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.

Monday May 4th, 2020

Welcome to the Library, Ms. Magon’s HSP3U Class!

Ms. Magson’s Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology class will be coming to the Virtual Library to research their Mental Illness Case File assignment and review citing using Chicago Style.

For this assignment, you’ll need quality resources from different areas.

To access media resources, use our Catalogue; found on the Virtual Library. The Catalogue provides you access to streaming video and other digital resources. You’ll need to log in with your TDSB information to access the Catalogue.

Other digital sources can be found in the following slideshow.

Another valuable source would be the Vanier Institute of the Family, which has an awful interface but excellent research on mental health and its impact upon families.

The Government of Canada website may be helpful.

Using the search box in Healthlink B.C.’s website , may help you find information about your topic as a starting point.

Quebec’s government webpage for mental health may also yield some initial results.

Their are websites and organizations specific to some illnesses such as Tourette’s Syndrome so that may be an option to look into as you are researching.

Resources for the HSP3U

You will be using the 17th updated version of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Yes, there is now a 17th Edition. Which means the old PDF or printout you’ve used in the past is now obsolete. You are welcome to take it out of your binder and (safely and neatly) throw it into the Blue Bin.

The new file can be found right here at Chicago Citation at Laurier.

The basics are unchanged, but we feel that this new resource will provide you with a thorough overview of the expectations laid out by the 17th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Look at this slide show for basics on how/where/when to use the Footnotes.

Here is an example essay file called From the dawn of time where you see how footnotes work.

Citing Videos
You’ll find all manners of differing opinions on how to cite videos. To be honest, it can be daunting. If you’re citing a video that you found online, it’s probably best to go straight to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Section 14.280 of the Manual list the elements of an online video citation:

  •  If known, the name of the principle subject of the recording, such as a presenter, interviewee, journalist, or director..
  •  The title of the video clip, placed in “quotation marks.”
  •  The medium of the recording or name of the website on which the recording is located — YouTube video, MPEG file, New York Times video, etc.  The manual is not clear on when to list the medium of the recording vs. the name of the website.
  • The time length of the recording
  • The date on which the recording was uploaded
  • The URL at which the recording may be found

As always, we direct you to using OWLPurdue for more examples or to answer citation questions.

Thursday November 14th, 2019

Period Four-Grade 11 Law

Ms. Gaudette’s class will be coming in to research and plan a media piece for their Youth Criminal Justice Act assignment.

Your assignment is here:


Some helpful sites are listed here:

Youth Justice Canada

Exploring the Youth Criminal Justice Act

Justice for Children and Youth

Children and the Law-Ontario

Cleo Connect-Justice for Youth

Wednesday November 13th, 2019

Period One- CHW3M

Mr. Kosowan’s Grade 11 Ancient Civilization class will be coming to the Library to research for their Greek Elections assignment. Please see your current assignment for the updated dates.


We also suggest you use the following resources :

The Library Catalogue allows you remote access to our print, digital and streaming resources from anywhere at any time. To access this resource, you’ll simply need your TDSB log-in information.

Instead of just going to Google, you could also consult the following websites and databases as well:

Click on the link for a great resource about ancient Greece.

Fordham University has created an Internet Sourcebook that provides primary source documents different civilizations and eras across History.


The Perseus Project: From TUFTS University, this collection of cultural, historic and literary sources from the Greco-Roman world provides you with excellent material.

Another good website to look at is Ancient History Encyclopedia.

Period Four-CHC2D

Ms. Gaudette’s Grade 10 History class will be coming in to research technological innovations of World War Two.

Here is your assignment:

Technological Innovations of WW2 (1)

We suggest using the following resources.

The Canadian Encyclopedia – This thorough collection of resources covers most Canadian options, but also looks at the local impact of globally renowned individuals and their innovations. It also provides links and a bibliography for easy access. – This is a good starting point for general information.

You will need to search your innovation within these websites.

Science History Institute

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

Resources for the CHC2O Included are the Virtual Library Catalogue,  Canadian Points of View and Global Issues in Context. 

Before you can access the database list, remember to indicate that you’re in Gr 9-12.

In some cases, using Google might be a good bet. Ask yourself the following questions though…

  1. Who created the information you’re using? Are they a trustworthy source? Why or why not?
  2. When was the information created? Is it out of date or premature maybe?
  3. Is there any implicit (or explicit) bias that you should take into account?


Remember where to find help creating a Bibliography in Chicago form.

You may need to refer to Laurier’s handy Chicago Style handout. The file can be found right here at Chicago Citation at Laurier.