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Books. Databases. The Internet. This is how to do research.

posted Mar 23, 2016, 9:43 AM by Austin Librarian   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 9:52 AM ]

Get started researching by watching the presentation below!

How to Download FREE eBooks

posted Jan 4, 2016, 6:56 AM by Austin Librarian

Most public libraries subscribe to online services so their patrons can download free eBooks and eAudiobooks. The presentation below explains how you can download them to your iPad. For more information, contact your local library.

The Shelf-less Book

New Periodicals

posted Oct 21, 2015, 11:40 AM by Austin Librarian   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 11:41 AM ]

In a couple of weeks, we will receive new issues of Time and The Week magazines. Included with our subscriptions are digital subscriptions. You can see Mrs. Turk, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Watanabe, or one of your other teachers for access. We also have online access to the Detroit News.

Happy reading!

New Books

posted Sep 29, 2015, 6:21 AM by Austin Librarian   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 6:22 AM ]

An order was just placed for new books, using our grant money. I selected many books from YALSA's lists of award-winners. A few other books were purchased to round out some of our series. See the full list below!
Happy Reading,
Mrs. Turk

Series Books:

The house of Hades
The mark of Athena
The red pyramid
The serpent's shadow
The son of Neptune
The throne of fire
Quest for the spark- Book 1
True believer

Award-Winning Fiction & Non-Fiction:

Laughing at my nightmare
The terrorist's son
The family Romanov
The carnival at Bray
And we stay
The story of Owen
The Port Chicago 50
Popular: a memoir
The Scar Boys: a novel

Good News!

posted Jun 11, 2015, 1:56 PM by Austin Librarian

Austin Catholic was recently awarded a $250 grant from the Michigan Chapter Catholic Library Association for new books. Thank you to the MCCLA for choosing our grant proposal! Check back in the fall to see what Mrs. Turk has purchased for the library.

AASL: best apps & websites of 2014

posted Sep 30, 2014, 7:49 AM by Austin Librarian   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 8:04 AM ]

Every year, the American Association of School Librarians releases a list of the best websites and apps for teaching and learning. Here are a handful that I think you could benefit from using. For a full list of websites, click here. For a full list of apps, click here.

Media History Digital Library
"A non-profit initiative dedicated to digitizing collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access."
The Why Files
"The Why Files was created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the auspices of National Institute for Science Education with support from the National Science Foundation. It is currently funded through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each week, we bring you a new story on the science behind the news."
This is not your typical vocabulary site. How it works: 1- Answer a few questions, 2- The site builds a model of your knowledge, 3- The site predicts which vocabulary words you don't know and teaches them to you, and 4- You learn useful words and improve your vocabulary.

NOVA Elements App

"Lets you explore an interactive periodic table, build the elements, play a game hosted by technology columnist David Pogue, or watch the two-hour NOVA program, Hunting the Elements."
Duolingo Language Learning App
"This free app allows upper elementary through high school students a different, more interactive, and engaging way to learn another language. It starts with the basics and tests hearing, memory and speaking skills."

College Prep

posted Sep 19, 2014, 7:06 AM by Austin Librarian   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 7:11 AM ]

How will you finance your future? Learn about how to manage money at: http://mappingyourfuture.org/index.cfm

Get ready for the ACT and SAT tests using the materials at: https://www.march2success.com/

Are you the first in your family to go to college? Congratulations! Learn about what to expect at: http://www.imfirst.org/


posted Sep 8, 2014, 12:44 PM by Austin Librarian   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 6:54 AM ]

I always recommend that students use databases over Wikipedia because they contain peer-reviewed, accurate information. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, and that's not always a good thing. Would you want to learn about a medical condition from someone who has no medical knowledge? Probably not.

For articles, photos, audio files, videos, and excerpts from reference books on a variety of topics, check out the free databases from the Michigan eLibrary. Most of the databases are provided by Gale, which means there are citations included at the bottom of most articles. How easy is that?

I've included links to a few of my favorite databases below :)

Books and Authors
What should you read next? Input your favorite book or author and find out!

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Forget dealing with clunky encyclopedias. Search digitized versions of the Encyclopedia of Religion, Ancient Greece and Rome, and more.

General Reference Center Gold
Full text articles and indexes from publications like The Economist, Newsweek, and Time. Articles can be translated, downloaded as mp3s, and shared.

Informe! Academico
Just like General Reference Center Gold, but in Spanish.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Write a persuasive essay, present your side of an issue, or learn about current controversies.

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