Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Michigan eLibrary and Gale Launch Michigana, Sources in U.S. History Online

I received the following press release from Kristina Massari of Cengage Learning.  There is a wonderful slide show on this project available at:
Now if New York would just set up the same thing.

Michigan eLibrary and Gale LaunchMichigana, Sources in U.S. History Online

New Resource Provides Online Access to Michigan History at www.MeL.org

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Michigan eLibrary (MeL), and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of Michigana, Sources in U.S. History Online, an online resource providing access to primary source documents and contextual essays for the study of Michigan history.

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online contains valuable and authoritative content packaged with an engaging user interface, allowing students and researchers multiple ways of accessing historical information.

“We are pleased to make Michigana available to all Michigan residents through Michigan eLibrary,” said Nader Qaimari, Gale’s senior vice president of market strategy.  “This resource includes state and regional histories, biographies, historical maps, speeches and more.  It is a treasure trove for anyone interested in Michigan history.”

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online provides access to primary source documents in an online system that is easily accessible by students and researchers of all levels.  For example, a user may enter a search term such as Fort Mackinac to find all references to that word or phrase found on any page within the database. Or a student may choose a subject term from the listing of top subjects that are listed on the home page to quickly find all works that are closely related to that person, place or event – for example, William Hull or railroads.

Another way to access the content is through contextual essays that have been written by Michigan historians specifically for the database. These are accessed through the images at the bottom of the home page which take a user to a list of related essays, all of which include a bibliography of related documents from within the database.

“We are excited to have Michigana, Sources in U.S. History Online added to Mel.org.  We know that researchers of all ages and who are interested in various depth of coverage will find the information useful.  From students simply having fun digging for fun facts, to college students writing in-depth research papers, to genealogists tracking down family history, this resource is invaluable,”  said Deb Biggs Thomas, the Library of Michigan’s MeL Coordinator.

“Anyone interested in any aspect of the history of our state will find this resource a valuable tool,” said Larry J. Wagenaar the Historical Society of Michigan’s executive director.  “Users of Michigana will find it helpful to research family history, learn about the area in which they live and uncover many other remarkable facts.   We are pleased that the Michigan eLibrary is able to provide this wonderful resource.”

MeL is a project of the Library of Michigan in partnership with all Michigan libraries and supported by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding.  Through MeL, Michigan residents can access electronic resources such as Academic OnefileKids Infobits, Educator’s Reference Complete,  Business and Company Resource CenterGeneral Business-FileInfoTrac Custom Newspapersthe New York Times and e-books on all aspects of general reference.

MeL Michigana can be accessed at http://mel.org/michigana

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats.  For more information, visit 
www.cengage.com orwww.gale.com

About MeL
MeL is a project of the Library of Michigan, an agency of the Michigan Department of Education.   MeL is supported by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, enhancing library service to all residents of the state.

1 comment:

Deb said...

Thanks for posting this to your blog, Renee! We are very excited to have this important resource now available at no cost to all Michigan residents from the Library of Michigan via the Michigan eLibrary. Historians, genealogists and teachers/students alike will be intrigued by the content in this database built especially for Michigan by GaleCengage.

I invite your readers to also explore the other fine resources in MeL Michigana, http://mel.org/michigana

Best regards,
Deb Biggs Thomas
Michigan eLibrary Coordinator
Library of Michigan