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*8th Graders' Guide To The Library

Useful Library Links



   Search library databases

 Find passwords to access databases outside of school

Oxford Dictionaries



Destiny Discover Homepage (LIBRARY CATALOG)

Sora Overdrive eBooks


Go to Library Database Passwords page & scroll down to Online & Print Library Collections section to find sign-in info for Sora Overdrive.




to your Sora account.

Assigned books are listed on Home tab under "Assignments."

You'll also see assignments on shelf tab> Loans along with the books you borrowed.


Notes and highlights​ - how to make, find & export them​

Using Sora

Magazines in Sora

Go to the HVLA Magazine Collection to browse over 50 magazines. To access these magazines you have "+ Add Library" and then search and select "Hudson Valley Library Association". Use your BC Sora login to access the entire HVLA collection of Ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines which include Astronomy, Baseball AmericaThe Economist, Popular Science, SLAM, and Wired.


The New York Times - Get full digital access both in & outside of school

 Articles from 1851-1980 can be accessed through the archive search. Search historical issues & primary sources through the Times Machine which has over 150 years of  NY Times journalism in its original newspaper format starting with Volume 1, Number 1 in 1851 through 2002! Go to The New York Times online guide for more in depth information.

In school, here's how to claim your pass for full digital access to The New York Times:

  1. When you are on campus, visit
  2. Create an account using your BC email address
  3. When you see "START YOUR ACCESS" and an expiration date (one year from the day you sign up), you are all set!
  4. Set a calendar reminder to renew for next year so you have no lag in your subscription.
  5. Go to and enjoy your full access from any location! 


Visit Create a free account using your school email address with the approved domain(s).  If you already have a account associated with such email address, log in with those credentials.
Check your email inbox for our confirmation message.  Click on the link in your confirmation message to validate your email address and claim your Pass.  If the confirmation email didn’t arrive, check your spam folder. If it isn’t there, send an email to from your school email address to request confirmation.
You have successfully claimed a Pass when you see the Start Your Access screen.  Now you can enjoy access to, and NYT mobile apps from any location, on or off campus, just by logging into your account. You may download NYTimes mobile apps at
HINT: Remain logged into your account to have seamless access to and our mobile apps for the duration of your Pass. Visit to view your Pass expiration timestamp at any time.
To claim a new Pass after expiration: visit and log in with your account associated with your school email address.

EBSCOsFlipster - Digital Magazines

To read a magazine on your iPad:

  1. Tap on a magazine cover & then tap 'Read This Issue' to open it in your browser.
  2. Tap the menu    and select 'Open in App' for offline reading.

(**Off campus you will need a password. Ask your librarians or visit the passwords page to find it!**)




The Atlantic ~   Beanz (formerly Kids, Code &  Computer Science) ~ Discover ~   Faces ~ MIT Technology Review ~ Muse ~  National Wildlife ~ National Geographic España ~ Natural History ~ The New York Review of Books ~ New Yorker ​~ Newsweek Mexico ~ Rolling Stone ~ Science News ~ Scientific American ~   Scientific American Mind ~ Sports Illustrated ~ Sports Illustrated Kids ~ Time ~ Wacky But True ~ The Week Junior ~ The Week ~ Wired