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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. .

Books and Authors - Gale

Book suggestions for Mystery, Romance, Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Classics. Find authors who write like your favourite author, or books similar to your favourite book. Formerly this online resource was called What Do I Read Next? 


Business - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text handbooks and encyclopedias covering business and e-commerce.


Business Plans Handbooks - Gale Virtual Reference

Sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.


Canadian Literary Center

Essays, literary criticism, book reviews, monographs and author biographies covering all Canadian prose and poetry.

This online resource contains book and reference content from Essays on Canadian Writing Press (ECW Press).


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.


Career Cruising

Career profiles, including educational requirements, and interviews with Canadian professionals


Careers and Education - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering education, and careers, including US colleges and scholarships


CBCA Business

Canadian Business and Current Affairs.Full text and indexing of articles from Canadian business magazines, including trade, academic and professional journals


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.