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St. Mary's Learning Commons: History

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Grade 10 History

Books available in the library and additional online resources available under "Reliable Online Information" tab above.



Recommended websites:

Databases (need password):


Recommended Websites:



Look for print books using the KPL catalogue. Use general search words like "Dieppe" or "World War 2".


Extra information:

Look for print books using the KPL catalogue. Use general search words like "radio"


Historica Canada - includes heritage minutes & videos under red Video tab

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

CBC Digital Archives


**Also see links in the Grade 10 History tabs for WWI and 1920s & 1930s**


Need a password to use links below:

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U.S. History

Books available in the library. Additional online resources available under "History Resources" box on this page and "Reliable Online Information" tab above.

Databases & e-books

Need passwords 

Databases & e-books

Good starting points for general information & biographies


Websites focused on Slavery & Abolition (also see databases above)

Slavery & Antislavery (Digital History): textbook articles, events, people, documents, etc

Slavery Resource Guide (The Library of Congress): primary sources and links to related websites

Slavery & Anti-Slavery (The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History): essays, multimedia, primary sources

Africans in America: America’s Journey through Slavery (PBS): covers 1450-1865

Primary Source Sets (Digital Public Library of America)see topics like The American Abolitionist Movement; The Transatlantic Slave Trade; Frederick Douglass; etc


Websites chronicling the Experiences of slaves (see also the databases and websites on slavery & abolition above)

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project (The Memory Project): primary source – stories of 1st person accounts of slavery, photos

North American Slave Narratives (Documenting the American South)

American Slave Narratives (University of Virginia)


Websites relevant for researching Significant people and Current issues

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP):see tabs for Advocacy & Issues, History, Resources

101 African American Firsts (Black Past): includes biographies, lists of African American firsts, and encyclopedia of black history

African American Timeline (Black Past)

Black Culture Connection (PBS)

African-American Issues (The Economist)

African American Issues (Huffington Post)

PowerSearch (database needs password): use right side to narrow results (e.g. to news or academic journals)

Recommended Websites

Civil War Battlefields (Civil War Trust)

The Civil War - Related Parks (National Park Service)

More maps

Civil War Maps (Library of Congress)

Other websites (specific to regions)

The War Years (Virginia) choose different "rooms" in the image to get information about battles, letters and diaries, etc

Record of Events (Virginia) use to find information on specific battles

Databases (need passwords)

Recommended for explanations about the significance of battles and their impact on the war's outcome

Databases & e-books (need passwords)

Find reliable and authoritative information in our research databases. You can find multiple sources of different types by doing one database search. Choose a database based on your topic or come see Mrs. Mulhall/Mrs. Walker in the library for help.

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Grade 12 History

Additional online resources available under "History Resources" box on this page and "Reliable Online Information" tab above.

Books available in the library.

Databases & E-books *start here*

Need passwords 


Other recommended websites & databases

  • Biography in Context (need library card to login to this database): source of biographies and academic journals
  • Salem Press Online Good for historical context. Includes Great Events from History series.

If your person is...


Visual Evidence

**Extra sources just in case you weren’t able to find images/documents in the sources above**

Gather citation information - see sample MLA citations or use


  1. Britannica Image Quest and Britannica School (see above. Use images tab & Best Web Sites tab)
  2. Youtube & Google Images: filter your results to get videos/images that have Creative Commons licenses or are labeled for re-use

Primary Documents:

  1. Internet History Sourcebooks -use links under “The Early Modern World” heading or use search bar at the top and then Ctrl+F to find person’s name if many results in a link
  2. EuroDocs - use search bar and then Ctrl+F for person’s name if many results


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History Resources

Databases (need passwords)

Opposing Viewpoints Opposing Viewpoints

Coverage of the most recent social issues, e.g., climate change, health care, immigration. Includes Overview articles and different viewpoints. 


Recommended websites

Library and Archives Canada: Explains the difference between primary sources and secondary sources.

Internet History Sourcebooks - choose ancient, medieval, or modern on top left of the toolbar

Best of History Websites: Select the relevant topic/time period from the left sidebar. The websites listed are chosen by educators for their high quality content and reliability. You may find both primary and secondary sources.

The Catholic Encyclopedia: use the search bar in the top right corner. What kind of source is an encyclopedia?

Google Scholar: Not a website, but a search engine that searches academic/scholarly books and articles that are available in electronic format (these will generally be secondary sources). Many articles will be from subscription databases we don't have access to but some will be freely available. You will be able to access some of the books through Google Books. *Google Scholar is helpful when you have a specific topic. General topics bring back thousands of results.


Library and Archives CanadaExplains the difference between primary and secondary sources.

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