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need help finding an answer?

That's what we're here for!  NPL is committed to accuracy, so you can rely on the information you find to be trustworthy and up-to-date.


Sometimes it's hard finding answers for homework and research assignments.  The library is here for you!  Ask us on the phone (905-953-5105), in person, or online through askNPL!


We also have free access to thousands of newspaper and journal articles, as well as encyclopedia entries that aren't on Google, are authoritative (someone who knows their stuff has approved it), are available 24/7, and are FREE!



Tips for your Project

  • Note the date your project is assigned and its due date. Record any other special dates such as first draft deadline, meetings scheduled with group members or partners, etc.

  • Share the assignment details with your parents and keep them handy so that you can refer to them if you ask us for help with gathering your information resources.
  • Prepare for the topic. If your teacher gives you the option of choosing the topic or theme yourself, try to figure out as soon as possible what you would like to do. If you are studying animal habitats and you are able to pick which animal, then you may want to select an animal category that is not too broad such as bears (did you know there are dozens of varieties of bears?). Perhaps you could select polar bears, Kodiak bears, or grizzly bears, etc.
  • Start your project right away. Don’t wait until the last minute because you may not find the information you need or have enough time to do your best work. It’s better to do work a little bit each day on your project.
  • Make an outline for your project. You will need an introduction, the body (information and facts) and a conclusion. Ask yourself these questions: what should my topic cover?; what do I want to talk about?; what order does the information need to be in?; how much information do I need?
  • Use all types of sources when gathering information. You can use encyclopedias, books, magazine articles, online databases, and websites. Write down all the information you need from your sources as you are reading. Make sure to use your own words and put the information in point form. (Don't forget to make a note of where you found the information! This is needed for your bibliography/works cited page.)

The eLibrary (databases)

Search tips

When you enter the words in the search bar each, word is searched for separately. For example, polar bear can return information about the white bears found at the North Pole, but also lots of information about all kinds of bears, as well as any article with the word "polar" in it. If you want to search for a phrase (more than one word together), use quotation marks e.g. "polar bears" These words will be searched together, so only articles with the words polar bear will be shown.

Many databases have a help section that can give you more information about how to search in that database. 


As always, if you still need help, let us know! Visit, call, or chat with the library! (905-953-5105 or click the askNPL logo at the right side of this screen.)