Online Resources

Through the Library, you can access online Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias and Subject Specific Academic Journals. Journals are important to use because they have up to date information.

Access our school databases through the icon entitled 'Research Options' on our library Search page.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Always begin your research by looking up your topic in an Encyclopaedia. Reading about your topic will give you an overview and help you narrow down the scope of your research.
Reference information in English
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The Canadian Encyclopedia plays an essential role in providing Canadians and others with fact-checked, updated information about our people and country. Available in both English and French.No username or password required,uid&custid=s1142192&profile=ehost&defaultdb=funk&groupid=main
Reference information in English
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These databases include leading Canadian and international periodicals as well as many Canadian reference books and an image collection containing more than one million photos, maps and flags. The collection also includes images from Canadian Press.The Portals Below all belong to the EBSCO DATABASE.

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EXPLORA: Use this search engine as your starting point to search for anything in EBSCO databases. Using this search engine means you only have to type in your search once and it will go through all the databases.
Newspaper, magazine, journal and reference book articles using Canadian examples.Username: ocdsbPassword: ebscohost
Academic magazine, journal and reference book articles.Username: ocdsbPassword: ebscohost
Arguments, counter-arguments and extensive references on Canadian issues
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Journal and magazine articles on historical topics
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Literary journal and magazine articles
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Journal and magazine articles on scientific topics
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Other Databases for online research

Canadian Statistics to use for your research. A Government of Canada Website.
Online help with specific research questions. Ontario College Library Service.
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Ottawa Public Library. Provides excellent programs and resources. You need a library card to use online resources. Go to a branch if you do not have a card (they are free!)
Delivers one search access to digital collections of government documents, images, maps, videos, text, podcasts & more.
Provides curricular support and self-help on topics including diseases, drugs & alcohol, nutrition, mental health, family life, sexuality and more.
Index to the monthly French language current affairs publication. Please ask Library staff if you would like access to an issue.
The world's largest classical music library offers streaming access to more than 1,572,700 tracks. Also features jazz, classic rock, and background information.
Includes more than 150,000 multimedia resources including feature films, documentary videos, images, and articles.
National Film Board of Canada. Many films in both English and French can be streamed on this site free of charge. The Collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works. We showcase films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians—stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more.
The CBC Digital Archives website makes available a wealth of CBC Radio and CBC Television clips from more than 75 years of broadcasting. Browse our recommended features or our categories and topics, discover great programs, interviews, and personalities from the past, learn more about Canada’s and world’s history, and access educational materials for students from grades six through 12.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).