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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. .

O’Brien's Forms

Collection of Canadian legal forms, agreements and commentary, covering business, commercial, leases, wills and trusts.

Business users will be most interested in contracts, waivers and forms for industrial, retail & office leases, advertising & promotion, employment, bills of exchange, loans, intellectual property, partnership, shipping and agriculture. 



A unique database featuring two portals for Pre- Kindergarten to grade 3 students: PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space. Each database features reading and research tools including audio, video and narrated text to support emergent readers.

Go to PebbleGo Website


Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre

Includes full-text of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques -- including temporary content from the finest publishers.


Probate & Surrogate Court Records

Index to Probate and Surrogate Court Records in Simcoe County - 1828-1929.

Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save.



Full digital copies of almost 100 popular English and French magazines, including The Economist,  Canadian Living, PCMagazine, Popular Science, and Rolling Stone.

You must create an account on the Rbdigital website. If you choose to download the RBdigital app to read magazines on a mobile deviece, you can login using the account you created on the website.

Zinio will be re-branding as RBdigital in June 2017. Users of the Zinio for Libraries app for mobile devices will need to download the new RBdigital app when it becomes available.


Religion - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering religions of the world


Santé en français

Fournit des rapports faciles à lire avec des renseignements scientifiquement fondés dans le domaine de la santé. Ces rapports couvrant diverses maladies, conditions et traitements sont vérifiés par des médecins et reflètent les données les plus récentes / Provides consumer health information based on the most recent scientifically based studies. These physician-verified reports cover a variety of diseases, conditions and treatments. 


Science and Technology - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering general science, chemistry, environmental issues, geography and animal life


Simcoe County Surname Settlers Database

An online searchable database containing information about settlers and early residents of Simcoe County as recorded in a number of sources.



Search data from Canadian Census, Canadian Survey of Household Spending and Dun & Bradstreet Canadian Company Database. You can do both consumer and business research, gain marketing insights and combine this with web-based mapping capabilities.

Users must create a Personal Account the first time they use SimplyMap. This can be done from the SimplyMap login page.

SimplyMap changed its name to SimplyAnalytics on 8 August 2017. Watch out for updates on the library website!

Click here for SimplyAnalyitcs FAQs