Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What's Happening at the Library

The votes are in! Martin Luther King Jr. has been voted the most influential (greatest) person in history. Thank you Mr. Moore for putting together and running this fun contest!

Check out what else has been happening in the library recently:


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Research Tips: Writing in College

Seniors! Check out this great article on the difference between high school and college writing by the University of Chicago.

Here's just a sample:

"You are asked to do this [making a convincing argument for your claim] not because we expect you all to become professional scholars, but because in just about any profession you pursue, you will do research, think about what you find, make decisions about complex matters, and then explain those decisions--usually in writing--to others who have a stake in your decisions being sound ones. 

In an Age of Information, what most professionals do is research, think, and make arguments. (And part of the value of doing your own thinking and writing is that it makes you much better at evaluating the thinking and writing of others)." 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Research Tips: MLA Formatting

Part of being a good researcher is knowing how to present your information in a clear and consistent method.  That is why it's important to know about different formatting styles. The formatting style you will use the most during high school is MLA (Modern Language Association). 

MLA provides a framework for formatting papers and citing sources. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on using MLA.

Here are some basic guidelines from Purdue Owl's MLA page:
  • Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
  • Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.
  • Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor).
  • Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.
  • Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.
  • Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.)
  • Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis.
  • If you have any endnotes, include them on a separate page before your Works Cited page. Entitle the section Notes (centered, unformatted)
  • Add your name, professor's name, class name, and date (in this order) in the left hand corner of the paper's first page.
If you need more examples, check out Purdue's Owl sample paper or the MLA Handbook for Writers and Research Papers (7th ed.). You can find a copy of the MLA Handbook in the library! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Teachers in the Extra Credit Program

Attention to those interested in earning some extra credit: Mr. Reft, Mr. Hopping, and Mrs. Chartrand are now in the library's extra credit program!

This means students in those classes can now read a book once a quarter for extra credit. Take a look the library's extra credit page for a full list of participating teachers.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April is National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month in April is a wonderful celebration honoring poetry and its long history in American culture! Poetry can be an exciting read, especially when read out loud. See the below video to see two examples, performed by yours truly!

If you are interested in learning more about National Poetry Month, visit the Academy of American Poets website.