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Library Information Centre VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1

FEBRUARY

2011

Lockerby Composite S.S. Student Edition

Move over Google, online databases are here

What will you find at the front desk?

• Suduko puzzles and crossword puzzles • The Sudbury transit bus schedule • Essentials such as stapler, hole-punch, hall passes, pencil crayons and more • Help with finding books, database help, computer

We all know the library has lots of books to help you with research, but what if you are at home and need some reliable resources for an assignment that’s due after the weekend? What if your teacher won’t accept Wikipedia as a source? Where do you go? One of the first places to look is the online database section of the library’s website. These databases provide thousands of academic and magazine articles, newspapers, encyclopedias, e-books, and multi-media. To find these resources, go to the “quicklinks” section of the library’s homepage. From there, you can choose the database you like. Here’s a brief outline of the databases: •

EBSCO: home to Chilton Auto Repair, and Canadian Points of View (great for debate essays)

Teen Health and Wellness: health and

help—just ask! Remember, if you’d like to request a book , the library is always open to suggestions

well-being issues affecting teens today •

Gale: the biggest of the databases, Gale contains numerous resources for all ages and levels. There are general and medical encyclopedias, academic Lockerby stujournals, newspapers, magadents accesszines, video and radio media, ing resources and more. Several of their new found on the library’s webdatabases include Canada in site Context, NoveList, and Literature Resource Centre These databases will make your researching much more simple and effective. Not only is the information reliable, you can save your work, email it, or print articles. One of the best parts is the database will make your citation for you, so it’s a breeze to do up your bibliography. Drop by the library and see Mrs. Bellrose for more information, or pick up a handy “All you Need to Know about Databases” guide

Library Etiquette Judging by how busy it is, the students of Lockerby have discovered that the library is a great place to be. It is a one of the few rooms in the school where students may find a quiet place to work. The rules are simple: no food, drinks and remember to respect your fellow

students’ right to a quiet workspace. These guidelines apply to the boardroom as well.

If you are using a library computer, it is important that you sign in at the front desk. Remember that game-playing, instant messaging, and the use of proxy servers are not allowed. You must abide by Lockerby’s Acceptable Use Policy at all times. Thanks for dropping by!


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The library has wikis? You have an assignment in health care, and need to research body systems. Part of your research requires you to consult books as well as online resources. You have options: search the Internet aimlessly, hoping to find a reliable source, or you could check out the library’s wiki pathfinders. When you use a wiki pathfinder developed by the library, most of the searching has been done for you. These wikis gather lists of books on your topic, list reputable websites, and direct you to appropriate databases for your project. You will

and Shakespeare’s England. Check back often, and ask your teacher to request a pathfinder today

also find your assignment and rubric on the wiki. Just click the “pathfinder” link on the library’s homepage to begin your search. Currently, there are pathfinders for countries of the world, body systems, World War II, law, and more. Several will be added shortly, including open source applications, copyright friendly images and sound,

What will I find on the library’s website? www.lockerby.net and look under “student services”

The library is the place to go for all your resource needs, whether they be books, magazines or newspaper articles. The library website is an extension of these resources. You will find links to new books in the library, links to websites which will help you with your research, and information on searching online databases. On the “About Books” page you will find links to award winning books for your English ISU, lists of new books to the library, and links to recommended reading sites. The “Database” page provides direct links to numerous online databases (see page one of this newsletter). Check out the “Pathfinder” page for online information about your project and how the library can help. Coming soon—the library’s blog will be up an running with up to date book and library news. Stay tuned!

The library has books too! Are you looking for an award winning novel for your independent study in English? Do you need to read two books by the same author for English Lit.? Maybe you just want to read the latest book by John Grisham, or see what’s new in science fiction. Your library can help! Boxes of new fiction books have been ordered for the library this year, and you’ll be sure to find something of interest. New fiction is placed on the white bookshelf by the blackboard and other fiction can be found in the front of the library near the comfy chairs. There is a teen section, a science fiction and fantasy section and many bestsellers. If graphic novels are your choice, watch for several new shipments this spring. If you have a favourite you’d like to see in the library, just let me know the title and I’ll see what I can do about ordering it. .

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