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An easy to use citation maker.

A personal portal to subscription-based services and free educational websites.

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Student and Staff Login

User name:

6th grade:  20first initial+last name@orinda.k12.ca.us
example for John Smith would be: 19jsmith

7th grade:  19first initial+last name@orinda.k12.ca.us
example for John Smith would be: 18jsmith@orinda.k12.ca.us

8th grade:  18first initial+last name@orinda.k12.ca.us
example for John Smith would be: 17jsmith@orinda.k12.ca.us

Student id+first three letters of last name

example: 12345smi

OIS Library

Interesting Book Sites

Teenreads.com - Ultimate teen reading list. Includes a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, plus graphic novels and manga titles. And check out our brand new genre lists to help you find the book you're craving!

Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

The Alex Awards - Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

The Margaret A. Edwards Award - ​​​​​​​Established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that have been popular over a period of time. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

Research Database

Explora database of the Contra Costa County Library system (a library card is required).

To access:
1. Go to the Contra Costa County Library system webpage.
2. Under the heading: "For Students", select: "Middle/High School".
3. Click: "Middle/High School Research".
4. Log in with the requested information.

Research Links

Earth Science - http://www.mnh.si.edu/earth/text/index.html

Geometry, 3D Shapes

Liberty! The American Revolution

Presidents of the United States

Stately Knowledge - facts and Information about individual states of the United States and Washington D.C.

Information Search Skills Tips

To increase relevance of information that is retrieved when searching on the Internet, use quotations marks around phrases such as: "rock band" or "civil engineering".    

To find pertinent information quickly in a nonfiction book, look for topics that are listed in alphabetic order in the index located at the back of the book.


A Good Resource to Strengthen Writing

Writing can be enhanced by broadening and fine-tuning vocabulary with a thesaurus.

A thesaurus contains lists of words that are organized by related meanings.  A thesaurus can be accessed in book format or from online sources.

For example, a thesaurus listing for the word, eventful, includes these word options: memorable, and notable.


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