• Welcome to the MacArthur Middle School Library

    We have over 14,000 books as well as access to online resources for all your research and reading needs.

     

    Classes in the Library

    Students have many opportunities throughout the school year to develop their information skills and their love of reading.

    Each student visits the library during language arts class every three weeks to select new books to read.

    We also work closely with each department to develop collaborative lessons that give students a deeper understanding of the research process and the ethical use of information resources.

     

    Online Services

    Catalog and Circulation

    MacArthur Online Catalogue

    Search for available books and access *online databases (passwords required from media center), access Anne Arundel County Public Library and much more.

    Databases

    From home, students can access the databases from MacArthur Online Catalogue

    and follow the directions on p. 19 of their agenda books. This page also gives user names and passwords for each database. Databases we offer include:

    • EBSCO Databases:  newspaper, magazine, and journal articles as well as multimedia. Also includes access to ERIC for professional development.
    • World Book Online/Encyclopedia Estudantil Hallazgos:  English and Spanish encyclopedias, atlas, dictionary, and current events information
    • Grolier Databases: Encyclopedia articles on a wide variety of topics and reading levels, as well as multimedia information and web links.
    • Grolier Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre: Spanish-language encyclopedia on general topics
    • Rosen Financial Literacy: Information on all aspects of economics, including multimedia and interactive features. This database has everything from tips on financial management to articles on the broad economic impact of global issues.
    • CultureGrams Online:  high interest, kid-friendly information about countries of the world & states of the United States
    • ABC-CLIO:  offers a series of seven databases organized around familiar curriculum areas.
    • Britannica databases: We provide access to Britannica Academic Edition, Britannica School, Annals of American History, World Data Analyst, Spanish Reference Center, and Global Reference Center. Providing encyclopedia articles on a variety of reading levels, primary source documents, statistics on countries, and information in French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, these databases also offer multimedia content and web links.
    • Thomson Gale Resource Center: offers huge databases in the areas of science & social studies.  Resources include primary resources and full-text articles from academic journals and periodicals from around the world.
    • SIRS (Social Issues Resource Series) Researcher & SKS WebSelect: newspaper, magazine, and journal articles as well as websites
    • SIRS (Social Issues Resource Series) Discoverer & Discoverer WebFind: newspaper, magazine journal articles as well as websites generally easier to read that Researcher
    • ImageQuest: Thousands of images copyrighted for reproduction for educational purposes.
    • World Almanac for Kids: A general encyclopedia at a lower reading level.

    Access to these databases is for the Anne Arundel County Public School community, including all teachers, faculty, staff, students, and parents/guardians.  Due to the nature of our contract with these companies we are unable to publish our user names and passwords on our website.  However, user names and passwords are available in student agenda books. These databases provide current, reliable information and we encourage students and their families to use these resources for homework and research.


     
    Helpful Links
    Past winners and current lists
     
    EasyBib  An automatic bibliography and citation generator plus a management tool that also allows users to organize and take notes.
     
    Use strategies and organizers to help with research projects
     
    Parent Access
    User Name: macarthur
    Password: eagle

     


    Anne Arundel County Public Library

    Information for Students – Visit the AACPL homework center for access to MORE excellent virtual resources and live homework help online chat!

     

    Library Media Center

    ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    MacArthur Middle School
    John M. Holt Library Media Center

    Staff:
    George Miller Media Specialist
    Mrs. Sanzone  Media Assistant
    Ms. Hwang Support Tech

    Hours:

    Regular School hours M-F
    Extended Hours Tuesday
    *Please follow school procedures for bus passes

     

    Goals:

    • To support AACPS academic goals and objectives.
    • Promote information skills that support problem solving
    • Promote information literacy, intellectual freedom and lifelong learning
    • Provide opportunities and incentives that promote self selected reading goals

    Circulation Policy:

    Students may check out two (2) books at a time for three (3) weeks and back issues of magazines for one (1) week. Student accounts should be clear of library obligations to check out materials. Overdue notices are distributed periodically.

    *Individual students must have a signed agenda or a valid pass to enter the media center and are asked to sign in and out at the circulation desk.

    Online Access: MacArthur Online CatalogueSearch for available books and access *online databases (passwords required from media center), access Anne Arundel County Public Library and much more.

    Helpful Links:

    Black-Eyed-SusanBooks

    The Big 6 Research Process

    Calendar Highlights:

    August/September – Orientation to Media Center and Black Eyed Susan kickoff

    October– Teen Read Week

    November – American Education Week

    December—Book Fair

    March – Read Across America

    April – Black Eyed Susan Voting

    May— Spring Book Fair