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Join us for Virtual Library Drop-Ins!

Get help with research, talk about books, or just drop in to chat!  Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Research Steps

  1. Begin with general reference resources, such as encyclopedia articles, to give you a sense of the main issues.

  2. Move to critical articles (e.g. from the databases) that debate and discuss the issue.

  3. If applicable, consult primary sources for original evidence and examples.


Electronic Resources (Virtual Library)

Use the links to search for books, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, journals, and verified websites available on our virtual shelves.

icon Most of these digital resources can be accessed without a  password in the VLE (OCDSB Student Portal) under the Grades 7-12 waffle.  Click here for a video on how to access the VLE.


Some of these databases require PASSWORDS. Click here to access passwords with your OCDSB Google account.

1. eBooks

SORA ebooks SORA eBooks!  Read online in the VLE, or follow these instructions to use the app.








2. Encyclopedias


3. General Reference Databases

Use these databases to access:
  • newspapers
  • magazines and academic journals
  • encyclopedias and other reference books
  • multimedia sources
Go to the VLE to access OCDSB databases. Click here for instructions.

Free online journal and research databases  

4. Video Streaming

5. Primary Sources (no password required)

(original information and documents, including newspapers)

6. Other Useful Resources (no password required)

Interesting links and resources

Print Resources

Search the Library catalogue for books on our shelves!

For audiobooks and other accessible formats: Earl of March has access to the CELA Library resources. Click for details.

Need help?

Contact Ms. Johnstone or Mrs. Donovan!

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