Research in Context Database Now Available


The Cabra Library is now able to offer students and staff access to another excellent collection of reference information. It is called Research in Context Database and it offers comprehensive detailed  information on just about every topic you could think of. You can access an incredible wealth of information on most topics and view or download these eBooks for later use in much the same way as the Gale Virtual Reference Database GVRL database. For a comprehensive set of guides on using this new research tool click here.

The Research in Context Database covers the following broad subject areas: Click here for the full list.

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this. Access this resource and many others from the “Link Favourites” on the right hand side of our Access-It Library Catalogue.

For an overview and tips & tricks on using GVRL check out the video tutorials below:

Year 9 English Students Play Casting Director


Today Year 9 English students had the opportunity to play casting director in their own adaptation of a short story.

goodreads list     jane campionAfter choosing a short story of 10 pages or less from the Library collection students had to read their story, paying close attention to the setting and the characterization of the main and secondary protagonists. After completing a short setting and character worksheet, students cast real-life actor’s in the principal roles of their imaginary film adaptation.

Some useful links and the worksheets are below: Short Story Collection 2015Film Resources.

Character Map Female

Character Map Male

Casting the Characters and Setting Worksheet

short story index  Short Story index. Browse and read short stories online.

Neil Gaiman’s Free Short Stories

19 Short Stories from Nobel Prize Winning Author Alice Munro

10 Wonderful Stories to Read Online from Flavorwire

100 (or so) Great American Short Stories

Gale Virtual Reference Library Now Available


The Cabra Library is now able to offer students and staff access to another excellent collection of reference information. It is called Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) and it offers comprehensive detailed  information on just about every topic you could think of. You can access an incredible wealth of information on most topics and view or download these eBooks for later use, keyword searching…

GVRL is arranged into the following broad subject areas:

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this. Access this resource and many others from the “Link Favourites” on the right hand side of our Access-It Library Catalogue.

For an overview and tips & tricks on using GVRL check out the video tutorials below:

Year 11 SACE Research Project Parents’ Information Evening


Last night more than 100 parents of Year 11 students undertaking the SACE Research Project this Semester braved the wet and windy weather to attend an information evening in the Aquinas Building. The Principal Mr Schumacher spoke of the importance of the project not only for students’ tertiary entrance hopes but for developing life long learning skills. Research Project teacher and Head of Year 12 Mr O’Brien gave parents an overview of the structure of the project, the assessment criteria and  the timeline. Research Project Coordinator and Librarian Mr Bull presented a whistle-stop tour of the essential resources and tools needed for the RP as well as the best ways for students to get help.

RP Assessment typesRP Quick Guide

It was great to see so many enthusiastic parents attending last night. The range and depth of the questions at the end of the presentation showed staff that Cabra parents really appreciate being involved in their children’s learning and are up for the challenge of the research Project this Semester. For those unable to attend as well as those present I have included all the information and resources from the evening below.

Download  the Research Project 2014 Assessment Overview and the Cabra College Research Project Quick Guide here.

Check out the Cabra Senior Library Blog RP page here. The gateway to all research Project resources and help in one place.

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As well as the normal class time set aside for this subject, Mr Bull has blocked out the Senior Library for RP help every Monday Blocks 7-8 and Wednesday Block 4. He will be on hand at these times to help with any questions, queries or issues concerning the Research Project. And lastly, remember that the Senior School Library is open before school from 8.00am every day and after school till 4.30pm Monday-Thursday for study, homework help or catch-up.

 

Reading High End Fiction Makes You a Better Person?


New research recently published in the journal Science has shown that reading literary fiction enhances a person’s empathy, the ability to understand another person’s point of view. Read the whole article from the Sydney morning herald below.

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The abstract from the original article summarises the findings;

“Understanding others’ mental states is a crucial skill that enables the complex social relationships that characterize human societies. Yet little research has investigated what fosters this skill, which is known as Theory of Mind (ToM), in adults. We present five experiments showing that reading literary fiction led to better performance on tests of affective ToM (experiments 1 to 5) and cognitive ToM (experiments 4 and 5) compared with reading nonfiction (experiments 1), popular fiction (experiments 2 to 5), or nothing at all (experiments 2 and 5). Specifically, these results show that reading literary fiction temporarily enhances ToM. More broadly, they suggest that ToM may be influenced by engagement with works of art.”

 

Year 9 English Students Learn Multimodal Referencing


Year 9 English students prepared for researching a multimodal presentation on sustainability. Pupils will be required to source images, sound and information to develop a presentation on their given topic. The focus today was on finding suitable ‘free to use’ resources and learning how to reference these correctly using the Harvard Style.

The following links were used as a starting point:

  1. New Access-It Cabra Library Catalogue. Use the ‘Fast Find’ search to find books, magazines DVDs available for loan in your libraries. http://library.cabra.catholic.edu.au
  2. Ebsco – ANZRC – Databases. Search thousands of articles in journals, magazines, newspaper and TV transcripts. http://search.ebscohost.com/
  3. Issues – Australian and New Zealand Points of View – Browse both sides of a given topic. Dozens of recent, topical and sometimes controversial issues to look at.
  4. Images – Flickr.com – Use the advanced search function to find images that you can use freely. Just remember to reference where the image comes from and who owns it. Click the ‘Creative Commons’ box. http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/ or Google Advanced Image Search Use drop down box to select ‘Usage Rights’
  5. Music – Check out these Royalty and Copyright free music sites that allow you to download and use their music for your project. It’s free just say where you got it.
    1. ccMixter
    2. Moby Gratis – Multi-instrumentalist and ambient/techno pioneer Moby lets you use a whole bunch of songs for educational use. Sign up it’s free.
    3. DanoSongs.com – Another musician offering his tunes for you to use for free (Creative Commons License applies)
    4. Wolfram Tones – Create your own background music for your presentation (no musical  skill required)

Reference Generator – Use this tool to reference all your sources (books, websites, images, music) for use in your presentation. This uses the Harvard Style.