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.

Monday May 16, 2022

Period 4-CHC2D

Welcome Mr. Woodley’s Grade 10 History class! Today begins our series of classes in the quest to creating an outstanding history research essay.

For research purposes, we’ll base our start in the Virtual Library. (Remember that many databases are password-protected from home).

  1. 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.
  2. The Canadian Encyclopedia is an excellent source of information for Canadian individuals (or for those with ties to Canada).
  3. The History databases and websites within the Virtual Library may be helpful. Just remember to choose Grade 9-12 and History as the Subject in the yellow FIND tile.

Our second discussion will revolve around embedding quotes within your essay which follows MLA school of citation.

In English classes you may have cited novels or short stories or poems parenthetically using MLA, which involves the author and page number from the text.

For Mr. Woodley’s class many of your sources will be online so that changes things a little bit.

To embed quotes, there are a few simple guidelines to remember:

  1. No lonely quotes!
  2. Run-In and/or Run-Out
  3. Peppering a quote
  4. DOT.DOT.DOT
  5. COPY COPY (AUTHOR PAGE) PERIOD.
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Finally, when in doubt, OWL Purdue is a great resource for all of your citation needs.

Remember that you will need to include a Works Cited page using  MLA school of Citation. 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 page to be proud of!

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

The-MLA-Working-File-Updated-2022

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.

Chicago-Citation-at-Laurier

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.

Tuesday May 3rd, 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 March 11th, 2022

Period 1 – 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.

The-APA-Working-File

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.

The-APA-Working-File

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.

The-APA-Working-File

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.

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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.

Chicago-Citation-at-Laurier

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.

The-APA-Working-File

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.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

Welcome back to school after a well-deserved 4 day weekend.

Block B – Ms. Magson’s HSC4M

Ms. Magson’s World Cultures class will be coming into the Library to work on their Cultural Practices assignment.

We’ll start off by discussing Chicago Citation, which is a method used by many teachers at Laurier’s CWS department.

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

Chicago-Citation-at-Laurier

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.

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Several books that highlight cultural practices were pulled and will be available to the class. In terms of research on this topic, consider how you’re going to make use of search terms. It will be important to be precise with your choice of keywords as you utilize web browsers. The School’s databases might have some information, but search engines will be your most effective tool here.

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