The MCS Learning Commons is a resource centre providing students and staff with academic resources, reference materials, books, eBooks and online databases to augment their curriculum studies. The learning commons is aspace that allows for interaction with peers, technology and physical resources. The facility is conducive to individual or group tasks, offering tables/chairs, study carrels, and comfortable seating.

Our school's librarian, Ms. Waite, is also available to assist students with their research needs or readers advisory services.

Resources Available:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction books including classic novels, current series, graphic novels, high interest material and curriculum based resources
  • Technology resources for use at school like Chromebooks, desktop computers, smartboard and two Raspberry Pi Programming Stations
  • Technology resources for use at home like Netbooks and iPads

The Learning Commons is open daily during the school year from 8:00 am to 3:20 pm. 

Select a link below to learn more about the library resources available for students:


Search our catalogue to see what our collection includes, or search Overdrive for our ebook collection available 24/7 .  

click here to visit the library catalogueOverdrive eBook Collection
Sign in required to use these services - Please use your RCDSB Username and Password (the same as your Google Login)


General Reference (Encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)

Accessing resources from home? You'll need to have the password to enter. 

  • The Canadian Encyclopedia - search and broswe more than 19 000 articles in both English in French on all topics and subjects Canada
  • - search and browse 57 000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia.
  • Encyclopedia BritannicaThis is a K-12 interactive encyclopedia where different reading levels can be selected. It provides citation entries for a number of styles. 
  • Merriam-Webster - provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, word of the day, word games, and other English language resources.
  • Wikipedia - a multilingual, free content encyclopedia project, written collaboratively by volunteers from around the world.
  • YourDictionary - a free online dictionary and thesaurus with definitions, a thesaurus and more.

Databases and eBooks

Accessing resources from home? You may need to have the password to enter. 

  • Canadian Points of View EBSCO - a full-text database providing students with essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
  • Career Cruising - bilingual database designed to help students plan their future.
  • EBSCO Database - browse hundreds of online research databases covering all academic subjects.
  • Eureka/Cedrom - Francophone resources are available including national/international newspapers, news wires and radio/television transcripts. French-language titles are bundled with 20 English-language daily newspapers from across Ontario.
  • InfoTrac - Student Edition - full text articles and reference materials:
    • Academic Online - peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources with coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
    • Canadian Periodical Index Quarterly (CPLQ) - emphasis is on Canada, its people, and its history. Aligned to provincial learning standards, the database includes reference, periodicals, primary source, multimedia resources and nearly one thousand biographies on famous Canadians.
    • Discovering Collection - full-text essays, multimedia and references for the arts, geography, and history.
    • Expanded Academic ASAP - from arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.
    • LegalTrac - a wide variety of legal publications including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.

Search Engines

Did you know most of the search engines you use have an advanced search feature or special operators for more specific searching? I've added the direct links to these advance search pages as well as tips pages to help you use them. 

Subject Specific Sources

The InfoTrac - Student Edition - full text articles and reference materials. The below listed sections can be accessed from within InfoTrac with proper ID. Please contact the library technician for login details where required.

  • Computer Database - computer-related product introductions, news and reviews for hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.
  • Culinary Arts Collection - 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines, thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
  • Environmental Studies and Policy - nearly 200 journals with multiple perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Centre - provides a set of carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials including 400 health/medical journals, over 700 health videos from Healthology Inc., pamphlets, articles and a broad collection of Thomson Gale reference titles.
  • Military and Intelligence Database - a custom collection of over 400 journals covering the socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the armed forces, and more.
  • Psychology Collection - a 200 subject, full-text periodical collection that gives individuals an understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection - over 200 magazines and academic journals covering religion, philosophy, archaeology and anthropology.