Homework & Research Help

Library Databases

The “databases” here have lots of information not typically available through the Internet. You’ll need your library card to log into some of them.

Canadian Reference Centre – Access “Canadian content” in domestic and international magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books. Also includes biographies and a large image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

Explora Canada – Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO’s new interface for schools and public libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.
Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.”
3300 videos explain many subjects.

Homework Tips

  1. Start your research, and make sure to include a search through the subscription-based databases that the library pays for -- these are good, often peer-reviewed sources you can't access without your library card!
  2. Make sure to understand how to evaluate your resources and avoid plagiarism! Learn how to write a bibliography, and start this at the beginning because it will be much easier than waiting till the end of your project to put it together.
  3. Consult the Writing Tools for the best word use, or how to even get started.

Library Databases

Check this website's Databases page!

Research Information

When you're doing online research for your writing assignment, you want to make sure that the websites you are consulting are factually-based.
  • Evaluating Information Sources (UBC) - This guide will help you to evaluate resources you use for research, whether it is an online or print journal article, a website, a book, a newspaper article, or other source that you want to cite.
  • Evaluating Web Resources (Dalhousie) - A detailed pdf kit.
  • MediaBias - There's no such thing as unbiased news. But hidden media bias misleads, manipulates and divides us. AllSides empowers you to understand the role media bias plays in the news and information you consume.
  •  - Learn how to avoid plagiarizing other people's work.
  • SparkNotes Guides- Summaries and insightful critical analyses of English literature, including Shakespeare, along with guides for history, math, biology, and other subjects.
  • Write a Bibliography - from WikiHow.

Writing Tools

Digital and Media Literacy

  • MediaSmarts - Topics include cyberbullying, cell phones & texting, Internet & mobile, queer representation, and more...

Study Tips (SFU)

Post-Secondary Resources