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Friday, January 20, 2017

Library - Beverly Griffin, Librarian

  Beverly Griffin-Librarian     Donna Morabito-Library Assistant Phone: (914) 528-0600 Ext. 257   Oasis Library Catalog - look up what we have in this library!

Welcome to the Lakeland High School Library!
The BOCES Portal to all of our databases is at the bottom of the list. 
You know the password!

The databases, below, that I have singled out and described are those most commonly used for "our" research projects.  You have gotten or can get a list of passwords to each individual site from your teacher or the library.  You can always go in through the BOCES 24/7 portal using the default password as well.

  If you have any questions about accessing or using our databases,
please speak with Ms. Griffin.

I suggest that you do not use either Gale Newsstand or the National Newspaper Index on 24/7 as these will only give you abstracts - not full text articles.
Each database title below has a hyperlink so you can access it directly.  Stop by and see Ms. Griffin with any research concerns.

Academic One Source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, including up-to-date New York Times. Covers  physical science, technology, medicine, social science, the arts, literature and other subjects.

Annals of American History Online  Explore the rich and varied history of the United States through speeches, historical accounts, memoirs, poems, images, and multimedia.

Bloom's Literary reference online  Study the great works of literature - and their authors.  Includes literary topics and themes.

Career Cruising Springboard A good place to go to get information on careers for either an economics project or, for some of you, your senior thesis paper!

CQ Researcher explores each week, in depth, a single "hot" issue ranging from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science & technology.   *A "Senior Thesis" top pick

Discovering Collection includes biographies, articles and overviews, criticism, primary source documents, multimedia and more.

EBSCO - MAS ULTRA      Click on the EBSCOhost link and then MAS Ultra for general searches.   Has current events and explores social and political issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics. If your topic is about education, use the professional development collection and ERICBoth are found further down on the page that has MAS Ultra at the top.

General OneFile     A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.  

Health Reference Center    Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals.

Issues & Controversies on File   Summarizes current issues and controversies in political, economic,
social and scientific areas.  Each topic is accompanied by primary source bibliographic information.  *A "Senior Thesis" top pick 

Magill's Literature   Click on MagillOnLiterature Plus(underneath Ebscohost Web link).   This database includes literary works with reviewed critical analyses and brief plot summaries.

New York State Newspapers  Among others, this database includes the following full-text newspapers from around New York State: Albany Times Union, Buffalo News, New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and Syracuse Post-Standard.  You need to know what you are looking for.  This is a hard database to browse.

Opposing Viewpoints source for information on social issues utilizing viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites,  and magazine and newspaper articles.  *A "Senior Thesis" top pick   

Proquest provides an online subscription service containing summaries from over 3,000 publications, including periodicals and newspapers. Full-text coverage available for hundreds of select titles, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

ScienceFlix - (School access)  combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students to use at home or in school.               ScienceFlix - Home access

SIRS Researcher, Government Reporter, & Renaissance   Useful for topics about historical events or personages.  Contains
the pro/con issue section that is organized for you at the top of the page under "Pro Vs. Con."  Click on "more issues" for a comprehensive list of topics.  Great place to start looking for thesis topics!    
*A "Senior Thesis" top pick

24/7  BOCES Resource Library  This links to all the databases that Lakeland High School subscribes to can be accessed through this link (24/7). You can easily go down the list of possible sources and pick the one most useful for you.

(1) URL's from some databases are a one-time only address. That is why -sometimes -you cannot get back to an article thru the URL that you bookmark. So, save the article, email it to yourself, print it, or put it on a flash drive if you find it usable!  However, MLA 8th Edition now requires URL's on your Works Cited list.
(2) You need to click on "Cite" or "Citation Tools" -
icons within an article - and choose the MLA 8th Edition format to see exactly how your citation should look. Copy the citation into a document so you can organize your list for your "Works Cited" page later.  Some databases have not switched over to MLA 8 yet so will only give you MLA 7th Edition format. 
(3)  HANDY TIP  - you may choose to go directly to a newspaper's website - i.e., The New York Times - but if you get your article through our databases, they format the citation for you!

NOTE:  MLA (which guides the way in which you cite sources) has changed to a new version - MLA 8th Edition.  The databases have not all caught up to this yet and many are still using MLA 7th Edition formatting.  MLA 8th Edition examples will be handed out when you start a research project.  If you have any questions, please stop by to see Ms. Griffin.  We're in flex mode this year with the significant citation changes but we are here to help.

last updated: 12/15/16