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Welcome to the Josephinum Academy Library! From this page you can access our online catalog, conduct research from our databases and recommended websites, and locate help with citing your sources. You can also read recommended book reviews and comments about new books. If you have a Chicago Public Library card, you can link to their catalog and databases. The library has a print collection of over 4,000 reference, non-fiction and fiction titles, seating for 50 students, and 18 computer stations with 2 printers. Please contact the librarians with any questions or concerns you may have regarding research and citations or locating a book. We welcome your suggestions for future book purchases!

The mission of the Josephinum Academy Library program is to promote a culture of learning that incorporates the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools for the development of students who are literate, ethical, resourceful and independent learners. To achieve this mission, the library seeks to:

  • support the academic and student support programs
  • support the information needs of all students
  • support the use of digital resources and tools to gather, evaluate and use information
  • promote the use of appropriate digital resources and tools
  • promote independent reading
  • select, acquire and manage library resources that support curricular and recreational activities
  • promote collaborative planning with faculty
  • promote the development of information literacy and technology skills through individual and group instruction
  • provide an inviting and safe physical and virtual environment
  • communicate regularly about the library program
  • create opportunities for collaboration with the librarians at other Chicago high schools, at other Sacred Heart schools, and other IB high schools.
  • promote the practice of legal and ethical behavior and understand the human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology

Students are welcome in the library as part of a class, during lunch periods and after school, or with a pass from their teacher. Students come to the library for individual research, study, listening and viewing; group study, collaboration and presentation; computer use and printing; whole or small group classroom instruction; meetings with tutors and/or mentors; and after school enrichment activities.

Josephinum Academy Catalog

Chicago Public Library Catalog

Chicago Public Library catalog | www.chipublib.org
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Online Resources

Chicago Public Library databases | www.chipublib.org/online-resources

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ProQuest Databases | sks.sirs.com
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Hoopla Online Films and Zinio Online Magazines | www.chipublib.org/resource

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Library of Congress | www.loc.gov

Research Techniques

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) | owl.english.purdue.edu

Citation Guidelines

Modern Language Association (MLA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

EasyBib: Free Bibliography Generator | www.easybib.com

NoodleTools Bibliography Composer | www.noodletools.com


NoveList's Readalikes (from Chicago Public Library)
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Dowload a list of Teen Award Winners.

Download Josephinum Library Readalikes.

Dowload a list of Teen Reading Blogs.

Josephinum Book Club
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Library News

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Library Staff

Susan McGowan holds a Master of Library Science degree. She spent 15 years working as a reference librarian in public libraries before coming to Josephinum Academy in 2013 as part of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

Barbara Pagniucci holds a Master of Library Science degree, a Master of Education degree, and is a National Board Certified teacher. She has spent 30 years as a school librarian in elementary and high schools, in both the public and private sectors. She came to Josephinum Academy as a volunteer librarian in 2013.

Susan McGowan
(773) 276-1261

Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart

1501 North Oakley Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60622
(773) 276-1261
(773) 292-3963
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