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Getting on to the ORCJamie Davis, ORC CoordinatorWhat is the Online Reference Centre? (ORC)The Online Reference Centre (ORC) is a collection of digital resources provided…
Getting on to the ORCJamie Davis, ORC CoordinatorWhat is the Online Reference Centre? (ORC)
  • The Online Reference Centre (ORC) is a collection of digital resources provided to all K-12 students in Alberta as the result of a unique partnership initiated between TAL and Alberta Education in 2001.
  • You can find the ORC on the website. When users access the ORC from school they automatically authenticate and are able to use any of the resources without entering a username/password.
  • However, users can access the ORC from anywhere with an internet connection by entering a username and password once during their session. Every school jurisdiction (school districts) is provided a username and password that all students and staff from the district use to access the ORC remotely. These username and passwords remain the same from year to year.
  • Who is Allowed to use the ORC?Anyone studying the Alberta curriculum can access the ORC. This includes:
  • Students and parents
  • School staff
  • Faculty of Education students
  • Public library staff for the purpose of assisting any K-12 staff member, student or parent.
  • Why Access the ORC?ORC Resources provide:
  • Provide vetted, age appropriate, curricular-aligned content
  • Teaches students resources that are required in university
  • Save time once you are familiar with using the resources
  • Include embedded supports for divers learners like read aloud, text translation, citation tools, research advisory and study & style guides
  • Provide anytime, from anywhere access
  • How do you access the ORC?Go to LearnAlberta.caSelect your language of choiceSelect the Online Reference CentreSelect Desired ResourceNot Sure Where to Start?To help with your selection, check out the title, grade range and descriptions for each resource.Access in School
  • In school there will be no need for you or your students to put in a username or password
  • Access any resource, at any time from any school computer with Internet access
  • Use these resources on an iPad*, tablet or mobile device
  • *Some resource like BookFLIX and TrueFLIX require a java enabled web browser like Puffin to access videosAnytime, Anywhere Access
  • With the ORC learning does not stop when the school closes
  • Students, parents and staff can access the ORC remotely from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Use your district remote username and password to gain access
  • Share remote username and password information with students and parents
  • Public library staff now have access to remote username and passwords to support K-12 patrons
  • Remote AccessResources with a red lock next to the title will need a remote username and password to access from outside of the school. Remote Access Continued When you select a locked resource the website will prompt you to enter your username and password.Enter this once per session. After the Username and PasswordAfter you enter your username and password all of the locks will turn green. Access any resource for the duration of your session without re-entering. Looking for more information?Free Online Support
  • Visit to access online training materials, join the ORC listserv, access recent presentations and much more
  • Free Training Sessions
  • Schedule a session for your school or district at:
  • Questions or Concerns?Contact InformationJamie Davis, ORC Coordinatorjdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca780-414-0805 Ext: 229
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