Building on to the Michigan
New MeL Database Package Enhanced With Added Resources
Michigan residents will soon have access to even more
resources through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), as the MeL database renewal
process draws to a close after much input from the Michigan library community.
The Library of Michigan has forwarded to the Michigan Administrative Board for
final approval a set of contracts that includes databases from ProQuest/BigChalk,
SIRS, GALE, and OCLC. These resources will become part of
MeL, available to all Michigan residents in their local libraries and outside
their libraries via MeL using their driverís
license, state identification number or local library card.
What will be included in MeL beginning October 1, 2003
(through September 30, 2006)?
The MeL ebook collection (which is a permanent part of MeL)
and LearnATest (available through September 30, 2005), ProQuest (formerly
bigchalk) eLibrary Elementary and SIRS Discoverer Deluxe will continue to be
part of the MeL database package.
The new package of GALE databases contains all of the
databases which were included in the present contract year: General Reference
Center Gold, InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, InfoTrac Kids (in its new format called
Kids Infobits), Health Reference Center Academic, Health and Wellness Resource
Center and Ancestry Library Edition. In addition, all Michigan libraries and residents will
now have access to:
InfoTrac OneFile with Ingenta
Expanded Academic ASAP with Ingenta
General BusinessFile ASAP
Alternative Health Module (added to Health and Wellness
InfoTrac K12 Professional Collection
This new package from GALE constitutes an increase both in
journal titles and full text. The journal titles will increase from 2,790 titles
in General Reference Center Gold to 8,240 titles in InfoTrac OneFile, a nearly
200 percent increase. The number of full-text journals included will increase
nearly 140 percent, from 1,930 in General Reference Center Gold to 4,629 in
Another addition to the upcoming package of MeL databases is
remote access to Ancestry Library Edition, so residents will be able to use this resource
from home or at work as well as in the library of their choice.
The OCLC package is comprised of the Base Package (WorldCat,
OCLC UnionList of Periodicals, ERIC, GPO Monthly Catalog, MEDLINE, OCLC
ArticleFirst, OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, OCLC PapersFirst,
OCLC ProceedingsFirst, World Almanac), CINAHL (a nursing database), and
WilsonSelect Plus. In the new OCLC package, images will be included in the
WilsonSelect Plus database.
While funding did not allow for the Library of Michigan to
include the H.W. Wilson Abstracting and Indexing databases, a percentage of
their content is included in the full-text of WilsonSelect Plus with Images. The
percentages of indexed articles from the Abstracting and Indexing databases
included in the all-full-text WilsonSelect Plus are as follows:
16 percent of Applied Science and Technology Abstracts
23 percent of Arts Abstracts
16 percent of Biological and Agricultural Index
23 percent of General Science Abstracts
40 percent of Education Abstracts
33 percent of Humanities Abstracts
30 percent of Library Literature
30 percent of Readersí Guide Index
33 percent of Social Science Abstracts
46 percent of Wilson Business Abstracts
36 percent of Book Review Digest
16 percent of Index to Legal Periodicals and Books
Percentage of Biography Index not available
None of Essay and General Literature is available in full
The Business and Industry database will no longer be part of the
OCLC FirstSearch package but will be included in the GALE package of databases
within the General BusinessFile ASAP.
If you have any questions about any of these databases or
about MeL, you may call the Library of Michigan toll-free at 877-479-0021.