Learning Resource Center

Sr. Bernard M. Friess Learning Resource Center

Hours: 7:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Staff: Ms. Pamela M. Godshalk, Director
Mrs. Barbara Wood, Librarian
Contact Us: 330-253-9113 x117
Contact Ms. Godshalk
Contact Mrs. Wood

The St. Vincent-St. Mary School Learning Resource Center (LRC) exists to serve students and staff. Its primary purposes are to support the curriculum, to teach library and research skills, to promote information literacy, and to meet the growing needs and interests of students. Teachers may schedule their classes to use the LRC, its resources and computers. Students are also welcome during their study halls and before/after school.

Located on the top level of the school, the LRC is spacious, accessible, and arranged to accommodate students both in the reference room, at the tables, or at the computers in the outer area. The catalog of materials, including both print and non-print, can be accessed electronically using the STVM website. The print collection consists of approximately 8,000 volumes. The LRC also subscribes to over 30 periodicals and newspapers.

Inside the reference room is the Gold Lab with 30 computers. In the outer LRC are a few PCs, but many tables have electrical connections to charge student devices and to provide students with table space to work with their devices. Comfortable reading chairs are also available. A printer is available for students and staff at no charge; however, paper conservation is encouraged. A section of the LRC has also been designed to accommodate the Journalism and Yearbook classes.

Electronic Research Databases

We subscribe to two research datatbases for students to locate credible, quality materials for their assignments and projects; each database includes a wealth of reference book articles; journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; primary source documents; images and videos. Databases are accessible through a link on the STVM webpage "Student Resources" under “Academics.”  Widgets for each of the databases are found below; a password is required outside the building.  Please see your teacher or one of the librarians for the password.

(PowerSearch searches BOTH Student Resources and Opposing Viewpoints databases)

Online Resources

www.infohio.org - This contains many resources for students and teachers provided through funding by the State of Ohio. To utilize this site, click on "Resources 9-12." Some of the resources require a user name and password. Here is the user/pass information:

*Please contact the LRC staff or your teacher for the username and password

www.ascpl.lib.oh.us - The Akron-Summit County Public Library-includes their online catalog and many online research databases. To access online databases, though, you need an Akron-Summit County library card.

Search Engines

www.ask.com - formerly "ask jeeves"

General Reference

www.wordreference.com - French, Spanish, Italian Dictionary
www.bartleby.com - database of multiple references including dictionaries, thesauruses, quotations, world fact book
www.nationalatlas.gov - printable maps as well as map maker features
www.encarta.msn.com - online encyclopedia
www.ipl.org - Internet public library Note: has an excellent science fair project resource guide
www.newadvent.org/cathen/ - Online Catholic Encyclopedia
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ - Library of Congress American Memory Project- documentary and photographic archives
www.galegroup.com/free_resources/glossary/ - Glossary of Literary Terms
usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/ - Information on U.S. Government
www.census.gov - Data about people and economy of US
www.dir.yahoo.com/Science - links to hundreds of science resources on the web
www.nasa.gov - homepage of National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Newspapers and Current Events

www.ohio.com - Akron Beacon Journal
www.cleveland.com/plaindealer - Cleveland Plain Dealer
www.nytimes.com - New York Times
www.newslink.org - includes links to many national and international newspapers and magazines
www.cnn.com - current news

Research , Papers, and Projects

www.citationmachine.net forms for doing MLA and APA citations

College and Career Planning and Test Preparation

www.petersons.com - college profiles and search
www.bls.gov - Occupational Outlook Handbook 2006-2007-online version from Bureau of Labor Statistics
www.essayedge.com - tips on writing college application essays
www.fafsa.ed.gov - FAFSA on the web

Catholic Social Teaching Resources

www.amnesty.org - Amnesty International website-advocates for human rights and humane treatment of all people
catholic-action.org - Diocese of Cleveland Social Justice webpage
www.earthcharter.org - Global interdependence
www.educationforjustice.org - resources and materials for teachers and students
www.8thdaycenter.org - Catholic center for the promotion of peace and justice
www.factcheck.com - compendium of statistics and data
www.foe.org - website for Friends of the Earth-environmental issues information
www.maryknoll.org - US Catholic Mission movement
www.naacp.org - has resources on history of Civil Rights Movement and discrimination
www.osjspm.org - excellent materials on Catholic Social Teaching, current issues, and Social Justice maintained by Diocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul
www.organicconsumers.org - Organic Consumers Association campaigns for food safety, fair trade, etc.
www.paxchristiusa.org - official site of National Catholic Peace Movement
www.peta2.com - information on animal rights for class projects
www.teachkind.org - classroom materials on humane education
www.tolerance.org - Southern Poverty Law Center project that focuses on fighting hate and promoting tolerance
www.uscatholic.org - has quick link to Catholic Social Teaching
www.usccb.org/faithfulcitizenship/ - official site of US Conference of Catholic Bishops