Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Need current statistics for your Issues Affecting Teens project?

Finding Good, Current Sources
  • No matter what the copyright date of the website is, check the dates on the references and sources listed for the information. 
    • 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 <5 years old - information about health topics is dangerous if it's out of date!)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 like site:.gov or site:.org to limit your search on Google.
    • You can get fancy with this - try something like site:stopbullying.gov statistics 2011..2015 to search just the Stop Bullying website for articles mentioning statistics and any year between 2011 and 2015.
  • Make sure you're using a reliable source! Use the CRAAP test - ask yourself if the source you want to use is current enough, is relevant to your information needs, is from an authority on the subject, contains accurate information, and has a purpose that suggests that the information on the site is objective.
Citing Your Sources
  • Go to the Citation Help tab above for guides and more resources. The video below is less than 90 seconds and demonstrates how to use those MLA-style templates to create a citation for a website.

Recommended Resources

Friday, December 18, 2015

November/December Newsletter

The November/December newsletter is here - check it out!


Featured this month:
  • MSLA Bookmark Contest
  • Google search tips
  • Book Club's picks for 2016
  • Anime/Manga Club
  • Winter Reading Challenge
  • Teen Advisory Board at the public library 

New: Anime/Manga Club!

Do you like anime, manga, cosplay, and everything Japanese culture? Come to Anime/Manga Club! The first meeting will be today after school in the library. The club will meet twice a month to watch and discuss anime, discuss manga, explore Japanese culture, and write and draw manga!

Friday, December 11, 2015

January 14 Book Club Pick: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

The next Book Club meeting will be held on January 14 to discuss Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett. Speak with Ms. Charpentier if you need a copy.

From Goodreads: "'When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.' These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time. Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own. As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt."

The meetings for the rest of the year are:

Monday, December 7, 2015

Advance Reading Copies

Want to check out what's coming soon from Candlewick Press? We have advance reading copies of 5 titles that will be published next year for you to read and review! More info on each book is linked at the Review Blog.