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Michigan eLibrary, or MeL, is a terrific resource for all sorts of research. For example, it has lots of databases that would be way too expensive for one school to pay for alone. Ms. Straub's favorite is NoveList, an awesome resource for finding "like" books - as in, "I want a book like Cirque du Freak." Others include the New York Times archive (95-present), NewsBank Michigan Newspapers, and InfoTrack Junior Edition, just to name a few.
MeL also has a whole section called Michigana, which is dedicated to historical artifacts from Michigan, like old photos and Civil War diaries...very cool! This section is a great place to find out more about the role Michiganders have played in the United States' history.
PS - If you are at home, you will need a library card number or a parent's driver's license the first time you use a database on MeL, but don't let that stop you!