Welcome to the Bishop Kenny High School Media Center. The Media Center serves the information needs of students and staff Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Seven of our academic subscription databases are remotely accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Media Center offers students access to 28 computers for word processing and research, while students also have access to a large collection of nonfiction books and 25 periodical subscriptions. In addition, our popular fiction collection serves to inspire a love of recreational reading.
Mrs. Katherine Moody
Librarian / Media Specialist
Mrs. Karin Coutts
Media Center Clerk
**Follow the Media Center on Schoology @ DC2ZC-3K9KT**
What is a database? A database is a massive collection of information arranged for management, organization, and retrieval of information. Database access generally requires a subscription, user name and password.
What is the Internet? The Internet is a network of computers that is unstructured, not indexed, and appeals to no specific audience. Search engines "grab" and list websites that best match keywords entered by the user. Access to the Internet is generally free.
What is the difference between a database and the Internet? Research databases consist primarily of indexes, abstracts, and full-text material. They are collections of articles from reference materials, periodicals, academic journals and electronic reference sources. A subscription fee is paid to a vendor, who in turn provides access to their information. This is why most databases require use of a library card or student ID. The Internet allows millions of world wide users to post and share information; it is free to access and free to surf, but there is no guarantee of information accuracy and little to no standards for credibility.
An excellent place to start researching online is by accessing a database provided for students via the Bishop Kenny Media Center. These resources are free for BK student use.
BK's subscription databases (listed below) can be accessed via the Media Center Schoology page
or the Media Center's online catalog
. The links, user names and passwords are all available to BK students with a valid login to either place. Students may also obtain links, usernames or passwords directly from Media Center staff or BK teachers.
- Blooms Literary Reference Center
- Country Reports
- Encyclopedia Britannica Online
- History Resource Center
- Science Resource Center
- Student Resource Center
- World Religions
Local Public Libraries
Another excellent place to begin online research is by accessing databases using the local public library system. A public library card number is needed to access the databases they have to offer. Here are the websites to our local public libraries by county:
State and University Libraries
Other research options include our state libraries, as well as our university libraries. Access to these resources is often restricted to tuition paying college students; however, with a little tenacity high school students may be able to access catalogs as a guest or an independent researcher.
Students must cite all of the resources used to create a paper or project. Keep in mind many databases provide ready-made citations. If further assistance is needed, a citation generator may help. Below are a few suggestions.
Media Center Policies
- Students are expected to adhere to the Bishop Kenny Code of Conduct found in the Parent/Student Handbook.
- Students are expected to adhere to the Internet Policy found in the Parent/Student Handbook.
- Students are expected to respect an atmosphere that promotes research and studying, and to keep conversations private.
- All personal devices should be on silent at all times.
- Media Center materials are checked out for 3 weeks at a time using a student ID. Overdue fines are 10 cents per day.
- Students have access to Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Word and Access. Printing is 10 cents per page.