Tuesday March 8th, 2022

Welcome back ENG 4U scholars!

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

One great database is Global Issues in Context, found in the Virtual Library. It is 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.


Tuesday February 8th, 2022

Welcome to the Library, ENG4U classes!

You’re here today to search ebook options through the Toronto Public Library.

If you already have a Toronto Public Library library card, then you already know that you can borrow books through curbside pickup at your closest branch or borrow ebooks to read online using their Overdrive platform or Libby app. (Some branches are currently closed so check to make sure that the branch you want is open for curbside pick-up and in-library borrowing.)

If you don’t have a library card for the Public Library, it’s easy to get one online if you live in Toronto by registering for a Digital Access Card.

The TDSB Virtual Library does have ebook options but the selections generally are not appropriate in terms of reading level and content for an ENG4U ISU.

Wednesday May 13th, 2020


Ms. Baroti’s Grade 9 Pre-IB English class will be “coming” into the library to review researching an issue as it relates to The Chrysalids for their essay.

Below you can find a wonderful resource that will support your research.

Remember in any research, it is important to 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.

To access a reliable database such as Global Issues in Context, you’ll need to go through the Virtual Library, click on the yellow FIND button, choose  Grades 9-12 and either scroll down until you find it or type it into the search box. It is Password Protected. The login and passwords for EBSCO databases like Global Issues in Context are listed on the digital learnmark accessible on the home page of the Virtual Library in the top right corner.

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.