Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Ms. Shockness’ ENG4U class is coming in to learn about MLA.


We’ll be talking about the importance of using parenthetical citations (Kosowan) in our work and how to ensure that we don’t break the rules. We’ll be discussing how the use of parenthetical citations “[provide] relevant source information in parentheses whenever a sentence uses a quotation or paraphrase” (“MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics”).

We’ll also be talking about how to generate an effective Works Cited List.

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The following video from OWLPurdue is a great reminder of what in-text citations look like.

What’s that? You’ve done all this before?

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The reality is that everyone needs a refresher on citation from time to time…. so this will be gentle…. promise.

Sure…. you’ve learned this before…. but if you were so good at it; would you be having to come back in and do it all over again? 🙂

Wednesday, November 9th

Ms. Lane’s SNC2D classes will be working on their Issues in Biology assignment.

So, why are the Librarians involved? Great question.

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We’re here to talk to you about Citation and How to Find Articles for your work.

This Primer on APA will help explain the basics of how you’ll be citing your work within a report as well as how to create the “References” list.

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OWL Purdue is another option if you need help with APA citation.

Today we’re going to look at the best database, (Advanced Placement Source) within the TDSB’s Virtual Library for your peer-reviewed articles.

Other options include

Remember that the databases are password-protected and some of the passwords have changed since last year. You will need to be logged into AW to access these resources. Look for the orange Passwords & Info icon in the Virtual Library.

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You’ll see this at the top of the Virtual Library page.

Friday, October 28th, 2022

Period 2

Ms. Kelso’s Civics class will be researching for their debate assignment.

A great resource is Canadian Points of View Reference Centre .
Like other great databases, this is found in the Virtual Library, using the FIND tile, selecting your grade range (9-12), and Resource type (databases).

Use this handy cheat sheet to help your search.

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Period 4

Welcome back to the Library scholars!

Today, we’re welcoming Ms. Muzzi’s Grade 11/12 Drama class to the Library.

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Ms. Muzzi wants you to find theatre reviews of current plays, which can be tricky.

Do we really need to know what a random person on TikTok thinks about The Shark is Broken? Probably not.

What you need are real reviews, ideally from people who know what they’re talking about.

So, with that, I’ve gathered a collection of websites that should really help.


Toronto Specific Sites

Now Toronto
This biweekly publication is a Toronto institution, and its theatre reviews have been a part of their work since being founded in 1981. You’ll be able to read theatre reviews of plays (small and large) from their resident critics. Free and topical, it’s a great source.

Stage-Door 
The “oldest theatre review website in Ontario was founded in 1994 to cover all theatre-related news in southwestern Ontario”. Their goal is to “chronicle the wealth of theatre in the province through news, reviews and production listings.” They have archived reviews and they are written professionally with an eye to proper critiquing standards.

 International Sites
Broadway World
Featuring reviews of plays on Broadway and in countries all over the world, including Canada, Broadway World provides a list of abstracts of full reviews are featured with links to the full review.
In some cases, it’ll bring to a Paywall end (Like the NYT or WSJ) but in other cases, you can access the full review (I.e., Variety, New York Stage Review, etc.,). For example, click HERE for a collection of reviews about The Piano Lesson.

New York Theatre Guide
Discover more about Broadway shows playing right now and find out more about Broadway theatre in New York City. New York Theatre Guide employs multiple critics to cover a wide range of Broadway shows in order to ensure a diversity of opinion. Scroll through recent and past Broadway show reviews from New York Theatre Guide below.I can’t imagine it’d take more than 10 minutes to show them how to access those sites and they’d have the rest of class to get to the nitty-gritty.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Wikipedia
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.

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Thursday, September 29th

Mr. Oster’s SBI3U7’s Class will be working on their assignment.

So, why are the Librarians involved? Great question.

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We’re here to talk to you about Citation and How to Find Articles for your IA work.

This Primer on APA will help explain the basics of how you’ll be citing your work within a report as well as how to create the “References” list.

The-APA-Working-File-Updated-April-26-1

Today we’re going to look at the best database, (Advanced Placement Source) within the TDSB’s Virtual Library for your peer-reviewed articles.

Remember that the databases are password-protected and some of the passwords have changed since last year. You will need to be logged into AW to access these resources. Look for the orange Passwords & Info icon in the Virtual Library.

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You’ll see this at the top of the Virtual Library page.

We will also review APA referencing as you will need to cite your source for your article. Please reference the following document for examples, specifically on page 2.

Mr. Oster has provided explicit instructions regarding the formatting of tables and graphs on your handout. OWL Purdue is also another good source for reference help, if necessary.

Tuesday, May 31st and June 1st, 2022

Good morning scholars and welcome back to the Library

Periods 1 & 2 – IB. Cohort – Class of 2023

Today, the Grade 11 Cohort will be coming down to discuss research tactics and resources to prepare for the upcoming Extended Essays.

Resources

Subject Specific Guides
The I.B. writes subject-specific guides to help students and mentors navigate the specifics for their subject. There, you’ll find information that will help you with initial reading and research on the way to crafting a Research Question. It’s a great resource!

The Virtual Library and Advanced Placement Source
The TDSB has spent lots of money on some very good resources. I’d especially recommend Advanced Placement Source. We’ll talk a bit about how to find off-site passwords and cover the mechanics of this Database and how to use it effectively.

Toronto Public Library Resources
The TPL has subscriptions to Academic OneFile and JSTOR, which are both excellent resources for your research. To access them, you’ll need your Toronto Public Library login/password. If you don’t have one yet, there’s no time like the present, and there’s a branch at the plaza!

Secondary Resources for Papers
While this might apply for all students, it’s important to remember that many of the E.E. topics require an examination of what “the field” has to say about the topic. Whether that’s analyzing what historians say about a particular era, or literary theorists might say about Dickensian fiction; you’ll need to look at “the experts”. By looking at some of the databases found on the Virtual Library or TPL, you can find what the experts in your field have to say about issues relating to your Research Question. Addressing those expert opinions in your paper is an incredibly sound strategy, and you’re all highly encouraged to look for that kind of research. We can go over some of the tips/tricks for finding that.

Citation Resources
At Laurier, we have locally created materials that cover the APA, MLA and Chicago schools of citation. You should utilize those guides to help support your citation. Another valuable resources is OWL @ Purdue, which we also consult with citation-related inquiry as Teacher-Librarians.

Subject Reports
The I.B. releases Subject Reports on a semi-annual basis to provide feedback to IB Schools, Mentors and future writers of the Essay. Here, for you, can you find a ZIP file with oodles of great information on what to do and what not to do.

2018 Reports (ZIP File)

2021 Reports (ZIP File)

Friday, May 6th, 2022

Good morning y’all and welcome to the Library. Have to say; it’s great to have the website back up and running!

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Today’s Classes

Period 2 & 3- Ms. Bulloch’s SBI3C1 Classes

You’re coming in to continue your research on Bacteria. Not the fun kind though, from yogurt commercials. The nasty ones. The Pathogens….

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Researching these topics should be straight-forward, but let me tell you how I’d tackle it.

Tip One: The Wikipedia Hack
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Sure, you’re Grade 8 teacher probably told you that Wikipedia is bad. That nasty Wikipedia would try to fool you with fake news, right? Well, not so fast. While it’s not a great source to put ON an assignment, the good people at Wikipedia have to show their resources, and mining the Wikipedia Reference page is an excellent way to find valuable sources about your topic!

Screenshot of Wikipedia entry for Botulism. See those tasty resources, ready for you to use!

Tip Two: Library Databases
https://www.tdsb.on.ca/library/HOME/Find/schoolNo/4166
The TDSB and the Ministry of Education have spent a great deal of money on amazing research databases for students just like you! We’ll talk about some of those when you’re in.

Tip Three: The CDC – Centre for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions/
The American CDC has amazing resources on the pathogens you’re looking to research. It’s a must-use as I see it.

Tip Four: Health Canada’s Diseases and Disorders
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-concerns/diseases-conditions/more-diseases-conditions.html
Health Canada’s database of diseases and disorders give you Canadian Content that should help you with their research.

Period 4 Ms. Veliu – CHV2O1 – Civics & Citizenship

It is crucial to properly reference information that is not your own in order to give credit where it’s due and also to avoid PLAGIARISM. Providing your teacher with a URL for a website used unfortunately will not cut it anymore

Using the following information will put you on the right track to creating a bibliography to be proud of! (Remember to keep track of where you found your information so that formatting your bibliography will be a breeze!)

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 Mr. Kosowan and Mrs. Vilicic go when we’re looking for information about citation.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

It’s a great day to be in the Library! Come on in and stay a while….

NOTE: The Library will be closed to students for part of lunch today as there is PD being run in here.

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Period 2 – Ms. Papoutsis’ CGC1D8 (Grade 9 Geography)

Greetings geographers and welcome to the Library.

Today, you’re looking at Landforms, which you’ll need to use Laurier’s Virtual Library to research.

Luckily, your teacher has given you the URLs needed on the handouts; so that’s pretty easy to navigate!

Our focus together, that’ll be upon discussing APA citation.

This form of citation helps students show the source of their research and is quite simple to accomplish. We’ll talk about how we write a References list together.

Below, you’ll see the Laurier handout for how to create APA reference lists.

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Here is another option for ESL learners from a local college.

George Brown’s APA guide for ESL


Period 4 – Ms. Papoutsis’ CGC1D (Grade 9 Geography)

Greetings geographers and welcome to the Library.

Today, you’re looking at Landforms, which you’ll need to use Laurier’s Virtual Library to research.

Luckily, your teacher has given you the URLs needed on the handouts; so that’s pretty easy to navigate!

Our focus together, that’ll be upon discussing APA citation.

This form of citation helps students show the source of their research and is quite simple to accomplish. We’ll talk about how we write a References list together.

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Thursday, February 24th, 2022

Periods 1 & 2 – HZT4U with Ms. Maharaj

Good morning Philosophers and welcome to the Library.

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Today, we’ll be (re)introducing Chiacgo Citation, focusing upon how to create Footnotes and a 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.

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Period 3 – SBI3U7 – Feat. Mr. Oster

Good morning I.B. Biology fans, today you’ll be working in the Library and learning about how to find reputable scientific articles as well as how to cite them using APA.

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Today we’re going to look at the best database, (Advanced Placement Source) within the TDSB’s Virtual Library for your peer-reviewed articles.

Remember that the databases are password-protected and some of the passwords have changed since last year. You will need to be logged into AW to access these resources. Look for the orange Passwords & Info icon in the Virtual Library.

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You’ll see this at the top of the Virtual Library page.

We will also review APA referencing as you will need to cite your source for your article. Please reference the following document for examples, specifically on page 2.

The-APA-Working-File

OWL Purdue is also another good source for reference help.


Period 4 – HFA4U with Ms. Wray

Welcome Nutritionists!

APA Citation
This form of citation helps students show the source of their research and is quite simple to accomplish. We’ll talk about how we write a References list together in class and talk about why its important to know how to do properly.

You can download our APA Primer in PDF form Here, or view it below in your browser’s PDF viewer.

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OWL Purdue is also another good source for reference help.

Databases and Research

  1. The AP Source found HERE provides students with excellent peer-reviewed journals with tools to help organize and cite research. It’s the most powerful database we have.
  2. The Library Catalogue provides you with remote access to our digital and streaming media collection. It also allows you to search the print collection to see what books will be available for circulation.
  3. We’ll also discuss how to use our Academic Databases and how to find passwords if working virtually.

Remember that the databases are password-protected and some of the passwords have changed since last year. You will need to be logged into AW to access these resources. Look for the orange Passwords & Info icon in the Virtual Library.

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You’ll see this at the top of the Virtual Library page.

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