HHS – Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society

Stage 1 Resources:

All passwords in agenda (p22):

  • Britannica Online (overall general resource, check out web’s best sites section in each article). Use the wildcard feature (e.g., child* AND psychol*)
  • GALE Virutal Reference E-books on Social Sciences (Marriage and Family, Encyclopedias of Psychology and Social Sciences – great reference section); try AND to narrow your search and watch the keywords pop up as you type in the search bar at the top. Within a book, look for the “within publication” search bar on the left panel.
  • Global Issues in Context (for academic journals, news items). Click on “Browse Issues and Topics” or search using the search bar at the top. Try a simple, broad search to start (e.g., adolescent, marriage, immigration), then, from the results, look at the left panel for the subtopics.

Stage 1 Graphic Organizer

Evaluating Websites Quick Guide


Additional Academic Resources:

Find additional information from the following academic databases; all passwords in agenda (p22):

Stage 2 Literature Reviews:

Literature Review (from OWL @Purdue)

A literature review is a critical summary of what the scientific literature says about your specific topic or question. Often student research in APA fields falls into this category. Your professor might ask you to write this kind of paper to demonstrate your familiarity with work in the field pertinent to the research you hope to conduct.
A literature review typically contains the following sections:

  • title page
  • introduction section
  • list of references

Some instructors may also want you to write an abstract for a literature review, so be sure to check with them when given an assignment. Also, the length of a literature review and the required number of sources will vary based on course and instructor preferences.
NOTE: A literature review and an annotated bibliography are not synonymous. If you are asked to write an annotated bibliography, you should consult the Publication Manual for the APA Format for Annotated Bibliographies.



Stage 3: Surveys – Gathering Primary Sources

  • browse to aw.tdsb.on.ca (log in from home),
  • hover mouse over “google” at the top right and click on drive or docs
  • inside google drive, click on red create button, then select forms
  • be sure to set your form to be viewed from those outside of the TDSB
  • alternatively, using a google/gmail account, browse to drive.google.com
  • Survey Monkey (1o questions max, templates and sample questions)
Canvassing online (finding people to take the survey)

Make a list of community-based organizations and contact the lead people to ask if you can survey their members
► Consider emailing relevant organizations in your community by browsing the local libraries and community centres.
North York Public Library (visit the head librarian in person and ask for suggestions where you can email)
Griffin Centre (dealing with addictions and mental health)
Teen Health and Wellness lists a variety of community resources. Contact these organizations by email and as if they know of organizations that may be willing to take the survey. Find this database in our List of Databases (see right hand panel of this page). Inside a specific entry, look for the Resources on the left panel. Click here to see a large screenshot.


Stage 3: Surveys – Gathering Primary Sources

Formulating a Research Question PowerPoint



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