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Articles, Journals, and Magazines
Get your research started with our powerful online tools. Search across a number of databases including Academic Search Elite, EBSCOhost, Masterfile, and others. EBSCOhost app available..
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Kid-safe, advertisement-free streaming videos to entertain, educate, and inspire.
Access Video On Demand
Streaming video platform with a focus on educational films. Also includes TV series and feature films, both classic and contemporary, by acclaimed directors from around the world.
Find automotive repair information from manufacturer's manuals. Covers 1982 to present. Available only at the City Centre, Guildford and Newton libraries.
Access to more than 1.4 billion records covering the United States, eastern Canada, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond. It includes one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online. Available at Cloverdale branch.
Contains over 20 billion records from more than 80 countries, is the largest international online genealogy database, and has the largest Canadian collection. Access to this has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry .
BC Archives Vital Statistics
Search the indexes to British Columbia births (1854-1903), marriages (1872-1943), deaths (1872-1998), colonial marriages (1859-1872) and baptisms (1836-1888).
Find what you are looking for faster with the B.C. Building Code, B.C. Fire Code, and B.C. Plumbing Code online.
BC Historical Newspapers
Searchable digitized newspaper archives covering the Vancouver Sun (1912 - present), The Province (1898 - present), and The Times Colonist (1884 - present).
This is a cooperative database with the birth, marriage, and burial records for Quebec and “New France”. Data is collected from 24 genealogical societies in Quebec province. It contains over 15 million records from the 16th to 20th Centuries. Available at Cloverdale branch.
Collection of hundreds of business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.
Business Source Premier
Find country economic data, company profiles, industry information, and market research.
Continuing Legal Education Society of BC
Family Law Sourcebook, Family Law Practice Manual, and many more. Available in library only. Please see staff for help.
Daily and local newspapers including the Vancouver Sun, Province and Globe & Mail. Also includes obituary search. Some not available until 2 days after publication.
Access a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, and newspapers in accessible formats for adults, teens, and children who have a print disability.
Learn to recognize and pronounce the 43 sounds of English through audio, video, and interactive activities. Please enjoy temporary access courtesy of Clarity English. Please email us as your feedback will help us consider whether this product is something our community would like us to purchase.
Consumer Health Complete
Find quality health information from trusted sources. Articles and ebooks on mainstream and alternative health.
Need help with your next big purchase? Consumer Reports gives quality, trusted reviews on a wide range of products.
French language encyclopedia for native French speakers, bilingual students, or anyone learning French. Published by Encyclopedia Britannica.
Encyclopaedia Universalis Junior
French language encyclopedia for ages 7 and older. Covers subjects studied in school and of interest to children. Based on the Britannica Student Encyclopedia.
FamilySearch.org provides free online access to records containing over 4 billion names from many countries. Using FamilySearch at an affiliate library allows users to access many digital images of original documents that would otherwise be locked to home users. Available at Cloverdale branch.
Find My Past
International collection with a strong UK focus. Contains over 2 billion records from around the world, with the largest online collection of Irish records, millions of historical newspaper pages, emigration records, census, vitals, military, apprenticeship and more. Available at Cloverdale branch.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Find encyclopedia articles you can use with confidence. More than 25,000 articles covering most subject areas.
Enjoy many online courses with real teachers, expert instruction, and real-time help..
Find full text ebooks on a wide range of topics including business plans, coding, LGBTQ, and STEM/STEAM.
A key site for British research, this database contains over 800 million records and includes collections not found in other databases. International holdings include emigration and military records for Canada, Australia, South Africa, and India, and Scottish directories from the 15th to 19th Century. Available at Cloverdale branch.
Stream an amazing collection of movies and documentaries. You can also learn new skills with the Great Courses. App available. .
Kanopy Great Courses
Start learning on the go, or from the comfort of home. Find in-depth video lectures on a wide variety of topics. .
Comprehensive range of practice tests and tutorial courses for all ages. Learn new skills, build your resume and prepare for career or entrance exams.
Learn languages online. In addition to foreign languages, you can also learn English as a Second Language. App available.
Stream the largest online collection of classical music, operas, and ballets in the world. Offered as a pilot by Surrey Libraries.
Mitchell 1 ProDemand
ProDemand contains automotive diagnostic and repair information for most foreign and domestic cars and trucks from model year 1983 to the present. Includes service manuals, wiring diagrams, factory technical service bulletins, and maintenance schedules and tables. Available in library only.
Naxos Music Library
Naxos Spoken Word Library
Listen to audiobooks online. More than 500 classics, biographies, non-fiction and poetry for adults and kids. Up to 5 users at a time. App available.
Over 35,000 ebooks and 30,000 hours of video courses on technology and business topics, including consumer technology, software, and computer programming.
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Points to the Past
A gateway to a world-class collection of primary sources, with nearly 200 million pages of digitized historical content – maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, and much more. Includes a solid collection of UK historical newspapers from the 17th to 19th Centuries.
More than 1000 newspapers in 40 languages from 84 countries. You can now read the Globe and Mail from home! App available.
Contains over 2.4 million Quebec and “New France” records of various types from the 17th to 19th Century: various records from parishes, missions, and Catholic institutions, and over 26,000 Protestant marriages. A variety of other records as well, such as name census and passenger lists. Available at Cloverdale branch.
Great tool for market research and job hunting. Offers a comprehensive database of 2.1 million Canadian businesses and 11 million households.z
Regional Business News
Incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Diagrams, experiments, biographies and more. For school projects and homework grades 4 through 12.
Search across three national databases for historical resources relating to places in Scotland. Includes millions of photographs, maps and digitized archives, as well as tax records and old Ordnance Survey records. Learn more about Scottish ancestors by researching details about where they lived.
Ships and Seafarers
A unique collection of Atlantic Canada shipping records from the mid-19th Century to the early 20th Century, featuring Canadian and British crews and vessels. Information on the masters and seamen who crewed the vessels, ship owners, ports of call and voyages. Searchable by name. Available at Cloverdale branch.
Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Repair information for ATVs, generators, boat motors, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, personal water crafts, snowmobiles and tractors.
Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe
For researching German ancestors in Eastern Europe. This genealogical society has several extensive databases of old church records not found elsewhere online. Its website also offers many research aids including historical maps. Available at Cloverdale branch.
Find lessons, and practice tests for students in grades 3 to 12. Follows the BC provincial curriculum and is developed by the publishers of the Key/Solaro Study guides.