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Mercyhurst Preparatory School Library: Peer Leadership - Mr. Ochalek

Peer Leadership Project

On this page you will find the numerous resources we have at the MPS Library to help you prepare your Peer Leadership presentation. Come and speak with Mr. Barbour if you have any more questions.  

We have a number of digital and print materials that you can use! Take advantage of all of them.  

Please keep in mind, however, that many of the topics explored in this section can be somewhat difficult to research.  Material on mental illness, self harm, substance abuse, and similar topics can sometimes be explicit and upsetting.  Use discretion when researching this material.

Print Resources in the MPS Library

Here are some of the books we have in our library that may be of interest to students in Mr. Ochalek's PL class.  Please keep in mind that these are only a few of the relevant books.  Plus, we are purchasing more everyday.  


Self Harm


Eating Disorders

Addiction and Substance Abuse


Electronic Resources

There are plenty of electronic resources that would be of great help to students working on this project.  The following are a few databases to which Mercyhurst Prep subscribes.  We pay for this high-level access.  

Issues & Controversies is a comprehensive website with thousands of scholarly articles on hundreds of topics.  After clicking the link, scroll down to Health and Medicine.  Among the issues covered in this section are Beauty and Body Imagine; Diet and Nutrition; Disease and Epidemics; Drugs and Alcohol; Health Care; Medical Ethics; Mental Health; and Smoking Bans and Tobacco

Global Issues in Context features hundreds of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health and cultural issues.  The Health and Medicine section would be particularly helpful to Peer Leadership students.  It presents hundreds of articles on topics such as Alcohol Abuse, Tobacco Health Hazards, and Mental Health.  

The Women, Children, and the Family section provides information on Cyber bullying, Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal, Custody Battles, Divorce, Hate Crimes, Human Trafficking, Mental Health, Marriage, Sexually-Transmitted Diseases, Teens and Technology, and Womens Rights (as well as dozens others).

Opposing Viewpoints is one of the best online resources available to high school and college students. This database links to magazine articles, news reports, academic studies, journal articles, statistics, primary sources, websites, and essays from scholars and doctors.  The Health and Medicine section offers resources on alcoholism, eating disorders, mental disorders, prescription medication abuse, and drunk driving (to name only a few).

Open Source Resources

There are plenty of terrific open source resources.  The trick is finding resources out there on the web that are reputable and trustworthy.  Because many of the topics you'll be exploring have to do with physical and mental health, here are two well-respected websites that feature information that is vetted and written by experts in the field.

Medline Plus is a service offered by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The Mayo Clinic is one of the premier medical practice and medical research organizations in the nation and world. Its website offers plenty of information on the topics important to the Peer Leadership.

Here are some other open-source websites that will be of help to you:

  • Social Issues - Links to pro/con on current social issues
  • Public Agenda - Analysis of public attitudes on social issues with overview, pro/con, organization links.
  • ProPublica – News investigations of significant government, business, and institutional wrongdoing.
  • Center for Public Integrity – Original reporting of public issues designed to make “institutional power more transparent and accountable.”
  • Center for Investigative Reporting – Critical investigations of injustice or abuse of power with actionable information to assist citizens.