NCHS Media Center/Library Hours

Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Important Information

We want you to learn to explore the Internet safely, research effectively and make responsible decisions online.

Part of cybersecurity is choosing and managing passwords in a way that although you can easily remember it, your password can not be easily compromised.  PVSchools is now using a password management system with students, as well as staff.  Students must enroll on the Password Management site and then change their password.  Simply type passwordreset.pvschools.net in your browser URL.  Make sure you are enrolled before changing your password!  Follow this link for directions.

To access all PVSchools services securely (Infinite Campus, GSuite, PVOnline, online textbooks, AR/STAR, Destiny, etc.) using Single Sign On, use the Auth Portal.  Type auth.pvschools.net in your browser URL and log in with your PVSchools user name and password.  There is a new way to log in to AR/STAR.  Follow this link for directions.

From Common Sense Media: "Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit."

From LibGuide: "Everyone has bias, including the media. Find out which way your news leans, what confirmation bias is, how to spot bias, and get examples of bias. Confirmation bias is tricky. As pertains to news, it basically says that we tend to seek out the sources that confirm our existing bias. We tend to watch just the conservative news, or just the liberal news depending on whether our own beliefs lean toward conservative or liberal. Not only that, when we view centrist sources, we tend to think of them as leaning to the left or right rather then the center. Which means we are not getting the whole picture of news and events in our world. How do you get a more complete picture? Seek out sources that challenge your bias. In other words, get your news from the spectrum of bias: conservative, liberal and centrist sources." Visit the Which Way Does Your News Lean to see their review of media bias in major news outlets. Keep confirmation bias in mind as you explore research links.

Researching?

The State of Arizona Library provides the Gale databases free of charge to Arizona residents.  All you need is your ZIP code.

Please visit the Arizona State Library.

When researching, look carefully at your sources.

What is a primary source? Primary sources are from the time period involved and have not been filtered through interpretation or evaluation. Primary sources are original materials on which other research is based. They are usually the first formal appearance of results in physical, print or electronic format. They present original thinking, report a discovery, or share new information. Example: The United States Constitution

What is a secondary source? Secondary sources are written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. Secondary sources are interpretations and evaluations of primary sources. Example: A history textbook's explanation of the United States Constitution

What is a "wiki"? A wiki is a Web site that allows users to add and update content on the site using their own Web browser. ANYONE can make changes in a wiki. It's okay to use one as a starting place, but a wiki CANNOT be cited on a research paper. Example: A Wikipedia article about the United States Constitution.

Creating?

You've done the research, now you're ready to start creating and producing.

Make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Just because you found it on the Internet doesn't mean you can use it any way you want.

Visit the Creative Commons website to learn more about the different Creative Commons licenses.

Think about where it came from and who it belongs to.

Someone created it - cite their work, give them credit.

You would want someone to do the same for you!

Love to Read?

North Canyon is proud to offer a variety of library resources for our students – both in hard copy and as ebooks. We use a system called Follett Destiny for library (media center) resources.

Destiny Discover (sometimes called Follett Destiny) is North Canyon's web-based library catalog and resource that can be used from any device that is connected to the internet. It allows you to:

  • 24/7 see all of the books — both hard copies in print and digital eBooks — available in North Canyon's library
  • View book information, including copies available, a description of the book, reading level, and reviews
  • See suggestions of related subjects
  • Make a list of book selections
  • Create a bibliography from a book list with a touch of a button
  • Write reviews
  • View your Destiny account, which includes materials from both the library and the bookstore

To find out what's available at North Canyon, go to go to Destiny Discover. You can explore Destiny Discover as a guest to see book titles available, or log in. 

eBooks and other digital resources

Destiny Discover is also North Canyon's resource for ebooks and other digital material. Students and staff can see available ebooks and download them to any electronic device using the Destiny Discover app. Find your device. Access to a wide variety of digital (eBook) titles can be enjoyed on multiple types of electronic devices. Access to the Destiny Discover eBooks resource is free for all North Canyon students and staff. Parents may also receive a free Destiny Discover eBook account by contacting their student's school library.

To check out an eBook, create a citation for a digital resource, or view your Destiny account, look for "Log In" in the upper right hand corner. Click on the blue button "Paradise Valley Single Sign On Log In for Library Patrons" on the left side of the log in page.