EMSB Virtual Library

Descriptions of Resources

The Virtual Library is a compendium of outstanding bilingual resources that support learning across all subjects and grade levels. Students and teachers have access to up-to-date encyclopedias, e-books with diverse reading levels, video streaming, newspapers, lesson plans and more, on safe platforms with zero advertising.  Resources are available at school and from home, 24/7.  The Virtual Library is maintained by the librarians of the Educational and Technology Services Department.

BookFlix


An online literacy resource published by Scholastic for primary students that pairs video storybooks with related nonfiction. In English and Spanish. Please login with your LEARN username and password.

Britannica School


All levels. Interactive, multimedia encyclopedia. All content available at elementary, middle and high school levels. In English.

Canadian Encyclopedia


Secondary. Bilingual, updated daily. Includes 40,000 articles and 6,000 interactive maps on Canadian topics. Bilingual.

Canadian Points of View 


Secondary. Full-text database in English that provides students with essays that present multiple sides of current hot-button issues. 

Curio


Primary and Secondary. Bilingual video streaming from CBC, Radio-Canada, National Geographic Channel. Includes teacher resource guides. Teachers can create an account. In English and French.

CVE


Primary and secondary. Database of audiovisual resources that closely parallels the educational programs in Québec schools. All videos are indexed to correspond with the QEP. In English and French.

EBSCOhost


Database with full text access to 1400+ scholarly journals. Includes ERIC (Education Resources Information Center). English and French.

EduMedia


Primary and Secondary. 800+ simulations and videos about science and math. Multilingual.

Eureka


For Secondary. Full-text access to more than 8,000 sources such as newspapers, magazines, journals. Relevant information from all types of media. Multilingual.

Horizon FLS


Primary and high school. Resources and teaching practices to develop the learning of French as a second language. Based on the QEP. In French. (MEES)

IDÉLLO


Primary and Secondary. Database with over 11,000 resources, including videos, games, websites, applications, and teaching tools. In French.

Inquiry Process 


A web based tool with lesson plans, videos and links explaining the research process and information literacy. For pre-school, primary and secondary. In English and French. (MEES)

Journal de Montréal


Full-text access to Le Journal de Montréal. In French. Find login information on the EMSB Portal.

Literacy Today 


A detailed website for English Language Arts teachers featuring classroom strategies, videos and explanations of concepts from the QEP. In English.

Livres Ouverts 


Annotated Bibliography of books in French (fiction and non-fiction) for pre-school, primary and secondary. Each title is accompanied by pedagogical suggestions. (MEES)

Magazines


A popular selection of magazines:
Wacky But True
J-14
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Canadian Geographic

National Post


username: emsb2@emsb.com
password: csem

NFB Campus


Primary and Secondary. National Film Board of Canada. Educational videos, including films, documentaries, animations, and teacher guides. Teachers can create an account to have access to CAMPUS resource guides for more than 3,000 films.

Overdrive


Secondary. Borrow eBooks in English, French, Chinese, Korean and Spanish. Hundreds of titles, including read-along audio narration books.

Quebec Reading Connection 


Annotated Bibliography of books in English (fiction and non-fiction) for pre-school, primary and secondary. Each title is accompanied by pedagogical suggestions. (MEES)

Scoop!


A resource for teachers and students from primary 3rd cycle through to secondary. Includes lesson plans, suggested projects and class activities. In French.

The Gazette


Full-text access to The Gazette as well as nine (9) regional newspapers of the Postmedia Network. In English. Extra sign in feature required. Find login information on the EMSB Portal.

TumbleBooks


Primary. Animated (with audio) picture books, puzzles, games, and videos. Titles available in English, French and Spanish.

TumbleBook Cloud


Cycle 3 Primary and Secondary. Read-along books, eBooks, graphic novels, audio books, videos. In English.

Universalis


Secondary level access to 38,000 multimedia encyclopedia articles. Also contains a dictionary and world atlas. In French. Text to speech features

Universalis Junior 


For primary. 2,500 encyclopedia articles as well as a comprehensive dictionary, and world atlas. In French. Text to speech features.