Central
High School
1801 Losey Blvd. S | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7900 | FAX: 608-789-7931

Library Learning Commons

Welcome to the Central High School Library Learning Commons!

The Central High School Library Learning Commons is your gateway to information literacy. Our goal is to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere where staff and students are able to access information for educational and personal growth both individually and in a collaborative setting.The library offers a wealth of resources in both print and electronic format and is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Your library is staffed by Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Halter and assistants Mrs. Lanzel and Mrs. Baumler. We are here to serve our students and staff.

Bloom’s Literature

Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

CQ Researcher Plus Archive

A database of in-depth, authoritative reports on a full range of political and social-policy issues extending back to 1923. Each report is footnoted and includes an overview, background section, chronology, bibliography and debate-style pro-con feature, plus tools to study the evolution of the topic over time.

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.

Gale Databases

Includes eight databases:  Student Edition, Student Resources in Context, Biography in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Science in Context, Gale Interactive: Science, LitFinder as well as GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library).

Biography in Context (Gale)

Biography In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world’s most influential people. It merges Gale’s authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

GVRL – Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These resources are specifically purchased for La Crosse Central High School.

Gale Interactive: Science (Gale)

Users can manipulate and explore 3D interactive models, allowing students to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science. Reference and periodical content provide additional context for further understanding.

LitFinder (Gale)

LitFinder provides access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes more than 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. The database also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Science in Context (Gale)

Science In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. The solution merges Gale’s authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Student Edition (Gale)

InfoTrac Student Edition provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

Student Resources in Context (Gale)

Student Resources In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a wide array of subjects. The solution merges Gale’s authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Salem Press – Health, History, Literature

Reference ebooks – Health: Genetics; History: Decades (from 1920’s to the 2000’s), Milestone Documents, Great Events and Great Lives in History; and Literature: Critical Survey of Graphic Novels.

SIRS

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 subjects.

The World Almanac Online

Offers access to essential statistics on hundreds of topics in a searchable format with a wealth of content not available anywhere else.

Additional Links

MLA 8 Citation Guide

Primary Sources on the Internet

Reputable sites that link to primary sources.

Digital Public Library of America:  explore topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Draws from online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. https://dp.la/primary-source-sets

National Archives:  U.S. Historical collection of documents, photographs, records and military records  http://www.archives.gov/

Library of Congress: Digital Collection – digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and books.

The Smithsonian:  Digital collections page offers a variety of research resources from the Smithsonian.

Young Adult Goodreads recommendations

Battle of the Books

Central Battle of the Books Team will compete at the state level the last week in February.

The Battle of the Books booklist can be found at this site.

2nd place at State Battle of the Books!

Contact Information:
Circulation Desk:  608.789.3017
Mrs. Halter:  608.789.3091
chalter@lacrossesd.org

The Outsiders

Listening Library audio reading of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton –
The chapters are chunked into short readings.
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Mrs. Halter's bookshelf: read

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Turtles All the Way Down
Long Way Down
The Lines We Cross
Homegoing
That Thing We Call a Heart
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Out of Darkness
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Saint Death
Girl in the Blue Coat
Rascal
Wonder
The Reader
If I Ever Get Out of Here
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
The Round House
Burn Baby Burn
Dear Martin
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II


Mrs. 's favorite books »

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Staff image credit to Troy McDonald.