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Phoenix Landing Library

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Dan Sayers

Library Hours:
7:15-2:40   Regular Schedule
8:25-2:40  Tuesday Late Start

School Library Mission Statement

Phoenix Landing serves the literary and learning needs of the Farmington High School community.

Click below to search for books in the library and for eBooks/audiobooks available through Overdrive. 

 Upcoming Events

First Day of School - August 22

Fall Literacy Night

Read Across Davis - March 1



Library Destiny Catalog 
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School library catalog site

Library Catalog (Destiny Discover)

Overdrive Digital Library Catalog
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Student login:  Student e-mail and pin #
Teacher login: Encore username and password

Common Sense Media: A great resource to use if you want to know more about the content of a book you're interested in reading. 

Utah's Online Library Database Catalog
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Ask the librarian for the home login information

Book Request Form


Library Information

Library Information

Policies and Guidelines

Purpose and Philosophy
The purpose of the Phoenix Landing Library is to meet the learning needs of students and staff, to increase literacy and research skills, and to provide for the recreational reading of everyone at the school. 

Library Use

Checkouts and Lost/Damaged Items
Book checkouts last for fifteen school days. Students may renew once by logging into Destiny (see the Catalogs tab at the top of the page) and renewing the book or by visiting with the librarian. Fines are ten cents per item for each day it is overdue. We have a ten day grace period. Students will be assessed a fee for damaged books. 

Students will be charged the price of a book plus five dollars processing for lost books and books that are over forty days late. If a student finds and returns the book, the student will be responsible for paying the overdue charge associated with the book. 

Fines can be paid in the office or on MYDSD.

Collection Development
Farmington High School students have access to great information and great books. Materials are added to the collection if they meet all or part of the following criteria:

  • They are related to the curriculum.
  • They are age appropriate.
  • They contain accurate, timely information.
  • They are in a format students can understand.
  • They provide a balanced view or can be combined with other sources to offer a balanced view.
  • They meet the recreational reading needs of students.
  • They meet the needs of language learners and foreign language programs.
  • They are of high literary or illustrative quality.

Materials that no longer meet the needs of the school will be removed (weeded) from the collection, including materials that receive little to no use, are damaged, or contain incorrect or out-of-date information. 




Teachers can schedule library time via the link I sent out at the beginning of the year. 


School Library Events

Add information about any school library events or programs.

This may include Literacy Nights, book clubs, book fairs, Book Battles, author visits, challenges or reading events. 

Book Lists and Reviews

And Links to your favorite book lists, author blogs, or created documents of information about books.

Library Standards

The Library Media DESK focuses and prioritizes the reading and information literacy skills that students need to know and be able to use to help them read and research effectively in all subjects and with a variety of technologies.

Secondary DESK Standards
6-12 Secondary Library Media Standards  
Utah State Board of Education Library Media Standards


U.S. History Biographical Resume Research

Objectives: Students will locate and evaluate relevant sources. 

When choosing valid sources to use for your research, there are a number of factors to consider:

  • Perspective refers to how the information is presented to the reader. Is it written in first-person by someone who was part of a historical event, where we're reading someone's thoughts and feelings? Is it a third person account, written by someone who researched events and is presenting them in writing? 
  • Neutrality and Personal Interest show up in an author's feelings about a subject. Is the author strictly presenting facts while trying to keep personal opinions out of the writing (maintaining neutrality)? Or is the author trying to convince you of an opinion (showing personal interest)? Keep in mind that two people can look at the same set of facts and arrive at different conclusions. Try to consider all sides of an argument when you see opinions introduced in writing. Facts can be proven true, and opinions are people's beliefs. While opinions cannot necessarily be proven true, they can be supported with facts.
  • Proximity is how close (time and distance) the author is to the events described. Was the author there or does the author quote people who were there? Then you will get insights into the thoughts and feelings of people living the history. Is the author writing about an even that happened a hundred years ago? We may have learned more facts about the historical event and its effects on history than were known earlier. 
  • Authority refers to who wrote the source. Is the person an expert scholar or a trained journalist? Both have a lot of experience confirming facts. If there is no author, is the web site a respected source? Sometimes web sites want information to speak for the whole organization it's connected to, so author names will be omitted. Look at the writing/source. If there are a lot of errors, if the author doesn't cite sources, or if the links to other sources do not work, the author may not be a trained scholar or may have abandoned the site.  
  • Corroboration involves checking with more than one source to make sure the information you present is correct. If you see the same information in multiple trustworthy sources, you can be relatively certain that the information is appropriate for a scholarly assignment. If two sources say opposite things, keep researching until you find which source is right, and don't use the information from the incorrect source. 

There are a lot of great resources available for you to use on Utah's Online Library. If at school, you have immediate access to the site. If searching from home, consult your Checkpoint 1 assignment for login details. 

Gale Reference Collection--High School on Utah's Online Library is a great resource for researching someone from history. Select the database titled Gale in Context--Biography, type in the name of your historical figure, and look at the results. Results may include biographies, primary sources, pictures, articles about your subject, and links to other websites. 

Gale is an academic database and only contains material that has already been published in other places, such as books and magazines, where editors have double checked facts for accuracy. Resources have to be imported into the database before students can find them, so it's not like the Internet where anyone can post whatever they want. There is a high level of scholarly authority associated with databases. If you click Cite at the top of the page, you have access to the MLA citation. 

World Book Encyclopedia has a strong reputation for providing concise (short and clear) articles about a broad range of topics. They have been in business for over 100 years. Most of the articles list the expert credentials of authors at the bottom of the page and all have strong academic authority. Make sure you select the Student Edition, type in your person, and see what you get! If you click the "Settings" icon at the top of the page, you have access to the MLA citation. 

EBSCO: High Schools is another research database that can help you find great information. From the EBSCO screen, select Explora High Schools database, type in your search subject, and see what you get. Again, EBSCO is an academic database, so the information that has come from it has already been professionally edited and examined for publication. Scholarly databases typically only add articles that come from highly credible sources. If you click the Cite feature on the right-hand side of the article, you can see an MLA citation.

If you want to find further resources, give SweetSearch a try. It's an academic search engine that tries to filter out non-academic content. Typically the information will be more credible than just going to Google, but you will still have to carefully examine the information for authority and accuracy and come up with solid reasons why you should include the information in your research. 

With SweetSearch, you'll have to cite your own source. MLA citations for websites generally list the following info:

Author's last name, first name (if provided). "Title of Article/Web Page in Quotation Marks." Name of

          Website in Italics, date it was published online (if listed), the URL (web address). Accessed (list the

          date you found the info using the day of the month then the month abbreviated then the year).  

Macbeth Pathfinder

Academic databases will only work if you search for the most important words in the topic/question. 

Put quotation marks around groups of words that must show up together in your search. That way, the database only searches for those words together and eliminates results where they don't show up next to each other. For instance, if you were doing a report on stem cells, and you didn't care about any other types of cells, you would type "stem cells" into the computer with quotation marks around the words. If you're looking for information on King James I from Shakespearean times, and you don't type "King James I" (with the quotation marks), you could get information about King James II, LeBron James, and other well-known kings. "Divine Right of Kings" and "Great Chain of Being" which are two very specific things, would be excellent examples of when you should use quotation marks. 

When you're performing research with a question, you want to narrow down your searches to the most important words from the question. You can't type the whole question into an academic database and expect to get any hits. So what are the most important words from your question? Let's say you had to research "How did Shakespeare use the play Macbeth to flatter/influence King James?"

Utah's Online Library has two great resources you can use for your assignments: Gale Reference Collection and World Book Encyclopedia. If searching from home, you will need the username and password I mention in class. 

Gale in Context: High Schools, found in the Gale Reference Collection is an excellent resource in finding information about Macbeth. There are a couple of ways of going about this. You can do an advanced search for the play and "James I". Another option is to search under the Browse Topics section for William Shakespeare and/or Macbeth. You can further search these curated selections to narrow down another topic, such as King James.

World Book Encyclopedia provides concise, reliable information about many general academic topics. The articles do not go into a lot of depth, so you won't find help for your essay, but this site is perfect for your PowerPoint. Choose the student edition, and search for your general terms such as James I, the Divine Right of Kings, the Gunpowder Plot, ghosts, and witches/witchcraft. 

Cliffsnotes' Macbeth Study Guide contains a great deal of background information about the play. Use the left hand menu to search for specific topics. You can also search for specific keywords, such as Shakespeare Gunpowder Plot to find information. 

The British Library has a number of articles about Macbeth and Shakespearean England. Specialized articles, such as "Royal Shakespeare," "Ghosts in Shakespeare," King James VI and I's Demonology" and "Witchcraft in Shakespeare's England" can be found by searching the site using keywords. 

I feel like the above sites have plenty of information to help you with your assignment. However, if you're still in need of resources, SweetSearch is an academic search engine that tries to filter out non-academic content. They usually list ads at the top of the searches (and they're clearly labelled as ads), so you'll probably have to scroll down to get to your actual results. Type in your topic or keywords from the question, and see what you get. 


Be flexible in your searching. There's more than one way to find information. If you're having trouble finding your profession by typing it in, try looking at the alphabetical list. Use synonyms (similar words) for the profession if you can't find enough information (for example, "educator" instead of "teacher"). 

Utah Futures has a great Occupation Finder page that provides detailed information about many different jobs. Just type in the occupation you're looking for, and it will provide you with a list of results. 

Shmoop is an educational website that is dedicated to giving readers a lot of great information in a lighthearted manner. It's Career Search page is full of exciting jobs. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics website has records on hundreds, possibly thousands, of jobs (I didn't count). The Handbook homepage allows you to search careers by letter, or you can see the massive alphabetical list here.

Career One Stop has a lot of similar information to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but it is more concise and uses tables and graphs. O*net Online is another great source for details about careers . Both O*Net Online and Career One Stop are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.  

If you didn't find enough information using the links above, you can do additional research using search engines. I suggest using academic search engines such as SweetSearch and Refseek before Google or Bing. Make sure you use important keywords in your search. Add the words "career information" to your job. If you just type in "tattoo artist," your main results will be businesses trying to get people to buy tattoos. Instead, type in "tattoo artist career information" to get the results that you need to complete your assignment. You can also be more specific. For instance, if you need to know education requirements, type in your career and the words "education requirements." 

*Make sure you take careful notes as to where you found your information. You will have to cite your sources in your report. 

MLA Format Presentation (Workplace Learning)

World History--Ancient Civilizations Research

Performing Research
Your search terms matter. Keep search terms short for academic databases and search engines. You can search for information in different ways: geography (Ancient Persia or Ancient Sparta, for example), people (Persians or Spartans, for example), or a specific civilization (Persian Empire or
Achaemenid Empire). Different search terms can yield different results, and you may have to search in all three different ways to find information.   

For general searches, type in the geography, name of the people, or name of the civilization, and hit search. For more specific searches, use a key word with your terms. For example, if you wanted information on different cities in the Persian Empire, you could search "cities of the Persian Empire" or "cities in Ancient Persia." 

Pressing the CTRL+F keys opens up a search box on pages, so you can search for specific words and letters grouped together. If you want to have the computer scan a web page for a specific word (instead of reading the whole thing), type the word in the box and search. The computer will highlight the word and tell you how many times it shows up on a page. For instance, if you wanted to find a city in the Persian Empire, you could hit CTRL+F, type in "capital" or "city," and press search. It's a huge time saver.

UTAH'S ONLINE LIBRARY (http://onlinelibrary.uen.org)
When searching from home, you'll have to log in with a provided username and password.

World Book Encyclopedia
World Book provides a lot of concise information about a variety of topics, and many of the articles also contain pictures. Choose the student product (with the pencil icon), and start searching! You can find a lot of information by putting the word Ancient in front of the geography listed on your travel blog assignment page (Ancient Persia, etc.). This works for everywhere except India. You would have to search the actual civilization name to find info from that civilization.

World Book hires experts to write their articles and usually lists the author's credentials at the bottom of the articles (in case you have to put that in a worksheet). Two important features in the Settings section  (found by clicking the settings symbol in the upper right corner of the article) are the Save feature and the Citation feature. If you click the Save feature, you can save the article as a .pdf file (and upload to Onedrive). If you click the Citation feature, you can copy and paste the source citation directly into your Selecting Relevant Sources assignment. 

Gale Reference Collection: High School
The Gale database labelled Gale in Context: High School has a lot of great articles about different civilizations. You can do a standard search in the search box for your civilization. If you click on the "Browse Topics" feature, you can see a warehouse of information on different topics listed in alphabetical order. For example, if you scroll down to Ancient, you can see information on Ancient China, Ancient Greece, and others. If you hit CTRL+F and type in your civilization, you can quickly check to see if it's listed (Roman, for example). These warehouses list all of the scholarly and popular articles the site has on a topic as well as other media, such as images and videos. 

You can highlight and annotate articles right there on the screen. If you click on the Send To function in the upper right hand corner, you can send the file directly to Microsoft Onedrive. It'll show up in a folder called "Gale in Context: High School." Also, if you click the "Cite" button, it will allow you to copy and paste an MLA citation. Sometimes author credentials are listed at the beginnings or ends of the articles. You can also use the title of the magazine to discuss how reliable the information is (as long as it comes from a trustworthy source).   

Webpath Express is a great search engine you can use to find information about your civilizations. You have to access it through the district library system: http://library.davis.k12.ut.us. From there, select Farmington High School and click on the Webpath Express link from the navigation bar. To get the best results for China, you may want to search specific dynasties, such as the Shang Dynasty. 

is an excellent academic database that connects students with great information. One thing to be aware of is that the site always lists ads above their search returns. They are clearly labelled with an AD box underneath the link. So all you have to do is scroll down until you find search returns, and you'll find a lot of great info!

is a great resource to help you start formatting your MLA citations (unless you used Gale or World Book, which does the citations for you). You can copy and paste the web address into the site, and the site will do its best to create a correct citation for you. Oftentimes there are errors, particularly with the dates, so you may have to do some reformatting. 

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) 
Purdue's OWL
is the place to visit for all things MLA. I don't have MLA format memorized, so I always go here to double check my citations. Just line your citations up with the example citations to see if yours is correct. 

MLA Format requires website citations be placed in a hanging indent (like the reverse of a paragraph) and provide the following information and be punctuated accordingly:

Author's last name, first name (if provided). "Title of Article in Quotation Marks." Name of Website in Italics,

date it was published online (if listed), the URL (web address). Accessed (list the date you found the

info using the day of the month then the month abbreviated then the year).  



The Great Depression Project Pathfinder

The Library of Congress web site has an article with links to audio and other resources titled "Songs of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Migrants."

You could use this Amazon page to preview songs of the Great Depression. Once you find one you like, you could search YouTube or a streaming music site for the full song. 

This NPR article focused on winners during the time period has information about movies and music from the Great Depression. A few of the links take you to full songs.  

History.com has a great introductory article about artwork during the depression called "Artists of the New Deal."

The National Archives has a rundown of famous works of art from the time period in an online exhibit titled "A New Deal for the Arts". Some of the pieces also have descriptions that could help you make connections to music. 

The FDR Library has an online exhibit called "Art of the New Deal."

Encyclopedia.com has two great articles about literature during the Great Depression: "Literature and Songs of the Great Depression" is a brief article covering important titles, and "Literature 1929-1941" takes a more expansive view of American writing during the time period.

The article "Fear and Hope" looks at five novels from the time period. 

Wessel's Living History Farm has information on what people in York, Nebraska did for fun during the Great Depression. It details community life in rural America. To scroll from topic to topic, click the arrows at the bottom of the articles. 

Britannica has a great article on popular culture during the Great Depression

The FDR Library site also contains a lot of public domain photos concerning the Great Depression and the New Deal. 

The Pare Lorentz Center has YouTube links to famous documentaries by Pare Lorentz.

The University of Virginia has a web site called America in the 1930's, which contains links and information concerning art ("On Display"), print ("In Print"), and entertainment ("On Film" and "On the Air") during the 1930s.

Once you settle on your art, literature, and entertainment examples, perform searches with "quotation marks" around titles and creators to make sure you search those words in that exact order (which filters out unwanted information).  

         Examples: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" by "Rudy Vallee"
                            "American Gothic" by "Grant Wood"
                            "Of Mice and Men" by "John Steinbeck"
                            Add your theme to the searches above to see if it will improve your results.
                            "New York Yankees" "Great Depression" or "New York Yankees" 1930s

Great Academic Search Engines:
Sweet Search and Refseek are fantastic search engines that filter out the usual nonacademic sites that pop up in typical searches. Warning: they show ads before you can see the great content, so make sure you scroll down below the links labeled as advertisements. If you need additional help with searching, this handout from Utah's Online Library offers excellent resources on formulating internet searches, or feel free to stop by and see me in the library.


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