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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. .

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.


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? 


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).


eBooks on EBSCOhost

Full text of over 7,000 books, covering computers, social sciences, literary criticism, psychology, and 4,000 copyright-free titles which can be downloaded to your home computer, and transferred to an ereader.



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 Literary Sources

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.



Stream or download music, movies, and TV shows directly to your computer or mobile device. You can also view Hoopla videos using Chromecast.

Hoopla also contains e-books, e-audiobooks and comics. These can be read online if using a desktop or laptop computer, or they can be downloaded for offline reading to a mobile device. 

Limit of 8 "borrows" per month including any combination of books, music albums, episodes of TV shows, or movies.


Kids eReading Room - Libraries on the Go

The Kids eReading Room includes ebooks and audiobooks (both fiction and nonfiction) for elementary and middle school students, including early readers, chapter books, YA/Teen novels. Libraries on the Go is powered by OverDrive.


Libraries on the Go

Full text of popular and best selling ebooks (both fiction and nonfiction), which can be read on your mobile device, or downloaded to your home computer, and transferred to an ereader. Libraries on the Go is powered by OverDrive.


Literature and Books - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias and reference works covering literary criticism, poetry, drama, short stories, fiction and authors