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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.

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The Nashville Tennessean (1812-2002)

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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)

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

 

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Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is excited about a new standardized test prep and career advancement resource that will be available for free to all Tennessee residents just in time for upcoming AP, ACT, and SAT test dates! Whether you are a student, parent or job seeker, TERC has information that can assist with all aspects of education and career exploration! 

On Tuesday, May 1st, Tennesseans will have access to Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC), from Gale, a Cengage company, for standardized test preparation, researching undergraduate and graduate programs, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers. It includes practice tests for entrance exams, certifications, and licensing exams.  TERC is replacing LearningExpress Library which will not be available after April 30th.

In order to use the practice tests or resume functions, TERC requires users to sign up for an account with a user name and password. Email is optional but recommended to access account and reset passwords.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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