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Gale Virtual Reference Library

To find a secondary source (e.g. Novels for Students) for your selected English novel, type the title in the search box and click on SEARCH.

To access the Virtual Reference Library for accurate and authoritative reference content, intelligent organization of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, and more than 600 databases, click on the link below.

Canadian Literary Centre

Searching for secondary sources for Canadian titles? Canadian Literary Centre is a  literary criticism, essay, and review collection of Canadian fiction, poetry and biographical sources. Click on the link below, enter the name of the book title and the author’s last name, and ‘Search’. If applicable, narrow your search by checking off the drop-down menu that contains the word ‘Criticism’ under  “Subject’ in the left hand column.,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=cjh

Gale Nelson eResources

Gale Nelson eResources offers over 70 databases of reference materials, covering academic and vocational subjects such as science, history, trades, business, arts, literature, Canadian topics, home improvement, careers, nursing, sports, mass media, communication, law, culinary, military, gardening, agriculture, environment, pop culture, religion, and more. It contains magazines, newspapers, journal articles, trade publications, reference books, images, video, and audio formats.

Art Collections

National Gallery of Canada:

Metroplitan Museum of Art:

National Gallery of Art: 

The Getty Repositories:

Ask Kids

Ask Kids is a search engine for kids with information on specific subjects, movies, and kid's games. The site features an Answers section that encourages learning through exploration by providing many categorized educational questions and answers.

Canada’s Human Rights History

Canada’s Human Rights History website documents the history of human rights in Canada. It is researched by professor Dr. Dominique Clément (University of Alberta) and includes histories of human rights activism,  human rights law, and two events:  the Gouzenko Affair (1945-46) and the October Crisis (1970). The site is updated annually.

The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia plays an essential role in providing Canadians with free, accurate, and  updated information about our people and country.

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre

A resource for critical analysis, to develop persuasive arguments, better understand controversial issues and augment analytical thinking skills. It contains more than 180 topics, each with an objective background, description, point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Formats include essays, leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, primary source documents, reference books, titles from World Public Opinion and social, political, and cultural video encyclopedia of the 20th century.,uid&site=pov&return=y

The Churchill Archive for Schools

The Churchill Archive for Schools provides a range of classroom-ready and student resources, specially written and developed by leading history educators to engage, excite, inform and challenge. Based around four broad themes in British and world history, the Churchill Archive for Schools also offers teachers and students an accessible entry-point to the complete Churchill Archive - 800,000 documents amassed by Winston S. Churchill throughout his life.


Canadian Collection eBooks

The Canadian Collection eBooks database offers over 10,400 full text titles, providing a core collection of titles by Canadian publishers and authors, and covering topics pertaining to Canada, Canadian history and native culture, and politics and current events.,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=e700sca


K-8 Collection eBooks

The K-8 Collection eBooks database offers full text titles, designed specifically to support a quality learning experience for K-8 learning equivalent students across all academic subjects from history to language and literature, to science and technology.,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=e860xna


General Collection eBooks

The General Collection eBooks database offers scholarly and self-help eBooks such as textbooks; graphic novels; fiction; classical books and their study guides to maximize vocabulary development and comprehension skills as well as  reproducible activities to reinforce basic reading and comprehension skills while teaching higher-order critical thinking. The search page includes a blue tab at the top of the webpage for searching the Oxford American College Dictionary.,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=nlebk

Gale eBooks

The Gale eBook Collection offers select texts and encyclopedia In the following subjects: biography, business, education, environment, nations of the world, science, LGBT history, social science, psychology and the College Blue Book which lists USA/Canadian post-secondary programs, financial aid, etc.

Loyal Books

A great selection of 7000+ free, public domain audio-books &  35,000+ eBooks, available in 25+ languages. The free book app for Android, iPhone and iPad permits instant streaming, downloading for offline listening, uploading full text, reading along on screen, and has variable speed playback, font selection, night view and size controls.

The Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

The Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia is an annually updated database with over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record is easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies and information for a variety of subject areas.,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=funk

Kids Click!

KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians. This site has a wide variety of topics ranging from the arts, transportation, sports, and more.

Learn 360 is an interactive media-on-demand service for teachers and students. Content is correlated to provincial curriculum standards and includes 9,200+ digital educational videos, 28,500 video clips, speeches, images, audio books, research articles, activities, and songs. Search the website by title, subject, format, or grade level. For teachers, encompasses the My Learn360 capabilities to develop lesson plans, create content, craft assignments, prepare and deliver quizzes/tests online.

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The NFB provides more than 6,000 films and other media. Students have access at school to films by clicking on the link below, and access at school or at home to playlists and chapters created and shared by teachers. Teachers are required to create an NFB CAMPUS account for access to films, media, and unique tools and resources for educators, such as access to thousands of additional, exclusive films, browsing by curriculum subject, classroom-ready resources, downloadable education guides, and creation of customized chapters and playlists to share with students. Contact the library for the account creation link.

Novelist – Readers’ Advisory Database

Looking for another author like your favorite?  Have you read the last book in a series and are looking for a similar series to read?  NoveList's read-alikes are the perfect solution.  This database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next, offers book discussion guides, curriculum connections and more.  It does not provide you with the books to read. Please check the library catalogue or ask library staff about the availability of books you find listed in this database.,uid&profile=novelist

Salem History

Salem History is an online database with information about 17th century people and events. Topics range from women's rights to medicine and health.

To access, get the password from the library.

SOS Magazine

SOS Children’s Safety Magazine is proud to be recognized as a viable resource for educating youth on social issues such as bullying, addiction, internet safety, eating disorders, self esteem, peer pressure, teen violence, suicide, teen pregnancy and mental health in Canada.

The World Factbook

The World Factbook, produced for US policymakers and coordinated throughout the US Intelligence Community, marshals facts on every country, dependency, and geographic entity in the world, and provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. It Includes regional and world maps and flags.

Teen Health and Wellness

Database and help hotline for teen health issues, providing students and teachers with research/report tools, a self-help resource, and provincial curricular support including lesson plans in the health, sciences, physical education, and language arts. Also includes a great video publishing opportunity for students.

Teen hotlines.