Research Tools

BC Digital Classroom

Expand your research toolbox with the BC Digital Classroom

World Book Encyclopedia

​Tailored for students in middle schools, World Book Student includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools. ​Tailored for students grade 8 and up, World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes full encyclopedic and multimedia databases supplemented with online books, primary sources, website links, back in time articles, special reports and more.​World Book Kids is the premier online resource developed especially for young students. The site has been optimized for tablets and features image-based navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of images and videos as well as a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities.
​World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures.​Science Power is an engaging and visually rich supplemental science learning site for middle school aged students.​Based on World Book’s Student Discovery Encyclopedia, L'Encyclopédie Découverte is written by expert contributors at a reading level appropriate for younger users who are native speakers and readers of French, as well as older students and adults for whom French is a second language.

Gale Resources

​Created especially for students and researchers studying Canada, its people, and its history, Canada In Context spans the North American continent to deliver a full range of country-specific topics delivered from a Canadian perspective. Its continuously updated resources provide ongoing benefits for students anywhere conducting research on Canadian topics.​Designed to support global awareness, Global Issues In Context ties together a wealth of authoritative content that empowers students to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world.​Science In Context provides information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. 

Other Databases

​Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with the following features: Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results.​NoveList, the complete readers' advisory solution, empowers librarians, engages readers and connects communities.​A comprehensive resource of consumer-oriented health content, covering all key areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.
​The online version of the original The Encyclopedia of British Columbia.

Open Source Databases

Open Source Databases do not require a password.

​The arXiv (pronounced "archive") is a repository of electronic preprints, known as e-prints, of scientific papers in the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, quantitative biology, statistics, and quantitative finance, which can be accessed online.​bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.​PLOS publishes a suite of influential Open Access journals across all areas of science and medicine


When searching Google, don't forget to use "advanced search" to refine your results.

​Google Scholar is a freely accessible Web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature.​Visit Inside Search to discover new ways to use google.