Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mrs. Porter ~ The Great Gatsby and the Roaring '20s Research

The Great Gatsby Research Paper and Gallery Display Project

   The purpose of the research is for you to put together necessary and important information that will add to the reading and understanding of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
 You will be researching your topics using books, databases, and the internet.  

eBooks Available:  Log in using school username & password. 
  • The Roaring Twenties: discover the era of Prohibition, flappers and Jazz (unlimited copies unavailable)
  •  The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression 
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • Fashion in the Time of the Great Gatsby
  • Understanding Women's Rights
  • The Feminist Movement 
  • Women at War: the Progressive Era, WWI and Women's Suffrage
and more ....................search catalog for additional titles

  • U.S.A Twenties 
  • Anything goes: a biography of the roaring twenties by Lucy Moore
  • The Roaring Twenties: 1920 to 1929 by Rodney Carlisle
  • Roaring '20s Fashions: deco by Susan Langley
  • Flappers: Six women of a dangerous generation by Judith Mackrell
  • Flappers and the new American woman: perceptions of women 1918 to 1920
  • Bootleg: murder, moonshine and the lawless years of prohibition
  • Last Call: the rise and fall of prohibition by Daniel Okrent
  • The Harlem Renaissance (several titles available) 
    and more.....................Search catalog for additional titles

 Databases: (Look Under History/Geography Section)
  •  History Study Center 
  • Sirs Decades (See 1920's)
  • Issues & Controversies in American History
  • ABC-CLIO American History 
  • Biography Reference Center

See Dr. Hatcher in the library if you need assistance with any of our resources. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a pesticide as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest.”

A pesticide may be a chemical substance or biological agent (such as a virus or bacteria) used against pests including insects, plant pathogens, weeds, mollusks, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes, and microbes.  These organisms may compete with humans for food, invade lawns and gardens, destroy wood in houses, spread disease, or just be a general nuisance in our everyday lives.  Pesticides are usually, but not always, poisonous to humans.

There are 5 major types of pesticides you will encounter: insecticides (insect killers), herbidicides (weed killers), fungicides (fungus killers), nematocides (roundworm killers), and rodenticides (rat and mouse killers).  Be aware that although the 5 are listed here, there are many others (e.g. algicides, miticides).

Your school Librarian, Dr. Hatcher, recommends the following information resources that will be helpful.

  • Health Reference Center: Contains full-text nursing and allied health journal articles, and reliable health information. Search in multiple languages by subject, keyword or by specific publication title.
  • eLibrary Science: Science content, tools, video, links to manipulative, interactive activities, science news, famous scientists, science history, clickable periodic table, hundreds of educator-approved websites.
  • Science Online: A comprehensive overview of all sciences includes biology, chemistry, computer, earth, environmental, forensic, and marine sciences, mathematics, physics, space, astronomy, weather and climate. Timelines, videos, animations, diagrams, experiments, essays, definitions, biographies, conversion calculators, scientific dictionary, and links content to state and national standards including Common Core.
Search Engines:  

Examples to search: Pesticides, herbicides, etc.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fake News? Alternative facts? ~ Know how to recognize

Fake news? Alternative facts? Truthiness? 

How can you tell fact from fiction in today's media? Reliable sources of information are important.  

Below are some guidelines that can help in identifying what is fact or fiction when using online information resources.   

The C.A.R.S. checklist for evaluating Internet Sources (Harris and Spinks 2007)

Credibility- A source that is created by a person or organization who knows the subject and who cares about its quality.  Ask yourself: Is the author listed? Is the author an authority on the subject? How do you know? 

Accuracy- A source with information that is current, complete, and correct. 
Does the information on the site agree with other sources?  What is the date of publication or copyright? How recently has the site been updated?  

Reasonableness- A source that is truthful and unbiased.
Does the author, host, publisher, or sponsor have a bias? What is the motivation or purpose for creating the site? (To sell a product? To advance a viewpoint or belief? To educate?)

Support- A sources with verifiable sources of information. Are the sources listed? Can they be checked? Is there a way to contact the author or organization?

Fact checking sites: