Friday, December 15, 2017

Links for Mrs. Ahern's E and G Block Clases

Finding Good, Current Sources
    • The website might have been updated recently, but that doesn't mean that the sources are current. 
    • If there are no sources, then not only do you have no idea how old the information is, you also have no idea where it came from.
    • (Current is here defined as dating to 2012 or later - information about health topics is dangerous if it's out of date!)
  • Figure out what organizations keep statistics on your topic, and then search their websites. Go straight to the source.
  • Use search operators to narrow your search faster! Below are examples of Google search operators. If you prefer another search engine, the operators might be slightly different, so check their support pages and search tools.
    • "binge drinking" gets you pages with that exact phrase - not just those two words separately
    • 2013..2017 gets you websites that mention any number between 2013 and 2017
    • site:nytimes.org gets you results only from a specific website (you can also type just parts of a URL - for example, adding site:.edu to a search gets results only from websites with .edu in the URL, without being more specific)
    • -toddlers eliminates pages with a result you aren't looking for (useful if your topic has a few different angles, and you're only looking at one)
    • You can get fancy with this by combining search operators - try something like site:pewinternet.org teens digital addiction 2013..2017.
Citing Your Sources
  • Go to the Citation Help tab above for guides and more resources. Remember, you need to cite everything you use - pictures are information, too, since they help to communicate with your audience. (And find the actual source of images you find using Google!)
Recommended Resources

Thursday, December 14, 2017

January 11 Book Club Meeting: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The next Book Club Pick is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. All are welcome to join in the discussion after school on Thursday, January 11. If you need a copy of the book, talk to Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either you’re his true love ... or you killed him. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year. His name is Gansey, and he is on a quest that has encompassed three other boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem, but now, she’s not so sure anymore."

Book Club is currently voting on books to read next semester; stay tuned for more info on upcoming meetings!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Links for Mr. Bennett's G Block Class

Below are some recommended resources for your To Kill a Mockingbird research project. Feel free to look at other databases and books, too!

Databases and Online Reference Materials 
(full list of available databases is here)
  • Biography in Context
  • US History in Context
    • Topic Page: 1920s
    • Topic Page: 1930s
    • Topic Page: Great Depression
    • Topic Page: Plessy v Ferguson
    • Topic Page: Racism in Post-Emancipation America
    • Topic Page: Segregation
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Create a Boston Public Library eCard to access this database of eBooks. You can search all the eBooks in the database at once, or try these eBooks specifically:
    • American Decades Primary Sources
    • Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
    • Encyclopedia of the Great Depression
    • Extremist Groups
    • Novels for Students
    • Major 21st Century Writers
    • Prejudice in the Modern World Reference Library
    Books
    Citation Resources

    Links for Mrs. Woislaw's E & F Block Classes

    Below are some recommended resources for your A Christmas Carol research project. Feel free to look at other databases and books, too!

    Databases
    (full list of available databases is here)
      Recommended Websites

      Books
      Citation Resources

      Friday, December 1, 2017

      December Newsletter

      The December Newsletter is here, and this month it features:
      • this semester's Book Club picks
      • tips for getting the most of out articles found in the library's databases
      • public library events for teens
      • upcoming Anime/Manga Club dates

      Monday, November 27, 2017

      December Anime Club Meetings

      Join Anime Club after school in the library from 2:00 - 3:30 on the following dates:
      • Friday, December 1
        Join us as we take a break from anime to talk about and screen some anime-influenced western animation, plus Japanese snacks!
      • Friday, December 15
        Celebrate the coming New Year the Japanese way! Since the New Year is the major winter holiday celebrated in Japan, we'll be doing some traditional Japanese New Year's activities and hosting a Yankee swap. Club members who want to participate in the swap should bring a wrapped gift of no more than $15 to the meeting. For those who aren't participating in the swap, there will be plenty of other games and activities at this meeting!

      Wednesday, November 15, 2017

      Links for Mr. Bennett's D and F Block Classes

      Below are some recommended resources for your To Kill a Mockingbird research project. Feel free to look at other databases and books, too!

      Databases and Online Reference Materials 
      (full list of available databases is here)
      • Biography in Context
      • US History in Context
        • Topic Page: 1920s
        • Topic Page: 1930s
        • Topic Page: Great Depression
        • Topic Page: Plessy v Ferguson
        • Topic Page: Racism in Post-Emancipation America
        • Topic Page: Segregation
      • Gale Virtual Reference Library
        Create a Boston Public Library eCard to access this database of eBooks. You can search all the eBooks in the database at once, or try these eBooks specifically:
        • American Decades Primary Sources
        • Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
        • Encyclopedia of the Great Depression
        • Extremist Groups
        • Novels for Students
        • Major 21st Century Writers
        • Prejudice in the Modern World Reference Library
        Books
        Citation Resources