English 3U Ms. Landry Library Research Path : TED Talks

Items for consideration
  • This is a passionate “Talk” with a thesis, so you are arguing a particular stance. With this in mind, you should be critical about the research articles you use. Look carefully at the authors or organizations that are accountable for the material and assess the bias. You may choose to use an article which opposes your stance and deconstruct the argument suggesting that there is extreme bias and illogical or misleading information.
  • Look for articles and research that is unique – this helps to engage your audience. It is easy to discuss what the audience already knows. It is more difficult to introduce new perspectives and entice your audience to challenge their own thinking.
  • Make sure all your sources are relevant and current and that any older sources you use are still applicable to today’s local and global environment. As new laws are passed, new scientific and technological breakthroughs are introduced, and social and economic trends change, you must be careful to use current information to substantiate your speaking points.
  • You may choose to bring in older information such as case studies, historical events, etc. to develop your argument.
  • Use both primary and secondary sources to create your talk. You must have a minimum of THREE primary sources and ONE secondary source for a total of a minimum of FOUR sources.

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

From Charleston Library website : http://answers.library.cofc.edu/faq/46619
A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. Primary sources enable researchers to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event and or time period. Examples include:
  • ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): CASE STUDIES, Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records
  • CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art
  • RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Examples include textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, and encyclopedias.

On-line Research

A. WikiSpaces ( Sir Wil Library) You can navigate everywhere from this site. It also provides you with all the guides you will need for this assignment , parenthetical notations, works cited pages, databases, etc. http://swllibrary.wikispaces.com/

Go to **tinyurl.com./sirwilresearch**

At home - you will need a password. It is TRILLIUM.

Click on Gale Resources : Click on CPIQ or General Reference Gold, Canadian
Newstand, etc.

B. Ottawa Public Library Online: Ottawa Public Library Website : Connection to Electronic Databases https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/databases/search-all
Scholarly Articles and Journal Articles are available on these Databases and THEY ARE FREE. You can access them at school or at home and are much more reliable than the general internet. The bar code on this card is your user name and your password is the last four digits of the phone number you provided on your application.
1. Go to the Ottawa Public Library site
2. Sign in on the right side. You will be asked for your library card number (barcode on your card) and your password (your last four digits in your phone number.
3. Go to the bottom of the page and Click on “ON LINE RESOURCES”
You will have the choice of directly typing in your topic or you can “browse all featured online databases” to explore the different and interesting areas offered.

(check box for Full Text Only), Academic OneFile , General Reference Gold, Pop culture, Student Edition, CPIQ
POWER SEARCH OPTION: Sort by “Newest” and look at date and word count of article
  • Use Access Video on Demand - many cool and informative videos

C. SOCIAL MEDIA : Again, be critical, analytical, and selective as you use these and stay relevant to your topic and thesis.Use social media and other sources to begin to make connections with leaders in the field that you are hoping to learn about. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Read the content they produce and share. Read and subscribe to their blogs and podcasts


Organizations which deal with your issue : Government of Canada, Justice Department, Health Canada, various organizations which deal with your issue, United Nations (Issues and Campaigns) , NATO, Amnesty International, UNESCO, UNICEF.

Useful Websites
*Aegis Trust - Preventing Crimes Against Humanity – www.aegistrust.org

* Medecins Sans Frontieres www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
*Amnesty International – www.amnestyinternational.org.uk
~Genocide Watch – www.genocidewatch.org
*Human Rights Watch – www.hrw.org
*International Crisis Group (ICG) – www.crisisgroup.org
*International Criminal Tribunals Yugoslavia & Rwanda (ICTY/ICTR) – www.icty.org, www.ictr.org
*Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) – www.migs.concordia.ca
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre (Rwanda) – www.kigalimemorialcentre.org
Teaching Human Rights Online – www.homepages.uc.edu/thro/index.html
The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative – www.childsoldiers.org
United Nations: www.un.org
ECOSOC /General Assembly (UNGA) / High Commission for Human Rights (UN HCHR)
High Commission for Refugees (UN HCR) / Security Council (UNSC) / Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities / UNICEF
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee of Conscience – www.ushmm.org.conscience
University websites
Yale Universities’ Cambodian Genocide Program (CGP) – www.yale.edu/cgp