Social Studies

Library Databases

Academic Search Elite

Find articles from scholarly journals in nearly every academic discipline. Excellent for students and researchers.

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.

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.

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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.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas

A six-volume survey the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries on major concepts, movements and thinkers. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, among many others. For students and general readers.

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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.

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World Book

Excellent selection of encyclopedia articles, pictures, maps, charts and audio and video clips on a wide variety of topics. Perfect for students of all ages.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On the Shelf

Research to Remember

Research packages that contain a brief history on a soldier, questions to guide your reading, and copies of real papers, documents and photos from local soldiers' service records.

On the Web

BBC History

In-depth info on many different parts of history, from Ancient Egypt to World War II.

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. 

First Peoples of Canada

Created by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, this is an extensive resource that covers the history, traditions, and folklore of a broad range of different First Nations from across Canada.

Parliament of Canada

Parliament of Canada's website has an array of interesting information for civics students who need more information about how parliament works, direct quotes from important speeches, and how a bill gets passed.

Sparknotes History

With extensive study guides on a ton of different periods and movements in European and American history, Sparknotes' History is a great resource to check out if you're a little confused about the difference between the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution.