Almanacs and Information:
In the not too distant past before the days of Google and Bing, people would use a resource called an Almanac to find quick answers to many of their fact and statistical based questions. Almanacs provide a variety of information from sports scores to election results.
High School & Middle School Puzzler (Combined this week)
Being an election week this weeks puzzler will focus on Presidential elections. We will use a free online almanac from Pearson Education publishing (Pearson is a large publisher of education textbooks and materials).
The Infoplease almanac provides an easy to use format for finding the answers to your questions.
Using this chart in the Infoplease almanac find and enter the five candidates who ran in the 1948 presidential election and determine the winner based on the given election results.
Enter your answers using this answer form.
Don’t forget, the prize drawing will be November 19th. You need to participate in all 4 puzzlers to be eligible for the prize drawing.
This week we will be thinking about the Nuts and Bolts of using content that you find online. But before we present this week’s puzzler, remember to submit your answer to last week’s puzzler – remember, you must participate in all 4 puzzlers to be eligible to be entered into the prize drawing.
Take a look at the lighthouse image found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nelights/4949315105/
High School Puzzler
Many times, your assignments will require you to find and use an image found online. Using the link to the above picture of Fort Point Lighthouse, choose the correct citation example using the MLA format.
Submit your answer using this form for the High School.
Middle School Puzzler
Often, students rely on Google images and Flickr for finding pictures to use in their own work. Search engines will give any image they find that is tagged with your search terms. Click on the link above and take a look at the lighthouse picture. Check the page for information that indicates it’s copyright status. Is this picture copyright protected, or is it copyright free and available for public use.
Enter your answer using the Middle School Form.
Greetings, and Welcome to the Library’s New Weekly Puzzler. Every 4 weeks we will have a Middle School and High School Prize Drawing for those students who have successfully participated in this cycle of 4 puzzlers. Without further ado, here is this week’s library puzzler.
MS Puzzler – For Middle School Students Only
Book Title Wordle -Can you figure out the exact title to this book?
If you think you know the title of this book, please enter your answer using this form.
HS Puzzler – For High School Students Only
Maine News – New News, Old News, Current News
As students in Maine, you have full-text access to back issues of 6 Maine newspapers through Maine’s Virtual Library. What is the name of this database, and the names to the 6 newspapers and the years of full-text coverage.
If you think you have the answer to this puzzler enter it on this form.
Attention SDMS Students!
Participate in Our 1st EVER
Library Book Rating & Comment Contest
How it works:
Read, Rate, and Comment on at least 5 library books you check out between now and our December Book Fair. Once you have rated 5 books you will be entered into our drawing for 1 of 10 $5.00 Scholastic Gift Certificates redeemable at our December Book Fair.
The Fine Print:
All comments are moderated – so your comments must be accepted to qualify for the drawing. Students must enter complete information on the comment form so we know who to enter into the drawing. Comments must be well written and must be more than a single sentence. Comments that do not meet our quality guidelines will not be accepted.
Click the link below for Full Contest Rules and Instructions
Rate a Book Contest
Beginning next week, each Monday the library will post a new puzzler on its website for both the high school and middle school. Students will have until Friday to enter the correct answer in the answer form. Every cycle of 4 puzzlers will have a prize drawing from the pool of students who participated in all 4 puzzlers. The prize will be announced at the beginning of each cycle.
Prizes for this first round library puzzlers will be:
Middle School: Drawing for 1 $10.00 gift certificate for our December Scholastic Middle School Book Fair.
High School: Drawing for 1 SanDisk Cruzer Facet 8GB USB Flash Drive
Remember, to be entered into the Prize Drawing, you must participate in all four puzzlers for each cycle and answer them all correctly.
MARVEL’s online Britannica School Edition may be one of our most under utilized resources. All too often students who look online for information go directly to Wikipedia without checking our MARVEL resources. Britannica School Edition offer’s three levels of information that are aimed at elementary students, middle school students, and high school students.
If you were a sixth grade student looking for information on a mammal’s habit, let’s say a dog; you would notice that if you searched the elementary level in Britannica you would find basic information on dogs. This article would be in an easy to read format, and include basic terms and information and even some pictures of dogs. You would also notice that each paragraph would offer you the option to have the computer read it to you, using the text-to-speech feature. Now being a sixth grader, you would probably need a little more detailed information for your assignment than what is offered by the elementary level. In this case, you would want to search the middle school level.
The middle school search of Britannica School Edition offers a more in-depth look on dogs. The article includes more than the basic facts and incorporates a historical perspective of dogs and their role throughout time. The article may also include additional images of dogs as well. However, you may have noticed that the text-to-speech feature is no longer included with the article. This is a bit of a drawback, but maybe it will be added at some point.
Now the third level, Britannica High School, offers substantially more information in its articles. This is best illustrated by searching for a country. If one were to search for the Ukraine in Britannica High School, you would first receive a brief overview article highlighting key social, political and economic issues. Additional information is placed in an index format on the left of the screen. This information offers a much more detailed description of the country including economic, demographic, cultural, and geographic information. On the right side of the article users can find fast fact information such as population and land sizes. Additionally, further reading and additional information sources are linked from Britannica to other journal articles and databases.
Britannica School Edition also offers users a place to save their work. This is called your workspace, and you can access it from any article. I found it easy enough to use, however each time I went to save an article, picture or set of search results I had to log back into my workspace… after having to do this with each search I would most likely resort to saving the desired information to my Dropbox or Skydrive accounts.
Overall, Britannica School Edition is a very easy to use resource that is not consulted as much as it should be. So the next time you are looking at an online encyclopedia be sure to take a look at Encyclopedia Britannica School Edition.
This summer the library moved our collection to a new online catalog, OPALS. Our new catalog adds many new features for both students and staff to use. Take a look at the new site by visiting: http://sdmh.mimas.scoolaid.net.
Some of the New Features:
- 100% web-based – access the catalog from school or home.
- Online patron accounts with patron initiated reserves, and email notices.
- Use your student ID# or Library ID# to register your account.
- User generated ratings and reviews.
- Online Google book previews for many of our titles.
- Online pathfinders (resource topic guides) for students and staff.
We hope you will give the new catalog a try, and send us your feedback and questions.