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Search Engines for Academic Research

  • iSeek
    one of the best and widely used search engines for academic research on the internet. It has been especially designed keeping the students, teachers and scholars in mind. This search engine only shows reliable and relevant results that ultimately save your time and enable you to get your work done quickly. You can find safe, authoritative, intelligent and time-saving resources with iSeek
  • Virtual Learning Resources Center
    allows you to explore educational sites with high-quality information. It has indexed thousands of academic information websites. On top of that, with custom Google search, you will be able to get more refined results, which will help you complete your research in less time. It has been organized by teachers and library professionals around the world to provide students with great resources for academic assignments and projects. In short, Virtual LRC is the best place to start looking for research material that can help you in your studies
  • Ref Seek
    an academic search engine which is simpler than Google even in appearance. Refseek does not claim to offer more results than Google. Instead, it removes results that are not related to science, academia and research. The best thing about Refseek is that you can search for information related to your subject without getting distracted by sponsored links.With a database of over 1 billion documents, web pages, books, journals, newspapers, online encyclopedias and articles, Refseek is your ultimate companion for academic research
  • Google Scholar
    an academic search engine from the house of Google. Especially designed to search for scholarly literature, it helps you find relevant information from the world of scholarly research. With Google Scholar, you can exploremany sources such as books, dissertations, articles and abstracts from various academic publishers, professional societies, universities and other websites

Are You a Writer? A Reader?



The Mission of the Middle School Library is to provide activities and resources that will assist students and staff in becoming effective and discriminating users of information, develop a pattern of lifelong learning, and foster a love of reading.  This mission is accomplished:

  • By providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
  • By providing instruction 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 (1988), p. 1

Please ask Mrs. Groff for help if you have any questions!

“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.”     Linton Weeks


Cite Your Sources

Use NoodleTools to create bibliographies, electronic notecards, google docs, and outlines that can be shared with your teacher. Ask Mrs. Groff if you need help with the program. 5th students should use MLA Starter, and grades 6, 7 & 8 should use MLA Junior


Borrow eBooks from our digital library on Overdrive!

1. Go to our Overdrive site:

2. Your username is your email address

3. Click on a book you'd like to read! You can download it immediately to your Kindle or another e-reader, or use the Overdrive app to read it on your phone or computer

See Mrs. Groff if you have any questions or if you would like a book that is not currently in our Overdrive library!


    Internet in Real Time - Infographic

    Digital Literacy - tools for learning web skills

    Evaluation of Internet Information

    Always question the Who, the When, the What, the Where, and...the WHY

    Who - the author. the individual or the group who posted. do they have credentials, do they know what they're talking about. can you find out anything about the author, do they provide an email link

    When - the date of creation, last update

    What - the content. are you seeing information you have seen elsewhere or is the site presenting something totally new that you haven't seen previously in the reputable sources you've already used

    Where - the source of the website. is content provided by a university, a government agency, a commercial business, an individual. remember, a tilde ~ means an individual's page

    WHY - the most important question. reasons to post content: to inform, to sell, to persuade, to entertain. is there an obvious point of view, of bias

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    Diane Groff
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    What I'm reading now:
    I enjoyed re-reading the Harry Potter series this summer - can't believe the first book was published 20 years ago! and I'm excited about the visit of Dr. Kathy Reichs since I've read her Virals series

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    Julie Diana
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    What I'm reading now:
    Inventology: How We Dream Things Up That Change the World by Pagan Kennedy

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