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Librarian: Niki Fillipone

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The Hoosic Valley 7-12 High School Library is proud to be designated as an Electronic Doorway Library by the State of New York since April 1, 1999.

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"An electronic doorway library uses computer and telecommunications technology, a full range of library resources, and the services of skilled librarians to meet the library and information needs of business, government, education, and people of all ages, backgrounds, interests and abilities extending services into people's homes, workplaces and other locations, going beyond the library's walls to obtain information and resources, facilitating access by people with disabilities, and providing powerful new ways of assembling, evaluating and using information."

(Source: New York State Education Department, Electronic Doorway Libraries: Meeting the information needs of all New Yorkers.  New York: New York State Library, 1999.)

 

The mission of the library media program is to ensure the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.

This mission is accomplished:

  • by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
  • by providing instructions to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas
  • by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students

Information Power Guidelines for School Library Media Programs, ALA (1998), p. 1

Local Author Jennifer Roy Visits

We would like to thank HS Librarian, Niki Fillapone, for inviting local author Jennifer Roy for a visit.  Our 7th and 8th graders had the opportunity to hear the true story of Ms. Roy’s Aunt Sylvia.  Of the 270,000 people forced into the Polish Lodz Ghetto during WWII, Sylvia was one of only twelve children to survive. It is a very moving story, transforming the historical facts of the holocaust into the human tragedy and individual triumphs that took place. Equally fascinating was the story behind the book.  How Ms. Roy learned of her Aunt’s role in history and converted it into the book, Yellow Star. You can learn more about Ms. Roy and her other award-winning novels on her website: http://www.jenniferroy.com/

 

 

 

Attention Students:   You must obtain usernames and passwords for these databases from Mrs. Fillipone if you wish to access these resources from home.

Proquest Direct - One of the world's largest collections of information.  Full-text and summaries of articles from over 8,000 publications, with many in full text, full image format.

Gale InfoTrac Databases - provided through the New York State Library NOVEL Project.   The following are included in this collection:

Academic OneFile - Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

General Science Collection - A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.

Business Economics and Theory - With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection  - Both researcher and practitioner alike will find relevant , authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine. Covering a wide spectrum of information, researchers will have access to a diverse, but focused set of topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.

Pop Culture Collection  - It's all around us and influences our lives every day. This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course. This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

U.S. History Collection  - As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

Vocations and Careers Collection - Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

World History Collection - As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection - A collection of over 800 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Fine Arts and Music Collection - With more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide your students with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection - Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

Health Reference Center Academic - Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac's award-winning Health Reference Center. All in a single, easy-to-use database, the material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Popular Magazines - Popular Magazines includes more than 1,000 of the most searched magazines across our InfoTrac products. All the titles were selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons. This database is 100% full text and includes over 600 titles recommended by Bowker's "Magazines for Libraries".

Psychology Collection - This set explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death. This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time. Your library's users will have instant access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

National Newspaper Index  - National Newspaper Index provides quick access to the indexing of America's top five newspapers in one seamless search: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Ebsco Databases:

  • MasterFile includes full text for 780 journals dating back to 1990; charts, tables and graphs; Magill's book reviews; essential documents of American History; the Federalist Papers and the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King.
  • Primary Search contains information on a wide range of general topics and is most appropriate for elementary schools.
  • Topic Search explores social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular classroom topics.

 

Evaluating Content

Tutorials & Guides

It's a Hoax

ClipArt & Photo Websites - we have tried to reference free photo sites but you should always check the site usage policy before downloading photos or clipart.

  • Pics4learning - established especially for teachers and students.
  • Cool Clips - good variety of clips sorted by catagory and searchable.
  • Bells & Whistles - free clipart and annimations
  • Picsearch - type a keyword click on search and a list of matching photos will be displayed.

Google - https://www.google.com/

Library Spot - a free virtual library resource center for educators and students

US Berkeley - A general guide to internet use with specifics on searching strategies

Comparison of web search engines (wikipedia)

1st Headlines - top breaking news headlines

All Newspapers - Worldwide listing of media sites.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

Library of Congress - The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program provides primary source-based staff development to teachers across the country.

General Information  - research guidelines using primary resources from UC Berkeley.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - NARA, an independent Federal agency, is America's national recordkeeper

American Memories - Historical collection for the National Digital Library from the Library of Congress

New York State Archives - a program of the State Education Department

Civil War Women - diaries, letters and other documents regarding women during the Civil War, sponsored by Duke University

Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe - Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations

History Central - sources documents in American History

Matthew Brady's National Portrait Gallery - Photo's from the 1800's including the Civil War

Research Guidelines

Citation Guidelines:

Magazines and Periodicals Online - current issues available, back issues may be listed but are often not available in full text.

 

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Diver Library

CDLC - Capital District Library Council

CaDiLac Online 2.0 - This service offers one-stop search access to the holdings of our member libraries and library systems, incorporating such functionality as faceted searching and a simple click-through access to each catalog.

Upper Hudson Library System

Southeastern Library Resource Council