Library


Looking for something to read?  Go to 

Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing. Click here to learn How It Works.

Or, go to What Should I Read Next?  Enter a book you like and the site will analyze our huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.


The 
Blender‚Äč is a tool meant to help readers find books that include more than one genre. Using the Blender is easy -- simply pick two or three genres you are interested in and click the "BLEND" button. If you look at the results, you will notice that some genres will appear in ALL CAPS. This means that the genre is very prominent in the blend. Other genres might be listed in lowercase letters. This means that the genre is a part of the book, but not dominant in the story.


Looking for a book that is not in the WHS Library?  Log into C/W MARS with your library card and browse through the collections of 144 member libraries with a shared online computer system and combined collections of more than nine million items and more the 2.3 million titles. 



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 ...the Wahconah Regional High School collection includes online access to:

  •    Academic Databases
  •    Magazines
  •    Newspapers
  •    Ebooks
  •    Audio Books
  •    Music
  •    Movies
  •    Documentaries
  •    & more!



Click the links to access the Catalog and Databases 
from home/school
 

Massachusetts Newspapers Database  Click the image to access from school.   Remote Access: Username: ra-wahconah / Password: ra-wahconah

 


Before using any information source, whether it be a book or an article--and especially if it is something from a webpage--you need to make a careful evaluation of it to ensure that the information it contains is reliable and appropriate for your use. The CRAAP Test looks at five characteristics of each information source, all of which must be evaluated before you accept a source for use.

 CRAAP stands for:
Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose 

 

Currency:The timeliness of the information.

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Is the information current or out-of date for your topic? For some fields, like the humanities, older information sources might be fine.
  • Are the links functional?*If not, this indicates the page has not been updated recently.

 

Relevance:The importance of the information for your needs.

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience? The general public or scholars?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use? Do you have the best source(s), or are you just settling for the first five things in your result list?
  • Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?

 

Authority:The source of the information.

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • Are the author's credentials (degrees) or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's credentials (degrees) or organizational affiliations?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic? Are they an expert in the field ? Or do they have life experience that qualifies them? Were they an eye-witness to what they are writing about?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address? This indicates that they have nothing to hide.
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net*

 

Accuracy:The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence? Is there a bibliography or are sources cited in some way?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed? Has it gone through an editorial process? Was it peer-reviewed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem biased or free of emotion? Ideally, we want to find more objective information sources.
  • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors? These would indicate an expert did not write it and that it was not reviewed in any way.

 

Purpose:The reason the information exists.

  • What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear? Or are they trying to sneak something past you?
  • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda? Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases? Again, we are aiming for more objective information sources.

       Key: * indicates criteria is for Web sources online

 

To sum it all up, if your document does not pass this test, dump it and try again.

 

Acknowledgement: The CRAAP Test was created by Sarah Blakeslee, of the University of California at Chico's

Meriam Library. Her original text serves as the basis for this handout and is used with the kind permission of the Meriam Library.


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com - Commercial site. The information provided by commercial interests is generally going to shed a positive light on the product it promotes. While this information might not necessarily be false, you might be getting only part of the picture. Remember, there's a monetary incentive behind every commercial site in providing you with information, whether it is for good public relations or to sell you a product outright. (See the Information, Disinformation, Misinformation page)

.edu - Educational institution. Sites using this domain name are schools ranging from kindergarten to higher education. If you take a look at your school's URL you'll notice that it ends with the domain .edu. Information from sites within this domain must be examined very carefully. If it is from a department or research center at an educational institution, it can generally be taken as credible. However, students' personal Web sites are not usually monitored by the school even though they are on the school's server and use the .edu domain.

.gov - Government. If you come across a site with this domain, then you're viewing a federal government site. All branches of the United States federal government use this domain. Information such as Census statistics, Congressional hearings, and Supreme Court rulings would be included in sites with this domain. The information is considered to be from a credible source.

.org - Traditionally a non-profit organization. Organizations such as the American Red Cross or PBS (Public Broadcasting System) use this domain suffix. Generally, the information in these types of sites is credible and unbiased, but there are examples of organizations that strongly advocate specific points of view over others, such as the National Right to Life Committee and Planned Parenthood. You want to give this domain scrutiny. Some commercial interests might be the ultimate sponsors of a site with this suffix. (See the Information, Disinformation, Misinformation page)

.mil - Military. This domain suffix is used by the various branches of the Armed Forces of the United States.

.net - Network. You might find any kind of site under this domain suffix. It acts as a catch-all for sites that don't fit into any of the preceding domain suffixes. Information from these sites should be given careful scrutiny. 

 


 

 

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