Ms. Rita Kaikow, Library Media Specialist
Mrs. Suzanne Dwyer, Library Media Specialist


Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm [exceptions posted]

Information by special subscription.

START HERE on your research journey .

When you begin your search for information, you need a foundation of

valid facts to build upon.

START HERE , and then venture through other search engines or specific sites you were told about or discover through your own exploration. And remember to check links listed below under the other table of contents

In addition to the audiovisual collection, books, pamphlets and online resources available, the OHS Library receives several daily newspapers and subscribes to current magazines for leisure and research use in the Library.


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Atlases and Other mappings
Biography Corner

Career Corner

Consumers' Corner

Educators' Corner

Foreign Language Corner
General Reference Corner
Government Corner

History Corner
Human Relations Corner

Literary Corner

Psychology Corner
Radio Corner

Science Corner

Television Corner

Travel Corner

Writer's Guide

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The Oceanside School District is located in a suburban community in Nassau County, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. Its presence on the web can be found at

The Oceanside High School Library will provide the place and the resources for students to accomplish curriculum and independent educational goals.

The mastery of student skills through interdisciplinary approaches, active learning and cooperation between classroom teachers and librarians is the ultimate goal of the research component of the program.

Students are encouraged to become lifelong library users: to acquire the skills necessary to access information for power and understanding. Teachers and librarians work together to plan lessons that enable the students to accomplish and assimilate curriculum goals using the research process. Skills may be taught in the classroom or Library Media Center and reinforced, expanded upon, or reviewed in the Library Media Center for sequential learning.

Forecasters predict that future means of accessing many reference sources will be done primarily in electronic formats. We therefore have automated where possible and teach the necessary skills to enable students to become competent users of technology as keys to information.

c2005 R. Kaikow (last updated 11-7-2005)

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All-Purpose Sites

Busy Teachers' Website> K-12: Table of Contents: This provides ... " a well designed site for educators ...[that] permit [s] a quick review of good, rich source materials...[and] enough information about a site in order to decide to follow a link (or not)." Its purpose is to serve both the experienced and inexperienced Internet surfer. Students benefit from access to many of these sites as well.

Library of Congress Home Page.

Reference Desk.

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Atlases; other Mappings

Color Landform Atlas of the United States: "Each state link brings up a menu of links to maps and other online information about the state. There are two main types of links on each state page: maps and images local to this site, and links to external web sites."

Geography and Map Division Reading Room Home Page / Library of Congress

LINK To Travel Advisories: Nations of the World; law and legal information; etc.

PCL Map Collection

MapQuest! Welcome!

The World Fact book:
"World geography gives many students trouble. The CIA's World Factbook...can boost grades and help finish term papers... Information on every country includes public domain maps, climate, natural resources, economy, demographics, government structure, even images of national flags." (NEWSDAY, July 20, 1997, A46)

USGS Mapping Information: GNIS Data Base Query Form: "Natural features that Mapquest and Delorme don't locate by name, such as Niagara Falls, can be found by the U.S. Geological Survey's GeographicNames Information System..." (NEWSDAY, July 20, 1997, A46)

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Biography Corner

Addresses & Phone Numbers

The BIOGRAPHY® Website: Database of over 15000 names of persona past and present plus other resources relevant to biographical information.

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments: Search by country name to find biographical data.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present: "This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others..."

Inventor Book Search: Use BOOLEAN search strategies online to find biographical data about inventors and their inventions.

National Inventors Hall of Fame: "This is the on-line version of...[the] book about the National Inventors Hall of Fame. It allows you to do an electronic search on inventors in the hall of fame and their inventions."

Principal Government Officials: Search by country name to find biographical data

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Career Corner

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Online version of long-standing print resource which includes: outlook for occupations; contacts; projected jobs; career information; etc.

College Board Online: "...Serving high schools, colleges, universities, students and parents, the organization is a nationally recognized source of essential programs, services, and information in the areas of assessment, guidance, admission, placement, financial aid, curriculum, and research..." background."

GoCollege: The best college search engine on the Internet

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Consumers’ Corner

CPSC Home Page: "The site, offered by the U.S. consumer Product Safety Commission ...provides announcements of product recalls in the agency's jurisdiction and safety advisories on products ranging from bicycles to pools...It also supplements the agency's hotline, 800-638-2772, as a means for filing product safety complaints..." (NEWSDAY, July 20, 1997)

NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: "...federal safety monitor. Auto regulated by the National by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It has a hotline too, 800-424-9393..." [NEWSDAY, July 20, 1997]

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Educators’ Corner

The ASCD Web: ASCD, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, is an education association providing support for staff development in the areas of curriculum and supervision

Busy Teachers' Website> K-12: Table of Contents: This provides ... " a well designed site for educators ...[that] permit [s] a quick review of good, rich source materials...[and] enough information about a site in order to decide to follow a link (or not)." Its purpose is to serve both the experienced and inexperienced Internet surfer. Studentsbenefit from access to many of these sites as well

The Educator’s Reference Desk

ERIC Digests On-line (EDO): "Digests are short reports that synthesize research and ideas about emerging issues in education...ERIC Digests...may be freely copied and distributed..."

Blue Web N Sites for Educators: Best of web pages found for students, educators, and librarians presented in an organized manner.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Home Page: "...Guide for Educators is a classified list of sites on the Internet found to be useful for enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth..."

Learning Page of the Library of Congress: Using Primary Sources.

School Libraries & You AASL resources, programs and services of special interest to Administrators & School Board Members, The Business Community, K-12 Students, and Parents & Community.

Teacher Links: Includes links to sites for educators.

"TeachersFirst is a collection of Internet resources and lesson plans drawn from around the world. Each resource is selected and reviewed by one of TeachersFirst's reviewers, all of whom have classroom teaching experience. Reviewed resources are grouped by subject and grade level, so that teachers can find what they need quickly."

U.S. Department of Education Publications and Products : "The U.S. Department of Education publishes a wealth of information for teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, parents, students, and others with a stake in education. You will find many of these publications on this WWW Server."

WLIW Instructional Television

WNET School: Thirteen/WNET's Award-Winning Web Service for Teachers 

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Foreign Language Corner

LANGUAGE LINKS "Materials for use by teachers and learners of languages. " The languages listed are those offered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions for new links feel free to email me: Lauren Rosen."

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General Reference Resources Corner


Kid Info - Dictionaries: "The INTERNET DICTIONARY SITES listed . . . save you from having to pick up a big heavy dictionary and slowly turn the pages to find the definition of a word. An INTERNET DICTIONARY does the searching for you! Just type in the word you want, and within seconds your definition is there! As you research topics on the internet, you might want to bookmark the dictionaries that you think you will use most often! We have included a listing of the BEST INTERNET DICTIONARIES."

One Look Dictionaries

Roget's Thesaurus

Merriam Webster Online: The Language Center

Reference: Dictionaries.


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Government Corner

Nassau County, LI, NY

New York State

New York State Assembly

New York State Laws

Town of Hempstead, LI, NY

The United States Government Manual

White House


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History Corner

Home Page: American Memory from the Library of Congress: Primary source and archival materials about American culture and history.

Carrie: A Full Text Electronic Library: Full text of specific primary sources historical documents.

CIA Publications and Handbooks: Information on developments in foreign countries.

HyperHistory: "HyperHistory presents 3'000 years of world history with a combination of colorful graphics, lifelines, timelines, and maps."

THOMAS - U.S. Congress on the Internet: Legislative information on the Internet.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: The information available online is a sampling of that found in the full version of this title which is available in the OHS Library. It includes statistical data about social, economic, and international subjects.

Selected Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court: Selected historic decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court can be searched by topic, party name and author's opinion. Links to other sites are also included.

The Smithsonian Institution Home Page: The Smithsonian is made up of museums, galleries, National zoo and many research facilities in the U.S. and abroad. This treasure house for learning is now online. "The Institution is ... dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history." "The homepage for the entire Smithsonian Institute. This is a good hodge-podge of various sources of information."

United Nations Home Page: This site provides information about the history, documents, activities, etc. involving the United Nations.

The World Factbook:
"World geography gives many students trouble. The CIA's World Factbook...can boost grades and help finish term papers... Information on every country includes public domain maps, climate, natural resources, economy, demographics, government structure, even images of national flags." (NEWSDAY, July 20, 1997, A46)

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Human Relations Corner

Social Issues: This web page contains links to information that presents both sides of numerous issues. It was ". . . created to meet the needs of Multnomah County middle and high school students researching current social issues from multiple perspectives."

Southern Poverty Law Center: "For more than 25 years the Southern Poverty Law Center has been a leader in the struggle for justice and understanding." Programs include Teaching Tolerance, Klanwatch, and the Militia Task Force." " The Center began as a small civil rights law firm in 1971. Now it is internationally known for its tolerance education program, its legal victories against white supremacist groups, its tracking of hate groups and its sponsorship of the Civil Rights Memorial. "

United Nations


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Literary Corner

ALEX: Electronic Texts Catalog: A catalog of electronic texts on the Internet.

Bartlett, John. 1901. Familiar Quotations: Electronic resource to quotations as well as links to other literary resources in full text on the Internet.

Great Speeches: "Hear the Words that Changed the World...These speeches have been drawn from the most famous broadcasts and recordings of the Twentieth Century..."

The Complete Works of Shakespeare


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Psychology Corner

Keirsey Temperament Sorter- Jungian Personality Test: Take the test and find out how variables in personalities impact interpersonal relationships. It's fun and informative.

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Radio Corner


NPR Online

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Science Corner

Beneficial Insects is one link in a website (EDIS) that provides information "related to agriculture, natural resources, the environment, and human and rural development.

FEMA: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency -- FEMA -- is an independent agency of the federal government, reporting to the President. Since its founding in 1979, FEMA's mission has been clear: to reduce loss of life and property and protect our nation's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery."

 Main Menu @

Kids @

National Geographic Online provides access to the Society's photos, maps, gloves, magazines, worldwide expeditions, travel tips, vacation planning, etc. Kids focuses on issues relevant to children.

MadSci Net: Ask-A-Scientist (and more) on the WWW: "...a collective...of scientists answering questions in many has three primary divisions...Ask-A-Scientist...MAD Labs...MadSci Library..."

The Nine Planets: " overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system..."

The Weather Channel - Home Page: This site"...provides Doppler radar maps of local and regional precipitation, forecasts and statistics for any U.S. city; text forecasts are available for major international cities. Travel advisory maps pinpoint fog, storm andwind pitfalls. Airline delays are mapped for 100 airports, and you can enter a specific flight's number to see if it's on time." (NEWSDAY, July 20, 1997)

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Television Corner

Channel 13/WNET

Channel 21/WLIW and its Instructional Television Services

Public Broadcasting System


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Travel Corner

Insiders' Guides: "Detailed travel guides encompass more than 60 mid-sized cities and regional destinations in the United States and Bermuda."

LINK To Travel Advisories: Texts of U.S. State Department travel advisories and travel advice from the British Foreign Office.

NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

NHTSA Research and Development: "Provides summary information on the status of current research projects at NHTSA."

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Writer’s Guide

NoodleTools -> NoodleBib
 Set up your account at school and “choose the list style and version” used at OHS. Once you have an account, you will be able to access it from home.

U.S. Copyright Law: Overview of copyright law materials.

Copyright Law of the United States of America: contained in title 17 of the United States Code: