What is Fake News?
The New York Times defined “fake news” on the Internet as false articles deliberately fabricated to deceive readers, generally with the goal of profiting through clickbait. Clickbait is content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.
- Find credible information from digital magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other resources available online through the EHSS library or through the Toronto Public Library .
Here are some tips from the Toronto Public Library on how to spot Fake News.
Fake News and Social Media
Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter enable information sharing among their users, and many of these platforms present ‘news’ items, ads or ‘sponsored content’ in a manner that makes it difficult to distinguish real news sources from spoofed sites, or hoax sites. Most social media platform ad space is sold through brokers, meaning the platform often has no idea what is being advertised on their site. These characteristics make social media platforms an ideal place for fake news to flourish.
A good example of this can be seen in this article, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s post about fake news is lined up beside two fake news items.
Still not sure? Too good to be true? Browse these websites and check for yourself or speak with a teacher-librarian.
- Media Bias/Fact Check
- Includes a searchable database of media sources and articles that are categorized according to bias, from extreme left to extreme right. Note that “bias” is subjective, and not the same thing as “fact.”
An independent website that covers urban legends, modern folklore, internet rumours, and other stories of questionable origin.
Another independent myth-busting website, this one focuses on dubious stories that resurface year after year, instead of “breaking” news and current events.
What is Open Data?
The idea of Open Data is part of a growing global movement to make public information more accessible.
Technology. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
For more information browse the website at Open Data Toronto. Explore the City of Toronto’s open data catalogue, including over 255 different data sets from a wide variety of City divisions.
Become familiar with the Toronto’s Public Library Oped Data objectives, policies and guiding principal.
The Toronto Public Library has released datasets on this page.
Learn more about the Toronto public library’s Hackathon by visiting their homepage here.
Need help using , interpreting, or visualizing data? Look at some remarkable data visualization outcomes from the City of Toronto Open Data Gallery, or click here or here for more information.
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Search Open Data Canada .View Data that is relevant to Canadians, learn how to work with different datasets, and see what people have done with open data across the country.
Remembrance Day – November 11th
On November 11th we remember those who have fallen and who are now stationed abroad to protect the many freedoms we take for granted.
See our display table with print materials and letters from soldiers during WWI and WWII. Learn more about Remembrance Day in Canada through the Canadian Encyclopedia and our History Reference Centre which provides in-depth coverage of World History and sections on both World Wars.
The Toronto Public Library site has a wealth of information you can turn to as well. It includes large host of categorized databases and services that can be of great assistance.
In addition to the above sources, browse information on Veteran’s Affairs Canada and help celebrate Veterans’ Week using the hashtag #CanadaRemembers .
You can also take a look at videos on Remembrance day using the database Curriculum on Demand (see alphabetical list of databases).
Please speak to a Teacher-Librarian to find out more information
TRICK or TREAT… Give me Something Good to Read!
In need of a scary read this Halloween? Come by the library to sign-out a thriller read just in time for October 31st! Sign-out a book AND receive Halloween candy!
Click here to search our online library catalogue.
Not sure how to select a perfect book? Browse this page OR ask a Teacher-Librarian for further assistance.
Join the White Pine Reading Club 2017-18
The reveal party for the 2017-2018 titles will be held on November 23rd 2017 in the library at 3:35p.m!
Listen to announcements for updates.
Fill out this registration form to confirm your attendance. .
For further details about White Pine Reading Club, please visit our Earl Haig White Pine Website or speak to a Teacher-Librarian.
Currently reading a great book and would like to recommend it?
Just Read It is a TDSB online forum that allows staff, students and the community within the TDSB region to share their reading experiences. Each month Just Read It draws names and awards book prizes to those students who are taking part in this forum. Interested in taking part? Click here to submit a suggestion!
For suggestions on what to read next visit the TDSB’s Reader’s Choice
Use our library catalogue to locate your next read. Feel free to suggest any books we may not have on our shelf.
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and the last Thursday of November in the US.
To learn more about how the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Canada read about it in the Canadian Encyclopedia. To discover how Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US check out Encyclopedia Britannica
Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578.
There are a number of family activities happening around Toronto. Click here for a list