Internet Safety

Bullying Survey

The results of this survey will be used to improve how students get along with one another while in school and outside of school. Please answer these questions honestly.

Internet Safety Tutorial

Safe Kids

A website teaching digital citizenship, online safety, and civility.


Cyberbullying happens when kids bully each other through electronic technology. Find out why cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying, what you can do to prevent it, and how you can report it when it happens.

What Should I Read Next?

Teen Reads Ultimate Reading List



Use these links to help you find a new book or series to read!


Remember you can always ask your BMS librarian for help selecting a book!


Search through and read reviews on great young adult books.

Series and Sequels

Find out what the next book title is in your series or what other books the author wrote.

Your Next Read

Search through lists for young adult and middle readers.

Top 100 Middle School Reads

Good Reads top 100 books for middle school readers.

Evaluating Web Pages

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

Evaluating Free Webpages on the Internet

Ask Yourself - Why are they giving away this information for free? 

To sell you something? 
To convince you of something?
Because the information is not worth anything?

ABC's of Evaluating Web Sites


  • Who sponsors or created the web site?
  • Is there information about the sponsor or creator?
  • Does the address include .com, .edu, .gov, a tilde (~), or .org?



  • Check information against a known reliable source



  • Are personal views expressed?



  • When was the site created? Updated?
  • Are links up-to-date and active?



  • Is topic covered completely (thoroughly, in-depth) OR, is it partial (abridged, shortened, superficial)?
  • Is the webpage still under construction?

UC Berkeley's Evaluating Web Pages Online Tutorial and resources

Library Links

AVL- Alabama Virtual Library


Alabama Virtual Library The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources are available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state. Students can receive a login and password through the media center. Parents interested in a card may obtain theirs from the public library. There is no charge for the card.

ALEX- Alabama Learning Exchange


ALEX, a project of the Alabama Department of Education, is designed to index and share many types of educational materials and information through a time-saving, one-stop resource for educators, parents, and students.

OPAC- Online Public Access Catalog

OPAC is an Online Public Access Catalog that shows the resources available for checkout at all of the Dothan City Schools. You simply click on the word "Display" beside the school you wish to search. You may email or call a media specialist to check on a particular resource or to reserve it for checkout.

Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Award is awarded to authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."

The Margaret A. Edwards Award

"Established in 1988, honors an author's lifetime achievement for writing books that have been popular over a period of time."

Golden Duck Awards

"Excellence in Children's Science Fiction Literature." Included the Eleanor Cameron Award for middle grades and the Hal Clement Award for Young Adults.

The Michael L. Printz Award

An award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature for both middle school and high school youth.

The Newbery Medal

Awarded to the author of the book published the preceding year which is the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

This award is given annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

U.S. Children's Book Awards

A list of national and regional children's book awards.


Biographical Dictionary

Cambridge International Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Dictionary


Encyclopedia Britannica

Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and Web sites.

Online Encyclopedia

 Online dictionary and encyclopedia with pictures, facts, and videos. Get information and homework help with millions of articles.


Acronym Finder

A source for over 100,000 acronyms and their meanings.

Roget's Thesaurus


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
A searchable collection of 11,000 phrases and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature.

Social Studies

World Almanac for Kids
This is an online version of the popular print reference source.

American Memory Project
The Library of Congress has digitized volumes of historical books, pamphlets, music, photographys, and much more. American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million items from more than 100 historical collections.

Research Models and Standards

Big 6 Information Problem Solving Model
This is a six-step process for informational needs created by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz.

Four Nets for Better Searching
This is an activity to help students understand advanced searching techniques using Google. The "Four Nets" refers to start narrow, use exact phrases, trim the URL, and seek similar pages. It was developed by Bernie Dodge, the creator of the Webquest model.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books Voting

Choose the book that is the most appealing to you in each genre. Hover over each picture to read the synopsis of each book.

Team Registration

Research Models/Standards and WebQuests

Fact Monster Encyclopedia Search
This website offers access to the columbia Encyclopedia, 6th Edition.