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VCC Online Databases
Canadian Points of View Reference Centre
Provides opposing viewpoints on a variety of key Canadian topics (e.g. homelessness; same-sex marriage). Also contains research guides which are helpful in the writing of argumentative essays.
Canadian Major Dailies
Search the major Canadian newspapers, including the Vancouver Sun, The Province, and the Globe and Mail.
MAS Ultra (School Edition)
Information on a wide range of general and current topics. Articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
You need to login to your my.vcc account (my.vcc.ca ) to access these resources from home.
- Username: Your student ID #
- Password (If it is your first time): Your birthdate (MMDDYY)
Google Search Tips
Search only the Government of Canada websites with site:gc.ca
Search a specific phrase with "quotation marks"
Example: Search Google for
"grizzly bear" site:gc.ca
to see things about grizzly bears on Government of Canada websites.
Think about these things when you look at a website, to decide if the information is useful.
- When was the web page written, or updated? Sometimes it is really important that information is not too old. Other times it does not matter.
- Is it on the topic you want?
- Is it relevant? For example, if it's about an endangered species, is it in Canada?
3. Authority & evidence
- Who wrote and published it?
- Are they experts on the topic?
- Do they list sources for their information?
- Why did they write this?
- Are they selling something?
- Are they only giving one side of the story?
- Is the information correct, or does it contradict what you know from other sources?
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