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

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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.

Colleges & Careers

Campus Tours

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.

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 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

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 & Español

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.

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.