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 January 18th, 2021

GPP Peer Leadership

Today you will be looking at a variety of sources while researching your chosen topics. Some of those sources should include….

The Virtual Library’s Educator Resources  are used by Teachers when they need to do related research in the field of education. Seems like a solid place to go….. Use the different databases found here and be sure to keep a record of each source as it’ll make citation far easier.

The Advanced Placement Source also provides elite-level access to a high-achieving academic database. With access to thousands of peer-reviewed journals and other academically viable sources of research, the AP Source should be used heavily in your research. Login and Password for the AP Source can be found on the Virtual Library Home Page in the orange passwords and info icon.

  • Passwords can be found in your student agenda or on the Learnmarks provided to your Homeform in September.

Teen Health and Wellness is a database in the Virtual Library that focuses on issues relevant to teens such as bullying and academic anxiety.

Another academic source is JSTOR.

The Internet is an acceptable place to search as long as you are looking for reputable websites that often end in .org, .edu, .com, .gov., .ca, .on. Canadian newspapers such as The Toronto Star & The Globe and Mail report on local and national education issues as well. Other sources include local teacher union websites such as OSSTF (secondary) and EFTO (elementary) Jennifer Brown, as the current ETT President, has written many articles about the status of education as well. The Conversation is also a hub for education issues. is another source of information on current educational issues.


For your annotated bibliography, you will be using the APA school of citation.

Here are some common examples of what that should look like.

Examples of Annotated Bibliography

The file discussed with the class for easy access can be found here The APA Working File.

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.