Especially for Libraries
If have technical questions or if you experience any difficulty using any of the databases available through TEL, please feel free to contact the vendor directly at the numbers/emails listed below.
Use the TEL Link Generator to create customized TEL links for your library. These URLs are unique to your library, allow you to collect usage statistics for your institution, and include geolocation authentication. These URLs can then be incorporated into your library’s website, classroom page, or wherever you’d like to share them.
TEL uses geolocation authentication to verify that a user is coming from an IP address within Tennessee. Users within Tennessee are automatically connected to TEL resources. No library card or password is required! Occasionally, a device may not be recognized as coming from Tennessee so the user will be prompted to enter additional information.
Right click to save the image to your computer. Then right click to copy the shortcut and set the link. The links included here are for the general TEL account. If you want usage just for your library, you need to register (it's free!) with World Book and use the links they will provide just for your library.
Right click to save the image to your computer. Then right click to copy the shortcut and set the link. The links included here are for the general TEL account. If you want usage just for your library, you need to register (it's free!) with Learning Express and use the auth token they will provide to create links to each center.
Participation in the Tennessee Electronic Library is open to all academic libraries (public and private), public libraries, school libraries (private and public), and not-for-profit special libraries. (See note on special libraries, below.)
Your institution and its patrons have access to all of the TEL databases regardless of whether or not your library has “registered” for TEL.
Registration benefits your library because it:
You will need your library's IP Address range.
REGISTRATION STEPS (by Library Type)
Note About Special Libraries
Upon registration, special libraries must confirm their not-for-profit status by submitting a copy of IRS Form 501(C)(3)OR a copy of their non-profit Charter from the Tennessee
Mail or fax certification to:
Note that individual library statistics cannot be compiled for libraries that use the new TEL Portal at this time. Because of the geolocation software, the TEL Portal was setup as the main TEL site and all visits to the site and searches will be counted at the consortial level.
If your library has static IP numbers, you may set up your Web page with Direct URLS for each TEL database (see Direct URLs above). This will track database usage from within your library.
If your library does not have static IP numbers, some of the database vendors are able to create unique URLs for you library which may be placed on your library’s website. This will help to accurate track databases usage. To find your library’s direct url for the Gale databases go to http://access.gale.com/tel2/ and search for your library. Please contact the other database vendors directly to inquire about unique urls for your library.
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If you are using an access method that allows your library's statistics to be compiled, you can retrieve those statistics every month by going to the database vendors' statistical services Web sites. The following are links to sites where you can find usage reports. If you do not know your username and password information, you will need to contact the vendors (Vendor Contacts).
Gale Admin: http://admin.galegroup.com/galeadmin/login.gale
HeritageQuest Online: http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoreports
Get the latest changes to Gale full-text content via the Change Lists page.
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