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The Latest MeL Resources

In October 2015, a few new resources joined the MeL family.  Be sure to check them out and let other staff members know about them:

*Please note - Learning Zone will not work on an iPad because of a flash issue.

Linking to the Resources

Would you like to put a direct link to a specific MeL resource on your web page or in your LMS?  Then you’ve come to the right place!  Feel free to use our icons...just be sure to embed the geo-authenticated link into each icon.  Click here to access all of the icons and appropriate geo-authenticated links in one place.

Is There An App For That?

Currently, we have free apps available for Britannica School (both Chrome and iOS). Click here for directions on how to install them.

For MeL, we are pleased to announce the recent addition of FREE Chrome Apps for the following areas of MeL:

  • MeL
  • College Bound
  • Business
  • Michigana
  • Teens
  • Kids

These apps are compatible with any Mac, PC, or Chromebook running the Chrome browser and provide simple one-click access to MeL.  Click here for a list of Webstore Links, descriptions and directions for installation.

Google & Microsoft Integrated Gale Products

One of our major content providers, Gale, recently integrated most of their products with Google Apps For Education and Microsoft 365. With this integration, teachers can easily post articles or topic pages right into the Google classroom of their choice as either an assignment or an announcement.  Also, teachers and students can download a citation or an article (including highlights and annotations if they made any) directly to their Google Drive or OneNote with just a click of a button.  Let’s assume the user is in Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) and they download to Google Drive.  OVIC will automatically create a folder on the user’s drive titled “Opposing Viewpoints In Context” and anything saved from there will go directly into that folder.

Not sure if a resource is Google or Microsoft integrated?  Look for the Google login and Classroom icon or the Microsoft login at the top of each database.

Check out the Google Drive Integration Tip Sheet and the Share to Google Classroom Tip Sheet from Gale.  

Read Gale's Blog post about the Microsoft Integration.

Here are some related videos:

Update on Citations...MLA-8

One of the awesome and heavily used features found in many of the resources offered through MeL is the citation feature.  As many of you know, MLA released version 8 this past spring.  In an effort to continue offering the latest, up-to-date resources, both Gale and Britannica will be incorporating MLA 8 as a citation format beginning in Fall 2016.

Gale (provider of resources such as Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Kids InfoBits, Research in Context, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and InfoTrac collections) states their full service citation upgrades will include the following:

  • MLA 8 will be added as a citation format option, and it will be the default source citation within our products. (Gale products will continue to include MLA 7 as a citation option for the 16-17 school year in order to support faculty and librarians as they transition to MLA 8.)

  • Chicago will be added as a citation format option.

  • NoodleTools will be added as an export option.

  • Gale will continue to support EasyBib and will be adding Imagine Easy Scholar as an export option.

Thank you Gale and Britannica for continuing to offer the latest features for us!

Webinars and Other Training Material

Do you know someone that could use a little training on a specific resource? Then check out the following links:

  • Workbooks/User Guides (PDF files)

  • Gale Products

    • Gale Resources Tutorials includes Chilton Library, Gale Legal Forms, Google Tools, Gale Virtual Reference Library - GVRL, Health & Wellness Resource Center, InfoTrac (Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Informe Academico, and all InfoTrac collections),  Kids InfoBits, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and Research in Context.

    • Gale Virtual Reference Library Videos includes three short videos explaining the basics of GVRL, how to search, and how to read eBooks.

    • Gale Product Web Trainings lists web trainings on the resources and services specifically available to Michigan libraries, schools, and residents. Includes upcoming webinars, recordings of past webinars, and additional trainings offered by Gale to all customers.

    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Training Video 42 minute recorded video explaining how to begin searching and navigating the homepage and tools.

    • Research in Context Video Four minute video explaining use and features of the new Research in Context product designed for grades 6-8 students.  

  • MCLS MeL Training & 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.

  • Britannica School

  • CIVIC Technologies (BusinessDecision)   

    • BusinessDecision Video - 3½ minute YouTube video shows how small businesses and entrepreneurs can obtain valuable consumer data including demographic, spending, traffic, and more.  Prepare custom graphs, charts, maps, and reports based on specific search criteria.   

  • EBSCO   

    • eBooks and Audiobooks Support Center - User guides, help sheets, and video tutorials for EBSCO resources with instructions for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows devices.

    • NoveList and Michigan Standards - Two-page flyer showing five ways to integrate NoveList and Michigan Standards (Common Core) resources.  Find nonfiction books, Grab and Go book lists, and curriculum connections. Seven sample searches are described.

    • NoveList Common Core Resources for Schools and Libraries - 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.   

  • LearningExpress Library  

    • LearningExpress Library 3.0 - User guide videos show how to register, search, take tutorials and tests, and download and use an eBook.

    • SAT* Product Flyer - Two page flyer to print locally which describes the resources in the College Preparation Center for online test preparation for students, educators and SAT* preparation programs.  *SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board. PSAT/NMSQT is a registered trademark of the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  These companies were not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, these products.   

  • ProQuest (HeritageQuest)   

  • Scholastic BookFlix   

    • BookFlix and Common Core - Two-page flyer explaining how to maximize PreK-3 students key Common Core State Standards learning outcomes.  Language, speaking and listening, writing, literature, and reading standards are all explained.   

  • World Book

    • Early World of Learning Video - Short video tour of the completely reimagined site featuring resources designed for PreK-2 students.

    • World Book for Kids Flyer - Two page flyer to print locally which describes the redesigned and updated site for 2015.

    • World Book Web - Materials to promote use of World Book Web by students, parents, educators, and patrons.  Download, customize, and print bookmarks, posters, scavenger hunts, and teaching tools.

    • World Book Web Training Site -Suite of training tools that include tutorials, webinars, web presentations, bookmarks, posters, activities, MARC record downloads, and scavenger hunts to show primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video.

    • World Book Web Video Tutorials - Familiarize yourself with the many resources available on the World Book Web.  Learn how to use the tools to learn, explore, and have fun.  


  • MeLCat video for School Libraries - Learn how school libraries can benefit from participating in MeLCat.  Margaret (Gigi) Lincoln, Lakeview Schools District Librarian in Battle Creek explains how she utilizes MeLCat to enhance students' learning experiences.

Professional Development

If you are interested in free MeL professional development for your district or ISD, please contact the MeL K-12 Education Specialist at  Sessions can be 1.5 to 3 hours in length and here are some example topics:

  • Intro to MeL Kids - Elementary (Pre-K to 5th grade)

  • Intro to MeL Teens - Secondary (6th to 12th grades)

  • Using MeL to Teach Research

  • Integrating Britannica School into the Curriculum

  • Exploring Michigan eLibrary's Google Apps for Education Integrated Gale Products

  • Using MeL for Test Prep (grades 4 to 12)

  • Integrating eBooks into the Curriculum

We can also look at having you or someone in your district join an already scheduled training as a “Train the Trainer”. Also, in addition to in-person professional development, we have the option of virtual training.  

Additional Technology Resources

Do you have any suggestions for additional MeL-related content to be added to this page or other teacher pages? Please email the K-12 Specialist at We look forward to hearing from you!!