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Recommended Links

Browse through our Recommended Links section. All Recommended Links are external pages and are intended to provide information for various groups within the City of Kenora. Remember that the content of these pages are for infomation purposes only.


General Resources:

  • 47 Alternatives to Wikipedia (

  • Best Free Reference Web Sites 1999-2016 RUSA Machine-Assisted Reference Section

  • Canada Site- Gateway to Canadian Information. Government Site.                         

  • The Canadian Encyclopedia Online

  • Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web maintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian in Cortland, New York.
  • Internet Public Library Pathfinders guides written by IPL staff to help get you started doing research on a particular topic.
  • iTools brings you several language tools like dictionaries and translation tools, biographical and quotation resources, maps, stock quotes
  • by StartSpot Mediaworks, developer and publisher of a family of information sweet spots designed to make finding the best category-specific information on the World Wide Web a quick, easy and enjoyable experience.
  • Since 1995, Refdesk is a free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources
  • The Virtual Reference Library  The VRL is a subject-based, reliable, Internet information source with special focus on Canadian and Ontario information. The Virtual Reference Library offers access to librarian-selected websites, self-guided research support, library information.
  • Who's Alive and Who's Dead The web site dedicated to helping you find out which of the noted celebrities of our time are with us, and which ones have died.
  • Wikipedia Web-based, multi-language


Addresses and Telephone Numbers



  • Animal Diversity Web 
  • eNature: Field Guides is a searchable database for identifying more than 4,000 plant and animal species of North America. The species accounts are from the best-selling National Audubon Society Field Guides, Regional Guides, and Nature Guides.
  • " ... large compilation of video and audio clips, which is currently the primary focus of this site, should complement other available animal directories in the web. Please do not copy images from this site except for personal use. Most images have been adapted from images obtained from royalty-free sources. The original references are provided under all images, please visit the respective site for your image needs."
  • PetStation The guide to natural and enlightened pet-keeping. Directory of information about all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, aquarium fish and more.
  • Species at Risk  Environment Canada


  • National Anthems: links to a variety of Web sites that offer the music of the anthem (as au, wav, or midi sound files) as well as the text in either the native language or English or both




  • Artcyclopedia: the guide to museum quality art on the internet. Browse/search by artist, links to museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.
  • Inuit Art Portal to Inuit art in Canada








  • All About Birds (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology) A really excellent resource for birds, which includes species from all over the world with range maps, songs, colour photographs, etc. And it's easy to navigate, too. I use this a lot for people who are getting interested in birdwatching, or wanting to identify birds in their backyard.
  • Avibase: the world bird database  This site is managed by Denis Lepage and hosted by Bird Studies Canada, the Canadian copartner of Birdlife International.
  • Electronic Resources on Ornithology 







  • Canadiana:The Canadian Resource Page 
  • Early Canadiana Online  (ECO) is a collaborative research project to provide Web access to a digital library of primary sources in Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of literature, women's history, native studies and the history of French Canada.
  • Multicultural Canada  (Simon Fraser University)  This digitization project grew from our conviction that the cultural groups that make up our country have little-known stories that need to be researched and told. Through newspapers, interviews, photographs, print and material culture people tell us who they are.



Consumer Information


See also Geography

  • Altapedia Online Contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
  • Background Notes: full text US State Dept. Background Notes, history, geography, government, politics, economy, etc.
  • Country Profiles  (BBC News) Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
    They also include audio or video clips from BBC archives.
  • The World Factbook  (CIA)




  • Le grand dictionnaire terminologique  Bilingual Canadian dictionary containing 3 million terms in French and English covering 200 areas of activity.
  • OneLook Dictionaries, the Faster Finder Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.
  • Visual Dictionary Online (Merriam-Webster) When you know what something looks like but not what it's called, or when you know the word but can't picture the object,The Visual Dictionary has the answer. In a quick look, you can match the word to the image.
  • Word Search: Search Dictionaries, Thesauri and Encyclopedias






First Nations Content

First Nations Political Organizations

Fashions / Costumes

  • Fashion Era  Contains 615 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History
  • Fashion Trendsetting Directory of fashion forecasting, trend reporting, and news e-zine
  •  Period Clothing 101  (The Children of Fort Langley web site) Links page to Web sites of interest to re-enactors

First Aid







See also Countries

Government information

  • Bill Tracker  Status of legislation (bills) before the federal Parliament.
  • Canada Site  First point of access to information about the Canada and its government
  • Canadian Representatives Abroad  information by countries and regions
  • Goverrment Electronic Directory Services  (Public Works and Government Services Canada)
  • Governments on the WWW:  Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-national organisations etc.
  • How Canadians Govern Themselves  (Library of Parliament) Excellent readable source
  • Legislative Assembly of Ontario  Profiles of MPPs, House documents, Hansard data, etc.
  • Publications Ontario Online.  E-commerce site for the purchase of provincial government publications for depository libraries and others.
  • Rulers This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.
  •  This user friendly resources is aimed at new immigrants but will be useful for all Ontarians wanting to access government information relating to employment, schools, health, etc.




House and Home:



Job Search



  • Access to Justice Network  The site for Canadian law and justice resource materials.
  • CLEO  Community Legal Education Ontario: provides clear, accurate and practical legal information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights.  
  • The Canadian Legal L EXPERT® Directory  identifies the leading Canadian law firms and lawyers in over 50 practice areas across Canada.
  • E-Laws / Lois en ligne  (Ontario) "updated legislation incorporating all amendments will be available on-line within 14 days of enactment"
  • Everybody's Legal Dictionary (U.S.-based)
  • Legislation Research Guide  (Ryerson University Library)
  • Search Canadian Public Records by Province / Ontario / Ontario Cities and Townships (Subscription required) Search Systems' public record service offers the public the chance to get the facts on people or businesses. Researchers can access a directory of criminal record databases, verify contractor and professional licenses, check out corporations, and look up property records and business permits. The site provides access to marriage and death records, the location of sex offenders, and much more.



  • Media Awareness Network  offers practical support for media education in the home, school and community and provides Canadians and others with information and "food for thought" on our fast-evolving media culture. It's also a place where educators, parents, students and community workers can share resources and explore ways to make media a more positive force in children's lives.
  • Magazines (Yahoo list)



Music Resources

  • Campfire Song Book : lyrics of 150 songs, by title and subject, from South African Scout Association.
  • The Classical Music Navigator (West Kentucky U) "Information on 444 classical composers, arranged in a format designed to help users expand their awareness of the musical literature on the basis of their already-existing likes."
  • Instrument Encyclopedia 
  • Music Resources on the Internet An extensive collection of free music graphics and annotated links to music information, resources, graphics, newsgroups, discussion lists, organizations, publications, and more are at this website. Although emphasis is on classical and jazz genres, many general resources are listed as well.
  • This web site was created as a quick-reference, informational music resource consisting of a collection of related music links. This web site was specifically designed for music educators, students and others interested in accessing information in the areas of music education, specifically, choral, general, and instrumental music.
  • Sheet Music:  spans the years 1780 to 1960, but its strength is 19th and early 20th century American popular music, more than 26,000 pieces of music are searchable by keyword or browsed by box number or cover art. Information includes: title; composer; lyricist; arranger; publication; forms of composition; instrumentation; first line; first line of chorus; dedicatee; engraver, lithographer, artist; and subject. Part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University.
  • Song Lyrics; Libretti William and Gayle Cook Music Library from the Indiana University School of Music
  • Worldwide Internet Music Resources. William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University School of Music. The William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University is ranked among the top academic music libraries in the United States. The Electronic Music Resources Librarian maintains the Music Library's Website and the Worldwide Internet Music Resources Directory.




Political Parties

Postal Services









  • contains more than 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their
    graphic characteristics. In 1,600 articles their histories, uses, and meanings are thoroughly discussed. The signs range from ideograms carved in mammoth teeth by Cro-Magnon men, to hobo signs and subway graffiti.





Trade Directories


  • Fodor's:  guide books and website offers current and discerning shopping, dining, hotel, and culture recommendations, as well as compelling features and articles that convey the essence of each destination
  • Mapquest:  interactive atlas and map, driving directions, planning travel and much more.
  •  (Canada. Dept of Foreign Affairs) For travel advisory, updates, tourist visas requirements
  • Travelocity Canada 
  • Via Rail Canada 




Thanks to Ontario Library Services - North for the provision of the above list.