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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!

Cite it Right! New guidelines for MLA Citations

We are now in the 8th edition of the Modern Languages Association Handbook.  As more and more research is done digitally, rules are changing to make it easier to cite any type of source.   From the MLA website:

The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook introduces a new model for entries in the works-cited list, one that reflects recent changes in how works are published and consulted. Previously, a writer created an entry by following the MLA’s instructions for the source’s publication format (book, DVD, Web page, etc.). That approach has become impractical today, since publication formats are often combined (a song listened to online, for example, could have been taken from a record album released decades ago) or are undefinable.

In the new model, the work’s publication format is not considered. Instead of asking, “How do I cite a book [or DVD or Web page]?” the writer creates an entry by consulting the MLA’s list of core elements—facts common to most works—which are assembled in a specific order. The MLA core elements appear below:

Author. Title of source. Title of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.

For more info, check out the MLA Website or EasyBib.

Welcome back!

We hope you  had a relaxing summer and a good start to this school year.  Come see us in the library to sign out books, work with friends, get help with computers, or just say hi!

Hours in the library this year are as follows:

8:30 Open

Periods 1 and 2 Open

Lunch open at 12:10

Period 3 Open

Period 4 Closed

After school open 3:15-3:45, later on Thursdays and Fridays

 

Welcome Mr Scolnik’s BTT101 Classes

Online Library Resources for Travel to the Developing World

In addition to the resources listed on your worksheet, the library has several very good resources that are available for your individual countries.

Images:

Your presentation needs pictures. Start in the menu above under Library Resources>MPC Databases>Britannica Image Quest. (Get the Password Bookmark from your Librarian or the Circulation Desk)

Go to the Virtual Library Page under Library Resources>Virtual Library

In QuickFINDS under Images  choose Pics 4 Learning and Countries

 

Fast information:

Still, in QuickFINDS under information, start with ProQuest CultureGrams. Choose World Edition and see if your country is listed.

 

For additional information, or if your country isn’t listed in CultureGrams, choose Britannica and select the High School level.  Other levels will not have as much information on your country.

For more detailed information, use the Search function instead of QuickFINDS. But don’t forget to select the grade level FIRST.

Here you can find the CIA World Fact Book, Foreign Language News and Newspapers, Research Success 2017, Unesco, World Bank Databank, and the World Health Organization.

 

 

 

Back here at mpclibrary.ca choose Library Resources>MPC Databases>Modern World History Online.  You can research your individual countries for ideas for slides 11-14. On the country page, skip to the bottom for modern history.

For current events in your country choose Library Resources>MPC Databases>Advance Placement Database.  You can limit your search to newspaper articles only on the left side, for example.

If you speak French, don’t forget our Liens français above.

Check out the TDSB Virtual Library

Visit our virtual collection online.  You can access it on the menu above under Library Resources and Catalogue, Encyclopedias, and Databases. It’s much easier to use than before, and you can access all the same resources more quickly.

icon_catalogue[1]Our catalogue for books and resources in our collection is now on the top left. Go here to find the location of a book in Non-fiction, Fiction, Reader’s Picks or Graphic Novels.

icon_quickFindsEncyclopedia Britannica is now under quick finds and is your fastest way to good, reliable information on a number of topics. CultureGrams and some video sources are also here.

icon_searchAll our databases and resources are now combined in one unified search engine.  You start by choosing grades 9-12 at the bottom of the page. You can still access the databases one at a time, as in the past, using A-Z databases.

icon_spacesmyBlueprint is moved to Spaces-Teens-Your Future. In the Teen Space you can also find the Community Involvement Form and OEN Lookup.

icon_inquiryCitation helps are found by expanding Inquiry – Citation on the left, or through the citation button on the Inquiry tile, but don’t click directly on Inquiry because you can’t access the citation helps there.

icon_francaisFrench resources are much more conveniently grouped together under Français. Access to french encyclopedias, eBooks and games is now available with one click.

icon_publicLibraryDon’t forget the Public Library for your 8 free movie rentals a month, and a much larger collection of magazines, eBooks, and book reviews that are all available online.

You’ll find that the new Virtual Library is much easier to use, since the most popular resources are all one click away. If you can’t find something, or if you would like to see something on our mpclibrary.ca homepage, just ask.  There’ll be more to come in the weeks ahead.

You don’t have to wait for your class to come to the library.  Stop in for a visit as soon as you want, periods 1-3 on a spare, or outside class time. We have a great space and we’re here to help you.