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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. .

A to Z Publications Finder

Search our online magazines, journals, newspapers and other periodicals (excluding online magazines available through Zinio).

  • The main search box will return online articles in the results list
  • Click 'Publications' in the top left corner of the main search screen to browse or search by publication title 
  • Click 'Multimedia' to search for images

This search is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service.


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.


Ancestry Library

Genealogical coverage of records for Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital statistics, church, court, and immigration records, including records from other geographical areas.


Artemis Literary Sources - Gale

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers and literary illustrators in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Also contains scholarly and popular commentary from essays, broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals.

This resource incorporates Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center and Something About the Author - previously separate online resources but now all searchable from here.


Audiobooks on EBSCOhost

Over 700 eAudiobooks (both fiction and nonfiction) which can be downloaded to your home computer, and transferred to a portable listening device.


Baptismal Records

Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Records in Simcoe County. Available at the Downtown branch only, please ask staff for assistance.


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.


Basic ESL

Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum.

Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation.

You should register separately with Basic ESL if you want your progress to be saved.


Biography in Context

Biographies of people throughout history in literature, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, arts and newsmakers