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Provides peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Covers subjects such as the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Coverage is from 1980 - current.

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Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogical database including census, vital, church, court, immigration, and other records from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and other areas.

Available In-Library ONLY
Provide the most comprehensive picture of Canada's non-profit sector. Detailed listings enable users to identify an organization’s budget, founding date, scope of activity, licensing body, sources of funding, executive information, full address and complete contact information, etc.

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An online audiobook library collection of streaming audiobooks for children and adults. Listen online.

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This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, bulletins and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Macmillan Biology 2nd Edition.

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A comprehensive database of English-language books, videos, and audiocassettes currently in print or distribution. Lists details needed to order items for purchase (e.g., ISBN numbers).

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This presents current Canadian demographic, education, health and aging, justice, housing, income, labour market, household, economic, travel, financial, agricultural, foreign trade and environmental statistics.

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Gale Canada in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, events. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content, written from a Canadian perspective, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience combined with new features such as "Search Assist" and quick fact boxes.

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Discover Canada's social and economic past through the people, events and facts that have shaped this vast country.

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Find accurate phone-verified information on every company in Canada in this database of 1.9 million businesses. Additionally their files are processed monthly against the National Change of Address Program.

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The Canadian Encyclopedia plays an essential role in providing Canadians and others with accurate, updated information about our people and country.

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This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international periodicals in full text, full-text reference books, thousands of full-text biographies and an image collection containing more than one million photos, maps and flags. The collection also includes images from Canadian Press.

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Research 11 million Canadian households with the largest database available. Records are 100% publicly sourced to comply with Canadian privacy laws.

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Join the Online Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, or Business Books Clubs and start reading books in your email. Each day we’ll send you a 5-minute portion of a book. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters. If you’d like to finish a book, stop by the library and pick up a copy. Every week a new book is featured. Sign up today and start reading tomorrow! (Service provided by Chapter-A-Day.com.)

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Provides access to current Consumer Reports information.

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Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

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A dictionary of biographical entries for individuals who have contributed to the history of Canada. Fifteen volumes have so far been published with more than 8,400 biographies of individuals who died or whose last known activity fell between the years 1000 and 1930. The entire print edition is online, along with some additional biographies to the year 2000.

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Le Dictionnaire biographique du Canada (en anglais Dictionary of Canadian Biography) est un dictionnaire d'entrées biographiques sur les individus qui ont contribué à l'histoire du Canada.

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edX
EdX is a massive open online course and online learning platform. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience at no charge.

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Find information on a variety of Canadian related topics with EXPLORA Canada’s easy to use search and browse capabilities. The database supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

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Designed specifically for elementary school libraries, this database contains full text for popular children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, such as endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, space exploration and more

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Generic Disorders.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer; Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders; Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine; Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health; Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans, 22nd ed.; and Nonfiction Literature Classics for Students.

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Borrow free digital video with your library card. Gain access to Hoopla titles - available for instant streaming or temporarily download - and watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: UXL How Everyday Products are Made 1st Edition.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Human Diseases and Conditions 3rd Edition.

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L'Encyclopédie canadienne, d'abord connue comme Encyclopédie du Canada, est une encyclopédie qui se veut « la source d'information sur le Canada la mieux fondée et la plus complète ». Disponible gratuitement en ligne, elle est à la fois en anglais et en français et inclut quelque 14 000 articles sur une variété de sujets, notamment l'histoire, la culture populaire, les évènements, les personnes, les localités, la politique, l'art, les Premières Nations, les sports et la science.

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Provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every period and literary discipline. Includes more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of the 2,000 most-studied authors.

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Lynda.com gives users free access to thousands of video tutorial courses with a focus on such areas as technology, software development, business skills, project management as well as creative skills like animation and video editing. The courses are taught by recognized industry experts who will guide you along in learning the skills you need for your personal and professional development.

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Designed for public libraries, this database provides full text for magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Macmillan Mathematics 2nd Edition.

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An online music library containing over 1.6 million streaming audio tracks of classical music, jazz, world, and folk music - more than 100,000 albums' worth! Stream on your computer or on your mobile device with the Naxos Music Library (NML) app.

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An electronic resource that contains materials for all Kindergarten to Grade 8 levels and includes picture books, children's chapter books and young adult titles. Allows young readers and teachers to search titles by favorite author name, title, series name, and theme or topic. Also provides lists of award-winning and recommended books. Includes thematic units for teachers.

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An electronic reader's advisory resource that assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Allow readers to use a favourite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Can be searched by keyword, and offers the option to browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 160 award lists, and 1,000 fiction-related Web sites. Contains materials for all ages.

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An all-new, easy-to-use website and platform for you to download audiobooks.

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Check out and download eBooks and eAudiobooks using your library card.

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Instant access to 4000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages! The newspapers appear in their original format and original languages. Newspapers are often available before they hit the newsstands in their respective countries. PressReader features archived issues up to two weeks, a magnifying lens / zoom option, bookmarks, and full-text search. Newspapers are organized by country, by language, and alphabetically.

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Scott’s Canadian Business Directory lists Canadian manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, sales agents and business services providers. This information is updated annually.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture 2nd Edition.

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Self-serve standard products available on the Statistics Canada website ― including CANSIM and census data products ― are now free of charge.

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A health database specifically for teens, providing curricular support and self-help on topics including diseases, drugs & alcohol, nutrition, mental and emotional health, family life, sexuality and more.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine 4th Edition.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health 3rd Edition.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Environmental Health.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health 3rd Edition.

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Formerly known as Pages of the Past. The online archives of the Toronto Star dating from 1894 until the new millennium. Millions of pages available for genealogical or historic research from the pages of one of Canada's most prestigious Newspapers.

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Welcome to Transparent Language Online, radically better language learning in one complete experience.

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TumbleBook Library offers animated, talking picture books for kids. Read and listen along!

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TumbleBookCloud offers over 600 titles for middle school AND high school! This collection contains a vast array of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks , popular graphic novels, and world class educational videos from National Geographic.

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With over 600 titles and reading levels from grades 3-8, TumbleBookCloud Junior is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picture book collection in TumbleBookLibrary! TumbleBookCloud Junior contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and new National Geographic videos - many of which are paired with our e-books - a perfect complement to support Common Core Curriculum!

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Universal Class offers the highest quality online courses for patrons interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.

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Combine the power of the premier business reference and research tool, ReferenceGroup, with the world’s #1 job site, indeed.com. Find your next job with our state-of-the-art mapping tool and view results with detailed business profiles.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: UXL Encyclopedia of Science.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: UXL Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters 2nd Edition.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: UXL Endangered Species 3rd Edition.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: UXL Sustainable Living 1st Edition.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: UXL World Eras 1st Edition.

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L'Encyclopédie Découverte propose les excellents articles et les vastes possibilités du contenu médiatique de World Book en français canadien.

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Developed especially for young public library patrons. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and a wealth of engaging games, interactive tools, and activities.

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An optimal resource for patrons in elementary and middle school coming to the library for help with their homework and research projects. It includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

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A powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.

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Offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: World of Forensic Science 2nd Edition.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States 8th Edition.

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The encyclopedia provides the complete picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present.

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The world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment.

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