Quick Reference

Need a dictionary, quote, or fast fact? These links are can help! Although we also have print resources in the library, these reference links are updated regularly so you always have the most recent information you are looking for.


  • The Canadian Encyclopedia – the full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica – although this is a subscription encyclopedia, there is a lot of content that can be accessed for free.
  • WorldBook Online – offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides. Designed for students, but accessible for anyone with a library card.

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Almanac, Quotations

Frequently the websites that offer one of these, offer more.

  • Dictionary.com – licensed content from over 15 trusted and established sources including Random House and Harper Collins. Dictionary.com also includes a thesaurus, encyclopedia references, quotations, and a translator, as well as other useful tools.
  • Onelook.com – searches over 1,000 dictionaries from a single search box.
  • Infoplease is a one-stop resource centre for dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas, and almanac questions.
  • CIA World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.


Canadian atlases can be found at the following sites:

World atlases can be found at these websites:



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