Hopefully during our summer break, you’ll have a little breathing room and time to read. Below are some suggestions for you and your families.
Author and actor Lance Rubin visited Indian Hill High School’s Learning Commons on April 22 and spoke to 80 students about his hot off the presses new novel Denton Little’s Deathdate. Students had a blast joining Mr. Rubin in a few improv sketches, as well as hearing him read/act from a portion of his book.
Indian Hill was the new author’s first ever school visit. Our students kept him hopping with lots of thought provoking questions -Such a cool, engaging guy!
Congratulations to our winning book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Contest winners are M.J. Hayden 1st place and West Gardner 2nd place
March Madness! Battle of the Books!
I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.
Book Spine Poetry winners! Congratulations to
Check out some of our new books!
She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick A London teenager who is blind and her younger brother travel to New York to find their missing father, using clues from his notebook.
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Your High School Media Center houses a diverse collection containing 13,000 books, periodicals, audiovisuals and electronic databases. In addition, you have 96 wireless laptops, which support research and offer curriculum-specific software for class use. The library-media curriculum emphasizes the Big6™ approach to research as well as information literacy skills. Skills such as locating, organizing, utilizing and comprehending information are needed to prepare students to grow and adapt in a rapidly changing technological society.
Mrs. Mendoza’s LiveBinder Collection
For access key, please see passwords in High School Learning Commons Blackboard course
Click on links below to get to research databases:
INFOhio’s Discovery Portal - includes evaluated websites, eBooks, and digital videos (Obtain a Password from an IHHS Librarian to use these free databases!)
Click Here to apply for a library card
You need a Public Library card to use the free database. To get a library card, sign up at any of the Library’s locations. (If you’re 18 or older, bring along some identification to verify your address . If under 18, the signature of a parent or guardian is needed.) You may borrow items on the day you complete the application
For Public Library Databases, including Literary Reference Center, Click HERE. You need a library card # to access. If you don’t have one, see Mrs. Mendoza
Information Need tips on searching the web
Database for IH HS (ACCESS NEEDED)
To access these websites below, See librarian for username and password or go to Blackboard Click on the “High School Learning Commons 2014″ course, then the “Database Passwords” button.
- Google Scholar
- Advanced Google Search
- Academic Database- academic research
- Carrer One Stop- explore possible career interests and jobs
- Find That File - search engine designed to help you locate documents and media files according to file type.
- Google Public Data
- Instagrok -retrieves educational materials in multiple formats, identifies key concepts and terminology,and helps visualize relationships between concepts
- Oolone -visual search engine
- Quixey - app search engine
- Search Credible-search engine that allows you to access 26 different search engines at once
- Search EBooks - a service dedicated to helping you find free ebooks
- SortFix - helps you improve your search for for better results
- Sweetsearch search engine that only gives you websites recommended by experts
- Time Search Enter a year, press “go” and you’re shown a list of significant events that happened in that year
- Twurdy search engine that gives readability levels
- Unofficial Google Image Search by Drawing
- Wolfram Alpha -computational search engine
- Yahoo Apps Search
Directory of open access journals This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 4034 journals in the directory. Currently 1448 journals are seGetarchable at article level.
Read Cube is a desktop application, for Windows and Mac, that is designed to help students organize their research. Read Cube provides a place for students to save and annotate scholarly documents. Through Read Cube students can search Google Scholar and PGetb Med. Students can also import to Read Cube PDFs that they find elsewhere.
Hopefully during our summer break, you’ll have a little breathing room and time to read.
Below are some suggestions for you and your families.
4th Quarter Freshmen Book Club: Wednesday, May 13 6:00-7:00pm in the High School Learning Commons/Media Center. The Glass Castle by J. Walls
The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.
The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.
The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family
Kate Hattemer, author of The Vigilante Poets Society of Selwyn Academy visited our school. Read more about it: Kate Hattemer Author Visit 12-3-14
mapFAST is a great use of Google Maps for finding texts about places all over the world. Visit mapFAST, type in a location and mapFAST will generate a list of texts about that location. The book lists generated by mapFAST come from Google Books and WorldCat. Through Google Books you may be able to read and print some titles for free.
Literature Map provides a web of authors you might like based on authors that you already enjoy reading.
Where Should I Read Next? Click on a specific country to read books located there
Featured Book: The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Car
From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs.
When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
e-Books in various formats
- Google Books (100’s of 1000’s of titles) (select “full view” or “free only” in search results)
- Internet Archive (over 2.5 million titles)
- ManyBooks.net (29,000 titles)
- Online Books Page (over 1 million titles)
- Project Gutenberg (over 33,000 titles)
- Mobile Reading Devices-How to
- Overdrive Help
- Public Library Virtual Downloadables
Check out these websites: websites for teen readers
- Teen Reads -Lists ultimate reading list for teens.
- Guys Read
- Reading Rockets -interviews with authors.
- Kobo Books - includes free ebooks.
- Library of Congress’s Read.gov - includes online access to free books and podcasts.
- LitPick-the latest young adult literature reviewed by young adults
- Reading Rants- a group of book lists for teens out there who need a good read, but are wondering if there’s life after Judy Blume and Brian Jacques
- Figment- a website for teen writers
New and Exciting in the Media Center:
Click here to see! Select the what’s new icon
1,000 URLs to click before you die:
Photoshopping in your browser: Sumo Paint
Schmoop- test prep, study tools, learning guides, college info
Idea Generator-great if you’re trying to decide on a topic
Compare Anything-fun site!
LiveBinder of Tech Tools: audio, video, presentation…
Check out my Pinterest Board on the Learning Commons.
- BananaSlug-throws in a random word from a category of your choice and you get a whole new set of results
- Choose the Best Search Engine for Your Information Need
- CoverBrowser-view 450,000+ covers of comics, books, and more
- Creative Commons-copyright free images, videos, and audio clips
- NewsMap-find the latest news from any country
- Noodlequest – a great pre-search tool to help you achieve better search results
- Search Engine Watch – contains continually updated evaluations and reviews of search engines
- SimilarPages a traditional search engine and a tool to find similar and alternative websites
- SimilarSiteSearch- helps you find similar, related, or alternative websites
- Sweetsearch-results are only websites evaluated by experts
- WolframAlpha- computational search engine-great for answering math and science questions
- Google Scholar
- Get More Out of Google
- InstaGrok-research any topic with an interactive concept map
- Vintage Ad Browser-see advertisement from the olden days
- Zuula-quick access to nine different search engines
MLA Works Cited Tips
- OWL at Purdue
- Son of Citation Machine
- Sample research paper 1
- MLA Citation Basics E-book. You can access it any time HERE
Copyright is the exclusive legal right to the publication of your work… The following site uses an image map to discuss and inform about copyright.
U.S.Copyright Office- FAQ http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/
Plagiarism is the stealing of another person’s work or ideas and claiming credit for them.
The following site explains more about this and how to avoid it. Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It -
- 7 Engaging Video Sites for Teachers and Students
- Academic Earth-Online courses from the world’s top scholars
- Anson Alex Google Apps, Social Media, and technology
- Animated Explanations
- Common Craft-3 minute explanation videos
- Computer Science
- Club Academia-tutorials created by teens
- Ebsco Host Advanced Search
- The Faculties-based in the UK, short stories of university lectures
- Faculty Project-free courses from top notch universites
- Investopedia-two minute videos on ecomomics lessons
- JStor Academic Journal Database tutorial by Mrs. Mendoza
- Khan Academy-browse 1800+tutorials by topic
- Just Math Tutorials
- How to Research Tutorials
- RSS in Plain English-by Common Craft
- Think Tutorials
- 30 YouTube Channels for Education
Being able to recognize quality information is very important, especially on the Internet. The following sites serve as a “how to” in recognizing quality sites. The Good, The Bad, and the Yuggly Website Evaluation Checklist Evaluating Online Resources Webcheck Website Evaluation Video
Resume Writing Tips – how to write business letters, resumes, and applications Guide to Grammar and Writing– basic grammar guide Writing Guides– includes writing process as well as tips on actual presentations, using tables, graphics, etc.
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