Welcome Back to School!

Well, hello! I’m so happy you’re here! I will be editing this page to reflect the technology needs for the 2021-2022 school year as we discover any changes to our tech landscape.

If you’re looking for tech help be sure to visit our MHMS website and the page:

Tech Help for Students & Families.



Be Clever!

Get your FREE Research Resources – worth THOUSANDS of $$ — Just for You by going to and logging into CLEVER with your regular student Active Directory Name & Password!

QUICK: MackinVia Easy Widget:
MackinVIA for FREE Digital Download eBooks! Keep Reading Kiddos!
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PSSST! Hey there!

Are you looking for the MHTV Music Request line or the MHMS Media Book Request Google form?

Skip to the very bottom! Ok…back to business. la la la

Want to learn more about our Research Databases? Check this G-Preso out!

Click Slide by Slide – some info is History Day related, but some info is just general. I’m sure you’ll figure it out šŸ˜‰

Here’s our Computer Technology Orientation Preso, too! With login reminders & tips!

Visit our other Research Resource sites!

MHMS Student Resource Canvas PageĀ 

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MHMS Student Resource Course on Canvas

Check out our books! Then come to Media and really check them out!

MHMS Library Media Center PAC – Public Access Catalog -Check out our BOOKS!

Citation Machine Ā Ā from Perdue

Online Homework Assistancehomework assistance logo

In addition to receiving guidance from HCLS staff, students (K-12) and college-age adults can connect with free tutors for assistance with math, reading, science, social studies, English/language arts, and writing. Both English and Spanish speaking tutors are available seven days a week from 2 pm until 11:55 pm. Special thanks to the Howard County Public School System for contributing toward the cost of this service.

Specialized Online Research Tools

HCLS provides thousands of full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles through specialized online research tools. Generate ideas for science fair projects by searching Science Reference Center. Research ideas for History Day projects. Enhance your English paper by searching for famous authors in Artemis Literary Sources. Download PDFs of guides with specific research tools forĀ elementary and middle and high school students.

Math Assistance

The HCPSS Family Mathematics Support Center helps families:

  • Gain a better understanding of their childā€™s math program
  • Refresh or build deeper understanding of math concepts, skills, and practices
  • Provide additional support and practice opportunities for students

Click here, choose a level (e.g., elementary, middle school, or high school) from the top navigation bar, and select the appropriate grade level for your student.

Canvas Page: How to GetĀ Started with your HCPSS Email!

MHMS Digital Photo Gallery on Smugumug (Since 2004!)

The Daring Librarian Blog (for other Librarians & Teachers!)

From ControlAltAchive: Depending on the license, it may still be necessary to cite where the image came from to provide proper attribution (and it IS a good practice to do even if not required).

There are many sites and tools that can help educators and students find free photos, clipart, icons, and more. See below for a list of many of these, and be sure to share your suggestions for other resources to add to this collection.

The List
If you just want the links to the sites and tools, see the list right below. If you want all the details on each site go further down the post to find that information.

Free Image Websites

Free Image Add-ons for Docs

Free Image Add-ons for Slides



Graphic above thanks to GIPHY

Book Request Form for Students, Teachers, & Staff! YAY!

8 thoughts on “Students

  • May 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Daring Librarian,

    Would it be okay if I stole. . . I mean borrowed. . . your weird reading idea for my middle school?

    Tracy Chrenka

  • May 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Absolutely! As you see on the post – I got the idea from the London Public Library & Tweeted them about adopting it – they were thrilled! Shameless sharing is what it’s all about! Cheers!

  • July 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I second that!! I want to steal your idea.

    I have been looking for a e-mail address to ask you a question, but couldn’t find it. I love your edublogs site and am actually setting one up for my students this summer. My question is -how did you get the library thing on your site. I’ve set it up on my library thing widget page and have the code, but can’t find the right widget to put it in -it doesn’t show up…?

  • August 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Steal away! But geez, my email address is on my professional blog and on my Daring Electronic Portfolio! — did you really reeeeely look!? [teasing]

  • September 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I am looking to start mini lessons with 6th grade, our first lesson is over informational text.
    Do you have any suggestions for fun lessons, activities maybe even using technology.


  • September 22, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Hi Stacie! Thanks for commenting! I’m very flattered that you would ask me for help finding or creating a lesson plan! I don’t have anything up my sleeve right now I can send you – I’m in the middle of MAP testing! EEEP! My suggestion, however, is to tap our wonderful PLN (Personal Learning Network) of Teacher Librarians on Twitter using the hashtag #TLChat and maybe they will have something for you!
    @GwynethJones – The Daring Librarian

  • April 19, 2018 at 10:38 am

    What resources would you recommend to teach research skills? I am a new librarian who has asked to teach research skills/information to freshmen.

  • April 19, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Murrell, thanks for your comment! But, WOW! That’s a big question! I guess my first stop are our Research Databases. We here in Maryland are lucky to have access to many databases including SIRS, EBSCO, Macin Via, and World Book Online. I would definitely start with those! If your OKCPS school district doesn’t supply access to one or more of those, contact your local library to see what is available for your kids & community! Cheers! ~Gwyneth

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