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For Students

Idea Exchange is committed to offering teens a wide range of print and online resources for school assignments, research, and personal interest.



Idea Exchange subscribes to many databases. Below are some subject-specific databases that may be useful for students and teachers.


These databases offer a Canadian perspective on topics.

Encyclopedias are an excellent resource for background information on a subject or issue.

Idea Exchange offers curated database collections on American history, Early civilizations, European history and 20th Century history.

Use our Novelist database to find good books, book reviews for fiction and nonfiction, plot summaries and read-alike suggestions.

Science & Technology
These databases offer information on science and technology, chemical elements and the natural world.

Not sure how to use our databases? Contact us by chat or email for help. Access requires a valid Idea Exchange library card. Don’t have one? Get your card here.

magazines and newspapersMagazines and Newspapers

Idea Exchange offers a number of magazine and newspaper  resources including Macleans Magazine Archive, Consumer Reports and National Geographic Virtual Library.  Access over 5000 newspaper and magazine titles through PressReader.


learn onlineLearn Online

Idea Exchange also offers several  free online courses through Gale and Linkedin Learning databases. If you are looking to practice a language, listen to a book or learn a new skill these online resources are for you.



Use Idea Exchange’s online catalogue, Encore to find books for assignments and pleasure reading.

Don’t forget about the many Idea Exchange booklists that offer great suggestions for topic or genre-specific books.



You can use Novelist to find your next great read or read-alikes. Novelist offers book reviews, plot summaries and book discussion guides to help you get the most out of your next read.


high school math and science workbooksHigh school math and science workbooks

Idea Exchange also carries Solaro workbooks for several Ontario high school math and science courses. These workbooks offer students a chance to improve their skills through extra problem solving.


topic guidesTopic Guides

At Idea Exchange, we have prepared a number of Topic Guides which bring together database, print and online resources to help with your research.