Michigan eLibrary

Learning to use Michigan ELibrary Resources to search for information

Michigan eLibrary

 

For an overview of Michigan eLibrary look at the promotion materials on the MeL site. There are help videos from many of the vendors and the MeL Minutes have helpful tips. 

A Bit About MeL: 

  • Michigan eLibrary is an educational portal available to any Michigan school, library or Michigan resident. All schools have access to this through their school and public libraries.
  • Resources in MeL: 40+ databases comprised of full text magazines and newspapers, and primary source documents, practice tests for GED, ACT, Careers, SAT, and much more.
  • Reliability: The databases have been checked for validity and accuracy which makes them more reliable than a search performed within a search engine like Google.

Steps:

1. Create a word processing document that is shareable online (e.g. Google or Office 365) to use as you go through this unit.

2. Identify a topic for research or content area to be studied. Title your document with this topic name and save and share it with your instructor. 

3. Go to MeL (http://mel.org).

4. While at MeL, click on the icon for your grade or interest level. If you are an elementary teacher, Britannica School Elementary and Kids InfoBits are good choices. If you are a secondary teacher, General Reference Center Gold and InfoTrac Student edition would be good options. 

MeL Icons

5. Conduct a search on the topic chosen using at least two of the resources. Identify the resources you used and place them in your word processing document.

6. Create a table or chart in your word processing document to compare/contrast the information found in the MeL resources you selected for:

a. Appropriateness
b. Usability
c. Content
d. Credibility

After completing all six steps move on to MeL databases

Standards

Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators


Learner
1a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
1c. Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

Leader
2b. Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, 
evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Citizen
3b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
3c. Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.