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English Language

Search for Articles Using OCtopus

OCtopus Tutorial

Library Databases

1. Select important concepts or ideas from your research question.

2. Brainstorm related keywords using alternative words or phrases:

  • synonyms
  • broader or more general terms 
  • narrower or more specific terms
  • related terms


  • Join words with AND, OR, NOT to narrow or broaden search results. 
  • Use limiters such as date, demographic, gender, geographic area to get more focused results.
  • Evaluate your source to ensure it is produced by a reputable source.
  • Provide references and identify where and how the information you used was produced, who created it, and where it came from. 
  • Use quotes to create phrases or join two words to form a single concept (such as "global warming")

Canadian Resources

A newspaper for English Language learners about British Columbia and Canada. There is a free catalogue of articles are in different formats and reading levels.

Okanagan College library has access to the digital newspaper and teacher notes that contain activity sheets. Instructors should contact their subject librarian or the collections librarian at for access. 

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