Library Learning Commons

Patricia Becht, MLIS  
Library Information Technology Educator (LITE)
Email: PatriciaBecht@misdmail.org  

Ginger McKay, Library Clerk        
Email: GingerMcKay@misdmail.org

Welcome to the Lake Ridge High School Library Learning Commons.  Our name has changed to reflect who we are in 21st Century Learning. 

MISD Librarians support the district mission to ensure education and personal success by providing curriculum support through partnerships that create innovative 21st Century learning opportunities.  Librarians empower students to be effective and responsible users of ideas and information and enthusiastic readers.

Library Hours

Monday: 7:10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.  Open until 4:00 p.m. when extended hours are in session.
Wednesday: 7:10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.  
Thursday: 7:10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Open until 4:00 p.m. when extended hours are in session.
Friday: 7:10 a.m.- 2:55 p.m.

Extended Hours of Operation

General Information for District Extended Hours

The Library extended hours will be available on days when school is in session.
Students must present current MISD School Identification Card to enter the Library.
Students may not exit and re-enter the library
Extended hours will begin September 3, 2019.

Printing/Copies

Students may print up to 10 classroom assignment copies in black and white for free.
Additional copies copies are .10 per page for black and white copies
.25 per page for color copies
 

Books

Students may check out up to three books at a time.

For Staff

Destiny Quest Online Card Catalog

 

Discovery Education

Login to Discovery Education for a wealth of learning and teaching resources. 

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

TeachBooks.net

Discover online multimedia resources. Bring books and authors to life.

If you read fiction and non-fiction books in any discipline, Teaching Books contains databases of instructional materials that will enliven your K–12 reading and classroom activities.

Helpful Tools

Looking for a book?  Look no further!

 

 

 

What is Copyright Fair Use?

 

 

 

 

Online Resources

 

 

 

Encyclopedia Britannica

 

Culture Grams
EBSCO
Academic Search Complete

 

Gale

 

Infobase Publishing

 

The Hidden Web

Unless otherwise stated, the description about each source is quoted from the site's page.

Art & Architecture

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
"The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. The museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal key aspects of America's rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. More than 7,000 artists are represented in the collection, including major masters, such as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Helen Frankenthaler, Christo, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Lee Friedlander, Roy Lichtenstein, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, and Robert Rauschenberg."
 

"The Getty Museums are located in greater Los Angeles, California.  A part of the Getty Museum site, the Website includes the Library catalog searching across multiple databases, collection inventories and finding aides, research guides, and bibliographies, digital collections, article and research databases, collecting and provenance research, and the Photo Study collection.  This is one of the most user-friendly search features."
 
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery 
"The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story."
 

Business & Economics

Economic Indicators Main Page

"The Economic Indicators Main Page, a monthly publication, has been available since 1995.  Prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers for the Joint Economic Committee, this Web site "provides economic information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics."

Calculating Stocks' Value from the Dismal Scientist

"Moody’s Analytics helps capital markets and credit risk management professionals worldwide respond to an evolving marketplace with confidence.  The company offers unique tools and best practices for measuring and managing risk through expertise and experience in credit analysis, economic research and financial risk management.  By providing leading-edge software, advisory services, and research, including the proprietary analysis of Moody’s Investors Service, Moody’s Analytics integrates and customizes its offerings to address specific business challenges. Moody's Analytics is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO), which reported revenue of $1.8 billion in 2009, employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 26 countries."

 

Salary.com

"Enter your job and geographic location and Salary.com will tell you how much you should be earning...Salary.com is now part of Kenexa.  Kenexa provides business solutions for human resources.  We help global organizations multiply business success by identifying the best individuals for every job and fostering optimal work environments for every organization"

 

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor."


Monster

"Monster is a great place to find jobs and advance your career. Whether you're looking for a new job or researching employment opportunities, Monster allows you to quickly search and find the information you need most."

 

O*Net OnLine

"The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers."

 

Education

College Navigator

  • Begin your Search from the search menu.
  • Refine your search by selecting More Search options to use the additional search criteria.
  • Build a list of schools using My Favorites for side-by-side comparisons.
  • Pinpoint school locations with an interactive map.
  • Export search results into a spreadsheet.
  • Save your session including search options, results and favorites.

"Now is the time when many students are beginning to think about grad school, and that means it's important to start the thought process by looking at information for finding the right graduate school."


Scholarship Search
"Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.
Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches.
Scholarship information is based on the College Board's Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs."

College Scorecard  This website is provided by U.S. Department of Education.

Gateways

These sites cover a wide variety of topics and are a gateway to a broad mix of topics found on the web.

 
"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever."
 

Smithsonian Institute Libraries and the Smithsonian

"The most comprehensive museum library system in the world, supporting the vital research of the Institution as well as the work of scientist and scholars near and far...Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nice research facilities."

WWW Virtual Library

"The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web."

These sites cover a wide variety of topics and are a gateway to a broad mix of topics found on the web.

 
"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever."
 

Smithsonian Institute Libraries and the Smithsonian

"The most comprehensive museum library system in the world, supporting the vital research of the Institution as well as the work of scientist and scholars near and far...Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nice research facilities."

WWW Virtual Library

"The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web."

Government & Consumer Resources

Congressional Biographical Directory
The Web site allows you to locate and read authoritative biographies of all members of the U.S. Congress since 1774. (48)

Grants.gov
"Grants.gov is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The United States Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov--an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community....Grants.gov was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public...Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards."

History and Politics Out Loud (HPOL)
This searchable multimedia database documents and delivers authoritative audio relevant to U.S. history and politics.  This project, supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching with Technology Program, in collaboration with Michigan State University and the National Gallery of the Spoken Word, has additional Web site support from Northwestern University Library, School of Communication: Office of the Provost, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Political Science.  This archive includes audio files dating back to the 1930's. (52)

NAT Tools for Good Health
"NAT is intended to empower individuals to select a nutrient dense diet.  It is not intended to replace the advice of a physicion or health professional." 
This site has a tool to analyze nutritional content of food based on serving size.

Scheeren, William O.. "Government and Consumer Resources." The hidden Web: a sourcebook. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2012. 48-55. Print.

Medicine 

CDC Wonder

"With CDC WONDER you can:

  • Search for and read published documents on public health concerns, including reports, recommendations and guidelines, articles and statistical research data published by CDC, as well as reference materials and bibliographies on health-related topics;

  • Query numeric data sets on CDC's mainframe and other computers, via "fill-in-the blank" web pages. Public-use data sets about mortality (deaths), cancer incidence, HIV and AIDS, TB, natality (births), census data and many other topics are available for query, and the requested data are readily summarized and analyzed.

The data is ready for use in desktop applications such as word processors, spreadsheet programs, or statistical and geographic analysis packages. File formats available include web pages (HTML), chart and map images (bitmaps] and spreadsheet files (ASCII with Tab Separated Values). All of these facilities are menu-driven, and require no special computer expertise"

Community Health Status Indicators

"The goal of Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) is to provide an overview of key health indicators for local communities and to encourage dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve a community’s health. The CHSI report was designed not only for public health professionals but also for members of the community who are interested in the health of their community. The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties. Although CHSI presents indicators like deaths due to heart disease and cancer, it is imperative to understand that behavioral factors such as tobacco use, diet, physical activity, alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior and others substantially contribute to these deaths."

Reference


"The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a membership-driven organization dedicated to safeguarding the well-being of student-athletes and equipping them with the skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom and throughout life.


We support learning through sports by integrating athletics and higher education to enrich the college experience of student-athletes. NCAA members – mostly colleges and universities, but also conferences and affiliated groups – work together to create the framework of rules for fair and safe competition."

Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary
"With more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Combined with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 5 million acronyms and abbreviations. New! You can also search for more than 850,000 US and Canadian postal codes."