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.



Creativebug provides access to thousands of arts and crafts classes along with downloadable patterns, recipes, and templates. Classes never expire so you can start and stop whenever you want and work at your own pace.


Gale eBooks

Downloadable reference eBooks and encyclopedias available 24/7 on a vast array of topics including biographies, business, history, medicine, science and social science.

GCFLearnFreeopen access icon 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.

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.


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!


LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform featuring thousands of online courses taught by industry experts. With over 7,000 courses available to OPL cardholders, the opportunities for upgrading skills are endless. Courses include 3D printing, business, photography, coding, Microsoft Excel and many more. Also accessible through the LinkedIn Learning app (library ID is opl).

N provides access to the news articles from the New York Times newspaper on any computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection. 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. Please do not use Internet Explorer to access this database.


TechBoomersopen access icon 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!