ProQuest Direct Professional Education Collection 

A teacher resources database created for full-time educators. It is accessible via the Oakland Schools website at: (only staff has access to this database)

Proquest Direct Career and Technical Education 

The largest vocational and technical database on the market, with online access via ProQuest Direct. It is accessible via the Oakland Schools website at:

OCLC FirstSearch

A large database of articles and Internet websites that can be accessed from home. It is accessible via Proquest Direct (see item above) (only staff and students have access to this database).

Educations Resources Information Center (ERIC)

From the Oakland Schools website everyone has access to ERIC database. This database is full of document abstracts and journal articles on education, research, and practice. ERIC digests in full text are available for select topics. 
URL: (No ID or password are necessary.)

Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)

From the Oakland Schools website everyone has access to GEM: the Gateway to Educational Materials. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Library of Education sponsors GEM. It provides access to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other educational resources on the Internet.

Serials, Periodicals and Newspapers (SPAN)

From the Oakland Schools website Michigan residents can access SPAN which is a listing of holdings of serials, periodicals, and newspapers in libraries in the state of Michigan.


NetLibrary is a collection of e-books that includes over 12,000 full-text books and is accessible by all Michigan residents. Books on a wide range of topics for a broad audience are included. You must create a personal account at a Michigan library (school media centers are in this category). Once you have created your account you will be able to access this collection from any computer that can connect to the Internet. Books may be “checked out” for up to 6 hours. Visit your local public or school library to accomplish this.