Thursday, May 4th, 2023

Period 1 & 2 – NAC10

Welcome Ms. Nikkel’s Grade 9 Indigenous Art classes!

You are here today to CELEBRATE Indigenous artists, not to mention in-person learning!!!

There are a few good ways to search artists, musicians, etc. for your assignment. The first way is to look at the Virtual Library using Canadian Encyclopedia. This is a very reputable and trustworthy source. Remember that you first have to use the yellow FIND tile, select your grade range (9-12) and in this case, the subject should be Indigenous Studies.

When you have the Canadian Encyclopedia open, a good search term to use is: Influential Indigenous (Enter 1 of the following categories: Musicians/Artists/Authors/Actors/Writers/Entrepreneurs & Activists) in Canada.
For example: Influential Indigenous Musicians in Canada or Looking for an Indigenous Author or Wordsmith?

If you know who you want to research, Google their name. They may already have their own website.

If you know the artist’s name you can also have a look at the following websites: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Canadian Geographic, Widewalls, Toronto Arts Council, The National Gallery of Canada, DaVic Gallery-Native Canadian Arts

The Ontario Performing Arts Presenting Network has a series of resources about Indigenous Art and Artists across Ontario. Resource List: Indigenous Art and Artists | Ontario Performing Arts Presenting Network (

Youtube may also be useful in terms of adding video clips; just remember to spell their name correctly when searching for clips.


Wednesday, October 26th, 2022

In Period 4, Ms. Nikkel’s ATC3/4M Dance Class will be coming into the Library to research their Dance Style Research Assignment.

Hip Hop Hooray Dance GIF by This GIF Is Haunted

The TDSB Virtual Library’s Dance Guide
The Library Services team at Tippett Centre has put together a list of resources to help the Dance Enthusiast and those who just happen to be taking dance classes. Filled with lots of videos, research tools and databases, this is a great place to start.

bender GIF

Queensborough Community College : Dance Resources
This New York State based community college has a great series of links to consult when studying dance, as well as some they suggest avoiding! That’s some added value! There’s links for database and many other resources too!

Happy Dance GIF by Pokémon

Yeah, that’s right… Wikipedia is not without use. When students piggyback off the References from Wikipedia, students can really get a head start with some solid information.

Dance Dancing GIF by The Dude Perfect Show

Wednesday, December 6th

Curated Resources for Classes in the Library Today

Welcome to the Library!

Period 2 – ENG3U1-13
Ms. Nikkel’s Grade 11 University Prep English class will be coming in to continue their work on their Debate.

The Canadian Student Debating Federation has a great resource designed for students who are performing in a debate. If only we could find some students who were going to be in a debate…. Make sure you use their Research Aides, which are quite useful.

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

Included are the Virtual Library Catalogue, the Canadian Points of View, Global Issues in Context and the Advanced Placement Source.


For this assignment, you will be using the MLA school of citation. Remember that includes in-text citation and a References page at the end of the essay. We’ll go

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

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


Period 4 – CHC2D1-11

Click here to download a copy of your assignment.

Ms. Gaudette’s  Canadian History class will be coming to work on their “ABCs of the Defining Moments of the 20th Century” assignment. (Wow; that was a mouthful) The Laurier Librarians have created a list of 20th/21st Century Canadian History resources. This list of print sources covers important primary source documents that will help aid your research. We’ve labelled it as “CHC2D – Canadian History Primary Sources” It can be found HERE.

You’ll also find a great deal of material online. If we may be so bold, here’s a collection of easy-to-find links that should help.

OISE is where University students learn how to be teachers. They have amassed a collection of digital resources that help promote the use of Primary Sources in Canadian History. You should check it out.

The Canadian Letters & Images Project archives the Canadian war experience from those who were there. You can search for real primary source documents by era, theme and location. You can find letters, photos or pretty much anything else you could use in terms of primary sources in Canada. Definitely a great resource.

Thompson Rivers University has another great collection of Primary source documents. With a West Coast bias, you’ll find some different resources than us elitist Ontarians.

And hey, while we’re travelling across Canada; let’s stop at Brandon University. The good Manitoban researchers have compiled a very useful list of primary sources.

The Library Catalogue has great resources here too. You should check it out remember to use the login info from your learnmarks. Some of these topics are covered by streaming video and ebooks in addition to our traditional print collection. That catalogue is certainly an invaluable resource for you.