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BookFlix® is a digital literacy resource that pairs more than 120 animated stories from Weston Woods with a best-selling nonfiction eBook from Scholastic on a similar subject. The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts.
Britannica School How-To - Google Slides
Britannica School MeL Workbook Pages - Grades K to 5 - Google Doc
Britannica School MeL Workbook Pages - Grades 6 - 12 - Google Doc
Learning Zone Tour - PDF
Specialized Britannica Recorded Webinars
Visual Literacy Strategies - (52:34) explore how to develop students' visual literacy skills through images, maps, timelines, diagrams, and other graphical items using Britannica School.
Britannica School - ELA in Focus (50:30)
Britannica School - High School (49:44)
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!
eBooks MeL Workbook Pages - Grades 6 to 12 - Google Doc
eBooks K-8 Collection - MeL Workbook Pages - Grades PreK to 5 - Google Doc
Gale Resources MeL Workbook Pages - Grade PreK to 5 - Google Doc
Gale Resources MeL Workbook Pages - Grades 6 to 12 - Google Doc
Gale - General Info:
Gale - Microsoft Integration
Google and Gale Make Research Rewarding Video - video compliments 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.
Videos - Research Tools
Where to Start When You Need a Research Topic (3:28)
Narrowing Your Research Topic and Searching for Sources (5:00)
Finding Reliable Information (2:00)
Finding and Saving Sources (2:40)
Using Citation Tools (1:32)
Finding Statistical Data (2:05)
Webinars Schedule - Product Training
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Basic Search and Homepage Features Video (4:06)
Menu Tabs Video (4:16)
Search Results Video (1:53)
Michigana: Sources in US History Online
Research in Context
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
Access Michigana right from the MeL.org homepage, as it is one of the tabs at the top. 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
Ward Morgan Photography Collection
NoveList K8+ - from Intro To MeL Kids Workbook (Google Doc)
NoveList K8+ - from Intro To MeL Teens Workbook (Google Doc)
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.
World Book - from Intro To MeL Kids Workbook - Google Doc
Early World of Learning:
Video Overview - Early World of Learning (14:37)
Training - find info on how to use Early World of Learning
Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazgos (Spanish version of World Book for Kids):
World Book for Kids: