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Welcome to the Montour High School Media Center Online. This page is will be updated as needed. Please be patient, and feel welcome to use this site at your convenience! Thank you!


EbscoHost database.
Gale Group (Infotrac) database.
SIRS database.
SIRS Discoverer database for kids.
CQ Researcher Online.
Access Pennsylvania database to borrow books.
Power Library, which contains various sources of media and information.
Ask Jeeves!
Awesome Library Online. website.
Carnegie Public Library.
Chemical elements and the periodic table.
Children and Young Adult Literature.
CNN Online Site.
Digital-librarian, librarian's choice of the best of the web.
History Channel.
Information Please website, which contains an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and an almanac.
Library Reference Website.
Math Help.
Occupational Outlook Handbook on careers and jobs.
Online Literary Criticisms.
Pittcat: University of Pittsburgh., the single best reference site for facts on the net.
Teenhoopla, written by young adults; has book reviews, electronic magazines, and homework help links.
Three Rivers Free Net, which has newspapers and other forms of media.
William Shakespeare.


Montour District Page


Kathy's Schrocks Guide for Educators
Teaching Tips
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Resources for Research


The mission of the Montour High School Library Media Program is to provide a disciplined environment in which all individuals in the district are empowered to become lifelong learners and effective users of information, ideas, and technology. Our purpose is to provide a wide variety of materials and resources necessary to accomplish the goals and outcomes of the school system. This mission statement further acknowledges the uniqueness of each student by working with students and staff, striving to provide materials to support the curriculum, and encouraging the independent study and personal reading of students. Students will be provided appropriate library media skills to assure proper usage of the library for the purpose of searching for information, continuing education, and for personal preference. In addition to print media, students will gain important training and experience by utilizing the latest technology. Students will develop proficiency of using the library facilities here at Montour through a variety of library experiences provided by the library and educational staff. This also will develop lifelong skills that may be used in higher education, vocational occupations, and personal endeavors.


If anyone would like to view the Media Center Policies, you may stop at the High School Media Center by setting up an appointment with the Media Center Director.

If any user name and passwords are needed for any link on the links page, please stop at the Media Center at the High School.

The philosophy of the Montour High School Media Center is “a learning laboratory where the use of resources…, print and non-print,…” is purposeful, planned, and directly related and interrelated to a viable teaching and learning program “to widen, deepen, intensify and individualize the educational experience.” (Ruth Davies. The Library: a Force for Educational Excellence. Bowker, 1969, p. 19.)

The library is an integral part of the school curriculum, complementing and supplementing the curriculum while also serving to meet the needs of the individual faculty member, student, or other potential user of the library. Broadening the learning experienced and knowledge of students, the library provides material for the students’ intellectual development as well as recreational needs. Serving as a source of information and guidance in obtaining information, the library will develop and guide student interest and profitable use of leisure time.

Thank you,

Mr. Jason Ruscitto
Media Specialists
Varsity Football Coach


The twenty five networked computers are attached to a server. Currently, our students have access to several CD-ROM on-site programs, as well as the internet. Here is a breakdown of the available on-site programs:

Computerized Card Catalog, a current catalog that provides students instant access to books in the Montour Media Center.

Contemporary Authors, contains biographical and bibliographical information on authors of our time.

Master-plots, contains compressed electronic books based on classic and fiction literature.

UXL Biographies, is a program designed for biographical research of famous people of our time.

UXL Science, is a program designed for scientific research of famous scientist, science topics and information.

We also have a couple of internet tools available to our students, such as:

EBSCOhost, which has databases ranging from general information, the health field, and the Funk-Wagnalls Encyclopedia. As a part of EBSCOhost, students and faculty have access to Magill On-Line Literature, which gives character profiles and book and essay reviews of famous literary works. Faculty also have access to ERIC and the Professional Development Collection for teacher enhancement.

Access Pennsylvania is a statewide database for borrowing books, which brings millions of resources to the hands of our students. With this database, students can access our school catalog Access PA is part of the Power Library network offered by the state of Pennsylvania. The Power Library offers access to Grove Dictionaries, Poem Finder, Gale Group Contemporay Authors and Writers Series, and the MultiMedia Archive.

Power Library, The POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania's public libraries, school libraries and the State Library. The POWER library allows you to access thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people and more. You will find materials of interest in most subject areas for all age groups from young children to adults. AP Multimedia Archive, has more than 500,000 current and historical photographs and graphics can be searched by date, place and subject. More than 800 photographs are added to the archive daily. EBSCO Publishing - Auto Repair Reference Center, supplied by Point 5 Technologies with complete automotive repair information supplied by Nichols Publishing, publisher of Chilton© information. Most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles are listed. Repair information is available for most manufacturers as far back as 1954. EBSCO Publishing - EBSCOhost Español, A Spanish version of the EBSCOhost databases. Grove Art Online, provides access to the complete text of the 34-volume Dictionary of Art. Newly-commissioned articles and links to images from galleries and museums from around the world are included. Grove Music Online, provides access to the complete text of the 29-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the New Grove Dictionaries of Opera and Jazz. Links are available to musical sites on the Internet; some examples use Sibelius (music notation software.) HW Wilson - Biography Reference Bank, links to biographical articles on over 470,000 individuals. Full text articles, abstracts and photographs are available from periodicals, feature articles, interviews, essays, performance reviews, speeches and obituaries. netLibrary, ellectronic books (eBooks) are available through this link. netLibrary eBooks are full text searchable and available for use on personal computers in online formats. Oxford University Press - Oxford Reference Online, provides information on many subjects including general reference, language and quotations, science and medicine, humanities and social sciences, business and professions. Bilingual dictionaries provided in English/French, English/German, English/Spanish, and English/Italian. Roth Publishing - LitFinder, search for full text poems, citations and excerpts using Poem Finder. Poet biographies, a Kids’ Korner, and the Year’s Best Poetry are included. Story Finder provides thousands of full text short stories with explanations, biographies, and more. Use Essay Finder to locate full text essays and discursive writing based on books published in the 20th century. The essays focus on humanities and social sciences and include biographies and literary criticisms. wired.MD - streaMed Patient Education Solution, the streaMed Patient Education Solution provides supplemental new media patient education videos, prescribed by the healthcare provider to the patient at the point of care and beyond. streaMed may be used within a patient education resource center, a medical library, an exam room, a waiting room, and a patient’s home to educate patients on diagnoses, treatment plans and procedures in the most effective and engaging format.

Gale Group, also known as Infotrac, is a fully integrated database containing thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips. Includes Student Resource Center-Health Module. The second part of infotrac is the Scribner Writer's Series, which includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series. A third facet of infotrac is the Contemporary Authors Series, which is Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors. Lastly, the Health module is a database containing over 1,400 essays on medical and health-related topics that include diseases, treatments, diagnostic equipment, and major historical figures in the fields of medicine, chemistry, biology, and related areas. Includes over 60 full-text medical and health periodicals, almost 200 pamphlets from authoritative sources, a timeline describing over 500 events from the history of medicine and health sciences, and 300 photographs and diagrams. Fully integrated into Student Resource Center Gold. It is one of he premier academic databases offered today.

Social Issues Resource Series, (SIRS), which is a complication of magazine and newspaper articles by subject. SIRS Knowledge Source™ provides integrated online access to full-text articles and Internet resources from SIRS reference databases - SIRS Researcher®, which spotlights maps of the world, almanacs, and todays news. The SIRS Government Reporter® highlights Supreme Court Decisions, Historic Documents of the United States, and Government Directories. SIRS Renaissance® reviews the Arts and lifetime readings. SIRS NetSelect™ links features websites to SIRS.

We have access to the NoveList collection, which allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Besides locating books to read, users can learn more about books and authors through feature articles, book discussion guides, and booktalks.

CQ Researcher Online collection is considered one of Library Journal's Best Reference Sources 2000. The CQ Researcher is your complete source for in-depth analysis reporting on the most current and controversial issues of the day.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles

We also have a collection of books available to our students, ranging from encyclopedias, fiction, non-fiction, and biography books. We also have the CQ Reasearcher, SIRS, as well as other reference tools in our collection. We also subscribe to twenty-four magazine publications, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Tribune Review, and the USA Today.


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World Almanac 2004.
The Arts of Magic
TV Guide Fifty Years of Television
Guiness Book of World Records 2004
How to Guild a House
Home Design
Echoes of Notre Dame Football
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secretes by JK Rowling
Damage AM Jenkins
House of the Scorpian Nancy Farmer
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Jackdawsby Ken Follett


Montour High School
223 Clever Road
McKees Rocks, PA 15136

Phone: 412-490-6500
Fax: 412-787-1730