Media Center

The Bloomfield Hills High School Media Center program prepares students and staff to become lifelong learners and effective users of ideas and information. It emphasizes enjoyment and appreciation of literature as well as the development of students' ability to effectively interpret information in a variety of formats.

Media Center News:

Check out ebooks and audiobooks through the Overdrive App! The app is available on Google Play and The App Store. You can also visit Overdrive on our web browser on http://bloomfieldhs.lib.overdrive.com. Just log in with your Bloomfield username and password! 

Follow us on Twitter - @BHHSMediaCenter. What information you want to see on Twitter...open lunches? new books? trivia? Let us know!

Search the Online Catalog:

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Summer Reading Lists

Start Researching

Success Steps to Researching

  1. Get Started
    Understand the assignment & its due dates
    Relate prior experience and interests
  2. Choose a Topic
    Read about an overview of various topics
    What resources do we have available?
    Does the topic fit?
  3. Form a Focus
    Explore your topic
  4. Think of your search term, or Keywords
    Words or phrases that should appear in the information you’re searching for
    The more keywords you can brainstorm, the better your search
    Multiple keywords can be used in a search
  5. Use Boolean operators - AND, OR, NOT
    AND = search for all the keywords together
    OR = search for either of your keywords
    NOT = search for your keywords, but eliminate those that follow NOT
  6. Narrow or broaden your focus as needed
    Gather Information
    Formulate a question to guide your research. What are you looking for?
    Find articles, books, newspapers, etc.
    May need to refine your focus
    Organize your notes
    Think about a thesis
  7. Prepare to Write
    Finalize your thesis
    Weed out information that doesn’t fit
    Research for any holes
    If you're stuck, use the Writing a Research Paper Template
  8. Write the Paper
    Prepare Outline (see “Sample Outline”)
    Write rough draft
    Cite your sources – don’t Plagiarize
    Have others read it
    Revise & PROOFREAD

Student Writing Resources

 The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
 free_file_converter_logo.png This Free File Converter is for students who need to convert their Open Office file to a regular Word Document created in English Lab 101.
 zamzar_logo.png Use Zamzar to convert your files without having to download software.
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MLA Format

Plagiarism

Search Engines

Which Search Engine Should I Choose?

To determin which search engine to use, check out Noodle Tools!

Below is a list of the commonly used search engines:

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What Should I Read?

Looking for some great reads? Try some of these websites for new books, new ideas or different genres!

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iplteenspace.jpg Internet Public Library - Teen Space is a wealth of information you might need about books, homework and more.
 raline.gif Readers Advice answers the question of "what to read?" or "what should I read next?"
 readingrants.jpg Reading Rants features out of the ordinary booklists for teens as well as book review written by teens for teens.
 sprinebreakers.jpg Spinebreakers is a site where the world inside a book can come to life. There are author interviews, reviews, alternate endings, illustrations, short stories, poems and the best part is that you can join in too - contribute your ideas, and have your say about the books you’ve read.
 guysread.jpg Guys Read is a site where books are reviewed by guys for guys.
flamingnet.jpg FlamingNet is your source for reviews and recommendations on past, present, and future preteen, teen, and young adult books.

Online Databases

Below are the databases that Bloomfield Hills School subscribe to. All databases require passwords for use outside of school. Come to the Media Center for those passwords.

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Web Links

Reference Web Sites

Please CLICK on the Live Binder to find information about the following topics.


  • Biography
  • Cartooning/Digital Animation
  • Dictionaries & Thesauri
  • Encyclopedias & Almanacs
  • Deep Web Searching
  • English & Grammar
  • Foreign Language
  • General Reference
  • Government
  • Health
  • Images
  • Local Libraries
  • Maps & Atlases
  • Mathematics
  • Multi Disciplinary References
  • Music
  • Mythology
  • News & Newspapers
  • Quotations
  • Poetry Links
  • Presentation Tools
  • Quotations
  • Science
  • Search Engines
  • Social Studies
  • STEM

Teacher Resources

Copyright Resources

Professional Organizations

Additional Resources

Hours

7:00am - 3:30pm Mon - Thurs
7:00am - 3:00pm Friday

Main Campus: 248.341.5725 or 7516
9th Grade Campus: 248.341.7215

Media Specialist 

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Ms. Bevier

Checkouts
  • You must show your current year Student ID to checkout books and use the computers outside of a class
  • Take out up to 6 books at once
  • 3-week checkout period for books; Overnight for Reference books; 1 week for magazines
  • Fines: 10¢ per day for books; 50¢ per day for reference and magazines
  • Reserve a book if it's not in!
Rules & Regulations
  • Classes in session take priority over individual students using the computer
  • No cell phone use, food, or drink
  • iPods/MP3 players are ok unless others can hear them!
  • Computers are for academic use only - No Games, YouTube, Facebook, etc.
  • Return books in the drop box or give them to the Media Specialist
Printing & Copying
  • B & W: Single-side=$0.10, Double-sided=$0.12
  • Color: Single-side=$0.50, Double-sided=$0.60
  • Web Printing: is now available for use in-district only.
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    All printing costs will be deducted from your papercut account.   
Passes
Passes are REQUIRED between 7:25am and 2:30pm (excluding lunch). Students will be sent back to their teacher if they forget!
 

Advisory
No Drop-ins Allowed. You MUST sign up the day before. NO EXCEPTIONS. The sign-up sheet is on the circulation desk in the Media Center. If you have group work, each member of the group must sign up individually.