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FP Advisor is one of the best all around resources for statistical as well as historical information relating to Canadian publicly-traded companies. It allows the user access to a wide variety of data to assist in choosing industry sectors as well as individual Canadian companies to invest in. Brief recommendations... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Business & Personal Finance
Scott's Directories is a directory of Canadian businesses. It can be useful for marketing campaigns. Example 1: a business wants to direct a campaign at businesses with over 50 employees within a certain area of Toronto. Example 2: a business want to market its products and services to other businesses... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Business & Personal Finance
Use the library e-resource Canadian Business & Current Affairs to find information in Canadian sources about business trends. Rick Eglinton. Fast-food favorite: Hot dogs sold by Chris Blue's vendors are a hit with Torontonians and tourists alike. 1986. Toronto Public Library. E.g. for information about mobile food trucks, enter "mobile... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Business & Personal Finance
Scott’s Directories is good for getting contact information (and some business information, such as number of employees, sales, year established) on Canadian companies. It’s especially useful for job searchers looking for work in specific fields. Such a customer came to the reference desk of the Business, Science and Technology Department... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Business & Personal Finance
Use the library e-resource Chilton Library, which is accessible anywhere Œ(1) your car calls out to be pushed onto its side and repaired, (2) you have your tools with you and (3) you have something, besides what you're wearing, to wipe your hands on. Photograph: Julia Kertesz, "Bucarest, car repair... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at North York Central Library Blog
Scott's Directories has profiles of 190,000+ Canadian companies. Say you'd like to walk from home to work in one of them. You live in Toronto, in the M4K postal code area; and you want to work in real estate. Step 1. Reduce the list of 190,000+ companies to real estate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Business & Personal Finance
The e-resource Career Cruising is good for profiling careers. What might not be so obvious is that it's also good for finding out where, in pursuit of a career, you can go to school; and what related, local associations there might be. Schools Say you want to know where you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Information Services Team Blog
Parfois, à peine ma bougie éteinte, mes yeux se fermaient si vite que je n’avais pas le temps de me dire: «Je m’endors.» Et, une demi-heure après, la pensée qu’il était temps de chercher le sommeil m’éveillait; je voulais poser le volume que je croyais avoir encore dans les mains... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Information Services Team Blog
The attached Guide for Foreign-Trained Pharmacists in Ontario lists print and electronic resources for foreign-trained pharmacists who wish to be licensed to practice, and to practice, in Ontario. The resources range from pharmacy textbooks and study guides to information on licensing and employment (job searching, job listings). The guide (9... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at New to Canada
There's an interesting article in the 10th anniversary issue of Spacing: "Going green: 10 important policies that are making Toronto a more sustainable city" by Dale Duncan and Todd Irvine (winter 2013/2014, pp. 34-36). The policies are policies (and initiatives) "that have made Toronto greener over the past ten years"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Information Services Team Blog
The Guide for Foreign-Trained Physicians in Ontario (PDF) is a guide to print and electronic resources for foreign-trained physicians who wish to be licensed to practice, and to practice, in Ontario. It includes study guides, textbooks and ESL books and audiobooks owned by the North York Central Library, instructions on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at New to Canada
I surprised a user once by how fast I found something in the index of an encyclopedia, then found it in the encyclopedia. I wasn't especially fast. I thought he must be surprised at how I went from the index to the volume the topic was in. But the surprise... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
FBI Records: the Vault is one of the free reference websites on the 2012 list "Best free reference websites" compiled by a RUSA committee and published in the fall 2012 issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly . The site serves, according to the notes on its entry in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Information Services Team Blog
Bell, the inventor, or one of the inventors, of the telephone, also taught the deaf. It was thought that they could be taught to talk and so kept from having to use sign language. Some thought they could be taught to talk only if kept from using it and "in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
There was certainly a lot of transferring of plants to pots in the time of Louis XIV. In the garden at Trianon, "no dead leaf is ever seen nor any shrub that is not in flower... for which," according, in 1694, to Andre Le Notre, garden designer, "it is necessary to change more than 2,000,000 pots" (quoted in the 17th century section of the article on France in The Oxford Companion to the Garden (2006)). But Louis XIV is remembered for having declared "L'etat, c'est moi," not "Le jardin, c'est moi," so I bet his entourage was busier with trowels than he was.
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I take it to be a trowel, "a pointed, scoop-shaped metal blade and a handle. It is used for breaking up earth, digging small holes, especially for planting and weeding, mixing in fertilizer or other additives, and transferring plants to pots," according to the article on trowels in Wikipedia.
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The Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied-science events in Toronto: that is, of events which fall into the subjects in the department's collections. Here is the September calendar. Applied science (the "technology" of the department's name) includes health,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at North York Central Library Blog
This index doesn't index only Canadian periodicals and, anyway, Canadian periodicals don't include only Canadian material. So finding articles on Canadian topics in it isn't as straightforward as you might think. But there is, with its curves, a way. Say the topic you want current information on is health care.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
I want demographics. I want numbers about people. I'm in grade 12 (it's a Jirō Taniguchi comic set in Ontario) and my homework for the "Health Care and Society" part of my course is to "identify current health care issues from recent media coverage and describe their societal implications" (The... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at Information Services Team Blog
or, according to Rena Marie Pacella, "The ten most amazing databases in the world." (PopSci. Popular Science, Oct. 31, 2011. Web. 4 Nov. 2011.) 1. Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), "a computer system that stores DNA profiles created by [...] crime laboratories in the United States, with the ability to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
People have gallstones ("Gallstones occur in up to 20 percent of Canadian women and 10 per cent of men by the age of 60." Canadian Liver Foundation) and people who have them want books on them. I was asked for books on gallstones twice last month. But we don't seem... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
The other day, I was asked by a grade 7 student, alright, by the mother of one, for apple, wheat and potato production, by weight, in a certain year, in all 10 provinces. I used E-Stat. After "accepting and entering," I clicked on “Table of Contents – Data Tables” under... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Information Services Team Blog
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