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The purpose behind this page is to provide administrators, media specialists, teacher coaches, and any teachers that want to learn more about MeL resources, access to MeL training and overview material that can be used with K-12 staff.  If you have any suggestions for content, or would like to share a resource you currently use, please email your ideas to

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Intro to MeL Resources

2018 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference Resources

Spring Into School Outreach with MeL (Schneider, Lancaster, Luyt) 

MeL Databases for PreK to 5th Grades (Schneider) 

MeL Databases for Teens and Adults (Schneider) 

MRA 2018 Conference Resources

Early Literacy Resources from the Michigan eLibrary (Grades PreK to 3) 

Research Across the Curriculum: Michigan eLibrary Resources for Grades 3 to 12  


MACUL 2018 Conference Resources

Pre-conference session:  Fight Fake News with FREE Resources Available Now!  

Thursday's session:  Online Tools for Projects in Classrooms: Getting the Most Out of MeL and Other Online Tools   

Friday's session:  Exploring Online Resources in the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) in Support of MDE’s Early Literacy Initiative  


Career Education Conference 2018 Resources

Slide Decks from the 2018 Michigan Career Education Conference sessions:

1. Exploring MeL's Free CTE Resources In Depth (

2. Online Tools for Projects in Classrooms: Getting the Most Out of MeL and Other Online Tools (


BookFLIX (Scholastic)

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

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eBooks Collection


  • 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 K-8 Collection Flyer

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Gale Resources

User Guides:

Gale - General Info:

  • Gale - Google Integration 

  • Gale - Microsoft Integration

  • How to Share Info From Gale Resources with your Class Tip Sheet

  • 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

    • Your Library vs. Open Web (2:20)
    • Where to Start When You Need a Research Topic (4:46)
    • Narrowing Your Research Topic and Searching for Sources (6:15)
    • Tools that Make Research Easy - Highlights and Notes (2:29)
    • Tools that Make Research Easy - My Folder (4:28)
    • Tools that Make Research Easy - Topic Finder (2:22)
    • 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)

  • Working with Content and Lexile Levels in Gale Resources Tip Sheet

  • Webinars Schedule - Product Training

Gale Databases

LearningExpress Library

Content List:

  • This Content List is an Excel Spreadsheet that contains a list of all Articles, eBooks, Tests, and Tutorials and in which center each is located within LearningExpress Library.  

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Training Videos:

  • Video tutorial on LearningExpress Library (17:00) includes the following sections:

    • Welcome

    • Home Page

    • Registering as a New User

    • About Centers

    • Searching for Resources

    • How to Take a Tutorial

    • How to Take a Test

    • How to Download and Use and eBook

    • My Center


  • 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.

MeL Michigana

Access Michigana right from the 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:

Currently Searchable

  • Civil War Diaries Collection

  • Early Detroit Images from the Burton Historical Collection

  • Governing Michigan

  • 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

  • Seeking Michigan

  • 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+

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Training Videos:

  • 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 Resources

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Early World of Learning:

Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazgos (Spanish version of World Book for Kids):

World Book for Kids:

  • Training - find out how to use World Book for Kids in the classroom.

  • Videos - includes 9 video tutorials on how to use World Book for Kids