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10 Very Good Tools for Student Researchers. January 27, 2016 One of the onerous parts in essay and academic writing is the bibliography section.

10 Very Good Tools for Student Researchers

Managing, organizing and citing references can sometimes be a real challenge especially if you don't keep track of what and who you cite. The last thing you want after a strenuous writing task is a messy bibliography with one reference missing a page number, the other needs publication date or, worse of all, having to go back to your sources to check for the source of that quotation you included in your conclusion. If you find yourself constantly grappling with problems such as these, the web tools below are absolutely something you might need to consider.

These are some of the best applications for organizing, managing, and publishing bibliographies, citations and references. Some of these softwares are integrated with Google Scholar. Writinghouse is an excellent free bibliography and citation maker. Citefast is an easy to use web tool for creating citations. LibraryTopia, where librarians and media specialists talk about books, libraries, reference, apps, web tools and library essentials.

The official blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association. “Challenge yourself at #PLA2016 to be extraordinary because extraordinary libraries create extraordinary communities.”

The official blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association

This was the theme for the bi-annual conference and it seemed to have genuinely expressed just that. I began the conference by leading a preconference titled “Emerging Adults in Our Libraries: Who are They and Where do we Find Them?” Information Skills Lesson Plans. Resources for School Librarians - Index Menu for This Page: General Collections of Lesson Plans | The Dewey Decimal System | Reference Books and Web Sites | Worksheets | Research Methods and Reports | Miscellaneous and Holiday Lessons General Collections of Lesson Plans Learn North Carolina - Searchable lesson plan database which includes information skills units.

Information Skills Lesson Plans

Library Skills Lessons - by Katy Punch on Pinterest S. O. Yearly Curriculum for the library Lesson Plan Book - Lesson Plans to complement the Hanover County Library Media Curriculum. Introduction to Library Use Put It Back Where It Belongs - A lesson for primary students on replacing picture books in the right place. The Dewey Decimal System and the Catalog. Book craft. Identifying Reliable Sources and Citing Them. Tips for Keeping Students Engaged. By far, my most popular blog post is my 5 Tips for Engaging Students in the First Five Minutes of a Lesson.

Tips for Keeping Students Engaged

It has been viewed over 117,000 times since I posted it. At first that surprised me – like, fell-off-my-chair surprised me – but the more I think about it, the more I get it: good teachers deeply want to engage their students – especially teenagers. And this is no simple task. So, consider this my follow up post. You have grabbed their attention in the first five minutes… now what? Let’s be honest: many of us struggle to concentrate on one thing for a full hour. 5 min | Introduction activity. Grades 9-12. Amazon School Rewards Program. In 2010, Amazon earned $34.2 BILLION in sales.

Amazon School Rewards Program

Chances are that you and many of your friends, family and neighbors use Amazon. Your school has an opportunity to piggyback off the success of Amazon through their School Rewards Associates Program. The process is simple and quick. Just set up an account through the Amazon associates program. After setting up the account, Amazon will send you a unique link that anyone can use to access

If you want to take full advantage of the Amazon associates program, you can enhance your school website by providing links & banners to specific Amazon pages and add widgets for Amazon products. Please note that Amazon does not offer this School Rewards Program in California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, or Rhode Island. How much does the school earn? Your school will receive up to 15% in referral fees for any purchases that are made on the Amazon site.

The below chart illustrates how much schools can earn given different scenarios. Amazon School Rewards Program. GRANTS - LIST OF FOUNDATIONS INTERESTED IN 'BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE" GRANTS - LIST OF FOUNDATIONS INTERESTED IN 'BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE" Librarian Tool Box - Open Educational Resources - LibGuides at Virginia Tech. Open Textbooks (free, Faculty-editable) Open Stax College (Rice University) BC Campus Open ED.

Librarian Tool Box - Open Educational Resources - LibGuides at Virginia Tech

Books for teaching Writing Extensions. 150 TExES School Librarian Exam. The TExES School Librarian Exam is a certification examination that is designed to determine whether or not an individual has the skills necessary to be a school librarian in the Texas public school system.

150 TExES School Librarian Exam

This exam assesses an individual’s program management, leadership, and communications skills as well as the individual’s knowledge of the information sciences, technology, and methods essential for efficient information use. This exam is required in order to become a certified school librarian within the state of Texas. The exam consists of 90 multiple-choice questions, 80 of which are scored and 10 that are not scored, that are related to the following areas: The School Library Environment and the Role of the Library in Instruction and Learning (20 questions) Program Management, Leadership, and Community Relations and Communication (24 questions) Information Science, Technology, and the Responsibilities of a Librarian (36 questions)