MYP/DP Library Learning Commons


Ms. Kirsten Morozov M.Ed. (Teacher-Librarianship), B.Ed, B.A.
Teacher-Librarian, Learning Specialist
Extended Essay Coordinator

Ms. Liza Capdecoume Dip. Lib. Tech., Dip.GD
Library Technician

Social Media Info (feeds below)

Twitter: @SHcommons Tweets by Ms. Morozov and Sra. Peñafiel.

Instagram: @sabresread Ms. Morozov posts to this Instagram account BUT all of Stratford Hall's Community is encouraged to post books, reviews, and reading photos with the hashtag #sabresread added to your Instagram comments.


Note: retweeted quotations don't show up properly in this feed.

Instagram #sabresread

Book pairing for dystopian sci fi: Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 with Anderson's Feed. #sabresread

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#sabresread photo credit: Sarah Riddell's phone :-)

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Databases & Encyclopedias

Databases & Encyclopedias



GALE Database Interfaces

Passwords can be found here. You must be logged in to your portal to access this page.

Canada In Context
Canada In Context

Canada in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events.

Global Issues in ContextGlobal Issues in Context
Global Issues in Context
offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Science In Context
Science In Context

Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)

The Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development.

National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they've never seen it before.


KnowBC Encyclopedias and ebooks

The Encyclopedia of British Columbia is the definitive reference work on British Columbia. With more than 4,000 entries and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips, The EBC is the source of readable and authoritative information on all the significant British Columbian people, places and things.

The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names

The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia is an indispensable companion and an essential reference for anyone interested in British Columbia history. Read details of the intriguing stories behind more than 5,000 BC coast places: who bestowed the names and why, and what they reveal.

Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest

The most comprehensive collection of photographs of Pacific Northwest marine life ever published, with more than 1,400 saltwater plants and animals and 1,700 superb photographs. A must-have resource for serious biologists, scuba divers, beachcombers and anyone interested in marine life and beautiful underwater photography.

Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia

From fearless immigrants to indigenous women in the workforce, award-winning journalist Stephen Hume unmasks the stories of British Columbia’s Frontier Women. Abounding with historical photographs and rare glimpses into the daring, and often difficult, lives of pioneering women, Lilies and Fireweed reveals the voices and hands of women who helped shape and build British Columbia.

Far West: The Story of British Columbia

British Columbia’s colourful story has been told many times, but until now no one has attempted to relate the chronicle specifically for young readers. From the gold rush to the Gumboot Navy and from “bride ships” to W.A.C. Bennett, BC history comes alive in this highly illustrated and vivid account by award-winning writer and historian Daniel Francis.

From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War

It has often been observed that the First World War jolted Canada into nationhood, and as Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson show in this compelling book, no province participated more eagerly in that transformation or felt the aftershock more harshly than British Columbia.

Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History

Tofino and Clayoquot Sound delves into all facets of geographically and culturally rich land's history, bringing to life the chronicle that started with the dramatic upheavals of geological formation and continues to the present day.

The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia

The Strait of Georgia is one of the world’s great inland seas, a 6,515 square kilometre body of water lying between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Rich in history, teeming with wildlife and marine traffic, the waterway is essential to British Columbians for food, jobs, travel and recreation.

Pacific Seaweeds: Updated and Expanded Edition

This updated and expanded guide is the authoritative guide to over 100 common species of seaweeds in the Pacific Northwest. From species identification and seaweed biology to the essential roles seaweed plays in the marine ecosystem and our everyday lives, Pacific Seaweeds thoroughly documents every aspect of seaweed life.

Open Access Journals

These tools will find legally free versions of research papers if you cannot find the same version on our library databases:


Select here for the Directory of Open Access Journals



Passwords can be found here. You must be logged in to your portal to access this page.


  • Full Text Reports: "A top-tier research professional's hand-picked selection of documents from academe, corporations, government agencies, interest groups, NGOs, professional societies, research institutes, think tanks, trade associations, and more."

Video Streaming

Video Streaming

Passwords can be found here. You must be logged in to your portal to access this page.

Includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works.

Students can access more than 6,000 films and other media simply by going to while using any school computer for which an IP address has been provided. Additionally, students have access to playlists and chapters, created and shared by teacher, while using any computer at home or school.


More than 130,000 multimedia resources—including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, images, audio files, articles, activities, and worksheets.

National Geographic Kids

Targeted toward ages 6-14. National Geographic Kids will take students on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Over 4,500 videos and 20,000 video clips addressing K-12 topics and applications to the real world.


Finalsite student or faculty login required:

Select to Access Passwords to our resources

Evaluating Sources/Detective Tools

Evaluating Sources & Detective Tools

Evaluating Sources

- Middle to High School Version
- High School to University Level Version (provides more resource options and information)


Be a Detective

  • Wayback Machine: see what a website looked like in the past with this Internet archive.
  • Politwoops: an archive of deleted politician's tweets, from around the world.
  • Tin Eye and Google Reverse Image Search for computer or phone. Use these tools to:
    - figure out who is the artist of a painting on the wall in a photo of a living room.
    - determine the authenticity of a photograph.
    - critique infographics (many are exaggerated).
  • YouTube DataViewer (Amnesty International): extracts thumbnails from YouTube clips to help find original video source.
  • Handy chart to help determine to what extent a science news website bases its articles on evidence.
  • Snopes: a myth-busting website.

Academic Honesty

Ms. Morozov, Sra. Peñafiel, and your subject teachers are happy to assist you with academic honesty. Please do not hesitate to ask us!

Your teachers will either have you create your own account on the Turnitin website, and sign up for their courses, or you will submit your work to Turnitin via ManageBac.

NoodleTools is now connected to your Stratford Hall Google Account.

Library Catalogues

Library Catalogues

Stratford Hall


We have UBC community library cards that can be checked out like a book: see Ms. Morozov to get one.

SFU Library

SH students get their own SFU community library cards in April of grade 11.

Public Libraries

Public Libraries - Greater Vancouver Area

These and other Greater Vancouver Area library cards are part of the Interlink system.

See all member libraries here.

Subject Guides

Subject Guides

Aboriginal/Indigenous Peoples Resources (MYP/DP)

Grade 6


Grade 7

Grade 8


Grade 9


Grade 10


Science (MYP)

Diploma Programme - General


Data Analysis Resources: especially useful for geography, economics, sciences, math projects

History (DP)


Log in to your Stratford Hall Google account to view Google Docs.

Various Resources & Topics

  • See here for a variety of different types of resources for your historical investigation/history Extended Essay.

Unemployed men march in Toronto,Ontario, Canada. Image Courtesy of: Wikipedia

The Great Depression

Stratford Hall Library Resources (needs updating)

Selected Web Resources

Music Resources

Individuals & Societies (MYP)

Log in to your Stratford Hall Google account to view Google Docs.

Extended Essay

Taking Action

Taking Action

Crowd Voice

“tracking voices of protest” - sourced and curated resources from across the web.

Do Something

For “moving beyond hashtag activism”. There are some really great ideas here - choose the type of cause in which you are interested, how much time you have, and the type of action you’d like to take.

A “global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to science and justice.”



Select the Databases & Encyclopedias tab - there are many newspaper articles in our databases.


International news sites and newspapers

Teacher Resources

Note: the Teacher Resources page requires faculty portal login.

Select here for access to Teacher Resources

Ebooks & Audiobooks

Ebooks & Audiobooks for grades 8+ and staff.


  • Select “Stratford Hall” on the dropdown list
  • Enter your normal SH Google login username and password

Overdrive App for various devices:

  • Search for “Stratford Hall”
  • Select “Independent Schools Association of British Columbia”
  • Select “Stratford Hall” on the dropdown list
  • Enter your SH Google login username and password

You can add other libraries to your Overdrive App, such as the Vancouver Public Library:

Board Games

Board Games

Great Resource for all thing to do with Board Games:

  • Descriptions from boxes and
  • Games stay on campus, but should be checked out (like our books, these have Stratford Hall barcodes)
  • Don't have enough time to finish a game? Take photographs of where you are in your game play. We can also set aside a game you have going if you plan on coming back to it soon.


“The anagram game that will drive you bananas!”

"Bananagrams is the first in the bunch, the game that started it all. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles. There's no turn-taking to be found here—it all happens at once and it’s a race to the finish. No matter how old you are and how many anagram games you’ve played, Bananagrams is sure to drive you absolutely bananas ... in the best possible way!"

Age: 7+
Number of Players: 1-8
Play Time: 15 minutes


"In a future where the government is run for profit, all but a privileged few lives of poverty and desperation. The resistance rises out of these oppressed masses in revolt and throws the government into chaos. Many see hope for a brighter future for the first time in their lives. Others see opportunity for absolute power. To take command, you must destroy the influence of your rivals and drive them into exile. Only one can survive."

Age: 13+
Number of Players: 2-6
Play Time: 15 minutes


"History of the game - Chess is one of the world's most popular and beloved games with over 600 million players worldwide. The theory and composition of chess reflects both art and science, and playing it is known to increase brain power. Because of the educational benefits, chess is a required curriculum around the world."

Age: All ages
Number of Players: 2

Cold War


"The end of World War II has left the world in turmoil. In Cold War: CIA vs. KGB, you lead a covert spy network in the post-war era. Your operatives resort to any means necessary - dirty tricks, devious ploys, underhanded machinations, and outright treachery. Victory will go to the side with the resources, conviction and commitment to ensure that its worldview shapes the future. Welcome to the Cold War."

Age: 14+
Number of Players: 2
Play Time: 30-60 minutes


"Cuba is a strategic game for 2 to 5 enterprising islanders 12 years and up. The game focuses on the government legislative process in Capitolium where bills are proposed and acts implemented. You earn points by paying taxes and complying with duties as well as by tapping subsidies."

Age: 12+
Number of Players: 2-5
Play Time: 75-120 minutes


"A subtle trading game for 2 players. Easy to learn, fast to play and beautifully illustrated. Buy, trade and sell at better rates than your competitor and thus become the Maharaja's personal trader!"

Age: 12+
Number of Players: 2
Play Time: 30 minutes


"Once Upon a Time is the award winning storytelling card game that encourages creativity and collaborative play."

Age: 8+
Number of Players: 2-6
Play Time: 30 minutes


"As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you must keep four deadly diseases at bay while discovering their cures. You and your teammates will travel across the globe, treating infections while finding resources for cures. You must work as a team to succeed. Pandemic is a cooperative game, all players win or lose together. The clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues. Can you find all four cures in time? The fate is in your hands!"

Age: 8+
Number of Players: 2-4
Play Time: 45 minutes


"Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but it also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. The game consists of 108 wooden tiles with six shapes in six colors. Players score points by building lines of tiles that share a common attribute-- either color or shape. Qwirkle is quick to learn, but you'll soon discover you need to think strategically to score the most points."

Age: 6+
Number of Players: 2-4
Play Time: 45 minutes


"Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic stand by game you know- where one person acts out words for the team to guess (boring)! With Reverse charades, your entire team has 60 seconds to act out as many words as one person can guess. You're guaranteed hours of fun with 720 wickedly hysterical words!"

Age: 6+
Number of Players: 6 +
Play Time: 30 minutes


"Make your bid, name your trump, with the trick and score! Grab a partner and get ready to play! Rook is all about being the first team to reach 300 points by bidding and naming tricks. But beware the wild Rook; when he lands, everything can change. And it's not for the better..."

Age: 8+
Number of Players: 2-6
Play Time: 45 minutes


"Whether you love your Scrabble game straight up or have a more adventurous streak, the option-packed game is for you! Play Power Tiles to spice up your strategy and sweeten your score. Team up with a partner to trade tiles and share scores. Or mix and match options for a game that's totally your own!"

Age: 8+
Number of Players: 2-4
Play Time:90 minutes


"The object of the game is to indentify SETs of three cards. Each card is unique in its four features: color (red, green, or purple); symbol: (diamond, squiggle or oval); shading: (solid, striped or open); and numbers: (1,2 or 3 symbols)."

Age: 6+
Number of Players: 1-20
Play Time: 30 minutes


"In The Settlers of Catan you control a group of settlers vying to tame the wilds on the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan's many harbors and regions; plains, meadows, mountains, hills, forests & desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game."

Age: 8+
Number of Players: 2-4
Play Time: 90 minutes


"The universe is filled with infinite bean fields.Join the voyages of the galactic bean trader in their search for valuable SpaceBeans. Light years from earth, they travel among the stars to bean fields where no man has gone before. The trader who finishes the voyage with the most valuable Spacebeans is crowned the "Lord ruler of the Beaniverse."

Age: 10+
Number of Players: 2-6
Play Time: 45 minutes


"Ticket to Ride Europe is the next installment in our best selling train adventure series. Players collect cards of various types of train cars, and use them to build stations, pass through tunnels and onto ferries, and lay claim to railway routes throughout Europe."

Age: 8+
Number of Players: 2-5
Play Time: 60 minutes


"Create your own journey with Tsuro, the Game of the Path. Place a tile and slide your stone along the path created but take care! Other players' paths can lead you in the wrong directtion--or off the board entirely! Find your way wisely to succeed by staying on the board."

Age: 8+
Number of Players: 2-8
Play Time: 15-20 minutes

Request a Book/Resource & Suggestions

Although I cannot guarantee I will purchase your book and resource requests for the library or follow your suggestions, as there are many elements I must consider, I certainly appreciate your input. Please complete this form.

LLC Senior School Student Newsletter

Library/Learning Commons Student Information Newsletter: Information on books and resources in our collection, and on learning and living, from Ms. Morozov, MYP/DP teacher-librarian.

Book Club Sets & Library Club

Book Club Sets (Senior School)

Book Jacket

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson:

"A traumatic event in the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year of high school." Realistic Fiction

Book JacketSwim the Fly by Don Calame: "Fifteen-year-old Matt and his two best friends Sean and Coop,the least athletic swimmers on the local swim team, find their much anticipated summer vacation bringing them nothing but trouble with unsucessful schemes..." (Funny, realistic fiction)

Book JacketGraceling by Kristen Cashore: "In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king." (fantasy)

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1984 by George Orwell: "Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities." (science fiction, classic)

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi: "In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl." (science fiction)

Openly Straight by Bill Kongsberg: "Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences." (realistic fiction)

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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: "Taylor Edwards' family might not be the closest-knit--everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled--but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor's dad gets devastating news..." (realistic fiction)

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: "Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard." (darkly humorous fantasy)

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Ms. Marvel. Vol. 1. No Normal by Willow G. Wilson: Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community (superhero comic)

More Than This

More Than This by Patrick Ness: "A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?" (science fiction)

Book Jacket

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: "Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life." (realistic fiction)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (you're never too old for Harry Potter!): "Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry." (fantasy)

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner: "Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape." (science fiction)

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgewick: "Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world." (various genres, science fiction)

Book Jacket

The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak (note: this is also sometimes used in English classes): "Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors." (historical fiction)

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (note: this is also sometimes used in English classes): "Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot." (realistic fiction - funny yet poignant)

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The Chrysalids by John Wyndham: "David's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature.... Little does he realise that his own son - and his son's cousin Rosalind and their friends - have their own secret aberration which would label them as mutants." (classic science fiction)

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Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable by Mark Dunn. "Recounts what happens when the citizens of an island must rely on all their ingenuity to communicate in an increasingly limited language when the goverment progressively bans letters from the alphabet." (written in letters, mischievous).

Library Advisory Club (Senior School)

  • Influence library book purchases and promoting reading.
  • Read.
  • Plan library events and programming, e.g. genre-themed parties and book-trailer development.
  • Chat about books or book genres we’ve read together, as well as current events and life in general (sometimes over hot chocolate and popcorn).
  • Play board games.
  • Note: you don’t have to be a library advisory member to participate in a book club, and those meeting can happen other days.

Weekly meetings Thursdays from 12:10-12:45pm in the MYP library with Ms. Morozov.