These resources cover a broad range of historical time periods and events and are a great place to start your research.

Library Databases

Ancient & Medieval History Online

Find biographies, events, timelines, images, maps and more on ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and Africa.

Canadian Encyclopedia

A comprehensive, objective and accurate source of information for students, readers and scholars on Canadian people, places and events. Includes articles, biographies, timelines and more.

Canadian Newsstream

This full text database includes the complete available electronic backfile for most major Canadian newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun, The Province and The Globe & Mail, as well as 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 comprise Canada’s population.

Points to the Past

Points to the Past provides access to primary source material dating from 1450 to 2008, with access to over half a million books, digitized newspapers (The Economist, Financial Times, and more), 6.5 million manuscript pages, maps, photos, pamphlets, sermons and poems. Includes titles from the Smithsonian, publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, documents from the Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive, treaties, state papers, declassified documents, British literary manuscripts, and more.

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

Presents 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 -- 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.

World War, 1914-1918 -- Canada

Learn about Canada's role in the First World War.

On the Web

Canadian Great War Project

An ongoing work-in-progress, this website provides a database of Canadian soldiers who served in World War I, as well as timelines, articles, statistics, war diaries and letters from the front.

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. 

Early Canada Online

The most complete set of full-text historical content about Canada including books, magazines and government documents from the time of the first European settlers to the first half of the 20th century.  


Articles and features from Weider History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. Mainly American history content.

World War I Document Archive

Archive of international primary documents (treaties, diaries, images, etc.) from World War I.