What is it?
ELM is the “Electronic Library for
ELM is brought to you by your local library or school media center, the MINITEX Library Information Network and State Library Services with state appropriations to Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Department of Education, and federal LSTA funds under the support of the
The Legislative intent for this appropriation is to provide the best possible access to information resources across the educational spectrum (including K-12, higher education, state government and public libraries) on a statewide basis.
What’s in ELM?
7 Gale/Cengage Learning databases - Kids InfoBits, InfoTrac Junior Edition, InfoTrac Student Edition, Junior Reference Collection, Discovering Collection, Professional Collection, and ¡Informe!
5 EBSCO databases - MasterFile Premier, Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, Regional Business News, and EBSCO MegaFile
ProQuest Newsstand Complete
WorldCat via OCLC FirstSearch
E-Books via NetLibrary
Why is it important?
Every Minnesotan is entitled access to these resources. In some cases, the ELM databases represent the total number of research resources that a library can afford and in others an essential supplement to their collection of e-resources.
The ELM collection of databases is multi-disciplinary as well as reaching all patron types from K-12 to adult learners.
The ELM databases offer a variety of Web 2.0 tools that can make using the databases more efficient for library staff and library users. Learn how with the activities in this Thing. Choose the databases you use most often or one you have never used and play with these features.
New instructions for creating RSS search alerts are in Issue 8. of the 23 Things News.
1. Create a Search Alert
Here is the Minitex response to the questions in the comments below. Thanks to all who took the time to comment and email about this problem. Live and learn!
"After much testing and consultation with one of our IT staff here at MINITEX, here's the scoop on EBSCO's and Gale's RSS feature. The information we provided in the blog was correct. Those are the correct steps to take to establish RSS feeds. However, there are two major, unavoidable issues that most everyone who accesses the ELM databases and attempts to set up RSS feeds will face. These issues force us to have to modify the way we set up RSS feeds...These issues will be communicated to EBSCO and Gale and hopefully they will be able to improve their RSS feature. However, it is not only a vendor problem. The other half of the problem resides with web-based reader providers such as Google, Bloglines, and Yahoo and how their technology functions as well."
Rather than repeat the new (longer) instructions and explanations here, we put the instructions in the News.
Thanks to Jennifer Hootman, MINITEX Reference, for getting the answer.
The databases are more than articles. Explore the multimedia
1. Perform a subject search on “child health” in InfoTrac Student Edition. Then, review the multimedia results from this search. Click on “Study: Kids’ Lack of Sleep Hurts Parents, Too.” Listen to the broadcast via NPR by clicking on the link provided. Find the NPR News Feed for “Children’s Health” and set up a feed to this topic with your RSS reader.
If you have not already done so, create a personal folder/account in Academic Search Premier (The folder is available in any EBSCO database). Once you have an EBSCO account, enter your personal folder and click on “Web Pages.” Then, click on “Page Composer” in the upper right hand corner of your folder contents. You will be prompted to name the web page. Give it any name you like.
Make use of the utilities on the left hand side of your Page Composer tool and create a web page with any bit of text on it you would like to include. Once you have completed your web page, save the file to your computer or flash drive.
For assistance, check out this short video (2 min. 50 sec. – QuickTime).
1. Perform a search on a topic of your choice in Academic Search Premier. As you find relevant results that interest you, add them to your folder. Access your folder and click on the “Web Page” feature. Then, click on “Page Composer” to create a new web page. Give it a name and create a web page adding saved result items from your folder including each item’s abstract. Create a background and add some explanatory text about your search.
2. Add a search box to Academic Search Premier to your web page and list subject terms and keywords that were useful to your search. E-mail this web page (html file) to yourself and a colleague. Also, if you have one, save it to your flash drive.
Create a Web Page
In ProQuest Newsstand Complete, perform a topic search on “social networking” (be sure to select the radio button for “suggest topics”) and click on “view” documents for “Web sites and Social networks.” Refine your search to 2007, full-text, and the publication Washington Post. Mark any results that you would like to read or share with a colleague. When you are done marking results, click on the “My Research” tab and then, click on “create a web page.” E-mail the html file to yourself and a colleague. Then, save it to your flash drive (download).
For assistance, check out this short video (1 min. 47 sec. – QuickTime).
In ProQuest Newsstand Complete, perform a search on a topic of your choice. As you find relevant results that interest you, mark them. When you are done marking results, use the “create a web page” feature to create an html file from your marked records. Use the “Edit” utility to make comments on your web page. After saving your comments, e-mail the web page to yourself and a colleague. Then, save it to your flash drive.
1. Search within eContent & Make Notes
If you have not already done so, create a free account in NetLibrary. Perform a keyword search on “web site.” Review your results and click the “View this eBook” link for the title 101 Ways to Promote Your Web Site. Using the “Search this eContent” utility, search the term “branding.” Click on a few “view this page” links in your results list. On one of the pages you are viewing, click on the “Notes” tab and create a note with that page. Next time you log-in to NetLibrary, you can go directly to your “Favorites & Notes” to view the notes you made on ePages within a title you were reading and researching!
For assistance, check out this short video (1 min. 34 sec. – QuickTime).
In NetLibrary, create a new account with a colleague in which you will have a shared folder. [Do this part separately and at different times but agree on a topic and eBook] Perform a search on a topic of interest to you and your colleague. Then, select an eBook that both you and your colleague would be interested in investigating further. Once you have selected an eBook, search the eContent and make notes independently. When you are both done, click on “Favorites & Notes” and view the notes that your colleague has made on ePages of your chosen eBook. This can be a great tool for collaboration, teaching in the classroom, and group work!
ELM really does provide the world of information—authentic, valid information—at your fingertips. Learning to be an efficient searcher of the databases—via training from MINITEX staff in your region or online via Webinars—will help you help your patrons.
- How can these tools be applied to your everyday work?
- How can these tools facilitate collaboration with your colleagues?
- How can these tools benefit your patrons/students?