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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: 80+ eResources 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.


1. Make a copy of this Google Document to use as you go through this unit. If you are in a course with an instructor, share the document with him/her. 

2. Identify a topic for research or content area to be studied as you go through this unit. 

3. Go to MeL (

4. While at MeL, click on the icon for Kids on the main page or eResources on the navigation bar. 

Kids Icon    

  • If you are an elementary teacher, Britannica School Elementary, World Books Kids and Explora Primary are good choices.
  • If you are a secondary teacher, Britannica School Middle and High, Opposing ViewPoints and Explora for High School are excellent choices. 

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 Google Doc. 

6. Create a table or chart in your Google Doc 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

Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators

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.

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.

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.