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Media Resource Center

Welcome! 

The Independent School's Media Resource Center (MRC) serves our middle and upper school students and faculty with a comfortable, inviting environment to encourage collaboration, creativity, research, learning and so much more. Mrs. Bolin is more than happy to help students and faculty members with research, technology, presentations or projects, as well as recommend great books to read.  If you need to reach her, email her at michelle.bolin@theindependentschool.com


need a Good Book to Read?

Check out our online catalog (independent.follettdestiny.com) or try using Novelist through the online resources using your Kansas Library eCard (KSlib.info). Take a look at my Only2Clicks website for several more resources that have TONS of other suggestions! 

Need a Quick Tutorial to the Catalog? See one here.

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Where Do I start my Research?

All students are encouraged to explore the online catalog (independent.follettdestiny.com) for materials in the MRC, use Kansas Library eCard (KSlib.info), or DiscoveryEducation.com. If you have forgotten your password information, please email Mrs. Bolin.

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for research, ebooks/audiobooks, test prep., foreign languages, and more use the Kansas Library eCard (KSlib.info) for valuable and informative databases, ebooks, audiobooks, and so much more BEFORE EXPLORING ANYWHERE ELSE!! After exhausting the catalog and Kansas State Library resources, ask Mrs. Bolin for assistance to help you discover more materials.

Quick Tutorials:
- Britannica Public Libary
 See one here.
- Ebscohost Databases See one here.
- Ebooks different ebook/audiobook databases have different requirements. See those here.
(NOTE!! US students- When choosing databases, select all and then limit your results to full-text, source types, and subjects.)

Other Sources? Try my ONLY2CLICKS page to locate more resources for the subject you need additional research!

Links to Citation Help

EasyBibBibMeCitation MachinePurdue Owl

Middle School Students- Need a Quick Reference to a Sample Works Cited? Click here.

Upper School Students- Click here for an example works cited page.

What is Plagiarism?

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means to take the ideas or words from someone else and claim as your own, to use the work of someone else without crediting the source, to commit literary theft, or to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. If you need to know more about plagiarism, take a look at my presentation:

Copyright Awareness

According to US law, original ideas are considered intellectual property and are protected by copyright laws.

Almost ALL forms of expression that are recorded or published are considered to be protected by copyright laws, including, but not limited to:

  • Books, Magazines, Journals
  • Music, Videos, Games
  • Art, Photographs, Graphics, Clip Art
  • Internet Sites

Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Develop a topic based on what has already been published, but think of a new way to approach the subject. Put a twist on the idea or create a new one!
  • Use your KSlib.info and other reliable databases for material. Use expert opinions but expand on the thoughts — add your own knowledge and objective perspective. 
  • Give credit to the experts, but make your own significant contribution — don’t quote too much.
  • Improve your English by expanding your knowledge. Read materials that are at or above your grade level. 
  • Check your terms and be careful about using synonyms.
  • Can’t find the source to cite it correctly? Use something else. 
  • Don’t copy and paste. Read a paragraph, comprehend the information, minimize the screen, retell what you read, and cite the information! 
  • Ask your teacher or Mrs. Bolin if you are not sure about how to cite or check with a reliable source such as Purdue's O.W.L.

Give Credit When You Use

  • Words or ideas presented in any form of a magazine, a book, a newspaper, a web page, selection of music, TV programs, movie, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium. 
  • Interviews — any knowledge you learn by visiting with another person who shares their experience about your topic. This includes interviews that are face to face, over the phone, or in writing. 
  • When you copy, quote, summarize, or paraphrase.
  • When you include any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials. 
  • When you reuse or repost any electronically available media, including images, audio, video, or other media. (Most music cannot be posted without the permission of the artist. It is recommended that you use free music from a site like Jamendo, where artists have agreed to share their talent).  
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