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ELECTRONIC REFERENCE DESK

The listing below includes the various categories of resources found in the Reference section of our library. Click on the category to find numerous listings of electronic resources available.
              Almanacs & Statistics                Encyclopædias Specialized Dictionaries
              Atlases & Maps                English Dictionaries & Language Arts Resources Sports
              Biographies                General Television & Radio News Sources
              Community Resources                Magazines  
              Current Events                News Indexes/Newspapers  


ALMANACS & STATISTICAL RESOURCES

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ATLASES AND MAPS

  • Atlas of the World
    This About.com resource links you to all types of maps and atlases including outline maps.

  • Canadian Arctic 
    This is an excellent resource developed by the University of Guelph. There are large-scale and very detailed maps of northern Canada. Once you are in a detailed map, click on place names in the left navigation bar for a closer look and information about the area.

  • Google Earth
    Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

  • Google Maps
    April 2005 - Beta Version. Satellite Maps. This site enables you to zoom in areas, even on individual buildings.

  • Google Ocean
    With Google Ocean you can: Dive beneath the surface and visit the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench; Explore the ocean with top marine experts; Learn about ocean observations, climate change, and endangered species; Discover new places including surf, dive and travel hot spots and shipwrecks.

  • Landsat.org
    This site provides satellite images over time. Select an area and see if you are able to detect differences. Click on the link below the image to get a closer look.

  • Mapquest
    If you are not looking for an American Map, select maps and then select a country. This tool is useful in finding locations within cities.

  • Outline Maps
    Excellent outline maps from Education Place. Some maps are in PDF format.

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BIOGRAPHIES

  • Who 2
    Biographies of famous people. There is a brief biography and found good links for each person.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • BCNurseLine
    Go to the web site for phone numbers and information about this 24 hour consultation service.

  • Kids Help Phone
    Help is available 24 hours a day for Kids Help Phone. Phone 1-800-668-6868 any time. Visit the web site for resources useful to teens.

  • Red Book
    This site contains information on community services available in Vancouver.

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CURRENT EVENTS

  • BBC Country Profiles

  • In addition to the latest news, BBC provides a country profile and historical perspective.

  • Newseum

  • Front pages from more than two hundred newspapers from around the world.

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EncyclopædiaS

  • Canadawiki 
    Like Wikipedia. This Canadian version has all Canadian content. Editing rules are stricter than Wikipedia.

  • Compton's Encyclopædia
    Click on the Database link and you will be automatically logged in to the databases from any school district computer. From home you must enter the username and password (see your school newsletters for these).

  • Encyclopædia Britannica
    Click on the Database link and you will be automatically logged in to the databases from any school district computer. From home you must enter the username and password (see your school newsletters for these).

  • Encyclopædia of BC  
    Click on the Database link and you will be automatically logged in to the databases from any school district computer. From home you must enter the username and password (see your school newsletters for these).

  • Wikipedia
    Note: Wikipedia is a free-content encyclopedia that anyone can contribute to or edit. Be sure to verify your information elsewhere.

  • World Book Encyclopædia
    Click on the Database link and you will be automatically logged in to the databases from any school district computer. From home you must enter the username and password (see your school newsletters for these).

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ENGLISH DICTIONARIES & LANGUAGE ARTS RESOURCES

  • Bartelby Project
    This site contains many online texts as well as reference resources.

  • YourDictionary.com
    Extensive source for grammar and language questions. This is also a multilingual dictionary.

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GENERAL

  • Covert-me.com
    This site provides converters for weights, measures, speed, volume, temperature and other measures.

  • edublogs
    Blogging for teachers and students, made easy.

  • Flags
    World flag database. Note the copyright information.

  • Google Earth
    Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

  • Google Ocean
    With Google Ocean you can: Dive beneath the surface and visit the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench; Explore the ocean with top marine experts; Learn about ocean observations, climate change, and endangered species; Discover new places including surf, dive and travel hot spots and shipwrecks.

  • Graphs: Create a graph
    Use this graph creator to prepare Pie Charts, Area Graphs, Line Graphs, and Bar Graphs for the statistics that you have collected.

  • Internet Public Library
    A very useful site with indexes of online resources arranged by category. (Journals, Newspapers, Reference, Sites by Subject)

  • iTools
    Tools to help you find information on the web.

  • Olympic 2010 Resources
    Click on the Database link and you will be automatically logged in to the databases from any school district computer. From home you must enter the username and password (see your school newsletters for these).
  • Refdesk.com
    An enormous resource, with a wide variety of topics. Select the Facts Subject Index for a list of the resources that are indexed.

  • Virtual Library
    The Virtual Library is an immense project that lists websites by topic.

  • Wetpaint
    Wetpaint is the largest network of free websites. Learn how to create your own websites, blogs, and more.

  • World Digital Library
    The World Digital Library (WDL) , is an online partnership between the Library of Congress, UNESCO, and 32 partner institutions to share cultural materials. The site will include a wealth of manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs, all available free to the public, browseable and searchable in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) but with content offerings in dozens of languages.

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MAGAZINES

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NEWS INDEXES & NEWSPAPERS

  • EBSCO
    News Index and Student Resource Centre.
    Click on the Database link and you will be automatically logged in to the databases from any school district computer. From home you must enter the username and password (see your school newsletters for these).

  • JournalismNet
    Look here for newspapers and magazines from around the world. This site also includes access information for online archives.

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SPECIALIZED DICTIONARIES

  • Biology Dictionary
    Dr. Paul's Biology Dictionary Browser. This dictionary includes some useful diagrams.

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SPORTS

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TELEVISION & RADIO NEWS SOURCES

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