Wednesday March 4th, 2020

Welcome to Mr. Kosowan’s ENG 3U classes!

Please have a look at some of the resources that will help with your debate research topics.

The Virtual Library will be a good starting point, looking at online news sources as well as others.

Remember that when you are researching from home, the databases will be password protected. Use a learnmark or ask Mrs. Vilicic if you’ve forgotten the user ID & password.

The following links to websites may also be worth a look:

Fraser Institute

CDHowe Institute

The Broadbent Institute

Pew Research Center

Amnesty International

Also, as a reminder, remember that creating a Works Cited page in MLA is necessary for this assignment.

Use the document below (also found in Laurier Resources in the Library website) and OWL Purdue.


Wednesday November 27th, 2019

Curated Resources for Classes in the Library Today

Welcome to the Library!

Periods 2 & 3 – CHV201

Mr. Kosowan’s Civics classes are coming in to learn the basics of Chicago style bibliography and start their political party debate research.

You’ll find your assignment here:


One key piece of advice is to keep track of where you find your information while you are researching so that you can create your bibliography.

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

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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.

You have probably started researching your political party and your particular issue. The following links may be helpful in your research.

Conservative Party

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democrat Party (NDP)

People’s Party of Canada

Media Primers on the Election platforms may also be useful:



Another fun resource from CIVIX (formerly known as StudentVote), an organization which supports the election, are a series of videos featuring leader’s responses to questions raised by students across the country.

Use the Virtual Library to access newspapers but be advised that they all have a limit to how many free articles you may access.

Using the database Global Issues in Context is another way to access newspaper articles.

Remember that when you are at home, access to the databases in the Virtual Library are protected and you must use a user id and password found on your learnmark.

Wednesday September 11th, 2019

Period 3-ENG3U1

Ms. Muzzi’s Grade 11 English class will be coming into the library to review researching for a debate.

Below you can find resources that will support your research.

As you’ll have to research both sides of the debate, 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.

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.