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History

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Introduction

Historical documents allow us a glimpse back into the way things used to be. By looking at our past, we can gain a more complete perspective on the present and plan for the future.


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 Promise of Canada Canada: An Illustrated History Killing the Rising Sun Staking Claims to a Continent

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History eBooks and audiobooks


American History
American History

This reference material covers biographies, events and movements throughout American history.

Biography in Context
Biography in Context

Your best source of info about the lives of famous people from ancient to modern times. Contains articles from books and magazines, videos and more. View the tutorial (Flash)

Canadian Encyclopedia
Canadian Encyclopedia

Your best source of info on Canadian topics. Use the search box to find in-depth articles from the Canadian Encyclopedia, Maclean's Magazine, Canadian Encyclopedia of Music, and TV and radio spots such as Historica Minutes.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Discover the people important to Canada whose death occurred between 1000 and 1930.

Early Civilizations
Early Civilizations

Read about the people, clothing, food, culture, crafts, and history of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China.

Early Explorers
Early Explorers

Investigate the journeys of New World explorers such as Magellan, Drake, Pizarro and Cortes.

European History
European History

Research historical periods including the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution.

The 20th Century
The 20th Century

Look here for the fads and fashions of each decade in the 20th century.

World History
World History

Uncover the past from ancient times to today in these online encyclopedias.


Canada Remembers
A look at Canada’s role during wartime and in peacekeeping. The History section covers Canada's involvement in the South African War, World Wars I and II and the Korean War. From Veterans Affairs Canada.

Canadian Military History
Resources from the Canadian War Museum.

Canadian Museum of History
Exceptional online exhibitions on very different topics, including the Virtual Museum of New France, Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall, and First Peoples of Canada.

Canadiana Discovery Portal
Find centuries of Canadian history, including digitized books, journals, newspapers, government documents, photographs, maps, postcards, sheet music, audio and video files. An excellent resource for researching your family's genealogy or our nation's history.

Our Ontario
Use this site to search the digital collections of libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations across Ontario. Find images, audio, video, text, government documents and newspapers.


History Channel from the National Film Board of Canada
Watch films from the National Film Board on a variety of historical topics. Videos include new releases, old favourites, and Canadian classics. New content is added weekly.

CBC Digital Archives
Updated weekly, the Archives has over 10,000 radio and television clips from CBC programs. The clips focus on significant Canadian moments, events and figures, and a range of time periods (1920s to 2000).

Heritage Minutes
A collection of more than 80 videos that recreate events of great importance, accomplishment and bravery in our country’s history.