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Welcome to Westmount Charter School's virtual library. The online resources available are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the letter of your search term. If you do not find what you are searching for, try another search term, or choose one that is more general. In fact, the best way of finding the most comprehensive sources is by using as many search terms as possible, as it will often result in better search results. Take note that some of the more general sources have been cross-referenced, so you may encounter some results that are the same.

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Aboriginal Peoples (Canada)

Aboriginal Youth Identity Series - "Explore Aboriginal origin and settlement patterns across Canada with a focus on Alberta. Stories of Aboriginal origin and settlement are central themes and provide students with a wealth of text, images, audio (including oral histories) and video resources. An examination of specific Aboriginal communities including the Cree, Dene, Beaver, Métis and Blackfoot traces the evolution of Aboriginal Peoples from nomadic tribes to dynamic communities settled across the province." http://www.edukits.ca/aboriginal/origin/index.htm

Alberta Heritage Alphabet - "This is an online, multi-media tool for use by teachers, students and parents. The website provides key facts about the historical, natural and cultural heritage of the Province of Alberta". http://www.albertasource.ca/alphabet/index.php?a

Alberta

Aboriginal Youth Identity Series - "Explore Aboriginal origin and settlement patterns across Canada with a focus on Alberta. Stories of Aboriginal origin and settlement are central themes and provide students with a wealth of text, images, audio (including oral histories) and video resources. An examination of specific Aboriginal communities including the Cree, Dene, Beaver, Métis and Blackfoot traces the evolution of Aboriginal Peoples from nomadic tribes to dynamic communities settled across the province." http://www.edukits.ca/aboriginal/origin/index.htm

Famous 5, Heroes for Today, The - "This website is a multimedia resource dedicated to chronicling the lives and achievements of the five visionary women from Alberta who have become known simply as the Famous 5." http://www.abheritage.ca/famous5/index.html

Artists

Artcyclopedia - A fine arts site that allows you to search for artists, artworks and museums. "Explore 125 000 great works of art." http://artcyclopedia.com/index.html

Guide to Art Schools - This has links to valuable sites that include important artists to art history. http://www.guidetoartschools.com/library/15-century-art

Astronomy

Imagine the Universes - This NASA site is intended for students 14 and over and includes genral information on astronomy. http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/homepage.html

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Biology

Online Biology Dictionary - This online dictionary offers brief explanations of approximately 1800 terms. http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary.asp

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Canada - Biographies

University of Toronto, Canadian Poets - This site contains a list of Canadian poets, their biographies and poetic works. http://www.library.utoronto.ca/canpoetry/index_poet.htm

Canada - General

Government of Canada Multiculturalism Site - This site covers multiculturalism initiatives in Canada. http://www.pch.gc.ca/progs/multi/index_e.cfm

Canada - Government

Charter of Rights - This site explores how the Charter has shaped the lives of Canadians. It featuresa history of the Charter and how it has impacted Canadians. http://www.charterofrights.ca/language.php

Parliament of Canada - This site has information about the parliament and senate as well as updates on current bills. http://www.parl.gc.ca/

Canada - History

Canadian Encyclopedia - The Historica Foundation of Canada is responsible for this comprehensive online encyclopedia. http://www.canadianencyclopedia.ca/

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online - "Explore the history of Canada's inhabitants and their culture on this site. There, you will meet people who played an important role in the formation of what is now Canada."
http://www.biographi.ca/EN/index.html

Global Gathering Place - "The Global Gathering Place is an interactive site that let's you explore the story of our diversity in Canada. It provides valuable information on Canada's immigration history. You will find thematic sections written about immigration and ethnicity that confront issues such as human rights, racism, the migration process, community and neighbourhood life, labour and work and Canadian citizenship and global linkages." http://www.mhso.ca/ggp/home.html

Keys to History (Musee McCord) - "Keys to History is a unique Web space where all Canadians can gain a fresh understanding of their collective past. It features a wealth of Canadian material culture currently held in the collections of the project’s partner museums. More than 90,000 documents and artifacts linked to important themes in Canadian history have been preserved in digital form." http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/keys/

Our Roots: Canada's Local Histories Online - "Our Roots is a library, museum and school all in one. This unique, online, coast-to-coast record of Canadian local histories reflects the breadth and depth of our country's heritage, and celebrates the diverse landscapes, resources, and people that have contributed to sculpting its rich and ever-evolving national character. Looking for information is made easy when you search the site using key words, dates, subjects or authors." http://www.ourroots.ca

Virtual Museum of Canada - This site provide top quality resources from museum professionals and educators across Canada. http://www.virtualmuseum.ca

Canada - Political Parties

Bloc Quebecois - http://www.blocquebecois.org/fr/

Conservative Party of Canada - http://www.conservative.ca/

Liberal Party - http://www.liberal.ca/default_e.aspx

New Democratic Party - http://www.ndp.ca/

Composers: Biographies and Works- (General)

Baroque Composers and Musicians - This site features a historical and geographical context of baroque music. Individual biographies of composers from this period are also featured. http://www.baroquemusic.org/barcomp.html#CO

Essentials of Music - "Here's the site for basic information about classical music. All through the site you'll find almost 200 excerpts from Essential Classics. You'll also find overviews of the six main periods in music history, brief biographies of nearly 70 composers and 200 definitions with numerous musical examples." http://www.essentialsofmusic.com/

Naxos.com - This site has an extensive list of biographies of composers. http://www.naxos.com/composerlist/A.htm

Composers: Life and Works - Bach, J.S.

Baroque Composers and Musicians (J.S. Bach) - This is a site that profiles J.S. Bach's life through several periods. It includes a pictorial depiction of his life as well as music samples to enjoy. http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxjsbach.html

Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/div/mushist/bar/bach.htm

J.S.Bach - This is an extensive site that includes information about J.S. Bach's life, his complete works and recordings. There are also links to additional information. http://www.jsbach.org/

Composers: Life and Works - Samuel Barber

Classical Net - http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/barber.html

The Modern Word - http://www.themodernword.com/joyce/music/barber.html

Composers: Life and Works - Beethoven, Ludvig van

Beethoven the Immortal - "This site is devoted to te life and works of Ludvig van Beethoven. It contains pictures relating to Beethoven, audio/MIDI files of his works and general information about him." http://www.lucare.com/immortal/

Dovesong - http://www.dovesong.com/positive_music/archives/romantic/Beethoven.asp

Composers: Life and Works - Brahms, Johannes

Johannes Brahms - http://www.johannesbrahms.org/

Composers: Life and Works -Copland, Aaron

American Memory (Aaron Copland Collection): Library of Congress - This is a brief timeline on the life and accomplishments of Aaron Copland. There is a direct link to a list of his complete works as well as a compilation of photographs. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/achtml/actime.html

Essentials of Music -http://www.essentialsofmusic.com/composer/copland.html

Kennedy Center (Aaron Copland) - http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entity_id=3712&source_type=A

 

Composers: Life and Works -Corelli, Arcangelo

Baroque Music - http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxcorelli.html

 

Composers: Life and Works - Debussy, Claude

8 Notes - http://www.8notes.com/biographies/debussy.asp

Composers: Life and Works - des Prez, Josquin

Classical Net - http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/josquin.html

Here On A Sunday Morning (HOASM) - http://www.hoasm.org/IVA/DesPrez.html

Island of Freedom - http://www.island-of-freedom.com/DESPREZ.HTM

Composers: Life and Works - Dvorak, Antonin

Antonin Dvorak - http://www.antonindvorak2004.cz/english/vystava04-fotografie.html

Kennedy Center (Antonin Dvorak) - http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entity_id=3829&source_type=C#

Think Quest - http://library.thinkquest.org/22673/dvorak.html

Composers: Life and Works - Grainger, Percy

Percy Grainger - http://www.percygrainger.net/

Bardic Edition: Music Publishers - http://www.bardic-music.com/Pag.htm

Composers: Life and Works - Grieg, Edvard

Great Norwegians - http://www.mnc.net/norway/EHG.htm

Composers: Life and Works - Handel, George Frederic

Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/div/mushist/bar/handel.htm

Composers: Life and Works - Haydn, Franz Joseph

Carolina Classic Connection - http://www.carolinaclassical.com/articles/haydn.html

Classical Archives - http://www.classicalarchives.com/haydn.html

 

Composers: Life and Works - Hindemith, Paul

Classical Net - http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/hindmith.html

Composers: Life and Works - Mahler, Gustav

Classical Net - http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/mahler.html

Gustav Mahler - http://www.gustav-mahler.org/english/

Mahler Archives - Karadar Classical Music - http://www.mahlerarchives.net/archives.html

Composers: Life and Works - Mendelssohn, Fanny

 

Composers: Life and Works - Mendelssohn, Felix

Felix Mendelssohn - http://www.felixmendelssohn.com/

Composers: Life and Works - Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Mozart Project - http://www.mozartproject.org/

Composers: Life and Works - Palestrina, Giovanni

Dovesong - http://www.dovesong.com/positive_music/archives/renaissance/palestrina.asp

Eternal Word Television - http://www.ewtn.com/library/LITURGY/PALTRN.TXT

Here On A Sunday Morning (HOASM) - http://www.hoasm.org/IVF/Palestrina.html

New Advent - http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11421b.htm

 

Composers: Life and Works -Purcell, Henri

British Library - http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/purcell.html

 

Composers: Life and Works - Rossini, Gioacchino

PBS - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/education/rossini.html

Composers: Life and Works - Arnold Schoenberg

 

Composers: Life and Works - Sousa, John Philip

America's Library - http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa/sousa

John Philip Sousa - http://www.dws.org/sousa/

Naxos - http://www.naxos.com/mainsite/default.asp?pn=Composers&char=S&ComposerID=971

PBS (Think Tank) - http://www.pbs.org/thinktank/transcript903.html

Composers: Life and Works - Stravinsky, Igor

California Institute of Technology (igor Stravinsky) - http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~tan/Stravinsky/

 

Composers: Life and Works - Tchaikovsky, Peter

Classical Music Pages - http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/tchaikovsky.html

 

Composers: Life and Works - Verdi, Giuseppe

 

Composers: Life and Works - Wagner, Richard

Dovesong - http://www.dovesong.com/positive_music/archives/romantic/Wagner/Wagner.asp

Island of Freedom - http://www.island-of-freedom.com/WAGNER.HTM

Richard Wagner Website - http://www.trell.org/wagner/

Current Affairs

Newseum: The Interactive Museum of News - This site allows you to view the front pages of 244 newspapers from throughout the world. The site also includes the CyberMuseum that offers coverage on important historical events. http://www.newseum.org

Refdesk.com - Newspapers U.S. and Worldwide - This site provides online newpapers from an extensive list of countries and cities of the world. This is a good place to do a comparative study of the different viewpoints of a particular story. http://www.refdesk.com/paper.html

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English Literature

Renascence Editions - "Renascence Editions is an effort to make available online works printed in English between the years 1477 (when Caxton began printing) and 1799." This site includes online texts of writers such as Shakespeare, Bacon, and Milton. http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~rbear/ren.htm

Europe - History

Internet Modern History Sourcebook -The site is endorsed by the history department of the Fordham University Center. It includes primary translated historical documents on modern history. These documents are given in full text form. Images, maps and music of this historical period are also presented. This is a particularly useful site for students who are enrolled in an in-depth course on world history. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbookfull.html

European Union

BBC News - This news site offers up-to-date information on the European Union, with a focus on Eastern European countries who will be joining the EU. Country profiles are included. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/europe/2000/redefining_europe/default.stm

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Famous Five

Famous 5, Heroes for Today, The - "This website is a multimedia resource dedicated to chronicling the lives and achievements of the five visionary women from Alberta who have become known simply as the Famous 5." http://www.abheritage.ca/famous5/index.html

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Geography

Countries of the World - This site features access to over 260 countries. Included are the profiles, history, flags and national anthems. http://www.countryreports.org/

Portals to the World - This site contains "selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories." http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html

Rulers of Countries of the World - This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. Also included are the subdivisions of various countries, as well as a selection of international organizations. http://rulers.org/

Global Issues

Global Policy - This website contains “almost 30,000 text files on topics such as globalization, economic and social policies of the United Nations and human rights. The site has won a number of prizes and its major sections are now among the top selections of major search engines.” http://www.globalpolicy.org/

You Think - This site is developed by the World Bank Group and focuses on world issues such as development, environment, AIDS and globalization. http://youthink.worldbank.org/

Global Issues - Child Labour

Child Labour Photo Project - This site has general information on child labour. http://www.childlaborphotoproject.org/childlabor.html#whoarechildworkers

 

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History

Also see Aboriginal Peoples (Canada); Alberta; Canada - Biographies; Canada - History; Europe - History; European Union; Geography; Holocaust; Renaissance; World History; World War II

Holocaust

History Place: Holocaust Timeline - This site is a timeline that documents the events pertaining to the Holocaust during the years 1938 - 1945. While the timeline is very brief, there are direct links to additional information. http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/timeline.html

Human Rights

Global Policy - This website contains “almost 30,000 text files on topics such as globalization, economic and social policies of the United Nations and human rights. The site has won a number of prizes and its major sections are now among the top selections of major search engines.” http://www.globalpolicy.org/

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Mathematics

Ask Dr. Math - "Ask Dr. Math is a question and answer service for math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions (the Dr. Math FAQ)." This site is suitable for elementary and secondary students. http://mathforum.org/dr.math/abt.drmath.html

Introduction to Trigonometry - A comprehensive site includes definitions, basics, functions, and other concepts necessary to understand basic trigonometry. http://www.ping.be/~ping1339/gonio.htm

Music - Baroque

The following sites provides a historical background for baroque music.

Dovesong.com - http://www.dovesong.com/positive_music/archives/baroque/about_baroque.asp

 

Music - Classical

The following sites provides a historical background for classical music.

Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/div/mushist/clas/index.htm

New York University - http://www.nyu.edu/classes/gilbert/classic/classic.html

Naxos.com - This site includes information regarding classical music and opera. http://www.naxos.com/education/introduction.asp

Music - General

Baroque Composers and Musicians - This site features a historical and geographical context of baroque music. Individual biographies of composers from this period are also featured. http://www.baroquemusic.org/barcomp.html#CO

World of Classical Music - "Illustrations and brief biographies of selected major composers from the Renaissance to the present, including Pachelbel, Purcell, Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert". Also included are brief summaries of the historical background of music forms. http://hem.passagen.se/alkerstj/worldofclassicalmusic/index.html

Music - Modern (20 th Century)

The following sites provides a historical background for 20th century music.

Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/div/mushist/twen/index.htm

Music - Renaissance

The following sites provides a historical background for renaissance music.

Dovesong.com - http://www.dovesong.com/positive_music/archives/renaissance/about_renaissance.asp

 

Music - Romantic

The following sites provides a historical background for romantic music.

Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/div/mushist/rom/index.htm

http://members.tripod.com/~dorakmt/music/romantic.html

Musicians and Composers - Biographies

See Composers

Mythology

Encyclopedia Mythica - This is an "online encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legends. It currently contains over 6100 entries on gods and goddesses, heroes, legendary creatures and beings from all over the world." http://www.pantheon.org/

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Newspapers

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Philosophy

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - This extensive site allows you to search for articles in alphabetical order. "Articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are currently from three sources (1) original contributions by specialized philosophers around the internet, (2) adaptations of material written by the editors for classroom purposes, and (3) adaptations from public domain sources (typically from two or more sources for per article). " http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/

Poetry

Academy of American Poets (Find A Poem) - This site currently includes more than twelve hundred poems. http://www.poets.org/poems/search.cfm

Bartleby Verse - "This site contains the full text of several poetry anthologies, including the Oxford Book of English Verse, Modern British Poetry, The Golden Treasury as well poetry collections by Rupert Brooke, Emily Dickinson and T.S. Eliot." http://www.bartleby.com/verse/

Poetry Archives - "An archive of classical poetry. Search the list of poets, find a poem at random, or search for first line or poem title." http://www.emule.com/poetry

Representative Poetry Online - Search for poems by title, author, first line, last line or by keyword. http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/

University of Toronto, Canadian Poets - This site contains a list of Canadian poets, their biographies and poetic works. http://www.library.utoronto.ca/canpoetry/index_poet.htm

 

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Renaissance

Guide to Art Schools - This has links to valuable sites that include important artists to art history. http://www.guidetoartschools.com/library/15-century-art

 

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Science

How Products are Made - This site offers biographies of inventors of various manufactured products from household items to complicated electronic equipment and heavy machinery. . It also includes explanations on the maufacturing process of these products. http://www.madehow.com/

Science.ca - This site includes a list of over 215 Canadian scientists. Visit their home page for science links and to ask a question to a scientist. It is a great source for Canadian science. http://www.science.ca/scientists/scientists.php

Online Biology Dictionary - This online dictionary offers brief explanations of approximately 1800 terms. http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary.asp

Scientists

Biographies: Notable Scientists - A comprehensive list of scientists and mathematicians. They are arranged by branches of science. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/scibio8.html

Shakespeare

Absolute Shakespeare - The winner of several awards, this "is the essential resource for William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, poems, quotes. biography and the legendary Globe Theatre." http://absoluteshakespeare.com/index.htm

Renascence Editions - This site provides online texts of Shakespeare's works. http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~rbear/ren.htm

Spanish

Learn Spanish - As a "premier website for learning Spanish, there are many features to this website, and most of them are free. Whether you are studying independently or are taking a formal class, whether your interest is casual or you are absolutely determined to become fluent, this website has much to offer. The core curriculum can be found in four sections including pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and verb drills." http://www.learnspanish.com

Suffrage

The Famous 5, Heroes for Today - "This website is a multimedia resource dedicated to chronicling the lives and achievements of the five visionary women from Alberta who have become known simply as the Famous 5." http://www.abheritage.ca/famous5/index.html

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World History

Countries of the World - This site features access to over 260 countries. Included are the profiles, history, flags and national anthems. http://www.countryreports.org/

HyperHistory Online - "HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps. Over 2,000 files are interconnected throughout the site. In addition to that, HyperHistory provides several hundred links to the world wide web." This site is recommended by the History Channel. http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - The site is endorsed by the history department of the Fordham University Center. It includes primary translated historical documents on ancient history. These documents are presented in full text form. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/asbook.html

Internet Modern History Sourcebook -The site is endorsed by the history department of the Fordham University Center. It includes primary translated historical documents on modern history. These documents are given in full text form. Images, maps and music of this historical period are also presented. This is a particularly useful site for students who are enrolled in an in-depth course on world history. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbookfull.html

World Issues

See Global Issues

World War II

History Place: Holocaust Timeline - This site is a timeline that documents the events pertaining to the Holocaust during the years 1938 - 1945. While the timeline is very brief, there are direct links to additional infomation. http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/timeline.html

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Last Update -January 13th, 2014