Monthly Archives: December 2017

MPCLibrary.ca gets an update

Check out what’s new!

Look on the right side for easier access to Categories, Tags, and Archives.  Now you can subscribe directly to MPCLibrary.ca right there.

See our new website icon that will appear if you pin our website to the desktop or to your Start Menu.

Watch for new interactive reading examples under Library Resources. Try The Boat, an award-winning online graphic novel.

Hoopla Digital has been added to TPL.  Get your free 8 movies a month online with your Toronto Public Library card. Who needs Netflix? Other video sources have been organized under Library Resources – Video.

Britannica ImageQuest gets its own location under Library Resources. Homework help has been centralized under Links. All our citation links are now updated to MLA version 8. See what other changes you notice. Naxos Music Library is still available under Library Resources with the TDSB password bookmark.

Find the good stuff faster.  Don’t forget our catalogue is still top right!

This is you in Grade Nine, Baby!

It occurs to me that the reference I make in the title of this post is to a song that came out more than a decade before this year’s Grade Nine class was born.  Perhaps it’s time for this librarian to get a fresh playlist?  Anyway, dated musical references aside, here are some fun things we learned about this year’s Grade 9s in the orientation survey:

  • Favourite books?  Harry Potter tops the list, followed closely by Hunger Games and books by John Green
  • Favourite kinds of books to read?  Fantasy, sci-fi,  young adult and biography
  • Favourite movie? This year’s remake of  It is the first choice for many, but otherwise your diverse movie choices range from Moana to Strange Brew to The Life of Pi
  • Favourite sport?  Basketball and soccer vie for the lead, with swimming coming in third

When asked about library use, many students said they plan to come here to study and research.  Fewer plan to use the library for reading, but still about 50%. Considering that almost 80 percent of you read for fun more than one hour per week, let’s see if we can get book signouts up this year!

Thank you all for filling out the survey!

 

Academic Research with MPC and TPL, FTW!

Finding scholarly articles that are accessible and usable can be a challenge, but your MPC library’s got you.

  1. Pick up a bookmark with passwords (or follow links to them on the TDSB library site) and explore Advanced Placement Database on the TDSB Virtual Library (Click Search A-Z Databases).  Remember to narrow your search to “Full Text” and “Peer-Reviewed.”
  2. Get out your Toronto Public Library card and head over to J-Stor,  a huge database of archived and almost-new academic resources.  Use the same search limitations and play with your search modifiers in the “Advanced Search” option.
  3. Cite it all!  Most databases have a citation formulated for you, so you can simply copy and paste it into your Works Cited list.  Use OWL Purdue to keep your APA citation style on point, and you’re well on your way to researching like a pro!