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Daily Life Online: Exploring Everyday Life Past and Present
Daily Life Online is an online sourcebook series offering a detailed portrayal of what life was like for ordinary people in different cultures through history. This comprehensive database covers a wide range of disciplines such as Social Studies, History, English and Language including thousands of folk and fairy tales. Timeline covers the 4th century to the 21st century. Topics include Family Life, Death, Housing, Clothing, Food, Music, Marriage, Women, Children, and much more. Included are primary documents, images, maps, and more

Britannica Online English



Begin your research with Encyclopedia Britannica, the Award winning online encyclopedia used by more than 20 million people in over 18 countries. It includes over 75,000 articles, 23,000 biographies, full text articles from over 700 magazines and newspapers, researched web-links, vivid graphics and multimedia and an extensive World Atlas. From Britannica Online you also have access to Compton’s by Britannica and Britannica Elementary.
Britannica Online French

Universalis Junior French​

Universalis Senior Online​ ACCESS
Full Text Encyclopaedias in French. Graphics, maps and much more.
Canadian Encyclopedia​

This database (made available online by the Historical​ Foundation) includes the full text of the Canadian Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and feature articles from Maclean's Magazine. A source of information on all Canadian topics and much more.

Career Cruising ​ ACCESS

Career Cruising provides in-depth profiles of hundreds of different careers. This research tool will assist the student in matching a career with a college or university.


Choose from over 20 full text databases, including five which have been translated into French, covering a wide range of topics such as Current Issues, Health and Sports, Science and Technology, Social Studies and History, Mathematics, the Arts, Business and more. Students may access information from a variety of reputable published sources such as:
-Reference books
-Newspapers and newswires
-Scholarly journals
-General and Subject encyclopedias
-Historical documents
-Radio and TV news transcripts
-Film and Video clips
Facts on File​ ACCESS

To search within a single database, click on the database name. To search across multiple databases, enter your search term, check the boxes next to each database, and then click “Search”.
-American History Online
-American Indian History Online
-Ancient and Medieval History Online
-World Geography and Culture Online
-Science Online
-Health Reference Center
-Curriculum Resource Center (An electric Library of Printable Teacher Handouts)
-Bloom's Literary Reference Online
-Modern World History Online

E-Books (from Facts on File)

Access over 4000 reference books covering all subject areas.

​Classroom Video Films on Demand                           

Curriculum Support Videos for students and teachers
Gale (through Knowledge Ontario) ACCESS
These comprehensive full-text databases and e-collections cover virtually every topic in the curriculum. They contain pages from reference books, subject encyclopedias, almanacs, primary source documents, journals, magazines, newspapers, maps and images. Press ACCESS for entire collection.
 Global Issues in Context​
E-Books (from Gale)​ ACCESS

Encyclopedia of U.S

Political Vol. 1

Exploring American History

From Colonial Times to 1877

Encyclopedia of U.S.

Political Vol. 2​

U*X*L Encyclopedia of World


Europe 14050 to 1789: Encyclopedia

of the Early Modern World

Encyclopedia of Social


Marshall Cavendish Digital ACCESS
-Gods, Goddesses and Mythology
-Exploring Ancient Civilizations
-World War I
-World War II
-Renaissance and Reformation
Databases are based on print titles. A broad range of high-quality photographs, diagrams, maps, and drawings accompany each article
Virtual Reference Library (TPL) ACCESS
Presently the Toronto Public Library is providing Metropolitan Toronto residents who have a valid Toronto Public Library Card, 24-hour remote access service, through their VRL web-site. Access to library catalogues, research guides, many databases, and reference service is available by typing in your library card number when asked for a password.