Media Center


Chanhassen High School Media Center

Mrs. Nuss is available for questions!


Your ISD112 Google account will be deactivated after graduation

Chromebook Landing Page

I Need a New Chromebook Charger!

How to use the school printers.

WeVideo School Account Access





Friendly people at the Help Desk ūüėČ
Books, eBooks, Audiobooks, Databases
Cameras, Tripods
Flexible Learning areas in the Media Center:
Group Flex Zones (Collaborative)
Comfy Chairs
MakerBaskets with markers, scissors, glue, etc
Multimedia Makerspace – Green Screen, Video & Audio Recording

Studying in the Media Center

Check Out Policies

Books, Cameras, Chargers, Tech Equipment

  • Students may check out up to 4 books for 3 weeks. Check your Campus Portal to see the books you’ve got checked out.
  • Please return your books on or before the due date. Over-due reminders will be emailed through your school account.
  • 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. Stewart.
  • Digital cameras, tripods and microphones are available to check 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.

Research Project / History Day Research / Capstone Research

College Ready Research Skills                                                                 LibGuides: Research Skills

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.

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

Video: Primary РSecondary РTertiary Sources

Using Wikipedia in Research

Video: Using Wikipedia for Academic Research


Libraries = Resources + Reference Help

Chanhassen High School Media Center – Of course!!

Carver County Library¬†– You’ll need a library card.

Hennepin County Library – You can register your Carver County library card.

MnLink Рparticipating regional library systems, public libraries, and academic libraries within Minnesota.      MnLinkVideo

Normandale Community College Library¬†– Visit the campus library and get a Guest Pass to use the college databases.Be sure to take your driver’s license to show you’re a member of the community if you want to check out a book. Or request it through MnLink!

What do you find interesting about your topic?
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.





















Tips for Writing a Thesis Statement

Primary Source – Original document or account.
Is this a Primary Source?
Google Primary Source search





















Secondary Source – An interpretation of primary sources.

What are Peer Reviewed articles?



  • 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.

Note-taking Form from ELM

Note card template


Avoid Plagiarism

Is It Plagiarism?

Choose a citation style and stick with it. Check with your teacher if you’re not sure which style is recommended.

How to cite a webpage

MLA – OWL Purdue

APA – OWL Purdue

Chicago Turabian – OWL Purdue

Annotated Bibliography – OWL Purdue

CiteThisForMe – an app for Chromebooks




Pixabayan international website for sharing high quality public domain photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage.

Images – Creative Commons


Unsplash – Free photos

YouTube’s Audio Library for music and sound effects

Incompetech – Royalty-Free Music (for school projects, be sure to give credit to Incompetech) You may need a license for other uses.

Free Music Archive (Creative Commons) – free and reusable music












Pexels – public domain images

Creative Commons – offers a variety of copyright license alternatives
How to use Creative Commons.

FreeMusicArchive – Music for videos (Choose the Creative Commons license)


Media Specialist
Connie Nuss
Technology and Media Associate
Emily Stewart
Senior Technology Associate
Laurie Koestler