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Students of Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown,will find lesson and assignment related links below. More detailed pathfinders and study guides can be found on the StudentNet site. Book reviews have been moved to Book Bites, which is linked below.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


Think about how you are going to approach this task before you begin. Write down a plan and check back to see that you are covering all aspects of the assigned task from time to time. The Library page has a Research Process Checklist that you can use as a guide.

Issues raised under the theme of Reverence for Life include:

  • In-vitro fertilisation
  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Genetic engineering
  • Organ transplants
  • Capital punishment
  • The greenhouse effect
  • Use of non-renewable resources
  • Pollution
  • Depletion of the ozone layer
  • Deforestation
  • Soil erosion

If you have a topic other than those listed that you think might be appropriate check with your teacher.

If you want to investigate a few topics before you decide, or need a comprehensive introduction, here are a few tips:

  • Use a good general encyclopedia, like Britannica Online, and be sure to look for links to related articles. Seek especially ethical and moral aspects. (Password required for Britannica - check a Library bookmark or ask at the Library)
  • To find issues recently discussed within the Church look at Catholic publications, like The Catholic Weekly (held by the Library, and searchable online) and Catholic Outlook (held by the Library, and current edition available online).
  • The Library holds many resources for loan on these topics, but will hold a few books at the desk which are relevant to multiple issues - especially those with Catholic perspectives.
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Year 10 - Researching Issues in journal publications

Guidelines is an index to journal articles and is shelved near the magazines. Issues come out monthly. Search by subject to find details of articles, then find the articles in the school library, or your local public library.

Relevant magazines held by Patrician Brothers' Library include:

Family Matters
Youth Studies Australia
New Internationalist
Focus (Magazine of Australia's Overseas Aid Program)
Indigenous Law Bulletin
Alternative Law Journal
Legal Eagle
Boys in Schools Bulletin
Choice Health Reader

We hold copies for this month and last month. But how do you find suitable articles?

The Library page on the school website has information on various ways to find Sydney Morning Herald articles.

CATHOLIC JOURNALS held by Patrician Brothers' Library:

The Catholic Weekly (Subject Search)
Far East
Eureka Street
Catholic Outlook (Contents of latest issue)

General news magazines held by Patrician Brothers' Library:

Business Review Weekly
Time Magazine


Researching Catholic Moral Principles and Teachings

A copy of The Catechism of the Catholic Church is held in the library reference collection at REF 238 CAT.

The Catechism can be accessed online (including a search facility) here.

Many other books can be found by searching the catalogue under: Catholic Church.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Introducing Shakespeare Year 9 English

Shakespeare In Love Online Study Guide

Shakespeare's World: Then and Now (An Internet Webquest)

Romeo and Juliet Film Study Guide

Folger Shakespeare Library - Teaching Shakespeare

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Monday, June 20, 2005

Christian Sacred Places Year 7

The following links will help you find information on Christian Sacred Places. For some links you will be asked for a username and password for Britannica Online. You can find these on a bookmark from the Library, or ask one of the Library staff. (You might need to go back to the link after you log in.)

Pilgrimage - Why do people visit sacred places?

Places of Christian Pilgrimage - brief overview of St Peters, Lourdes. Fatima, Holy Land

Vatican City and St Peters


Our Lady of Fatima



St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Year 10 - Researching Issues

Do some preliminary reading about topics of interest from the Library, on the internet or from newspapers and magazines.

Once you have chosen your topic, write down search terms for using the library catalogue, search engines and indexes. If your search does not show any results try alternative terms. For example, "domestic violence" will yield few results, but "family violence" or "violence" will lead you to good resources.

Profile of Young Australians
Includes information about family violence, youth gangs and many other issues.
Environment - It's a living thing!
Ways you can make a difference.
Making Multicultural Australia
A rich site with definitions, history and great visuals like posters and HSC art works.
Gangs in NSW
A report prepared for the NSW Government.
Reach Out
Domestic violence fact sheet.
Mandatory Detention Laws in Australia
An overview of current laws and proposed reform.
Waisted and Busted
Clothes of the past tell us a lot about the people who wore them. What do today's fashions say about us?
Outworkers - The real fashion victims
An ABC Online feature which examines the exploitation of workers in the fashion industry.


Individual titles on a range of contemporary issues are listed in the Library catalogue. Type in the name of each series to see the topics covered:

Issues in Society
Debating Matters
Talking Points
Life Files
Wise Guides
What's at Issue?
Face the Facts
Heinemann Contemporary Issues
Global Issues
Hot Topics (Law; held at library desk)

See the next post for information on using magazines and newspapers.