Accessing Login Information

Click HERE to obtain usernames and passwords to access the databases below. 

Library Catalogue & YCDSB Databases

Library Catalogue

Use the M5 Library Catalogue to discover what fiction and non-fiction books are in our library. (Click on image to access website)

YCDSB Resources

Access additional databases and resources specifically for secondary students. (Click on image to access website)

Canadian News & Content Databases

The Toronto Star

Read about local, national, and global news and current issues in the daily newspaper.

Maclean’s Archives

The Maclean’s Archives is Canada’s only news publication, sometimes referred to as “Canada’s Time Magazine”. It consists of compiled decades of issues and articles into a new and easy-to use database. This database offers a searchable archive with as much Canadian-focused editorial content, covering Canada throughout the last century.

Canada – Gale in Context

Explore a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events through topic overviews, news, and multimedia content.

This is your go-to place for CBC/Radio-Canada content on various subject areas.

Academic Journals, Articles, & Resources

Gale Pages

The Gale Pages is an umbrella database the contains multiple subject-specific databases that you can research for specific information.

Gale Ebooks

These are non-fiction reference books you can research for information on various subject areas.

Gale Power Search

Use the Power Search feature if you’d like to research a topic in all the Gale subject-specific databases that are available under ‘Gale Pages’

Issues and Controversies

Issues & Controversies helps students and researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. Presented in a balanced pro/con format, each article presents the key facts, arguments, history, and current context – an ideal resource for research papers, debate preparation, and persuasive writing assignments.

World News Digest

For more than 75 years, World News Digest has been a go-to resource for context and background on key issues of both historical events and breaking news. With more than 300,000 original articles and a vast archive covering every major event since its inception, this database offers concise summaries of current events and clearly written essays on the top issues of the day.

World Religions

World Religions explores religion and spirituality in an objective manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the elaborate rituals of today. The database’s Topic Centers feature specifically selected content on 15 of the world’s religions and traditional and spiritual practices, including information on important topics, spiritual leaders, sacred texts, and holy days and festivals.

Issues & Controversies in History

Issues & Controversies in History delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage that provides the background, outcome, and contemporary points of view for every major debate and conflict in history. Presented in a pro/con format that clearly explains both sides of the historical dispute, each article is supported by a timeline and a wealth of primary sources.

Today’s Science

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries by leading scientists – giving comprehensive and in-depth explanations of some of the most important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. Each article includes vivid images and groundbreaking videos that help make difficult concepts understandable.

Health Reference Center

Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors. The up-to-date information comes from hundreds of authoritative sources, plus users can find thousands of videos, illustrations, journal articles from PubMed Central, and reference articles from MedlinePlus.

Ebooks, E-Magazines, & Audiobooks

Infobase Ebooks

Infobase’s eBook Collection features thousands of core reference works from acclaimed imprints such as Facts on File, Ferguson’s, and Bloom’s on a wide range of subject areas, from history to science, literature, and more.


Enjoy a wide variety of fictional and non-fictional ebooks and audiobooks. Search and select York Catholic District School Board as your ‘school’. Login with your K12 email address.

Flipster Magazines

Access the following digital magazine subscriptions: Mindful, WellBeing, Eating Well, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook

Film & Video

Learn 360

Learn 360 is the ultimate streaming multimedia resource for the K-12 educational market. Users can access more than 137,000 multimedia resources – including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, interactives, images, audio files, articles, activities, worksheets, and more – from more than 200 top educational producers. New content is added regularly.

Criterion On-Demand

Criterion On-Demand is Canada’s premier feature film streaming service for educational institutions – bringing a collection of over 2500 feature films to your classroom! Offering a balanced library of titles including today’s current hits, classic cinema, feature documentaries, literary adaptations and hard-to-find titles.

Audio Cine Films Inc. (ACF)

Hundreds of movies to choose from, including new releases. Multiple language options are available.

Creative Common Images

Britannica Image Quest

Use the following Database to access million of rights-cleared images from one trusted site.

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