Calgary Board of Education

Welcome to Diefenbaker Virtual Learning Commons
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
US comedian with Marx Brothers (1890 - 1977)

Library Links

Student Resources full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles,primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites

Opposing Viewpointscontinuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links

Access over 17 000 full-length curriculum videos. Create playlists, clips, and video mash-ups using the video segments and sharing tools embedded in the resources. Full transcripts with read-aloud and text translation features included for every video.
Use this database for locating critical analysis related to topics such as business and economy; environment and climate change; conflict and diplomacy; government, politics and law; health and medicine; science and technology; and society and culture. The database includes newspapers, magazines, journals, reference works, web sites, primary sources, videos, and more
Use this database for locating information on significant people, events and topics in world history. It is organized into the following categories: Biographies; Countries, Cultures and Civilizations; Economics; Events, Periods and Cultural Trends; Human Rights; Political Constructs, Movements and Organizations; Religions; and Wars and Conflicts. The database includes newspapers, images, magazines, journals, reference works, Web sites, primary sources, videos, and more.
The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles for academic libraries from the world's leading journals, this comprehensive resource covers the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects. With millions of articles in both PDF and HTML full-text format and simultaneous, unlimited usage, researchers are able to find accurate, timely information quickly. The Topic Finder tool adds power and depth to searches, allowing students to mine their search results and develop their research focus in ways never previously available.
Use this resource to access maps that assist in the investigation and study of Canada and its people through historical, economic, environmental and cultural information.
Use this encyclopedia to locate information on Canadian history, art, music, science, geography, culture and politics and famous Canadians. This resource contains articles, maps, images, multimedia, Web links, games and feature articles.
Use this database for locating information on a broad range of Canadian topics. It is organized into the following categories: Biography, Geography, Government, History, Literature, Science, Social Issues, Sports, and World Cultures and Religion. The database includes newspapers, images, magazines, journals, Web sites, primary sources, videos, and more.
Use this resource to find factual information organized into topics such as atoms and molecules; elements and periodic table; energy and matter; force and motion; and temperature and measurement. Videos, web links, games, listen feature, and a list of science experiments are included
Use this resource to locate magazine articles, science experiments, encyclopedia entries, images, audio and video clips, illustrations, graphs and Web links related to a wide range of scientific study: earth science, science history, life science, space, physics, math, chemistry, biology, natural science, environmental science, biotechnology and more


Doc Zone Videos from CBC - a collection of Canadian documentaries availabe for streaming.

CBC Learning Videos - See Mr. Allan for login information

Hollywood Movies and Documentaries - available only from school computers. Internet Explorer is needed to access videos. Click on login to begin your search. No login is required from school computers.

Explore ebooks (library collection of encyclopedia and journals, as well as access to online databases)

Library Links - a collection of useful websites from staff and students

ELibrary - search the library book collection an extensive collection of videos and resources on all school subjects. Login information at the top right side of the page.

Jstor Academic resource (to access from home, you must create an account. Please see Mr. Allan in the library for instructions)

Khan Academy - instructional videos on all major subject areas