The MPFS library welcomes all students, teachers, and parents to explore our books, e-books, and databases for learning new information and enjoying a great story. Search our online catalog to see what books and e-books we own. Please send any questions you might have to our librarian, T. Kristen.
Online Databases and Other Research Tools:
Britannica School: Search this online encyclopedia for initial information on a wide range of topics. You can also find e-books and suggested websites to expand your research.
CultureGrams: Use this database to learn about the geography, history, and culture of countries throughout the world. (Log-in required. MPFS students have access.)
Delaware County Library Systems: The Delaware County Library System has many databases that are free to use for research. You just need to enter the barcode from your Chester County Library card. If you live in a different county, use your public library card to see what databases your county library offers.
sparticl: Put together by Twin Cities Public Television, and sponsored by 3M, this website connects students to articles, videos, and experiments that cover many topics in science.
Citing and Evaluating Sources:
NoodleTools: Use this tool to organize your research, keep track of your citations, and create a bibliography for your project.
Internet site evaluation:
You can find information on the internet about any topic you might assigned at school. It is important to evaluate the information to decide if it is reliable. You can do so by answering the following questions:
- Authorship – Who is the author of the site? Are you able to determine if the author is an authority on the subject, and/or can you contact the author?
- Currency – Is the information up to date?
- Motive – Can you determine the purpose of the site? It is important to determine that the site’s purpose is for education and not other reasons (such as selling a product).
These are basic questions you need to ask before using information you find on the Internet. If you still have questions, check with your teacher or T. Kristen.