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 can be accessed via the Media Center Schoology page, via our online catalog, or by using the links provided below. User names and passwords to must be obtained from Media Center staff or your teachers.
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:
Jacksonville Public Library
St. Johns County Public Library
Clay County Public Library
Nassau County Public Library
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.
Florida Electronic Library
Sponsored by the state of Florida, a collection of academic databases specifically offered for students conducting research.
Provides access to the online catalogs and databases of several state universities in Florida
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.
Choose Noodlebib Express at the bottom of the home page for free version
Purdue Online Writing Lab
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.
- Cell phone usage is not permitted in the Media Center at any time.
- 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 MS 2010 Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher and Word. Printing is 10 cents per page.