Thursday May 28th, 2020


Materials to support the Wrongfully Convicted Assignment in the current Civics classes of Ms. Cross, Ms. Gandhi, Ms. Magson and Mr. Woodley

Here are some links that you might find useful:

The Innocence Project

Innocence Canada formerly known as The Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC)

Injustice Busters

CBC Digital Archives

We also recommend Gale in Context-Global Issues, an excellent database found in the Virtual Library. It is particularly good for this assignment because you can access Canadian news articles. Because you are accessing it from home, you will need to make sure that you are logged into AW, and use the following login/password: trillium/trillium.

You will be creating a Bibliography in Chicago Style and it’s helpful if you have some examples to look at. We have created a guide for you to use and also recommend OWLPurdue if you would like an online source that is trustworthy.

Remember that with any citation for any class, your teacher’s instructions  will be the ones to follow.


Monday May 25th, 2020

Grade 9 Science

Ms. Lane’s SNC1D1/7 classes will be coming to the Virtual Library to work on their Invasive Species/Endangered Species assignment.


The websites that Ms. Lane has shared with you are excellent starting points for figuring out which type of species you are interested in and beginning to collect your information.

Invading Species in Ontario

Government of Ontario Species at Risk

Toronto Zoo’s Guide to Fighting Extinction

Here are some other very useful resources you can pick up at the Laurier Virtual Library. 

Resources for the SNC1D1/7

Before you can access the database list, click on the yellow FIND tile and remember to indicate that you’re in Gr 9-12. These databases are password protected when you are accessing them from home. You will need to be logged into AW first and use the user id/password, trillium/trillium to access most of the databases. Infobase e-books (see below) id/password is elem/elem.

Recommended databases are:

The Science Reference Center
Infobase e-books
Gale in Context-Canada

The Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue will also will allow you remote access to our Electronic and Streaming Media/Video Collection.

As always, remember to keep track of where you found your information by the website or database name and the title of the article/information so that you can properly cite/format it for the assignment using APA.


For Science assignments, you probably remember that you will be using the APA school of citation. Follow Ms. Lane’s instructions regarding citing your sources. She does not require a Reference List at the end of your work. Your teacher is the BOSS of how you give credit to your resources. Make sure you follow her instructions, using the Online Research Notes form.

Click HERE to see some examples.

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You will likely want to use pictures or images in the presentation of your species and we would recommend using websites that do not require a citation, if possible. Here are two good sites for free stock photos:



Citing a Picture
You should always cite your pictures, if possible. Have a look at the following videos to help you through that process. It’s not as hard as you think!

Using and Referencing Images in APA from Charles Darwin University
APA in Minutes from Humber College Library

As a reminder, here is an example of how to cite pictures:
APA References List citation

Remember to look to OWL @ Purdue for other questions that arise about citation. It’s where Ms. Vilicic or Ms. Kelso go when we’re looking for information about citation.

Wednesday May 20, 2020

Welcome to the Library, Ms. Savage’s HSP3U Class!

Ms. Savage’s Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology class will be coming to the Virtual Library to research their Mental Illness Case File assignment and review how to create a Bibliography using Chicago Style Citation.

For this assignment, you’ll need quality resources from different areas.

Resources for the HSP3U

If we were at school, we would be showing you our fairly extensive collection of books on many of your topics. In lieu of this, Ms. Savage has shared with you the Toronto Public Library’s Overdrive Access information so that you are able to obtain information from their e-book collection.

To access media resources, use our Catalogue; found on the Virtual Library. The Catalogue provides you access to streaming video and other digital resources. You’ll need to log in with your TDSB information to access the Catalogue as well as use the digital learnmark for passwords to Learn360 and CBC Curio. (see note in red below)

To access a reliable database such as Advanced Placement Source, you’ll need to go through the Virtual Library, click on the yellow FIND button, choose  Grades 9-12 and it will be the first entry you see. It is Password Protected. The login and passwords for EBSCO databases like AP Source and Global Issues in Context are listed on the digital learnmark accessible on the home page of the Virtual Library in the top right corner.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is also a great resource accessed through the Virtual Library as well. It is not password protected.

Other online sites can be useful too and we have added some links here to a few that we think may be helpful.

A valuable resource is the Vanier Institute of the Family, which has excellent research on mental health and its impact upon families. Use the Search feature to find information on your illness/disorder.

The Government of Canada website may be helpful.

Using the search box in Healthlink B.C.’s websitemay help you find information about your topic as a starting point.

Quebec’s government webpage for mental health may also yield some initial results.

There are websites and organizations specific to some illnesses such as Tourette’s Syndrome so that may be an option to look into as you are researching.


You will be using the 17th updated version of the Chicago Manual of Style.

The new file can be found here at Chicago Citation at Laurier.

The basics are unchanged, but we feel that this new resource will provide you with a thorough overview of the expectations laid out by the 17th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Remember to use Ms. Magson’s example Bibliography as posted in your classroom for details specific to your class.

Citing Videos
You’ll find all manners of differing opinions on how to cite videos. To be honest, it can be daunting. If you’re citing a video that you found online, it’s probably best to go straight to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Section 14.280 of the Manual list the elements of an online video citation:

  •  If known, the name of the principle subject of the recording, such as a presenter, interviewee, journalist, or director..
  •  The title of the video clip, placed in “quotation marks.”
  •  The medium of the recording or name of the website on which the recording is located — YouTube video, MPEG file, New York Times video, etc.  The manual is not clear on when to list the medium of the recording vs. the name of the website.
  • The time length of the recording
  • The date on which the recording was uploaded
  • The URL at which the recording may be found

As always, we direct you to using OWLPurdue for more examples or to answer citation questions.

Wednesday May 13th, 2020


Ms. Baroti’s Grade 9 Pre-IB English class will be “coming” into the library to review researching an issue as it relates to The Chrysalids for their essay.

Below you can find a wonderful resource that will support your research.

Remember in any research, it is important to be deliberate about your search terms. Remember that simply typing your question/theme/topic into a search bar will yield middling results. Think about all the synonyms for your search terms and you’ll be able to find excellent resources.

To access a reliable database such as Global Issues in Context, you’ll need to go through the Virtual Library, click on the yellow FIND button, choose  Grades 9-12 and either scroll down until you find it or type it into the search box. It is Password Protected. The login and passwords for EBSCO databases like Global Issues in Context are listed on the digital learnmark accessible on the home page of the Virtual Library in the top right corner.

You are being asked to cite your research using MLA. Keep an accurate record of all sources you use and create a Working Works Cited list. This is a list that allows you to add or remove sources so you can ensure the Submitted Works Cited List is accurate. By showing your working Works Cited list to your teacher or to a teacher-librarian, you’ll be able to get ahead of the game and maybe even earn a higher grade.


The MLA Working File

From Owl Purdue:

Many of you will be using articles that are found within databases so you will need to cite the article and after that, add the database information.

An Article from an Online Database (or Other Electronic Subscription Service)

Cite online databases (e.g. LexisNexis, ProQuest, JSTOR, ScienceDirect) and other subscription services as containers. Thus, provide the title of the database italicized before the DOI or URL. If a DOI is not provided, use the URL instead. Provide the date of access if you wish.

Alonso, Alvaro, and Julio A. Camargo. “Toxicity of Nitrite to Three Species of Freshwater Invertebrates.” Environmental Toxicology, vol. 21, no. 1, 3 Feb. 2006, pp. 90-94. Wiley Online Library, doi:10.1002/tox.20155.

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal, vol. 50, no. 1, 2007, pp. 173-96. ProQuest, doi:10.1017/S0018246X06005966. Accessed 27 May 2009.