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Everyone living in Tennessee has the ability to learn over 110 langauges for free using Transparent Language Online. 

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One of the most interesting World Book resources availabe on TEL is Timelines.

A screenshot of Spanish eBooks in World Book Early Learning

TEL has many eBooks avilable to read, from stories for kidnergarteners to encyclopedias suited for college students.

But did you know there is a collection of Spanish-lanaguge eBooks as well?

A screenshot of the Topic Finder in Gale Academic OneFile

Gale OneFile databases range in their target subject (such as Criminal Justice, Gardening, or Psychology) as well as audience (such as High School, General, or Academic). But they share a common set of search tools.

How to do research page in World Book Discover

When World Book redesigned Discover earlier in 2022, the "How to do Research" guide got a facelift too!

Conveniently linked under "Research Tools" on the menu bar, the guide is organized into six sections:

Science Projects on World Book Kids

World Book Kids, linked under "Homework Help" on TEL4U.org, contains a helpful section on Science Projects.

If you have elementary school students who are interested in learning about science, this would be a great page to check out.

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Newspapers.com Southeast Edition is an extensive database that provides online access to 2,000+ historical newspapers in the southeastern United States, over 400 newspapers from Tennessee.

Thank you to everyone who attended the sixth Lunch and TEL webinar on World Book Discover. In this session, we demonstrated the new World Book Discover, World Book's premier resource for differentiated learning.

In the fifth "Lunch and TEL" webinar, we took a closer look at two wonderful places to find primary sources in TEL: TeVA (the Tennessee Virtual Archive) and the Digital Library of Tennessee.

Peterson’s Test and Career Prep has added content and updated tests and lessons.

In the fourth “Lunch and TEL” webinar, we discussed TEL4U, a website through TEL where kids can safely access games, information, eBooks, and more.

In the third “Lunch and TEL” webinar, we compared three databases from Gale which are useful for high school students: Gale OneFile: High School Edition, Gale In Context: High School, and Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints.

The ACTs are coming up! This spring, the ACTs are offered three times: April 2, June 11, and July 16. The registration deadlines for each are March 11, May 20, and June 24. 

Thank you to everyone who attended the second Lunch and TEL session on genealogy resources!

Here are some links to a variety of supplemental materials on HeritageQuest and the historical Tennessean.

Thank you to everyone who attended today’s Lunch and TEL session on Transparent Language!

Here are some links to a variety of supplemental materials on Transparent Language.

A poster for the "Lunch and TEL" Webinar Series

Join us for “Lunch and TEL!” This monthly webinar series is oriented towards librarians and educators who provide training to their patrons on TEL.

A screenshot of the new World Book Discover home page.

World Book has completely redesigned Discover, its database for differentiated learning.

A screenshot demonstrating how audience information has been added to the description of each database.

Searching has been made easier on the All Resources page.

The subject categories Health & Medicine, Public Policy, and Science have been expanded to include more resources.

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New practice tests, videos and other test prep materials have been added to Peterson’s Test and Career Prep.

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TEL4U.org is the Tennessee Electronic Library’s website for Tennessee’s youngest learners. The website has been updated with a new look, new resources and a new computer/coding section.

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Time to tell us how the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is doing and what you would like to see added to TEL in the future! Question 7 allows you to suggest databases or types of resources that you’d like to see in TEL.

Test and Career Prep homepage

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep is a great resource for students in middle and high school and job seekers of all ages.

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Tenn-Share is a member-driven organization serving Tennessee libraries by providing cost effective resources and services that help them better serve their communities.

Student Mock Election - Secretary of State logo

In 2016, the Secretary of State’s office conducted the first-ever statewide Tennessee Student Mock Election.

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

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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.

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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 top

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Looking online for information can be overwhelming. Where should I look? What should I be searching? What resources can be trusted?

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. 

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TumbleBook Library - K-6 children's ebook database

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A new resume tool within Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) is now available through a partnership with VisualCV,

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?

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.

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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

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

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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 Learni

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.  

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.

Online Resources for Tennessee

On July 26th, many of TEL’s databases are getting an updated look and name.

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

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This month, World Book is retiring the following databases: World Book Info Finder and World Book Reference Center.

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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). 

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). 

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

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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

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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!

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?

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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)!

Opposing Viewpoints Chrome Extenstion screenshot

On November 8, an Opposing Viewpoints In Context extension will be available in the Chrome Web Store.

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.

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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.