Open Education Database


Looking for free, college level lectures and courses?  Check out the Open Education Database (OEDB.)  This resource connects learners to thousands of free online courses.  Many of these classes are offered by leaders in the educational community, such as UC Berkeley, MIT, and Yale University.  Learn at your own pace with these free, easily accesible courses.



Morningstar provides data on more than 385,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 8 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its registered investment advisor subsidiaries and has more than $186 billion in assets under advisement and management as of June 30, 2012. The company has operations in 27 countries.  Morningstar created the Morningstar Rating, Morningstar Style Box and other proprietary measures.

To access Morningstar, patrons will need a valid Dexter District Library card. If you encounter any difficulties accessing the site, please contact the Adult Reference Desk at 426-4477 for assistance.

Morningstar Access:

Training videos:

Gale Virtual Reference Center

Recommended for the general user, this database contains full text versions of reference titles.  Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Click here to access.

Note:  This resource may be accessed from home with a valid Michigan Driver's License or Library card.

Ancestry Library edition is the largest family history site online. with over 4 billion names in historical records.

In Library use only!

Learning Express Library

LearningExpress Library helps you reach your academic, professional, and life goals. From test preparation and basic skills improvement to career guidance and job search assistance, LearningExpress offers you the guidance you need to succeed.


Community Info

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Community groups listed below without a Web site do have a phone number for reference. 

If you have a community group to suggest for this list, please contact Paul McCann, Director, via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Suggestions will be reviewed and added to the list based on appropriateness.


Recommended  for: Readers of fiction (all ages), librarians, and teachers. 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.  Click here to access.


Khan Academy

Watch. Practice.

Learn almost anything for free.

With thousands of videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Online Resources

Here are the tools that we recommend to you for your reference and research needs.


Databases are specialized online research libraries paid for by the library and free to use for library card holders. You may find newspaper, magazine, and journal articles; online encyclopedias; stock market information; readers recommendations, and other informative online resources.  The Dexter District Library offers access to (in library only), Mango, Novelist, as well as the full range of MEL Databases.

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy contains over 3,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.

Local Info regarding Dexter

The Community Info article is full of links to websites that pertain to the local Dexter Community.

Open Education Database

Looking for free, college level lectures and courses?  Check out the Open Education Database (OEDB.)  This resource connects learners to thousands of free online courses.  Many of these classes are offered by leaders in the educational community, such as UC Berkeley, MIT, and Yale University.  Learn at your own pace with these free, easily accesible courses.

Help from Librarians

Librarians are always available to help you with your research needs. If at any point you’d like to talk to a librarian in person, give us a call at 734-426-4477 and ask for the Adult Reference or Youth Services Desk. Also, you may email us. Of course, you may stop by the Reference Desk anytime.


It's the easiest way to learn a foreign language!

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.

Click here to start learning a new language!