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Gale Cengage Learning Infotrac

​This is a large selection of databases, ebooks, movies and more provided to all YRDSB High Schools. No password is needed when accessing this database from school. To access outside of school, please see the library circulation desk for a password. 


Sora e-Books

Students and staff may access the YRDSB collection of e-books and audiobooks both from home and at school.

To access the collection, students and staff can find the Sora link on the Student Tool Page on the Board’s public website, on the Online Resources Page of the Board’s BWW site, on each school’s Enterprise library search catalogue or directly through

To log in, students will need to add a zero to their student number (0xxxxxxxxx), and staff will need to add 1000 to their employee number (1000xxxxxx). At present, there is a limit of 2 checkouts per user in order to ensure that there is something available for everyone.

For more information on Sora, please see the documents linked below:

Getting Started with Sora

Using Sora


Salem Press History e-Books​

Ask for the username and password at the circulation desk.  Click on registered user login to access e-books.


Salem Press Literature e-Books

Ask for the username and password at the circulation desk.  Click on registered user login to access e-books.

Project Gutenberg

42 000 books available for download, free of charge.


Online Books Page

Over 1 000 000 online books freely readable on the Internet.

Online Encyclopedias​

Canadian Encyclopedia

Authoritative encyclopedia about Canada and its people, in English and French.

Britannica School

Reliable encyclopedia for quick facts and in-depth information on a variety of subjects.

Username:  dsbyork

Password:  dsby7692

Other Useful Websites

CBC Digital Archives

Access 1000's of radio and television clips about Canada's history from the archives of CBC.

Online Newspapers

10 000 newspapers from around the world, searchable by country and then by publication.

TED Talks​

Listen to inspirational talks (18 minutes or shorter) by fascinating thinkers and doers about innovative​ ideas in the fields of technology, entertainment, design, business, science and global issues.


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