How to Use the Library: Research with Florida Electronic Library (FEL)

Now more than ever we need access to quality resources for our virtual learning and research. 

Whether you’re a student attending school in person or online, or a curious adult staying safely at home, if you’re wanting to find research articles about a particular subject the Florida Electronic Library (FEL) may be the resource for you.

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The Florida Electronic Library (FEL) is a free service provided to the residents of Florida by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services.   All you need is a library card from the Alachua County Library District to access it online.

It’s for all ages, and contains articles, eBooks, videos, and other electronic resources for general research, homework help, and teacher resources.  It also offers information about Health & Wellness, Careers, Business and small business assistance.

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Search Magazines, Books, Newspapers and More in over a hundred databases from the Florida Electronic Library.  Narrow by subjects, grade levels or view the entire A-Z list. Read full-text articles from magazines such as Newsweek, Vogue, Wired, and more as well as newspapers such as USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.


In addition to providing access to digital resources, the FEL also includes the virtual reference service Ask a Librarian, through live chat and text messaging from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (ET), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (ET).

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Email is available to patrons 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and all email is answered by the user’s local library.

Posted by CindyB on October 13, 2020