McMurray Library Catalog
Welcome to the McMurray Library
The library is open 30 minutes before school (7:20), during break, during lunch, and 30 minutes after school (3:10). The library is closed from 10:00 to 10:30, when students are participating in homeroom activities.
In addition to our excellent fiction and nonfiction collections, the library provides 28 networked computers with Internet access. Along with the books, the computers function as a valuable resource in supporting students with classroom projects.
Students may have up to 10 items checked out at any one time; the loan period is three weeks. Students may renew materials they need for longer than three weeks; they just need to bring the book or magazine to the library in order to renew it. This policy helps students keep track of the materials they borrow. A student may check out library materials as long as he or she doesn’t have any overdue (or lost) items. If the student has an overdue item, it’s a simple matter of returning it or bringing it to the library to renew it in order to check out additional items. There are no fines for overdue books; however, students are responsible for lost or damaged materials.
History Day Resources
At kcls.org, four databases are useful for this research project.
Gale Virtual Reference Library database provides reliable overviews of your topic(s).
Access Video provides videos on your topic(s).
New York Times Historical and 19th Century US Newspapers give you access to primary newspaper documents.
At the McMurray website, on Mrs. Jaffe’s teacherweb, three databases (listed on the top of this page) are useful for this research project.
eLibrary offers articles from magazines, newspapers, and books; maps, photos, and images; television and radio transcripts; and website links. Often, eLibrary organizes selected resources into user-friendly Research Topics.
History Study Center offers content from reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images, and video clips.
ProQuest is much like eLibrary in the type of content it offers, but it is a larger database.
The username for all three McMurray databases is w402mmcmur.
The password for eLibrary is welcome.
The password for History Study Center and ProQuest is culture.
PBS Landmark Supreme Court Cases
In addition to providing summaries and significance of several landmark cases, this site also covers some landmark cases under the tab “Just Change.” A few primary documents are included under the tab “Primary Sources.”
Street Law Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court
This site provides summaries and significance of 17 landmark cases. It also provides other information and documents regarding the cases.
United States Courts: Supreme Court Landmarks Podcast
“This podcast series features  landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases that have shaped history and continue to affect American life. In each episode we briefly discuss a different landmark case with a law professor. We explain the case's background, the key arguments, the decision and why the case is still important today.”
United States Courts: Constitution Resources
This site offers information, landmark cases, and thought-provoking exercises involving the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments
National Archives National History Day Documents
Select topic from drop-down menu titled “Primary Sources for National History Day Topics.”
InfoUSA: U.S. Department of State
Scan the list of links to determine if this site will lead you to resources on your topic(s).
100 Milestone Documents
Scan the list of 100 documents compiled by the National Archives to determine if there’s a document related to your topic.
The Library of Congress American Memory
Search this site for primary documents: written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music. (In order to view an item, look for instructions like “view this item,” “click here to see full text of this document,” or “click on picture.”)
Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution
This section of the Annenberg site offers a guide to what each Amendment says, and what it means. Also, be sure to look at “Related News” and “Related Resources” at the bottom of the page.
Annenberg Videos on the Amendments and Landmark Cases
Check here to see if this section of the Annenberg site offers any videos on your topic.
This section of the Annenberg site organizes the resources by broad topics. Here, too,, be sure to look at “Related News” and “Related Resources” at the bottom of the page.
Annenberg PDF Timelines
This section of the Annenberg site offers two-page PDF timeline documents on broad topics.
1. Ted ed (video lessons)
2. Thinkfinity (teaching and learning resources)
3. Wolfram Alpha (computational knowledge engine)
4. Art Project (museums)
5. WatchKnow (educational videos)
7. ScienceNetLinks (science lesson plans and tools)
9. Library of Congress for Teachers (primary source digital collections)
10. Carrie Power's Tech Tutorials (Skyward, Google Docs, Gmail)