Chanhassen High School Media Center
Open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sync up your school Google account.
Come to the Media Center if you need help with your Google account.
Books, eBooks, Audiobooks, Databases
Flexible Learning areas in the Media Center:
Personal Flex Zone (Quiet)
Group Flex Zones (Collaborative)
Desktop Computers and Laptops
Standing-Height Work Table
MakerBaskets with markers, scissors, glue, etc
Multimedia Makerspace – Green Screen, Video & Audio Recording
Check Out Policies
New this year: Graphing calculators will be checked out through your Math Teacher!
Books, Cameras, Chargers, Tech Equipment
- Students may check out books for 3 weeks.
- Students may renew a book if no one else is waiting for it.
- If students need more time for English free choice reading, they can contact Mrs. Nuss or Mrs. Gingras.
- Digital cameras and tripods are available to check out for 1 class period. Equipment must be used at school.
- Computer microphones can be checked out for 1 class period. Equipment must be used at school.
- If you need to charge your Chromebook or phone, you can leave it at the Media Center desk. We don’t check out chargers.
Advanced Research / History Day Research / Capstone Research
- Preliminary Research
- Using Libraries for Research
- Guiding Questions and Thesis
- Primary and Secondary Sources
- Outline and Note-Taking
- Boolean Operators
- Cite Sources
- Evaluating Sources of Information
- Digital Images & Music
Pick a topic.
Use tertiary sources (a distillation of primary and secondary sources).
Read, read, read broadly.
Get a broad overview of your topic. Jot down new keywords and phrases.
Try concept mapping with instaGrok
Topic Overview – Use these databases to explore issues and topics
–ELM (Go to the Content Type tab, scroll down to click on Topic Overviews, choose a couple of databases)
–Issues & Controversies
–Points of View
Chanhassen High School Media Center – Of course!!
Carver County Library – You’ll need a library card.
Normandale Community College Library – Go to the campus library and get a Guest Pass to use the college databases.
Write down questions and new keywords as you read.
Look over the questions and choose a focus of your topic.
Answer the question you choose and turn it into a thesis statement.
Take a stand on an issue or problem.
A thesis statement is specific rather than a general fact statement. It reveals the writer’s opinion about the topic.
Is this a Primary Source?
Google Primary Source search
Secondary Source – An interpretation of primary sources.
- An outline gives your project structure. It’s a guide for your research.
- As you take notes on your reading, avoid plagiarism by documenting all sources of information for your Works Cited/Bibliography.
- Avoid copy and paste.
Choose a citation style and stick with it. Check with your teacher if you’re not sure which style is recommended.
CiteThisForMe – an app for Chromebooks
How to Evaluate Information
Pexels – public domain images
FreeMusicArchive – Music for videos (Choose the Creative Commons license)