Research & Reference

Study Skills and Resources

Learn Alberta's online reference center, with 22 databases, tailored to your research needs (FREE!!!). Automatic access within the EIPS network. For outside the EIPS network please ask your student's teacher or the library technician for the access credentials.

Alberta Exam Bank - practice exams from K-grade 12. You will need your password when accessing from home!

EdQuest - an Alberta junior high curriculum based science resource, including study skills.

Strathcona County Library - homework helpers, access to helpful databases & recommended reading! Library cards are now FREE!!!

Dictionary Link - a free online dictionary and translation service.

Rhyme Zone - an online rhyming dictionary.


 The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines plagiarism as:

1.  Taking and using (the thoughts, writings, inventions, etc. of another person) as one's own.

2.  Passing off the thoughts etc. of (another person's) as one's own.


  • ask questions and seek help from teachers and library staff
  • follow the MLA or APA format as directed by your teacher. (check out the Citation information below)
  • use in-text or in-project documentation accurately and appropriately
  • use Works Cited and Works Consulted pages accurately and appropriately
  • submit only your own work

 If you have more questions check out or ask your teacher.

Citing Your Sources

 What is a citation?

A citation is a reference to the sources of the idea, information or image that you have used.  A citation usually includes identifying information such as author, titles, publication format and date.  This allows your reader to access the original source.

Why do we cite our sources?

Citing the sources you use in your research gives credit to original source.  Citing is a way of sharing information, letting your readers knows where you accessed your information.  Students who cite also set an example of integrity and skill as a responsible student.  Citing your sources prevents plagiarism. 

Types of citation

There are various ways to cite your information.  The most popular methods are MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association) and Chicago.  Other methods include Harvard, Turabian, Oxford, Bluebook and Vancouver system. 

When do I need to cite my sources?

  • When you use a direct quote of more than one word.
  • Paraphrasing or summarizing someone else's ideas or work.
  • Information that may be common knowledge but may be unfamiliar to your reader.
  • If you are wondering about citing, err on the side of caution and cite!

What types of materials need to be cited?

  • Books
  • Articles (from print sources or from online article databases)
  • Interviews
  • E-mail or any other correspondence
  • Web pages
  • Government documents
  • Non-print media (videotapes, audiotapes, pictures and images)
  • Software or any digital formats

So how do we cite?

See the following link for information:

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)