Online Articles and Research
Use our electronic collections of newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, eBooks, audiobooks, research reports, images and multimedia to research any topic. To gain access to these resources, you'll need your Oakville Public Library card (14 digit barcode with no spaces) and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number)..
Millions of peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Updated daily. This resource may also be accessed using the AccessMyLibrary app.
Fabulous resource for anyone doing genealogical or historical research. Includes information such as census, vital statistics, immigration and military records, photos, maps and gazetteers. Coverage includes Canada, the U.S. and the U.K, dating back in some instances to the early 13th century. Accessible only from within the library.
Full-text encyclopedias and other reference sources on the arts, including cinema, music and fashion.
An online collection of over 1000 streaming audiobooks. Aimed at students from kindergarten to high school, the collection includes full-length unabridged classics, fiction and non-fiction books as well as children's and teen titles.
La Bibliothèque de référence virtuelle est une source d'information thématique et fiable particulièrement axée sur les contenus canadien et ontarien.
Full-text reference works of biographical information.
Information on more than 12 million international and 7.5 million U.S. book, audiobook and video titles.
Full-text of encyclopedias and other books pertaining to business,including business plans handbooks, and careers.
Reference, periodical, primary source and multimedia resources geared toward Canadian students and educators. Canadian curriculum standards with correlated content, a popular topics picklist and essays on Canadian topics are included. Formerly called Student Resource Centre Canadian Edition.
Collection of journals, magazines, newspapers and newsletters searchable in full-text, including Canadian Business and Maclean's.
Downloadable directory information on more than 1.5 million Canadian businesses, primarily in the wholesale, retail and manufacturing sectors. Great for market research and sales prospecting.
Complete text and multimedia of the Canadian Encyclopedia courtesy of Historica. Also includes the Youth Encyclopedia of Canada and the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.
Many full-text Canadian magazines and newspapers, including selected articles from the Globe & Mail
Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Each of the 100+ key topics of interest to Canadian researchers have an overview, point, counterpoint, and critical thinking guide.
More than 60 million pages of centuries of Canadian history from 30 different library, museum and archive collections.
An interactive Canadian career reference guide that provides in-depth profiles of hundreds of different careers. Find out where to get the education you need to start your career and use the Portfolio Tool to create a resume.
An online auto repair resource for do-it-yourselfers and automotive students. This 24-hour "mechanic" provides online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. Ford, Chrysler, GM, Toyota and numerous other makes are well-represented.
For marketing professionals and students in linguistics theory, find current information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics and many more.
Easy-to-use readers’ advisory tool to help you find your next fiction or non-fiction title.
Contains computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, robotics, telecommunications, multimedia and the application of technology.
Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Included are more than 250 health reference books and encyclopedias, 1300+ drug patient education sheets, hundreds of medical images and diagrams, over 840 physician-generated videos and more than 650 consumer health magazines.
Free access to Consumer Reports' ratings, recommendations, recalls, safety alerts, user reviews and blogs on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance and more.
Encyclopedias devoted to the world's countries: their history, geography, peoples & cultures.
Ideal for anyone studying to become a lawyer, paralegal or law enforcement officer, this collection of 150 journals and magazines includes titles such as Psychology Today, Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Harvard Law Review.
Sign up for any one of the 11 available online book clubs and begin receiving daily excerpts from a different book each week. This free service has been made possible with the help of the Sprott Foundation.
Historical information on Canada's inhabitants and their culture courtesy of Library and Archives Canada. Biographical information is provided for persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.
For social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection of 150 journals explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.
Current and historical data from Statistics Canada's CANSIM and Census databases, specially designed for use by the educational community.
Digital library providing access to over 1,410,000 pages of Canada's printed heritage (full collection only available from inside the library).
Interactive resource for preschoolers, children in early grades and young ESL students to build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics and reading fluency. Includes stories, games and encyclopedic content.
Covers the latest technologies, developments, instruction and coaching breakthroughs for educating future teachers and administrators.
Canadian and international newspapers, newswires and magazines searchable in full-text, including the Toronto Star and the National Post.
Full-text of encyclopedias and other reference works relating to the environment, including topics such as pollution and alternative energy.
A collection of 200 journals providing coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, and corporate interests.
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Freegal is a free downloadable music service with over 3 million songs from the Sony music catalogue (which includes over 10,000 record labels). Freegal allows every Oakville Public Library customer to download up to five songs per week – and these songs never expire. Freegal is available on personal computers, Android mobile devices, and Apple mobile devices. The free Freegal app is available to download on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
Downloadable reference eBooks and encyclopedias available 24/7 on a vast array of topics including biographies, business, history, medicine, science and social science.This resource may also be accessed using the AccessMyLibrary app.
A collection of over 100 journals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.
Comprehensive general interest resource with access to more than 100 million magazine, newspaper and journal articles plus hundreds of travel guides and eBook reference titles. This resource may also be accessed using the AccessMyLibrary app.
General interest database of magazines, newspapers and reference books on a wide variety of topics.
A collection of over 200 journals providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments in areas such as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology.
An extensive variety of Government of Canada and Statistics Canada publications are indexed on this site. Over 70,000 full-text electronic documents are freely accessible, with 500+ new titles added monthly.
Search for local community services by subject, keyword or organization name.
You can search all online Oakville/Halton databases at once! This service takes you to over 500,000 records for Halton region. Included are: Births, Marriages and Deaths, Census, Cemetery, Land Records, Surrogate Court Records, Military Records, Business Directories, Photographs, Newspaper Articles, Books, Documents and Maps. The information is drawn from over 20 local databases.
Full-text of encyclopedias and other books pertaining to health & wellness.
Full-text of encyclopedias and other books pertaining to the different periods in history as well as to the history of various countries.
Full-text encyclopedias suitable for junior and middle school students on topics including animals, biomes, countries of the world and their customs and how things are made.
This collection of nearly 500 journals provides coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field.
This collection of 100 leading industry journals provides current and accurate information for information professionals on topics such as data processing techniques, metadata architectures, and more.
A collection of journals with a broad view of the insurance and liability industry covering topics such as labour relations, mortgage banking, legal issues and more.
Beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5 can find age-appropriate information on geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
A wide variety of highly-regarded legal publications as well as law-related articles from business and other general interest publications.
A growing collection of more than 3300+ downloadable audiobooks and 4650+ eBooks from OverDrive available for listening or reading on your computer, MP3 player, eReader, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Android smartphones or tablets, BlackBerry smartphones, or Windows Phone 7. To use the service on a mobile device, download the OverDrive Media Console app from iTunes, Android Market, BlackBerry App World or Windows Phone Marketplace.
Consists of Canadian websites, books and periodicals published online that either originated in Canada or are of interest to Canadians. The collection includes more than 20,000 titles and more than 75,000 serial issues published by both the commercial and government publishing sectors.
Full-text of reference works ideal for the study of literature, including literary criticism and author biographies.
Critical analyses, bibliographies and biographies of authors from every age and literary genre.
An online language learning system for ages 0-6. While aimed at children, older kids and anyone new to one of the available languages could benefit from this resource.
Learn languages online with Mango's visual and auditory learning. As an individualized language learning service, Mango Languages is designed to teach practical conversation and simulate the way people learn when immersed in a foreign culture. Each lesson covers vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture and Mango can track your progress. Mango can also be used to learn English as a second language. This resource may also be accessed using the Mango Languages Library Edition app.
A collection of over 400 journals covering the past and current state of military affairs. Subjects include socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and more.
Streaming access from any computer, anytime, anywhere for more than 79,000 discs and 1 million tracks of classical, jazz, blues, relaxation, world and contemporary music, as well as spoken word and folk tales, with more than 1,000 CDs added each month. This resource may also be accessed using the Naxos Music Library app.
Children can search by author, title, series name or plot/subject to find their next new fiction or non-fiction title.
Comprehensive resource for those seeking new fiction and non-fiction titles, including lists of award winners and discussion guides for book clubs. This resource may also be accessed using the NoveList Plus Mobile website.
Browse or search local newspapers, including the Oakville Beaver, Independent & Free Press and Halton Compass.
Oakville events listings presented in 1-week-at-a-glance calendar views.
A non-fiction resource for kids from Kindergarten to grade three. Students can search for information about animals and earth and space; they can then read or listen to the text. Videos, maps and sound go along with the text. Support for pronunciation and definitions is provided making this an excellent ESL tool too.
This collection of 100 periodicals provides useful information for those in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.
This collection of 200 periodicals gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops over time.
A collection of 250 full-text periodicals providing coverage of different religions and philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.
Encyclopedias devoted to religions, faiths and philosophies.
Containing the latest evidence-based health information, Multilingual Health Database provides hundreds of reports in French for the most common health questions. This resource features expertly translated full-text content to ensure accuracy of information; the database's browsing, help and search interface is in French.
Encyclopedias and other reference works on science and technology.
Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this collection of 250 periodicals provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.
Encyclopedias and other reference works pertaining to society and the science of mind and behaviour.
Student homework and self-help on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life and more. Includes hotline phone numbers, online polls, personal stories and online advice.
Interactive eBooks for children; follow along as your favourite book comes to life with graphics and sound in English, French, and Spanish. If you have an iPad, look for the “iPad Books” link found in Story Books, Read-Alongs and Non-Fiction Books.
144 downloadable current travel eBooks from DK Eyewitness Travel available 24/7. Individual chapters may be downloaded as a PDF file for use on your computer, eReader or mobile device. This resource may also be accessed using the AccessMyLibrary app.
An online collection of over 600 titles for middle school and high school students. This collection contains Young Adult/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, Young Adult/Teen audiobooks , graphic novels, and educational videos from National Geographic.
An online collection for young readers of over 600 titles and reading levels from grades 3-8. This collection contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audiobooks and National Geographic videos, many of which are paired with eBooks.
This collection of several hundred publications consists of general interest magazines, journals and career guides as well as highly-specialized industry journals. Titles include Career World, Discover, Logistics and Newsweek.
A collection of 100 full-text journals that provide insight into conflicts and their many causes. Titles include Canadian-American Public Policy and U.S. News & World Report.
Recommended titles and plot summaries to help you find that next great book.
This collection of 40 journals provides current thought of events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.
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