Online Articles & 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)..

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Academic OneFileCanadian Content icon

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.

Ancestry Library EditionCanadian Content icon

A fabulous resource for anyone doing genealogical or historical research. ALE offers 200+ billion images in 7,000 unique databases from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and other international collections that continue to grow. Records include census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more with some information dating back to the early 13th century. Accessible only from within the library.

Arts and Entertainment eBooks

Full-text encyclopedias and other reference sources on the arts, including cinema, music and fashion.

AudioBookCloud

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.

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Bibliothèque de Référence VirtuelleCanadian Content icon

La Bibliothèque de référence virtuelle est une source d'information thématique et fiable particulièrement axée sur les contenus canadien et ontarien.

Biography eBooks

Full-text reference works of biographical information.

BrowseAloud Plus

BrowseAloud Plus reads website content out loud using the most natural and engaging voice to transform your online reading experience.

Business and Careers eBooks

Full-text of encyclopedias and other books pertaining to business,including business plans handbooks, and careers.

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Canadian Business OnlineCanadian Content icon

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.

Canadian Encyclopedia OnlineCanadian Content iconopen access icon

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.

Canadian Periodical Index QuarterlyCanadian Content icon

Many full-text Canadian magazines and newspapers, including selected articles from the Globe & Mail

Canadiana Discovery PortalCanadian Content iconopen access icon

More than 60 million pages of centuries of Canadian history from 30 different library, museum and archive collections.

Consumer Reports

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.

Countries and Cultures eBooks

Encyclopedias devoted to the world's countries: their history, geography, peoples & cultures.

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Dear Reader (Online Book Club)

Sign up for any one of the 11 available online book clubs and begin receiving daily excerpts from a different book each week. This service has been made possible with the help of the Sprott Foundation.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineCanadian Content iconopen access icon

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.

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Educators 200

Covers the latest technologies, developments, instruction and coaching breakthroughs for educating future teachers and administrators.

eLibrary CanadaCanadian Content icon

Canadian and international newspapers, newswires and magazines searchable in full-text, including the Toronto Star and the National Post.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Online version of the complete encyclopedia, including video clips.

Encyclopedia Britannica - Universalis Junior French Encyclopedia Online

French language encyclopedia for native French speakers, bilingual students, or anyone learning French.

Encyclopedia Britannica – Kids

Provides separate search capabilities for elementary and middle school students and includes interactive exercises and activities, as well as links to magazine articles and clips.

Environment eBooks

Full-text of encyclopedias and other reference works relating to the environment, including topics such as pollution and alternative energy.

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FamilySearch.orgopen access icon

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy community in the world and provides free access to records containing over four billion names from across the globe. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints works with a multitude of partners to fulfill their mission to “help people connect with their ancestors through easy access to historical records

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

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.

GCFLearnFreeopen access icon

GCFLearnFree.org provides free online tutorials suitable for learners of all abilities. These tutorials can be used to learn computer basics, brush up on Microsoft Office skills, become a savvy internet/social media user, and gain new career skills.

Google Arts & Cultureopen access icon

Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.

Government of Canada PublicationsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

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.

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Halton Community Services DatabaseCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Search for local community services by subject, keyword or organization name.

Halton Health Information Centre OnlineCanadian Content iconopen access icon

The Halton Health Information Centre Online is a complement to the service that the new patient and family Health Information Centre (HIC) offers at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. The HIC offers a trusted alternative to ‘Dr. Google’, supporting those seeking information about their health, their healthcare pathway, or the health of a loved one. They even have an Ask a Librarian program if you are looking for detailed medical information!

Halton Historical and Newspaper RecordsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

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.

Health & Wellness eBooks

Full-text of encyclopedias and other books pertaining to health & wellness.

History eBooks

Full-text of encyclopedias and other books pertaining to the different periods in history as well as to the history of various countries.

Homework Help eBooks

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.

Hoopla Digital

Hoopla is a digital media service that offers instant streaming and downloadable television shows, movies, audiobooks, and music. Cardholders may borrow 5 items per month.

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Khan Academyopen access icon

Practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard are available to help students learn math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

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Libraries On The Go

A growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and eBooks from OverDrive available for listening or reading on your computer, Apple or Android device, MP3 player, eReader, or Windows Phone. To use the service on a mobile device, download the OverDrive App app from iTunes, Google Play, or the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Library & Archives Canada Electronic CollectionCanadian Content iconopen access icon

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.

Literature eBooks

Full-text of reference works ideal for the study of literature, including literary criticism and author biographies.

Little Pim

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.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online learning platform featuring thousands of online courses taught by industry experts. With over 4,600 courses available to OPL cardholders, the opportunities for upgrading skills are endless. Courses include 3D printing, business, photography, coding, Microsoft Excel and many more.

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Mango Languages

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.

MedlinePlusopen access icon

Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.

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Naxos Music LibraryCanadian Content icon

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.

NovelistCanadian Content icon

Comprehensive resource for those seeking new fiction titles.

Novelist K8Canadian Content icon

Children can search by author, title, series name or plot/subject to find their next new fiction title.

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Oakville Beaver and other Halton NewspapersCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Browse or search local newspapers, including the Oakville Beaver, Independent & Free Press and Halton Compass.

Oakville Business DirectoryCanadian Content iconopen access icon

An online business directory hosted by the Town of Oakville and other surrounding communities detailing company name, address, contact information, industry classification and number of employees.

Oakville EventsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Oakville events listings presented in 1-week-at-a-glance calendar views.

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Religion and Philosophy eBooks

Encyclopedias devoted to religions, faiths and philosophies.

Road to IELTS Academic

Road to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a comprehensive 100% online preparation course designed by British Council IELTS experts. Covers Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Practice with over 300 interactive activities, 17 tutorial videos and Instant feedback in exercises.

Road to IELTS General Training

Road to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a comprehensive 100% online preparation course designed by British Council IELTS experts. Covers Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Practice with over 300 interactive activities, 17 tutorial videos and Instant feedback in exercises.

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Science & Technology eBooks

Encyclopedias and other reference works on science and technology.

Scitableopen access icon

Serving students and the general public interested in science, Scitable is a free online teaching and learning portal from the publishers of the journal “Nature”. Scitable offers a diverse collection of basic and applied science articles for the general public, science eBooks, topic based forums and opportunities for students of all ages to network in a collaborative environment online.

Sociology & Psychology eBooks

Encyclopedias and other reference works pertaining to society and the science of mind and behaviour.

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TechBoomersopen access icon

Techboomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use popular and trusted websites like Facebook, Netflix, Groupon, Airbnb, and many more!

Tense Buster: Access the full version any time

Helps learners improve their understanding of key English grammar areas for any level from Elementary to Advanced. Choose which section you'd like to work on and track your progress.

Tense Buster: Create your 6-week course

Helps learners improve their understanding of key English grammar areas for any level from Elementary to Advanced. Access content weekly, with level test and practice guidance Take a quick level test, input your email address and receive a link to a new unit at your level every week for six weeks.

The TumbleBook LibraryCanadian Content icon

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.

Travel Guide eBooks

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.

TumbleBookCloudCanadian Content icon

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.

TumbleBookCloud JuniorCanadian Content icon

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.

TVO Kids GamesCanadian Content iconopen access icon

TVO Kids provides educational content that helps children develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Games are built on the subjects of Puzzles + Words, Math + Science, Health + Sports, and Art + Music.

TVO Kids: Reading RangersCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Stream episodes of Reading Rangers from TVO Kids - a show that excites young readers about the written word and the love of reading.

TVO Kids: Science MaxCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Stream Science Max, a TVO Kids show that takes science experiments to a whole new level.

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What Do I Read Next AKA Books & Authors

Recommended titles and plot summaries to help you find that next great book.

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Your Legal RightsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

A free website put together by the Law Foundation of Ontario, CLEO's Your Legal Rights has service listings, common questions, a resource library, and news and events related to Ontario law.

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ZinioCanadian Content icon

Zinio offers nearly 100 digital magazines that you can access on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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