Tuesday, May 31st and June 1st, 2022

Good morning scholars and welcome back to the Library

Periods 1 & 2 – IB. Cohort – Class of 2023

Today, the Grade 11 Cohort will be coming down to discuss research tactics and resources to prepare for the upcoming Extended Essays.

Resources

Subject Specific Guides
The I.B. writes subject-specific guides to help students and mentors navigate the specifics for their subject. There, you’ll find information that will help you with initial reading and research on the way to crafting a Research Question. It’s a great resource!

The Virtual Library and Advanced Placement Source
The TDSB has spent lots of money on some very good resources. I’d especially recommend Advanced Placement Source. We’ll talk a bit about how to find off-site passwords and cover the mechanics of this Database and how to use it effectively.

Toronto Public Library Resources
The TPL has subscriptions to Academic OneFile and JSTOR, which are both excellent resources for your research. To access them, you’ll need your Toronto Public Library login/password. If you don’t have one yet, there’s no time like the present, and there’s a branch at the plaza!

Secondary Resources for Papers
While this might apply for all students, it’s important to remember that many of the E.E. topics require an examination of what “the field” has to say about the topic. Whether that’s analyzing what historians say about a particular era, or literary theorists might say about Dickensian fiction; you’ll need to look at “the experts”. By looking at some of the databases found on the Virtual Library or TPL, you can find what the experts in your field have to say about issues relating to your Research Question. Addressing those expert opinions in your paper is an incredibly sound strategy, and you’re all highly encouraged to look for that kind of research. We can go over some of the tips/tricks for finding that.

Citation Resources
At Laurier, we have locally created materials that cover the APA, MLA and Chicago schools of citation. You should utilize those guides to help support your citation. Another valuable resources is OWL @ Purdue, which we also consult with citation-related inquiry as Teacher-Librarians.

Subject Reports
The I.B. releases Subject Reports on a semi-annual basis to provide feedback to IB Schools, Mentors and future writers of the Essay. Here, for you, can you find a ZIP file with oodles of great information on what to do and what not to do.

2018 Reports (ZIP File)

2021 Reports (ZIP File)

Friday, May 6th, 2022

Good morning y’all and welcome to the Library. Have to say; it’s great to have the website back up and running!

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Today’s Classes

Period 2 & 3- Ms. Bulloch’s SBI3C1 Classes

You’re coming in to continue your research on Bacteria. Not the fun kind though, from yogurt commercials. The nasty ones. The Pathogens….

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Researching these topics should be straight-forward, but let me tell you how I’d tackle it.

Tip One: The Wikipedia Hack
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Sure, you’re Grade 8 teacher probably told you that Wikipedia is bad. That nasty Wikipedia would try to fool you with fake news, right? Well, not so fast. While it’s not a great source to put ON an assignment, the good people at Wikipedia have to show their resources, and mining the Wikipedia Reference page is an excellent way to find valuable sources about your topic!

Screenshot of Wikipedia entry for Botulism. See those tasty resources, ready for you to use!

Tip Two: Library Databases
https://www.tdsb.on.ca/library/HOME/Find/schoolNo/4166
The TDSB and the Ministry of Education have spent a great deal of money on amazing research databases for students just like you! We’ll talk about some of those when you’re in.

Tip Three: The CDC – Centre for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions/
The American CDC has amazing resources on the pathogens you’re looking to research. It’s a must-use as I see it.

Tip Four: Health Canada’s Diseases and Disorders
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-concerns/diseases-conditions/more-diseases-conditions.html
Health Canada’s database of diseases and disorders give you Canadian Content that should help you with their research.

Period 4 Ms. Veliu – CHV2O1 – Civics & Citizenship

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! (Remember to keep track of where you found your information so that formatting your bibliography will be a breeze!)

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

Chicago-Citation-at-Laurier

Remember to look to OWL @ Purdue for other questions that arise about citation. It’s where Mr. Kosowan and Mrs. Vilicic go when we’re looking for information about citation.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

It’s a great day to be in the Library! Come on in and stay a while….

NOTE: The Library will be closed to students for part of lunch today as there is PD being run in here.

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Period 2 – Ms. Papoutsis’ CGC1D8 (Grade 9 Geography)

Greetings geographers and welcome to the Library.

Today, you’re looking at Landforms, which you’ll need to use Laurier’s Virtual Library to research.

Luckily, your teacher has given you the URLs needed on the handouts; so that’s pretty easy to navigate!

Our focus together, that’ll be upon discussing 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.

Below, you’ll see the Laurier handout for how to create APA reference lists.

The-APA-Working-File

Here is another option for ESL learners from a local college.

George Brown’s APA guide for ESL


Period 4 – Ms. Papoutsis’ CGC1D (Grade 9 Geography)

Greetings geographers and welcome to the Library.

Today, you’re looking at Landforms, which you’ll need to use Laurier’s Virtual Library to research.

Luckily, your teacher has given you the URLs needed on the handouts; so that’s pretty easy to navigate!

Our focus together, that’ll be upon discussing 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.

The-APA-Working-File

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

Periods 1 & 2 – HZT4U with Ms. Maharaj

Good morning Philosophers and welcome to the Library.

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Today, we’ll be (re)introducing Chiacgo Citation, focusing upon how to create Footnotes and a Bibliography.

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

Chicago-Citation-at-Laurier

Remember to look to OWL @ Purdue for other questions that arise about citation.

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Period 3 – SBI3U7 – Feat. Mr. Oster

Good morning I.B. Biology fans, today you’ll be working in the Library and learning about how to find reputable scientific articles as well as how to cite them using APA.

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Today we’re going to look at the best database, (Advanced Placement Source) within the TDSB’s Virtual Library for your peer-reviewed articles.

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.

We will also review APA referencing as you will need to cite your source for your article. Please reference the following document for examples, specifically on page 2.

The-APA-Working-File

OWL Purdue is also another good source for reference help.


Period 4 – HFA4U with Ms. Wray

Welcome Nutritionists!

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 its important to know how to do properly.

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

The-APA-Working-File

OWL Purdue is also another good source for reference help.

Databases and Research

  1. The AP Source found HERE provides students with excellent peer-reviewed journals with tools to help organize and cite research. It’s the most powerful database we have.
  2. 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 will be available for circulation.
  3. We’ll also discuss how to use our Academic Databases and how to find passwords if working virtually.

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.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

Welcome back to school after a well-deserved 4 day weekend.

Block B – Ms. Magson’s HSC4M

Ms. Magson’s World Cultures class will be coming into the Library to work on their Cultural Practices assignment.

We’ll start off by discussing Chicago Citation, which is a method used by many teachers at Laurier’s CWS department.

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

Chicago-Citation-at-Laurier

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

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Several books that highlight cultural practices were pulled and will be available to the class. In terms of research on this topic, consider how you’re going to make use of search terms. It will be important to be precise with your choice of keywords as you utilize web browsers. The School’s databases might have some information, but search engines will be your most effective tool here.

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Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Good morning,

Period 1 – Ms. Jackman’s SBI4U Class

Welcome Ms. Jackman’s Grade 12 IB Biology class!

Today we’re going to look at the best database, (Advanced Placement Source) within the TDSB’s Virtual Library for your peer-reviewed articles.

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.

The user id for EBSCO databases, such as Advanced Placement Source is tdsb and the password is trillium21!

We will also review APA referencing as you will need to cite your source for your article. Please reference the following document for examples, specifically on page 2.

The-APA-Working-File

OWL Purdue is also another good source for reference help.

Period 2Ms. Muzzi’s ADD2O1-6A

Ms. Muzzi’s Grade 10 Stage Crew Class is coming in to work on their speech assignment.

We have several books that include famous and maybe even inspirational speeches. We can photocopy some of them for you to annotate.

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Also, there is the grandeur of the Internet.

Here are some sites that include full-text speeches.

https://www.neil.blog/best-speeches-full-transcripts

https://jamesclear.com/great-speeches

https://www.rev.com/blog/transcript-category/classic-speech-transcripts

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Period 4- Ms. Muzzi’s ADD3/4M1-8A

Ms. Muzzi’s Grade 11 & 12 Stage Crew Class is coming in to work on their speech assignment.

We have several books that include famous and maybe even inspirational speeches. We can photocopy some of them for you to annotate.

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Also, there is the grandeur of the Internet.

Here are some sites that include full-text speeches.

https://www.neil.blog/best-speeches-full-transcripts

https://jamesclear.com/great-speeches

https://www.rev.com/blog/transcript-category/classic-speech-transcripts

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Period 2 – HSP3U with Ms. Wray

Today, we’ll be discussing APA citation and looking at the use of academic databases.

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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 its important to know how to do properly.

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

The-APA-Working-File

Databases and Research

  1. The AP Source found HERE provides students with excellent peer-reviewed journals with tools to help organize and cite research. It’s the most powerful database we have.
  2. 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 will be available for circulation.
  3. We’ll also discuss how to use our Academic Databases and how to find passwords if working virtually.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Welcome to the Library and Learning Commons!

It’s a snowy day out there today. Hope you brought spare shoes. 🙂

Morning session – Maharaj – CHV2O1 – Civics & Citizenship

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! (Remember to keep track of where you found your information so that formatting your bibliography will be a breeze!)

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

Chicago-Citation-at-Laurier

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

Afternoon Session – Liang – SNC2D

Mr. Liang’s Grade 10 Science class will be coming down to learn about Fake News.

SNC2D-Summative-Project_-Is-It-Fake-News_

Assessing-Resources

We’ll talk about:

  • The Spread of Fake News
  • How to assess a source
  • Taking a deep dive on Bill Nye
  • Bad Presentations and How to Avoid Them

You’ll be back in the library later this week to learn about APA Citation.

Thursday, November 11th

Today, we would like to respectfully observe Remembrance Day, where those who lost their lives in, to and for conflict are remembered by those who lived and endure.


History of the Poppy
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est [Latin for “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country“.]

Pro patria mori. (Owen, Wilfred, Dulce et Decorum Est)

Booked Classes

Mr. Furguile’s ENG2D class will be coming into the Library today to talk about Memoirs.

Memoirs are amazing works of writing that look at one’s own life. For this assignment, students will need to find a memoir to read and explore.

Ms. Karasan will be working with you today to show you a great list of memoirs and help you find one you’re interested in.

List-of-Memoirs

Below, you’ll find the slideshow presented in class about the importance of the Memoir.

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