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May 22, 2010

If you haven’t heard yet, I will be moving to the middle school next year to be their media specialist. This was not a move that I requested, but money is tight and choices were made. I have enjoyed my time at WHS and will miss all of the wonderful students and teachers. We worked hard to make the library a fun and inviting place and I hope that it will remain so. Good luck and have a great summer.


Google Docs – Updated

April 19, 2010

Many of you have discovered they joys of creating and saving documents, presentations, etc. online, and some of you have yet to open your hearts to new technology. All of you might enjoy learning about the updates to Google Docs. Click HERE for more information on getting your Google Docs account set up. For The official word, see the Google Docs Blog.

Citing Sources

April 14, 2010

I’ve always been a fan of Citation Machine since it’s simple and free. I just discovered NoodleBib Express, however, which is a free version of NoodleBib. It’s another approach that may or may not be easier for you. Give it a try if you wish.

What the Heck is a Primary Source?

February 5, 2010

I used to think the answer to this question was simple – a primary source is something written or created during the actual time of something being studied by someone with direct knowledge of the events. Turns out that is not really the best definition partly because it depends more on how something is used rather than how it was created that makes it a primary source. Rather than try to explain this myself, I’ll leave it up to Yale University.

All About Primary Sources

New Book Club Forming

January 26, 2010

The WHS library is partnering with the Windsor/Severance public library to start a book club here at the high school. Our first meeting will be Feb 5th at 11:15 in the library. Free pizza will be provided if you know the password. Get an invitation in the library. Get extras and share with friends. This will be a student run club and we will choose leaders to organize events and fill out the all important paperwork to make us official. If you’re into books then be sure to join us.

Student Contributors Wanted

January 15, 2010

Want to be famous? Well, I can’t help you. But if you have an interest in art or writing we should talk. We are looking for students to write book reviews and other articles of interest for our library website as well as a weekly comic. If you can draw and others think you are funny then consider the benefits of being published and read by tens of people a day. This lucrative job pays well (not a paid position) and is guaranteed to improve your status among your peers (not a guarantee). Ability to catch mice a plus. Apply in the library.

Notes on Accessing New Databases

January 14, 2010

We have upgraded our database offerings this year and encourage you to take advantage of all they offer. To access them, click the links on the right side under Database Access for America’s Historical Newspapers, Global Issues in Context and Student Resource Center Gold. Each of these meets different needs. Use America’s Historical Newspapers when searching for articles or information from a specific time period such as newspaper articles on the assassination of president Lincoln published in 1865. Global Issues in Context is ideal when looking for current information on just about any topic from politics to science and technology to global events. Student Resource Center Gold is a smorgasbord of information on just about any topic both past and present. Please note that EBSCO is no longer being purchased by the high school as our new databases provide similar and more extensive content. However, it is still available from school computers. If you need access from home please check with the Windsor/Severance Library.

Note on Home Access

Each of these databases is available from off-campus but a password is required. Due to subscription restrictions we cannot publish passwords online. Please check with your classroom teacher or the library for a list of passwords.