Thursday, December 12, 2013

Remember the Library over Christmas Break

If you are looking for something to fill your Christmas break, remember the library! 

The library is giving away candy to students that check out book between now and break. Checked out books will also receive an extended due date so you can enjoy them all break long. Faculty are welcome (and encouraged) to participate!

If you already have a book checked out from the library, please make sure to return or renew it before Christmas break. Fines will not be waived that accrue over break. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Research Tips: Website Evaluation

Nowadays, most research is done online. As the previous research tips blog mentioned, there is a large amount of digital information available so it's important for you to be able to efficiently shift through it. The best way to evaluate online information is by having a method. The method we will be discussing today is called the CRAP Method.

Purpose/Point of View

Here are some good questions to ask yourself when you are looking through websites. If you can't answer the majority of these questions, you want to rethink using that specific website as a reliable and creditable source in your research!

1. When was the page/article written or updated? [If no date is given on the page, visit the homepage to look for the date.]

2. Is the information current enough for your topic? Why this may matter for your topic?

3. What kind of information is included in the resource?
Think about the main topics or ideas.

4. Is content of the resource primarily opinion or fact?  Is it biased?  
How can you tell?

5. Are there references given for the information on the site?  Where are they? [Look for a bibliography or any list of materials used in the creation of the page.]

6. If there are links, do they work?  [Try them!]

7. Are there spelling, grammar, or other typos? What does this say about the reliability of the website?

8. Who is the creator or author?  If there is no specific author, what is the name of the organization responsible for the site?  [You may need to visit the homepage to find the answer.]

9. Can you locate the credentials and contact information for the creator or author?
Purpose/Point of View
10. What is the intent of the website (to persuade, to sell, to inform, etc.)? [How can you tell?]

Monday, November 25, 2013

The AirPrinter is Working!

The library’s new printer now has AirPrint capabilities that enable instant printing from school iPads!

This technology provides students and faculty a faster and more convenient method of printing. However, with this technology comes the possibility of misuse. Please carefully read over the AirPrinter policy the library will be implementing.

 AirPrinter Policy 2013-2014

1. All print jobs must be picked up by the sender. The library will not hand deliver any print jobs to teachers or students.

2. Please limit your print jobs to ones that contain less than 15 pages. If you need to make multiple copies of something, please use a copier instead of reprinting. Faculty should not use the AirPrinter to make classroom sets or any other large job, but should continue to use the faculty work room.

3. Students MUST be in the library when printing. Any print jobs that are printed outside the library will be charged $.05 per page. Faculty members are exempt from this and may print to the AirPrinter anywhere inside the building.

4. The Library printer is a Duplex printer, which means it is able to do two- sided printing. This will come up as the default setting turned on. Since this is a paper saving option, “two sided” printing should be preferred.

5. When printing pages from the web, students and faculty should be aware of the “Reader” function in the Safari browser. This allows you to bring up only the text in an article without all the additional material on the web page. This is a cleaner and also more efficient paper saving technique. The “Reader” function is found in the small set of lines at the top left in the address line (URL) of the web page.
These policies may be amended over time as the library sees fit. Please contact Ms. Bava with any questions!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Research Tips: Searching Tips

Now that we know why it is important to have good research skills, it's time to start searching for information. Today we'll talk about just some of the online resources you can use, but don't forget about print resources. We'll discuss those at a later time.

The most frequently used place students start researching is on a search engine. Have you ever used Google, Yahoo, or Bing? If so, you have used some of the most popular search engines. However, there are many tricks to using them that you might not be aware of.

Tips for getting the most out of search engines:

1. Use a variety of search engines. 
You may love using Google, but try using both Google and another website when researching a topic. You will get different results that way. One search engine that I like to use is DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that does not track your searches (like Google does), and has more instant answers and less spam/clutter. 

Here's an example: 

"Trans Fat" DuckDuckGo Search Results

"Trans Fat" Google Search Results

2. Use the Advanced Search option. 
Almost any search engine you use will have basic and advanced searching. You'll be able to narrow or broaden your results by choosing what words, language, domain name, or file format to search by. We'll talk more about "boolean searching" (using specific search operator) later. 

See the below pictures on how to access Google's Advanced Search. 

3. Try using keyword variations. 
If you aren't getting the results you want, try searching by a synonym. For example, when searching for "cafeteria" try also using "dinning hall" or "campus food service". 

4. Use quotation marks around keywords. 
You will receive search results with exact matches! For example, searching for "cafeteria" with quotation marks around it will give you only results that have the word cafeteria in it. This trick will also work with longer phrases such as "cafeterias in high schools". 

5. Vertically Searching 
Many search engines allow you to run specialized searches. This allows you to search within a specific field such as blogs, news, videos,  or pictures. This will help narrow your search to results you actually want. Usually these fields are located on a side bar or at the top of the search engine's main page. Try searching with Google or Yahoo for this option! 

These are just a few tips that will help you with your research! For more help searching Google, check out these tips!.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Library Service Hours

  Need to complete Service Hours?

Ms. Bava is looking for one student to assist in the

Who: One student, preferably a sophomore or junior. 

Location: Library

When: One hour after school (starting at 2:30pm) once or twice a week. The library is looking for a student who would commit to assisting in the library through the end of the school year (May 2014).

Duties: This student would help with routine tasks (shelving books) and larger library projects (inventory and shelf reading). The student must be reliable and able to work independently.

No library experience necessary!

Apply with Ms. Bava in the Library! Email her at with questions! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

New Printer

The library has a new printer! 

The library has purchased a new black and white printer for students use. With 33 ppm (pages per minutes), this printer is faster and more convenient! It will eventually have AirPrint, allowing you to print directly from your iPads.

It's now located in front of the circulation desk, so head over to the library to check it out!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween from the Library!

With Halloween this week, the library is throwing a special Halloween lunch for those students who participated in the Teen Read Week(s) reading contest! It will be a spooky good time...

Date: Thursday, October 31st
Time: Academic Lab
Where: The Library

Please check your school Gmail account for the official invitation! Remember to get signed out from Ms. Bava on Thursday.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Research Tips: Good Research Skills

The library is starting a new blog series of Research Tips! In these posts, the library will demonstrate how to locate, evaluate, and use information. These research tips will help you find better information more efficiently! If you have a topic you would like specific help on, let Ms. Bava know and she will blog about it.

Let's begin by talking about why it is so important to conduct good research. By now you should have heard of plagiarism. The dictionary defines plagiarism as "an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author."

In other words, plagiarism is:
1.[Deliberately] submitting someone else’s text [student, parent published or unpublished author, etc.] as one’s own or attempting to blur the line between one’s own ideas or words and those borrowed from another source
2. Carelessly or inadequately citing ideas and words borrowed from another source (Council of Writing Program Administrators ).

Both types of plagiarism are not tolerated at Trinity Catholic High School or any other institution. Plagiarizing will result in probation, detention, or suspension. Therefore, it is important to develop good research skills to avoid any intentional or accidental plagiarizing.

Good research skills of locating, evaluating, and using information will help you in many many many ways. Today's world is full of physical and digital information. Having the skills to shift through the large amount of information available will set you far above your peers in academics, the workplace, and even in your personal lives. 

Here are some examples of how good research skills will help you:
1. Academics - Writing papers and group presentations.
2. Workplace - Researching a new product for a customer and learning a new program.
3. Personal - Consumer decisions, such as which car or vacuum cleaner to purchase.
4. Personal - Participating in a democratic society by understanding issues and voting.

You will use these skills for the rest of your lives so let's learn about them now!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Free Lunch at the Library!

The library is extending its Teen Read contest to next week! 

Read any three books this week or next and you’ll be eligible for a special FREE lunch at this library. Stop by the library to pick up the small form to fill out or to get more details. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

New Books @ the Library

This month is all about book series!

Several popular series books are being released and the Trinity library is making sure you have access to them.


 Stop by the library today to place your hold on these books!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Spirit Week and Teen Read Week

Happy Trinity Spirit Week!! 

Hopefully you enjoyed pajama day yesterday and are dressed in red, white, and blue today. I am looking forward to seeing the great decade and TV day costumes later this week!

In honor of Spirit Week, the library is celebrating Teen Read Week early! Usually Teen Read Week is the 3rd week in October (October 13 - 19), but here at Trinity the library is celebrating for a whole extra week.

This year's theme is Seeking the Unknown @ Your Library. This theme embraces reading for the fun of it! The library is running with this idea and are encouraging you to pick up an old favorite or check out a new book.  You can also do some of the these other "seeking the unknown" activities:
  • Read a new book
  • Be adventurous and choose to read outside your normal genre
  • Explore a topic you are interested in
  • Learn a new skill
  • Take a picture of you and your favorite book in the photo booth (coming later this week)
  • Recommend a book to a friend
  • Create or color a picture and hang it on the library wall
  • Submit a video in the St. Louis County Library contest 
The library also has a huge post-it huge on the craft table with the question: If you were trapped on a desert island, what book would you bring?! Come write your answer on the post-it note! Even Dwight on The Office likes playing the game "desert island..." 

Monday, September 30, 2013

St. Louis County Library Video Contest

Are you interested in winning a $100 gift card?!

Enter the St. Louis County Library video contest! The theme is "Seek the Unknown @ Your Library" and the contest runs from 9/27/13 to 10/13/13.

The St. Louis County Library website has all the contest guidelines and submission information! Check out the contest guidelines here.

Entries will be judged on creativity and originality. Music, images, and video clips included must be copyright-free, legally licensed by obtaining the copyright holder's permission, licensed through Creative Commons licensing or be entirely original content created by the teen (s) submitting the video (

If you need more information on copyright law, watch the below video! You might be surprised on what is covered by copyright law.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tolkien Week

This week, the library honors J. R. R. Tolkien, the brilliant author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. 

"John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) andThe Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth. This was peopled by Men (and women), Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Orcs (or Goblins) and of course Hobbits" (The Tolkien Society). 

If you have already read Tolkien, then check out 100 things you didn't know about the Lord of the Rings and these 9 signs that you have been reading too much Tolkien! 

The library is celebrating Tolkien with crafts, candy, trivia, and displays. So come test your knowledge with Hobbit trivia, write your name in Dwarven runes, color a picture of Frodo, or just check out some Tolkien books.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Extra Credit Program

The Extra Credit Program page has been updated! Check it out to see the requirements for the program or to access the forms.

The deadline for the first quarter is coming up soon so hurry if you want to participate!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Resources @ the Library

Have you noticed the new resources added to the LMC's website?

EasyBib is a tool to help you cite your resources accurately and quickly. You can even store and organize your notes for later use! Check out the free version here for quick citing or log into your Google Drive to access all of EasyBib's tools.

The Teen Health and Wellness database is another database that has been added for your use.
When you access Teen Health and Wellness, you can browse by subject or you can search for a specific topic. The Myths and Facts tool and Personal Story Projects are interesting sections you can use for personal study or for research!

Access both EasyBib and the Teen Health and Wellness database on the right hand side of the LMC website.

Keep checking back to the LMC's website for new resources and information! As always, contact Ms. Bava with any questions.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What did you read this weekend?

Did you read anything good this weekend?? 

Over the weekend, I read The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni.

Set in Pennsylvania after the Civil War, this is the story of a young women, Verity Boone, who travels back to her childhood home to reconnect with her father and to marry a man she has never meet. In just the first few days of her arrival, she discovers the graves of her mother and aunt are enclosed in iron cages outside the local cemetery. Nobody will explain why to Verity, but there are rumors of buried treasure and witchcraft. If you enjoy historical fiction and mysteries, you should check this book out! 

The LMC just got a shipment of new books in. Two books that I am personally excited about are Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon and School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins: 


17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…

17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…

17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…

All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.  

Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light Sophie, Declan, Anat, and the rest must decide what to do with a second chance at life—if they can survive to claim it. 

School Spirits 
Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.


Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

 Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

So come check out these books and the other new books at the LMC! Or if you read anything great that you would like to share with your fellow students, let Ms. Bava know. 

Monday, August 26, 2013


Well you made it through your first week of school, congratulations! Now you are ready to start thinking about all the research and writing you will be completing this semester for your classes. Don't worry, the LMC is here to help you!

The Trinity Catholic High School LMC provide access to three different databases. The database links are located on the Database page or on the right side bar on every page of this website. If you are trying to access the databases from home or if the database website asks you for a username and password, see Ms. Bava!!

You might wonder why you need databases when you have search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. These search engines are good for finding quick answers, but they will not provide the best reliable information for scholarly research. Let's quickly compare Library Databases and the Internet:

Library Databases 
  • Paid for by the library so that you can have free access to scholarly information. 
  • Content is evaluated for authority and accuracy. 
  • Information is stable. 
  • It is easy to find databases that relate specifically to your topic, 
  • Library databases offer options to quickly limit or expand your search to find the articles you need. 
The Internet 
  • Some resources are free, but others require you to pay for them. 
  • Information is not evaluated for accuracy and may be incorrect, misleading, or biased. 
  • Websites come and go so information is not stable. 
  • The internet is a vast sea of information with no organization. 
  • A search engine (like Google) often returns an overwhelming number of results with no quick way to narrow them down or ensure they relate to your topic. 

Hopefully you understand why databases are essential to good writing and research! Here are the three databases you can access through the LMC:

WilsonWeb is a database accessed through the company EBSCOhost. WilsonWeb offers articles from scholarly magazines and newspapers on a variety of historic, scientific, and social issues. It is considered a print resource. You can narrow your search results within WilsonWeb by choosing the "scholarly (peer reviewed)" or "full text" options on the left side bar. Scholarly or peer reviewed means that scholars in that field have reviewed and approved of the information. Full text means that you have access to the whole article. Thus, the "scholarly" and "full text" options assure you that your search results are accessible and creditable!

Opposing Viewpoints is a database that provides information and opinions on current day social issues. It has access to information from scholarly magazines and newspapers, and offers statistics, images, and videos on a variety of topic. If you are looking for pro and con arguments or need to know the different opinions on an issue, then Opposing Viewpoints is a great resource to use.

Gale Virtual Reference Library is the link to three eBook format resources, Chemical Elements, The Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues, and Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms Pop Culture of 20th and 21st Century America. Each of these eBooks are textbooks and are considered print resources. The search bar at the top of each page allows you to search in all three databases or you can choose to browse each eBook individually by clicking on the book link. 

Using the LMC's databases will provide you with easy to access reliable information. So check the databases out and don't forget to stop by the LMC if you need any help!

Monday, August 19, 2013


Welcome to the first week of school!!

As the new librarian at Trinity Catholic High School, I am very excited to be working with you and hope you are all ready for a wonderful year. The Library Media Center blog will be frequently updated with information on the LMC, new books, and any other important news so check back often.
Remember the Libary Media Center is here for YOU! So ask questions, make suggestions, and use the LMC's resources!

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
―Groucho Marx