Research Resources

T.F. South Online Book Catalog

Contains full-text sources from magazines, newspapers, primary source documents, biographies, almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference resources.
Outside of TFS you must log in with a username and password; please ask your teacher or the librarian if you do not have it.

Chicago Tribune
Full text of the Chicago Tribune newspaper. You must log in with a username and password; please ask your teacher or the librarian if you do not have it.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full text electronic books accessible from home or school.  Outside of TFS you must log in with a  password; please ask your teacher or the librarian if you do not have it.

Great Lives From History
Covering the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Modern Era, and the 17th and 18th Centuries, this database contains biographical information of most of the important people of these eras. 
You must log in with a username and password; please ask your teacher or the librarian if you do not have it.

Career Cruising
Interactive career guide featuring multimedia interviews with real people in every career, in-depth occupational profiles and information on colleges and universities. 
Students can log in with the letters TFT and then your ID number; the password is your date of birth.  Please see your counselor with questions about the site.

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Multidisciplinary by nature, GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Teacher Reference Center (TRC)
This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.

American Memory
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

First Search
Information found here is considered scholarly and well researched. Databases included are WorldCat, ABI Inform, PerAbs, and Wilson Select.

APA Formatting and Style Guide
APA (American Psychological Association) is used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource offers examples for the general format of APA research papers.

Citation Machine
APA/MLA citation generator

MLA Formatting and Style Guide
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource offers examples for the formatting of MLA research papers.

An online reference center with links to sources found in most public libraries. (Almanacs, Atlases, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauri, etc.)

Online access to the suburban libraries. Students can search over seventy libraries' holdings by author, keyword, subject, and title.  Titles can be borrowed and picked up at your local public library.

Lansing Public Library
Along with the library catalog, cardholders can use such resources as OCLC, which searches 9,000 libraries worldwide; Newsbank, which searches local newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune; and Global Road Warrior, which has cultural and physical information for over 170 countries and territories.

Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library
Cardholders have access to many great resources, including WorldBook Online Reference Center, a comprehensive online encyclopedia; Learn-A-Test, with practice tests and computer training courses; and the African American Experience, containing African American history and cultural information from over 300 sources.

Teachers and Staff

Gail Meyer
(708) 585-2197

Sterlin Johnson
Library Assistant
Assistant Speech Coach
(708) 585-2197

Mrs. Gail Meyer, Library Director

Education and Experience

MS, Library and Information Science; Dominican University, River Forest, IL
BA, English Language and Literature; University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
Lansing Public Library Youth and Teen Services Director; 2001-2008
TF South Library Director; 2008-present

Awards, Honors, and Presentations

Presenter on School and Public Library Collaboration, 2006
Those Who Excel Award, Illinois State Board of Education, 2009
Recipient of Dollar General Literacy Grant, 2010
Recipient of Secondary Reading League Grant, 2010
Recipient of Illinois Reading Council Grant, 2011
Excellence Counts Award, District 215, 2011
Recipient of Secondary Reading League Grant, 2014

Recipient of Illinois Reading Council Literacy Support Grant, 2017


Young Adult Library Services Association
Illinois School Library Media Association
American Library Association
Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
Children's Book Council