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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HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

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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.

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Biography eBooks

Full-text reference works of biographical information.

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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.

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.

Countries and Cultures eBooks

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

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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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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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Frontier Life

Frontier Life is a digital collection of primary sources including material from the Hudson Bay Archives and the Glenbow Archives. It is designed to enrich teaching and research, examining settlement, existence and interactions at the edge of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com provides access to the news articles from the New York Times newspaper on any computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection. NYTimes.com is offered in English, Spanish, and Chinese. *Note: when you open this link, you will be directed to redeem a code. Once you redeem a code and create a NYTimes account, you will have access for 72 hours. Once those 72 hours have elapsed, simply click on the link to redeem a new code.

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Oakville Beaver and other Oakville NewspapersCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Browse or search local newspapers, including the Oakville Beaver, Daily Journal Record and many others.

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Religion and Philosophy eBooks

Encyclopedias devoted to religions, faiths and philosophies.

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Science & Technology eBooks

Encyclopedias and other reference works on science and technology.

Sociology & Psychology eBooks

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

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Virtual Reference LibraryCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Developed and managed with resources from the Toronto Public Library, the Virtual Reference Library (VRL) provides free access to digital material of historical importance to Ontario and Canada. The VRL is a unique and vast digital collection of high quality images including Ontario maps, fire insurance plans and views of towns and cities over time, culled from the Library's collection and dating back to the 1880s.



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