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Welcome to the SHS Library

26 days ago

Alyssa Giger

Library Information Specialist
(970) 368-1170


The mission of the Summit libraries is to help students and faculty be successful finders and users of information and technology and to enjoy reading and life-long learning. Research shows that students with good information literacy skills perform and achieve at high levels on academic tasks!  

Hours of Operation
Although the library space is closed to visitors at this time, you can still
 knock on my door, call, or email me to see how I can help!
Books are still available for check-out by emailing me your requests, 
and I can deliver them to your classroom.  

Library Catalogs and Databases

12 days ago

SHS Library Catalog

eBooks available at SHS!  Directions to help you.



World Book Online

A to Z World Cultures

Credo Source -- Source is a one-stop research platform combining citable reference content with instructional videos and tutorials, as well as access to our other subscription databases. Source is a great starting point for research. Tutorials to help!!

Additional databases / resources (outside of SHS)

MYP Personal Project

21 days ago

Click HERE for the student guide for  your Personal Passion Project 
Spanish Template for project report

Video-- Showcase tips from Mr. Blake. Super helpful!! Dates are from 2019.

Criteria for Success (Criterion B and D)


Process Journal (very scripted)


Click HERE to watch 2019's Showcase

Click HERE to watch 2018's Showcase

Click HERE to watch 2017's Showcase
Click HERE to watch 2016's Showcase 
Genius Hour --This REACH time is your "genius hour"  -- inspired by Google's 20% time idea -- to allow you to pursue your passion project.
Click HERE for project ideas
Examples of student's report:
Aprender a cocinar, Como hacer una pizza?
Remember, at the end of the project you will need these three items. If you need help with anything, please stop in the library.
  •         A process journal
  •        A product or outcome for display that shows other people what you did
  •         A project report
The Process Journal--Your process journal is the record of your involvement in the Personal Project process. It should record all your ideas, your planning, your discussions, clippings of readings and concepts, diary excerpts, meeting schedules and outcomes with your supervisor, photographs – whatever you do that is part of the process should be kept in this document. You choose the format of your journal. It might be a scrapbook, a notebook, or maybe an electronic site for example.

The Product or Outcome--The product you create is how you show other people what you have investigated. Apart from your journal, which will be part of the display, you need to have some way of showing what you produced or achieved your goal. This might be the actual product such as a model, electronic article, artwork or it might be visuals of the outcome such as photographs of an event you organized.

The Project Report-The written report is crucial for passing the MYP Personal Project.  The report demonstrates your learning throughout your project.  Reflection and self-evaluation are a key component of your process journal entries and should be reflected in your project report.  Template for report.

Class Documents 

9 months ago

Click here for the Arab Israeli Conflict handout.

Click here for a lesson + quiz  on the Five Themes of Geography

Click here for a presentation of North Carolina on the Five Themes of Geography

Click here  for Latin American Revolutions

Template for L.A. Revolution

Info/links on McCarthyism
Click here for American Authors

Awesome Web 2.0 Presentation Tools
Lots of new web tools for presenting your projects.  Check them out!
Click here 121.00 KB

Approved Websites for "Hot Topics" Assignment

Open this document for click-able links to reliable websites for your researching purposes.
Google Doc 

Yellow Journalism
Templates for Newspapers

Presentation for Piktochart

Mythology Resources

Resources for you!!

Ms. Giger's English 1 class (Greek Myths)


Database and World Book Scavenger Hunt
macbeth.pdf 152.48 KB (Last Modified on April 2, 2014)

Helpful links for the novel Thousand Cranes

Google Doc - Thousand Cranes
Japan.PDF 1.40 MB (Last Modified on January 16, 2014)

Political Cartoons Link  

Primary Sources Link 

StoryKit Tutorial

Designing Packaging

You work in a packaging department of a food company.  Until now you have mostly designed soup cans but the company has asked you to design the packaging for their ice cream.  Because of your experience you know that the way products are packaged can have a significant impact on profits.  For some products, the appearance of the package is important.  For other products, the primary concern is the cost of the package.  Your task in this project is to design a package of ice cream that is made from the least amount of material while holding a specific volume. 
DOC.PDF 118.06 KB (Last Modified on May 1, 2013)

Prezi Tutorial

Hot Topics in the Middle East Research

This document contains helpful search terms for your project.

Hot_Topics_in_the_Middle_East.pdf 236.70 KB (Last Modified on February 7, 2014)

Web Based Presentation Tools

over 4 years ago

Click here to link to a wiki which provides you a TON of useful tools for presentations, graphing, audio, etc.

Reference Sites

11 months ago


Information Please Almanac Find answers to your questions in this wide ranging reference work, which includes an almanac, encyclopedia, and dictionary-- plus lots more.
CIA World Factbook
provides detailed country information
Fact Monster a fun almanac designed for middle schoolers
U.S. Census Bureau provides, business, people, and geography information about the U.S.

BIOGRAPHY (Don't forget our subscription databases!)

Internet Public Library Biographies Biographical resources which provide numerous links.
BBC: A-Z Interviews Has audio and video interviews with "cultural greats of the 20th Century talking about their work," brief audio clips and biographical profiles. It can be browsed by name or profession (artists, performers, artists, philosophers, writers).
Biographical Dictionary Very brief descriptions of over 20,000 people
Biographies (Homework Center) Links to biographical information, organized by subject area of the person. Created by the Multnomah County Library.
Conversations With History Distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work.
Distinguished Women of Past and Present "This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today."
Outline of American History Biographies The biographies included in the hypertext book about American History.
Science / Mathematics Biographies and History Combines links to biographies and history related to science and mathematics.
Academy of Achievement profiles of extraordinary individuals over 25,000 biographies from A&E
Distinguished Women bios of women past and present
Inventor Hall of Fame bios by inventor or invention
PBS Biographies offers profiles of notables originally featured in broadcasts
Presidents' Hall contains speeches, profiles of the presidents, first ladies, and vice presidents
Presidents of the US with background info, election results, notable events for each president
Public Figure
learn about people in the news
Uncle Sam's Who's Who in the Federal Government offers bios of major elected officials

FIND PEOPLE ( and their zip codes)

Anywho finds current telephone numbers of people and businesses
Switchboard find a person, a business, e-mail, or create maps and directions
Reverse Phone Directory Backwards directory. Look up by phone #. Be sure to scroll down to second row for free service.
Telephone Directories An index of online phone books, with links to Yellow Pages, White Pages, Business Directories, Email Addresses and Fax Listings from over 216 countries all around the world.
The ZIP Code Look-Up If you need to look up a ZIP Code, the USPS has the answers.


WWWebster Dictionary An excellent hypertext, online dictionary and thesaurus offered by the Merriam-Webster Company, a well known publisher of reference books.
Cambridge Dictionaries online ©
Three different Cambridge dictionaries may be searched from this site: International Dictionary of English , Dictionary of American English , and the Learner's Dictionary .
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language a school staple, offers word roots
The American Heritage® Book of English Usage
A source of information on "grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms."
Connected Thesaurus (Lexical FreeNet) "Allows you to search for relationships between words, concepts, and people. It is a combination thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, pun generator, and concept navigator." Fun to play with: Includes related word browsing links.
OneLook Dictionaries - Searches various specialized dictionaries, and then organizes their results
The Oxford English Dictionary Check on the historical development and uses of a defined word in the English language.
A Web of Online Dictionaries Hosts an English language dictionary and links to numerous dictionaries for languages of the world. Scroll down the page to access the many links.
Roget's Thesaurus Search Form An online, searchable version of Roget's Thesaurus, a recently updated version, which will find synonyms very quickly, and allow you to link to different major sections with ease.
Babel Fish Translator translates boxes of text or full web pages
Information Please Dictionary and encyclopedia
Law Dictionary defines legal terms
Medical Dictionary defines hundreds of medical terms
Phrase Finder find phrases related to a word
Picture Dictionary a multilingual picture dictionary designed for language learners of all ages
Rhyme Zone type in words to find rhymes and synonyms offers content from more than 1800 dictionaries in more than 250 languages
Webopedia defines computer and Internet terms
Webster's Word Central features links to related words and a rhyming dictionary
Acronym Dictionary Look up the meaning of L.I.F.E.
Homophone Dictionary find words that are phonetically identical but which have different meanings


Wikipedia The biggest free-content encyclopedia on the Internet. Can be edited by users. Over two million articles.
Columbia Encyclopedia Contains "nearly 51,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), and with more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references."
Infoplease Encyclopedia and Dictionary A combined small encyclopedia and dictionary.
Encyclopedia Mythica An on-line encyclopedia about mythology, folklore, legends, and more..
Britannica includes links to "best" web sites
Britannica Concise Yahoo sponsored site that's good for quick answers to many questions "because knowledge is cool"
How Stuff Works articles about how things work
HyperHistory search timelines of history
Information Please Encyclopedia and dictionary
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy philosophical research
Medline Plus medical encyclopedia


Mapquest Find Driving Directions
Altapedia Online
"Contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world."
The National Atlas of the United States of America is intended to provide a comprehensive, map-like view into the enormous wealth of data collected by the Federal Government.
Interactive Map Atlas Collection of maps of the world's countries. Also includes a geography glossary, time zones, travel statistics, and other such data.
Map Collection at Perry-Castaneda Many maps from countries around the world are available here, at this excellent online map collection. Maps are organized by continent, and then by country. World maps are also available
Map Machine (National Geographic) Some maps from the world famous National Geographic organization.
U.S. Geological Survey Geographical information for the United States is offered here. See and browse their new section: USGS Information by State for information on Earthquakes, Floods, Maps, Public Health, Volcanoes and other similar/related topics.
U.S. Gazetteer Find geographic facts about places in the U.S.
The World Gazetteer Offers current population figures for cities, towns and places of all countries.
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names(Research at the Getty)
All the World's Maps index to maps for any country
American Memory Map Collections: 1500-2003
historical maps!
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
includes relief, county, and satellite maps
Historical Atlas of the 20th Century
offers thematic maps
Places in the News maps of areas in the news today
detailed, zoomable, topographic maps of the entire United States
United Nations' Cartographic Section
rich archive of maps of countries, regions, and themes
Weather Maps
from the Weather Channel
World Atlas
from the
Links to Online Gazetteers
Google Earth -
a 3D interface to the planet


Creative Quotations to Inspire Creative Thinking Provides thousands of quotations, organized and searchable by various arrangements (e.g., month, day, theme, famous person.)
Quotations About Libraries and Librarians Subject guide to topical quotations about libraries and librarians.
The Quotations Page Lots of quotations are available here, including the Quote of the Day. Each day a quotation is selected and made available by the click of your mouse. If you want more quotes, try the Random Quotations Page, which chooses new quotes every time you load it. Quotations on many topics, by many authors, and in many possible fashions.



R News

ABC News

CBS News

CNN News

CNN Student News

FOX News


PBS Newshour


BBC News

CBC Newsworld


CNN Europe

ABYZ Newslinks
a gateway to newspapers, news media, and news sources

New York Times

New York Times Student Connections

Los Angeles Times

Chicago Tribune

The Boston Globe

The Washington Post

The Wall Street Journal

Google News Search

Newspapers Across the US

Newspapers Around the World

Daily Earth 





Academic Search Engines

over 3 years ago


Academic Info-subject guide descriptions provide relevant sites.

Archival Research Catalog- U.S. National Archives

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)- over 29 million documents

Bubl- selected Internet resources covering all academic areas.

Chemxseer- "documents in the chemistry domain"

Citeulike- search over 5 million articles

The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies- computer-science related information 

EBSCOHost- Here you will find the History Reference Center, Science Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, Student Research Center and much, much more.

ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center)- "online digital library of education research and information"

Food Science Central- "world's largest database of information on food science, food technology and nutrition. "

History Engine- research historical topics

Infomine- annotated academic sites and subject databases

Infotopia- educator selected sites

Intute- annotated academic sites

IPL- information you can trust

iSeek Education- search a topic or ask a question

JURN- search 4,303 free e-journals in the arts and humanities

LibGuides Community- over 100,000 pathfinders from thousands of libraries

Library of Congress- search for primary source documents, including photos, maps, manuscripts, historic newspapers and much more

MathWeb Search- search for formulas

NASA historical archive

PsycLine- psychology and social science journals

RefSeek- (currently in public beta) search over 1 billion documents, web pages, encyclopedias, journals, newspapers

Scirus- scientific information

The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System- "Search over 7.4 million records, with 568,100 images, video and sound files from Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries."

SurfWax- search your topic and find similar, broader or narrower ones "over 45 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies"

Sweet Search- selective searches for students

Virtual Learning Resources Center- browse the 12 category directory or use a Google custom search 

WikiArc- archaeological searches 

World-Wide Science- international scientific database

Creative Commons and Public Domain Images

over 3 years ago

4 Free Photos- from professional photographers

5,000 Free Stock Photos- includes 8,000 free cliparts

Animal Photos!- huge listing

Antique Clipart- Victorian and Edwardian clipart

The Best Copyright-Free Photographs- taken by U.S. Government employees for their work

Burning Well- public domain image source

Clipart Etc.- over 65,000 pieces of clipart free to educators

The Commons on Flickr- world public photo collection

Compfight-searches Flickr for CC images more than 2,500 files; abstract backgrounds, textures and design ideas

EduPic Graphical Resource- free image resource for educators and students

FedFlix- "best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever."

Find Creative Commons Images in Google Image Search

Flickr Creative Commons Search- inside Flickr; searches only CC images

Geograph-photos of the British Isles

Google Advanced Search- when you search something in the advanced mode, you can choose from four choices: 1. free to use or share 2. free to use or share, even commercially 3. free to use share or modify 4. free to use, share or modify, even commercially

Icons- from Crystal Clear, this is a huge (and really nice) collection of icons

Imagebase- with hundreds of pages of images; from photographer David Niblack
Karen's Whimsy- Easter bunnies, illuminated letters, Canterbury Tales, medieval art

LiveBinders- many, many more links to other image sites under CC

MorgueFile- search images by subject, size or rating

National Digital Library- from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Open Clip Art Library- about 11,000 total

Open Icon Library- over free 10,000 icons

The Noun Project- symbols, diagrams

PhotoEverywhere-free travel-themed stock images; 3,000+

Photos8- free stock pictures; close to two-dozen categories to choose from

Picdrome- public domain pictures


Pixabay- stunning photos and clipart

Public Domain Photos- high resolution

Public Domain Photos- from

Wikimedia Commons- browse their database of over 1.6 millions images!

WorldImages Kiosk- California State University's database houses around 80,000 images

Wylio- free pictures for bloggers

Primary Sources

9 months ago

100 Milestone Documents- from 1776-1995

American Memory from the Library of Congress- browse collections by time period, place, topic; search through map collections, manuscripts, motion pictures, sheet music, photos, prints, sound recordings and books or other printed texts. EXCELLENT SITE!

American Memory Map Collections-search for cities/towns, conservation/environment, discovery/exploration and general maps

American Rhetoric- online speech bank

Archives in the Attic- documents from the Great Depression

Archiving Early America- newspapers, maps & writings from 18th century America

The Authentic History Center- artifacts and sounds from American popular culture

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School-documents in law, history and diplomacy

Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley- 0ver 60 million manuscript items and 600,000 volumes; huge collection

Battle Lines: Letters From America's Wars- thousands of wartime letters, from the Gilder Lehrman

Biblioteche Saint Genevive- blind-tool bookbindings from 12th-18th centuries

The Charters of Freedom- Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution

Child Labor in America- covers 1908-1912 official records of the union and confederate armies; covers 1881-1900.

Civil War Primary Source Documents- HUGE listing from Tracey Oz, history teacher

The Coming of the American Revolution- from the Massachusetts Historical Society; 14 lessons include primary source documents

Digital Library on American Slavery-from the University of North Carolina at Greenboro

Documents for the Study of American History- from 1000-2000, this is a very extensive listing of pdf and audio files

Documenting the American South- from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Eurodocs- selected transcriptions, facsimiles and translations

Eyewitness to History- audio clips from people entitled "Voices of the 20th Century"

Historical Text Archive- over 9,000 articles, books, and links

History of Ireland- primary documents

History Matters- includes 1,00 primary documents, images, and audio interviews

Holocaust Photos- [very graphic]

Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War- written by Newton Robert Scott

Library of Congress Teachers' Page- classroom materials, themed resources, lesson plans, collection connections, professional development and so much more. EXCELLENT SITE!

Medieval Sourcebook- full-text sources

National Archives DocsTeach- create activities with the online documents

National Humanities Center- "historical documents, literary texts, and works of art—thematically organized with notes and discussion questions."

New York Public Library- documents, video, audio

Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room- from the Library of Congress, this extensive listing includes: historical collections from the 19th and 20th century

Office of the Federal Register- public papers of the Presidents of the United States, federal laws

The Oriental Institute- photographic archives includes maps from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Sudan

The Papers of George Washington- contains documents, articles, maps, and images

Photos of the Great Depression- includes dust storms, farms for sale, migrant workers

Popular Songs in American History- from the 17th century; this is a huge collection of audio files!

The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century- documents, photographs, audio recordings, more

Primarily History- primary sources blog written by a college librarian

Primary Sources: Oral History and Audio-Visual Materials- photos, newsreels, pamphlets, advertisements, TV clips

Primary Sources: The Korean War- from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library

Prints and Photographs Reading Room- from the Library of Congress, these are selected images of Ellis Island and Immigration.

Regional History- exhibits from the National Archives includes the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Influenza Epidemic in 1918, the Atlanta Regional Archive

Repositories of Primary Sources- over 5,000 websites are listed here, covering manuscripts, archives, historical photographs, and other primary sources. WOW!!

Science Service Historical Image Collection- 20th-century scientific research; site claims "the captions were written by Science Service journalists and have been transcribed exactly".

The Smithsonian Collections- covers art, history, science, libraries

Talking History- from the University at Albany, this is a site for aural history, including radio shows

Teaching with Documents- from the National Archive; lesson plans

The Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive- over 1700 items, (electronic texts, some color manuscript
images; 9,000 quotations arranged by theme, date, topic recipient and place of publication

Time and Life Pictures- search by date or use the advanced search

Timeline of Art History- from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database- over 35,000 slaving voyages

Turning the Pages- document includes: the first atlas of Europe, the oldest printed book, the original Alice's Adventures Underground (Alice in Wonderland) and Mozart's musical diary.

Why Use Primary Sources?- from the Library of Congress; ten reasons listed

Women's Speeches from Around the World

World Digital Library- 10,000 sources from around the world

World War II in Color-site has photos for download

World War II Military Situation Maps- browse the collection by title, subject or date; from the Library of Congress

Edgenuity -- SSD's Online Program

25 days ago

Edgenuity provides engaging online and blended learning education solutions that propel success for every student, empower every teacher to deliver more effective instruction, and enable schools and districts to meet their academic goals. Edgenuity delivers a range of Core Curriculum, AP®, Elective, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Credit Recovery courses aligned to the rigor and high expectations of state, Common Core and designed to inspire life-long learning. If you have questions and/or would like to enroll your child in an online class, please contact your child's counselor.

Edgenuity-Course-Description-Catalog 2020

Online Classes at SHS—Policy and Procedures

Parent Monitoring Instructions and Understanding Edgenuity

Last name A-D:     Please see Mrs. Kelly Finley

Last name E-K:      Please see Mr. Steve Slocum

Last name L-Ri:     Please see Mr. Rich Schroeder

Last name Ro-Z:    Please see Ms. Jody Cheatum

Drive Safe-- Driving School Online

26 days ago

Enroll in Online Driver's Education for only $55.

  • We now offer THREE Driver’s Education courses for our students: 1--The required 30 hours certified course for students under the age of 16, 2--the live online Zoom course (for $99), or 3--the untimed Colorado Adult Express course for students over 16 who need to prepare for the permit test. 
  • Our online course increases the confidence and knowledge of your student in a variety of driving situations. 
  • The program is designed to be equivalent to an in-person classroom experience. Your student will learn all the content of the classroom from the convenience of your own home.
  • The curriculum based on knowledge, not fear! We focus on defensive and safe driving habits to help make your student become a safe driver for life.
  •  Interactive games and videos make the learning experience fun and engaging. 
  • Your student can access the online program anytime, anywhere! It works on all devices. All you need is a working Internet connection. 
  • Everything is self-paced. When life gets busy, your student can pick up the course at any time. 
Check out the brochure for more information
Enroll HERE

Under 16? Enroll in the CO Teen 30 hours course to meet your driver’s education coursework
requirement. Or enroll in the $99 Zoom course for a live online experience.

Students over 16 and looking to get your permit?  Enroll in the CO Adult Express course!

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APA Formatting

about 1 year ago

By Chris Hall

What is APA

PPT: APA Formatting

Citation Machine

Go to Google Docs>Templates>Report APA

IB History: Historical Investigation

about 1 year ago

By Chris Hall




GOOGLE SCHOLAR and Insider Tips (videos)

WORLD BOOK (video)

Possible Topics

Writing Research Questions

Different styles of questions

Command Terms


Avoid sources that do not have authors. It is ok to use Wikipedia for BACKGROUND information, NOT as a main source of information. Use Wikipedia to help you brainstorm keywords or people to use in your search for sources. History .com and PBS can also be used for background information, but NOT as main sources of information. This is also true for all encyclopedias.

What sources should you use? BOOKS!!!! MORE BOOKS!!!!

You don’t (and shouldn’t) read the entire book for your research. Your topic should be narrow and if you used Wikipedia and effectively, you should have a good idea of some keywords/people/events that you can look up in the INDEX of the book. If your topic is on the causes of an event, ONLY READ the chapter that deals with the CAUSES, don’t waste your time reading information that won’t answer your research question. SKIM the sources for keywords that relate to your topic.

Other great sources: Academic journals, newspapers, magazines, biographies, autobiographies, government records, primary sources

Be wary of documentaries, since editing can promote a specific idea. Know who the director is.

American Lit. Book Choice Assignment

26 days ago

Mrs. Newey and Mrs. Gacnik

Library Website: Choice Book Assignment and Book Lists​​

SHS Library Catalog -- type in the title of your book here to see if we have it in our library

eBooks available at SHS -- Directions to help you find an e-book through Destiny Discover