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 available in both French and English. No password required.The Canadian Encyclopedia is available in both French and English. No password required.


Encyclopedia on early childhood developmentThe Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is a comprehensive and reliable reference tool, offering the best knowledge on early childhood development. No password required.


Funk & Wagnall's is a general reference encyclopediaFunk & Wagnall's is a general reference encyclopedia. Click on the purple button above for the password.


Universalis 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.Universalis Jr. is a French language learning tool appropriate for grade 9-10 Core French students, contains encyclopedia articles, atlas, news, and a French-English dictionary. Click on the purple button above for the password.

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.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. Click on the purple button above for the password.


Databases

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.



American Psychological Association TopicsA collection of material on psychology topics hosted by the American Psychological Association. No password required.


Climate Crisis Exact EditionsA freely available learning resource about the Climate Crisis, featuring articles from over 50 different publications. No password required.


Our Ontario delivers one search access to digital collections of government documents, images, maps, videos, text, podcasts & more.Our Ontario delivers one search access to digital collections of government documents, images, maps, videos, text, podcasts & more. No password required.



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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