History & Biography

Resources Requiring Login (Library card and password)

Open Resources (no login required)


Biographical Dictionary – 28,000 notable men and women. Searchable by name, profession, birth or death date, and other keywords.

Canadians.ca – The ABC of Famous Canadians – This features contemporary Canadians who have made contributions to the world of cinema, television, music and literature and sports.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online – Biographies of significant people in the formation of Canada and who died between the years 1000 and 1930. (Or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.)

Famous Canadians – Links to specialized websites — from air aces to wayfarers.

Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead – Search this site to see if a famous person is still alive or not.

Who’s Who Online

Canadian History

Local History eResources

British Columbia History Website

The Canadian Encyclopedia – The complete text of the original multi-volume set with additional multimedia. Continuously updated. [How to use]

Canadian Genealogy and History – A listing of genealogical and historical web sites, including genealogy organizations.

Canadian Military History – Veterans Affairs Canada

Canadiana Discovery Portal – This portal site enables users to search across the valuable and diverse digital collections of Canada’s libraries, museums and archives. It provides Canadians with access to a wealth of digital material such as books, journals, newspapers, government documents, photographs, maps, post cards, sheet music, audio and video files about our nation’s heritage.

Canadian Women’s History – Government of Canada site that looks at the sites, persons, and events central to women’s history in Canada.

The Champlain Society – Through its books and Digital Collection, The Champlain Society makes the adventures, explorations, discoveries, and opinions that have shaped Canada available to all who have an interest in its past.

Library and Archives Canada – Canadian History

World History

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library – A partnership between the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google, this free online digitized virtual library contains hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments. The high resolution images are extremely detailed and can be accessed through various search options on the site.

EyeWitness to History – History through the eyes of those who lived it.

Internet History Sourcebook Project – Huge history portal with links to ancient medieval and modern sourcebooks. Covers many geographic areas and ethnic groups.

Internet Public Library (IPL) History Resource Guide – A subject guide with links to history resources covering numerous topics and areas.

The Labyrinth: Resources For Medieval Studies

Points to the Past – This portal provides free access to nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content including maps, photos, newspapers, periodicals and more to all BC Residents. Supported by University of Victoria Libraries, University of British Columbia Library, and Simon Fraser University Library in collaboration with Gale, part of Cengage Learning.

The Virtual Library: History

World Digital Library – A digital library composed of significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. Available in a multilingual format.