Welcome to the Indian Hill High School
Learning Commons /Media Center !
Scan this QR Code to launch the IHHS Media Center App on your phone.
From the Google Playstore, you can now download the IHHS Library Media Center App on your Android!
Congrats 2016 Book Spine Poetry Contest Winners!
Allyssa Q., Cynthia Z., and Julia Y.
Color your winter blues away! Stop by the Learning Commons, sit down, and start coloring!
We have adult coloring book designs and markers for you to use. Very relaxing!
Celebrate Women’s History Month by checking out some of these books…
Buffalo Gals Women of the Old West
by Brandon Miller
I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.
Check out some of our new books!
HOURS: 7:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (No weekend or school vacation hours) PHONE: 513-272-4601 FAX: 513-272-4613 STAFF: Victoria Mendoza – Media Specialist Kendra Leonard– Library Assistant
Your High School Media Center houses a diverse collection containing 13,000 books, periodicals, audiovisuals and electronic databases. In addition, we 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:
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
- Quixey – app search engine
- Search Credible–search engine that allows you to access 26 different search engines at once
- 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
- Unofficial Google Image Search by Drawing
- Wolfram Alpha –computational search engine
Directory of open access journals This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
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.
Now’s your chance to read for fun during spring break! Check out GoodReads award winning suggestions:
Choice Awards Best Books 2015
We had an engaging discussion of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee during our March Freshmen/Parent Book Club in the High School Learning Commons/Media Center. Great insights from our students!
C0-Authors Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan,
and Deborah Biancotti visited Indian Hill High School
Great discussion of their collaborative new novel Zeros!
Spring as always, is a great time to read-
Below are some suggestions for you and your families.
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 Card Turner: A Novel about a King, Queen and a Joker by Louis Sachar
When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.
Featured Book: Calvin by Martine Leavitt
Born on the day the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published, seventeen-year-old Calvin, a schizophrenic, sees and has conversations with the tiger, Hobbes, and believes that if he can persuade the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, to do one more strip, he will make Calvin well.
e-Books in various formats
- Free EBooks
- 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
College Preparation click on side tab of LiveBinder
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.
Zing is a new service offering thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students.
- 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
- Digital Librarian
- Internet Country Codes
- Cite This for Me
- MLA Citation Wizard
- 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.
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.
I love to share great books and free apps. Here’s what I’ve been reading and learning…how ’bout you?
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Comments or questions are welcome.