Grade 10 Academic English

Social Action Culminating Project

Step 1: The problem

By now you should have selected your topic for this assignment and you will be researching the following:

  • Factors that contribute to/cause the problem
  • Effective solutions provided by other individuals or groups

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. 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!

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.

The Databases - Finding Material

Once you have found the databases you will need to start searching for your topic. When looking for things specific to Canada, you should always start at the Canadian databases first. Here is a list of the Canadian databases:


  • Canada in Context
  • The Canadian Encyclopedia
  • Canadian Points of View
  • Canadian Reference Centre
  • CPI.Q Canadian Periodicals
  • Stats Canada
  • Ontario Educational Resource Bank
  • Ontario Newspapers



All of the databases are great sources of information. 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. Many of the databases are specific to certain topics. For example, when looking for information on drug abuse, teen obesity, teen suicide and eating disorders, I would recommend the Teen Health database. There you will find specific information about your topic that is teen related!

Creating a Works Cited

For this assignment, you are required to create a works cited page that has to have a minimum of five sources from at least three different types of sources. We have many tools to help you create the perfect works cited page!


Since this is an English assignment, you should be using the MLA style of referencing. 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 to www.citationmachine.net , 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 MLA 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.