Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Citing Images

When you use an image a paper or project, how do you go about citing it?

"getting ready for the science fair" by woodleywonderworks, CC-BY 2.0

If it's from a database, you can use the databases's citation tools to generate one, but what if you found it on Flickr? What if you found it searching Google?

Well, it depends on where it came from. Has the picture always lived online? Is the original copy of the image on display in a museum or in an archive? Is it a reproduction of an image from another work? These are the deep questions we must ask ourselves. For some common examples and how to cite them in MLA style, check out the Cite It, MLA Style: Images Edition handout.

As usual, the Purdue OWL has advice on the topic for MLA, APA, and Chicago citation formats, or if you're using NoodleTools and MLA, try this flowchart to help you determine how you'll cite the image.

Friday, February 13, 2015

February Newsletter

The February newsletter is here - check it out!

Featured this month:
  • How to get a chance to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card in the Winter Reading Challenge.
  • Krysten B.'s design for the 2015 MSLA Bookmark Contest. Good luck, Krysten!
  • The 2015 Youth Media Awards - the best books published last year.
  • Apps and sites for organizing your bookmarks and online reading.
  • Book Club is reading Battle Royale for March; read it and join us if you thought maybe The Hunger Games could have been a little more intense.
  • The new knitters at the workshop in January wanted to keep knitting, so we'll keep the fun going after school - all are welcome.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Library Map with ThingLink

Have you seen the map for library orientations that Taylor P. made last semester, with help from Mike L., Pierce W., and Alysia L.? They used ThingLink to create the hover-over images.

Winter Reading Challenge is Still Going!

If you haven't started the Winter Reading Challenge yet, there's still time!

No matter what you like to read, it’s possible to complete this challenge. Cross of squares by filling in what you read during the winter that satisfies that bingo square. In spring, everyone who completed the challenge will be entered in a drawing for the challenge prize, a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble!

Bingo cards are available in the library, or choose one from this download.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Youth Media Awards

Want to read the best of what's been published for young adults over the past year? Luckily for you, the winners of this year's Youth Media Awards were announced last week!

The Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature went to Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun (which Mrs. Penza recommends!). Runners up this year were And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard, The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (which I recommend!), and This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.

Looking for more great reads? How about the Best Fiction for Young Adults list? Or the YALSA Nonfiction Award? Or the Alex Award if you're not so into young adult literature?

For a full list of this year's award winners, visit this link. Need help reserving any of these books through the public library or finding them online through OverDrive? Talk to Ms. C or check this tutorial (make sure you have your library card!).

March 12 Book Club Pick

Book Club's next pick is Battle Royale by Koushun Takami; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, March 12.

From Goodreads: "A class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. "   

This book is long, so give yourself time to finish it! Check with me about getting a copy in the library; I should have more copies after break.  

The books and meetings for the rest of the year have been set, so join us on the following days if you're interested in any of the books we'll be reading later this year.

If you liked Tiger's Curse ...

... try some of these other books we have in the UHS Library! Even if you didn't like/read Tiger's Curse, these books on display are a great selection of paranormal romance and supernatural adventures.