We love to help OTMS students with their research papers. We can help students find valid information sources online and in print.
MAGNOLIA MAGNOLIA is an acronym. Come to the library and tell me what ACRONYM means and tell me what MAGNOLIA stands for and I will give you Titan Cash, or maybe a better prize!
The MAGNOLIA resource is a database of many databases. It is an excellent site to begin research on a myriad of topics. Bookmark this site on your computer at home! A password is needed to access this site. The password is magn0897.
If your teacher says you need primary sources, informational text, or full-text journals, then MAGNOLIA is a great resource to use. Click on the MAGNOLIA ICON ABOVE or this link: http://library.msstate.edu/magnolia/
MAGNOLIA was established during the May 1997 Mississippi legislative session, under the auspices of the Council on Educational Technology, when the MS Legislature appropriated funds for the purchase of databases for all MS public funded libraries. Without this statewide project, our libraries would not have the access to such a vast number of full text journal articles. Please take advantage of these databases so that our legislators will continue funding this project.
MAGNOLIA is a metadatabase which means it is a database of databases. Here are a few other resources in Magnolia, but please click on the Magnolia link to explore these resources.
Academy of American Poets
"Visitors to the award-winning website of The Academy of American Poets can find essays on poetry, biographies of more than 200 poets, text of nearly 600 poems, and RealAudio of eighty poems read by their authors; learn all about the Academy and its programs; discuss poetry and share their own work with fellow web travelers; find out what poetry events are happening in their towns; and much more." -- "About" page
A source for current events, news and non-fictional content for ELA, Science and Social Studies. With thousands of news articles and new original content added daily, DOGO News is an online source of current events for students, teachers and schools.
Fact Monster combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and homework help for kids. From the solar system to the world economy to educational games, Fact Monster has the info kids are seeking.
Find a Book
Students, teachers, and librarians can easily build custom reading lists using the free “Find a Book” tool. Books can be chosen based on subject and reading ability, then the title searched using the school library’s automated system.
Have Fun with History
Have Fun with History contains free videos that range from early silent films, to educational films from the 1950s. Other entries include classic, history-themed television dramas, modern well-made documentaries. Have Fun with History links to a number of well-crafted, history-based games to engage minds of all ages.
iCivics provides quality, non-partisan, and truly engaging civic education to more than 5 million students in all 50 states. The games transform abstract concepts into real-life problems. Students learn how government works by experiencing it. They step into the role of a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist, even the President of the United States - and do the job they do. Students gain civic knowledge and skills because the learning experience is fun and challenging. They learn without even realizing it.
Kids Reads includes thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, and excerpts of new releases.
NewseumED online tools make history, civics and media literacy relevant to students’ lives by leveraging the Newseum’s collection to provide surprising and enlightening approaches to today’s pressing issues. Using the First Amendment as a springboard to illuminate the challenges of democracy and the importance of making informed decisions in a diverse and demanding world.
A complete suite of book-finding tools for librarians and readers.
On-Line Books Page
"The On-Line Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such on-line books, for the benefit and edification of all." -- "About" page
PBS Newshour Extra
Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides middle and high school students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events. Extra’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I care about the news?”
Read Kiddo Read
Created by James Patterson to help parents and educators connect their children with the books that will turn them into lifelong readers!
Science News for Students
Founded in 2003, Science News for Students is an award-winning online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents and educators. Published daily, SNS posts both shorter news stories and longer features, all written with a vocabulary and sentence structure aimed at readers 9 to 14 years old. The stories highlight ongoing research in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology.
Tween Tribune Junior by Smithsonian
TweenTribune is a new, free K-12 resource from the Smithsonian. More than 200,000 registered teachers who are already putting these free Smithsonian Teacher tools to use in their classrooms. Teachers and students have access to Daily AP news articles, Lexile® leveled resources for K-12, Self-scoring quizzes customized by Lexile® level, Weekly lesson plans, and so much more.
- Here is a Prezi to teach you a little about Magnolia:
Worldbook Online is an online encyclopedia and so much more! Please check it out. The MCSD has purchased this great resource for our use! If you use it from your home, you do need a password. The username is otmlibrary. The password is very numerically common and you can contact me or come in the library to get the password.
WorldBook has other components that are great learning and research resources. Here are a few.