Ladysmith Secondary School Library

Research Resources

Wikipedia might be an okay place to start, but it's definitely NOT where you want to end up with your research. It's an important skill to be able to find reliable information, using credible sources - we can help with that.

Click through the links above to see the list of research databases that we provide at the LSS Library, as well as other resources that have been curated here by Mrs. Girard. 

Les ressources en français sont disponibles pour nos élèves en immersion et dans les programmes de français langue secondes - voir s'il vous plaît les liens en haut. 

Don't forget: giving proper credit to your sources is important. Any time you used someone else's words or ideas in your work, you need to cite your source. Click through the link above to learn how to incorporate your research into your projects, papers and presentations in a responsible way. 

General Research

World Book Encyclopedia

A great place to start your research! This is the place to start building your knowledge base about your topic.

  • Reliable, accessible information

  • Well-laid out with paragraph breaks, clear subtopics, outline for each article

  • Great charts, maps and graphics

  • Clear, straight-forward writing at an accessible reading level

  • Easy to use & access information

Encylopedia Britannica

Reliable and venerable, this massive encyclopedia, first published in the 1770s in Edinburgh, Scotland, remains a classic. 

  • 3 reading levels & is user-friendly

  • Provides access to thousands of articles, images, and links.

  • Citations automatically generated for your Works Cited/reference list

  • Read-aloud feature, useful for ESL students

  • Separate collection of articles about Canada: Canada in Focus

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Britannica ImageQuest

  • Use ImageQuest to search for rights-cleared images

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Gale Databases

Gale Databases are your next step for high quality, reliable information and next-level researching. 

  • Multiple high quality databases

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - reference resources for every subject area: history, science, art, law, medicine, literature, etc. Up-to-date & indepth.

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Canada In Context

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Global Issues in Context

National Geographic Kids

Science in Context


Another high-quality, academic database for your research.

  • Access full journal articles

  • Canadian Points of View collectio

  • Rights-Cleared Image search

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Canadian & BC Databases

  • Top quality database with Canadian content featuring:

    • Biography, geography, business & economics, governmeent, history, literature & the arts, science & health, social issues, sports, world cultures & religion

  • Reference materials, biographies, news & magazine articles, academic journals, images & videos

  • Citation generating tools & text-to-speech features

  • Top quality Canadian resource for history, geography and culture.

  • Browse by events, people, places or things or search

  • Features excellent timelines, videos, primary sources, maps & other interactive resources.

  • Indigenous Peoples collection

  • A resource by Simon Fraser University's Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast First Nations

  • Extensive digital image collection

  • Northwest Coast Village Project: visual collection of primary sources and artefacts to bring the heritage of Coastal communities to life

  • Art & architecture resources & a variety of online exhibits

  • Over 600 full virtual exhibits from museums across Canada

  • Excellent Teachers' Centre with learning resources & lesson plans

  • Federally funded institution with free streaming of thousands of documentaries and animated Canadian films.

  • Canadian Socieoeconomic Databases with information gathered by the census

  • Key Resource tab with interesting information, including maps with visual representations of regional characteristics, differences and trends.

  • Online encylopedia with up-to-date information specific to British Columbia

  • In association with BC Archives, with lots of audio and visual content related to BC history

  • Excellent features: geological timelines, information on indigenous languages, Gold Rush collection

  • Primary resources on British Columbia's history

  • Large collection of photos of events & people through BC's history

  • Photos are public domain - anyone can download and use them without worrying about copyright

  • High quality website featuring digital volumes on: First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Truth & Reconciliation

  • Good for primary sources, high quality graphics, maps and first person accounts.

& more


National Geographic Map Maker

  • Free, printable one-page maps

  • Fully customizable - select your continent/country/province & choose which details (borders, capitals, cities, etc.) you want included

  • Save & print as a PDF or save as image + insert into a document

Holocaust Encyclopedia

  • Created by the American Holocaust Museum

  • Excellent Education for Students section

  • Features: Holocaust testimonies, written & audio (excellent primary sources)

Eric Wiesstein's Science World

  • Information on chemistry, math, physics & astronomy

  • Excellent definitions & brief descriptions of concepts; extensive biographies of famous scientists

Asia Pacific Curriculum

  • Asia-focused resources for BC high school teachers & students

  • Contempory Asia & modern Asian history

  • Each content article features maps, primary sources, quizzes, audio components and additional teacher resources including lesson plans


Données en français 

Universalis Jr. 

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Bilingual articles, built-in dictionaries, "Read-Aloud" technology and other vocabulary tools make this a great tool for Core French users that is easy-to-use. 


Universalis Sr. 

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La référence essentielle pour nos ami(e)s en immersion. Une diversité de sujets: histoire, géographie, sciences de la vie et de la Terre, peuples et cultures, sciences et techniques, littérature - illustrés par de nombreux médias: photographies, dessins, cartes, vidéos, animations, extraits sonores, diaporama, etc...

C'est une source fiable et précise qui possède de contenu pluridisciplinaire en phase avec les thématiques abordées au nouveau curriculum en C.B. 


L'Encyclopédie Canadienne  

"Toutefois, une édition nationale bilingue créée par la population, pour la population et à propos de la population d’un seul et même pays, décrivant ses grands événements, sa culture, son histoire et ses paysages, n’est pas chose commune" (l'Encyclopédie Canadienne). Voir la collection excellente sur les peuples autochtones .

Voir aussi...

BonPatron - Copier/coller votre texte dans la boite et vérifier l'orthographe et la grammaire avant de soumettre votre travail. Mieux que "spellcheck", BonPatron vous suggère la raison grammaticale pour chaque faute et comment la corriger. C'est un bon utile pour apprendre en tant que vous révisez votre travail. 

Style de citation MLA - pour nos ami(e)s en immersion qui veulent citer l'information avec justesse dans les cours d'Humanités (Français Langue, Sciences Humaines

Style de citation APA - pour citer avec justesse en Sciences & Maths.

Le Pont du Gard, France. Photo by Allison Girard 2017.

Le Pont du Gard, France. Photo by Allison Girard 2017.

Vue sur le Louvre de la Musée d'Orsay. Photo by Allison Girard, 2017.

Vue sur le Louvre de la Musée d'Orsay. Photo by Allison Girard, 2017.


Il n'y a rien ici... pas encore!

Reviens pour voir de liens aux sites web pour l'actualité en français.


Nous sommes toujours en train d'ajouter de ressources - reviens souvent pour voir ce qui est nouveau!

Resources are always being added & updated - keep checking back to see what's new!


Citing Your Sources

LSS Students are responsible, and citing/referencing your sources is part of your responsibility as a student. Citing (or referencing) your sources means giving credit whenever you've used someone else's words or ideas in your work.

This means books, articles, websites, textbooks, reference books, interviews newspaper articles or any other information sources. You should always write down the sources you use when gathering information for your research, and provide your teachers with a bibliography of all of your sources.

At the LSS Library, we can help you do this!

On this page, you will find:

  • What is Plagiarism?

  • Citing Your Sources - Overview

  • Common citation formats: MLA & APA

  • Citing Your Sources - Tools

  • In-Text Citations (MLA & APA)

  • Quick Links

  • Other Tools


What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs anytime you use someone else’s work in your work without giving the original author proper credit. Plagiarism can be intentional - meaning, it’s been done on purpose - cutting & pasting directly from the internet, for example. At LSS, we have two main concerns with intentional plagiarism:

  1. It’s dishonest. Plain and simple.

  2. When you cut-and-paste, you aren’t showing your teacher that you’ve actually learned anything. Cutting and paste does not show any evidence of learning and any cut-and-pasted work cannot be used to assess student learning.

Plagiarism can also be unintentional. Unintentional plagiarism can occur (sometimes by accident) when a student doesn’t use the proper format to cite/reference their sources - often because they don’t know how. We can help you properly cite/reference your sources to avoid plagiarism altogether.

Citing Your Sources - Overview

When you're researching and taking notes, make sure the first thing you do is record the source you're taking notes from. This will make your life easier later! At the end of your project/paper/presentation, you'll need to compile all your sources into a Bibliography page.

Each source = one entry in your bibliography

For each source, you need to record:

  • title and author

  • publisher

  • date and place of publication

  • date web-based information was accessed

Library databases such as Worldbook Online, Encyclopedia Britannica and Gale Databases all feature ready-made bibliography entries for all articles. Just copy and paste! 

Generally speaking - for high school students, there are two "styles” for citing your sources that you may be asked to use or come across in your studies:

APA: American Psychology Association

MLA 8th Edition: Modern Language Association

Typically - APA is most often used in Psychology and Science courses; MLA 8 is most often used in English and Social Studies courses.

Check out Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for more information about formatting your bibliography. Your bibliography page is called a Reference List in APA or a Works Cited Page in MLA 8.


Common Citation Formats MLA 8 vs. APA (click through image for full size infographic)


Citing Your Sources: Tools

How to Build Your Bibliography from Scratch

Heather Lyons (Teacher-Librarian, Dover Bay) created these fill-in-the-blank forms to help you build your bibliography in MLA 8 or APA, depending on your course & teachers’ preference.

Print as a PDF or make a copy of the Google Doc version to edit using your Learn68 account. Thank you, Ms. Lyons for sharing!


In-Text Citations - MLA 8 (click through images below to see full-size infographic)


In-Text Citations: APA

This section is under construction! But in general, an APA in-text citation consist of the authors last name, and the year of publication

Example: (Girard, 2018).

Other Tools

Citation Generator/Management Tools

EasyBib to generate citations/references for websites, books, videos/films, journals & more.

Purdue OWL - learn the ins and outs of quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing & avoiding plagiarism.

Citation Builder - a free tool to build citations in MLA or APA. 

Zotero - a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite and share your research sources