General Encyclopedias Atlases Almanacs Dictionaries Other


General Reference Sources

  • - Includes links atlases and maps, biographies, governments, dictionaries, world religions and many other topics.
  • Internet Public Library - A reference portal that will help you find information on almost any topic. Compiled by the School of Information at the University of Michigan. It also has a separate KidSpace and TeenSpace.
  • Librarian's Internet Index - A subject index carefully selected, described, and organized by a team of librarians. Topics include current events and issues, holidays and seasons, helpful tools for information users, human interest, and more.



Encyclopedias are a great place to begin your search for information. Each will have a search bar where you can type in your topic or the name of the person or place you are researching.
  • World Book Online - Our school division has a paid subscription to World Book Online. This means that you can see the full articles from school and at home for free. Ask for the password when you use this from home. It not only has articles but pictures, sounds, videos and online links to other sites that will help you in your search.
  • The Canadian Encyclopedia - A source all about Canada with quizzes, interactive resources and a historical timeline.
  • Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan - The online version of the encyclopedia created by the Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2005.
  • Factmonster - This great site includes an encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary, almanac and homework centre
  • Encarta
  • Wikipedia - Thousands of ordinary people have contributed information to this wiki encyclopedia. It is a wonderful resource also containing content like you would find in almanacs. It often has great coverage of current events. Because anyone can contribute information to Wikipedia, it is wise to seek information in other sources to confirm an article's validity.



  • Canadian Geographic Kids Atlas - This is a fun, interactive site that has sound, movies, photos and written information about Canadian geography including volcanoes and rocks.
  • Altepedia Online - Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
  • Google Earth - This is a terrific site that gives you satellite pictures of any address in the world. It lets you zoom right in, get directions and gives
  • The Atlas of Canada - Produced by Natural Resources Canada, this site includes historical and topographic map as well as many maps that give show statistical information about Canada including such things as health, education, housing and freshwater.
  • Blank and Outline Maps - Blank and outline maps from About: Geography. Try copying a map into a wordprocessing document and then adding your own labels.
  • Outline Maps - Outline maps of continents and countries to download in pdf form.
  • Edselect Maps - A huge number of links connecting to many map sites compiled by library specialist Pat Elliott, Ontario.
  • Xpeditions Atlas - Produced by National Geographic, this site includes outline maps of various countries of the world in detail and basic form. It also includes geography lessons and interactive activities.


  • Information Please Almanac - Contains millions of useful and interesting facts on a wide range of topics. This site also links to a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia.
  • Farmer's Almanac - Includes weather forecasts, gardening and fishing calendars, house-hold tips, best days, and recipes.
  • World Almanac for Kids - This site offers games, quizzes, contests and reference facts on topics like space, presidents, the environment and animals. It's fun and fascinating!


  • Meriam-Webster for Students - Find words and build your own dictionary.
  • Little Explorer's English Picture Dictionary - This is at Enchanted Learning software and is a great dictionary for younger students with pictures that link to appropriate sites. Search through the dictionary by clicking on the alphabet letters.
  • Rhyming Dictionary - Type in a word that you need a rhyme for and get a list of words to choose from. Each of the rhyming words links to meriam-webster dictionary so you can check out the meaning.
  • YahooKids Dictionary - This link makes use of the American Heritage Dictionary.
  • Language Translator - Translate words and phrases from English to several other languages or the other way around.
  • American Sign Language - This dictionary contains common words with written descriptions of how to make the sign and also little video clips of what it looks like.
  • Thesaurus - Helps you to find similar words to add variety to your writing.

Other Reference Tools

The reference resources in this section cover a variety of topics that you can go to solve that curious question you have.
  • How Stuff Works - This web site is fun to explore and a good one to know about. It explains how things work in a wide range of topics including electronics, money, travel, people and cars.
  • The Merck Veterinary Manual - Although some of the medical language might be tricky to read, this site will help you with all of the information you need to take care of it's medical needs. You can search by topic, species, specialty, disease and keyword.
  • CIA World Factbook - Search by country and find information about it's geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, and military. It also includes maps.
  • Nationmaster - This site helps you to find information about countries of the world including statistics, flags and maps. It has compiled information from a variety of sources.
  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - This 1919 edition of Fartlett's famous work, includes over 11,000 quotations that are searchable by author, chronological date and subject.
  • - Contains over 25,000 of the greatest lives past and present.