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Online Resources

Below you will find databases and other online resources that will help you meet your information needs.

Library Databases
PLEASE NOTE:  Several of these databases require you to login with your library card number (full 14-digits).
Click here to learn how you can get a Sault Ste. Public Library card.

ancestry Ancestry Library Edition
This genealogical database provides access to millions of documents from Canada, United States, U.K and other countries. Documents in the database include censuses, vital records (e.g. birth certificate, death certificate), church records, court records, and immigration records.
Please note must be accessed within the library using public internet workstations or using Library’s Wi-Fi. 
Canadian Points of View Reference Centre Logo Canadian Points of View Reference Centre
Writing a persuasive essay? Searching for a debate topic? Look no further than Canadian Points of View Reference Centre. This database contains resources that present diverse perspectives on important issues and events.
Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete can help you better understand key topics across the health and wellness spectrum - from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Using teh database is easy. Search results are organized by source type, so you'll quickly find the informaiton you need in the format you want.

Consumer Health Complete is also available in French using the link below.
Consumer Health - French (Canadian)

You can also search the Consumer Health Reference eBook collection which contains books from the top educaitonal publishers and university presses.
Consumer Health Reference eBook Collection

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GALE Literature
Gale Literature brings together your premier Gale literary content in a single cross-search experience. You’ll find intuitive search features and user-friendly tools that allow you to discover unique themes and analyze works in entirely new ways. Breathe life into the study of literature with Gale Literature.
Frontier Life

Journey to the far reaches of settler frontiers across the globe. Through a large array of unique documents, this multi-archive collection captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920. It ranges across the various colonial frontiers of North America before touching on the settlers of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand

The Historical Forestry Database
St. Mary’s Paper Limited, formerly Abitibi Power and Paper Company, was one of the Sault Ste. Marie's first industries and the first northern Ontario paper company to start managing their forest resources to maintain sustainability. This extensive collection includes thousands of maps and aerial photographs and hundreds of thousands of other documents.
Gale Power Search
Gale PowerSearch
Gale PowerSearch is a search platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information.
Literature Criticism Online
Gale's Literature Criticism Online is the largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available. It includes centuries of analysis - the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals, delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.
novelist ‚ÄčNoveList and Novelist K-8
NoveList is an online searchable tool to help you find new authors, read-a-likes, award winners, and books in your favourite series. Use NoveList K-8 to help you to select the best books for young readers. 
Social Media Niche Academy Social Media Workshops - Niche Academy
Through self-paced workshops learn about how to use the most popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and more.
Niche Academy Technology Workshops Technology Workshops - Niche Academy
Learn at your own pace how to use various technologies through online workshops. Workshops include Windows Basic, Google products such as Gmail, using library databases such as Hoopla and Ancestry, and more.
Gale in context, elementary

Gale in Context: Elementary                                                                                                                                            Designed for kids, Gale In Context: Elementary delivers trusted, age-appropriate digital content. Through newspaper and magazine articles, videos, images, graphics, and eBooks, elementary students can learn about everything from animals and outer space to famous artists and favorite athletes. The database is visual and intuitive, and rewards students’ efforts by developing comprehension and research skills to prepare them for middle school—and a lifetime of learning.

Gale, National Geographic Kids Gale Presents: National Geographic Kids                                                                                                                               Gale Presents: National Geographic Kids (also known as Nat Geo Kids) collection includes the complete run of the magazine from the first issue in 2009 to the present, as well as books, videos including Amazing Animals, images, and colorful photos. High-quality informational texts, fun features, and weird and wacky facts are available for primary, upper elementary, and middle school English Language Arts, social studies, and science classrooms.


Online Resources
Below is a list the library has compiled of online resources from trusted sources.

Canadian Citizenship Practice Test Canadian Citizenship Practice Tests
Take the Canadian Citizenship Course and get access to all the test questions on the actual citizenship test for free using our coupon code: SSM633

For detailed instructions for signing up and using the coupon code, please refer to the instructional PDF found here.
inaturalist logo iNaturalist
iNaturalist Canada combines one of the world’s most popular nature apps with a bilingual interface and helps you instantly identify plants and animals anywhere you go; from backyards and neighborhoods to remote forests and countrysides. Get connected with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.
Toronto entomologists' association

Ontario Butterfly Atlas
The Ontario Butterfly Atlas is a project of the Toronto Entomologists' Association (TEA). The TEA has been accumulating records and publishing seasonal summaries for more than 50 years, with the first edition appearing in 1969. This Atlas allows you to see what butterflies have been sighted in different parts of Ontario. 

the canadian The Canadian Encyclopedia
With more than 19,000 articles and 30,000 multimedia items including images, maps, games, audio, and video, this is Canada’s encyclopedia charting the country’s events, culture, history, landscape and people. It offers accurate updated information about our people and country in both official languages (English/French).   
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) produces clear, accurate and practical legal information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Search topics such as housing law, criminal law, consumer law and more. Dictionary of Canadian Biography
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography is a biographical reference work developed and maintained by the University of Toronto. It contains extensive information of those who have had a significant historical role in Canada. Biographies include Jacques Cartier, Sir John A. MacDonald, Louis Riel, and Alexander Graham Bell.
This online resource provides G1 practice tests for anyone that is preparing for the written portion of their G1 driving exam.
NOTE: This is NOT an official G1 test website, please visit for more information about licenses and driving tests.
government of canada Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
ISED works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada's innovation performance, and build increase Canada's share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.
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Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a personalized learning resource for all ages that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard for learners to study at their own pace. Subjects areas covered by Khan Academy include: math, science, computer programming, history, are history, economic, and more.

language guide Language Guide is geared toward helping language learners acquire the vocabulary of the physical world using an image based guide. The site is designed to give users a major boost in their vocabulary acquisition.
gov of canada Statistics Canada
An official Government of Canada site, Statistics Canada has complied statistical information from various industry sectors, census data, consumer price indexes and more. 
Service Ontario Link Service Ontario
Service Ontario provides government services including birth, death and marriage certificates, driver's licenses, health cards, outdoors cards, and proof of age cards.
virtual museum Virtual Museum of Canada
With more than 500 virtual exhibits, the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is the largest source of online content and experiences shared by large and small Canadian museums and heritage organizations. These online exhibits explore history, culture, science, and the arts, and feature fascinating stories and treasures from communities across the country.
Waking up Ojibwe Anishinaabemodaa

Waking Up Ojibwe
This is a wonderful multimedia resource for Anishinaabemowin language learning activities. This website offers online language lessons and resources. It offers a breakdown and explanation of how the language is constructed, as well as word lists, numbers, months, word games, vowel sounds, grammar, and an alphabet.

WolframAlpha Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram|Alpha offers new way to get knowledge and answers— not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods. This is an excellent source for all number related questions.