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. 
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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. 
SIRS Discoverer
SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database providing age-appropriate, authoritative, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators in Elementary Schools. It is particularly helpful to support the most common assignments in grades 4 to 8.
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.


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.
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.
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.