Learning Commons

The Learning Commons provides a comfortable haven for students to study, read, write, research, collaborate, receive academic support and expand their academic horizons.

See yourself here . . .

See yourself searching for journal articles, consulting online encyclopedias and reading e-books in the LC. The Saint Joseph Prep Learning Commons maintains a growing collection of excellent print and electronic resources to support the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use all available databases, e-books and print resources when conducting research.

Antiracism Resources — Browse highlighted titles from our collection for those who want to read about racial justice and advocacy, discover the rich culture, accomplishments and tradition of African American families, learn Black History, or put themselves in the shoes of African American literary characters.

Black History and Culture — Mr. Ware has curated a collection of resources to expand our knowledge about Black History and Culture.  Explore videos, book recommendations, student voices and more.

Boston Globe — As members of the Massachusetts Library System we can access the Boston Globe Archives through Proquest's News & Issues databases.

Boston Public Library Databases — The Boston Public Library offers remote access to all residents of the Commonwealth for its electronic resources. Use your BPL Library card to log in or sign up for an E-card at the BPL site.

Digital Commonwealth — Explore historical collections from a statewide consortium of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives across Massachusetts.

Encyclopedia Britannica — As members of the Massachusetts Library System, we have access to the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Gale Databases — Full suite of databases provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the agency of state government responsible for the improvement of library services throughout the Commonwealth.

JSTOR — Search this "digital library for the intellectually curious." Our subscription allows members of the SJP community access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books and primary sources in numerous disciplines.  See Mrs. Walkins for the login information.

New York Times — As members of the Massachusetts Library System we can access the New York Times Archives through Proquest's News & Issues databases.

OWLThe Purdue Online Writing Lab offers free resources to students and teachers including MLA 8 citation information, resources for ESL students and tips on avoiding plagiarism.

Pew Research Center A non-partisan fact tank that conducts public opinion polls, demographic research and media content analysis.

Be yourself here . . .

Be yourself in the LC and borrow a book that is just right for you. The Learning Commons has an extensive circulating fiction and non-fiction print and ebook collection and invites everyone to become an active member of our reading community.

Discover the benefits of reading for the fun of it!

Follett Shelf E-books — Read e-books online in the Library or at home any time, day or night. Download the Follett Reader app onto your iPad and ask Mrs. Walkins for your user name and password.

JLG Digital — A Gold Standard Collection offered by Junior Library Guild.  See Mrs. Walkins for your username and password.

NOOK Books — Borrow a NOOK reader from Mrs. Walkins to access the collection.

Read, imagine, discover and learn in the SJP Learning Commons!


Did you know?

Did you know that the Smithsonian Institute is in the process of building a National Museum of the American Latino?  In the meantime, the Smithsonian curators have put together a precursory exhibition that presents "a Latino history of the United States" in the Molina Family Latino Gallery of the Museum of American History.

Learn more about the new museum on the Smithsonian website.

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