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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, CD-ROMS, online databases and the Internet. 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.
When you enter the words in the search bar each word is searched for separately. For example, bear polar can return information about the white bears found at the North Pole, but also many other topics related to bears. Try searching a phrase by using quotation marks e.g. "polar bears" so these words are exactly as you entered them in the search results. Also try clicking on Help in any database or online resource. Still need help? Visit or call the library 905.953.5110.
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Check out some of these awesome library resources:
Newmarket Era Newspapers 1860s-1950s
Britannica Online (In Library)
Britannica Online (Remote Access)
Global Issues in Context
Global Issues in Context focuses on broad issues, such as war, genocide, terrorism, human rights, poverty, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation, and global warming, as well as more specific events and topics in the news that are related to these broader issues, such as genocide in Darfur, product safety of Chinese imports, sectarian violence in Iraq, changing weather patterns across the globe, and disaster recovery in Indonesia and New Orleans. It also includes detailed information on nations to provide a foundation for cross-cultural studies. International periodicals and news sources bring additional insight and currency.