Friday, April 21, 2017


Do you shop on Amazon? If so you can help the Park School Library by starting your shopping from the Amazon banner above. Simply click on the banner and then shop as you usually do. Amazon will donate 4-6% of the amount you spend to the library in the form of gift cards to purchase new library books. The library earned $781.00 last year. Here are some of the books we purchased with Amazon funds:

NOTE: The  Amazon Smile program only donates .5% (that's point 5) of purchase amount to the school so the banner gets more bang for your buck!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fake news, real problem!

For more information on news literacy and how to spot fake news, check out our Research LibGuide

Friday, October 7, 2016

NEW DATABASE: Global Perspectives

The Library now offers access to Global Issues in Context, part of the Gale/Cengage suite of products. Global Issues is designed to support global awareness and ties together a wealth of authoritative content, including international news sources, audio, video and academic journals, that will help students understand some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.

  • "Global Issues In Context spans continents and cultures to bring essential, balanced information to researchers across many academic disciplines. Integrating news, global viewpoints, reference, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics and more in a single search, Global Issues In Context not only focuses on broad issues such as poverty and nuclear proliferation, it also prompts a close appraisal of targeted issues, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Syrian Civil War, Genetically Modified Foods, Internet Control and Security, and Privacy Rights.

    Authoritative Content

    • Updated daily with more than 660 geographically diverse full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals for a truly global view
    • 100 Gale proprietary reference titles, including Human Geography: People & the Environment, Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Middle East Conflict Reference Library, and Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations.  
    • 250 Country topic pages and more than 400 Issue pages covering:
      • Business and Economics
      • Conflict and Diplomacy
      • Environment and Climate Change
      • Government, Politics, and Law
      • Health and Medicine
      • Science and Technology
      • Society and Culture
      • Women, Children, and the Family


    • Images, videos, and podcasts
    • Interactive maps
    • Thousands of charts and graphs and other statistical information "

  • This database can be accessed from the "online databases" page under "Gale."

    The user name and password can be found on the orange bookmark.

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

     The 8th edition of the MLA Handbook is here and it’s HALF THE SIZE of the 7th edition!  The Modern Language Association has decided to simplify the citation process through a shift in focus from “a prescriptive list of formats to the overarching purpose of source documentation: enabling readers to participate fully in the conversations between writers and their sources.” (MLA xii)

    The Core Elements
    The core elements are for all types of sources. They are listed in the order in which they should appear. An element not relevant to the source being documented should be omitted.

    A new concept: The container
    When a source is part of a larger whole, the whole can be thought of as a “container.”
    • A book that holds collection of essays, stories, poem, other kinds of works.
    • A periodical holds articles.
    • A website that holds articles, postings, etc.

    A database that could hold all of the above is considered a second container. Both containers will be part of your citation.


    • Adding the abbreviations vol. & no. to periodical entries.
    • No more city of publication for books because WHO CARES!
    • Yes, include the URL for websites (as we have been saying here at Park) but drop the http://
    • Et al - If a source has 3 or more authors, list only the first followed by “et al.”
    • No need to cite the date of access for an online source.
    • No need to cite the format, ie print or web.
    • N.d. ? No need. When a date for a source is not offered, you no longer need to use placeholders like n.d. for “no date”
    • It is not necessary to include the name of the publisher for a website if the name of the site matches the name of the publisher.

    Stay tuned for information on NoodleTools updates and for the launch of the official website The MLA Style Center.

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    New database!

    The library now offers access to FACTCITE a database of biographical information. Student researchers can search or browse the vast selection of textual information on the lives influential people throughout history. 

    Included are:

    U.S. and World Biography - 10, 000 biographies of famous people from around the world, includes over 2000 illustrations. Browse the alphabetical listing in essential biographies directory, or search by subject area, state of birth, or nationality.

    Shapers of Society - Profiles of  of 101 men and women who shape the world in which we live. View a timeline of the those covered from prehistory to modern times. Browse the alphabetical directory or search by occupation or era of history.

    Sports Champions - 700 inspiring stories of athletes from all sports plus 1500 illustrations. The  editors' choice feature showcases champions that grabbed the editors' attention. Articles on special sports topics that are in the news, such as concussions in sport, are included. Browse the alphabetical directory or search by  sport or place of birth.

    All articles are lexiled and the content is regularly updated.  To access FactCite go to The user name is; buffalo and the password is: park.

    Check out FactCite and let me know what you think!

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    What did you read this summer?

    Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer. I had plenty of time to read and read many great books. A few are listed below. Please share in the comments down below a few of the good books you read this summer.

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Does the Library offer ebooks? YES, OF COURSE

    You can access hundreds of ebooks from our subscription databases.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library - GVRL

    "Gale’s GVRL platform offers teachers and students hundreds of titles covering the most-studied subject areas to help tackle their assignments, papers, projects and presentations. With its depth of features and content, GVRL supports information literacy and the development of 21st century skills, and reinforces the critical difference between authoritative resources and consumer-published content on the web."

    Titles can be found under the following subject areas: arts, biography, environment, history, law, literature, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, science, social science and technology. These books can be accessed by multiple users at the same time. Sample titles:

    SIRS Discoverer
    This database is geared toward the middle school level. Select "nonfiction books" from the database features menu to view available titles. Subject areas include; arts and humanities; health and human body; history and government; biography and more. When performing a keyword or subject search book resources are labeled with a book icon on the results list. It looks like this:

    World Book
    Our World Book subscription includes access to three subject specific encyclopedias: Living Green, Invention and Discovery and Early Peoples.
    Destiny Catalog
    A small collection of ebooks are available through our Destiny Library Catalog. These books can be checked out to one user at a time, just like a hard copy. You must have a Destiny login to access ebooks. 

    The Basics of Ecology
    Ecological Issues: Africa
    Biomes and Ecosystems
    Changing Ecosystems: The Effects of Global Warming

    Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn (Meyer)
    The Pearl (Steinbeck)
    Their Eyes were Watching God (Hurston)
    Thirteen Reasons Why (Asher)
    The Angel Experiment (Patterson)
    Twisted (Anderson)
    The Odyssey (Homer)

    Stay tuned for BIG NEWS about our ebook collections!