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BC Digital Classroom Resources

Many of the resources below are available through this landing page

Username: pcslibrary

Password: the usual one

Ebsco Host

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Password: the usual one. Ask a teacher , EA, or Librarian if you don't remember

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Username: pcslibrary2

The password is the usual one.

Science in Context

Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, Science In Context draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.

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Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia - i

ncluding podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

Username: pcslibrary

Password: the usual one - ask your Librarian

Canada in Context

Canada In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content, written from a Canadian perspective, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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Password: the usual one - ask your Librarian

Worldbook Online

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Consumer Health Complete

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ARC Gis Online

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Password: the usual one, plus the number 1

Other Online Resources

Canadian Encyclopedia

L'Encyclopédie Canadienne

Know BC

The Encyclopedia of British Columbia

BC Laws

The Encyclopedia of Earth

Encyclopedia of Earth, an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, expert-reviewed collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and are useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.

Library and Archives Canada

Canadian Information by Subject

Info Please Columbia Encyclopedia

Biographical Dictionary

Reference Desk

Martindale's Reference

Catholic Encyclopedia

Dictionaries Online

Mirriam-Webster Visual Dictionary

Browse the dictionary by topic (from astronomy to sports & games) or you can do a keyword search of the index, which will suggest words. An illustration and a link to an audio pronunciation are included.

In addition to the definitions there's also a game of the week (match the definitions to the illustrations; this week's was pretty easy but the archived game for the castle looks tough).

Visual Dictionary

Search by theme or word.

Old Magazine Articles Online


Atlas Of Canada

Explore these topics: Energy, Forestry, Geology, Mining & Minerals, Population, The North, Water, and various topographic maps.

Canadian Atlas

Explore by Themes: the Regions, Energy Systems, the People, Natural Resources, Building a Nation, Gazetteer, etc.

World Atlas

Historical Atlas of Canada

Map Creator

The Atlas of Canada

"Collection of interactive maps, graphics, images and multi-media resources" relating to Canadian geography and history. Map topics include the environment, people and society, the economy, climate, freshwater distribution, and health. The site also features topographic maps, archives of previous editions of the atlas, lesson plans, a factbook, and information on map-making. Available in English and French. From the Government of Canada.

The Canadian Atlas Online/L'Atlas Canadien Enligne

This site provides an "interactive atlas [that] allows you to explore Canada" and "brings cartography to life with exciting graphics and animation." The site features regional and thematic maps, lesson plans, materials for children, and quizzes and games. Also includes links to related sites. Searchable. In English and French. From the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Historical Maps of Canada

Interactive site features maps of Canada from 1700 - 1999, showing boundary changes and a brief history; good for a introductory or review lesson. From Canadian Geographic.

Historical Atlas of Canada Online

The Historical Atlas of Canada was a three-volume collaborative publishing project, finished in 1993, which used maps text and other graphics to explore themes in the history of Canada. The Online Learning Project proposes to make many of the maps and research data created for the Atlas available over the Internet. At present the Online Learning Project is under development and seeking funding; only 15% of the proposed Table of Contents is actively online.

Online Internet Mapping

From the BC Minsitry of Sustainable Resource Management, this site has a tutorial that " will show you how to use interactive Internet based maps. After this tutorial you should be able to understand and navigate Ministry maps successfully; even if you have no prior knowledge of GIS. The basic tutorial will probably take about fifteen minutes. However, in less than five minutes you can have the background required to successfully navigate a Ministry map view."

Globalis - an interactive world map

While the UN and other international organisations collect large amounts of statistics each year from all over the world, their reports and tables that are not always easily used in schools. With Globalis, these statistics are available in a simpler and more visual format. The databaseis categorised according to themes from the Human Development Report 2003, which is the first global status report discussing how the countries of the world compare in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Newspapers Online

Times Colonist Online


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Canadian Newspapers

Today's Newspapers

Newspaper Map

News Central

The London Times

The Manchester Guardian

General Biography Websites

Lives, The Biography Resource

Biographical Dictionary

Homework Center

World Biographical Resource

Info Please



The Jewish Virtual Resource


Reference Desk

Homework Center Links

Island Of Freedom

Who 2

Biography Center


Momorable Canadians


Canadian Who's Who

Canada Heirloom Series

Canada's Digital Collections

Special Collections: Canadians

Canadian Portraits

Heros of Yore and Lore

CBC 4 Kids

Dictionary Biography Online


Biographies of Woman Mathematicians

Famous Mathematicians