A Resource For Our Whole Community

Bancroft’s Garfield Upper School Library and Prouty Lower School Library offer a wealth of print and digital resources in a welcoming atmosphere. From PreK through Grade 12, our students come here to engage in the life of the mind, whether that means finding an engaging picture book or editing a senior thesis. 


Hours and General Information

Library Hours: Monday thru Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On any given day, a library visitor might see Middle School students in search of great books, or groups of Upper School students collaborating on a history project. A class of first graders might take their seats in a circle as a librarian shares a tale with them, or browse the shelves for materials to borrow.

The library is a friendly and comfortable space where students and teachers alike come to prepare for classes, seek assistance and advice, make use of a group study room, or simply relax and read. Our librarians work closely with teachers to select resources that support their curriculum, and with students to guide them toward the best resources, teach them how to conduct scholarly research — thoughtfully and ethically — and build literary appreciation and enjoyment.

Parents of Bancroft School students are welcomed as borrowers and volunteers.

Bancroft's library offerings include:

  • An extensive array of databases and other online resources

  • More than 30,000 books and 1,800 eBooks

  • 21 networked Macintosh computers

  • Five laptops, and five Chromebooks for students to borrow

  • Three group study rooms with whiteboards

  • Group and individual study areas


Jes Caron
Director of Library Services

Lisa Leach
Prouty Library (Lower School)

Lower School Resources

Middle School Resources

Upper School Resources

Upper school library e-Resources

Reference & Research

Academic Journals

Primary Documents

  • American Memory - American Memory provides access to the Library of Congress's collections that document the American experience including: written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music.
  • Making of America - Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
  • Primary Documents in American History - This site provides links to materials digitized from the collections of the Library of Congress that highlight eras of American History from the years 1763 to 1877.


Research Guidelines

Planning for topic selection

  • Write what you know about the topic
  • Brainstorm and list key words
  • Locate and read a source that presents a topic overview to help build background knowledge
  • List research questions: What do you want to learn?
  • Create preliminary outline, concept map, or graphic organizer
  • State preliminary topic, statement of purpose, thesis statement, or hypothesis

Discovering & Gathering Resources / Information

  • Identify, gather, and evaluate sources to support your research
  • Prepare Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography


An annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of citations to research sources such as books, articles, and documents.  In addition to the bibliographic data, each citation is followed by a brief evaluative paragraph justifying the relevance of the source to your research, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.  Please stop by the library if you need assistance.

1.  Cite the book, article, document, or item using the appropriate MLA citation style.
2.  Write an evaluative paragraph that will explain how the source illuminates your topic.  Include one or more sentences that remark on the following.
 (a) Who is the author?  What is the author's background? For example, is the author a professor or scientist?

 (b) Comment on the purpose of the work.

•    What is the reason that you’ll be using the source?  Identify how it addresses the research question (or thesis, or hypothesis). 

Is it an overview to inform you? 

Is it a critical analysis or editorial comment? 

Is it scholarly, something written by an expert in the field?

•    Quote if you want to, but summarize and/or paraphrase for sure.


Example of a properly formatted Annotated Bibliography

Note, the following citations follow the MLA 7th ed. guidelines.    

Brown, David. “Victorian and Victorianism.” The Victorian Web. N.p., 8 Feb.

2005. Web. 10 Mar. 2010.

The essay, “Victorian and Victorianism” will help me define “Victorian” and understand ideas and events of the Victorian period. Created by George P. Landow, Professor of English at Brown University, The Victorian Web is a collection of essays about all things Victorian. The essay, “Victorian and Victorianism”, along with other essays from The Victorian Web, provides a much needed background for topics of the Victorian period related to Jane Eyre, including religion, gender, philosophy, science & technology.


Eagleton, Terry. “Jane Eyre: A Marxist Study.” Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre’.

        Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea, 1987. 29-45. Print.

Terry Eagleton, an Oxford University lecturer, analyzes Jane Eyre in terms of Marxist theory.  In the section “Jane Eyre: A Marxist Study”, Eagleton makes a connection between romantic elements in the novel and Jane’s assuming power in her relationship with Rochester.


Schact, Paul. “Jane Eyre and the History of Self-Respect.” Modern Language

     Quarterly (Dec. 1991): 423. Advanced Placement Source. Web. 18 Jan.


In “Jane Eyre and the History of Self-Respect”, Paul Schact, Professor of English at the State University of New York Genesco, talks about how self-respect is representative of the economic, political, and social condition of the 19th century in Jane Eyre. This article will help me highlight Jane Eyre’s struggle for independence, self-control, and how Rochester fails to intimidate her.

Reading & Taking Notes

  • Read
  • Take notes
  • List facts, paraphrase, and quote

Organizing & Refining

  • Organize notes based on outline, concept map or graphic organizer
  • Refine preliminary topic, statement of purpose, thesis statement or hypothesis


  • Write rough draft
  • Revise, edit, peer edit for final draft or product
  • Evaluate projects through rubric or project requirements

Works Cited Guide

Bancroft Critical Writing Standards

Presenting & Evaluating

Present, display, or publish 

Thesis Development


  • Persuasion Map (pdf) -- print this graphic organizer if you need help in forming your thesis statement.


Subject Specific Databases

eResources - A to Z


ABC-CLIO provides the following history databases: 

Academic One File features peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources, covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of The New York Times back to 1995.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Access World News is a comprehensive news collection that is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level.  Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos.  Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.  Content is searched and sorted through an intuitive, map-based interface.  Offered through NewsBank.
The African American Experience gives voice to the African American experience from its African origins to the present day.  This database covers history, biographies, literature, arts, music, popular culture, folklore, business, slavery, the struggle for civil rights, politics, sports, education, science, and other themes.  Offered through ABC-CLIO.
Agriculture Collection is a collection of more than 400 titles focused on agriculture and its related fields: from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.  Offered through InfoTrac.
American Government explains the foundations of our government, connects these concepts to the issues of the day, and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the political and economic systems of the United States by comparing them to those of other countries.  Offered through ABC-CLIO.
American History investigates the people, events, and stories of our nation’s evolution.  From the Civil War to Woodstock, this database explores the ongoing development of the United States, putting past events in context with modern times to initiate critical thinking. Offered through ABC-CLIO.
America's Historical Newspapers (1690-2000) provides both a timeline and topic search covering issues and events, discoveries, inventions and more from daily life in the colonies and the Revolutionary War to WW I, WW II, the Civil Rights movement, globalization and other eras.  Offered through NewsBank.
AtoZ World Culture is a country-by-country culture resource database.  It comprises 175 Country Culture Guides of 64 data categories each, as well as, in-depth coverage on an array of topics.


Biography in Context offers contextual information on the world's most influential people. Users can search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.  Offered through InfoTrac.
BookFLIX is a Kindergarten through third grade online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children's Press and other trusted Scholastic imprints.  In addition, it also offers games, author profiles, Internet links, and Spanish-Language versions of many titles.   
Boston Globe provides access to the Boston Globe newspaper (1980-current).
Britannica Elementary School Edition is for elementary students and up, and includes Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia and Merriam-Webster's Student Dictionary.  Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica.
Britannica Escolar Online (K-8) provides a Spanish Elementary Encyclopedia with 2,000 articles, images, Spanish-language videos, and Spanish Learning Materials specifically designed for younger students. Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica. 
Britannica High School Edition is for high school students and up, and includes the Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.  Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica.
Britannica Learning Zone (PK-5) is a classroom-tested, interactive learning environment that gives early learners enjoyable, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities.  Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica. 
Britannica Middle School Edition is for middle school students and up, and includes Compton's by Britannica and Merriam-Webster's Student Dictionary. Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica. 
Britannica Online Public Library Edition contains comprehensive content for all patrons including Encyclopedia BritannicaBritannica Concise EncyclopediaCompton's by Britannica, and Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia.  Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica.
Britannica Online Public Library Edition for Kids includes both the Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia and Compton's by Britannicageared to middle school students behind an interface designed for the younger public library audience.  Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica.
Britannica Online School Edition (K-12) provides access to four complete encyclopedias and other resources including Britannica Elementary School EditionBritannica Middle School Edition, and Britannica High School Edition. Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica.
Britannica Spanish Reference Center delivers two products in one, Enciclopedia Moderna and Britannica Escolar Online--a reference collection for ages 6-12 and another for the high school and college ages making it the only online Spanish-language database that offers age-appropriate content for everyone.  Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica. 
Business Economics and Theory Collection covers virtually any and every business and economics related topic.  Offered through InfoTrac.  


Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers provides access to America's historic newspapers.  This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1860-2000 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Classroom Video On Demand provides more than 5,000 streaming videos of educational programs from major production companies such as Films for the Humanities & Sciences, BBC, American Museum of Natural History, TED, and National Geographic. Offered through Facts On File.
Communications and Mass Media Collection is focused on all aspects of the communications field: key subjects covered include advertising and public relations, linguistics, and literature.  Offered through InfoTrac.
CountryReports provides online content on the cultures and countries of the world.  
Criminal Justice Collection provides access to more than 700 journals focused on all aspects regarding the criminal justice field.  Offered through InfoTrac.   
Culinary Arts Collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines from 1980 to present. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.  Offered through InfoTrac.


Diversity Studies Collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.  This set includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals including:  Contemporary Southeast Asia, Israel Studies, Italian Culture, Western Journal of Black Studies, Latino Leaders.  Offered through InfoTrac. 


Educator's Reference Complete focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERICdatabase.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Enchanted Learning produces K-12 educational material that is published online. It has over 25,000 pages on its web site covering a wide range of topics such as geography/history, physical sciences, language, fiction, writing, and biology.

Encyclopedia Britannica provides the following electronic resources:

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection provides coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Expanded Academic ASAP covers all disciplines including the arts and the humanities, social sciences, science and technology.  It allows access to scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images.  Offered through InfoTrac.


Fine Arts and Music Collection provides support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.  Offered through InfoTrac.
FreedomFlix brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history.  It features dynamic e-books of the Children's Press best-selling Cornerstones of Freedom series that include embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips. 


Gale Directory Library hosts a variety of directory products that particular libraries can choose from. Use it to search, sort and export information from both current directory editions as well as prior editions that are maintained as searchable backfiles. Multiple directories can be cross-searched or users can mine individual directories for the particular kinds of data they contain, such as financial information for companies, circulation figures for publications, and much more.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.  Offered through InfoTrac. 
Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection is focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, with the addition of over 20 subject specific reference sources.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Gender Studies Collection provides coverage on such topics as gender studies, sexual behavior surveys, family and marital issues, conversion therapy, gay and lesbian rights, homophobia, health aspects and many  more.  Offered through InfoTrac. 
General OneFile is a source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Offered through InfoTrac.
General Science Collection provides information on the latest scientific developments -- including such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on global issues, topics, and current events. It features hundreds of issue and country portals that bring together sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.  Offered through InfoTrac.


Health and Wellness Resource Center provides access to medical reference materials. Offered through InfoTrac.
Health Reference Center Academic is a multi-source database that provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Home Improvement Collection covers such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism fields.  Offered through InfoTrac.


Image Quest provides access to two million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world such as DK Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, and Oxford Scientific.  Offered through Encyclopedia Britannica.
Information Science and Library Issues Collection covers all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology, including usability, cataloging, information management, circulation, business information and more.  Offered through InfoTrac.

InfoTrac is the portal through which the following databases can be accessed:

Insurance and Liability Collection provides access to hundreds of thousands of articles from leading journals focused on all aspects regarding insurance and liability.  Offered through InfoTrac.   
Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy, providing authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important issues.  Offered through ABC-CLIO.


JSTOR offers an interdisciplinary collection of over 1,000 academic journals (international) in disciplines such as the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.   The collection includes different types of content including images, 19th Century British Pamphlets and American Art Periodicals.
JSTOR Global Plants is a community-contributed database that contains the contributed collections of more than 300 herbaria from around the globe.  Herbaria preserve plant type specimens that are used for the study of botany, ecology, and other plant science disciplines.


Kids InfoBits is designed especially for students in kindergarten through grade five. It has an engaging, developmentally appropriate graphic interface, that contains reference content and magazines for elementary students.  It addresses the way kids learn and conduct research.  Offered through InfoTrac.


Literature Resource Center offers critical, biographical and contextual materials that support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills. It includes information on authors and their works, from all time periods and from around the world.  Offered through InfoTrac.


Military & Intelligence Database Collection provides access to military-related general interest periodicals.  Offered through InfoTrac.


The New York Times database allows users to search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1995).  Offered through InfoTrac.

NewsBank provides the following news databases:

NoodleBib is a web-based bibliography composer that is combined with a note-taking software.  NoodleBib supports MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian style.
NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers.  It helps kids find books that are just for their reading level and interests.  It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for kids in grades K-8.
Nursing and Allied Health Collection will be of use to both nursing professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.  Offered through InfoTrac.



Opposing Viewpoints In Context covers social issues, from capital punishment to immigration. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue. Offered through InfoTrac.

Oxford Art Online is a gateway that offers users the ability to access and search Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location. It offers a searchable online art resource and a virtual art reference library.
Oxford Music Online is the gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. With Grove Music Online as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music, which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition, which supplements Grove's more extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users.


Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Collection provides content in the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Popular Culture Collection provides information regarding pop culture from over two million articles found in over 100 subject-appropriate, full-text periodicals, including:  Advertising Age, American Theatre, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, Macleans, Newsweek, Vogue.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Popular Magazines includes 1,000 of the most searched magazines across the InfoTrac product line.  All the titles were selected based on the actual publication searches performed by library patrons and features:  100% full text; includes more than 600 titles recommended by Bowker's "Magazines for Libraries"; more than 75% of this resource contains titles not included in other library databases; strong focus on current event, sports, science, and health; full collection of NPR shows with transcripts and podcasts.  Offered through InfoTrac.

Primary Documents provides links to the following web sites: 

Psychology Collection covers practically all topics related to psychology found in nearly 500 journals, with a strong emphasis on full-text titles cited in PsycINFO. Offered through InfoTrac. 


Religion and Philosophy Collection is a custom selection of more than 250 magazines and academic journals covering religion and the related areas of philosophy, archaeology and anthropology.  Coverage begins as early as 1980 for indexing and 1983 for full text of some periodicals.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Research in Context is created specifically for middle-schoolers.  It combines Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more to provide support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.  Offered through InfoTrac.


Science in Context provides contextual information on significant science topics. It combines reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted web sites.  Offered through InfoTrac.
ScienceDirect is a scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books.  
ScienceFlix is a highly engaging digital resource that offers students an in-depth examination of more than 30 subject areas.  This database provides curriculum-driven content that supports Next Generation Science Standards through a variety of multimedia platforms that encourage student participation, experimentation, and critical thinking.
Small Business Collection is a compilation that provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories for business school students and entrepreneurs.  Offered through InfoTrac.
Student Edition is designed for high school students with access to a variety of magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.  Offered through InfoTrac.


TrueFLIX is for students in grades three to five.  It provides access to the eBook versions of Scholastic's nonfiction True Books series that cover many common science and social studies topics.  
Turnitin is an academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity.


United States Geography is an interactive database that provides a combination of authoritative research sources, standards-aligned lessons and activities, and coverage of recent events for all 50 U.S. states.  Offered through ABC-CLIO.
U.S. History Collection provides coverage of both current thought and events in U.S. History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.  Offered through InfoTrac.
U.S. History in Context provides information on significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. It combines reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted web sites.  Offered through InfoTrac.


Vocations and Careers Collection provides content covering such areas as general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.  Offered through InfoTrac.


War and Terrorism Collection provides insight to conflicts and their cause as well as their impact and how they are perceived on a global scale.  Offered through InfoTrac.
World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society presents  information and insights into the military conflicts that have defined our nation's identity from its beginning to today.   Offered through ABC-CLIO.
World Geography: Understanding a Changing World provides online tools that develop students' global literacy, focusing on the geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world.  Offered through ABC-CLIO.
World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras covers early human history around the globe—from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance.  Offered through ABC-CLIO.
World History Collection provides coverage of both the current thought and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.  Offered through InfoTrac.
World History in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. It combines reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted web sites.  Offered through InfoTrac.

World History: The Modern Era covers a broad range of topics in depth—the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; the global impact of the Industrial Revolution; and the last 100 years of conflicts and international cooperation.  Offered through ABC-CLIO.


World Religions Online explores religion and spirituality in an objective manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the elaborate rituals of today.  This database provides Topic Centers which focus on the world's major religions and traditional spiritual practices, such as Judaism and Native American religions.  It also features a timeline and a fact file on each religion, as well as a video gallery, an image gallery, and a calendar of holidays and observances.

Library Staff

Jessica  Caron


Lisa Leach