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Mennen Library

The Mennen Library, dedicated in honor of Harvey graduate and parent George S. Mennen '31, is integral to the school’s goal of helping students maximize their potential as they prepare for successful college and university careers as well as adulthood. Information and digital literacy skills are reinforced to the school community as students expand the breadth and depth of their knowledge in all content areas through the effective use of a vast array of resources.

Library Resources

Library Policies & Procedures

Mennen Library Mission Statement

The Harvey School’s Mennen Library inspires every student to pursue their passions by providing equitable access to a wide array of print and digital resources that spark curiosity, drive inquiry, and encourage an independent pursuit of knowledge and a love of reading. We prepare students to become discerning, ethical users of technology, information, and media so that they may become responsible, productive citizens. The Mennen Library is an essential resource for classroom teachers and administrators that provides curricular material support and meaningful, collaborative teaching partnerships in all subject areas. Finally, the library welcomes all students and encourages diverse perspectives so that we may positively contribute to the inclusivity of the wider school community.

Mennen Library Vision Statement

The Mennen Library strives to provide the community with a physical and virtual Learning Commons that addresses the needs of 21st century learners while encouraging creativity, inquiry, and collaboration. We aim to expand the breadth and impact of information and media literacy knowledge throughout the school community by incorporating inquiry-based lessons and the library’s resources into all curricular subject areas. The Mennen Library endeavors to be the heart of teaching and learning at The Harvey School by continually engaging all students in diverse programming inspired by the needs and interests of the school community.

Library Catalog

Library Catalog

Log in with your Harvey email!

Overdrive - Ebooks & Audio Books

OverDrive: eBook and Audiobooks

  • Student Username: LastName_FirstName
  • Faculty Username: LastNameFirstInitial

Using OverDrive Directions

Library Databases

This section contains reliable information resources for student research and inquiry.The resources are broken down by subject area, but many can be used for multiple subject areas. If you need any assistance using the databases, please email Ms. McCoy at


Databases for Research

General Resources (Recommended for all Subjects)


Username: harveyschool

Password: cavaliers

JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.

Scholastic Go - Great resource for Middle School!

Username: harvey

Password: look

Scholastic GO! contains more than 115,000 articles covering every core-curriculum subject. The articles and their illustrations are derived from the content of seven Scholastic encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science.


Username: harveyschool

Password: Cavalier1!

Contains comprehensive index and coverage of 7,500+ magazines and major U.S. and international newspapers.

Student Resources in Context

Password: empirelink

Provides information on a wide variety of topics in history, culture and current issues. Offers full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary sources, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

InfoBits - Great resource for Middle School!

Password: empirelink

General reference database that offers information on many different topics, including history, popular culture, science and technology, among others.

General English Resources

Fine Arts and Music Collection
     Password: empirelink

Provides articles on a wide variety of topics in literature, music, art and theater.

Additional History and Social Studies Resources

The Economist Historical Archive

Password: empirelink

The Economist Historical Archive delivers a complete searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2014. Full-colour images, multiple search indexes, and the facility to browse each and every issue - all combine to offer a unique primary source covering the 19th and 20th centuries.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Password: empirelink

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues.

U.S. History Collection
Password: empirelink

Offers researchers' articles from magazines and academic journals, as well as images, videos and news articles on a wide variety of topics in U.S. history.

World History in Context
Password: empirelink

World History In Context reaches back to the ancient world — and forward to today's headlines — to deliver a chronicle of the great cultures and societies that have formed the history of the human race. Rare primary sources, reliable reference and multi-media content put this vast topic into context for students.

Additional Science Resources

General Science Collection
     Password: empirelink

Contains information on a broad range of topics in a variety of scientific fields of study.

Additional Fine Arts and Media Studies

Diversity Studies Collection

Password: empirelink

Provides information on topics in historical and popular culture. Excellent resource for research on artists, actors, television, music and films.

Fine Arts and Music Collection

Password: empirelink

Provides articles on a wide variety of topics in literature, music, art and theater.

Pop Culture Collection

Password: empirelink

Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.

Additional Social Issues Resources

Criminal Justice Collection
Password: empirelink

Provides information for researchers who are studying law, law enforcement, or terrorism, training for paralegal service, preparing for a career in homeland security, delving into forensic science, investigating crime scenes, developing policy, going to court, writing sociological reports and much more. Includes articles from more than 250 journals.

Gender Studies Collection
Password: empirelink

Provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. The database offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues and more.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Password: empirelink
An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues.

Reading Suggestions

Reliable Websites for Research

The internet is an excellent resource for students and researchers; however, not all websites provide researchers with quality sources. All of the websites curated on this page are reliable and trustworthy sites that can be used for homework help and scholarly research.

Click here to learn how to evaluate websites for research!

Websites for Research

General Reference

Ask Oxford: Dictionaries

  • Explore the largest volume of current English dictionaries and thesauri and find helpful tips on grammar, usage, spelling and more.

  • Provides more than 7,000 biographies and daily features that highlight newsworthy, compelling and surprising points of view.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

  • Offers extensive dictionaries and thesauri, as well as features such as word origins, language quizzes and language challenges.

New York City NYPL Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection

  • Covers more than 12,000 subjects in images, meeting the needs of artists, illustrators, designers, students and general researchers.

Pew Research Center

  • Learn about the numbers, facts and trends shaping your world.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

  • Learn about thousands of topics across numerous fields, including science, math, art, history and current events, among many others. Create an account with your Harvey School email!

DK Find Out! --*Great Resource for Middle School!

  • Use this site to learn about any subject you want! From history, to science, to the ocean, to outer space, this site has it all.

Fine and Performing Arts

Google Arts and Culture

  • An extensive resource featuring content from more than 1,000 leading museums and archives. Features a range of fine arts, mediums, movements and histories.

Art History Resources

  • Digital organization of numerous historical information about a wide variety of art movements throughout history and cultures.


  • Encyclopedia of art, artists and artistic movements throughout history and contemporary movements.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

  • This museum provides extensive information about the history and cultural significance of rock & roll music.

Artsonia: Student Art Museum

  • This site showcases student art from throughout the world.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • The Met presents more than 5,000 years of art from around the world.

The Museum of Modern Art

  • The MoMA established, preserves and documents the patterns of modern and contemporary art.

The Metropolitan Opera

  • This NYC opera house regularly performs classical and contemporary pieces of music.

English Language Arts

English Zone

  • Provides practice for students on a wide range of topics, including grammar, spelling, pronunciation and writing, among others.

Purdue Owl

  • Use this site to help you write research papers and "Works Cited" pages in MLA 8 format. See the "Citing Your Research" page of the Harvey Library site for more information about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.


Brightstorm: Math Extra Help

  • This site provides free math extra-help videos and lessons from qualified teachers.

Math Practice Problems

  • Use this site to practice math problems from a variety of topics and grade levels.

Ancient Greek Mathematics

  • Learn about Greek mathematicians, their discoveries and their theories.

Math World

  • This site offers math help, lessons and resources for all levels of mathematics study, from elementary school through professional mathematician.


BBC: Religions

  • This archived site contains information about numerous ancient and contemporary world religions.

Animal Science

Smithsonian National Zoo

  • This site contains information on the 300 different species that reside in the zoo, as well as information conservation, research and education.
  • University of Michigan: Museum of Zoology & Animal Diversity on the Web
  • ADW is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.

Fish FAQ

  • This page contains information about numerous fish and marine life.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium is committed to conservation of the world's marine life.

Sea World & Busch Gardens Animal Information Database

  • Explore in-depth information about a multitude of animal species and issues.

General Science and the Physical World


  • Exploratorium offers more than 50,000 pages of content for users to explore the world through science, art and human perception.

Science News for Students

  • This site provides news and research for students in the fields of science, health and technology.

PubMed: Medical Information & Research

  • Provides extensive research on extensive topics concerning medicine and health.

United States Department of Energy

  • Offers research on the development and adoption of sustainable energy resources.


Amazing Space

  • This site provides reliable research information on a variety of topics concerning the science of space.

Hubble Site

  • Learn all about the Hubble Telescope's amazing discoveries and research.

National Geographic: Star Journey

  • Explore outer space and the beauty of the stars in this interactive website.

Health and The Human Body

Neuroscience for Kids

  • A site for students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.


  • The most-visited site on the web for information about health, behavior and development from childhood through the teen years.


  • This is a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life.

Ancient History

The British Museum: Ancient Egypt

  • Explore ancient Egyptian life, geography, religion, mummification, royalty, architecture and much more.

The British Museum: Ancient India

  • Learn about the religion, geography, culture and writings of ancient India.

The British Museum: Ancient Mesopotamia

  • Explore the geography, religion, culture and writings of ancient Mesopotamia.

PBS: Explore Ancient Pyramids

  • Understand the history and cultural importance of Egypt's pyramids.

PBS: Explore the Roman Empire

  • Explore the incredible and complex history and social structure of the Roman Empire.

BBC: Ancient Rome for Kids

  • Learn all about the the empire that stretched from Scotland to Syria.

BBC: Ancient Africa

  • Understand the rise and fall of kingdoms, the power of religion, the injustices of slavery and the trade between Africa and other continents.

Geography and Maps

Library of Congress: Geography and Map Reading Room

  • Provides geographic information for all parts of the world and includes more than 5.2 million maps.

The University of Texas at Austin: University of Texas Libraries

  • Includes numerous general and topical maps.

American History & American Studies

Early American Exploration

  • This site contains eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of the Vikings in Canada to the diaries of the Rockies.

Scholastic: Asian Pacific American Heritage

  • Learn about the experiences of Asian-Americans as they journeyed to the United States.

Library of Congress: American History

  • Browse all areas of American history and culture.

Digital History of the United States

  • Explore an extensive site that covers all facets of American history, politics and culture.

NYC Tenement Museum

  • Learn about the challenges of immigrants living in NYC tenements, including making a new life, working for a better future and starting a family with limited means.

The White House: Presidents of the United States

  • Learn about each of the 45 presidents of the United States, as well as the issues and policies shaping the current administration.

U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • The BLS is the federal agency responsible for measuring market labor market activity, working conditions and price changes in the economy.

The United Nations: Student Resources

  • Provides numerous resources for students interested in current world issues, including human rights and youth advocacy.

Council on Foreign Relations

  • The CFR is an independent organization dedicated to helping leaders and citizens better understand the world the foreign policy choices facing the U.S. and other countries.

World History and Global Studies

Leonardo Da Vinci

  • Gain insight into the mind of a genius and the fundamental scientific and artistic principles he discovered.

World War I

  • Learn about the origins, battles, leaders and technology of World War I.

World War II

  • Understand the origins, battles, leaders, home-front impact and technology of World War II.

CIA World FactBook

  • Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues for more than 267 countries and entities.

Library of Congress: Primary Sources in World History

  • The largest library in the world with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts.

The United Nations: Student Resources

  • Provides numerous resources for students interested in current world issues, including human rights and youth advocacy.

Council on Foreign Relations

  • The CFR is an independent organization dedicated to helping leaders and citizens better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the U.S. and other countries.

Foreign Languages

Theoi Greek Mythology

  • Explore Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art.

Word Reference

  • Contains dictionaries for numerous foreign languages, including Spanish, French and Italian, among many others.


  • Use Quizlet to help you create electronic flashcards to study all of your language vocabulary.

Citing Your Reseach



Citing with NoodleTools


How to Log in to NoodleTools:

1. Click on the link below:
Harvey NoodleTools Account

2. Use your Harvey email to log in under the "Access via Google Apps for Education" area
Harvey Emails:


Need some help with NoodleTools? Use the links below to help you!

Quick Guide for Students

Quick Guide for Teachers

How to share your project with a teacher

How to create and edit a source reference

How to create parenthetical (in-text) references

How to create notecards

How to create and use an outline


Avoiding Plagiarism

Learn all about the pitfalls of plagiarism by clicking the picture below!

Citation Resources


Purdue Owl MLA 8

Use this guide to help you format research papers, "Works Cited" pages, and in-text citation in MLA format.
MLA Style Center

Excellent reference to use when writing research papers in MLA 8. Offers practical advice, answers to real student questions and tips for writing research papers in MLA format.
MLA Style Center - Formatting a Research Paper

Not sure how to format your paper? Use these MLA guidelines to help you.

Web 2.0 Tools for Students

Use this page to help you present, design, share, create, and build engaging and interactive digital content!


Presentation Tools

  • Prezi is an engaging digital presentation tool that provides viewers with fun and exciting learning experience.

  • Microsoft Sway allows you to create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more.

  • Design presentations, flyers, signs, social media graphics, and more with thousands of beautiful layouts.

Animation and Video Creation Tools

  • Create fun and simple videos using Biteable! Choose from hundreds of animated, live action or photo scenes in lots of different styles, or just use stylish, pre-made templates.

  • Design amazing videos using Animoto! This service is easy to use and offers high quality videos, stunning styles, music, and more!

  • Create awesome animated videos and presentations.

  • Record screen casts easily with this free tool.

  • With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Photo Editing Tools

  • A free online tool for photo editing, basic graphic design, collage making, PicMonkey offers plenty of features through its free version.

  • This site offers photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.

Story Telling Tools

  • With a gigantic collection of professional fonts, thousands of photos, layouts and icons, Adobe Spark helps you create beautiful social media graphics, videos, and web stories that can be shared anywhere on the web.

Digital Citizenship

In today's 21st century "Information Age," it is essential that students become digital citizens, or responsible, ethical users of technology and information. Responsible digital citizens gather reliable information, follow copyright and fair use laws, and carefully cite their sources, including images found online. Digital citizens also use the Internet and social media positively, do not participate in cyber bullying or trolling, and think twice before posting pictures of themselves and their friends.

Use our Digital Citizen & Information Literacy LibGuide to learn about the following topics:

  • Social media and oversharing
  • Copyright and fair use
  • Cyber bullying
  • Copyright-safe images
  • Evaluating information

Click here to access the LibGuide!

Class Projects

Use this page to find links to your class projects! Search for your project under the course subject, and then locate your teacher's name and the title of the project.


Media Literacy

How to choose your news

Students who are "media literate" are able to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms. Media literate students must "watch carefully and think critically" about the different sources of media they use on a daily basis.

Reliable News Sources

News Sources for Middle School


  • Create an account on Newsela using your Harvey email! You can also adjust the reading level of the articles.

Smithsonian Tween Tribune

  • Choose your grade level before you begin your search. You can also adjust the reading level of the articles.

TIME for Kids

  • TIME For Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine that covers a wide range of real-world topics kids love to learn about.

Fact and Bias Checking

Fact Checking Websites


  • Snopes is the oldest and largest fact-checking website on the the Internet.



  • is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.


  • PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.

Bias Checking Websites


  • Unlike regular news services, AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant.

“In times of change the learners will inherit the earth, while the learned will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. ” Eric Hoffer

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