Thursday May 2, 2024

Welcome to the Library, Ms. Vieth’s PAF30 Class!

As you begin to research mental illnesses for your Mental Health Challenge assignment here are some good starting points to finding and accessing quality resources.


To access media resources, search your mental health illness using 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 document 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 document accessible on the home page of the Virtual Library in the top right corner, through the orange tile labelled PASSWORDS.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is also a great resource accessed through the Virtual Library as well. It is an external source/website and therefore 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.

As well, keep track of your sources of information so that you can format your Reference list in APA style.

Here’s a handy PDF to help you as well as a link to OWLPurdue.


Monday February 26th, 2024

Period 1 – CHW3M – History of the World to the 16th Century

Hanging Gardens of Babylon, World History Encyclopedia

Mr Kosowan’s class will be coming to the Library to work on their Mesopotamian TripAdvisor assignment.

We 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:

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.

Several other good websites to look at are Ancient History Encyclopedia, Ancient Mesopotami

Monday April 17th, 2023

Period 1 – HPC301 (Ms. Wray)

Welcome Parenting/Raising Healthy Children class!

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.


OWL Purdue is also another good source for reference help.

Watch this video for in-text referencing:

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.
  4. Other websites that may be helpful are government sites such as Public Health Agency of Canada (Diseases and Conditions) and Health Canada (Health Concerns).
  5. SickKids, & World Health Organization as well as some foundations directly related to the condition have useful and credible information as well.

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.

Slide Presentation and Citing Images

Your slide presentation needs visuals which in turn need to be cited in APA. In this situation you need to reference the source of the visual and unfortunately stating Google Images as the source will not suffice.

Simply put, you may NOT cite Google. It is a search engine, not a source. You have to dig deeper to cite images that are found through Google.

Here are a couple of short videos that may help you in this process, both of which I have permission to share with you.

The first one is valuable in that it shows where to find images that are free to be used in Google.

The second one shows how to cite images that may or may not have all of the information that you need.

These videos give slightly different information in terms of the placement of the date. The first video shows the date placed immediately after the creator’s name and no mention of the type of image.

The second video shows the creator’s name, the type of work and then the date.

Which one is accurate? The main difference is that the creator’s role (photographer) is mentioned in the second video as well as the type of image [photograph].

We’ll visit the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue to see what they have to say.

Here is the format:

Creator’s last name, Creator’s first name initial. (Year of publication). Title of image [type of image]. Source. URL (hyperlink removed)

Here is an actual example:

Ryan, S. (2019). [Sea smoke on Lake Michigan] [Photograph] New York Times

Note: if the image does not have a title, describe the image and put that description in square brackets.

Brock University and Simon Fraser University also have included great examples of citing images that you can reference as well.

From Brock U.
7.2: Using Images on Slides

If you use images, such as photographs or clipart, on your slides, you should also credit the source of the image. Do not reproduce images without permission. There are sources for clipart and images that are “public use” according to Creative Commons licensing such as:

Photographs are treated as figures in APA Style. Therefore, the citation for the source of the image is included as a footnote in the figure caption underneath the photograph which includes the figure number and a description. The source of the image obtained is attributed using the following model:

Figure 1. Blah blah blah. From Title of Image, by Author, Year. Retrieved from URL.

Infinite loop sculpture

Figure 1. Photograph of a sculpture in Cupertino, California. From Infinite Loop II by Kurafire (2007, January 3).  Retrieved from

Another option for citing image sources is to create a separate slide titled “Photo credits” or “Image Sources”. For more assistance on the various ways to cite images in presentations (but not necessarily in APA format), see:

For more assistance in creating figures in APA Style, see the following sections & pages of the Publication Manual, 6th edition:

  • 2.12 Footnotes (pages 37 -38)
  • 5.20 – 5.25 Figures (pages 150 – 167)

Now that you know what you’re looking for, there are lots of places to look for images or illustrations for this assignment that are covered by Creative Common licenses which means that you can share and edit the material as long as you give appropriate credit.

Pixabay, Pexels, Unsplash, Wikimedia Commons, ScienceImage, Public Health Image Library, Britannica Image Quest in the Virtual Library.

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.

willem dafoe scientist GIF

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.


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 September 6th, 2018

Curated Resources for Classes in the Library Today

Welcome to the Library!

Periods 1, 2 & 3-Grade 11 IB classes

Research Link

Instead of just going to The Google, you’d all be well-served to consult the following databases.




Our Library Catalogue has excellent print, digital and streaming video resources.

Before you can access the database list, remember to indicate that you’re in Gr 9-12. The CPOV and the GIC are exceptionally well suited here.


The Library Catalogue

The Catalogue will also will allow you on-site and remote access to our Print, Electronic and Streaming Video Collection. You can also access the CBC archives through this portal, which has a great deal of resources.


Tuesday, June 6th – Extended Essay Workshop

Welcome Year One IB Students,

Today we’ll be using the Extended Essay Guide, found on the top bar of this website.

All students will be provided with time to work on their Extended Essays and ask questions.

When I am confronted with questions about the E.E., for which I don’t have answers I go to the IB Guide found HERE.