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For the Secret Ninja Squirrel Passw for students to access at home: ask Ms. Jones, your Daring Librarian or your English Teacher!
OR look on the first Page 23 in your MHMS Agenda Book! Shhh! Secret.

Remember Teachers: Howard County AUP & Policy disallows FREE Google web or image searching for any middle school student. Please use approved databases and links or the Copyright Friendly Image wikipage as linked below. Thank you. I promise to let you know if/when this changes. OR: You will know when you hear loud off-key singing & see balloons ascending!

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Ms. Jones - Student Resource Canvas Course



ABC- CLIO History Databases: From the explorers of the Americas to today's headlines, American History investigates the people, events, and themes of our nation's evolution

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<--Click on the graphic to watch a quick 2 minute Intro Video to Sirs! (may only work at home)
Sirs Knowledge Portal -- Main Jumping off site for all things SIRS!
SIRS Knowledge Source & Decades: Quick Search
SIRS Knowledge Source is a comprehensive online interface providing integrated access to thousands of full-text articles, documents, and graphics from SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, and SIRS Renaissance. Thousands of full-text articles from domestic and international sources exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues are available.
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SIRS Decades: Quick Search
SIRS Decades features more than 5,000 hand-selected primary and secondary source articles highlighting key events, movements, people, and places in 20th-century America. Coverage includes documents, letters and memos, editorial cartoons, streaming video, websites, photographs, maps, advertisements, and published articles.

MackinVIAMackinVIA is a complete eResource management systemproviding easy access to eBooks, audiobooks, educational databases, and video.
Use computer login (active directory) credentials to log in

NOTE: for Noodle Tools:
There are now two separate links for NoodleTools access in all schools MackinVIA portals. They are labeled Staff and Students and all should be working.


World Book

World Book Student, the new version of World Book Reference Center, with articles, multimedia, Web sites, and much more.
Since 1917, World Book, Inc., has set the standard for providing accuracy, objectivity, and reliability in research materials for both children and adults. Based in Chicago, Illinois, World Book is an industry leader in the production of award-winning encyclopedias, reference sources, and digital products for the home and schools.

For almost 90 years, World Book has been committed to publishing encyclopedias and other reference products that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence while keeping pace with the technological developments that define the computer age.

Culture Grams

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CultureGrams Online Database
CultureGrams offers concise, reliable, and up-to-date country reports on 190 cultures of the world. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

Check out our **new report on South Sudan**, the world's newest country! Written and reviewed by natives from a wide range of backgrounds, it contains reliable information that is hard to find elsewhere on one of the least developed countries in the world. Make sure to browse our South Sudan **photo gallery** and **slideshows** too! For more on CultureGrams, visit our **blog**."

Gale Student Resource Center & Science Resource

Awesome student resource online featuring full text articles from over 200 magazines & newspapers and is FREE!
Gale Student Resource Center Jr. is a fully integrated database containing thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips. Includes Student Resource Center-Health Module.
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Researching science topics has never been easier -- with Science Resource Center, thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations are just a few clicks away and the latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

CIA World Factbook

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The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

EBSCO Publishing Service

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EBSCOhost Connection bridges the gap between search engines, such as Google, and the premium content in EBSCOhost. So if you are affiliated with a library, university, school or other institution that subscribes to EBSCOhost databases, you can access all material offered. Simply find your library and login!

Copyright Friendly Pics for Students

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The Library of Congress

A Colossal Collection of Resource Riches
Click above to visit the Wikipage with loads of links!

Wikipedia is NOT Wicked!

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Career Puppy

Find Your Path...Make Your Mark
Whether you are a student deciding which career to pursue or someone changing careers, Career Puppy can help with this major life decision. This site is designed to empower you with the information and tools to make the right career choice. We do it through multiple strategies that YOU can tailor to YOUR needs: Videos of actual people in their careers, a proven career assessment, and interaction with experts and others so you can get the information you need and share your career journey with others!

(get the super secret squirrel password from your English teacher or Ms. Jones!)

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The Howard County Library has a variety of resources to help our students! Including the E-Resources and of course community help at the Savage Branch Library just down the street from Murray Hill Middle School

Live Homework Help


FREE! Homework Help from the HCL!
Students, from Kindergarten though college, can interact with tutors in math, science, English, and social studies. Tutors available seven days a week from 2:00 pm until 12:00 am daily. Tutors also available in Spanish. Special thanks to the Howard County Public School System for contributing toward the cost of this service. More about Live Homework Help ...

MHMS & HCPSS Media Center Collection

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NEW! Murray Hill Middle School Library Collection Search
Search for the books we have in our media center, write down the title, author and Dewey call number and get the book the next day!
Murray Hill Middle School Home PAC - Kiddie Version - WARNING: Uses dreaded & hated Comic Sans font! EWww! Sorry, not sorry!
Howard County Schools - Public Access Library Catalog
Search for books & videos approved for ALL HCPSS schools. Teachers: If we don’t own it and you want it, we’ll buy it!

Bibliography Composers


NoodleTools - MLA / APA Bibliography Composer, Research Tools
Generate, edit, and publish an MLA Works Cited list or APA References list that complies with the rules of the current MLA Handbook and APA Publication Manual - Very Important! Once you login from home you must create a user name: your first initial and your last name and your birthday just like your computer login at school.
From Joyce Valenza, here are some alternative free citation generators your own librarian may be sharing are:
· Bibme: Free citation generator that anticipates sources and pulls reference content from a database of resources.
· EasyBib: Automatic bibliography and citation maker covers a large variety of source types and is updated for MLA, seventh edition.
· Son of Citation Maker: David Warlick’s interactive tool does MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian. (Just moved to seventh MLA edition too.)
· OttoBib: For books only; enter the ISBN and the tool will complete the citation.

How to Cite Social Media

From TeachBytes
Also see: The proper way to cite a Tweet


definr - incredibly fast dictionary

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AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites. Sources held in archives, which document so much important first-hand information, are often not searchable by popular search engines. One needs to search within those institutional sites directly, using specific search phrases not readily discernible to non-scholars. The experience can be frustrating, resulting in researchers leaving key sites without finding needed information.

HCPSS Curriculum Links

Grades 9-12 Internet Curriculum Links

Online Databases | Homework Help | General Reference/Research | Biography | Career and College Information | Countries, Flags and Maps | e-Texts | Financial Aid | News Sites, Magazines, Journals | United States Government

PreK - 5 | Grades 6 - 8
eTools in Chinese
eTools in Korean
eTools in Spanish

Occupational Outlook Handbook

For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you:
  • the training and education needed
  • earnings
  • expected job prospects
  • what workers do on the job
  • working conditions

HCPSS Library Media eResources & eGuides by Standards

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