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Click HERE to enlarge Learning Commons/Media Center Tour
HOURS: 7:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
(No weekend or school vacation hours)
STAFF: Victoria Mendoza – Media Specialist Nicki Skylis– Library Assistant
Click Here for BOOK CATALOG
(Author, Title, Series, Subject, Explore, and More)
Books circulate for a period of two weeks
All other materials circulate from 1 – 3 days
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.
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 2013″ course, then the “Database Passwords” button.
- Google Scholar
- Advanced Google Search
- Academic Database- academic research
- 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.
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.
Freshmen/Parent Book Club: Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters Click Here to see our 4th quarter book. We’ll meet in the Learning Commons on Wednesday May 21 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Hope to see you there.
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.
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try
New and Exciting in the Media Center:
Click here to see! Select the what’s new icon
Idea Generator-great if you’re trying to decide on a topic
- Choose the Best Search Engine for Your Information Need
- Creative Commons-copyright free images, videos, and audio clips
- 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
- 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
- Zuula-quick access to nine different search engines
MLA Works Cited Tips
- Works Cited Directions (PDF)
- OWL at Purdue
- Son of Citation Machine
- Sample research paper 1
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.
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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