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PLEASE NOTE: Public Internet Computers and Wireless Access will be unavailable on Sunday, September 24th at the Downtown Branch, while we upgrade our network. The Painswick branch will have all services available.

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. .

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 Center 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.


General OneFile

More than 8000 full text journals covering business, computers, economics, education, environment, literature and art, politics, science, sports, technology. Includes reference, newspaper, and audio content that complements this resource’s collection of magazines and journals.


General Reference Center Gold

General interest & business journals, news service articles, plus indexing of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, with a mainly American focus


Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior is an online resource that provides in-depth information on 175 countries. Useful for travellers, business people and students, you can research a nation's culture & society, greetings & courtesies, food & recipes, business culture, money and banking, economy and trade, communications, history and national symbols. All maps and images can be used in student projects.


Globe and Mail : ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Full page images of the Globe and Mail 1844-2012.

Remote access to this title has been temporarily removed. You can only access this within the library until further notice.


Goldfish School

Online courses for learning English or French, using visual and audio exercises and tests. Courses are designed for beginner up to advanced speakers of English or French, including modules to prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS English-language tests. A mobile app is available for Android mobile devices.

Register separately with Goldfish School if you want your progress to be saved, or click Start to sign in anonymously.


Health and Medicine - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering medical and health related issues, including diseases, drugs, nutrition and alternative medicine


Health and Wellness Resource Center

Health And Wellness Resource Center provides accurate, authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative and complementary medical practices.


History, Biography and Genealogy - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering world history, including US and European countries, ancient and modern civilizations, individual wars, and biographies