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Library Overview

Maile Ferreira
Teacher Librarian


Sandeep Kaur

Library Media Technician


Hours:  various by day due to Distance Learning
Contact: By email listed above 

Library Links

Online Catalog for the library Follett Destiny Library Catalog

You can choose to search just Mission's library, a grade level - for example, High School libraries, or all the libraries in the district. We can get a book from another library, just come to the front counter!

Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg Main Page

Student Research

Start with databases to make your research fast and easy!


ProQuest Databases

elib      eLibrary 
 Offers more than 2,000 full-text sources, with improved functionality, and a fun and easy-to-use search interface. Includes magazines, newspapers, books, television/radio transcripts, maps, pictures, and audio/video clips.

SIRS Knowledge Source Issues Researcher 
A comprehensive portal offering centralized access to all SIRS products which target the needs of students with best-of content selected to support research, study, and homework in key curricula subject.

ebscoEBSCOHost Academic Search:

A multidisciplinary database providing thousands of full-text sources. This is one of the best databases for academic journals for benchmarks and other scholarly research projects. IMPORTANT: CLICK "SELECT ALL" AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN BEFORE CLICKING "CONTINUE." MLA Citations in all EBSCO databases are in the updated MLA8 format.

sciScience Reference Center:

 An EBSCO database featuring reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, math, and technology, including over 200 science periodicals, 275,000 images, 2,900 biographies, and 500 science videos. Great place to research for the Change Project and for Science classes at all levels.

historyHistory Reference Center:

 An EBSCO database for both American history (both U.S. and Gov. classes) and world history. Includes 640,000 articles from peer-reviewed academic journals, 74,000 primary source documents, 81,000 biographies, 2,000 full-text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, and 44,000 images and over 80 hours of video.

exploraExplora for High Schools

An EBSCO database designed for high school students and educators, this is a user-friendly way to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. Does NOT include EBSCO's academic journal database. Not ideal for QUEST.

Explora Advanced:

Like Explora, user-friendly interface, but with academic journals.

povPoints of View Reference Center:

An EBSCO database designed around controversial current issues. A good place for the WIP and QUEST benchmarks as well as any debatable current topic in History, Science, English, etc. Covers over 400 topics, presenting an overview, point, counterpoint, and guide to critical analysis along with related information, including articles and images.

LRCLiterary Reference Center

An EBSCO database about authors and literature, containing biographical information on authors, full text of classic works, and analysis of various works, literary movements, and genres.

Read ItRead It!

Great tool for English Language Learners. Read It! helps students with a basic foundation in English grammar and reading who need adapted reading material for many subjects.

Britannica® School

Go-to site for research — the core of any inquiry learning model — offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate encyclopedias (Elementary, Middle School, and High School)

*Please see school library staff for username and passwords for databases and Britannica School use at home.


Alameda County Library

Get a library card for immediate access

Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online

Free online dictionary, thesaurus, spanish-english and medical dictionaries, audio pronunciations,

Primary Sources

Primary and Secondary Sources PowerPoint

Provides original photographs, sound recordings, videos, and photographs of original documents. 

American Memory from the Library of Congress 

NARA | US National Archives & Records Administration

American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States

Site dedicated to Public Rhetoric, political, social, movie and religious speeches and related concepts of and exercises in rhetoric. Site includes video, audio, and printed speeches, depending on the age of the speech and what technologies were available at that time.Note:  Site does include some speeches from movies, and those are not primary sources!

Finding Primary Sources on the Web (good resource for primary sources outside of the US)

Other Resources


In order to login to Clever​, use the following address


  • ​Username GAFE account  

    • Example:

  • Password Welcome!



Storybook Creator


You may also visit the FUSD Library site.

Vista Higher Learning            Classzone

Library Visit Form for Teachers Library Visit Form


Citation Resources

EasyBib:  Free Bibliography and Citation Maker 

Bibme:  Free Bibliography and Citation Maker

Citation Machine:  MLA/APA citation creator

Note: There are many other citation creators/resources that are fine to use!


Resources for MLA Format   

MLA 8 Template for Word

Formatting Your Research Paper, MLA 7th Edition (document) 

Purdue Owl


In-Text Citations (Parenthetical Documentation)

LaGuardia Community College

Also see Purdue Owl above for In-Text Citations



Other Resources


Tables, Appendices, Footnotes and Endnotes

How to cite some uncommon sources

How do I cite a YouTube video in MLA?

  • The MLA does not specifically address how to cite a YouTube video. This has, it appears, led to some confusion as to the best method of for citing YouTube videos in MLA. 

  • Based on MLA standards for other media formats, we feel that the following format is the most acceptable for citing YouTube video.

  • Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Image or Video.” Media Type
Text. Name of Website. Name of Website’s Publisher, date of posting. Medium. date retrieved.


  • Here is an example of what that looks like:

  • Shimabukuro, Jake. "Ukulele Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro." Online video clip.
YouTube. YouTube, 22 Apr. 2006. Web. 9. Sept. 2010.

  • YouTube Video

    Video and audio sources need to be documented using the same basic guidelines for citing print sources in MLA style. Include as much descriptive information as necessary to help readers understand the type and nature of the source you are citing. If the author’s name is the same as the uploader, only cite the author once. If the author is different from the uploader, cite the author’s name before the title.

    McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012,

    “8 Hot Dog Gadgets put to the Test.” YouTube, uploaded by Crazy Russian Hacker, 6 June 2016,

Sample Works Cited Page


Plagiarism Powerpoint 

Plagiarism PowerPoint

MLA Tutorial  (works with Firefox)

Website Evaluation:  


Lord of the Flies Webquest


Helen Keller Miracle Worker Web Quest

Here is the Tiny URL link for the Pre-survey:

Here is the presentation video link:

Here is the Tiny URL link for the Post-survey: