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Books

DestinyQuest: See what is available at the Blanchard Library
Login with your student username and password to put books on hold, download ebooks, write reviews, create lists.

SORA - NEW this year! Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks available through the Commonwealth ebooks Collection. Select "Blanchard Middle School" from the dropdown menu and login with Google.  (Note: you may need to choose "My School is Commonwealth ebooks Collections"). See my ebooks presentation for more details.

Blanchard ebooks from Follett - Blanchard Library's own collection of ebooks.   Login with your school username (e.g. 26mstudent) and your lunchcode.  See our ebooks page for more details.

JV Fletcher Catalog - try Westford's Public Library if you can't find it at school.

Databases

Britannica Middle School Recommended starting place for all research projects
Paid for by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

CultureGrams Online World Geography and Culture. No login required from school.  
CultureGrams Online: Home access (requires JV Fletcher card)
Paid for by JV Fletcher Library

MLS Statewide Databases (Paid for by MBLC)
One-stop shopping: 92 databases are available from this link! 
These provide access to copyrighted material (books, magazines, newspapers, radio broadcasts, images, video, etc.) not available on the "Free Web" 
For Blanchard Students, Mrs. Brandt especially recommends:
BrainPop -  Our school subscribes to this GREAT resource! Login with your school Google account.

Resources from the Open Web

Allsides - Current News from different perspectives.

Thoughtful Curated issue summaries and sources from across the political spectrum.

PBS Learning Media  (student view)- over 100,000 resources. Search by topic and grade level. 

Newsela- Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events at a range of reading / Vocabulary levels

NeoK12 - Educational Videos, organized by topic

KQED Learn - designed to help teens become media literate. Includes discussions and investigations of current issues

Citations

Noodle Tools. Cite sources, take notes, create outlines. 
Paid for by Westford Public Schools

MLA Style Center: Works Cited - guide to proper citation in MLA format

Resources for Remote Learning