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EBSCOhost periodicals - Search the content of more than 10,000 popular and academic magazines, reference books, plus images, covering all subject areas, from current events and history to the arts and sciences.

EBSCOhost Basic Searching Tutorial [runtime 4 minutes]
EBSCOhost Basic Search Help Sheet [3 page Word document]

 EBSCOhost Mobile

Ebsco Mobile Browser: all the funcitionality of the regular Ebsco databases but made convienent with a Mobile Browser.

Canadian Newsstand [ProQuest] – Full-text access to over 200 Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun and many local BC papers. Coverage back to the 1970s and1980s for some newspapers.



Zinio Magazines

Read full digital copies of magazines on your computer or mobile device.

Library To Go - Audio Book Downloads: Search for audiobooks and download them to your computer! Then, transfer to a portable device or burn to a CD to enjoy when you want, where you want.
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eBooks and eAudiobooks. Curated title lists feature a wide variety of genres along with an outstanding collection of award-winning Children’s and Young Adult titles.

British Columbia Statistics – Statistics on population, business, the economy, labour and society. From BCStats, the central statistical agency of the Province of British Columbia.
Access 2006 Census full (31 page) profiles or any item with a "key" icon beside it is available here. (Note: Remote access is permitted if your library can provide authentication)

Canadian Reference Centre [EBSCO] – Access “Canadian content” in domestic and international magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books. Also includes biographies and a large image collection of photos, maps, and flags. 

Business / Professional

Business Source Premier [EBSCO] – Includes more than 2,000 business journals covering topics such as marketing, management, accounting and finance, as well as information about specific trades, industries and professions. Additional content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analyses.
Business Searching Tutorial [runtime 2.3 minutes]

   Gale Business Plan E-book Collection - Online access to the 15 volume set of Business Plans Handbook.  This database is made available by funding from the Sutherland Foundation and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
 Small business accelerator  Small Business Accelerator - A gateway to freely available current and trustworthy business information, education and assistance.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (LISTA) [EBSCO] – A specialized database for library staff covering more than 500 journals. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloguing, collection development, online information retrieval and more. Many titles include reviews or announcements of new books. 

Professional Development Collection [EBSCO] – A specialized resource for teachers and educators, providing access to over 500 education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains educational reports. 

Regional Business News [EBSCO] – A collection of regional U.S. business periodicals and newswires that includes some international business news. Contains the most recent 30 days of information from each wire source. 



Ebsco Auto Repair Reference Centre– Repair procedures for most domestic and imported vehicles, going back to the 1950s for vintage makes. Also includes technical service bulletins and recalls, wiring diagrams, factory drawings, step-by-step photographs and a labour time guide and estimator.

 Small engine Small Engine Repar: Repair manuals for small engines, including boats, atvs, generators, lawn mowers, tractors and more.

Encyclopedia of British Columbia Online (In-Library use only) – BC people, places, arts, history, literature and more are covered in this special online encyclopedia. Includes articles, photographs, video and sound clips, web links, handy statistics, maps and diagrams. 


The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.
L'Encyclopédie Découverte offers World Book’s excellent editorial content and rich media in French.
L'Encyclopédie Découverte propose les excellents articles et les vastes possibilités du contenu médiatique de World Book en français.

Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library use only) - provides genealogical and historical research capabilities. With more than 5 billion names in over 4,600 databases, includes census, military, court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; and passenger lists.

 City directories  British Columbia City Directories: 1860 to 1935 - Information includes population statistics, lists of government officials, schools, churches, hospitals etc.

Kids Search [EBSCO] – Kids in grades 3-8 can have fun searching for information in children’s magazines, reference books or a large image collection. Type in key words or browse in topics such as Arts and Crafts, Geography or Sports. 

Searchasaurus – Dinosaurs help children in grades K-3 (and their parents) to find information in children’s magazines, reference books and a collection of photos, maps and flags. 

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World Book Online for Kids was developed especially for young public library patrons. The site offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.

Law Resources

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Clicklaw – Clicklaw features legal information and education, but it is not a site of laws. Instead, Clicklaw features legal information and education designed for the public.

Clicklaw's mission is to provide equitable access to quality legal information, education and help for British Columbians.

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Justice BC has general information about family law in British Columbia including information for people considering changes in their family relationships such as separation and divorce and to people thinking of marrying or living with someone in a marriage-like relationship. Includes many links to family law resources.

QP LegalEze (In Library Use Only) – Provides access to current BC laws including current statutes (acts) and regulations. It also includes Hansard (the debates of the BC Legislative Assembly); First Reading, Amended and Third Reading Bills (draft laws); Full Text Orders-in-Council and Ministerial Orders; The British Columbia Gazette Part II; Rules of Court and Related Enactments; and more. 

BC Building Codes 

British Columbia Codes (in Library Use Only) – Includes the current BC Building Code (including Plumbing Services) and the BC Fire Code. 

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online (In Library Use Only) Current vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation. 

Medical / Health Information

Consumer Health Complete [EBSCO] – Health information for the general public, patients and health professionals. Includes mainstream medical information and holistic/alternative health information from popular and professional magazines, journals, reference books and reports. Also includes the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, with up-to-date information on medications, natural products and vaccines available in the U.S.
Consumer Health Complete Online Tutorial [runtime 5 minuntes]
Consumer Health Complete Basic Search Help Sheet [2 page Word document]


HealthLink BC has medically-approved information on over 4000 health topics and over 4000 services in our searchable database. Find reliable information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs.


Canadian Newsstand [ProQuest] – Full-text access to over 200 Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun and many local BC papers. Coverage back to the 1970s and 1980s for some newspapers. Updated daily.
Canadian Newsstand Tour [2 page guide - PDF format]

Readers' Guides/Advisory

NoveList [EBSCO] – Looking for a good novel? Want to find book reviews? Desperate to find other authors that are similar to your favourite? Check out NoveList, a database of fiction books and authors, recommended reading lists, book discussion ideas and book reviews for all ages.
NoveList Online Tour [runtime 5 minutes]

Students Research Center/ Homework Helpers

Kids Search [EBSCO] – Kids in grades 3-6 can have fun searching for information related to homework or hobbies in children’s magazines, reference books or a large image collection. Type in keywords or browse in topics such as Arts and Music, Math or Sports. 

Student Research Center [EBSCO] – Information for students in grades 6-12 on a wide variety of topics, from history and current events to science and technology. Search a variety of sources such as magazines, encyclopedias, primary source documents and more.
Student Research Center Tutorial [runtime: 5.13 minutes]

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Your easy-to-use e-travel guide providing reliable, up-to-date information...

Travel essentials · City · Views · Attractions · Maps · Culture · Shopping · Cuisine
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Go Beyond Books

Our databases and subject guides have some of the best online information on a wide variety of subjects. If you want to fix your car, start a business, write an essay or choose which computer to buy, these online resources will help you in your research.

What is a Database?
  • Databases give you online access to a variety of published information sources, such as newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • You can read an entire article from Consumer Reports, for example, online.
  • Advantage over the print version? You can easily search through the articles!
  • Use the databases when all the books on the subject you want are out.
  • The library has already paid for the premium content in the databases, so as a library user, you get to use these for free.

Database vs. Internet

  • Databases offer content that is evaluated by publishers for authority and accuracy. The information is stable, organized and indexed for more accurate searches.
  • Anyone can publish information on the internet. Evaluate the websites that you find. Try to determine the source of the site and the validity of its content.
  • e.g. educational or government institutions may provide more unbiased information than commercial businesses.


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