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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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ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND REFERENCE

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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.

Ancient and Medieval History

Ancient and Medieval History provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special Topic Centers on key civilizations and regions. Each civilization’s history is brought to life through articles, videos and slideshows, primary sources, and more. To access, log in with your library card, then: username = oakvillepublic , password = media Free access available until mid June.

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Bibliothèque de Référence VirtuelleCanadian Content iconopen access icon

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

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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.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.

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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Health Reference Center

Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information from hundreds of authoritative sources. To access, log in with your library card, then: username = oakvillepublic , password = media Free access available until mid June.

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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.

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Modern World History

Modern World History offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present through thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines. To access, log in with your library card, then: username = oakvillepublic , password = media Free access available until mid June.

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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.

Novelist K8 PlusCanadian Content icon

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

Novelist PlusCanadian Content icon

Comprehensive resource for those seeking new fiction titles.

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Science Online

Science Online offers expansive reference coverage of the full range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, interactives, and experiments. Comprehensive Topic Centers help students find a starting point for their research, and the science eLearning modules cover core topics with Teacher Support. To access, log in with your library card, then: username = oakvillepublic , password = media Free access available until mid June.

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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.

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World Almanac for Kids (Grades 5-8)

The World Almanac® for Kids is the ideal one-stop reference resource for intermediate-level students. It contains excellent resources for student reports and research, including extensive, up-to-date articles; videos; interactive games; science projects; and Homework Help; plus Teacher Resources with lesson plans. To access, log in with your library card, then: username = oakvillepublic , password = media Free access available until mid June.

World Almanac for Kids Elementary (Grades 1-4)

The World Almanac® for Kids Elementary provides trustworthy, kid-friendly reference specifically for elementary grades. The database's wealth includes: engaging illustrated articles, videos, interactives, Fun Facts, and more. The extensive Teacher Support section includes printable handouts, class forms, graphic organizers, and more. To access, log in with your library card, then: username = oakvillepublic , password = media Free access available until mid June.



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