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Academy of Achievement: Recommended Books
Discover which books made a difference in the early lives of the most eminent achievers of our times.

Book Finder, by YALSA

NPR Books: Booklists and reviews from National Public Radio

Outstanding Books for the College Bound: This list offers opportunities for independent reading and lifelong learning. Use it to round out your reading as you prepare for college entrance exams and courses, to strengthen your knowledge in a variety of subject areas and enhance appreciation for different cultures and times.

Printz Award Books: The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for books that exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature.

San Mateo Public Library Recommended Reading: Booklists from your friendly local Teen Librarian

Reading Rants: Out of the ordinary teen booklists, a popular book review source and an interactive blog.

School Library Journal Adult Books for Teens (Reviews)

School Library Journal YA Book Reviews Commentary, news, interviews and reviews from leading authors for teen readers. Includes online discussions.

American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest

Topic: Why diplomacy and peacebuilding matter

Deadline: March 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

#NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel during the month of November.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. The deadline for 2018 submissions is December 7, 2017.

EasyBib Writers' Blog Dozens of helpful blog posts to improve writing and research.



"Information literate people will demonstrate an awareness of how they gather, use, manage, synthesise and create information and data in an ethical manner and will have the information skills to do so effectively."
- SCONUL Working Group on Information Literacy. The SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy: Core Model. P. 3. 2011.


Successful researchers are able to identify what information they need. They understand that "ideas and opportunities are created by investigating and seeking information." They are able to define their search topic using simple terminology.


Successful researchers assess the scope of their current knowledge and identify gaps. They understand the characteristics of the different types of information sources available to them. They can identify which types of information will best meet their needs.


Successful researchers "construct strategies for locating information and data." They understand "the range of searching techniques available for finding information." They are able to search for information using appropriate keywords, terms, Boolean operators and filtering tools.


Successful researchers "can locate and access the information and data they need." They understand "the importance of appraising and evaluating search results." They are able to "use a range of retrieval tools and resources effectively."


Successful researchers regularly review their own research process to compare and evaluate the information and data they have collected. They apply the criteria of Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose to information they encounter. They are able to "read critically, identifying key points and arguments."


Successful researchers use, organize and manage information competently and ethically. They understand their "responsibility to be honest in all aspects" of using information (e.g. copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property). They are able to "cite printed and electronic sources using a suitable referencing style."

*From the SCONUL Seven pillars of information literacy; core model (2011). Access the entire document here.See also The Information Literacy User's guide: An open, online textbook. Edited by G. Bobish & t. jacobson. The state university of new york,

Digital Literacy, Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship


  • "The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information.

  • "The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.

  • "[The] ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment... Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments."

- University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Digital Literacy Definition and Resources." 2008.


Media Literacy: "The ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media."



"Own It, Zone It!" - an activity from to match online media examples with one of the "Info Zones":

  • News
  • Opinion
  • Entertainment
  • Advertising
  • Publicity
  • Propaganda

Students' Guide: Ten Questions for Fake News Detection (Source:


Digital Citizenship: "The norms of appropriate, responsible technology use."- M. RIBBLE. WWW.DIGITALCITIZENSHIP.NET, 2017.


Interland - Be Internet Awesome

"Embark on a quest to become a fearless explorer of the online world."