Wednesday November 29th, 2023

Period 1-CHC2D1

Welcome Grade 10 Historians! Today you will be researching Canada’s past and current peacekeeping missions and role in peacekeeping for your podcast.

Ms. Green has provided you with credible links and we would also recommend using the Virtual Library to access information. In addition there are several links that we think would be useful:

Canadian War Museum

Veterans Affairs

As always, remember to save your the links to your resources to make creating your Works Cited a breeze!


Remember that OWLPurdue is another good place to help with any citation needs, including MLA.

Tuesday November 28th, 2023

Periods 4-CHC2D7

Mr. Kosowan’s Grade 10 History class will be coming in to research technological innovations of World War Two.

We suggest using the following resources.

The Canadian Encyclopedia – This thorough collection of resources covers most Canadian options, but also looks at the local impact of globally renowned individuals and their innovations. It also provides links and a bibliography for easy access. – This is a good starting point for general information.

You will need to search your innovation within these websites.

Science History Institute

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

Resources for the CHC2O Included are the Virtual Library Catalogue,  Canadian Points of View and Global Issues in Context. 

Before you can access the database list, remember to indicate that you’re in Gr 9-12.

In some cases, using Google might be a good bet. Ask yourself the following questions though…

  1. Who created the information you’re using? Are they a trustworthy source? Why or why not?
  2. When was the information created? Is it out of date or premature maybe?
  3. Is there any implicit (or explicit) bias that you should take into account?

Tuesday November 21st, 2023

Period 1-HIF10-Ms. Wray

Today, we’ll be discussing the use of databases and websites for your Social Science research and APA citation.

Databases and Research

  1. The Library Catalogue provides you with remote access to our digital and streaming media collection. It also allows you to search the print collection to see what books are available for circulation.
  2. Other sources are easily accessed in the Virtual Library under the yellow FIND tile, such as Teen Health and Wellness, Kids Help Phone, Teens Health and CAMH. Remember to choose Grades 9-12, All Resources and Health and PE for this assignment.
  3. We’ll also discuss how to use our Academic Databases such as Canadian Reference Center and how to find passwords if you’re working virtually.
  4. Remember to keep track of any sites that you use so that you can format your References list easily.

APA Citation
This form of citation helps students show the source of their research and is quite simple to accomplish. We’ll talk about how we write a References list together in class and talk about why it’s important to know how to do it properly. Don’t forget to use parenthetical citations in the body of your work, leading Ms. Wray to the full entry in your Reference list.

You can download our APA Primer in PDF form Here, or view it below in your browser’s PDF viewer.


Don’t forget to use OWLPurdue for any questions about citing using APA.

Wednesday November 8th, 2023

Period 4- CHC2D7

Ms. Gaudettes’s Grade 10 History class will be coming to the Library to research a topic for their essay about World War Two.

To find information about your prominent Canadian, we suggest you use the following resources.

  1. The Library Catalogue allows you remote access to our print, digital and streaming resources from anywhere at any time. To access this resource, you’ll simply need your TDSB log-in information.
  2. The Canadian Encyclopedia is an excellent source of information.
  3. The History databases and websites within the Virtual Library may be helpful. Just remember to choose Grade 9-12 and History as the Subject in the SEARCH feature.

Remember that you will need to include a bibliography using  Chicago style of Citation. It is crucial to properly reference information that is not your own in order to give credit where it’s due and also to avoid PLAGIARISM. Providing your teacher with a URL for a website used unfortunately will not cut it anymore.

Using the following information will put you on the right track to creating a bibliography to be proud of!

Below you’ll find the Laurier Guide for Chicago Citation.


Thursday October 26, 2023

Welcome to the Library, Ms. Vieth’s PPL2/3/4 Class!

You’re here today to research mental illnesses for your assignment.

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


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.

As well, keep track of your sources of information so that you can format your Reference list in APA style.

Here’s a handy PDF to help you as well as a link to OWLPurdue.


Wednesday October 25th, 2023

Period 1-PLF4M-Ms. Vieth

Today, we’ll be discussing the use of APA citation for your Leaders Study Biography Assignment.

APA Citation
This form of citation helps students show the source of their research and is quite simple to accomplish. We’ll talk about how we write a References list together in class and talk about why it’s important to know how to do it properly.

You can download our APA Primer in PDF form Here, or view it below in your browser’s PDF viewer.


We also recommend the use of OWL Purdue as a resource for all types of citation.

Wednesday October 18th, 2023

Period 2-ENG2D7

Welcome to the library, Ms. McMulkin’s class!

Today you’re here to do some research connected to your novel.

Two great databases are Global Issues in Context and Canadian Encyclopedia, both found in the Virtual Library. They are password-protected when you’re at home so make sure you know where to find them in the Virtual Library. (Hint: look for the Orange Passwords Icon)

An external source that provides a good, neutral overview of countries and their history, political situations, etc is the CIA World Factbook.

As a reminder, it’s a good idea to keep track of your information and the sites you use so that you are easily able to format your Works Cited page in MLA.


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