Michigan Library Consortium MeL Training Materials

MeL Databases
Basics Part 1

Revised Dec. 2012/SR
3 hours
3 SCECH's available for K12 staff
.3 Library of Michigan CEU's for public library staff

No prerequisite

How do you choose a MeL database?  In Part 1, we will provide a hands-on overview of content and how to search in several of the most used MeL databases so that you can assist your patrons in choosing the one that best meets their information needs.  You will learn basic search techniques for Gale’s platform plus several other major databases of great use and interest to your patrons.

If you have new staff, or if your current staff would like to refresh and upgrade skills for making the most of the MeL Databases, this is great starting point!  The "Basics" classes can be taken in any order for your convenience.

Topics to be covered:

Introduction to mel.org and MeL funding

SIRS Discoverer Deluxe

General Reference Center Gold (as a sample database for Gale)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Chiltons

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

MeL Michigana

Gale's Sabin Michigana Collection

Books and Authors


Finally, we will discuss the more specific classes available for the MeL Databases which offer you more in-depth searching instruction.