Using Filters when Searching for Books for Research Projects

October 1, 2019 | Laura

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Ever been told by a teacher that for your next assignment you need to use books as sources? A REAL BOOK! Not websites, or articles from webpages or even a research database, but an actual book. While I’m hopeful you’ve searched our website for books or resources in the past,...

Our Top 10 Tips for Writing a High School English Essay

September 10, 2019 | Laura

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When you read a work of literature in an English class, you’re being asked not just to read but to perform literary analysis. This means thinking critically, examining and evaluating different parts of the text including – but not limited to – character traits, plot, and use of literary devices...

Homework Help: Searching Beyond Google

November 30, 2018 | Yoojin

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Most students begin their research on Google. We all love to Google. Using Google or a similar search engine can provide quick and easy access to information. However, Google alone is not enough when it comes to research. Much of the information retrieved with a Google search has not been...

Homework Help: Referencing, Citations and Bibliographies

October 17, 2018 | Laura

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Research and building research skills is one of the biggest new areas when you enter high school. Last month this blog touched on issues related to plagiarism and in this post we'll expand on that into exactly how to avoid plagiarizing from the sources you use in your research. While...

Homework Help: Avoiding Plagiarism

September 10, 2018 | Laura

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As a librarian who spends most of her days in Toronto high schools, I have sat in on a lot of staff room lunches and overheard a lot of talk that probably sounds familiar to you. “…and I was able to google parts of his assignment and found the exact...

Five Ways the Library Can Help You with Homework

November 2, 2017 | Debbie

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1. Find not-fake information Don't waste your time trying to tell if the stuff you Googled is real or not. The library has online articles that have been published in journals, magazines and newspapers. 2. Learn the stuff you want Heard of yet? Awesome online courses on computer programming,...

A Few Electronic Study Resources from Safari Tech & Business Books Online

December 21, 2016 | Cameron

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The library offers many resources for students to help them improve on their research, studying, skill learning, memorizing, etc. Here are a few items offered from "Safari Tech and Business Books Online" that will make your studying and learning a bit more streamlined. Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies (2015): Just...

A Few Electronic Study Resources from Overdrive

December 19, 2016 | Cameron

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The library offers many online resources for the use of our patrons. Here are a few online resources to help make your school life and education a bit more virtual. All of these items are available from Overdrive. How to Learn Almost Anything in 48 Hours (2016): Three-time Australian Memory...

Your New Second Home: The Youth Hub

December 13, 2016 | Debbie

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Arts and crafts, DJing and a Photoshop creation at a Youth Hub, but that's not all! Teens visiting the Toronto Public Library Youth Hubs have so many good things to say about their experiences, it's hard to know who to quote first! Jasmine really got to the heart of it...

Deadlines-University Applications Edition

Hey guys, do you know when the deadlines are for your applications to university? Your answer might be: "Oh, it starts at the end of the semester." However, that is not the case, my friends. Are you aware that initial applications for universities start in late September/ early October? Therefore,...

Two More Grammar and Punctuation Mistakes I See in Submissions

Missed my first post on grammar and punctuation? Check it out here. Next up…two more grammar and punctuation mistakes I see in submissions: We just can't agree. Subjects/verbs and nouns/pronouns should agree in number. Pronouns should agree with each other. Incorrect: My stories reveals character growth. Incorrect: A writer is...

Ten Tips for Editing Your Own Work

Self editing is tough. How can a writer tear apart the paragraphs and scenes they slaved over? How can they know what to cut and what to keep? Here are ten tips to help you polish your project. 1. Tuck your baby in for a nap. Let your manuscript/story rest....

Top Five Grammar and Punctuation Mistakes I See in Submissions

Grammar is something writers mess up. There's no shame in it. Even the most experienced writers can throw in a mistake or two when the story takes over and their typing fingers can't keep up with their thoughts. So here are the top five mistakes I see in submissions. Spot...

Help! Homework Help is Here. And PS3 and Xbox 360...

January 9, 2014 | Ray

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Looking for free homework help? Or a place to hang out after school? The library has two After School Newcomer Hubs for teens in grades 7-10. Tutors are on hand to provide free homework help in a variety of subjects, such as math, English, French, history, and science. No homework?...

Going to university or college in the fall?

June 27, 2013 | Erin

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Then you'd best be prepared for higher level essay writing. Luckily, there is a free four-part workshop being offered at Cedarbrae Branch starting July 16. Plus it's taught by a university professor. It's a great opportunity to learn from someone who could very well be grading your papers one day...

Written? Kitten! = excellent.

March 13, 2013 | Ray

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Have you heard about the newest "study aid" that eliminates procrastination and rewards with a kitten? (ok, procrastination is still there) 100% totally awesome, it's Written? Kitten! As you type, you're rewarded with a new kitten photo - the longer your essay, the more kittenz you get. Win!

LIVE online math help - every Sunday to Thursday night

December 11, 2012 | Ray

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Do you procrastinate with math homework until it's too late to get help? (I procrastinated in anyway possible.) Don't want to ask a question in class? (I thought my questions were probably stupid.) Worry no more: Ask real math teachers behind live tutoring. The tutors are Ontario middle-school and high...

Homework Help - More Branches

November 5, 2012 | Ray

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Get free help on your subjects! Check out the times and location: Bridlewood Mondays, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Co-sponsored with North West Scarborough Youth Centre. Program be on Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday. Cedarbrae Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Grades 2-12 Meet in Teen Zone. Snacks!...

Homework Help NOW at Malvern!

October 22, 2012 | Ray

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Get homework help from those that know - U of T Scarborough students will help you! Not just homework questions either, if you've got questions on applying to university - they've got experience and answers! also, SNACKS! Mondays October & November 4:00-5:00pm Malvern Branch Need Help? We Can Help! Need...

Homework Help is here

September 27, 2012 | Erin

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Calculus mystifying you? Can't quite get that French conjugation right? Get free basic help with homework from volunteer tutors! Branch locations: Bridlewood Cedarbrae Eatonville Malvern Pleasant View York Woods After-School Newcomer Hubs also offer homework help: Centennial Sanderson In the meantime, here are some books on studying to help: Study...

Swamped! Homework Help for newcomer teens!

September 13, 2012 | Ray

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Swamped? Newcomer teen? After-School Newcomer Homework Hubs are free help with math, science, English, French, and other subjects. The Hubs feature skill-building workshops, laptops for assignments and research, video games, and more! For all teens in grades 7-10. Hubs are at Centennial and Sanderson Join us! Centennial: Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays...