E-Z FIND - Electronic Resources Library

The Source for Your Information Needs

Background

Students and staff of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have access online to thousands of journals and magazines as well as to reference tools such as encyclopedias.

Resources have been acquired through:

Knowledge Ontario
  • EBSCOHost subscriptions, licensed to the WCDSB
  • Knowledge Ontario, a province-wide initiative providing all libraries (school, public or university) with access common resources, and
  • OSAPAC, the Ontario Software Acquisitions Program Advisory Committee, funded by the Ministry of Education

These subscription databases are essential to quality research. These resources are authoritative, and fully indexed, and searchable.  

Access

Most of the online databases resources may be accessed without a password from a WCDSB computer; however, from a home computer, you will be prompted to supply a login or password.  Access differs depending on the source and licensing of the resource. This information is available from school library staff as well as the Resource Centre. Passwords for EZ Find's Online Databases may be accessed here. This file as well as a range of tip sheets, general training materials, and online tutorials on specific resources are available through StaffNet to the employees of the WCDSB. There are links to both StaffNet and ClassNet pages from all EZ Find pages.

Organization

The online databases and other resources are organized by user:

Further, secondary resources are organized by "General Resources", which address a broad range of subject needs, and then, by subject-specific resources. To reduce the amount of scrolling, online databases are no longer listed under each subject. Some secondary school libraries have purchased subscriptions for additional online databases, which are licensed only to the students and staff of the individual school.

“Students are free to google on their own time, however, the school and the district has invested heavily into quality resources, and we must start with, and use, them”.

Revised June 2009