IRC Resources

New science books (fall '06) -
New science biographies (fall '06) -

Online catalog for all four IRC collections at BHS:
Access from home: (Ask teacher or IRC for username and password.)
Access from school:, no username or password required (within school)

"Subscription databases, as shown below, are available in the IRCs. They offer up-to-the minute information ona variety of subjects. TO access these databases, open the Internet and then click on "Favorites" on the tool bar. Next, click on "All," and browse through all the databases offered. The samples below are the ones I find most useful."
"You can also access these databases through the public library website, for Brockton, then choose "Reference Databases for Home Users" from the menu on the left. Now type in your name as it appears on your library card. Your pin number will be OCLN. You can change that number, if you wish." (You need a Brockton library card to access the subscription databases from home.)

Electric Library
peridocials, news articles
Discovery Collection
articles and biographies
Boston Globe, Herald, assorted newspapers
Science Facts
everything about science

IRC resources:
Brockton Public Library:

Sources: BPS website, documents from Mrs. Fairbanks (BHS A-IRC)

How to write a bibliography:

book with NO author:
The Joy of Science. Pasadena: Tech Publications, 1995.

book with one author:
D'Adamo, Karl. Using the Perl Programming Language. Baltimore: Ruddock Publishing Group, 2003, pp. 55-60.

book with two authors:
Srinivasan, Kartik, and Teo Der Stepanians. So You Want To Be An Electrical Engineer?. San Diego: Lee Publications, 2000.

encyclopedia article with specific author:
Smith, Jeremiah J. "Radio Frequency Micro-Devices." World Book. 2000 ed.

encyclopedia article with NO specific author:
"Weather." Encyclopedia Americana. 1999 ed.

newspaper article:
Favata, Marc. "Kicked out the Black Hole." New York Times 10 Oct. 2006: B12
magazine article:
Renes, Joseph. "Stuck in a Quantum Knot." Newsweek 4 Jul. 1977: 21.

film, TV, and radio programs:
Abrams, Dan, director, The Life and Death of a Language, Quechua Video Productions, 2006.

Internet site without specific author:
"National Solar Observatory." updated 8/18/2006, accessed 9/15/2006

Internet site with specific author:
Strobel, Nick. "Astronomy Notes.", updated 4/21/2006, accessed 9/14/2006

Underline the title of the work cited.
Alphabetize by the author’s last name.
If there is no author, alphabetize by title.
Always indent the second or third lines (5 spaces).
Always leave 1 space after commas and 2 spaces after periods and colons.

Source: Lustigman, M. "How To Write A Bibliography: A Bialik High School Guide.", updated 6/18/98, accessed 10/18/06

Plagiarism (what it is and how to avoid it)

What is plagiarism? As one of my Astronomy students once said, "plagiarism is weak!" Plus, it's against school rules and, in some cases, it may be illegal.

From the BHS Student/Parent Handbook:

Cheating on tests, assignments, and homework or engaging in plagiarism is a serious violation and will result in zero
credit for the assignment, parental contact, and an F in deportment and disciplinary [action] for a Group C offense.”

The offenses listed below are subject to a minimum penalty of a verbal reprimand, detention or demerits to a maximum
penalty of a referral to the Superintendent of Schools with the recommendation of expulsion or alternative school placement.
2. Cheating on tests, assignments and homework, including plagiarism (Zero credit for the assignment, quiz, or test)”

The BPS Internet Acceptable Use Policy (from the Student/Parent Handbook) also says students must not “violate copyright laws or plagiarize.”


Plagiarism is “the uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else's words or ideas.”
from Purdue University,

“In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledg­ing its source.”
from the Council of Writing Program Administrators,

“Plagiarism is the practice of claiming, or implying, original authorship, or incorporating material from someone else's written or creative work in whole or in part, into ones own, without adequate acknowledgment.”
from Wikipedia,

“Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as if it were your own, whether you mean to or not. ‘Someone else’s work’ means anything that is not your own idea, even if it is presented in your own style. It includes material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students or staff, information from the Internet, software programs and other electronic material, designs and ideas. It also includes the organization or structuring of any such material.”
from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ,

For more information about plagiarism, please see