Mid-School Virtual Library
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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)

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

Indians.org - This site has a plethora of links to various indigenous people of North and South America. It also includes a number of links to native myths and stories. http://www.indians.org/Resource/natlit/natlit.html

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

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 Wilderness Association - "This website provides awaremness of Alberta's natural spaces and the need for action to protect the wildlife, wild lands and wild waters for future generations". http://albertawilderness.ca/

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

Women of Aspenland: Images from Central Alberta - Includes history, geography, biographies, photos and video clips. http://www.edukits.ca/aspenland/index.html

Alberta- Athabasca Oil Sands

Alberta's Oil Sands Fact Sheets - This Government of Alberta site includes fact / summary sheets on various aspects of the oil sands. http://www.oilsands.alberta.ca/facts.html

Alberta's Oil Sands - This Government of Alberta site includes general information on the region and the resource. http://www.oilsands.alberta.ca/about.html

 

Animals

 

Animals - Bears

Bearplanet.org - Information on several species of bears. http://www.bearplanet.org/

Bears-bears.org - General information on bears is available on this site. Additional links are also listed. http://www.bears-bears.org/

Bears.org -This site is the official web page of the North American Bear Center. Included is information about various species as well as myths. http://www.bears.org/

Polar Bears International - This site is sponsored by its non-profit organization and serves as a primary resource on polar bears. http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/about-us/

World Wildlife Organization - This site is dedicated to the protection of polar bears. It includes general information, multimedia resources as well as photos. http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/polarbear/polarbear.html

 

Animals - Coyotes / Wolves

Animal Diversity Web - General information on coyotes can be found on this site. http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Canis_latrans.html

Animal Diversity Web - General information on gray wolves can be found on this site. http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Canis_lupus.html

Desertusa.com - Coyote information is located on this site. http://www.desertusa.com/june96/du_cycot.html

International Wolf Centre - This site has been dedicated to the study of wolves. http://www.wolf.org/wolves/learn/basic/faqs/faq.asp

Wolf Country.net - Extensive information on wolves can be found on this site. http://www.wolfcountry.net/

Wolf Web - General information on wolves can be found on this site. http://www.wolfweb.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=category§ionid=4&id=13&Itemid=26

Artists

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

Astronomy for Kids Online - This site has plenty of information on astronomy. It also includes biographies on famous astronomers. http://www.astronomy-for-kids-online.com/index.html

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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Birds

Earthlife - General information on the family Corvidae of perching birds. http://www.earthlife.net/birds/corvidae.html

Nature - This PBS site has an introduction to ravens that includes short videos. Of particular interest is a page that provides additional links for further information about these birds. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/ravens/introduction/1506/

Shades of Night - Information on corvids including an image gallery, sounds and stories of these birds. http://www.shades-of-night.com/aviary/

Botany

Tree Canada - This site includes lists of trees that grow in Canada. While there is not a lot of information on specific trees, there are numerous photographs. http://www.treecanada.ca/trees/index.php

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Canada - Biographies

Heroes of Yore and Lore - This is part of the Library and Archives Canada site that focuses on biographies of Canadian heroes in both fact and fiction. http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/200/301/nlc-bnc/heroes_lore_yore_can_hero-ef/index.html

Heroines - This is a comprehensive site that focuses on women in Canadian history. http://www.heroines.ca/

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 - Geography

Canadian Geographic - The Canadian Atlas Online has information on the geographic regions of Canada. Included are maps of the regions. http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/atlas/info.aspx?item=map&lang=En#

ConserveNature.org - Information on the ecosystems of the prairies and the Rocky Mountains. Images of wildlife are also included on this site. http://www.conservenature.org/index.htm#

 

Canada - Government

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/

CBC Digital Archives - "Relive Canadian history through the CBC Radio and Television Archives Website. It includes over 7 000 radio and televison clips. http://archives.cbc.ca/index.asp?IDLan=1

Confederation for Kids - This government-sponsored site contains information about Canada's confederation. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/confederation/kids/index-e.html

Fur Trade Stories - A journey through the thoughts and hearts of the brave people who explored and survived our wild through a unique presentation of primary and secondary resources. http://www.furtradestories.ca/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

Historica - This is an excellent site for exploring aspects of Canadian history. Included are film clips, interactive activities and an extensive collection of student projects. http://www.histori.ca

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

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 - 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/

 

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

Sony Classical (Aaron Copland) - This page features a shory summary of Copland's life. http://www.sonyclassical.com/artists/copland/bio.html

Composers: Life and Works - Fanny Mendelssohn

 

Current Events

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 placeto do a comparative study of the different viewpoints of a particular story. http://www.refdesk.com/paper.html


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English / Language Arts

Read Up On It - This government-sponsored site "highlights notable books on a variety of themes and features award-winning Canadian children's books in all categories." http://www.collectionscanada.ca/read-up-on-it/index-e.html


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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

Flight

Airships: The Hindenberg and other Zeppelins - Comprehensive information on airships is provided on this site. http://www.airships.net/

National Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian Institute) - An online exhibit focusing on the Wright Brothers invention of the first "air machine." http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal209/wrights.htm

Folklore

Crystalinks - Information about various tricksters can be found here. http://www.crystalinks.com/trickster.html

Forestry

BC Wildfire - This site has general information on prescribed burning. http://bcwildfire.ca/prevention/PrescribedFire/

Fire Paradox - This site outlines the advantages and disadvantages of prescribed burning. http://www.fireparadox.org/prescribed_fire/php

Government of Alberta - http://srd.alberta.ca/LandsForests/ForestHealth/ForestPests/Default.aspx

Government of Alberta -Update on the Mountain Pine Beetle Genomics Project. http://srd.alberta.ca/LandsForests/ForestHealth/ForestPests/documents/IFPMF-AnUpdate-MountainPineBeetleGenomics-Jan2012.pdf

Government of Alberta - Mountain Pine Beetles in Post Fire Environmants. http://srd.alberta.ca/LandsForests/ForestHealth/ForestPests/documents/IFPMF-MountainPineBeetle-PostFireEnvironments-Jan2012.pdf

Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta - Provides information on the mountain pine beetle and Alberta's strategy for managing the infestation. http://mpb.alberta.ca/Default.aspx

Pacific Biodiversity Institute - General information is provided on fire ecology. http://www.pacificbio.org/initiatives/fire/fire_ecology.html

Parks Canada - Parks Canada outlines management strategies for the mountain pine beetle. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/docs/v-g/dpp-mpb/sec5.aspx

Wildfires - The effects of prescribed burning are outlined on this site. http://ajwaters.myweb.uga.edu/

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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/

Fact Monster Countries of the World - "Each country profile provides information on: Geography · Maps · Flag · History · Current ruler · Area · Population · Capital · Largest cities · Languages · Ethnicity/race · Religion · Literacy rate · Economy · Government" http://www.factmonster.com/countries.html

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/

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Global Issues

UNESCO - This site offers a wealth of information on global issues such as poverty and literacy. Of particular interest is the link to "statistics" that outlines global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, technology, culture and communication. http://www.unesco.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

Global March Against Child Labour - This site has country reports on child labour. http://www.globalmarch.org/child_labour/index.php

Government of Canada

See Canada - Government

 

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History

FunBrain - This site offers online interactive educational games to teach and reinforce skills (K-Grade 8). Subjects include math , grammar, science, spelling and history. http://www.funbrain.com/

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

Also see Aboriginal Peoples (Canada); Alberta; Geography; Holocaust; Canada - Biographies; Canada - History; 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

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Inventions

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/

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Language Arts

FunBrain - This site offers online interactive educational games to teach and reinforce skills (K-Grade 8). Subjects include math , grammar, science, spelling and history. http://www.funbrain.com/

Read Up On It - This government-sponsored site "highlights notable books on a variety of themes and features award-winning Canadian children's books in all categories." http://www.collectionscanada.ca/read-up-on-it/index-e.html

Leonardo da Vinci

Museum of Science – Leonardo da Vinci - This site is sponsored by the Museum of Science and focuses on Leonardo da Vinci as an scientist, artist and inventor. http://www.mos.org/leonardo/

Literature - The Hobbit

BookRags - The Hobbit Book Notes is a study guide on the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. http://www.bookrags.com/notes/hob/

 

Literature - Whirligig

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Mathematics

AAA Math - This is an interactive site that include hundreds of pages of basic math skills, interactive practice, explanation of math topics and challenge games. Suitable for kindergarten to grade 8. http://www.aaamath.com/index.html

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

FunBrain - This site offers online interactive educational games to teach and reinforce skills (K-Grade 8). Subjects include math , grammar, science, spelling and history. http://www.funbrain.com/

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

Media Literacy

Don't Buy It - This is" a media literacy website for young people that encourages users to think critically about media and become smart consumers. Activities on the site are designed to provide users with some of the skills and knowledge needed to question, analyze, interpret and evaluate media messages." http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/about.html

Meteorology

Weather for Students - This site provides several links to weather-related resources and activities for students. http://wxdude.com/kidres.html

Weather Wiz - This is an online site that provides daily long range weather forecasting. http://theweatherwiz.com/

Music

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

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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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

Museum of Science – Leonardo da Vinci - This site is sponsored by the Museum of Science and focuses on Leonardo da Vinci as an scientist, artist and inventor. http://www.mos.org/leonardo/

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Science

FunBrain - This site offers online interactive educational games to teach and reinforce skills (K-Grade 8). Subjects include math , grammar, science, spelling and history. http://www.funbrain.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

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

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 sceince links and to ask aa question to a scientist. It is a great source for Canadian science. http://www.science.ca/scientists/scientists.php

Scirus - "Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 167 million science-specific Web pages." This site is most suitable for students from grades 9 - 12 and adults. http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/

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

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

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

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Titanic

Belfast Titanic Society - This site includes a page on "101 Facts" about the RMS Titanic. http://www.belfast-titanic.com/

Real Titanic - This is an extensive site that includes a chronology, crew biographies, passenger list and photographs. http://www.realtitanic.co.uk/

Titanic - This site is a special exhibit from Britannica Online. It includes the story behind the Titanic as well as historical backgrounds on the passengers and the man who designed the ship. http://search.eb.com/titanic/

Titanic Historical Society, Inc. - An interesting set of articles pertaining to the Titanic has been compiled by the Titanic Historical Foundation. http://www.titanichistoricalsociety.org/articles/index.asp

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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

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