Information Commons

The Information Commons is intended to foster 21st Century skills. Thus, it is equipped with space for group study and collaborative learning; high speed internet; and welcoming spaces for serious work, reading and relaxation.

Equipped with a team of faculty and technology experts, the IC enables students to fulfill their information and research needs, while also providing one-on-one academic support in a variety of disciplines.

The Information Commons is open on days when school is in session during the following hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
(After school hours as arranged)

Proctored Resident Hours
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm weekdays

Woodlands Collection

Adults in the IC

Ms. Katherine Stewart

Spanish Teacher, ESL Teacher

Mrs. Cheryl Breckinridge

Mr. Elliot Coffey

Mathematics Teacher, Educational Technology Support

Mrs. Jane Lennon

Social Studies Teacher, Co-Chair Student Services Department

Ms. Teal McCartney

Co-Chair Humanities Department, Spanish Teacher, ESL Teacher

Mrs. Amy Perry

Social Studies Teacher

Research Databases




Social Studies

Facts on File includes: Ancient & Medieval History Online; American Women's History; Bloom’s Literary Reference Online; World Geography and Culture Online; World Religions Online; Classroom Video on Demand

Writing/MLA Works Cited Help

Weblinks By Subject


American Museum of Photography - A virtual museum with photographic exhibitions, a “masterworks” gallery with images from famous artists, and links to a variety of other “photo” sites.

Art Institute of Chicago - Includes virtual collections, materials to aid teachers of art, news about the museum, libraries, and the School of the Art Institute.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - An excellent site including over 3500 digital images, interactive art projects, information about a variety of art history subjects, activity programs for art teachers, and an annotated guide to web sites in the arts.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago - Provides information about the collections, exhibitions, and activities at Chicago's modern art museum.

World Wide Arts Resources - A gateway to art information providing links to sites for artists, museums, galleries, and art history; includes links for the performing arts, literature, and movies.


All-Music Guide - Comprehensive guide to all types of popular music and musicians.

Internet Movie Database - This database includes over 2 million filmographies covering 180,000 movies; also includes award and biographical information.

Colleges & Careers

Campus Tours

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Provides information for students and career-changers on nearly 800 occupations.

Peterson's Education Center - Guide to colleges and universities, private schools, summer camps, study abroad and jobs and career search information.


ERIC - Site of the Educational Resources Information Center, which provides education information to teachers, librarians, administrators, parents, and others throughout the world.

Blue Web'n - A database of over 1000 Internet learning sites categorized by subject area, audience, and type (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools).

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - An index of Internet sites useful for enhancing curriculum and assisting in the professional growth of teachers

English & Literature

Academy of American Poets - Searchable database of the works of selected major poets from around the world.

Encyclopedia Mythica - Extensive encyclopedia dealing with mythology and folklore from around the world.

Online Literary Criticism Collection - Links to over 2000 biographical and critical web sites; links can be browsed by author's name, title, literary period, or national literature.

Online Medieval & Classical Library - A thorough site with texts of and links to texts of medieval writing; includes links to the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies and The Labyrinth a helpful guide for students and teachers in the field.

History & Social Science

50 States and Capitals

Country Studies/Area Handbook

Distinguished Women of Past & Present - The site has biographies of women writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, civil rights crusaders, doctors, artists, entertainers, and more.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

POTUS (President of the U.S.) - Background information, election results, cabinet members and links to other sites related to each of the Presidents.

State Dept. Background Notes - Background Notes provides information on countries and international organizations and is updated periodically.

World Factbook - Current statistics and profiles of countries throughout the world.

Language & Espanol

Math & Science

EnviroLink Network - Provides access to sites dealing with the environmental sciences.

General Chemistry Online - A thorough chemistry site, with great graphics to help both students and faculty understand chemistry principles, molecular structures, and much more.

How Stuff Works - Articles describing how common “stuff” such as car engines, modems, etc. actually work.

Math and Science Gateway - Provides links to resources in the sciences (including biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and earth science) and mathematics for educators and students in grades 9-12.

Web Elements - A very comprehensive site detailing the periodic table.

The World of Mathematics - Extensive interactive mathematics encyclopedia with over 8,880 entries.

Physical Education

PE Central - “The ultimate web site for health and physical education teachers, parents and students.”


The Theology Library - Comprehensive Catholic site with over 5,100 links to information about the Catholic Church, Saints, social justice issues, scripture, revelations, liturgy, theology, evangelization, official Church documents and doctrine, and other world religions.

The Vatican - the Vatican’s official site.

Virtual Religion Index - A comprehensive list of annotated links relating to religions, and biographical information on a number of holy persons and saints.