The Heights | Library



James Nelson, MLS.
301-365-4300, ext. 133

Library Assistant

Julie Gilak - Library Assistant
Mrs. Julie Gilak
301-365-4300, ext. 133


Monday – Friday: 8:20 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Half days: 8:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Heights Catalog

Heights Ebooks

New Arrivals

August 2017

Centerburg Tales/ Robert McCloskey
Eyewitness Ancient Greece/ Anne Pearson
Leave it to Psmith/ P.G. Wodehouse
On the Beach/ Nevil Shute
Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction/ E. Cline
Flight: Complete History of Aviation/ R. G. Grant
The Martian/ Andy Weir


Library use: The library is designed for classes, reading, research, and quiet work.Computer use: Students must log in prior to using library computers. Games, social networking sites, IM, and music playing/downloading are not authorized.

Computer use: Students must log in prior to using library computers. Games, social networking sites, IM, and music playing/downloading are not authorized.Headphones are available for student use in the library for assigned coursework.

Borrowing Policies: All materials may be checked out with the exception of reserved items, reference books, and periodicals. Books are checked out for a period of two to three weeks. Items may be renewed twice unless a hold is placed on them.

Overdue Policies: Fines for overdue materials are not charged. Overdue notices are emailed directly to parents on a weekly basis. After the third notice, a letter is sent to parents informing them of the overdue items and advising them of the replacement costs. Collection boxes are maintained in lower school classrooms for book returns: it is, however, preferable for students to return books to the library personally.

Cell phones: Use not permitted

Food and drink: Not permitted.

Reading: Encouraged.

Local Libraries

Heights Library: catalog

Arlington County:
District of Colombia:
Fairfax County:
Frederick County:
Loudon County:
Pr. George’s County:
Library of Congress:


American History Online
Spanning more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, the American History Online database provides subject entries, biographies, primary sources, images and videos, maps and charts, and timelines to produce a virtual library of American history for students and researchers.

Ancient and Medieval History Online
Ancient and Medieval History Online provides thorough coverage of nine civilizations – ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Christendom, the Americas, ancient and medieval Asia, and the Islamic Empire. Coverage from prehistory to 1500. subject entries, biographies, primary sources, images and videos, maps and charts, and timelines.

Animal Diversity Web
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan. ADW is an online encyclopedia of the natural history of animals.

The Annals of American History
Over 2,000 primary source documents on American history.

Auto Repair Reference Center
The Automobile Repair Reference Center (ARRC) database contains the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information in the market. ARRC contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information starting as far back as 1945 for certain makes.

Birds of North America
A comprehensive database consisting of Cornell University’s 18 volume “Birds of North America”, plus a wide array of audio and visual enhancements. Visit the library to preview and obtain the user id and password.

Britannica Online Reference Database
Includes the Encyclopedia Britannica (high school), Compton’s by Britannica (middle school), and BritannicaElementary encyclopedia. Contains a wide variety of accurate articles matched to grade level. Video and audio clips are provided for some inquiries, as well as recommended and quality checked Web sites. Password required. Obtain from library staff.

Business Source Premier
Search business-related newspapers and journals. Non-journal content includes company profiles, country reports, industry reports, market research reports, and SWOT analyses. This database available only on campus. Click on the link while at the school, and then select Montgomery County as your library system for access.

CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

Discovery Education
Designed for online streaming of segmented, educational K-12 videos. You must set up an account to use, see library staff for details.

Explora – Secondary School
Explora is EBSCO’s interface for Schools and Public Libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with the following features:

  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Colorful, mobile-friendly design with feature areas that provide context to students

JSTOR Academic Journal Articles
Intended for high school students and faculty members. Access to a large database of important scholarly journals. All subjects represented. Passwords to access database and set up account available from the librarian.

Loeb Classical Library
All of the 520 volumes of the Loeb Classical Library, the standard Latin and Greek texts of classical works are available online. Bi-lingual, with the original Latin or Greek text along with English translations. Obtain password from library staff.

Maps 101
Geography database. 4,000 maps, history maps, atlases, and interactive. Useful for teachers and students. Password required, obtain from library staff. Watch a 3-minute tutorial.

Rosetta Stone Library Solutions
Content includes:

  • 30 languages on 5 learning levels to meet a range of cultural interests & needs
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking & listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation & more
  • Access from any web-enabled Mac or PC, in any browser
  • Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go

The Spanish Reference Center
Encyclopedias in Spanish, advanced and basic.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
1500 professional philosophers have produced a high-quality and authoritative reference work on all aspects of philosophy.

Twayne’s Authors Series
Offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements and to the development of literary genres. This online series features the content of nearly 600 books that comprise three print series—United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors—each of which was carefully coordinated with input from librarians and educators to include authors universally studied in high school and colleges. A starting point for research papers on literary works and figures, special projects and presentations.

The World Data Analyst
Information on each country in the world.

Reference Links

Evaluating Web Sources – Is your web source reliable? This will help you find out.

Research Paper Writing Guide – A research paper presents the results of your investigations on a selected topic. This helps you to do that. MLA format

Sailor  – A Maryland state library project. Very good for information about Maryland.

Bibliography and Citations

Noodletools Bibliography Generator (password required): MLA format guide

Baker and Taylor