Monday December 5th, 2022

Periods 1 & 2-CHC2D

Mr. Kosowan’s Grade 10 History classes will be coming in to research technological innovations of World War Two.

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.

Britannica.com – This is a good starting point for general information.

You will need to search your innovation within these websites.

History.com

Warhistoryonline.com

Historycollection.co

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 Is it out of date or premature maybe?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?

Thursday December 1st, 2022

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.

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

Resources for HSP

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 as well as use the digital learnmark for passwords to Learn360 and CBC Curio. (see note in red below)

To access a reliable database such as Advanced Placement Source, you’ll need to go through the Virtual Library, click on the yellow FIND button, choose  Grades 9-12 and it will be the first entry you see. It is Password Protected. The login and passwords for EBSCO databases like AP Source and Global Issues in Context are listed on the digital learnmark accessible on the home page of the Virtual Library in the top right corner.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is also a great resource accessed through the Virtual Library as well. It is not password protected.

Teen Health and Wellness is another good starting point, accessible through the Virtual Library and password-protected from home.

External links that may be helpful:

A valuable resource is the Vanier Institute of the Family, which has excellent research on mental health and its impact upon families. Use the Search feature to find information on your illness/disorder.

The Government of Canada website may be helpful.

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

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

There 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.

Friday November 25th, 2022

Welcome SNC2D classes! You are here to work on your 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.

Remember to select your Grade range (9-12) and subject area (Science &/or Health) before starting to search in the yellow FIND tile.

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.

Thursday November 24th, 2022

Period 1

Ms. Maharaj – CHV2O1 – Civics & Citizenship

Researching using news sources can be done through the Virtual Library as well as using Google. (Remember to keep track of where you found your information so that formatting your Works Cited list will be a breeze!)

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 Works Cited list to be proud of!

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

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Have a look at this video for help with parenthetically embedding citations within the body of your work.

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

Tuesday November 22nd, 2022

Welcome SNC2D classes! You are here to work on your 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.

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

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.

Remember to select your Grade range (9-12) and subject area (Science &/or Health) before starting to search in the yellow FIND tile.

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.

Monday November 14th, 2022

Period 3-ESLC/D

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Welcome to the library, Ms. Gentile’s class! Today you have an exciting task. ESL C students, you are looking for a famous Canadian landmark or tourist attraction to highlight and ESL D students, you’re researching a famous Canadian city to highlight.

You definitely will be able to use Google to search but I recommend a few of the following sites as alternatives (with fewer ads and pop-ups):

Lonely Planet-15 Best Places to Visit in Canada Right Now-a reliable source of up-to-date travel information

Destination Canada-Information about cities and an interactive map

Travel and Tourism-the Canada Guide-links to provincial websites

Authentik Canada-Road Trip Planner-downloadable guides to help planning driving trips within Canada

Keep Exploring-the same site as Destination Canada highlighting wellness and cultural experiences

All Provinces and Territories will have their own tourism website. Check out Quebec’s BonjourQuebec!

Remember to click on Images in Google and search Youtube videos for a closer look at landmarks, attractions and cities!

Tuesday November 8th, 2022

Period 3-NAC10

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

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

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

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

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Monday October 31st, 2022

Period 2-GLE

Welcome to the library, Ms. Veliu’s class! Today we’re here to introduce some of you to the library and what we have to offer as well as to remind you of your options for research.

We’ll start in Laurier’s Virtual Library and access Laurier’s Catalogue of resources as well as databases the TDSB has to offer.

By the end of this presentation you will be experts (if you aren’t already!) at filling in the following chart.

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Monday October 24th, 2022

Period 2-ENG2D7

Welcome to the library, Ms. McMulkin’s class!

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

Two great databases are Global Issues in Context and Canadian Encyclopedia, both found in the Virtual Library. They are 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.

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Thursday October 13th, 2022

Welcome to the Library!

Periods Two & Four – CGC1D

Ms. Faria’s Grade 9 Geography classes are coming in to work on their landform regions research.

  • Our Virtual Library has great databases for your research purposes. Canadian Encyclopedia is a good place to start.
  • The Library’s Catalogue provides you access to our print, digital and streaming collection.
  • The Canadian Government’s Natural Resources Department has an excellent Canadian Atlas, providing information on Canadian geography by region. It would be an excellent resource.
  • Canadian Geographic has information about Canada’s landforms and climate change issues in different parts of Canada.

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