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    One of the biggest steps of digging into any topic is making sure that you are using good sources. It is easy to be fooled by false information on social media or the internet.

    The following links will help you judge if the information is true or not:

    • Toronto Public Library has a guide to help you spot fake news with questions to ask when accessing a source. 
    • MediaSmarts is a Canadian non-profit that aims to help people gain the critical thinking skills required to engage with digital media and has a special section for parents.
    • The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has an infographic to help you spot fake news.
    • Fake social media accounts, bots, and trolls are dangerous for spreading information that isn’t true.  Learn how to spot them here.
    • Several sites help in quick fact-checking so that you can tell if something you are reading is false.  Try or Politifact.
    • News sources can favour one side in their reporting. Check news sources at Media Bias/Fact Check for bias.

    Below you will find a collection of digital research platforms where you can search for information on a topic that is often peer-reviewed by other experts on that subject.

    When using the research resources with your library card, you can limit your search results to “full text”. This means you will only get results that can be read online.

    Each resource will have different options for searching and sharing, but once you are reading an article, look to see if the resource has options to:

    • Share the article by email or cloud saving
    • Copy citation information
    • Translate the article into another language

    For more support, check out the “Need More Help?” section on each resource’s access page or speak with staff.

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    Academic OneFile Select

    Discover an essential set of scholarly journals and general interest titles supporting research across disciplines.

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    Britannica Academic

    Access the complete online encyclopedia, a World Data Analyst Tool that provides statistics on every nation in the world, and interactive timelines.

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    Canadian Major Dailies

    Access to current content and significant backfiles from more than 20 of Canada’s top national and regional newspapers in full-text format.

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    Canadian Points of View Reference Centre

    Investigate the multiple sides of current issues and hotly debated topics with a special concentration on Canadian points of view.

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    Canadian Research Index

    Detailed citations for scientific and technical reports, statistical and annual reports and policy papers from all levels of the Canadian government.

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    CPI.Q is the perfect one-stop resource for information from Canadian-focused journals, magazines, newspapers and reference sources.

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    E-Journal Portal

    Find individual journal, magazine and newspaper titles in our collection of digital services.

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    Designed for both novice and advanced researchers, eLibrary features nearly 3,000 sources to use in your research.

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    Explore History

    Explore History is your gateway to lifelong learning through a world-class collection of resources.

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    Millions of news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Updated daily.

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    Find more than 300 volumes pertaining to many aspects of Canadian and Indigenous Law.

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