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Research in Context (New!)Research in Context

Designed for middle school students, provides access to reference works, biographies, magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, and multimedia.


Student Resources in Contextstudent resources

Find what you need for papers, projects, and presentations with a simple search! Includes articles, images, primary sources and trusted sources.


Opposing Viewpoints in ContextOVIC image

Find balance and perspective on hundreds of topics with articles from multiple viewpoints, biographies, news, and interactive maps.


Literature ResourcesGale Literary Sources

Get overviews, biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes content from Scribner & Twayne's.


TEL Kids PageThe TEL Kids Page has great resources for grades K-5.

Gale PowerSearch

Gale Power Search Icon Access electronic versions of popular magazines, scholarly journals, e-books, newspapers, videos, podcasts and more! Subjects covered include arts, humanities, social studies, literature, science, health, and much more.  

Use the PowerSearch button to your right or the Federated Search above. To select a single Gale database, go to the Gale Menu of Databases list.


Business Insights: EssentialsBIE

Find business and financialinformation on companies andindustries from around the world. Includes SWOT reports and comparison tools.

Career TransitionsCT logo

Search for new opportunities, organize job searches, and discover new ways to match your work and military experience with new career options. Build a resume, cover letter, and get interview tips too!

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Career Center

Are you preparing for a professional exam? Curious about a particular occupation, or looking to improve your job skills? Use the practice tests, e-books and online courses to begin your path to a bright future. Create a username and password of your choice to get started.

Business Collection (New!)Business Collection

Get the leading research on company performance, industry events, and trends as well as the latest in management, economics, and politics from top business and trade publications.

Business Insights: EssentialsBusiness Insights

Research the competition! Find business and financial information on companies and industries from around the world. Includes SWOT reports and comparison tools.

Small Business Resource CenterSBRC

Get answers to how-to questions about starting and running your own business. Find sample business plans, articles from business magazines and e-books on management.


ProQuest’s HeritageQuest Online

Heritage Quest Online Icon A resource for genealogy and family history research. Includes digitized copies of federal census records, full-text family and local history books, Freedman's Bank records and more!

Tennessee Records

Many historic Tennessee records, including birth, death, and tax lists are available online thru a partnership with While other resources require a subscription; these records are free for Tennesseans. Watch this video for more info on creating a guest account.

Tennessee State Library & Archives

TSLA has many additional resources available for those researching their roots.

What is TEL?

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is an online library that gives everyone in Tennessee access to magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, practice tests, e-books, primary source materials, and more! TEL is available free of charge, 24/7 from any computer with access to the internet.  Read More...


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The Tennessee Electronic Library is made possible through funding provided by the
General Assembly of the State of Tennessee and the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the
Office of the Secretary of State, Secretary Tre Hargett.