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Research Modules

Evaluating Sources
Intro to one method for evaluating the utility of an information source
Research Strategy
Developing a research topic, question and search strategy
Choosing and Using Keywords
Developing and using database search terms
(from the Pfau Library at CSUSB)
  MLA citation
Brief explanation of when and how to cite sources using MLA format
Choosing and Using Databases
Efficiently locate and use credible sources through a database
Selecting Appropriate Sources
Identifying the best sources for your information need

Library Information


Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


In order to provide a environment that is academic, welcoming and accessible to all, the Homestead Library expects all patrons to:

Respect the library environment student Use of Technology
  • Leave chairs and tables where they are
  • Finish all food and drink before entering the library (capped water is OK)
  • Find a seat while in the library 
  • Respect quiet study areas and class use
Respect others
  • Use a low voice when speaking to avoid disturbing others
  • Take phone conversations outside
  • Return or replace materials so that others may find and use them
  • Share resources (like computers and bandwidth) equitably
Respect oneself
  • Use time in the library productively
  • Take time to learn and be challenged

Free Periods and Tutorial
  • Scheduled classes have priority in the library. The library is limited to quiet study when classes are in session.  Check the whiteboard at the front for class reservations.
  • Tutorial is required academic time. Access to the library is first-come, first-served or by pass from a teacher.  There are no phones in the library during tutorial. 
Student Use of Materials
  • Students may borrow books and videos from the library using their Homestead ID card.
  • Books are checked out for a three-week period, and may be renewed as long as they are not requested by other patrons. Other materials are checked out for shorter periods and may also be renewed.
student Use of Computers
  • Students are expected to adhere to the FUHSD Technology Use Policy while using campus technology, and are bound by the district’s Acceptable Use Policy, signed by all students upon enrolling.
  • All students receive an FUHSD G Suite for Education (Google) account, which provides email, cloud storage and Google Apps for Education. Students should save all work to their Google Drive. 
  • Students may print 50 free pages per semester. Ask at the circulation desk if you require additional print pages beyond 50. 


Amity Bateman, Library Media Teacher

Shannon Vakili, Library Specialist

Request help with research, technology, finding and using resources, citing sources, borrowing the perfect book or any other questions you may have! (FUHSD students/staff only)

Recent Arrivals

Further Reading

Book Recommendations

The Hub (reviews by teens)

Epic Reads (reviews, contests and giveaways)

TeenReads (reviews, blogs, polls, etc.)

Reading Rants (teen booklists)

Didn't find what you want? Request a book for the Homestead Library!

Looking for a book to read? Check out these sites! iconYALSA Teens Top Ten IconGoodreads IconTeen Ink logoReading Rants! Blog iconNo Flying No Tights Blog iconNoveList Plus iconNo Flying No Tights Graphic Novel Reviews icon

Community & Open Ed. Resources

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Student Publication Opportunities

Submit a book review or literature-related post to the HHS library blog
Want a larger audience? Try these print and online publications for teen writing.

Teen Ink and their listing of outside pubs

Canvas teen literary magazine

Cicada magazine

Young Authors guide from NewPages

The Telling Room contest/prize list

Scholastic writing competitions

library blog

Check out the Homestead Library Blog for reviews from your peers!

Submit a book review or literature-related post to the HHS library blog

Homestead Library

The book Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers is about a girl named Ali who has a abusive father, and her attempt at running away. She meets a band member named Jace and they fall in love and realize how similar they are.

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