Tag Archives: Databases

WOIS: Mega Help for Teens

WOIS can help

I’ve been having trouble trying to figure out what I’m going to do for college and for a career, or if I’m going to even HAVE a career or just a job.  So to figure this out I grabbed the big book of majors and made a list of things I was interested in (there wasn’t that many). Then one day I was talking to Jesten (the teen librarian who I listen to) about the possible majors I found and she liked the idea of an Archivist.  She mentioned some work at museums.  THAT got my attention, but . . . I had no clue what jobs were at a museum so I asked her for a list and a list I got, she then encouraged me to go to WOIS, and it is AMAZING!!

Once you go to WOIS there is an occupation button that has a HUGE list of jobs and VERY in-depth descriptions of the job. It will tell you the typical tasks, overview, school requirements (if you need a high school diploma, bachelors or masters degree), the physical demands of the job, the average wages, and I think a few more. Some of the jobs allow you to have an interview with people who have that job. Wow.

Now I’m not saying that EVERY job is on this database, so please don’t be mad if the job you want isn’t on it, but I think most jobs are there. WOIS is incredible, it helped me so much!!!!!

It also has a “school search” I haven’t checked it out yet but it will probably be awesome too! 🙂

To get to the website you can follow these steps:

  1. Go to Articles & Research on The Seattle Public Library website.
  2. Scroll down  and click the “Jobs and Careers” link.
  3. Then scroll to “WOIS/The Career Information System“.

(Most times you can only access WOIS from a library computer or at school if it has the code). Check it out!

–Freyja, 17, Magnolia


Greenwood Family Forum on 10/29!

Studying by fanzWhen:  Wednesday Oct. 29 from 6:30-7:30.

What:  An introduction for families about free school support resources.

Cosponsored by The Seattle Public Library and 826 Seattle.

The Greenwood Family Forum is an event at the Greenwood Public Library this Wednesday (before Halloween). It is a free event open to any families with children interested in learning about free student resources. Come if you’d like to learn more about:

All families are encouraged to come if they are at all interested in learning more about these resources.  Students may come unaccompanied if they are in sixth grade or above.


Greenwood Library

8016 Greenwood Ave. N.



School Shout Out: St. Benedict

Benedict WordleMarty from Green Lake says Howdy! to the middle schoolers of St. Benedict, with a shout out to Ms. Lisi, the Media Center Specialist and all the students of St. Benedict!

Have fun discovering databases, learning about Freegal and exploring the library website!

Don’t forget about Homework Help…in-person (Northgate, Lake City & Broadview) and online.

Come visit us when you have the chance!  🙂

Teen editorial: There's nothing wrong with digital resources

This database has a ton of great journal articles - all available through the library's website.I cringe every time it happens. Teachers treat it like it’s expected, normal even, but they never quite seem to get it. Expecting us to do all or most of our research in books or other print sources is unrealistic and does not reflect the post-internet environment. Particularly important, and rarely respected by educators, is the distinction between print-origin and print-format sources. Many teachers differentiate between the two, and only count print-origin sources, at the expense of online databases of print-origin pieces, like digitized journal articles. This is detrimental to the research process because it restricts research to items available in print, which, let’s face it, are not exactly widespread. Sure, the library has a lot of books, but having lots of books doesn’t help a research project on a high school time budget. We just don’t have the time to read four books in order to write a paper.

The modern research climate is not suited to the use of print materials for research. Most sources are digitized, and search features makes research must faster. However, very few books have a searchable index that doesn’t need a trip to the library, which, while fun, takes time we don’t have.

Another great database with statistics, opinion essays, research studies and more on lots of controversial issuesFurthermore, requiring the use of print sources increases the temptation to plagiarize. Students know that teachers won’t take the time to read all of the books they cite, so it’s easy enough, and very tempting, to claim that a book says something, somewhere in the middle, that supports your argument and seems like the kind of thing it might say. Lack of accountability and increasing labor costs leads to decrease in scholarly standards.

The library has an excellent database system available through its website. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to use this source, which is just as reliable as books? The library database system searches a large number of scholarly databases, including the Encyclopædia Britannica and ProQuest. Close to 100 databases can be accessed individually. Independent of this system is the online journal search, which connects users to several hundred peer reviewed and scholarly journals.

So I ask you: What really is so wrong with citing internet sources?

–Aidan, Teen Center Advisor

Homework Help: The Manga Guide to Calculus

Our friends over at Shelf Talk just published this post, about one of our download e-book services, Safari. safarilogo

The upshot is that you can learn the material for a few tough classes by reading one of these manga guides online. Safari has the Manga Guide series for Calculus, Databases, Electricity, Molecular Biology, and Statistics.

Safari specializes in science and technical topics, and is great for people interested in computer sciences.  You can access it from this page.

I like the manga approach myself. A thin little plot and lots of pictures help me stay awake (which is more than I can say for my actual calculus class, way back when)!

Homework Help: Mango Languages

mango-languages_logo Most students these days are required to take some language in order to graduate, and while there are lots of great systems out there to help you learn a foreign language (or English, if you’re new to the U.S.A.), there’s a really great service at the Seattle Public Library. Continue reading

Homework Help: The Science Resource Center

sciresourcectr  Are you working on a science project? What about a research paper? If you are, then be sure to check out the link to the Science Resource Center on the library’s Online Resources page.

This database has articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals as well as references, multimedia presentations, and links to other websites on every topic from genetic engineering to magnetism. You can search by topic or keyword, by person, or by publication. Then the results are listed with symbols showing you the level of content: basic, intermediate, or advanced. This feature is really helpful because it can save you time by directing you towards articles that you’ll actually understand – after all, not everyone wants to read an advanced article on the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium.

Another feature that can be really helpful is the list of related topics on the left side of the page. If you try searching a really broad topic, like cancer, this list may help you narrow your search to something more specific, like cancer prevention. Some of the site’s other tools include a dictionary (if you need to look up scientific terms) and a timeline (if you need to look at a particular era in the history of science).
The biggest bonus of this database is that every article is cited, so you know your sources are reliable (it also helps if you have to make a bibliography). So when you have to find information for your next science project, remember to start with the Science Resource Center!

Written by , teen volunteer