21st c. Research Skills & Resources

What's at your fingertips through the SJA Library?


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Instead of YouTube...Consider sourcing your videos from Classroom Video on Demand

These videos are very easy to search for on a vast array of topics – over 290,000 videos and counting!


  • Search for them using keywords or even curriculum strands

  • Get transcripts or scan before-hand as a preview
  • Show segments of longer documentaries using a table of contents,
  • Embed videos in other platforms like D2L You can show them in class or provide students with the link to view remotely.

  • Cite videos using your choice of MLA or APA; export to EasyBib

  • Unlike YouTube, there are no advertisements.

Try it Out:

Login and browse for topics related to your courses.

If you like what you see, you can come back later to set up your own personal account in the joanofarc account.

Try out Classroom Video on Demand

USERNAME: joanofarc PASSWORD: library

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  • streaming access to the best in educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada.
  • documentaries from television and radio, news reports and more
  • thousands of programs and hundreds of teacher resource guides carefully curated to support provincial K-12 curricula and post-secondary courses across the country.
Curio (CBC News in Review - documentaries, lessons)

Password: SJAlibrary (login is automatic from any school computer). Contact your teacher-librarian for an access code if you would like to set up your own personal profile within the joanofarc account.

What about eBooks?

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Infobase eBooks

Our library has access to thousands of full-length, scholarly e-books on all subject areas through the Infobase eBooks database.

Features include:

  • search entire collection by keywords
  • search within a specific text
  • MLA and APA citation
  • related titles
Check out Infobase eBooks now!

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Britannica E-Stax

With E-Stax, your can access thousands of titles on core subjects and current events any time from any Internet-connected computer or tablet, online or via download to your device.

Features include:

  • citations
  • social/ sharing options
  • note-taking
  • highlight
  • save
  • some include ready-to-use Teacher Resources with lesson plans and activities
Browse Britannica E-Stax now!

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And don't forget about the databases!


Since Google searches tend to list Wikipedia links as the usual first hit in any search, it's best to encourage students to use a one of the databases we subscribe to, such as Gale, to find relevant, scholarly articles on every subject.

Two of our best examples are:

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Gale Databases

Amazing, varied databases containing full-text articles from scholarly journals and other periodicals; one of your best choices!

  • information is current
  • variety of formats (magazine, news, video, images, etc)
  • all the standard database features such as citation tools, email, download, share, save
  • special feature: listen to an audio recording of the article (can be saved as well)
Gale Databases -- engage!

Outside of board device use PW: duffpeel

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Try out Newsela

Search for news related to a semester two class you'll be teaching. Can you see yourself using this tool?

Mississauga Library databases

Use your library card to access the Mississauga Library databases from home.

Remember, if you are searching for scholarly journals, you will find them by selecting “scholarly,” “peer-reviewed” OR “academic.”

1. Go to: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/library

2. Click: Online Databases at the right side of the screen.

3. Scroll down and click on the database you wish to open.

4. Enter your library card barcode number and you're in!

Gimme Mississauga Library databases now!

Have your library barcode number ready :)

Call on your friendly neighbourhood teacher-librarians

We're here to support you and your curriculum:

  • Need some help in planning an Inquiry project for your students?
  • Want some leg work done in scoping out research materials?

Call on us to help you design research and 21st century learning skills into your next assignment!