Media Center Student Guide

HCCS Media Center Catalog, Online

To search the Honey Creek Media Center’s catalog, click here: HCCS Media Center Catalog, Online.

Michigan Electronic Library

To search the contents of the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) system, click here: Michigan eLibrary

More Research Tools

Click on one of the boxes below to find more research tools.

Finding 'Just Right' Books

First, think about:

  • Who are some of your favorite authors?
  • What is a book that you have recently read and enjoyed?
  • What kinds of things do you like to read about, or are interested in?
  • Do you like to read fiction or nonfiction?
  • By looking at the cover, title or blurb, what do you think this book is about? Does it sound like a book you might enjoy?
  • Is the font/print size comfortable for you?

Next, choose a page from near the beginning, one from the middle, and one from near the end. Test the book by the Five-Finger Rule:

  • Read the page from the beginning. Hold up 1 finger for each word you don’t know. If you get to 5 fingers, the book is too hard. If you have fewer than 5 fingers, read the page from near the middle.
  • Do the Five-Finger Rule for the middle and end pages.
  • If the book passes all 3 tries, do the next test.

Last, ask yourself some questions:

  • Do I think the topic will interest me?
  • Will it be an easy, fun book to read?
  • Are there five or more words on a page that I don’t know, or am unsure of? Do I know almost every word?
  • Do I understand what I am reading?
  • Do I think the topic will interest me?

When you want to read a book that is too hard, think of it this way- This is a book you will enjoy more if you save it until you are older — or later in the year.

  • Be honest: When people read books that are too hard for them, they often skip important parts. You will have more fun with this book if you wait until you can read it easily.

(Re)Search Resources

Guide to Web Searching

FindingDulcinea.com- gives tips and suggestions for making your internet search the best it can be.

Databases- a list of recommended databases for research and reports

Michigan Electronic Library: MeL Kids Gateway– a collection of age- and grade-appropriate resources in many subjects. Features databases of articles useful to students of any age, and a state-wide catalog of materials available for borrowing through your local public library. Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan’s libraries of all types.

Awesome Library– organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.

Search Sites- a list of recommended searching sites for research and reports

Britannica School– provides students with a quick and easy way to collect research materials including encyclopedia articles, images, and videos. Whether you are doing a research project or just need quick access to important information, you can log into ‘My Britannica’ from school or home.  Use Elementary level, Middle School level, or High School level.

Ask Kids– a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It’s a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like in a search environment that’s safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.

IPL2 KidSpace– a search site and learning/teaching environment, maintained by information professionals at Drexel University. Features an email link to “Ask an IPL2 Librarian.”

KidsClick– a search site that guides young users to valuable and age-appropriate web sites. Maintained by librarians at Kent State University.

YahooKids!– the younger students’ version of the classic search site.

Bibliography & Works Cited/Consulted Help

Citation Machine– helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources, that there is virtually no reason not to.

KnightCite– is an online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College. This service simplifies the task of compiling an accurate bibliography in the appropriate style. It formats the given data on a source into a reliable citation, eliminating the need to memorize details of style for multiple kinds of sources. The service is provided free of charge by the college.

Help Build Our Collection

If you are seeking to donate items to the Honey Creek Media Center, you might want to start with our Amazon Wish List, to see those things we need the most. If this link fails to work, search under Media Specialist to find our list, which will show as “Honey Creek Media Center” in Ann Arbor MI.

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