term Care
Medicare Assistance Programs
Michigan Office of Services to the Aging
Michigan Physician Guide to End-of-Life Care
Michigan’s Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families
Money Smart for Older Adults: A Resource Guide
National Center on Law and Elder Rights
Nursing Home Compare from Medicare
Preventing Elder Abuse, Assault, and Theft
Road Scholar Formerly Elderhostel
Senior Assisted Living
Services for Seniors: Laws and Programs for Senior Adults Michigan Legislature
Social Security Online


Detroit Lions
Detroit Pistons
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Tigers
Hockey Hall of Fame
Lansing Lugnuts
Little League Online
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Michigan Trail Maps
Michigan Trails Finder
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
NCAA Sports
Sports Reference
Sports Topics from IPL2
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Traverse City Beach Bums
West Michigan Whitecaps
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

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Taxes/Tax Forms

All States
Federal (IRS)
Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide 2018
Outline of the Michigan Tax System April 2014 Revision


Backpack Europe on a Budget
BootsnAll Travel Network
Couch Surfing Project
Fodors Travel Online
Hostelling International
How Stuff Works Travel Channel
Michigan Department of Transportation
National Park Service
Northern Home and Cottage (Traverse Magazine)
Pure Michigan
Rand McNally
Travel Beyond Vacations
Travel and Tourism Topics from IPL2
Travelfish Backpacking travel guide to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
World Time Server
Yahoo! Maps


Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages
HUD Veteran Information
National Archives Veterans’ Service Records
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans for Peace


America’s Promise (The Alliance for Youth)
Association for Volunteer Administration
Char-Em United Way Volunteer Connections
Idealist.org (Action Without Borders)
Network for Good
Points of Light Foundation
United Nations Volunteers


Climate of the Midwest
Complete Sun and Moon Data from U.S. Naval Observatory
National Weather Service
Weather Channel
Weather Underground