St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School Library offers resources and information to satisfy the educational needs and interests of SJSH students and staff. Its mission is to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment to foster lifelong learners, researchers, and critical thinkers; to promote the love of reading; and to stimulate student curiosity and innovation for the benefit of society.
- 8: 00 – 4:00 p.m.
- The library is for quiet study – whisper if you must talk
- No food or drink allowed
- Support staff: Ms. Manon Guénette, Teacher-Librarian
Ms. Diane Bourdon, Library Technician
Research Skills - SJSH Library
To access research databases off campus:
Please see library staff for access passwords
To access the library catalogue:
No password required
To Organize research:
- Determine what information exactly the assignment requires
- Where can this information be found?… books, encyclopedias, atlases, vertical files, magazines, internet, and interview of experts.
- Start with a print source to identify the topic and make lists of research ideas
- Determine the division of labour and start.
What skills do students need so that they may research the Internet effectively?
- Must be able to use key words or phrases that will find a satisfactory website. Sometimes a text or encyclopedia will be the best place to find the keywords that will help locate the best website.
- Must be able to identify a satisfactory electronic site.
- Search for information effectively.
- Decide which links to follow.
- Navigate within a website and access homepage
- Critical evaluation of their search.
- Compile information without copying
- Look for useful quotes and save all bibliographic information needed.
Things to look for:
- Website information is up to date
- The site is reputable…created by a university, hospital, or a professional society (ex. Canadian Cancer society, a professor, a doctor or a member of a reputable organization)
- Should be an author or publisher listed at top or bottom of the opening web page. There also should be a date, at the bottom, that indicates
- "site last updated on…"
Student should look for keys that indicate an inferior site:
- Information is just an opinion expressed by an author and NOT factual
- Incorrect spelling and grammar and use of slang terms
- Bias against certain races, genders, religions, or cultures
- Hyperlinks don't work
- No author for the website and no date last updated
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers writing resources and instructional material to help students with general writing, bibliography, citing works, and subject-specific writing. It includes searchable style guides for MLA and APA.
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