Secondary Virtual Library

The WRDSB Virtual Library provides access to eBooks, databases, and online encyclopedias.

Visit the Virtual Library  (and log in with your PAL when browsing from home). Look under the Virtual Library – Secondary tab and select the resource that will help you best. Below are descriptions of each resource to help you choose.

eBooks

OverDrive icon
OverDrive has thousands of fiction and non-fiction eBooks (and some audiobooks) for all ages to read on any device (computer, phone, tablet). Log in with your PAL and start reading! If you need help, please see the “How To” Guide.
Infobase icon
Infobase eBooks hosts a collection of eBooks with a wide range of curriculum-oriented subject areas (history, science, literature, geography, and more).
Capstone icon
Capstone Interactive Library is a collection of interactive eBooks, each with audio and read-along options.

Databases

EBSCO Explora Secondary icon
EBSCO Search for secondary schools provides content on a wide variety a subjects. The search provides results from the following databases:

  • Advanced Placement Source
  • Book Collection: Nonfiction
  • Canadian Literary Centre
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • GreenFILE
  • Health Source – Consumer Edition
  • History Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • MAS Ultra
  • Middle Search Plus
  • Newspaper Source
  • Science Reference Center
EBSCOhost Secondary icon
EBSCOhost Secondary provides direct links to some of the most popular EBSCO databases including:

  • Advanced Placement Source
  • Book Collection: Nonfiction
  • Canadian Reference Centre
  • Health Source – Consumer Edition
  • History Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • Middle Search Plus
    [contains full text for more than 170 popular middle school magazines as well as more than 103,000 biographies and historical essays]
  • MAS Ultra
  • Newspaper Source
  • Science Reference Center
Gale Search Icon
Gale Online Resources searches Gale databases by entering search terms in the PowerSearch bar. Or, select a subject from the left-hand column and choose a specific database to search.
Canadian Point of View Reference Centre icon
Canadian Point of View Reference Centre Canadian Points of View Reference Centre contains more than 180 topics, each with an overview, point, and counterpoint.
Naxos Music Library icon
Naxos Music Library is the world’s largest online classical music library. It provides streaming access to thousands of CDs as well as opera synopses, musical terms, and more. Search by composer, work, genre, or label.
NoveList Plus icon
NoveList Plus will help you decide what to read next. It recommends fiction and non-fiction books for students that are just right for your reading level and interests. Search for your favourite book, and find other books just like it!
OurOntario icon
OurOntario provides information about Ontario life, culture, history, and more in the form of photographs, documents, maps, videos, sound recordings, government documents, and books.
Teen Health and Wellness icon
Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers to research health related issues such as Body Basics, Family Life, Sexuality & Sexual Health, and much more.

Encyclopedias

Britannica Middle icon
Britannica Middle is designed for middle school students. This database retrieves encyclopedia articles, web sites, videos, and articles from magazines. Features include a world atlas, subject browse, biography browse, and research tips.
Britannica High School icon
Britannica High School is designed for high school students. Get quick facts and in depth information on a wide variety of subjects, and find multimedia to use in projects and presentations.
The Canadian Encyclopedia icon
The Canadian Encyclopedia includes articles, interactive timelines, images, maps, games, & more. It covers subjects including history, popular culture, events, politics, First Nations, sports and science.
L'Encyclopedie Canadienne icon
L’Encyclopédie Canadienne comprend des articles, des images, des cartes, des jeux, et plus. Il couvre des sujets tels que l’histoire, la culture populaire, les événements, la politique, les Premières Nations, les sports et la science.

eVideos

See the Virtual Library – eVideo tab on the Virtual Library  for quick access to popular eVideo resources.

Learn360 icon
Learn360 is a web-based digital video library comprised of thousands of K-12 core-curriculum videos, video clips, newsreels, audio and video speeches, still images, and audio files.
Curio icon
CBC Curio gives teachers and students streaming access to the best in educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada. You’ll find documentaries from television and radio, news reports and more.
NFB Campus icon
NFB Campus is a collection from the National Film Board of Canada that includes films, interactive productions and teaching tools. The service allows users to create their own classroom-ready playlists and chapters. Only accessible on-site (not from home).