Category Archives: research

Economics Culminating: Best Sources

Welcome back!

Use this note-taking sheet to keep track of your sources and information.  Open it with your tdsb login, then make a copy to your drive.

The TDSB Virtual Library has an excellent list of sources for Economics research.  You can access the list here. Under Grade, select 9-12, then under Subject, select Business Studies & Economics.

Good luck!  See me in the library if you have any questions.

 

I WRITE, therefore I CITE

Hey Philosophy Class, it’s time to think deeply about how we collect information and share it with others.  Today’s lesson is all about how to use APA Style.

We’ll start with this slide show:

APA Style for Beginners

And then you’ll complete this challenge:

APA Citation Challenge

And then you will be SO READY for whatever delicious research assignment gets served up next!

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!

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.

ICS: Research and Citations

Welcome to the library!  For your research on computer issues, you should begin with the Canadian Student Research Centre.  If you are using Google, make sure to evaluate the websites you use with CARS (Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Support)

Learn about MLA style in-text citations from this video.  Then play a game to see what you’ve learned.  Talk to your librarian about what you might need to work on (refer to the handout “How to Cite Your Sources in a Presentation”)

Literary Theory Research

For research on Literary Criticism, check out Bloom’s Literary Reference (under Library Resources> MPC databases) and the Literary Reference Center (under Library Resources > Catalogue, Encyclopedias and Databases >Databases).  Also search the Gale Virtual Reference Library, where a number of online books can help you in your search for good quality information  (under Library Resources > Catalogue, Encyclopedias and Databases >ebooks).

The following websites are also useful:

Introduction to Modern Literary Theory

Dr. Kristi Siegel’s basic overview of many literary theories.  Also links to other professors’ sites.

Literary Resources on the Net

This page features a collection of links curated by Jack Lynch, a professor in the English department, of the Newark campus of Rutgers University, specializing in the English literature of the eighteenth century and the history of the English language. It is no longer maintained, but some of the links are excellent.

Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism

This is the site from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) – fairly in-depth articles.  Bonus – just a page away from all the writing and citation help you’ll ever need! (Has ecocriticism)

Critical Theory: Introduction to Literature

Concise articles by Washington State U Professor of English Michael Delahoyde giving overviews of the different schools of criticism.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

This is a peer-reviewed site with academic articles; I’ve linked you here to Prof. Vince Brewton’s article on Literary Theory.

NEW: Take a look at how I cited sources in a presentation. (Note- this is in Prezi. Don’t do your presentation in Prezi.)

Grade 9 Business at Your Library

As a class, we will go over the concepts of plagiarism, academic honesty, and citations, as well as reliable sources.  We will use this handout on Citation for Beginners to guide our discussion, and view the tutorial by Acadia University called “You Quote It, You Note It”.

On your computer, you will review reliable sources by doing this activity:

Online Scavenger Hunt for BTT

Then you will practice your citation skills by doing this activity:

Computer Citation Practice for BTT

Your name is collected along with your responses for both activities; you will be assessed!

 

To review what you have learned, check out Research Tutorial’s video on In-text Citations.