Online Resources – Databases and More

Ancestry Library edition is the largest family history site online. with over 4 billion names in historical records. Please note that Ancestry Library edition may be used inside the Library building only!


Evaluations of new products and comparisons between products, that are released by the magazine, Consumer Reports. This resource is accessible from home with your Dexter District Library card.  If you have a Library Card that begins with 29082, you will need to get a new card from the Library before you can use this resource from home.  Come to the Library and we will supply you with a new card free of charge.

Consumer Reports is provided through financial support from the Friends of the Dexter District Library.


Click here for web sites and contact information for various organizations in the Dexter community.


Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages.

Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you’ll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you’ll know how they’re used in practical situations and conversations. You’ll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you’ll learn how to communicate.

Choose from a number of languages, including: Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and English for speakers of Polish, Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese.

Ready to begin? Grab your library card and click here to set up your personal Mango account.

MeL Databases is where you go to find full text articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers, as well as ebooks, tests, maps, and much more.  They cover all topics and offer research and life-long learning information for all ages.  These are articles and ebooks you will not find through a general Internet search. They are subscription based resources which are provided at no charge for Michigan residents through state and federal funding by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and state of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.  MeL offers many different sets of these resources (databases), so how do you know which one to use?


Novelist helps to find the next best fiction book to read. Search by author, title,  series, plots, or even books like the one you just finished.

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. bookflix