Microfilm Research Services

Please provide month, year, date, and a brief description of what you are looking for, for example, obituary, article featuring a certain person, etc. For a fee of $3 per request, Library staff will search the microfilm collection for your article. It is important to know that the collection is not digitized and we will be researching on microfilm actual every-day newspapers with an average of 30 pages each. Therefore, it is impossible to check long periods of time. A date or a max of 3 days including an approximate date should be given for the research (example: if the approximate date is June 14, the three days could be from June 13 to June 16 or from June 12 to June 15). The Pontiac Public Library Microfilm collection spans from 1835-2019. Please contact the Reference Department, 248-758-3943 or email groehrig@pontiaclibrary.org and the Public Services Librarian will work with you on your Reference request.  




Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete includes rigorous curation and indexing of open access (OA) journal.

Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry® Library Edition distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection with unlimited streaming access to the entire collection, no downloads, and no software.

America’s News
America’s News: 2023 Edition is a powerful online resource that empowers patrons to explore a diverse range of popular topics including business, health, politics, careers, entrepreneurship and much more.

Auto Repair Source
Auto Repair Source offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today’s complex vehicles.


Biography Reference Center
Biography Reference Center contains over 430,000 full-text biographies, pulled together information from classic and modern books, encyclopedias, newspapers, and full-text biographical articles.

Business Book Summaries
Business Book Summaries (BBS) provides concise summaries of the leading business books.

Black Life In America
Black Life in America is a digital archive of news media that presents the broad sweep of African American history, including many Black achievements not covered in most textbooks, and provides balanced coverage from diverse sources published across four centuries.


Career Preparation from LearningExpress Library
Discover this portal of instantly scored licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests, online career preparation, skill-building and vital information for a wide variety of occupations.

Computer Skills Tutorial from LearningExpress Library
Offers 90+ courses on topics such as computer basics, Internet basics, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and MS Office tools like Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Create a free account to access these tools.


The Public Library Association’s site, DigitalLearn.org, is an online hub for digital literacy support and training.

Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a US project aimed at providing public access to digital holdings in order to create a large-scale public digital library.

Driving-Tests offers free online practice tests for each state and Washington DC.

Duolingo is the fun, free app for learning 40+ languages through quick, bite-sized lessons.   


Early World of Learning
Early World of Learning is full of stories, videos, songs, and games to provide a firm foundation for 21st-century learning and digital citizenship.

eBook High School Collection
This robust collection is an easy and cost-effective way for libraries to provide full-text e-books that align with their school’s curricula.

eBook K-8 Collection
This cost-effective e-book collection supports a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools.

eBook Public Library Collection
This general reference e-book collection features titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and recommended titles from leading publishers.

Employment Services for People Experiencing Homelessness
Services through Resume Builder that exist to bridge the gap created by the intersection of multiple barriers to employment, offering vocational rehabilitation and training to eligible individuals.

Eric: Education Resources Information Center
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system providing educators, researchers, and the general public with access to education literature and resources.

Explora for Public Libraries
Explora Public Libraries provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books, grouped into easy-to-browse categories. Explora provides research collections on thousands of topics to help them find the information they need quickly and easily.


FDSys (Federal Digital System)
The U.S. Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) automates the collection and dissemination of electronic information from all three branches of the federal government.


Health Source – Consumer Edition
This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to full-text consumer health magazines. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

Health Source – Nursing/Academic Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition is a trusted full-text database covering nursing and allied health topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and more.


JSTOR Daily provides context for current events using scholarship found in JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, books, and other material.

Health Source – Nursing/Academic Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition is a trusted full-text database covering nursing and allied health topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and more.


Lansing State Journal
Lansing Michigan News – lansingstatejournal.com is the home page of Lansing Michigan with in depth and updated Lansing local news.

LearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library is an easy-to-use online test prep resource that helps people improve their core academic skills, earn a high school equivalency, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

Legal Information Research Center
Legal Information Reference Center is an online database designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds.

Legal Source
Providing indexing and full-text coverage of the most respected scholarly law journals, Legal Source is the authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.


MedlinePlus (Free Version)
MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for patients and their families and friends. It is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, and a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

MeLCat Michigan eLibrary Catalog
The MeLCat Statewide Catalog is a centralized union catalog and resource sharing service created to share materials among all types of libraries in Michigan, regardless of the local circulation system they use. MeLCat contains up-to-date holdings from all participating libraries.

Michigan Authors and Illustrators
Michigan Authors and Illustrators (MIAI) is a database of information on authors and illustrators born in Michigan, who live in Michigan, or who have written books about or set in Michigan.

A personal finance website covering broad range of topics such as credit cards, loans, financial planning, insurance and mortgages.

Most Affordable Online Colleges
Provided by OnlineU, it aims to support students in their personal and professional endeavors by highlighting the most affordable colleges offering online degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

My Heritage Library Edition
MyHeritage Library Edition includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 3 billion family tree profiles.


Newspaper Source Plus
Newspaper Source Plus is a collection of current news sources from around the world, including over 1200 full-text newspapers, 150 newswires, news magazines, television and radio transcripts, news video clips, and more. It is updated daily with the most recent news.

Helps people find affordable schools, careers, and places to live through data analysis and expected return on investment.


OAIster (Free Version)
The OAIster® database​​ OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records that represent open access resources.      

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides resources, including viewpoint essays, primary sources, periodical articles, images, and more, presenting pros and cons of current social issues.     


Pontiac History
Page provided on the web site of the Pontiac Public Library in Pontiac MI with local historical information through documents, images, and newspapers.


Small Business Reference Center
Small Business Reference Center offers readers a collection of state-specific resources supported with demographic data and other local information. 

Silent Professionals
Contracts and full-time job opportunities for private security jobs.


The Library Network
The Library Network (TLN) is a public library cooperative serving 75 libraries in southeast Michigan. Its mission is to provide and facilitate quality services developed through collaboration of our member libraries. It is funded by the state and by its member libraries.

Turfgrass Information File
The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF), maintained by the Turfgrass Information Center at Michigan State University, is a comprehensive index of publications on turfgrass and its maintenance.


Vin Lookup – Free VIN Decoder by DMV Permit Test The VIN decoder provides information about the vehicle, including the make, model, year, engine type, country of origin, details such as the manufacturer code, vehicle features, and production number. The VIN is also utilized to track the vehicle’s history, including any accidents, thefts, or damages reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

How to Vet a Doctor Before Surgery – FHV Legal Ensure safety and peace of mind before surgery by learning to vet a doctor effectively. Our comprehensive guide provides advice on researching credentials, obtaining referrals, and asking crucial questions so you can make an informed decision.


WorldCat (Free Version)
WorldCat is the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections.


ZipRecruiter College Specific
ZipRecruiter is a job site for college graduates that aims to match businesses with the right people for their open roles.

ZipRecruiter Salary Data
Salaries estimates for job listings.

ZipRecruiter Veterans Specific
ZipRecruiter veterans is a job site for veterans that aims to match businesses with the right people for their open roles.