Research

Silas Deane Middle School has an extensive non fiction and reference collection in print to support student research. In addition, students at Silas Deane Middle School have access to a number of digital subscriptions/electronic resources for research. We encourage students to use these high quality resources as a first step in research.

All of these resources require usernames and passwords. Students can see the library media staff for a listing of usernames/passwords.

SDMS Library Catalog

Destiny Online: The Library Media Center uses Follett’s Destiny library software to manage its collection. This database includes an online browser-based card catalog, which allows students and staff to search the collection both from the classroom and from home. In addition, because it is a union catalog, we can view the library collections of other schools in the district. Students can search the catalog without logging in by title, author, subject, keyword, series, or subject. They can also search by Lexile Level. We are beginning to purchase browser viewable Follett eBooks for online reading as well. However, by logging in to the Destiny system, using their Google Apps for Education Single Sign On, they have access to enriched features including the ability to:

  • create and save lists of books,
  • view items checked out to them,
  • place holds,
  • make suggestions for "wishes" for the staff to purchase
  • write reviews of books read,
  • recommend books to friends within the school
  • maintain "shelves" for what they are currently reading, want to read, or have read.
  • access eBooks.

Reference Subscriptions

Grolier Online: Students have access to five encyclopedias through Grolier Online - The New Book of Popular Science, The Encyclopedia Americana, The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge and Lands and People. Grolier Online includes maps, periodicals, pictures with captions and listings of good websites in addition to encyclopedia articles.

Power Knowledge Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science: Students have access to an online resource specifically designed for easier science reading (grades 3-6). It offers articles, graphic organizers, games, short video clips and other excellent science content in an engaging and easier format. It also allows for text read aloud and article translation into over 100 languages.

World Book Online: Students have access to encyclopedia articles, websites, maps, pictures, and animations when searching World Book Online. The site also has the capacity for translation into multiple languages and a read aloud feature. Students can search for easier articles (World Book Kids) or on grade level articles (World Book Student).

Teen Health and Wellness: Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers provides students with comprehensive curricular support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.

Educational Video Subscriptions

BrainPOP: Animated Science, Health, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Arts & Music and English movies, quizzes, activity pages and school homework help for K-12 kids.

Discovery Education: Students can search up to 71,000 content-specific video clips tied directly to state and national standards. Students log in using their Google Apps for Education Single Sign On.

eBook Subscriptions

Overdrive downloadable Audio and EBooks (single user access; downloadable to a personal device)

Follett eBooks within our Destiny Catalog (multiple user access, mostly non-fiction eBooks for research; works well in browser)

Freedom Flix contains "more than 50 social studies units spanning ten core curricula areas, FreedomFlix provides a wealth of learning opportunities. Each unit includes an introductory video, a dynamic ebook, related articles, primary sources, and vetted weblinks that expose students to a range of text types and media on the same subject. Project ideas and games offer more opportunities to learn and engage in class-wide discussions and activities. Watch, read, explore!"