1. Print Books

Use the PMCA OPAC or Online Public Access Catalogue found on all the computers within school. Check for books on your topic by keyword, by author’s last name, by title and by subject. Remember to check table of contents, index, appendices and bibliographies at the end of a book or reference book for locating information within the books and for locating additional sources of information.

You can also find information by checking specialized books in the Reference section and by checking other libraries in the area for books.

2. Print Periodicals

To find magazine, journal, and/or newspapers articles:
  • Find out what magazines PMCA subscribes to that may have the information that you need.
  • Find out what magazines to which your local public library subscribes.
  • Many of these can be accessed online. On the left access the "Primary, News & Periodical Sources" page for lists of those types of sources online.
  • Don't forget about the many, many magazines, journals and newspapers found on both the PMCA databases - 1. The 6 databases published by Gale (get the password from Mrs. Noonsn if you are using any of these databases at home) - and 2. The databases of POWER Library (use your public library card number for access if you are using POWER Library at home).

3. The Internet (web)

  • The closed, invisible, or deep web
The closed, invisible, or deep web contains sites that are edited and often must be subscribed to or paid for. It has professionally maintained collections only, and it is the best place to do credible, scholarly research. It is searchable and contains information that search engines and subject directories often miss. The databases found on POWER Library and the databases purchased by colleges and universities are excellent examples of the closed web. On the left access the "Searching the Closed Web" page on this wiki for more information. Besides the databases found on POWER Library (remember you'll need your public library card if you are accessing POWER Library at home), PMCA now subscribes to 6 databases - U.S. History in Context, World History in Context, Science (and Mathematics) in Context, Student Resources in Context, Student Resource Center Junior AND Kids InfoBits - published by Gale (get the password from Mrs. Noonan if you are using these databases at home!)


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  • The open or visible Internet
If you are using the open web, you have several choices to make. Are you going to use a search engine, a subject directory, a “meta” search engine or a unified search interface? On the left access the "Searching the Open Web" page on this wiki for lists of each of the differing types of open websites. Don't forget to check out all the other open web sources listed on the other pages of this wiki! AND be sure to check out the websites to which PMCA subscribes (such as Awesome Stories, and Enchanted Learning) on the Library Media Center link on the "myPMCA" site.