Research Databases

Secondary Sources and Research Databases


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EBSCOHost is one of the most powerful research databases available online and encompasses hundreds of thousands of resources, maps, images, etc. It covers a huge variety of topics and has many smaller databases within it so you can find exactly what you need. Please see Mr. Leeming for help logging in and using this database or see this guide:  2_0_guided_search_help_sheet




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Cengage/Gale is another online database featuring a lot of content from Canadian newspapers, magazines, and journals. Not as broad as EBSCO, but has Canadian content EBSCO could be missing.World_Book_Encyclopedia_logo

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Gone are the days of a school ordering a huge, expensive set of encyclopedias every year to stay current. World Book has moved its detailed and all encompassing encyclopedia to the web, allowing it to be current in real time. Think Wikipedia with a staff of editor’s who are paid to get it right.


StatsCan is a warehouse of all kinds of current and historical data about Canadians. How many babies were they having in 1922? How much did the average women make in 1960 vs today?  What proportion of the population is Catholic? Statscan can answer all these questions and more. Great, FREE resource!6a00d8341c767353ef019aff1d2426970c-800wi

The Library and Archives of Canada is a great tool to find information about the history of Canada. Includes an ancestor search, and lots of information about the great wars.


What did French Fur Traders think Canada looked like?  Where were traditional First Nations groups located during the founding of Canada? Old maps has a ton of cool, historical maps that give you great perspective when learning about history


This local resource provides interactive maps detailing the distribution of plants, wild life, etc in our current region. Very handy site for any projectors about the East and West Kootenay, and Columbia Valley

Primary Sources


Google has poured time and resources in acquiring and scanning thousands and thousands of daily newspapers from all over the world. They stretch over the last few centuries and can provide awesome accounts of events as they unfolded in real time. Great resource for any subject..


UBC has a huge archive of small town BC newspapers available online. Similar to Google, but with all Canadian content. Very handy


Early Canadiana Online is an online storehouse of historical documents from the founding of Canada. This site includes journals, letters, business records, government records, etc. It can be a little tricky to search, but it gives very interesting, first hand accounts of life at the beginning of our country.


Fordham University has compiled a list of primary history resources for history from all over the world – Africa, WW2, Latin America, the American Revolution… It goes on and on. Very helpful.

Film and Video

The National Film Board of Canada is a great resource for documentary, full length, animated, and short films made by and for a Canadian Audience. Covers a wide range of fun and serious topics for a variety of courses.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a great website with a variety of themed channels on topics ranging from Cancer research, robotics, arts, culture, and more. More suited for senior level students, but open for anyone to check out.



This company created film news reels throughout the British Empire and is a great resource today for all kinds of historical film clips – Everything from ww1 to Arnold Schwarzenegger winning Mr. Universe.  Huge resource that just recently became free! Also check out their Youtube Channel

Creative Commons Media


The Wikimedia Commons is a great first stop to find pictures, video, audio, etc for a project. Everything on the commons has been licensed for use in a free, educational setting and can be used without violating copyright. Note, you must still give credit to your source or its plagiarism!



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