Category Archives: research

Welcome, Grade 9 Geographers!

In your library class today, you will be learning about all of the great sources available to you for geography research.  This research activity requires you to use a Google Form, which you access by clicking the link below and entering your tdsb email address.

If you have not activated your tdsb email address, here’s what you have to do:

1. Log on to a computer.

2. Click on the AW link on the desktop.

3. Click on the Mail tab and follow the prompts to set up your account.  Your address will be

Now, about that research activity.  Make sure that you follow all instructions carefully and record answers fully in order to receive full marks!

Click here: Best Sources for Geography Know-How



Check out our new catalogue

image002Our new online library catalogue system is up and running. It is the first link on the virtual library page. You can access it under Library Resources above.

Some new features are web access from anywhere, book covers, location aids, social media, and direct access to eBooks. We also have better visibility for new books and popular titles. Let us know what you think.

Civics Research

What makes a source reliable?  There are a few basic things to look for: a qualified author, good information, and a recognizable name.  A good source is also clearly marked as an opinion piece if it is, and does not contain opinions if it is not (i.e. a newspaper editorial vs. a newspaper article).

Canadian Student Research Centre is a database that pulls together information from reputable newspapers, magazines and other media from all over the world.  Its search function allows you to refine your search easily by giving you a list of suggestions, so you don’t have to be overwhelmed by choices. Click on the link above and start finding your reliable sources now!


Thesis Statement Help

Writing an argumentative paper is a challenge for many people, but it is an important skill to learn.  What is an argumentative paper? Purdue university’s Online Writing Lab says:

An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

The argumentative paper needs a thoughtful and interesting thesis.  Examples of good and bad theses can be found at the U of T online writing help site:

Building a thesis should start with planning.  Use this map to guide you:

Prison Documentaries

Happy Friday, everyone — and especially to Mrs. Ferry’s Grade 11 Law class.  Your Friday treat? Prison documentaries!  Check out some of the docs listed on the pdf below – they’re from,, and    You will receive passwords and the nfb playlist url in class.

prison documentaries

Don’t forget the databases when you’re doing your research!  The Canadian Student Research Centre is a great place to start.

Canadian Student Research Centre

This database is perfect for all your research needs: enter a broad search, narrow by publication or subject, and you’ve got yourself some really useful resources!  This database, also known as the Canadian Reference Centre, is huge.  From their site:

Canadian Reference Centre combines Canadian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to Canadian libraries. This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international (U.S. and U.K) periodicals in full text; full text reference books; over 87,900 full text biographies and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps, and flags. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Click here to access it from school.  If you are at home, make sure you have the Virtual Library passwords from the library.