Reference & Encyclopedias

Are you looking to do research for a school assignment or for your personal interests? Reference materials are great resources for locating information on almost any topics, from science articles to mythology.

Alberta Research Portal
Everyone in Alberta can access this gateway to world-class primary resources, including extensive resources related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Sabin Americana, 25 titles from Gale Virtual Reference Library, to name but a few. This includes monographs, photographs, newspapers, poetry, original documents, records, and more.

Explora Canada
Access our online resources through this user-friendly portal. Includes topics such as Art and Literature, Health, Geography, Science and Math.


Consumer Reports provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice across several franchises. Each product includes an overview and a ratings report card, as well as tester reviews & recommendations. Additional information includes brand reliability and user reviews, plus news, blogs, forums and video content.

World Book Online
More than 26,000 articles as well as more than 12,000 pictures and maps, and 7,000 links to editor-approved websites useful in helping students constructively explore topics further. You can also choose from three unique modules: World Book for Kids, Educator's Tool and Research Libraries.

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