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Online Databases

Online Databases

Do research 24/7

These databases allow you to do research in magazine and newspaper articles covering a wide range of subjects. You can find the fulltext for many major Canadian newspapers, and current and back issues of over 1,000 magazines.

Many of our databases are available through the library's web site 24/7, whether from the library, home, school or work.

PLEASE NOTE: You will now need your 14-digit library card number AND your 4 digit PIN in order to access many of our online resources. .

Academic OneFile

Access to over 8000 full text journals and newspapers covering business, science, medicine, and engineering. This online resource is a good source of academic and scholarly information.


Barrie Examiner Articles Online

Searchable online articles from February 2000 onwards for the Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet and Times, Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin and Midland Free Press.

Online searching of Barrie Examiner Articles is powered by Infomart, a division of Postmedia.


Barrie Newspaper Index

Full-text images of articles in Barrie newspapers 1847-1979, including births, marriages and deaths.

Includes coverage of Barrie Examiner, Barrie Advance, Barrie Herald, Barrie Magnet, Barrie Saturday Morning, Northern Advance, Northern Gazette, Spirit of the Ages.

Please notify the library of any missing pages or issues.


Canadian Newsstand

Full text of 21 major Canadian daily newspapers, including Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, and others


Canadian Points of View

Essays, magazine and newspaper articles, radio transcripts that present opposing sides of a current issue, covering 100 key topics of interest to Canadian students. Topics include: social issues, human rights, crime, race, ethics, substance abuse, environment and many more.


CBCA Complete

Canadian Business and Current Affairs. Full text of magazines and newspapers covering current events, business, science, the arts, and academic information. This combines searching all of the CBCA special subject databases. Includes some French titles.



Full text of Canadian magazines and newspapers, including selected Globe and Mail articles, covering current events, health, technology, history, culture. Some French titles.



Search for magazine, journal articles, essays and radio transcripts on general interest topics including Consumer Reports, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. You can also find related e-books from EBSCO. 

Explora searches across the following EBSCO databases: MasterFILE Premier, Canadian Literary Centre, Canadian Points of View, Consumer Health Complete, EBSCOHost e-Books.


Gale PowerSearch

Search across many of the Gale databases all at the same time. Covers wide range of subjects including academic, current affairs, business, sociology, health, technology etc.

Searches across multiple databases from Gale: Academic OneFile, General OneFile, CPI.Q, Popular Magazines, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Biography in Context, General Reference Centter Gold and all InfoTrac resources.


Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Hundreds of full text encyclopedias and other reference works covering all subject areas, including medicine, health, technology, social sciences, the arts, literature and psychology. The reference works are split into subject categories for browsing or the whole collection can be searched at once.