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This page contains a list of informative, authoritative, free websites organized by subject area. These lists are not meant to be exhaustive but to give you, as a student researcher, a starting point for your online research on the internet.


Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

A database of information about Canadian actors, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, theatre organizations and institutions, composers and plays available to the world. Maintained by Athabasca University.

Google Arts and Culture: Artwork

Zoom into artwork of the Masters.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Publications

A portal to the Met's publishing program with many online full text books available for free.

National Gallery of Art Images

NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art.More than 53,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels on the long dimension are available free of charge for download and use.


Excellent art history resource.

Canadian Government

Elections Canada

Elections Canada is the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums. Offers information on Canadian political parties, elections and legislation.

Parliament of Canada

Parliament of Canada website offers detailed information on how Canadians govern themselves, how Parliament Works, the Monarch, the Senate, the House of Commons, how laws are made, the history of the Parliament buildings including their art and architecture and also about the Library of Parliament.

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada is the national statistics office providing key information on Canada's economy, society and the environment. Census data can also be viewed. Statistical information on various subjects such as business, crime, families and immigration can also be accessed.


American Masters: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby

A collection of short videos from PBS Learning Media exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Great Gatsby.


Free PDF books, which are digitized version of books that are now in the public domain.

Folger's Shakespeare's Library

A website with information about Shakespeare's life, his works and the theater.

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. Offers biographies and poems, plus many other sources for anyone interested in poetry.

Royal Shakespeare Co. Learning Zone

The Royal Shakespeare Co.'s Learning Zone offers information about plots, the story, characters, language and staging. Just pick a play and explore!

Shakespeare's Life and Times

Shakespeare's Life and Times introduces you to the world Shakespeare lived and worked in. Links to many resources including his biography, society in Shakespeare's time, Renaissance music and paintings and much more.


Atlas of Canada

A Government of Canada resource offering over 6 million aerial photographs, access to the NRCan Library Photo Database, the Canadian Landscapes Photo Collection, free access to Toporama the National Topographic System (NTS) - an easy to use online mapping tool, Map Archives, Reference Maps including international, national and provincial maps as well as basic black and white outline maps.

Canadian Encyclopedia: Geography

The Canadian Encyclopedia covers a wide range of topics in both physical and human geography. These topics include geographic regions, sustainable development, and Indigenous populations.

Climate Atlas of Canada

The Climate Atlas of Canada is an interactive tool for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change in Canada.The Atlas explains what climate change is, how it affects Canada and what these changes mean in our communities. Various aspects of climate change can be explored using maps, graphs and climate data for provinces, local regions and cities across the country.

Royal Canadian Geographic Society

Explore topics unique to Canadian geography from Canadian Geographic magazine.

Health and Physical Education

Canada's Food Guide

Canada's Food Guide along with tips for healthy eating and information on how the guide is developed.


Atomic Archive

The history section of this comprehensive website. Discovery of nuclear fission, atomic bomb race, development of the hydrogen bomb and the Cold War.

BBC History

BBC archived website with information in Ancient History, World Wars, British History and Famous figures.


Canadian Research Knowledge Network collects and digitizes books, newspapers, periodicals, images and nationally significant archival materials" in three databases.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Contains almost 8,500 biographies of important Canadians. Available in English and French.

Historica Canada

Provides videos and vignettes of significant events in Canada's history.

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Canada's national encyclopedia containing more than 19,500 bilingual articles from more than 5,000 contributors. This resource also includes over 30,000 multimedia items including interactive timelines and curated content exhibits.

Indigenous Issues

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Indigenous Peoples

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops website offers information on Indigenous issues from a Catholic perspective. Includes prayers, resources that include Indigenous artists, the Doctrine of discovery and much more.

Canadian Encyclopedia: First Nations

This collection features content related to the First Nations of Canada. Through the use of videos, articles and more, it explores issues concerning First Nations history, identity and culture.

Canada's Inuit People

A website about Canada's Inuit People, providing a national voice for Canada's 65,000 Inuit.

Indigenous Justice:

Department of Justice website on Indigenous Justice, Recognition and Reconciliation.

Indigenous People's Atlas of Canada: First Nations

First Nations: all about Indigenous Peoples of Canada

LAC: Indigenous Heritage

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Indigenous website offers a wealth of information about Indigenous genealogy, residential schools, the exploration of Canada and first contact, virtual exhibitions and much more.

MacDonald-Laurier Institute: Indigenous Affairs

A national public policy think-tank based in Ottawa explores Indigenous Issues as they relate to Canada. It is rigorously independent and non-partisan.

Media Smarts

This website on digital and media literacy focuses on issues that are specific to Indigenous People in Canada.

Metis Nation of Ontario

Website representing the Metis people and communities in Ontario that are part of the Metis Nation.

National Film Board

A selection of documentary films available for free on NFB by Indigenous film makers and about Indigenous issues.

Ontario First Nations Maps

Ontario First Nations reserve and treaties maps.


Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Government of Canada website about the Canadian Charter.


A virtual library of Canadian legal information, including court judgement, tribunal decisions, statutes and regulations from all Canadian jurisdictions. Also provides access to CanLIIDocs and CanLII Connects.

Indigenous Justice:

Department of Justice website on Indigenous Justice, Recognition and Reconciliation.

Department of Justice

Information about Canadian Family Law, Canadian Criminal Justice including various issues and Canada's system of justice.


Canada's collaborative legal resource.


LEGISInfo is a research tool for finding information on legislation before Parliament. It provides information about each bill including the text of the bill as introduced at First Reading and its most recent version if amended, details on the passage of the bill through the Senate and the House of Commons and much more.

Your Legal Rights

Website provides information on a variety of social issues from a legal perspective. Contains a Legal Topics section and an extensive Resource Library


CEMC- University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo Center for Education in Mathematics and Computing website with many math resources.

Desmos Online Graphing Calculator

Free online graphing calculator.

EQAO -Education Quality and Accountability Office

EQAO website offers examples of assessments and answers as well as other information.


A mathematics software website for geometry, algebra, calculus with graphing, spreadsheets and statistics capabilities.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.


Math Assessments

Ontario Association for Mathematics Education

Ontario website offering some grade specific mathematics resources.


Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine or answer engine.


CBC Docs

CBC selection of documentaries and shorts from The Nature of Things, CBC Docs POV, The Passionate Eye and documentary Channel.

Educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada. Includes documentaries on my current issues and events.

National Film Board of Canada

NFB is a Government of Canada agency which produces film and other forms of digital resources for viewing by the public at no charge. NFB contains offers a large collection of documentaries, animation, experimental films, on global issues of concern to Canadians.


BBC World Religions

BBC's guide to world religions including beliefs, rituals and holy days or festivals.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The website of the Canadian bishops provides information on the history of the Catholic church in Canada, saints and blesseds of Canada, and social and moral issues from a Canadian perspective.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

A digital copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition available on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Catholic Register

Catholic Register is an English Catholic Canadian publication presenting news and opinions on Catholic and social issues related to the Catholic faith.

National Catholic Bioethics Center

Explores medical and life science issues (abortion, euthanasia, genetics, organ donation etc.) from a Catholic perspective.

Vanier Institute of the Family

A national, charitable organization specializing in "understanding the diversity and complexity of families and family life in Canada." The Vanier Institute is concerned with understanding the effect of social, economic, environmental and cultural factors on families.


Government of Canada: Science and Innovation Resources

Canadian government website offering various resources including science experiments, videos, and an Ask A Scientist subsection

Learn Genetics

Learn. Genetics offers a wide variety of multimedia content to learn about genetics.

NASA Science

NASA webpage that covers a wide range of topics involving space research and exploration including the Sun, the Solar System, the Universe, various missions and much more.

Pearson: the Biology Place

Pearson's BioCoach, LabBench and Glossary help students learn basic biology concepts.

Periodic Table

The Royal Society of Chemistry's interactive periodic table. Offers podcasts and videos on each element as well as the history of the table and trends in the table.

UW Open Science:Chemistry

Free online lessons in a variety of chemistry topics relevant to Gr.11 & 12 chemistry curricula.

UW Open Science: Physics and Astronomy

Free online guided problems and practice problems from selected topics in high school physics.