Middle & High School Resources
- Britannica’s Image Quest
- Britannica Online Reference Centre
- Britannica Universalis Senior French Online Reference Centre
- British Columbia Information: KnowBC
- Digital Theatre+
- EBSCO Image Search
- Gale in Context: Canada
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Global Issues in Context
- History Reference Center
- Infobase - History, Geography, World News and World Religions
- Literary Reference Center
- Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
- Science Reference Center
Britannica Online Reference Centre is the go-to site for research—the core of any inquiry learning model—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases. Access Britannica»
A powerful and intelligent search engine provides access to all subjects, with 38,000 articles written and signed by more than 6,400 renowned authors, historians, professors, and Nobel Prize winners. 25,000 multimedia elements engage users and enhance learning. A world atlas with more than 1,400 physical and political maps, timelines, an integrated dictionary with 120,000 entries, 100,000 bibliographies, original source documents, and a guide to select Web sites are helpful resources in the research process. The latest news up-to-date information from a daily calendar with topical background information, new and exclusive weekly articles, and monthly dossiers covering the issues of our times provide relevant information for today’s world. A science center explains 11 scientific topics and uses more than 60 multimedia elements to demonstrate important subjects. Access Britannica Universalis Senior French Online Reference Centre
Digital Theatre+ provides powerful ways to connect English and Drama students with dramatic texts, poetry and performance. Today, Digital Theatre+ delivers engaging learning experiences for English and Drama to students and educators in over 3,000 schools, colleges, and universities in 90+ countries. Access Digital Theatre+
Gale In Context: Canada is an engaging experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events. Featuring Gale's authoritative reference material and focused on a Canadian perspective, this user-friendly portal organizes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites. Access Gale in Context Canada
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source, and statistical information. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search, or Advanced Search to explore the database. Access Global Issues In Context »
History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video. Access History Reference Center »
Databases you can choose from include: the History Reference Center, Ancient & Medieval History, Issues and Controversies, Issues & Controversies in History, Modern World History, World Geography & Culture, World News Digest and World Religions. Access Infobase
JSTOR is a highly selective digital library of academic content in many formats and disciplines. The collections include top peer-reviewed scholarly journals as well as respected literary journals, academic monographs, research reports from trusted institutes, and primary sources. Access JSTOR
Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive literary reference database which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. It is a comprehensive database that combines information from over 11,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, images, audios, videos, study guides, and other unique literary content and sources not available anywhere else. It contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works and is an essential resource for public, academic, and high school libraries. Access Literary Reference Center »
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center is a rich full-text database containing thousands of classic and contemporary poems, short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets. Access Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife. Access Science Reference Center »
Criterion On Demand has developed an online digital delivery feature film platform. Their goal is to provide easy access to educationally relevant feature films used in Canadian Higher Education Institutions. In school use only. Access Criterion On Demand »
World Book's mission is to enhance learning and reading for children around the world by developing trustworthy, engaging content to create products that will engage children of all ages at home, on the go, in the classroom or in libraries worldwide. Access World Book
WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. It lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You can search for popular books, music and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages. Access World Catalogue »
Research Basics: An open academic research skills course
This introductory program was created by JSTOR to help you get familiar with basic research concepts needed for success in school. The course contains three modules, each made up of three short lessons and three sets of practice quizzes. The topics covered are subjects that will help you prepare for college-level research. Each module ends with an assessment to test your knowledge.
Online Tutorial - Plagiarism
This tutorial offered by SFU helps you understand what plagiarism is and provides several techniques for avoiding plagiarism. It will take you about 30 minutes to work your way through the tutorial.
ZoteroBib helps you build a Works Cited instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software. It’s brought to you by the team behind Zotero, the powerful open-source research tool recommended by thousands of universities worldwide, so you can trust it to help you seamlessly add sources and produce perfect bibliographies.
Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
This resource is intended to help you become more comfortable with the uses of and distinctions among quotations, paraphrases, and summaries. It compares and contrasts the three terms, gives some pointers, and includes a short excerpt that you can use to practice these skills.
MLA Owl Purdue How to Videos
The vidcasts in this playlist discuss MLA formatting and style.
This section will help you evaluate resources you use for research, whether it is an online or print journal article, a website, a book, a newspaper article, or other source that you want to cite. You will need to evaluate each resource you use for research. Keep in mind that many publications have a particular bias or agenda, which may not be obvious at first glance. (UBC Library)
Is this a Scholarly or Popular Source?
You may be asked to find scholarly sources for your research paper or assignment. There are key differences between scholarly and popular publications. Use this resource to help you.
Is this a Primary or Secondary Source?
Use this resource to help determine if your source is primary or secondary.
Types of Sources
When you are collecting resources for an assignment it is important to gather a variety of sources. This allows you to populate your assignment with credible sources. This resource lists the types of sources most frequently used in academic research and describes the sort of information that each commonly offers.
Using Origin, Purpose, Value, and Limitation (OPVL)
Origin, Purpose, Value and Limitation (OPVL) is a technique for analyzing sources. It is used extensively in the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Use the questions in this document to analyze materials and to assess how appropriate they will be for your research. Do not expect to be able to answer every question, all the time, for all information resources you look at. Rather, try to use the questions as a tool to help you look at sources critically.
Don't forget about your Fraser Valley Regional Public Library
The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is home to many online resources and subscription services at no cost. Library card number and your 4-digit passcode required for access to some resources.