SS#7 – Humphrey-Rosseau 1946 School Bus with Bill Gates and girls
courtesy of Rosseau Historical Society Digital Collections

Whether you’re homeschooling, heading back to class or helping others with their research, ODW has school project resources for librarians, teachers and students of all ages…


Ontario Community Newspapers and INK
Two major gateways to hundreds of digitized Ontario newspaper titles, full text and index records, over 200 years of publishing history, ranging from Windsor to Waterloo, Thunder Bay to Petawawa!
See a full list of regions covered here

Illinois Newspapers
One place to search digitized newspapers with index records for access to dozens of Chicago-area publications from Algonquin Area, Downers Grove, Glenview, Highland Park, Libertyville, McHenry and Wilmette.

Local History portal
Search across 2.5 million photos, documents, oral histories, paintings, postcards, exhibits, newspapers, scrapbooks and more!

Contributions from 300 heritage organizations in Ontario, including more than 200 VITA Toolkit partners

Community collections from Canada & the US
Explore local history collections, heritage and current newspapers covering military, maritime, women’s and multicultural histories, built heritage and community contributions from the past and current day.

Special Collections & Exhibits

Three virtual exhibits highlighting items from the VITA Toolkit user collections, arranged and researched to tell the chronology of multicultural experiences in Ontario. Both the Exhibits and Curriculum Resources are a great starting point to learn about topics like the Abolitionist Movement, Japanese Internment, Women’s Rights, and the evolution of Ontario as the home and product of our multicultural histories.

Explore the site and download Curriculum Resources

Agnes Macphail Digital Collection
Explore the life, history and politics of the first woman elected to Canadian Parliament.

Indigenous Histories
Community collections from Six Nations and Kanhiote Tyendinaga Territory Public Libraries.

Italian-Canadian newspapers
Search across 12 publications in Italian and English for news covering 1930-1946.

Holodomor Digital Collections
Learn more first hand history and about the impact of the Famine in Ukraine, 1932-1933.