Stats/BC History/Encyclopedias

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BC Stats
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Offers Current Statistics, Business Indicators, Earnings & Employment Trends, Labour Force Statistics and the Consumer Price Index, along with Exports (BC Origin), Tourism Sector Monitor, Migration & Immigration Highlights, Small Business Quarterly and Quarterly Regional Statistics.

DataBC
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Provided by B.C. government department, this site contains thousands of data sets on a wide range of topics. Includes a geographic service to help map data, and tools to help conduct research, analyze statistics, develop apps.

Statistics Canada
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The official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products.

The World Bank
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The Data Catalogue provides download access to over 2,000 indicators from World Bank data sources.

British Columbia City Directories
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Vancouver Public Library’s collection of digitized British Columbia city directories dates from 1860 up to and including 1947. The directories contain detailed historical information about British Columbian communities, as well as population figures; government listings; operating newspapers; schools and libraries from communities across the province (including Creston).

British Columbia Historical Newspapers
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Search and view B.C. community newspapers published from 1865 to 1924. The British Columbia Historical Newspapers Collection makes 24 of B.C.’s earliest newspapers freely available in digital format. Includes some Kootenay content.

Creston Review
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Search and read Creston Review newspaper published from 1909-1935. This collection is freely available in digital format, and provides downloadable files and metadata for research purposes.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
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Biographies of major and minor figures in Canadian history, covering the years 1000-1930

Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples
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A Canadian reference tool containing detailed essays on virtually every ethnic group and First Nation in Canada.

Know BC
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Includes to Encyclopedia of BC and other key reference titles about BC from Harbour Publishing

Points To The Past
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Almost 200 million searchable pages of digital historical content, including digitized versions of periodicals such as The Economist, The Financial Times and Associated Press content, as well as digitized materials from The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Free for all BC residents.

Royal BC Museum Learning Portal
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The Learning Portal is the place for learners of all ages to explore British Columbia’s natural and human history through the Royal BC Museum collections.