O. W. Holmes Junior High School

Teacher Pages

Mrs. K (guest teacher for Mrs. Singh

Mrs. Taylor (Ms. LaFlamme)

Where do I start?  What is an extremophile?




What are credible Sources?

EasyBib guide on finding resources

5 w's of website evaluation




1) Example #1

2) Example #2

3) Example #3


Practice-which one is the more credible source?

1) Example 1

2) Example 2

Madam Harvey--Westward Expansion

Mr. Dufrense web site evaluation

Japanese Internment Camp stations

Ms. Agee


(always use the Google Chrome browser)

Mrs. Broaddus

Mrs. Mowry and Ms. Nero

Ms. Eimers

www.kp.org (Kaiser Permanente)

Click on Health & Wellness. On the drop down menu click on “Conditions & Diseases. Click on “Health encyclopedia (browse topics A to Z)


www.cdc.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Click on “Diseases & Conditions”


www.mayoclinic.com (Mayo Clinic)

Click on “Diseases & Conditions”

http://www.who.int/en/  (World Health Organization)

Click on “Health topics”


http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Click on topics, then malaria or polio


http://www.mla-hhss.org/histdis.htm (The History of Diseases)

Lewis & Clark

Primary Sources for the Civil War

Ms. Quenon

Mrs. Reeve


http://www.steinbeck.org/ (John Steinbeck Museum)


Free e-books

Roughing It by Mark Twain


Mr. Schwab

Better searching

Better Searching on google and EBSCO

Amy Labson/Holmes Junior High Library


Sites accessed:






Search strands/terms:


*use different search strands

DNA testing

“DNA testing”

DNA testing heredity

DNA testing+ethics

Ancestry vs. 23andme



1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

This one’s a well-known, simple trick: searching a phrase in quotes will yield only pages with the same words in the same order as what’s in the quotes. It’s one of the most vital s

2. Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words

Here’s a lesser known trick: searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It’s helpful if you’re trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn’t make out the entire phrase (e.g. “imagine all the * living for today”), or if you’re trying to find all forms of an expression (e.g. “* is thicker than water”).

3. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words

You’ll want to eliminate results with certain words if you’re trying to search for a term that’s generating a lot of results that aren’t of interest to you. Figure out what terms you’re not interested in (e.g. jaguar -car) and re-run the search.

4. Search websites for keywords

Think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. If you want to see every time TIME.com mentioned Google, use the search “Google site:TIME.com”.

5. Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s

Google News has an option to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news from newspapers around the world.

6. Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words—slang included

Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage.” For words that appear in the dictionary, you’ll be able to see etymology and a graph of its use over time alongside the definition. Google will even sift the web to define slang words or acronyms. Try out “DEFINE: BAE” or “DEFINE: SMH”.


*use left hand limiters to narrow search


*full text



*types of materials