Media Center


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.

Chromebook Help Over the Summer Break

Summer Reading for Teens – eBooks!

Connecting to 112BYOD

How to use the school printers.

Sync up your school Google account.
Come to the Media Center if you need help with your Google account.

WeVideo School Account Access



Books, eBooks, Audiobooks, Databases
Cameras, Tripods
Flexible Learning areas in the Media Center:
Personal Flex Zone (Quiet)
Group Flex Zones (Collaborative)
Desktop Computers and Laptops
Comfy Chairs
Standing-Height Work Table
MakerBaskets with markers, scissors, glue, etc
Multimedia Makerspace – Green Screen, Video & Audio Recording

Building & Grounds

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

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

Primary – Secondary – Tertiary Guide

Video: Primary – Secondary – Tertiary Sources

Using Wikipedia in Research

Using Databases to Find Tertiary Sources

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 – Connects you with other Minnesota Libraries     MnLinkVideo

Normandale Community College Library – Go to the campus library and get a Guest Pass to use the college databases.

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


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.




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
Laura Gingras
952-556-3551 and 952-556-3549
Senior Technology Associate
Laurie Koestler