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.

Library operations:

  • 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

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

Research Essays:

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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