Online Research Tools A to Z

Online research tools are electronic databases used for entertainment or research. Using these tools you can find full text documents, articles and other great resources.

Why use Online Research Tools?

  • Easy to search for reliable, current and expert-reviewed information
  • Updated frequently with clear publication details
  • Available 24/7 (except Ancestry Library Edition which is only available at a library branch)

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Ancestry Library Edition (In-library use only)

Includes census, vital, church, court and immigration records from Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. Great for both beginner and advanced researchers.


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Auto Repair Reference Centre

Find repair and maintenance information on thousands of domestic and imported vehicles from 1954 to present. Millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs including enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing. Labour time guide and estimator included, plus much, much more. 

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Canadian Reference Centre

This resource includes full-text documents and articles from leading Canadian periodicals and international periodicals, reference books, and biographies. It also includes more than one million maps, photos, and flags. The collection includes images from the Canadian Press. 

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Explore careers and post secondary education options. Browse in-depth profiles of hundreds of different careers, build your resume, see and hear from people in your field through multimedia interviews.

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Be an informed consumer!  Consumer Reports contains thousands of reviews on everyday products.


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CPI.Q. Canadian Periodicals

Canada-focused journals and magazines, plus Canadian biographies and Canadian reference books. Full text articles from the Globe & Mail, National Geographic, Alternatives Journal, Consumer Reports and many more.

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downloadLibrary (ebooks, eaudiobooks & video)

Read while on the move! downloadLibrary offers a variety of videos, audiobooks and eBooks. Download the file. Listen to books on your computer, mp3 player, iPod or in your car. Sign in with your library card.

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eBooks & eAudiobooks on EBSCOhost

Includes the latest books on careers, cameras, cancer, machine tools etc., plus hundreds of children's classics. eBooks Link eAudiobooks Link 

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Love music? Download up to 5 mp3s weekly for free from Freegal. Keep the files you download forever! Choose from popular Sony catalogue artists representing all areas of music from country to rock, hip hop to jazz. 

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Health & Wellness Resource Center

Got a health question? This resource offers 24/7 access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, newspapers, reference works, multimedia and much more. 

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Explora Canada

Explora Canada is a simple search that quickly delivers relevant results from both Canadian Reference Centre and MasterFILE Premier and offers easy-to-browse categories.



Hoopla is a digital library enabling you to stream movies, full music albums, eBooks, eAudiobooks, TV episodes, comics and graphic novels from their website or mobile app. Best of all there is no waiting for titles and their collection of half a million titles is growing every day! Stream up to 3 items per month. 

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Explora Primary Schools

For students from Kindergarten to Grade 5, Explora Primary is a colourful search interface that includes primary search results along with feature areas that provide extra context to students.

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Health Reference Center Academic

Created specifically for students, consumer health researchers and health care professionals. Includes millions of articles from  full-text journals, magazines, newsletters and select consumer health information sources. 

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Literature Resource Center

Find information about international authors and their works throughout history.
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Mango Languages 

Learn another language or improve one you already know. Free apps for iPhone and Android users so you can take your learning with you as you travel. 

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MasterFile Premier

Access full text for general reference magazines and publications that cover a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues. 

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National Geographic Magazine Archive 1888 - Current

Find comprehensive, relevant articles,  legendary photographs and maps, as this iconic magazine documents life on our planet and beyond, interpreting the world through the lens of personal experience.

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NoveList K-8 Plus

Looking for a new book to read? Check out NoveList K-8 to search for great kids' authors, titles, featured articles, award winners and more!

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NoveList Plus

Looking for the perfect book? Use NoveList Plus to search for author read-alikes, recommended reads, book discussion guides, feature articles, award winning titles and more. Includes more than 220,000 fiction titles and 60,000 non-fiction titles.



A great research tool for younger children that is educational and fun to use. Includes information about animals and outer space. The database also includes printable assignments that accompany the articles.

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Primary Search

Learn about a variety of topics, such as endangered species, famous musicians, food fitness, space exploration and more. This resource includes a collection of more than 1.2 million images of relevant photos, maps and flags to aid kids in learning. 

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Sesame Street eBooks

Learn your ABCs and 123s with eBooks from Sesame Street! These animated  books are sure to captivate while educating your child.

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TumbleBook Library

Collection of animated, talking picture books for kids. Play games that help you learn how to read better. Follow along as the book is read to you.

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TumbleBookCloud Junior (for Elementary Students)

Includes read-along titles for elementary students. Sentences are highlighted as they are read. Chapter books, early readers, high interest/low level material.


Word Book Kids and World Book Student

Access hundreds of thousands of primary source documents, including more than 5,000 complete eBooks, photos/maps, videos, biography centre, dictionary, atlas, timeline and citation builders.

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The magazines you love - now available online at the library! Access popular magazines online, or download to your home computer, tablet, or smartphone! Zinio magazines deliver the exact same content you get in print, plus exclusive features like video, audio, and live links!

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