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Master List of SCL Databases (For Kids, Teens & Adults)
Alberta Learning's Online Reference Center (Resources for Alberta students from Alberta Learning. Resources are free but you must obtain a UserID and Password from your teacher).


Canadian Newsstand buttonCanadian Newsstand Complete

Full text articles from major Canadian newspapers.

Good for questions like:
How can I read an article that was published in the Calgary Herald last year?
I want to find out how people in other provinces feel about the Edmonton Oilers.


  Mango Languages

Online Language Learning for students, travellers, and ESL learners.

Good for questions like:
How do you say hello, goodbye, thank you and other common conversational phrases in French?
How do you pronounce numbers in German?



Canadian Reference Centre button Canadian Reference Center

Canadian news & journals.

Good for questions like:
I need a picture of an inukshuk.
I want to read about the Ekati mine and the Canadian diamond industry.

  Novelist Plus

Read-alikes and suggestions for what to read next.  Search for titles, authors, plots, and reading preferences.

Good for questions like:
Do you have any reading suggestions for me? I'm in Gr. 8 and I'm looking for something funny.
I'm on the waiting list for the new Rick Riordan book. Is there something similar I can read in the meantime? 


Reference books covering a wide range of subjects including history, technology, literature, art, and biography.

Good for questions like:
Where does the quote "People ought to listen more slowly" come from?
Where can I find paintings by Francis Oliver Finch?



Today's news from over 300 newspapers and magazines in their original format, from over 60 countries and in 35 languages.

Good for questions like:
What are the headlines in Italy today?
Are international incidents reported differently by the American, Canadian, and European press?

L'Encyclopédie Découverte

Discover the French edition of World Book Encyclopedia.

Good for questions like:
À quoi sert le jabot d'une abeille?
J'aimerais de l'information au sujet du magnétisme.

  Scholastic Go! (Grolier Online)

Homework help through encyclopedia or magazine articles, websites, pictures, maps, and videos in the following resources:

The New Book of Knowledge: Reference and current events for all ages

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia: Quick reference with rich media for older students

Encyclopedia Americana: In-depth info for older students

Amazing Animals of the World: Wildlife and their habitats for all ages

Lands and Peoples: Countries and cultures for older students

New Book of Popular Science: Science & technology plus science in the news for older students


Journal articles on all aspects of human impact on the enrivonment, including global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and recycling.

Good for questions like:
What can you tell me about alternative energy sources?
Where can I learn about water quality testing?



24/7 homework help and test prep for Gr. 3-12. Math, Science, and English Language Arts. Based on the Alberta curriculum, from the publishers of the Key study guides.

Good for questions like:
Where can I review the topics I'm studying in school?
Where can I practice for an upcoming quiz or test? button

Online learning videos. Includes thousands of courses, many with a technology/software focus.

Good for questions like:
How do I use a 3D printer?
How do I create and design a game using things like Flash, Maya, 3ds Max, and more?


  World Book Online

Atlas info, charts, animations, articles and related web links from the electronic version of World Book encyclopedia. Material suitable for all ages.

Good for questions like:
I want to read about what the knights did in the Middle Ages.
I need to write about the people and culture of Guatemala.


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