Online Encyclopedias and Databases

Many of these resources may be accessed through the VLE without a password.

Passwords for OCDSB databases

Online Encyclopedias

An encyclopedia is the place to start your research. You will get a general overview of your topic and ideas for further research.

The Canadian Encyclopedia is a free, bilingual online encyclopedia. All the other encyclopedias listed here require a password. Click on the purple button above to access the passwords.

The Canadian Encyclopedia is available in both French and English. No password required.Funk & Wagnall's is a general reference encyclopediaUniversalis Junior is a French language learning tool appropriate for grade 9-10 Core French students, contains encyclopedia articles, atlas, news, and a French-English dictionary.Encyclopédie Universalis is an extensive collection of French language resources appropriate for grade 11-12 Core French and all Immersion students. In addition to 38000 encyclopedia articles, it contains an atlas, timelines, news and current events, and multimedia.


All the databases may be accessed by students at school and at home. Passwords for the databases common to all OCDSB schools may be found at the link in the purple box above. These databases may also be accessed using the VLE.

The password for Maclean's Archives may be obtained from the Library Learning Commons Google Classroom. Many teachers have posted the passwords to their Google Classroom. You may also email Mrs. Donovan to get the passwords.

The Maclean's Archives is an online archive of every article published in Canada's national newsmagazine since 1905.Our Ontario delivers one search access to digital collections of government documents, images, maps, videos, text, podcasts & more.Teen Health & Wellness provides curricular support and self-help on topics including diseases, drugs & alcohol, nutrition, mental health, family life, sexuality and more.

The Ebsco suite of databases consists of 10 databases, 7 ebook collections and an online encyclopedia. We have highlighted some of the more popular databases below. ALL Ebsco databases may be searched at once using Explora. If you want to make sure you are making the best use of the Ebsco databases, watch this brief video tutorial.

Explora is an easy-to-use interface that searches all of our Ebsco databases.Advanced Placement Source is designed to meet the needs of high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs, this database contains more than 4500 full-text journals and magazines dating back to 1985.Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of 185 issues.Canadian Reference Centre includes 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.History Reference Centre contains full text for thousands of primary source documents, journals, reference books, etc.Literary Reference Centre contains information on thousands of authors and their works through literary journals, reference works, author interviews, etc.Science Reference Centre contains more than 200 science periodicals as well as reference books, biographies, and images.

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