Mr. Price's CLU 4U0

ISU Final Essay Assignment

The Task

The requirements of this research project include a major essay (4-6 pages, 1000 - 1200 words), research notes, and process work as outlined below.


The student is also required to review and source from a minimum of 7 sources, and should use a variety of resource types (books, newspapers, interviews, Internet, electronic library journals, etc.).


Each student must write a supported opinion essay using the conventions for formal essay writing. The essay should be a a maximum of 6 typed pages. You will be provided with the "Essay Rubric" and "Tips for Essay Writing" for a detailed description of the evaluation criteria. Your mark for the essay is worth 10% of your final mark and will be included as part of your 30% final evaluation.

***APA Format is the citation method to be followed for this essay. This means that citations are embedded within the essay and a work cited page is included at the end of the essay.


The ISU debate will take place in June 2016. Please see below for further information. The debate is worth 5% of your final mark.

Research - The Library Catalogue

The first place to start your research is by using the library catalogue. This is where you want to start your book search. We have a number of book resources for the topics listed above. You have two methods to find and use the catalogue:

  1. Go to the applications page and click on the "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour"
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page and click on the Library Catalogue (You can access this one from home as well).

Once you are at the main page, enter the subject/keywords of the topic that you are searching for. Keep in mind that spelling is really important! If you spell the word that you are looking for incorrectly, the system will assume we do not have it. We may not have books for some of the topics that you are looking for, but this is a good place to start! If you are having difficulty finding the book that you are looking for, please ask a member of the library team. We are here to help you! I have already checked our collection for your topics and have a book list if you are having difficulty. However, since you are in Grade 12, we are encouraging you to start your search independently. The link provided below will take you directly to the library catalogue.

Research - The Databases

Sometimes books on your topic can be hard to find because your subject area might be really new or really specific. This is where databases will become your best friend! There are two ways to get to the databases:

  1. Go to the applications page and click on "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour". Then click on Library eResources. Click on eResources. Click on Intermediate/Secondary. Then you will find all of our databases.
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page through your BYOD. Click on BYOD login. Click on MyClass (the green icon). Click on the Library Learning Commons MyClass icon. Click on databases from home. Then you will find all of our databases.

Keep in mind that if you are accessing the databases from home, you need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page and click on the "Lock" icon. Once you click on the lock icon you can click on the database passwords link. You will need these passwords to access your databases from home.

The Databases - How to Find the Information You Need!

Once you have found the databases you will need to start searching for your topic. For this assignment, I would recommend starting at the following databases when conducting your research:

  • Canadian Points of View - Great site for looking at both points of an issue from a Canadian perspective.
  • Britannica Online - Great for some background information about your topic but very general. Provides links to quality websites to continue your search.
  • Canada in Context - Great for providing information about your topic that is highly academic. Closer to a university style database.
  • Explora - Will provide a general search of all the Gale databases
  • LegalTrac - A database specifically geared toward searching for information about information pertaining to the law and legal issues.

These databases have been specifically selected for you for this assignment because they will have the most relevant information for what you are looking for. They are better than a random search on a website because you can find a lot of information here that has been written by experts in the field. But beware! For this assignment you are not allowed to get your information from overtly biased news sources like CNN or the Toronto Star. If you are unsure if your source of information is biased, ask the librarian or Mr. Price! You should not have to use Google for any of your research for this assignment. The databases will have what you need to get your work done! Please keep in mind that you cannot click the links below to get to the databases. You will need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page to get there or you can click on the secondary eResources link below.

Creating a Works Cited Page

No research would be complete without an accurately formatted Works Cited page. As per the instructions for this assignment, you will be using APA as your method for creating your citations. It is important to keep track of the information that you use as you go along with the creation of your assignment. Waiting until the very end could be a problem, especially if you can't remember where you got all of the information from.

On the Library Learning Commons MyClass page, under Class Resources, we have a number of tools that you can use to help you track your sources and create a proper works cited page. You can also use the databases to help you complete your works cited page by clicking on SourceIt. This database is Peel Board approved in terms of being a great tool to help you.

One of the easiest tools to use when creating a works cited page is Citation Machine. If you go , you can input your book, magazine, website, film or other resource and the citation will be created for you! Please keep in mind that if some parts of the citation are missing, you can easily fill them in using Citation Machine.

Finally, many of the databases create the citation for you! When you are in a database and you are looking at an article, look to the top or the left of the article to find a citation tools like (in some databases it will look like a check mark). If you click on that link and select APA formatting, the citation will be created for you and then you can copy and paste it into your works cited page.

When completing your works cited page, there are a few key things to remember:

  1. It should be in alphabetical by author's last name. If there is no author, then it should be in alphabetical order by whatever letter comes first in the citation.
  2. The second line should be indented. You can do this by pressing "Enter" and then "Tab".
  3. You do not have to number your citations.
  4. You do not have to put your list of citations into categories (i.e. books, magazines, websites, etc.).
  5. You should only include resources that you actually used in your research. If you looked at it, but did not use it, it should not be included in your works cited.


Works Cited

Atwood, M. (2003). Oryx and Crake. London: Bloomsbury.

Harris, J. (2002). Five quarters of an orange. Boston, MA: Harper.

Packer, A. (2003). The dive from Clausen's Pier. New York: Vintage Books. (2000-2006). Retrieved March 1, 2007, from

Westerfeld, S. (2005). Uglies. New York: Simon Pulse.