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Student & Teacher Resources

PWHS Media Center’s online resources are available 24/7 via either local or remote access.  Yes, you can conveniently conduct research around the clock at both school AND home!

To begin your quest for information, access only  consistently current, reliable, and verifiable sources.

Does this include searching the Internet?  No.

While you may achieve some good hits, browsers do not evaluate sources.  As for Wikipedia, this open source can be created or edited by non-experts.

All of our quality online resources can be accessed from this website by way of either Media Center / Homepage or Media Center / Other Resources in the upper-right corner.

For great print resources, research PWHS OPAC linked HERE and then visit the media center to borrow the materials.

If you are still unable to locate the information you  need, access any of the online resources that follow.  Also, feel free to see Mrs. Vail in the media center for help with your research!

The quality of your research is only as good as the integrity of your resources!  – TVail

Educational Websites

Global Issues / www.globalissues.org

This website explores the social, political, economic, and environmental issues that impact today’s world.  It focuses on the causes of these issues, aims to show their interdependence, and strives to serve as a springboard for developing solutions.

Khan Academy / www.khanacademy.org

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard, all of which allows learners to study at their own pace in a variety of subjects, including math, science, computer programming, history, art history, and economics.  For example, the math videos guide learners from kindergarten to calculus via state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

Library of Congress www.loc.gov

This collection of 158 million items includes over 36 million books and nearly 69 million manuscripts, as well as the world’s largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music, and sound recordings.

National Archives / www.archives.gov

Here, you will find documentation of not only the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, but also the countless public records of our nation’s everyday citizens, from naturalized immigrants to military members.

Project Gutenberg /  www.gutenberg.org

Download any of 46,000 free eBooks in a variety of formats, including ePub and Kindle.  No registration fee is required, but donations are welcome!

Pueblo City-County Library District /  www.pueblolibrary.org

Gain access to a wealth of public library materials, including books, DVDs, and databases!

As a District 70 student, your library card number is based on your student identification:

D70+Student ID (Example:  D7012345)

Your PIN is based on your birthdate:

mmddyyyy (Example:  02082001)

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) / www.owl.english.purdue.edu This award-winning site provides a wealth of free information, including the following: Conducting Research / Evaluating Resources / Rhetoric & Logic / Essay Genres / The Writing Process / Writing Style & Language / Avoiding Plagiarism / MLA Formatting & Style Guide / English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources

PWHS Subscription Reference e-Books

For the passwords to access these subscription reference e-books, see Mrs. Vail in the media center.

English

Concise Major 21st Century Writers

A comprehensive, five-volume set, Concise Major 21st-Century Writers profiles today’s most outstanding and widely known writers. Clearly written in an easy-to-use format, it collects detailed biographical and bibliographical information on approximately 700 authors who are most often studied in college and high school.

Contemporary Poets

This ebook provides concise expert discussions of the lives and principal works of poets from around the world.

Modern American Literature

This reference work provides insight into the careers of nearly 500 20th-century American writers, including black and women writers. Entries include important critical excerpts, chronologically arranged and collected from a wide variety of sources such as books, scholarly journals, general periodicals and newspapers.

Health

Complete Health Resource

This volume details the causes, symptoms, diagnoses, tests, treatments, and prognoses of health problems.  It covers the main systems of the human body, including the circulatory system, the endocrine system, special senses and much more, providing a detailed examination of nutrition and medical / mental health issues.

Drug Education Library:  Alcohol

This fact book about alcohol describes its effects, use, and abuse.  It also discusses law enforcement, abuse prevention, and intervention for those who abuse alcohol.

Drug Education Library:  Cocaine and Crack

This cocaine and crack fact book describes the effects, use, and abuse of these drugs.  It also discusses law enforcement, prevention, and help for those who abuse cocaine and crack.

Drug Education Library:  Hallucinogens

This is a fact book about hallucinogens. It describes the effects, use, and abuse of these drugs.  Additionally, it discusses law enforcement, prevention, and intervention for those who abuse hallucinogens.

Drug Education Library:  Heroin

This fact book on the dangers of heroin describes the effects, use, and abuse of the drug.  It also discusses law enforcement, abuse prevention, and help for those who abuse it.

Drug Education Library:  LSD

Written for young adults, this fact book describes the effects, use, and abuse of LSD.  It also discusses law enforcement, prevention, and assistance for those who abuse the drug.

Drug Education Library:  Marijuana

This fact book on marijuana describes in detail the effects, use, and abuse of this drug.  Additionally, it discusses law enforcement, abuse prevention, and intervention strategies for those who abuse the drug.

Drug Education Library:  Narcotics

Covering the dangers of narcotics, this fact book describes the effects, use, and abuse of these drugs.  It also discusses law enforcement, prevention, and help for those who abuse narcotics.

Drug Education Library:  Nicotine

Written for young adults, this fact book on nicotine and cigarette smoking discusses tobacco’s history, how nicotine affects body and mind, health risks, quitting or never starting, and teen issues.  It also covers the complex governmental, legal, and social issues surrounding nicotine and cigarettes.

Drug Education Library:  Opium

A fact book on opium, this resource describes the effects, use, and abuse of this drug.  It also discusses law enforcement, abuse prevention, and intervention strategies for those who abuse opium.

Drug Education Library:  Stimulants

Covering the dangers of stimulants, this fact book describes the effects, use, and abuse of these drugs.  Additionally, it discusses law enforcement, prevention, and assistance for those who abuse stimulants.

Mathematics

Real-Life Math

This two-volume set provides an understanding of commonly studied math concepts by illustrating their use in life’s everyday tasks, such as buying insurance, creating a budget, reading graphs, adjusting cooking recipes, or planning for retirement.  Topics are designed to support the modern mathematics curriculum, with examples relating to the global economy.

Science

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia

An original German work published in 1960, this is a completely revised and updated version.  The edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world, as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community.

Plant Sciences

Introducing the fundamentals of plant sciences, such as cells, transportation and photosynthesis, this four-volume set also examines related fields, such as agribusiness, conservation and ethnobotany.  It is fully illustrated with margin definitions, timelines, and sidebars throughout.

Space Sciences

From the history of space exploration to the future of “space business,” this set offers a broad survey of the space sciences.  It also includes biographies of scientists and the space-related job market.

Social Studies

Countries and Their Cultures

This four-volume set presents the cultural similarities within a country that set it apart from others.  It examines over 200 countries to document the myriad ways in which culture defines and separates the nations of the world, just as much as geographical borders do.  The set surveys each country’s shared values, behaviors, and cultural variations, from foods and rituals to pastimes and arts, using a standard entry format for easy comparison.  It also provides illustrations, photographs, and maps.

Dictionary of American History

The first comprehensive revision of the original 1940 classic, this reference source features updated and revised entries from previous editions, as well as more than 800 new entries covering recent events and topics.  An authoritative work, it serves students, scholars, and general readers interested in a wide range of American history topics, from the well-studied and familiar to the obscure.

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution

This resource contains new and updated original articles covering not only recent concepts of adoption, race, the Constitution, and birthright citizenship, but also court cases since 1992.  It offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, as well as biographies of people who have had an impact on our government’s legal framework, including Supreme Court Justices, Presidents, cabinet members, and lawyers.  Additionally, it covers judicial decisions handed down by the Supreme Court.

Encyclopedia of Philosophy

This English-language resource has been the cornerstone of the philosophy reference shelf.  Lauded for its clear and accessible presentation of wide-ranging philosophical subjects, this volume has earned its place as a first-stop resource for general readers, students, and educators.

Encyclopedia of World Biography

A multicultural biographical source, this encyclopedia covers notable individuals, from every part of the world and from all time periods, who have made significant contributions to human culture.

Presidents:  A Reference History

This reference book presents in-depth profiles of each American president and his administration.  It includes black-and-white portraits of the presidents, as well as extensive bibliographies.  Aimed at tenth-grade and higher students, it also features a new history of the White House and a general introduction to the presidency.

World Eras:  3300 B.C. – 331 B.C.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of Ancient Mesopotamia.

World Eras:  2615 B.C. – 332 B.C.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of Ancient Egypt.

World Eras:  800 B.C. – 323 B.C.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of Classical Greek Civilization.

World Eras:  264 B.C. – 476 A.D.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of the Roman Republic and Empire.

World Eras:  500 A.D. – 1590 A.D.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of West African Kingdoms.

World Eras:  617 A.D. – 1644 A.D.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of Imperial China.

World Eras:  622 A.D. – 1500 A.D.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of the rise and spread of Islam.

World Eras:  814 A.D. – 1350 A.D.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of Medieval Europe.

World Eras:  1350 A.D. – 1600 A.D.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of the European Renaissance and Reformation.

World Eras:  1750 A.D. – 1914 A.D.

Examining major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and strong emphasis on daily life and social history, this volume provides in-depth coverage of the Industrial Revolution in Europe.

World War II Reference Library

This extensive resource includes a broad range of information about World War II.  The Almanac provides background information on major topics about the period.  Biographies profile significant men and women involved in the war, with photographs and illustrations.  Primary sources present full or excerpted speeches, diary entries, newspaper accounts, and other original documents.