Start your history research with our excellent resources. These resources cover a broad range of historical time periods and events.

Library Databases

Canadian Encyclopedia

Search a comprehensive and credible source of information for students, readers, and scholars. This encyclopedia includes articles, biographies, timelines and more on Canadian people, places and events.

Canadian Newsstream

Consult the complete electronic back issues for most major Canadian newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun, The Province and The Globe & Mail. You can aslo find local papers such as the North Shore News.

Encyclopedia of British Columbia

Know BC is home to the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, an authoritative resource on BC past and present that features more than 4,000 articles and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips.

Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples

An online version of the 1999 reference work that covers over 115 different peoples/ethnic groups that make up Canada’s population.

Points to the Past

Points to the Past provides access to primary source material dating from 1450 to 2008. This includes over half a million books, digitized newspapers (The Economist, Financial Times, and more), 6.5 million manuscript pages, maps, photos, pamphlets, sermons and poems.

Available in the library and at home within BC.

Twentieth Century History Reference Library

Articles, biographies, diaries, speeches and more from World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War. A great place to start for social studies and history assignments.

World War I Reference Library

Articles, biographies, diaries, speeches and more from the First World War. A great place to start for World War I school assignments.

World War II Reference Library

Articles, biographies, diaries, speeches and more from the Second World War. A great place to start for World War II school assignments.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

Includes information on over 190 countries, covering topics such as banking and securities, climate, government data, demographic statistics, languages, religion, government and flags. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders and a special section on the United Nations.

On the Shelf

Canada -- History

Explore our collection of materials about a wide-range of topics in Canadian history.

Canada -- Politics and Government

Understand the political system in Canada.


Find out what the integration of economic, cultural, political, and social institutions means for the world.

On the Web

Canadiana Discovery Portal

Search the digital collections of libraries, archives and museums from across Canada, as well as access 60 million pages of Canadian digital documentary heritage. 


Explore writing and multimedia from Weider History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. This website focuses on American history.

Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre

Explore a continually growing set of resources that explore the historical context of settler colonialism in Canada and foundational themes relating to the history of the Indian Residential School System, Indigenous histories, contemporary realities, and futures.

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Search the full-text digital edition of Canadian Geographic's 2018 Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada. It includes information about Indigenous lands, languages, communities, treaties, and cultures, and topics such as the Canadian Indian residential school system, racism, and cultural appropriation.


BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives

Search through Library and Archives Canada's historical photos collection.

CBC Archives

Listen and watch recordings of original CBC broadcasts dating back to its creation in 1936.

The Canadian Letters and Images Project

Examine an online archive of the Canadian war experience, from any war, as told through the letters and images of Canadians themselves.