News

Career Prep sample resume templates

In the next month, TEL will be switching over to a new career tool, Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep, that can help job seekers and students with all aspects of the career and job hunting process; Career Transitions will no longer be available as of September 30, 2020. 

Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep helps users learn about job paths using O*Net career exploration tools and receive personalized career and college recommendations. By creating a free account, users can create resumes and cover letters and search for positions. Students looking for a career or people looking to switch to another industry can explore schools and training programs and obtain advice on both finding a job or advancing an existing career.

read more...
TEL logo

TEL will no longer be providing online access to some literary criticism databases including Gale's Literature Resource Center, Twayne's Author Series and the Scribner Writer Series.

There are still a number of resources that are available within TEL that can help you learn more about literary works and authors including:

read more...
Screenshot of Gale In Context Elementary

Kids InfoBits has been a great resource for K-5 students and teachers to explore age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related topics covering a broad range of educational topics. Newly named Gale In Context: Elementary, this introductory database will be the first step to teaching students how to research before moving on to Gale In Context series: Middle School, High School, Opposing Viewpoints and College. 

In addition to an updated product name, Gale In Context: Elementary will also receive the following product enhancements:

  • Kid-Friendly Interface
    A completely redesigned user experience created specifically for young students that encourages exploration through a visual topic tree.
  • Topic Pages (previously known as portals)
    Topic pages provide students with short, age-appropriate summaries for topics and organize resources for easy use in research projects.
read more...
Handwashing Image

Looking online for information can be overwhelming. Where should I look? What should I be searching? What resources can be trusted? We've put together a list of resources that you can return to again and again to find trusted information about coronavirus or other health and wellness topics.

read more...
DISTANCE-LEARNING  - Tools for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

Many organizations and publishers are opening up their content and lesson plans to help teachers, parents and caregivers with homebased learning. This list is in no way comprehensive but we have highlighted some resources and activities that can accessed for free. 

Compiled by TEL and TSLA staff -- Printable List of Resources

Other suggestions/resources for Distance Learning at home from our TEL partners --

Gale

read more...
TumbleBook Library logo

TumbleBook Library - K-6 children's ebook database

TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world. TumbleBook Library has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!

 

TumbleMath- Grades K-6 math ebook database

read more...
Screenshot of Resume Templates

A new resume tool within Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) is now available through a partnership with VisualCV, a well-established consumer service for facilitating the creation of resumes and cover letters. Through this integration of VisualCV Resume Creator, TERC users now gain access to:

read more...
1920-2020 Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and Tennessee’s important role in helping women gain the right to vote!  How can you and your students get involved? The Official Committee of the State of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial and the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Tennessee State Museum, the First Lady’s Office, and the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office are sponsoring a statewide competition for grades K-12 to help students engage and reflect upon this momentous commemorative event.  It is the goal of this committee to have as many students and teachers learn about women’s suffrage and Tennessee’s unique role in the ratification of the 19th amendment.

read more...
Gale Literature Resource Center - screenshot of featured authors

On December 20th, Gale Literature databases including Gale Literary Sources, Literature Resource Center and LitFinder will have the same look and tools that the majority of Gale databases received during July of 2019. It’s the same great content but it’s easier to find information and use it in your research. All databases are still located at the same urls.

Impacted databases include:

Gale Literary Sources -  Get biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 150,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Gale Literature Resource Center - Features author biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors and their works from every age and literary discipline.

read more...
Want a Higher ACT Score with image of mother and teen working together

Through Testing & Education Reference Center, students can take timed practice ACT tests, a self-paced online prep course (with more practice tests) or work their way through the ACT Prep Guide (even more practice tests!).  All the following resources are available anytime and on any device for Tennessee residents.

ACT Online Course

The ACT Online Course starts with an initial diagnostic pretest to determine your strengths and weaknesses.  Based on your results, interactive lessons with quizzes provide you the information you need to build your skills. The ACT Online Course contains three full-length practice tests.

ACT Practice Tests

Take one or all of the three timed full-length practice tests. For each question, you can review detailed answer explanations. Tests are divided into English, Science, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Writing sections to mirror the real testing experience

Peterson's ACT Prep Guide Ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Mastering the ACT 2018

read more...
TEL logo with url www.tntel.info

Access has been restored as of 9/26/2019. 


Access to articles from The Tennessean beginning on September 21, 2019 is currently limited. This is also impacting today's issue of the Tennessean. We are working with our vendor and the publisher to restore access as quickly as we can.   

read more...
Screenshot of Rainbow Colors content area

Early Learning by World, formerly Early World of Learning, now has new name and new features for our youngest learners!  If you were familiar with Early World of Learning, the same great stories and topics are still available to guide your young learner as they explore different age-appropriate topics and activities, but now there are even more stories, videos, games and activities to keep them engaged!

Topics range from animals in Dinosaurs, Sea Creatures, Wild Animals, and Creepy-Crawlies to transportation in Tough Trucks and On the Move to early childhood themes in Rainbow Colors and Counting Numbers. These different topics feature a wealth of expository content and serve as a child’s first interactive, visual online encyclopedia.

Early Learning also is a great place to start honing digital navigation skills.  All navigational buttons, instructions, captions, and titles are automatically read aloud on Early Learning when moused over or when tapped on a tablet or mobile device to help young users with reading comprehension.

read more...
Resource outage 8/22/2019

As of 8/27/2019 at 11:30 AM CST - All of TEL's resources are operating normally.

If you are still seeing error messages, please clear your browser's cache.  

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete.
  2. Select cache, cookies, temporary internet files, history (exact wording varies) – and click delete.
  3. Close and re-open your browser.

Thanks!


 

UPDATE - 8/23/2019 at 12:25 PM CST

Access has been restored to most of TEL's databases. We are still working to restore access toTEL4U.org, HeritageQuest and Tennessee Records on Ancestry.com.  There is also limited access to support documentation from databases provided by Gale.

 


 

We are currently experiencing access issues for TEL resources. We are working to restore access to the resources.

read more...
Resource outage 8/21/2019

Access toTransparent Language has been restored.


Dios mío! Transparent LanguageOnline is currently unavailable. The vendor has been contacted and we hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.This message will be updated as we learn more about the issue.

read more...
Online Resources for Tennessee

On July 26th, many of TEL’s databases are getting an updated look and name. Some of the databases being upgraded include Research in Context, Student Resources in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Infotrac NewsStand and any Gale database ending in Collection (Agriculture Collection to World History Collection). These changes are to improve user experience and accessibility as users go from database to database. Some databases are scheduled to be enhanced over the next year and more information will be found here as those databases are scheduled for improvements.

We are excited for the enhancements to improve:

Visual Accessibility

  • New page colors to improve visual accessibility
  • Text size options are included on each page
  • Header size is reduced to allow for more content on the screen view and to improve the mobile view

Research Tools

read more...
Ancestry.com Error Message

On June 20th, the ability to search across collections was restored.   


Currently we are experiencing issues with being able to search across multiple collections of Tennessee Records.  You may see an error message that state "Whoops, no search form! Please refresh the page to try again." We are working on getting that fixed as soon as possible. 

 

In the meantime, you can click on the direct link to a specific collection just below that "Whoops" message and you will be able search for records within that collection.

read more...
A screen shot of the list of languages from the Transparent Language Library

[Originally posted on the Tennessee State Library and Archives Blog on 3/5/2019.]

Did you know that everyone in the state of Tennessee has access to a language learning program that includes more than 100 different languages? Through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), you can sign up for a free Transparent Language Online account and start learning a new language! Not only can you take lessons in French, Spanish and Chinese, but you can also learn languages that are less commonly taught like Balinese and Denesuline. There is even an Introduction to Latin Vocabulary and Introduction to Latin Grammar that are similar in content as a first-year Latin course.

List of languages

read more...
World Book Online portal screenshot

This month, World Book is retiring the following databases: World Book Info Finder and World Book Reference Center. Don’t worry, the content from those databases will still be available in the other TEL resources including World Book Kids, World Book Student, and World Book Advanced.

 

If you currently have direct links to World Book Info Finder and World Book Reference Center, users will be redirected to the World Book Online screen where they can choose an alternative World Book resource. We recommend removing links and icons for Info Finder and Reference Center by the end of the month.

read more...
Image of Nashville Tennessean on April 5, 1968

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to announce that Tennesseans will have free online access to the full run of The Tennessean (1812 to today) through the Tennessean Electronic Library (TEL). 

Previously, Tennesseans were only able to access full-text articles from The Tennessean back to 2002. With the addition of the historical Tennessean, Tennessee residents will be able to search and view news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries and cartoons from 1812 to 2002.  The Tennessean began in publication 1907 but this service includes earlier titles such as the Nashville Whig and the Daily American. These papers reported not only Nashville-area news, but carried stories from around the state and the nation.

Tennessean Databases Selected

The Nashville Tennessean (1812-2002)

read more...
Nashville Tennessean front page on Armistice Day

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to announce that starting October 1st, Tennesseans will have free online access to the full run of The Tennessean (1812 to today) through the Tennessean Electronic Library (TEL). 

Previously, Tennesseans were only able to access full-text articles from The Tennessean back to 2002. With the addition of the historical Tennessean,Tennessee residents will be able to search and view news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries and cartoons from 1812 to 2002.  The Tennessean began in publication 1907 as the Nashville Tennessean but this service includes earlier titles such as the Nashville Whig and the Daily American. These papers reported not only Nashville-area news, but carried stories from around the state and the nation.

The Tennessean (1812-2002)

Why your patrons and students will love The Tennessean:

read more...
Screenshot of ACT Online Course

ACT season is just gearing up. Before taking the ACT for the first time or improving your score, the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) has free resources to help you out if you live Tennessee

Through Testing & Education Reference Center, students can take timed practice ACT tests, a self-paced online prep course (with more practice tests) or work their way through the ACT Prep Guide (even more practice tests!)  All the following resources are available anytime and on any device for Tennessee residents.

ACT Online Course

The ACT Online Course starts with an initial diagnostic pretest to determine your strengths and weaknesses.  Based on your results, interactive lessons with quizzes provide you the information you need to build your skills. The ACT Online Course contains three full-length practice tests.

ACT Practice Tests

read more...
Newspaper and magazine titles

Did you know that you can keep current with your favorite newspapers and magazines through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)? From TEL, you can read articles to the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today or peruse articles from the Economist, the New Yorker, WIRED and more.

These newspapers and magazines are mobile-friendly, so you can take your news with you wherever you go – over your morning coffee, on the bus, on campus or at home! Below is a list of the most popular newspapers and magazines that TEL offers online. If you don't see anything you like, don't worry; this is just a sample of what is available.We have something for everyone.

Popular Newspapers

read more...
TEL logo with url www.tntel.info

Coming soon! On July 24th, Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) will be launching a new website -- complete with a fresh look and feel, clear navigation, and even a new logo.  Don’t worry, though; TEL still has the same great, free resources available for all Tennesseans! Although we are still in development, you are currently previewing the new website at http://new.tntel.info/.

Exciting improvements include:

  • Responsive web design
  • New logo and branding
  • Supportive information and guides for all resources
  • Easier navigation to resources
  • Improved web accessibility

On July 24th, TEL will be found at https://www.tntel.info.  Any previous TEL urls will redirect to the new website so if you have shortcuts or links to the current/previous TEL site on your computer or website, you will not need to update them.  Links to specific databases created using the TEL Link Generator will not be impacted.  The current TEL website will no longer be available to the public as of July 24th. 

read more...
TERC Translate Screenshot

Now available in Testing & Education Reference Center on TEL is the following content additions and updates. 

Test Prep

  • Nursing Practice Tests: PAX, PSB-RN, TEAS

Ebooks

  • Master the ASVAB
  • Master the NCLEX-PN Exam Ebook
  • Master the PCAT
  • Peterson's ACT Prep Guide Ebook
  • Peterson's SAT Prep Guide
  • Master the GRE Ebook
  • Catholic High School Entrance Exam Ebook
  • Master the HiSET Ebook

Study Guides

  • AP Biology Study Guide
  • AP European History Study Guide
  • AP World History Study Guide
  • AP Calculus AB Study Guide
  • AP Calculus BC Study Guide
  • AP Chemistry Study Guide
  • AP Statistics Study Guide
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics Study Guide

 

read more...

On April 30, 2018, TEL access to LearningExpress Library will end. Beginning on May 1st, testing prep and other educational training will be provided through Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC).  

What will TEL do?

April 25, 2018 - URLs for TERC will be available on TEL Link Generator.  Logos can be found at https://support.gale.com/icon/products/

April 30, 2018 - TEL will remove links to expiring resources from TEL's website and our All TEL Databases page.

May 1, 2018 - TEL access to TERC will begin. 

What do I need to do?

Please remove all links to LearningExpress Library from your library website by May 1st and update Testing Prep resources to TERC.  

read more...
Transparent Language Alphabet Screenshot

On Sunday, April 1st, Tennessee residents will be able to use Transparent Language Online to learn over 100 different languages through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)! Transparent Language Online is replacing Gale’s PowerSpeak which will not be available after March 31st.

Transparent Language Online --

  • Builds all four core skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • 100+ languages to choose from
  • English lessons for speakers of over 25 different languages
  • KidSpeak has kid-friendly lessons and interface in 6 languages
  • Mobile apps are available
  • Save progress on lessons completed

Transparent Language requires all users to sign up for an account with a user name and password. Email is optional but recommended to access account and reset passwords.

read more...
Opposing Viewpoints Chrome Extenstion screenshot

On November 8, an Opposing Viewpoints In Context extension will be available in the Chrome Web Store. When added to Chrome browsers, it will display results from Opposing Viewpoints alongside Google search results.

The Gale Chrome extension puts your library resources in the everyday workflow of researchers. Library users can view and retrieve high quality content from Opposing Viewpoints In Context that includes academic journals, reference content, and viewpoints on today’s hottest social issues.

The extension can be installed by individual libraries with the library’s Location ID and password or pushed to shared computers via the Google admin tool.

read more...
Health and Wellness Resource Center screenshot

TEL is pleased to announce the release of a new and improved Health and Wellness Resource Center with an updated user experience and tools available in other popular Gale digital resources. Enhanced functionality includes: 

  • A mobile responsive design
  • Google and Microsoft integration
  • Citation tools
  • Readspeaker technology
  • Language translation
  • Accessibility compliance

The new homepage features four major topic groupings: Diseases and Conditions; Drugs; Diagnostics and Tests; and Therapies, Treatments, and Surgeries. This rich digital resource offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, periodicals, reference works, multimedia and more, covering a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorders to in-depth coverage of alternative medicine. Also, to address the need for access to authoritative medical content for Spanish speaking patrons, the resource offers a search limiter by Spanish content.

read more...
Screenshot of GVRL ebook viewer

Enhanced book viewer – a new and improved cover-to-cover book viewer has replaced the Flash-based viewer, increasing browser compatibility and supporting use of the book view on all mobile devices.

K-6 support – Libraries have the option to set the cover-to-cover book view as the default view, making it simpler for younger users to get into a book and immediately start reading. Libraries can also choose whether to default this view to a 1- or 2-page spread.

Topic Finder – the addition of Topic Finder to Gale eBooks on GVRL helps users narrow their research and offers a visual way to explore their library’s eBook collection.

Other updates:

read more...