Friday, November 10th, 2023

Periods 3 & 4 – SNC2D – Ms. Quinn

Welcome Scientists! You are here to work on your Organ System Diseases Research assignment.

So, why are the Librarians involved? Great question.

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We’re here to talk to you about citation and how to find information for your work.

This Primer on APA will help explain the basics of how you’ll be citing your work within a report as well as how to create the “References” list.


OWL Purdue is another option if you need help with APA citation.

Today we’re going to look at TDSB’s Virtual Library for your research.

Remember to select your Grade range (9-12) and subject area (Science &/or Health) before starting to search in the yellow FIND tile.

Options include:

Remember that the databases are password-protected and some of the passwords have changed since last year. You will need to be logged into AW to access these resources. Look for the orange Passwords & Info icon in the Virtual Library.

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You’ll see this at the top of the Virtual Library page.

Monday, June 12th, 2023

Greetings to the IB Grade 11s!

Today, we’ll spend time preparing an Annotated Bibliography for you to discuss with your mentor.

This annotated bibliography will help you frame your research and provide content for you and your mentor to discuss regarding your research progress.

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Hopefully, you’ll have a list of sources you’ve consulted (some useful, some less so) that will highlight the hard work you’ve accomplished thus far in the journey.

What you have to do

You will create an Annotated Bibliography by June 16th to present to your mentor.

What’s that you ask? Well, an annotated bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.,) that one has used when researching a topic. An annotation is a summary or an evaluation of that source.

1. You should use the school of citation that is utilized by your particular subject area.

 a. Biology, Chemistry, Physics – APA
b. Mathematics – APA
c. Economics – Chicago
d. History – Chicago
e. Psychology – APA
f. English Literature – MLA
g. French – Le style MLA

2. Your annotation should include the following:

  1. Summarize – What are the arguments, what conclusions does the author make, what topics are covered in the article?
  2. Assess – Will this article be helpful (how and why? How does it compare to other sources used? What is the goal of this source? If it wasn’t useful; why not?
  3. Reflect – How does this sources fit into your research? How does it shape your argument/understanding of your topic? Did it change/alter your approach to the process?

3. Ensure that you have a minimum of 4 sources in your annotated bibliography. [With the exception of English Literature]

You should also upload the Annotated Bibliography to your RRS on Managebac, so you can use it as a catalyst for reflections.

Also, remember to use your time effectively. The stronger the foundation of this paper is in June; the easier your September/October will be!

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Monday, May 29th, 2023

Welcome back for your 2nd day in the Library

We’ll be talking about how to communicate with your mentor in a way that will build those interpersonal skills as well as make sure they’re looking forward to seeing you and your ideas!

Notes on the process
The Student-Mentor Relationship | Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I. Library & Learning Commons (

The Reflection Process
The Reflection Process | Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I. Library & Learning Commons (

Using Managebac with your E.E.

Using Managebac – Student Edition | Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I. Library & Learning Commons (

Friday, May 26th, 2023 – Workshop I

Hello Year One IB Peoples,

Word is you were assigned Mentors on Thursday and you’re ready to get things started for your Extended Essay.

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There are 3 workshops you’ll be taking this spring to prepare you for the E.E.

Workshop One: May 26th – Researching and Getting Ready for your E.E.

So you have a Subject and a Mentor. Let’s talk about how to start.

Have you done the following…?

  • Emailed the mentor to introduce yourself
  • Think about what your interests are within the subject area
  • Read over the E.E. Subject Guide
  • Looked over ManageBac

Our focus today will be directed to how to start “researching” for this subject.

We’ll discuss Databases, Search Engines and avenues for research.

There’s also two skill builders provided:

Well Formulated Research Questions

Well Formulated Research Questions (English Literature Edition)

Next week we’ll talk about how to approach the relationship with your Mentor to ensure that you put yourself in a position to succeed with the E.E.

Monday, May 8th, 2023

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

Ms. Magson’s Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology class will be coming in tocay to research their Mental Illness Case File assignment.

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

Resources for HSP

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.

Teen Health and Wellness is another good starting point, accessible through the Virtual Library and password-protected from home.

External links that 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.

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

Period 1 & 2 – NAC10

Welcome Ms. Nikkel’s Grade 9 Indigenous Art classes!

You are here today to CELEBRATE Indigenous artists, not to mention in-person learning!!!

There are a few good ways to search artists, musicians, etc. for your assignment. The first way is to look at the Virtual Library using Canadian Encyclopedia. This is a very reputable and trustworthy source. Remember that you first have to use the yellow FIND tile, select your grade range (9-12) and in this case, the subject should be Indigenous Studies.

When you have the Canadian Encyclopedia open, a good search term to use is: Influential Indigenous (Enter 1 of the following categories: Musicians/Artists/Authors/Actors/Writers/Entrepreneurs & Activists) in Canada.
For example: Influential Indigenous Musicians in Canada or Looking for an Indigenous Author or Wordsmith?

If you know who you want to research, Google their name. They may already have their own website.

If you know the artist’s name you can also have a look at the following websites: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Canadian Geographic, Widewalls, Toronto Arts Council, The National Gallery of Canada, DaVic Gallery-Native Canadian Arts

The Ontario Performing Arts Presenting Network has a series of resources about Indigenous Art and Artists across Ontario. Resource List: Indigenous Art and Artists | Ontario Performing Arts Presenting Network (

Youtube may also be useful in terms of adding video clips; just remember to spell their name correctly when searching for clips.


Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

Period 3 – Ms. Shockness’ ENG4U Class

So, you’re back Grade 12s!

We’ll be going over MLA Citation today, as you prepare to write your ISU essays!

Here’s some links that will come in handy.

MLA Citation

For your ENG4U class [and all your previous English courses], you use the MLA Citation guide to generate your Works Cited list and to create your Parenthetical Citations.

We’ll review the rules for MLA Citation, including how to create a proper Works Cited list.



Integrating Quotations

Integrating a quotation into your writing is a fairly important part of the writing process. Keep in mind, that different teachers will have different preferences when it comes to this. OWL @ Purdue has information about how quotations should be best formatted using the MLA.

I always advise to consider the following:

  • Length of Quotation
    • Very long quotes should be placed in a free-standing block of text and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented 1/2 inch from the left margin while maintaining double-spacing. Your parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark. When quoting verse, maintain original line breaks.
  • Your Sentence and Paragraph Structure
    • Quotations are generally best received when integrated within your writing structure. This maintains your writer’s voice and allows your reader to read unimpeded.
  • Adjustment for Brevity and Truncation
    • Sometimes you need to shorten a quotation, or remove parts in the middle that make the quote too long. As long as you’re not removing words/phrases to change its meaning, it’s fine! Just use ellipses [three dotes . . . ] to show that there were originally words in the quotation that you’ve removed. If you need to change a word to match your sentence structure, use a Square Bracket around what was changed. For example, this could be used to change “I” or “he” to [Macbeth]

This PDF from Thompson Rivers University should help too.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

It’s a beautiful day in the Library today. And we’re happy to welcome Mr. Woodley’s CGW4U course to the Library!

You’re coming in to the Library to work on your research project.

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Here’s where I’d suggest you look

We recommend the Virtual Library for databases as well as the Library Catalogue for a variety of media pieces. Do we have a vested interest in you using us;

Sources We’d Recommend (Click on the icon to use the source. Password information can be found at bottom of page)

Canadian Points of View: Issues from a global and national perspective with a Canadian twist; this collection of resources can provide you with a multi-faceted look at your topic.

Global Issues in Context: Compiled by Gage, this world-leading resource focuses upon the global community with an inter-discplinary approach.

Advanced Placement Source
University level research in your hands! This game-changing database is powerful and effective.

Remember to select your grade, 9-12, when searching for these databases.

The Login Information can be found in the Password link found below


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Also, if you have your Toronto Public Library Card, you can access JSTOR. This database provides high-yield results at a truly academic level.

The CIA World Factbook isn’t only about clandestine backchannel meetings between operatives. It also houses some of the greatest data about the different nations and some of their greatest problems. Pay particular attention to transnational issues when reading about different countries, as that’ll give you a lot of good detail!

Friday, February 10th, 2023

Good morning, and welcome to the library.

Today’s a Book Talk kind of day! Our Favourite here!!!

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Period One: Ms. Gentile’s ESL-E class will be working with Ms. Vilicic to find exciting books for their assignment.

We’ll work hard to help you find the book of your dreams!

Period Two: Ms. Gentile’s ENG2D class will be working with Mr. Kosowan to find exciting books for their assignment.

We’ll talk about exciting selections in the major genres in the Library!

Period Three: Ms. Gentile’s ENG2D class will be working with Mr. Kosowan to find exciting books for their assignment.

We’ll talk about exciting selections in the major genres in the Library!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Ms. Shockness’ ENG4U class is coming in to learn about MLA.

We’ll be talking about the importance of using parenthetical citations (Kosowan) in our work and how to ensure that we don’t break the rules. We’ll be discussing how the use of parenthetical citations “[provide] relevant source information in parentheses whenever a sentence uses a quotation or paraphrase” (“MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics”).

We’ll also be talking about how to generate an effective Works Cited List.



The following video from OWLPurdue is a great reminder of what in-text citations look like.

What’s that? You’ve done all this before?

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The reality is that everyone needs a refresher on citation from time to time…. so this will be gentle…. promise.

Sure…. you’ve learned this before…. but if you were so good at it; would you be having to come back in and do it all over again? 🙂

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