MYP/DP Library Learning Commons


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

Ms. Liza Capdecoume Dip. Lib. Tech., Dip.GD
Library Technician (PYP, MYP, DP)

Senior School StoryFest Calendar. NOTE - dates subject to change:

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.

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/Research Tools

Evaluating Sources & Research 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 politicians' 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.
  • use this site to see which other websites link to the website you're trying to evaluate.
  • FactsCan: Canadian fact checker (especially politics), follows code of journalism ethics of Poynter.
  • Politifact: specializes in rating the truthfulness of reporting on politics and government.
  • Poynter: evidence-based fact checking in journalism, journalism tools.
  • a project of the University of Pennsylvania. Heavily U.S.-politics oriented, but also looks at science and Facebook rumours etc.
  • Media Bias/Fact Check: Recommended and used by various universities as well as news outlets. Great way to check the bias/leanings of news sources from around the world, and current events stories (albeit largely U.S.-focused).
  • Country Internet domain extensions

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.

This infographic from Turnitin has useful information and examples for you.

NoodleTools is now connected to your Stratford Hall Google Account.

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.”

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.

Read/listen on the new Sora App: use on both browser and mobile devices

  • Track your reading habits
  • Earn achievement badges
  • Exportable notes
  • Many more features


  • 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:

Subject Guides

Subject Guides

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Using Extensions to Search Online

In Google, enter a keyword, then site:.extension into the search bar. The extensions used below take you to mostly academic/university websites (note that not all .edu sites are truly academic):

e.g. astrolabe invention
e.g. islamic inventions
e.g.”tin glazing” invention

Use this same technique to find resources from the perspective of specific countries:

From universities in China:
e.g. Zhang Zeduan

From Chinese government websites:
e.g. Huizong song emperor

Grade 9

Grade 10

Geography Connections:

Science (MYP)

Diploma Programme - General

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

Social Science Research Methods: brief introduction

History (DP)

History Resources (DP) Google Doc: a variety of suggestions of different source types to get you started.

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

Extended Essay

Aboriginal/Indigenous Peoples Resources (MYP/DP)

Canoe Kids Digital Magazine

Canoe Kids digital magazines celebrate the differences and similarities among Indigenous cultures.

Individuals & Societies (MYP)

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


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The Arts

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Board Games


  • Games stay on campus, but should be checked out (like our books, these have Stratford Hall barcodes)
  • Join the Library Club if you'd like to play at lunch (Fridays - Grades 6-7, Thursdays for Senior School).
  • 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.

Book Club Sets & Library/Writing Clubs

Writing Club

  • Currently grades 6+ with some grade 9s helping to organize it.
  • Part of regular library club days for your grade range.

Library Advisory Clubs

  • 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, colour, make crafts, journal.
  • Note: you don’t have to be a library advisory member to participate in a book club, and those meeting can happen other days.

Grades 8-12: Wednesdays from 12:10-12:45pm in the MYP library with Ms. Morozov.

Grades 6-12: Thursdays from 12:10-12:45pm in the MYP library with Ms. Morozov.

Grades 6-7: Fridays from 12:10-12:45pm in the MYP library with Ms. Morozov.

Databases & Encyclopedias

Databases & Encyclopedias


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.

Primary Sources Collections

BC Points to the Past logoGale Points to the Past: (broad search) primary source documents free for all British Columbians.

Search by specific database: (narrow search)

This is just a sampling - don't forget to check the websites of various other universities, museums, and public libraries for more.

Many resources have not been digitized so you may have to go to the library/archives in person to look through their collections/shelves.


GALE Database Interfaces

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

Big database search - search ALL of our GALE products EXCEPT Points to the Past, and ALL of our EBSCOhost databases a too.
(use the more narrow searches below for fewer results)

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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.

BC Points to the Past logoGale Points to the Past: (broad search) primary source documents free for all British Columbians.

Search by specific database: (narrow search)

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.



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


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  • ResearchGate: where researchers share their work. You'll need to create a free account.
  • 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."

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

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.

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.

Library Catalogues

Library Catalogues

Stratford Hall

Pros and cons of using books (and other resources)

Additionally, studies show people read more deeply when reading print rather than on a screen (and with fewer distractions).


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

University librarians usually specialize in certain subjects: here is the UBC librarian directory if you're looking for expertise.

SFU Library

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

University librarians usually specialize in certain subjects: here is the SFU librarian directory if you're looking for expertise.

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.



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


International news sites and newspapers