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Michigan eLibrary

Learning to use Michigan eLibrary (MeL) resources to search for information 

Mel 2015

For an overview of Michigan eLibrary watch this 8 minute video.

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 library.
  • 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 Yahoo or Google.


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

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 (

4. Click on the icon for your grade level (e.g. Teens (grades 7-12) or Kids (grades K-6).

 Homework Helpers

5. Click on Homework Helpers

Homework Helpers (1)

6. 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.

Here are some great choices..

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7. 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 7 steps click here to go to MeL databases. 

Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,b;
  2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a; 
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a; 
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b; 
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership c


  1. Generating & Testing Hypotheses;
  2. Cues, Questions, Advance Organizers;
  3. Homework and Practice;
  4. Identify Similarities & Differences