The purpose behind this page is to provide teachers and media specialists information about MeL Teens and the databases found in the Homework Helpers section. You can find items like handouts, slide decks, and videos that can be used in the classroom to help introduce students to the resources, or even supplemental material like graphic organizers or classroom material. If you have any suggestions for content, or would like to share a resource you currently use, please email your ideas to CSchneider.MeL@gmail.com.
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Teachers and your students...
Join us for the Digital Adventure 360* Interactive Experience
DPTV, the Detroit Zoological Society, Leslie Science & Nature Center, and the Organization for Bat Conservation will bring along teachers, students, and caretakers on a Digital Adventure 360* Interactive Experience for 3 days in December!
Each day we will take you on a virtual field trip inside these habitats to view first-hand animal behavior - and wait until you see how penguins and bats react to our cameras! Joining us LIVE will be the experts from each of our partner sites. You will have a chance to digitally experience what these animals experience every day, and you can ask questions of these animal authorities!
After the video experience, our experts will be available for 20 minutes of questions and answers as you get a chance to explore these wildlife habitats with your students.
There are 3 days you can attend (we hope you can attend all 3):
December 12 at 1pm - Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo
December 13 at 1pm - Raptors at the Leslie Science & Nature Center
December 14 at 1pm - Organization for Bat Conservation
Teachers, join us with your students on just about any electronic device – smart boards, desktops, or tablets.
We will send you an email to preview this content and lesson plans by December 6 so you can review the content.
RSVP here for any of the 3 days.
After you sign up, you will receive an email with a link to preview the video, as well as downloadable lesson plans. All of our lesson plans have been designed by teachers for teachers and are aligned to the state standards for Michigan. These experiences are targeted for 6-12th grade, but are certainly not limited to this age group!
For students in Middle and High School, MeL Teens focuses on resources appropriate for grade 6 through junior college. In addition to the pre-paid subscription databases found in the Homework Help section, students have access to information for college and even social issues.
There are four centers within MeL Teens:
Homework Help is the place to go to access all of the MeL pre-paid subscription databases appropriate for this age group. As long on your IP address is located in Michigan, you have free access. No log-ins are required!
Be sure to print off this handy guide to the pre-paid databases found in MeL Teens.
If you would like to link directly to a pre-paid database on your website, feel free to copy and paste our logos on your page and be sure to embed the Geo-Authenticated link. Database List with Geo-URL links
Students can access web links related to Health, Social Issues, and Vocations/Jobs. Be sure to check out the links available!
Again, find access to some of MeL’s pre-paid subscription databases, this time with a focus on reading. External web links include Audio and eBooks, Comics and Anime, and Zines.
Select, prepare and pay for college. Locate the best pre-planning college guides, practice exams, and scholarships here. High School Students, Parents and School Counselor must explore this center. A favorite link is to eCampus Tours, where students can virtually visit college campuses.
Links to help with MeL:
Video - 2014 Discovery Service Search (9:12)
MCLS MeL Training and Events - Free upcoming online workshops and events for Michigan library and school staff covering MeL databases and MeLCat. Classes are eligible for Library of Michigan CEUs for public library staff and free SCECHs for K12 staff.
Workbook/User Guide: Intro to MeL Teens - PDF
Just what is a “subscription database”? Well, it is usually a searchable online resource that requires payment for access. The content of these databases are published by many different companies and contain information that usually is not available doing a basic free internet search. The information contained in these databases is quality, vetted, and reliable.
Types of content in the databases MeL offers include:
Full text articles from e-journals, newspapers, etc.
Curriculum materials and lesson plans
Also, some of the databases include interactive activities.
The following is a list of databases provided in MeL Teens, along with a description and links to videos and classroom material that you may find useful.
High School and adult. Primary sources for quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and much more. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles and interactive resources are available.
Be sure to set up an Educator Account using school code is mel5 in order to get access to lesson plans and curriculum alignment!
Here are some helpful links for educators:
Gale’s Blog: Learn how real-world educators have used Gale’s 21st century resources to lead learners to higher rates of achievement and productivity.
Google Drive Integration Tip Sheet
Google Classroom Tip Sheet
Save it! Gale to Google Integration Webinar (37:00) - Learn how to download and edit documents in Google Drive, how to download and install the Gale product Chrome apps, and post documents to go along with assignments in Google Classroom.
Google and Gale Make Research Rewarding Video - video complements of Margaret "Gigi" Lincoln, Lakeview Schools District Librarian. How can we channel students’ natural penchant to choose Google for research rather than use library databases? Thanks to a new exciting partnership between Google for Education and Gale Cengage Learning, students and teachers can download, save, and share authoritative database content through Google Drive and Google Classroom. This presentation also highlights how other Michigan eLibrary resources that can be integrated into meaningful teaching and learning.
Google Tools Videos - 2 training videos on how to download to Google Drive and using Google Classroom
Gale’s Blog post about the Microsoft Integration
Microsoft OneDrive video - about the integration into Gale products
Working With Content and Lexile Levels in Gale Resources Fact Sheet
Product Training Webinars Schedule
Gale Documents & Tools - includes links to Scavenger Hunts, Tip Sheets, Lesson Plans, Help with Research, and On-Demand Video Tutorials
Tools for Classrooms (Under Students, click on Resources for Middle and High School Students)
Tools for School Libraries (and teachers!) - access resources for both Elementary and Middle School students
How to Share Info from Gale Resources with your Classroom Tip Sheet
Scavenger Hunts for Gale Products
Videos from Gale
Expanded Academic ASAP **Google & Microsoft Integrated**
Junior and Community Colleges. Mostly full text. Magazine, newspaper and journal articles appropriate to college and university -level research from 1980 to the present. Updated continuously. All topics.
Expanded Academic ASAP Info Sheet
InfoTrac Features and Tools
Gale Virtual Reference Library **Google & Microsoft Integrated**
General interest. Full text. Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).
GVRL Webinar (54:00)
Recognize the general content available in the database
Construct and employ efficient search strategies for information retrieval
Use results lists to examine different types of documents
Examine navigational and search features of the user interface
Search for, identify, and manage documents found within the database
Differentiate between basic and advanced search modes
Recognize how to use bookmarks and marked items as a way to manage and organize information found within the database
Understand how to cross-search the eBooks with other databases in the library’s collection.
GVRL On Demand Tutorials - 3 videos: Basics, Searching, and eBooks
General Reference Center Gold **Google & Microsoft Integrated**
General user. Mostly full text. Integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Updated daily. Indexing, abstracts, image, or full text formats available.
General Reference Center Gold Info Sheet
InfoTrac Features and Tools
General interest. Mostly full text. Intended for informational purposes only. Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., articles from 2,200 general interest publications and links to reputable health websites in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Includes video.
Health & Wellness On-Demand Tutorials - 3 videos: Basic Search and Homepage Features; Menu Tabs; Search Results
InfoTrac Student Edition **Google & Microsoft Integrated**
High School. Mostly full text. Updated daily. Over 1,300 titles cross searchable with eBooks. Gives access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
InfoTrac Features and Tools
Genealogy/history. This digital archive documents state history. Drawn from the Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.
About Michigana - Click on the Tabs to find out how to use “Searching”, “Navigating”, and “Tools” within Michigana
New York Times **Google & Microsoft Integrated**
Opposing Viewpoints in Context **Google & Microsoft Integrated**
Middle school through college undergraduate and General user. Full-text. Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Continuously updated pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, periodical articles, tables/charts/graphs, and more. Contains more than 700 Greenhaven Press, Gale, Macmillan Reference USA™, Charles Scribner’s Sons® and U·X·L titles.
Topic Pages and Documents
Where to Start When You Need a Research Topic
Narrowing Your Research Topic and Searching for Sources
OVIC Webinar (41:00)
Locate position papers on a variety of controversial issues, as well as other types of documents including reference and general periodical content
Retrieve and save desired content
Take quizzes for use in the classroom, and more
Research in Context **Google & Microsoft Integrated**
Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers (high school students may find it useful too) this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
Introducing Research in Context Fact Sheet
Research in Context Videos
Topic Pages and Documents (4:33)
Research in Context Webinar (54:00)
Unique searching and browsing features aimed specifically toward the middle school researcher
Integrating content and searches into an everyday workflow for teachers to use in teacher tools such as blackboard, websites, class syllabus, and share sites
The ease of use for students for long term and short term projects, sharing information with study groups, and much more
Research in Context Crossword Puzzle
While in Research in Context, click on “More” to the right of the search box and then click on “Educator Resources”. To the right of the screen, you can access “Help With Research and Reports for Middle School Students” that includes tip sheets and worksheets.
General interest.Full text. Over 20,000 eBooks available on all topics.
eBooks and Audiobooks Support Center - User guides, help sheets, and video tutorials for EBSCO resources with instructions for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows devices.
TIP: Click on “Education” in the “Browse Category” section to have access to over 1,000 teacher professional development eBooks!
Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, Common Core standards; even books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author. Create your own reading wish list.
Videos - 2015, eight short videos showing how to find books in these areas: Match a Unit of Study, Historical Events, Picture Book Extenders, Read-alikes, Reading and Writing Concepts, Narrative Nonfiction for Young Readers, Right books using Lexiles, and NoveList for schools.
NoveList promotion kit
Test Prep/Jobs/Careers. Seven interactive learning centers of academic and licensing/certification practice tests, elementary level testing for math and reading, and skills building tools. Learning centers: High School Equivalency, College Preparation, College, Career, Adult Learning, School, and Recursos para Hispanohablantes.
Video tutorial on LearningExpress Library (17:00) includes the following sections:
Registering as a New User
Searching for Resources
How to Take a Tutorial
How to Take a Test
How to Download and Use and eBook
TIP: Click on “Featured Resources” on main page then click on “Access a List of eBooks” to a list of over 200 eBooks available that are provided by LearningExpress Library.
Enrich your family and Michigan history research with the digital and audio materials found in MeL Michigana. Over 50,000 items from a broad spectrum of libraries and historical institutions in Michigan are included in this free online collection.
Allows you to explore Michigan's heritage through photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical data.
Contains the collections of The Digitization for Preservation and Access grant program - a statewide effort to digitize valuable and significant local and state-related information held in Michigan libraries and make such resources easily available via the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). It was funded by a FY 2005 allocation to the Library of Michigan from the Michigan Legislature. Ten projects were granted funding. In addition, MeL Michigana contains large digital collections such as the Making of Modern Michigan, the Archives of Michigan Image Collection and the Walter Reuther Library Digital Collections.
Provides websites of interest to anyone seeking historical data about Michigan on topics such as logging, maritime history, bridges, and archaeology, as well as general facts about the state.
The search box at the top of the MeL Michigana page searches the following collections also available lower on the page:
Civil War Diaries Collection
Early Detroit Images from the Burton Historical Collection
Grand Valley State Digital Collections
Great Lakes Maritime Database (Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Collection)
John Todd Photography Collection
Kalamazoo College Cache
Making of Ann Arbor
Michigan County Histories and Atlases
Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections
Upper Peninsula Regional Digitization Center - this includes Connecting the UP, Mackinac Bridge Authority, Sault Ste. Marie Shipping and Locks Collection
Virtual Motor City
War of 1812 Digitization Project