Recently the Tennessee State Library and Archives signed a new contract with Thomson Gale for resources available through Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL). The contract spans five years from Oct. 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2012.

TEL is a collection of subscription databases made up of over 100 million print sources that gives Tennesseans an easy path to reliable information from encyclopedias, reference books, magazines, journals, and much more. In most cases, TEL provides full-text articles, with full citation information. Tennesseans can log on to TEL from any Internet-accessible computer — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to the TEL portal at and click "TEL" under the "Catalogs" heading. (Call your local library for the off-site password.)

New features will be added to TEL beginning October 1, 2007. InfoTrac Science, a subset of InfoTrac OneFile, will contain science-related titles that will make searching for science articles easier for students. Also, InfoTrac Custom Newspapers will provide full-text newspaper articles from more than 140 newspapers, including selected articles from The Chattanooga Times-Free Press, The Commercial Appeal, and The Knoxville News Sentinel.

Other recent upgrades to TEL were rolled out earlier this year. Academic OneFile, a database of over 11,000 scholarly journal and magazine titles, provides Tennesseans with academic articles from peer-reviewed publications. Full-text coverage of the New York Times newspaper is now available from 1995 to the present, with one-day delay for uploading. Multimedia content from news sources and information services are now available in audio and podcast format.

And there's more to come. On Thursday, June 28, 2007, Governor Bredesen signed into law the appropriations bill that included an additional $1 million in recurring funding for expansion of the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL). Previously, TEL was purchased through federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and through pledges from Tennessee libraries.

Jeanne Sugg, state librarian and archivist, has appointed a TEL Database Selection Committee comprised of librarians from academic, public, school, and special libraries. This committee will elicit suggestions for database purchase from libraries across Tennessee and will make recommendations to the State Library based on those suggestions.

For more information about how to use TEL, or to request TEL training for a library, school, or civic group, contact Pat Thompson, Special Projects Coordinator at the Tennessee State Library and Archives at (615) 532-4627 or

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