General Reference (Secondary)

Advanced Placement Source

Advanced Placement Source is a database designed for high school students enrolled in various Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. It contains thousands of full-text journals and magazines, plus over a million photos, maps and flags. 

Britannica Image Quest 

Contains over three million rights-cleared images from 62 leading collections. 

Britannica Original Sources 

Original Sources is a compilation of thousands of primary source documents, complete books, and authentic images. Students, teachers, and parents have instant access to an online library full of the creations and discoveries of history’s greatest minds as recorded in the authors’ original words. 

Britannica School 

General encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary and thesaurus covering a wide range of topics. Information is presented using text, audio, videos and images. Each article also contains links to explore more on the topic 

Canadian Encyclopedia 

French/English. A comprehensive and authoritative general Canadian reference work. Also includes quizzes, games, multimedia, and links to other resources. 

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre 

Contains resources covering hundreds of topics that present multiple sides of a current issue. Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues and write or debate an effective argument on the topic. 

Curio gives teachers and students streaming access to the best in educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada. You’ll find documentaries from television and radio, news reports and more. 

Encyclopedia of World Biography 

A multicultural biographical source through Gale eBooks that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture. 

Explora Secondary 

High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals and selected for use in a school environment. 

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia 

An EBSCO database that indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. 

Facts on File: Issues and Controversies  

An Infobase database that offers in-depth articles—each presenting both sides of an issue clearly, coherently, and without bias—made to inspire thought-provoking debates. 

Gale OneFile: News 

Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields. 

Gale eBooks 

Explore this database of encyclopedias and reference sources within the Gale eBooks platform. 

Gale Pages 

Browse all Gale research products available from HCDSB Library Services. 

Learn 360 – CVOD 

Teachers, students, and parents can access more than 182,000 media resources including videos, interactives, printables, audio content, and maps and flags. 

Maclean’s Archive 

The Maclean’s Archives is an online digital collection of every article ever written in Maclean’s Magazine since 1905. 

MasterFile Premier 

General reference EBSCO database providing full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags. 

World Factbook 

Provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.