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Get Ready for October 1

Coming October 1, MeL will transform! New eResources, a new website, and a new logo will make their debuts. The latest information about eResource changes can be found at our Get Ready page.

Finding Articles in Magazines, Journals and Newspapers

See here for video tutorials on a variety of MeL databases

Database Tutorials

MeL Databases is where you go to find full text articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers, as well as ebooks, tests, maps, and much more.  They cover all topics and offer research and life-long learning information for all ages.  These are articles and ebooks you will not find through a general Internet search. They are subscription based resources which are provided at no charge for Michigan residents through state and federal funding by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and state of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.  MeL offers many different sets of these resources (databases), so how do you know which one to use?

On the MeL Database list page, there is a title and description for each set of resources.  Interest level and audience are generally indicated for each and can help you decide which to start with.

Next, read the description which tells about the types of topics covered in this set of resources.  If it seems like this fits your question, click on the link and try a search.

Below we highlight some of the databases in MeL. The following will give you a good idea of the scope of MeL, as well as some of our specialty products.

Logging In to View the Databases

Access to MeL databases is generally via a Geo-IP URL assigned to each subscription resource. In the event that this link does not automatically connect you, it may be necessary to demonstrate your Michigan residency by entering your driver's license or State ID number or your name and library barcode (your library must be a MeLCat participant). Entering this information will not track you in any way - MeL is not tied in to the Secretary of State's office or any other state or local governmental agency. Michigan residents need to log in because the databases are purchased specifically for Michigan residents.

Non-Michigan residents can check for resources similar to what the Michigan eLibrary offers by contacting their local library.

Early Literacy

The MeL Kids contains several resources that are excellent tools for introducing reading, comprehension, and research skills to young learners. Britannica School – Learning Zone and Early World of Learning are two examples to be found in the Homework Helpers section. Others offer ebooks and bilingual resources too.

General Sources

If you need a good place to start a general search, General OneFile has information on almost any topic.  It contains magazines, journals, newspapers, travel guides, and video files on a wide variety of topics and more than 25 years of backfile. The articles are generally full text, not just summaries, and are updated daily.  The reading level is for the general public.

Starting October 1, the place to begin your general search will be MasterFILE Complete which offers a comprehensive collection of popular full text magazines, reference eBooks from the world's leading publishers. Covering virtually every general interest subject area, it also includes an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags. 2,300+ full text magazines and journals and more than 70,000 videos from the Associated Press (AP).

News and Current Events

You can use InfoTrac Newsstand to find over 1,100 major United States regional, national and local newspapers and leading titles from around the world.  It includes the New York Times, which you can also access directly from the database listing. 

Starting October 1, the place to begin your search for news and current events will be Newspaper Source Plus which provides a full text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

Online Practice Tests

Whether you need to prepare for the S.A.T., A.C.T., a Civil Service exam, a licensing exam, a graduate school entrance exam, or are preparing to become a U.S. citizen, LearningExpress Library is the place to go.  There are hundreds of tests for all ages and topics.

Because your test scores are saved for you, you create a free account. Instructions for doing so are provided in LearningExpress. Once you have created your account, you log in as a returning user to continue with practice tests or exercises already in progress.  If you have taken tests, you can review your answers.  Explanations of why your answer was correct or incorrect can help you increase your skills and do a better job on the upcoming test.

Parents, there are tests for school age children to practice important skills.  There are also tests with the directions in Spanish.

Vehicle Repair

Whether you want to work on your own vehicle, check a warranty recall, or just learn more about a vehicle problem so that you can be informed when talking to your mechanic, ChiltonLibrary is a great resource. 

Starting October 1, the place to begin your search for auto and small engine repair will be Automate and Small Engine Repair Reference Center. Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. More than 450 full text reference books with original photos and illustrations, information on more than 25 years of engine models, and coverage of more than 90,000 repairs.

Very Academic

If you need peer-reviewed journals and highly academic sources in all disciplines, go to Academic OneFile.  This database content is useful for research libraries, graduate schools, universities, and community colleges and may be presented in the language of the original research report.

Starting October 1, the place to begin your search for academic materials will be Academic Search Complete, a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text resource, with more than 5,000 full text periodicals, including 4,400+ peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this resource offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,000 journals and a 9,800+ publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.