School Library Media Center
The School Library Media Center implements classroom assignments by collaborating with teachers to meet curriculum needs. The library strives to motivate students to be life-long learners by providing an environment conducive to learning and reading.
The Library Media Specialist updates reading materials regularly to keep current with the interests of students and teachers. The library offers enrichment to make homework, research papers, and all other school assignments possible through printed material and digital resources.
A citation is a reference to the source of an idea, information or image. It identifies data such as the author, title, and publication format. There are many reasons why it is important to cite the resources when doing a research paper. Every source of information that is not one’s own work must be cited. Remember…not to cite is a violation of someone else’s intellectual or creative property!
Proper Citation Should Give:
- Credit to authors whose works were used (whether quoted or not).
- Access for others to locate the original source of information.
- Evidence of one’s research.
- Proof of not plagiarizing.
All databases generate citations, but it is a good idea to become familiar with MLA and APA formats to be sure the citation was generated correctly. For example: most databases do not do the hanging indent when formatting works cited pages. Both EasyBib and Purdue Owl contain MLA and APA guidelines.
Click here for York Catholic’s MLA Style Guide.
Click here for York Catholic’s APA Style Guide (science classes only)
Citation / Research
Remember that EasyBib must be accessed from the school website to gain access to the paid version that contains all of the content.
Students and teachers who have never signed up before, can register at https://edu.easybib.com/auth/coupon and returning users can upgrade their existing accounts to EasyBib EDU by logging in at https://edu.easybib.com/auth/login, and then entering the school coupon code. Please contact Mrs. Murphy in the library for the access code.
Benefits of Reading:
Why You Should Read Every Day
- Mental Stimulation
- Stress Reduction
- Vocabulary Expansion
- Memory Improvement
- Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
- Improved Focus and Concentration
- Better Writing Skills
- Free Entertainment
All the resources below can be accessed from school or home by using assigned password access. Please e-mail Mrs. Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you forgot that access information.
- EasyBib EDU – a citation and research management tool that will create a variety of citation formats, evaluate websites, and digitally generate and organize notes and outlines.
- Credo Literati – Literati offers unlimited access to a wide selection of full text reference books on every subject for research projects. Special features include mind mapping and study guides, as well as images, audio file, video and full text articles on a variety of subjects.
- Proquest – ProQuest database has advanced content in multiple subject areas on information collections that include scholarly journals and magazine publications.
- Salem Press – Salem Press is a database of reference works on literature, history, biography, the social sciences, and science. Be aware that research topics are purchase individually and one purchased are listed on the content page.
- World Book – World Book Online offers a diverse suite of learning sites for every age, ability, and interest to suit the needs of students and advanced researchers. This database also includes atlas, dictionary, and encyclopedia references in English and Spanish. The E-Book feature contains numerous non-fiction books on a diverse range of topics with downloading capability to be read on a variety of devices.
- Library World Card Catalog Database – database of all books and circulation materials in the library.
Free Online Resources: These databases are free and require no passwords!
York County Libraries – Sign up for a free library card and get access to free e-book downloads and printed source information.
Free Library of Philadelphia – Sign up for free library card if you live in PA. Besides free downloads it gives you citation information and many other options for research.
Open Culture – Free educational media including language lessons, audio books, and movies.
Purdue Owl – contains writing resources and instructional material to aid in research and citation needs.
College Writing Guide – Use this guide to refresh your knowledge of basic grammar rules, common writing pitfalls, types of academic writing and helpful writing techniques for college preparation.
Ultimate Guide to Academic Writing: 100+ Useful Resources – This guide contains some of the best resources to help organize and structure your academic writing assignments.
PBS Learning Media – media-on-demand service featuring interactives, images, videos, audio files, and more with lesson plans, background essays, and discussion questions. Sign-up for a free account!