Monday, December 19, 2016

Links and Information for Mrs. Ahern's D and G Block Health Classes

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    • (Current is here defined as dating to 2012 or later - information about health topics is dangerous if it's out of date!)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 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 2012..2016 to search just the Stop Bullying website for articles mentioning statistics and any year between 2012 and 2016.
  • 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. Remember, you need to cite everything you use - pictures are information, too, since they help to communicate with your audience.
  • Google isn't a source - it's how you find sources. When you find an image on through a Google images source, click on it, then click on "Visit page" to see where Google found it. That's the page you cite.
  • Social bookmarking sites like Pinterest aren't sources either - click through on the images to find their sources.
Recommended Resources

Friday, December 9, 2016

January 5 Book Club Meeting: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Book Club is reading I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson for the next discussion; all are welcome to join the conversation after school in the library on Thursday, January 5. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways ... until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world."


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Links for Mr. MacKenzie's C Block Class

Below are some recommended resources for your War of the Worlds research paper. Feel free to use other resources, but especially if you're searching on Google, keep the CRAAP test in mind!

Databases and Online Reference Materials 
(full list of available databases is here)
Open Web
  • Always use the CRAAP test to decide if an online source is worth using!
  • British Library
    • Overview of War of the Worlds
    • New Woman in literature
    • Wells's politics
    • Victorian novels and invasion
Books
Citation Resources