ELM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM)?

Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) is supported by appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature to provide Minnesotans with access to electronic information. Funds were appropriated to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Minnesota Department of Education for Minitex and State Library Services respectively to provide electronic access to general information databases. Minitex is an information and resource sharing network, and State Library Services is Minnesota's state library agency.

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. Access is possible both in the library and remotely from home, businesses, and classrooms, or computer laboratories.

What databases are in ELM?

50 databases are available in ELM. Some databases have multiple interfaces.

Britannica (6 databases)

  • Britannica Academic Edition
  • Britannica Learning Zone (preK-2)
  • Britannica Library (Children, Young Adults, Reference Center)
  • Britannica School Elementary
  • Britannica School Middle
  • Britannica School High

EBSCO (18 databases)

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Alt HealthWatch
  • Business Source Premier (Business Source Premier: Business Searching Interface, Explora Library)
  • Consumer Health Complete (Explora Teens, Explora Library)
  • eBook Collection
  • ERIC
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition (Explora Teens, Explora Library)
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • MAS Ultra: School Edition (Explora Teens)
  • MasterFILE Premier (Explora Library)
  • Middle Search Plus (Explora Kids, Explora Teens)
  • Points of View Reference Center
  • Primary Search (Explora Kids)
  • Professional Development Collection
  • Regional Business News
  • Science Reference Center (Explora Teens, Explora Library)
  • EBSCO MegaFILE

Gale (9 databases)

  • Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Educator's Reference Complete
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • General Science Collection
  • Informe Académico (English & Spanish Language Interfaces)
  • InfoTrac Student Edition
  • Kids InfoBits
  • Research In Context
  • Student Resources In Context

LearningExpress Library (3 databases)

  • LearningExpress Library
  • LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator
  • LearningExpress Computer Skills Center

OCLC (13 databases)

  • OCLC WorldCat (The OCLC Online Union Catalog)
  • CAMIO
  • OAISter
  • OCLC ArticleFirst
  • OCLC Electronic Collections Online A&I
  • OCLC PapersFirst
  • OCLC ProceedingsFirst
  • Clase/Periodica
  • ERIC
  • GPO Monthly Catalog
  • MEDLINE
  • OCLC Electronic Books
  • OCLC WorldCat Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest (1 database)

  • ProQuest Newsstand Complete

Detailed information about all 50 ELM databases is available on the Product Highlights page.

Where can I find title lists for the ELM databases?

How long will we have access to the ELM databases?

All databases in ELM will be available through June 30, 2017. We have the option to renew two additional one-year terms.

Do I need to re-register for ELM?

No, you do not need to re-register for ELM. Only libraries that have never registered for ELM before need to complete the registration form.

In the event that when you access the database links you are prompted for your customer ID and password, please complete our IP address change form.

What do I need to do to set up access to the new databases?

Detailed instructions are available on our Set Up ELM Access page.

What is the MEIR Task Force and who was on it?

The MEIR (Minitex Electronic Information Resources) Task Force was made up of librarians from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and included librarians and media specialists from public and private four-year academic institutions, community and technical colleges, the University of Minnesota and its coordinate campuses, public and state government libraries, and school media centers.

Is my library eligible for ELM databases?

The current license covers the following Minnesota institutions: school media centers (K-12); public libraries that meet the statutory definition of a public library in Minnesota Statutes, Section 134.001 Subdivision 2; college and university libraries; health/hospital libraries; and local, state, and federal government libraries.

I think my library is registered for access, but I can't find the welcome messages.

Contact ELM Support.

Is ELM training available?

Our Reference Outreach & Instruction librarians offer training on the ELM resources via webinars and hands-on, on-site workshops. Hands-on training sessions are offered periodically at local libraries and Wilson Library (University of Minnesota). Announcements of upcoming training opportunities are posted to library listservs such as Minitex-News, mtx-ref, mtx-elm, ITEMlist, and METRONET.

To see what workshops are currently offered, please visit our Training and Events page. To have training brought to your library system or school district, contact Minitex Reference Outreach & Instruction at 800-462-5348 or 612-624-4150.

Finally, we work with library organizations to provide training at conferences and other professional development opportunities.

Are there tutorials or user guides available for the ELM databases?

A list of links to tutorials, user guides, and help sheets for the ELM databases is available at the ELM Learning Center.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact ELM Support.

Upcoming ELM Instruction Sessions

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There are no currently scheduled ELM instruction sessions.

Archived ELM Webinars
Find recordings of our 30-60 minute webinars on various aspects of the ELM databases on our Self-Paced Learning page.

ELM Learning Center
Find fact sheets, short videos, hands-on exercises and more on the ELM databases in the ELM Learning Center.