Media Specialist: Gail Faust
Media Clerk: Heather Phillips
Media Center hours:
Monday - Friday 7:05 - 2:35
During the school day students may ask a teacher for a pass to come to the media center to use its resources for projects or to select books. Additionally, passes for students to come in during their lunch may be picked up at the media center from lunch room monitors.
We provide an atmosphere of focused study, but certainly allow and encourage students to collaborate on assignments. We do not allow food and drink in the media center. Water bottles may be left on the end of the circulation desk while you are using the media center. Please be respectful of your fellow students and school resources.
During the school day we require individual students coming into the center to sign in upon their arrival and present a pass for entry, to maintain a record of how our center is being used. However, students are not required to sign in or provide a pass when using the media center before or after school.
Students may use computers for their school and academic needs. They must follow the Acceptable Use policy whenever using school computers. We provide access to subscription databases as well as the Internet. There are thirty-nine desktop computers and two black and white printers available for student use in the main reading room.
Media Center Circulation Policies
- Materials are checked out using students ID cards issued at the beginning of each year. If you have lost your ID, come to the circulation desk to see about getting a replacement. There is a $1.00 fee for a replacement ID, so try to keep track of it.
- A maximum of 5 books at a time may be checked out by students. The media center reserves the right to limit the number of items borrowed on one topic, if materials are needed by many students for projects.
- General collection materials may be renewed one additional time after the initial due date, if they do not have a hold. Reference books are non-circulating or designated for 1 day check-out periods.
- WMH Media does not collect overdue materials fines. However, damaged or lost materials will be subject to a replacement fee, based on the cost of the item.
Technology Acceptable Use Policy
When logging into any CCPS, users agree to abide by the CCPS acceptable use policy. The Acceptable Use policy is outlined in the student handbook. The rules are summarized below:
School computers and internet access is to be used for school related work. This does not include playing games not related to the curriculum or using social network sites (e.g. Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.).
- School technology will not be used to create or access materials which are offensive, obscene, or illegal. While the media center upholds the virtue of intellectual freedom, this is a school, common sense and the law dictate that materials potentially harmful to minors do not belong in public schools and libraries. For more information, read about the Internet Protection Act, passed in 2001 and updated in 2011.
- Only authorized software is to be used on school computers. No unauthorized programs should be downloaded from the internet. External data devices (e.g. flash drives and external hard drives) are not accessible on CCPS student laptops.
- No school technologies will be altered in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, switching keys on keyboards and putting stickers on laptops.
- Copyright guidelines will be followed for all electronic and print materials.
- Students are expected to protect personal information when using the internet. This includes keeping their school password private. Any activity on a system will be attributed to the student logged on to it.
- All students are expected to follow proper netiquette. Behave as you should when you deal with people in person. Use proper language, good manners, do not engage in personal attacks, and respect others' rights as you want yours respected. Remember there is a person on the receiving end of your keyboard. Cyber-bullying will not be tolerated.
- Any files stored on the network server, school computers, CCPS Office OneDrive, and CCPS Google drive are NOT private. They may be viewed by administrators or teachers at any time. Backing up files is the students' responsibility.
Maryland School Survey (marylandpublicschools.org)
(Passwords for databases are available in the media center)
OFFICE 365 LOGIN:
DESTINY HOME ACCESS:
ABC-Clio American and Modern World History:
https://americanhistory.abc-clio.com/ - a specialized Social Studies databases - covers American History topics, from American Exploration and Colonization to the Age of Globalization, and World History from 1500 to present
Student Resource Center:
E-BOOKS and AUDIO BOOKS:
Facts on File Video on Demand:
Carroll County Times:
provides access to the full electronic version
of the Carroll County Times while on the
CARROLL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
The databases available through the Carroll County Public Library are accessed using the barcode number on the student's Carroll County Public Library card. Library card applications are available at the public library branches and on their website.
Carroll County Public Library Databases: http://library.carr.org/collections/research.asp - a variety of electronic resources for academic and personal pursuits - including Magazine Index, Ancestry Library, Auto Repair Reference Center, Biography Resource Center, Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Novelist, ProQuest newspaper archive and many more.
Hello! Welcome to the wide world of research. Over the years you have probably been taught a number of ways to do research. You may have even gotten confused, mixing one teacher’s requirements with another’s, leaving you with an inefficient way to gather data for assignments. This webpage is designed to help clarify the research process, allowing you to do research more quickly and effectively. There is general information about the library, what resources are available, how to properly cite resources, and basic essay formatting guidelines. Also, remember that your friendly media specialist is a wonderful resource for information about choosing a topic, how to research it well, and where to find the materials to do so. Feel free to ask for help. Good luck in your search.
When choosing resources to use you must take into account the accuracy of the information you are accessing. While materials in the library collection, print and electronic, are reviewed and considered reliable, ultimately you are responsible for the data you use in your work. Therefore, you will want to keep in mind a few things when choosing sources.
- Is the author an expert in their field? Are they a credible source?
- How old is the information? (This is especially important when looking for information about rapidly changing subjects like technology and natural sciences.)
- Is the information objective? Does the author skew information to support their needs or beliefs? (While you may want to use biased ideas for some assignments, generally you will want neutral information to express clear accurate ideas.)
When using web sources you find on your own it is especially important to evaluate the authority of a website. It is relatively easy to throw together a website and post anything on it. Just because the information is out there does not mean it is good. The following video, by the Oregon School Library Information System, will give you more information about evaluating websites.
The point of researching something is to find information for personal knowledge or for use in an assignment. Personal research is easy, no citation required just knowledge gained. For adademic research you must be aware of how you use the information you find. You know you have to cite, or give credit for, any phrase or quotes copied verbatim from a source. However, you must also be careful to give credit when using a person's ideas. Even if you paraphrase information, put it in your own words, you must cite where it came from. Some tips to help avoid plagiarism are:
- If you paraphrase an idea make sure you are conveying the thought in your own words. Don’t just change a few words and call it your own. To help avoid this, when taking notes just write down main ideas or words not full passages. It doesn't hurt to compare your work to the original as well to avoid using the same wording. Remember to cite your paraphrased ideas.
- When using a direct quote from a source put quotation marks around the phrase, even while taking notes. That way you are more likely to cite it properly when writing your paper.
Not every piece of data needs to be cited. Information that is considered common knowledge, facts likely to be known by many people, does not require citation. For example, that the first shots of the Civil War were fired in April 1861 does not need to be cited because it is common knowledge.
NoodleTools Express or Zoterobib
**Remember, no citation generator is perfect. You are still responsible for making sure the citation is correct.**
MLA Style Bibliography Citations (MLA 8)
Author/editor/creator. Website Title. Version number, Name of organization associated with the site, Publication date, WWW or URL (if a permanent link) or DOI. Access date.
Entire website example:
The Purdue OWL Family of Site. The Writing Lab ab OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008, owl.english.purdue.edu/owl. Accessed 6 Jan. 2020.
Page on a website example:
"News & Views." PetMD, petmd.com/news?icn=TopNav&icl=9_news. Accessed 6 Jan. 2020.
Article found on a website (including electronic databases):
Author. "Article Title." Journal or Magazine Title, Version (edition), Number (volume or issue number), Publisher, Publication date, WWW or URL (if a permanent link) or DOI. Accessed date.
"Vaping and E-Cigarettes: Should the federal Government Strictly Regulate the Vaping Industry?" Issues and Controversies, Infobase, 28 Aug. 2019, https://icof.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?ID=14934. Accessed 6 Jan. 2020.
Author's name (last, first). Title of Book. City of publication, Publisher, Publication date.
*city of publication should only be used if the work was published before 1900, the publisher has more than one location, or is unknown in North America
Single author example:
Tannen, Deborah. The Argument Culture: Moving from Debate to Dialogue. Random, 1998.
Two or three authors example:
Short, Kathy Gnagey, and Lois Bridges Bird. Literature as a Way of Knowing. York, ME, Stenhouse, 1997.
"Title of Article." Title of book, Edition, Copyright date.
"Tanzania." The World Book Encyclopedia. World Book, 2014.
MLA Style In-text Citations
Citing sources is a vital part the research paper writing process. This section will help you understand how citations are made within text. These examples are for MLA style in-text citations. Unless your teacher says you should use a different style of citation, you should follow the guidelines shown here.
In text citations are usually located following sentence in which the information being cited is found. They should be inside the punctuation of your sentence. Examples of some common in-text MLA citations can be seen below.
One author – (Last name page #)
Example: (Tannen 40)
Multiple authors – (Last name and Last name page #)
Example: (Short and Bird 125)
Article with no author – (“First 2-3 words of title page #)
Example: ("Time was" 6)
Website – (First item that appears in the bibliography citation, e.g. author, title, website name)
*page numbers are typically not included in website source citations.
More examples of in-text citations can be found at the Perdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) using the following link.
Unless otherwise advised by your teacher, you should follow MLA paper format guidelines listed below. Detailed information about MLA style paper format can be found on the Purdue University OWL (Online Writing Lab) website. Additionally, a sample MLA style essay can be found on the website so you can see the proper format.
General guidelines -
- use standard 8.5 X 11 paper
- set margins to one inch on all sides
- use 12 or 14 pt. font
- use a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman)
- page numbers should appear in the header at the top right
- double-space your entire paper, including your name, teacher's name, course title, and date the assignment is due
- center your title but do not underline it
- begin your essay under your title, left justify everything except the title
- paragraphs should begin with an indent