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.
Destiny: Our 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. 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 and Non-Fiction Research Subscriptions
Educational Video Subscriptions
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!"