Welcome to Highlands Middle School Library Library Orientation Program Librarian Dr. Sandra Reidmiller
The library offers many resources to help you succeed. You just need to learn where to find them. This program will give you an overview of what is available in the Highlands Middle School Library and where to locate those resources.
Dr. Reidmiller is the Library Media Specialist and is always glad to help students locate and use library materials.
Computers are available throughout the library to look up books in Destiny and to use for reference and research.
The objectives of this lesson are to: • Log into Follett Destiny • Find a book in Destiny • Complete an OPAC search for an author, title, or subject • Identify online databases that will help students with research
How to Find a Book in Destiny • Log into a library computer • Go to goldenrams.com • Click on the link for Destiny in the brown bar on the left • Click on the link for the middle school
Click on the tab which reads Highlands Middle on the upper left hand corner of the page.
You will see a screen that looks like this. You can enter a search term in the box.
Practice: Make sure that Highlands Middle shows you are searching in the Highlands Middle School Library. You can set limiters when searching as needed.
If you know the title of a book and want to look it up you can enter the title in the Find box. We are using Fever, 1793 as an example.
It does not matter if you use lower or uppercase letters. Searches are not case sensitive. For example, searches for give yourself goosebumps, Give YourSelfGooseBumpS, and GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS will all return the same results.
Destiny ignores certain words, called stop words, in search terms. If you need to include stop words in your search term, switch to the Power tab, enter the term with the stop words, and select "Starts with". If the title begins with an "A" that isn't a leading article, such as "A, my name is Ami" or "A is for America," put quotation marks around the title.
Destiny ignores the punctuation in a search term. If your search term includes words separated by a punctuation mark such as a dash, double-dash, hyphen, or slash, leave it out. When you leave it out, don't replace the punctuation mark with a space. For example, if you're trying to find Camp Ghost-Away, enter camp ghostaway. If you're trying to find Katie.com, enter katiecom.
After typing in the name of the title, you will click on the Title button above.
You will now see a screen that has a list of titles with the terms included. You can click on the book title details to get more information.
On this screen you can find out many things about the book. You can see a picture of the cover of the book. You can read a summary of the book to see if it is what you are looking for.
You can find out how many copies of the book the library owns and if any of these copies is available for check out. You can find the call number of the book so that you can locate it easily in the library.
The call number for this book is FIC AND. The letters FIC in the call number tell you that the book is a fiction book and it is located in the fiction section of the library.
The AND in the call number tells you that the book was written by an author whose last name begins with these letters. The last name of this author is Anderson.
Practice #1: Using the Destiny program search for the book Catalyst using the title tab. Click on the correct answer. Find the author of the book Catalyst. Is it… A. Laurie Anderson B. Ann Devlin C. Amy Wertz
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Let’s say that after reading Fever, 1793 you would like to read other books written by Laurie Halse Anderson. You can complete an author search to find out if our library has additional titles by a particular author.
You can type in the author’s name starting with the last name first. Then you will click on the Author button.
Now we see a screen with a list of all the books written by that author that are located in the Highlands Middle School Library. If we click on the details button of the one we are interested in we can find information about that book.
Here are the details for the book Chains which was also written by author Laurie Halse Anderson.
We can see a picture of the cover of the book and if any copies are available at this time. We can identify the call number to find the book on the library shelves.
Practice #2: Practice completing an author search. What did author MeishGoldish write? Remember to search using the author’s last name first. Click on the correct answer. What is the title of the book written by Judith Presnall? A. It’s a Dog’s Life B. Hollywood Dogs C. Hotel for Dogs
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What do you do if you do not know the exact title of the book you are looking for? Let’s say you are assigned the topic of pollution to research. You can complete a subject search to see what is available on this particular topic.
You will type in the word pollution in the Find box. Next you will click on the subject box above.
If you misspell a search word, or Destiny cannot find your word, Destiny asks you, Did you mean...?. If Destiny's word is correct—if it's the word you want—click the word to see the search results. If not, click Refine your search and try again. Example: If you type dinasors, Destiny asks you, Did you mean "dinosaurs"? Click dinosaurs if that's the word you meant to enter. If not, click Refine your search and try again.
We see a list of 17 books about pollution which can be located in the Highlands Middle School Library.
We think that the book title Managing Toxic Wastesmight work for our needs, so we click on the details button for that title.
We see that the library has one copy of the book and that it is available. The call number for this book is 363.728 K. We know that this a Dewey Decimal number and that we will find this book in the nonfiction section of the library.
We locate the 300 section of nonfiction and locate the specific call number of 363.728 K. This is the Dewey Number for Social Science. We can find the particular book we need.
Click on the call number for each of the nonfiction library books below to put them on the shelves in the correct order. Can you guess how they will go? 501 Joh 505 Gig 502.1 Fla 503.3 Cla
What if my Search Results list is too long? How do I find fewer titles? If your Search Results list is too large, refine your search, using a more exact term. By default, Destiny only returns things that include all your words.
Tips: • If you use more words, you'll get fewer results. Use North American birds rather than just birds. • Be as specific as you can be. Use marine biology rather than science. • Put NOT (in capital letters) in front of each word that you don't want. For example, pets NOT cats NOT birds will give you titles about pets—all kinds of pets except for cats and birds. • If the Search Results list is still too long, or doesn't contain what you want, try the Power search.
What if my Search Results list is too short? How do I find more titles? • If you get too few results, refine your search using some of these methods: • Use a more general term. For example, use history or war rather than Spanish-American war. • Try adding similar words with OR (in capital letters) in front of each. For example, cars OR autos OR automobiles. • Try using a similar or related word. For example, if biosphere produces no results, try entering atmosphere, or biology, or even life.
Practice #3: Practice completing a subject search on the subject Koalas. Click on the correct answer. 3. When you enter the subject Koalas you find one book titled… A. Kangaroos and Koalas B. Koalas C. Koala Bears
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Highlands Middle School Library also provides links to several online databases that will assist you with your research. You can locate these on the school library webpage under Library Resources.
After you login to Destiny using your library number you will get a screen that looks like this. These are the links for online resources which can help you when completing research. The links are listed in alphabetical order under the heading Reference Links.