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Web Site Smarts

Power Point Evaluating WebSites

To start Website Evaluation go to Highland High's Library page:

Domain Suffix Practice Sheet

Evaluating Websites - 
Includes videos on:
Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly Articles
Types of Scholarly Articles
Critically Evaluating Websites

URL - Search

The CRAAP Test - evaluate materials - video here:

DATA BASE Search Strategies:

Boolean Operators   

Search Engine Basics
Search Engine Advanced - will need password from Search Engine Basics to use:

Internet Archive - The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.

UNDERSTANDING A URL - this video will explain what a URL is and how to decode it.



Better Read That Again: Web Hoaxes and Misinformation


NEED A SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR? supports advanced mathematical functions which are useful for scientific calculations. Trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions, floating point arithmetic, complex numbers and support for large numbers is integrated. Most common functions are accessible by buttons with mouseover usage tips.

Geography Websites

Geogimages.jpgCheck out these geography-related sites:


WORLD INFO ZONE provides country studies and news for all world destinations. A global dimension to education: global communication, diversity, culture and citizenship.


DK WORLD DESK ON LINE - will link you to the countries of the world. Under "Already a User?" use the password: onlineworld to access the site.

FACT MONSTER COUNTRIES -  Each Country Profile provides information on: Geography · Maps · Flag · History · Current ruler · Area · Population · Capital · Largest cities · Languages · Ethnicity/race · Religion · Literacy rate · Economy · Government 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE - "Where in the world" - check this site out for current country information. 

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS - COUNTRY STUDIES - Type in the country's name and find the facts. - Sites for learning about countries.
CIA - The World Factbook 



Informational Text ONLINE

foothill high school - sacramento

TEEN TRIBUNE A daily news sites for teens. Each day the most compelling, relevant and interesing news for teens are posted. Stories are selected by teen working closely with professional journalists.

Newsela Nonfiction Literacy a new website that provides students with unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common-Core aligned quizzes, with new articles everyday (summary from their website).  Teachers can create classes and then assign current event articles for their students to read.  Some Newsela articles also have quizzes that students can take and then are automatically graded.  The best thing is the student can change the Lexile level of the article (reading level starts at grade 4).

Looking for newspaper articles on line? Try this link: to search by search term, event, date etc.

Rewordify - helps people read more, understand difficult English faster, and learn words in new ways. Teachers use it to save time and increase learning from any English text. Just paste in a difficult English sentence, paragraph, or more (or enter a web page URL) and click the button. You'll instantly see an easier version, for fast understanding now. No dictionary needed! Plus, the easier version is specially highlighted to help build vocabulary.


Designed to be used in middle & high school classroom.

Mrs. Boyd's Fast Food Assignment

For your Nutritional values & fast food chains use these links:

NUTRITION LABELING at fast food restaurants  

Drive Through Diet 

Compare fast food calories & nutrition    

Fast Food Nutrition Information 

Library Homepage

Have a holiday memory? Post it on the LIBRARY'S

MEMORY WALL & be entered in our


Stop by the library, read the rules, write a memory, post your writing, enter the drawing for a plate of holiday cookies! Contest runs from November 10th - December 19th 



Library Orientation


Tutoring After School
Has Started

   Click on pdf below for schedule:

Tutoring2014-15 MH Schedule.pdf

The Role of the Teacher Librarian

Role of School Librarian & Common Core

What do Teacher Librarians Do?

What do Teacher Librarians Teach?

Look at the DIGITAL SKILLS our students will need 21st-century-DIGITAL skills-poster.pngto be successful 21st century students.


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Guides to Research Ready 

To download click on the name of the lesson:

Sources, Sources, Sources Guide

Guide to Conquer Research Project

Guide - Cite It Before You Write It-COPYA
Guide - Inquiring Minds Want to Know



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Writing a Research Paper - Videos etc
Why you should start your research with a librarian - video

Math Resources

math wordle.jpgMATH OPEN RESOURCES - A free interactive math textbook on the web. Initially covering high-school geometry.

SOCRATIVE - join in on any device!

SocraticIMAGE.jpegTo join me at Socrative click here:

Type in FHSLibrary for room number and we can begin!




Please remember to save all your work to your app_sl_logo_header.pngSCHOOL LOOP locker!
Do NOT save your work to the desktop - you may lose your work!

Plagiarism - What is it? How do you avoid it? What is Copyright?

Click here for an animated slideshow reviewing the problem of plagiarism.

Take this quiz about plagiarism from Monash University:

From the University of Southern Mississippi's library a Plagiarism Tutorial to help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. This site includes a pretest, tutorial and post test.

COPYRIGHT - This site includes topics such as:: the history of copyright law; the relationship between copyright and innovation; fair use and its relationship to remix culture; peer-to-peer file sharing; and the interests of the stakeholders that ultimately affect how copyright is interpreted by copyright owners, consumers, courts, lawmakers, and technology innovators.

COPYRIGHT & FAIR USE - learn what they are and how to use materials properly -

Public Domain, Free Use & Copyleft Media - from Dulcinea, Librarians of the Internet -

LEGALLY RE-USEABLE MEDIA - A wiki with lots of resources dealing with fair use, copyright, avoiding plagiarism etc.

Celebrities Accused of Plagiarism:

Videos discussing PLAGIARISM:
By Common Craft:
A Prezi about plagiarism:

Bibliography & Citing Sources/Templates

MLA CITATION BASICS - MLA 7th edition - click here for a 24 page explanation of MLA citations - from EasyBib

Parenthetical Citations (in text citations) Click on the link below for an explanation of the whys & hows of in text citation:

Sites to help you create a proper bibliography:

World Book Citation Maker to access go to the California Learns Portal, in and click on World Book (on left hand side of page) and click on any level EXCEPT KIDS and then look for Citation Makerunder the heading RESEARCH TOOLS.

Citation Maker -MLA Secondary/Elementary & APA are available.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the CITATION MAKER

CITING SOCIAL MEDIA - wondering how to cite Twitter, Youtube, Blogs etc. check here: citing social media

CITING AN IMAGE - click here to download a WORD document that will tell you how.

SON OF CITATION MACHINE - 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.

LITERACY EDUCATION ON LINE - this page will walk you through the process of writing an annotated bibliography

EASY BIB is an automatic bibliography composer. When you have sources you need to cite properly for your research paper, EasyBib will help you format your sources quickly and accurately.

MLA CITATION WIZARD -  from 21st Century Information Fluency

BIB ME -  fast & Easy Bibliography Maker -



POD CAST from Kaplan University called What is Plagiarism?

MLA Format en Espanol - MLA format in Spanish -

NOODLEBIB - Just need one or two quick citations? No need to log in or subscribe -- simply generate them in NoodleTools Express and copy and paste what you need into your document. Note: citations are not saved and cannot be exported to a word processor using this version of the tool.

How to Create a Bibliography in Google Documents - to learn how click on this link:

MLA - Online WORD Doc Internet Citation Practice Sheet

GROUP PRACTICE - How Do You Spell Ms?

Historical Investigation MLA Online Citation Practice Sheet

Avoid Plagiarism & Citation Powerpoint

Looking for information about 

Annotated Bibliographies? Try here:
Click here for a Power Point about

From Cornell University’s Library “How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography" -

OWL Purdue Online Writing LabAnnotated Bibliography

University of Maryland University  College Video/tutorial on ‘HOW TO WRITE AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY"

School of Liberal Arts Indiana University University Writing Center, Preparing an Annotated Bibliography,_Preparing_an.pdf

Writing an Annotated Bibliography from Writing Across the Curriculum by Sandra Nagy -
contains clear breakdown of how to write an annotated bibliography, step by step and has many samples and examples for you to review.


What Are In-Text Citations? This Video will tell you:

Research Support

EasyBib MLA Visual Guides:
(from EASY-BIB)
depending on your material, click on Part 1 or Part 2
 Part 1 -Websites, Journals, Databases, Films & Videos, Photos & Digital Images, Books, Newspapers, Magazines & Chapters.
Part 2 - Encyclopedias, Interviews, Dictionaries, Bibles, Lectures, Reports, TV & Radio Broadcasts, Scholarly Projects, Blogs & Musical Recordings

The Purdue Online Writing Lab - OWL

MLA Formatting & Style Guide

APA Style Guide

10 STEPS TO BETTER WEB RESEARCH -   Want to learn how to do better research on the Internet? This resource organized by Dulcinea Media is broken into 3 sections - "Where to search?", "Planning your research" and "Evaluating your results".

MLA TUTORIAL: From The University of Southern Mississippi, this site has a pretest, tutorial and post test to prepare you to use MLA style properly.

ENCYCLOPEDIA.COM has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.

SHMOOP  will make you a better lover (of literature, history, life). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how literature & history are relevant today. Shmoop makes learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age.

PUTTING THE RESEARCH PROCESS TO WORK  -  a step by step tutorial walking you through the research process (A project of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia)

ProCon  is a nonprofit public charity that has no government affiliations of any kind. Their  purpose is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias. We do not express opinions on our research projects. Go to: 

Ten Steps to Better Web Research - from the
SWEETSEARCH search engine

Part 1 - Deciding Where to Search
Part 2 - Planning Your Reserach
Part 3 - Evaluating Your Search Results

The Top 10 Reasons-Students-Cannot-Cite-or-Rely-on-Wikipedia

Creating Key Terms - check out this TACKK

A RESEARCH GUIDE FOR STUDENTS - There are writing guides, literature guides, and help you write your research papers. Scholars and librarians have collated some of the best resources for literary research and this site has the latest styleguides to guide you through footnoting, referencing and bibliographies. Explore our in-depth resources for key literary works or visit our ask & answer section to submit your research dilemmas.

Spanish Stories, Vocabulary Practice & Recipes Sites

spanish_flag.jpgThe sites will provide you with stories in Spanish
and vocabulary practice.

NOAH COMPRENDE  is a PBS show that introduces children to the Spanish language through animated videos with embedded games. Go to Noah's homepage to see what is offered.

This site has games in Latin, French, German & Spanish

        RECIPE SITES     Click on your country's name to link you to their food and recipes   Recipes are listed by country or region. Look at the country list on the left side of the page, find your country and click  Authentic recipes from Span's mexican food section  Favorite food recipes from Spain  Recipes are organized into two major groups - recipes primarily identified with an ethnic cuisine are broken down by region and ethnic group, while other recipes are categorized by the type of dish. All recipes site with Spanish recipes.  Recipes from Espana  The Food Network's Site - Traditional Spanish food.







Foothill High's Book Club


Our next BOOK CLUB meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 16th. It will be our holiday meeting, which traditionally has included a pot luck and a used book exchange. See Sierra Donahue or Mrs. Ligamari for details. 

Letter Generator  
Use this site to write a friendly or business letter.  
YouTube Video How to Write a Business Letter
Funny Make Your Own Newspaper

Making a tri-fold brochure using PowerPoint?

World Languages on Line


Want to practice World Language on line? Here are some online links that you can use.

Sacramento Public Library has program called MANGO an Interactive language learning for more than 35 world languages. Available at:go  click on RESEARCH tab, then on LANGUAGE LEARNING tab, then on the link to MANGO. If you have your own library card you can log in and start a class, or click on the TRY IT FIRST button to see how the program works.

BBC - German Language Site -
LINGT - Frau Templeton's Class -

Freshmen Skills - Budget Web Sites

Animal Sites

Encyclopedia of Life - To increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.

World Wildlife Fund - The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally.    for your specific animal go here

ARKive - Freely accessible to everyone and preserved for the benefit of future generations, ARKive is a truly invaluable resource for conservation, education and public awareness.

In addition to these websites you should look at our CALIFORNIA LEARNS PORTAL, where you'll find online encyclopedias, data bases and other science links and use, sweetsearch, and





Brothers-in-Arms-Bluford-High-Series-9-1591940176-L.jpghas made 15 young adult novels available on line as free audio books. If you are interested in downloading and listening to any of the books available click here:
They can be downloaded to an Ipad, Itunes, Iphones and other mp3 players. The site will explain more.

Library Information

Library Hours:  7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The library is opened during lunch.


Phone:  916-566-3445 Ext 61207


Joanne Ligamari, Teacher Librarian                                

To get to Foothill Library's Catalog, (OPAC) click on this link:

To get to the Sacramento Public Library click
on the Sacramento Public Library logo.SAC Lilbrary.jpg


Resources for TRUSD library techs/clerks TRUSD.jpgResources For Library Clerks/Techs

Search Engines other than GOOGLE

The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia

What's Wrong With Wikipedia?
Using Wikipedia as an academic research resource - watch this video:

12 Ways to be More Search Savy

Here are search engines that are academically sound and appropriate for students. - This is a search engine for students. Their staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved all websites listed. - a search engine for VISUAL LEARNERS.  With Gooru, a free search engine for learning, you can quickly find topic-relevant, standards-aligned resources and organize them into teachable and sharable “collections” — all in one place.  -  This search engine is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment.  Thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. - Currently in public beta, RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.  - Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. For tips on using GOOGLE SCHOLAR click here:
Click here for a video on how to use Google Scholar: - Improve your searching by using Google's Advanced Search function. - a source with more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauri with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations. - a free alternative to search engines & does not contain sponsored advertisements. Provides results, not quantity. -  is a targeted search engine that compiles hundreds of thousands of authoritative resources from university, government, and established noncommercial providers. It provides time-saving intelligent search and a personal Web-based library to help you locate the most relevant results immediately and find them quickly later. - an academic search engine accessing websites selected by librarians, teachers & library & educational consortica.  - is a nonprofit public charity that has no government affiliations of any kind. Their  purpose is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias. We do not express opinions on our research projects.  - INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

This PDF has a listing of Academic & Scholarly Search Engines & Resources - ACADEMIC




Knowing how to find information in the library is important. These web sites will help you know how to navigate the library shelves and learn something about library history and Melvil Dewey.

ORDER IN THE LIBRARY - review your knowledge of decimals and how books are put on the shelves. 


or try your hand at 8 different online games about the DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM!



Foothill High - DATA BASES

The California Learns Instructional Resource Portal provides access to both subscription-based services and free educational Web sites. These portal resources have been selected to help you succeed in school.Researching? This is a good place to start.


Username: foothillhigh

Password: school


We have 3 new data  bases at Foothill High. The links, user name & passwords are below:

USERNAME: foothillhsteen

PASSWORD: foothillhsteen











SHMOOP - it's not exactly a data base, but it has LOTS of resources for high school & college students. Test guides, study guides, book summaries and more. Check out SHMOOP at

Videos to help you learn how to use data bases properly:

What is a data base and why you need them:
Pro/Con Worksheet to use while watching video
Web Search Strategies in Plain English (using a search engine):
How to Use a Data Base: (Brought you by the Library Sock Puppet)
How To Search in Plain English:
Search Library Data Bases Like a Pro:
Developing Key Words
How to Improve Your Search Terms

Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Database Searching

What is and how to do

What are DATABASES & Why You Need Them

A visual guide to using Google Books  - to learn how click here:

User name: foothillhsteen
Password: foothillhsteen