eLibrary - eResearch

This list of eResources has been selected to assist with your research needs. Please use any of the criteria to the right to further narrow your search. For more information click “Ask a Librarian” on this page.

100 Useful Links for eBooks

Subject: 
Books & reading
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
With ebooks, you can read, stream, and listen to lessons, classic literature, poetry and reference books on the Internet or your mobile device. Here are 100 useful links for ebook lovers.

Academic Search Elite

Subject: 
General reference
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Multi-disciplinary database with full text articles for more than 4,500 scholarly journals.

Access Pro Bono

Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
A non-profit society incorporated in February 2010 to carry on the work of the Western Canada Society to Access Justice and Pro Bono Law of British Columbia, which formally merged as of April 1, 2010.

American Sign Language University

Subject: 
Language learning
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
An online lesson by lesson guide to learning American Sign Language.

Ancestry Library Edition

Subject: 
Genealogy
Subject: 
History
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
Genealogy collection including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records from the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Assembly of First Nations

Subject: 
First Nations
Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
The national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

Auto Repair Reference Centre

Subject: 
Auto purchasing & engine repair
Subject: 
Do it yourself
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
The Auto Repair Reference Center database contains the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information in the market. This database contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.

Babel Fish

Subject: 
Language learning
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
The Babel Fish Translation tool uses machine translation technology to translate sentences in one language into another language. Babel Fish can translate either text or full web pages from the internet.

Bartleby.com

Subject: 
General reference
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse.

Basic Guide to American Sign Language

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
This site has been created to help you more easily communicate with people who sign and cannot hear. The dictionary has both animated and text defintions.

BBC Country Profiles

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
This site supplies information on the history, economy, and politics of countries and territories. Each profile includes an overview, map, facts, and current leaders.

BC Archives

Subject: 
Genealogy
Subject: 
History
Subject: 
Local interest
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Archives of the Government of British Columbia containing documents and records; private historical manuscripts and papers; maps, charts and architectural plans; photographs; and more.

BC Assessment

Subject: 
Consumer information
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
BC Assessment produces independent, uniform and efficient property assessments on an annual basis for all property owners in the province.

BC Codes

Subject: 
Do it yourself
Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Full text of the BC Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Code.

BC Community Newspapers Association

Subject: 
Local interest
Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Links to community newspapers in BC.

BC Courthouse Library Society

Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
This site provides legal information services to the legal community and the general public of British Columbia.

BC First Nations by Region and Treaty Information

Subject: 
First Nations
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Resources of the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

BC Laws

Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
BC Laws provides free public access to the current laws of British Columbia. This unofficial current consolidation of BC Statutes and Regulations is updated continually as new and amended laws come into force.

BC Local Community News

Subject: 
Local interest
Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Bringing BC's communities together. News from around the Province.

BC Stats

Subject: 
Business & finance
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Statistics and reports on BC's population, labour market, economic, business and more.

BCjobs.ca

Subject: 
Careers & jobs
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
For BC Job Seekers and Employers, resources to find a job, write a resume and get career advice.

Bibliothèque et Archives Canada

Subject: 
French resources
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
The Canadian national library online, indexed and searchable.

BookFinder.com

Subject: 
Books & reading
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
A “one-stop ecommerce search engine” that indexes over 150 million books for sale from the catalogs of over 150 million sellers in 50 countries. Included are new, used, rare and out-of-print titles.

Business Source Premier

Subject: 
Business & finance
Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Subject: 
Statistics
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Business Source Premier provides comprehensive coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking and finance. Additional full-text, non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

Canada in Context

Subject: 
Business & finance
Subject: 
General reference
Subject: 
History
Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Teens
Canada in Context is a multimedia database with a Canadian focus. The articles, video, interactive maps, and websites in this database are useful to any student wanting to learn more about Canada’s people, geography, history, science and sports.

Canada411

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Provides listings on people and businesses, including postal codes. Also offers a reverse look-up, so that users can search by phone number or address.

Canadian Consumer Information Gateway

Subject: 
Consumer information
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
The Gateway contributes to a dynamic and competitive economy in Canada by empowering consumers and helping to ensure a fair marketplace where all businesses respect consumer protection laws.

Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus

Subject: 
Consumer information
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
The BBB is a not-for-profit, public service organization financed by the private business sector with local Bureaus serving communities and marketplaces across Canada.

Canadian Encyclopedia Online

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
The most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on all things Canadian. Includes the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.

Canadian Gardening Magazine Online

Subject: 
Gardening
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Includes information on gardens, plants, design & decor, garden gear and much more.

Canadian Newsstand (Major Dailies and Pacific Papers)

Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Adults
ProQuest offers full-text access to articles, columns, editorials, and features from hundreds of Canadian newspapers dating back to the '70s and '80s. Updated daily, with multilingual translation feature.  In-library use or log in from home/device.

Canadian Student Research Center

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Subject: 
General reference
Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Kids
Teens
Designed for students in grades 6–12 for all their homework needs. Includes Canadian and international magazines, newspapers, biographies, and country reports.

Career Cruising

Subject: 
Careers & jobs
Audience: 
Adults
Teens
Career Cruising programs help people build more purposeful futures by assisting with career exploration and planning.   This database offers career assessment tools, detailed occupation profiles, and comprehensive post-secondary education information.      

Clicklaw

Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Clicklaw's mission is to provide equitable access to quality legal information, education and help for British Columbians.

Consumer Health Complete

Subject: 
Health & medicine
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Dave's ESL Cafe

Subject: 
Language learning
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
ESL learning activities and links.

Directory of Diplomatic Representatives in Canada

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Directory of diplomatic representatives in Canada.

DIY Data

Subject: 
Do it yourself
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
UK site with sections on decorating, carpentry, electrics, general building and more.

E-Flora BC

Subject: 
Gardening
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
E-Flora BC provides information on the biogeography and identification of the wild plant, lichen, and fungi species of British Columbia.

eHow

Subject: 
Do it yourself
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Step by step instructions on how to do just about everything! Instructions are provided by volunteer contributors from around the world.

ELSA Net

Subject: 
Language learning
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Seniors
Teens
Lists English Language Services for adults thought out the province of British Columbia.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
Offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.

Encyclopedia of British Columbia

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Subject: 
General reference
Subject: 
History
Subject: 
Local interest
Subject: 
Statistics
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
Historical and contemporary information about BC. The Encyclopedia of British Columbia is the definitive reference work on British Columbia. With more than 4,000 entries and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips, The EBC is the source of readable and authoritative information on all the significant British Columbian people, places and things.

Encyclopédie Universalis

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Subject: 
General reference
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Seniors
Teens
Pour comprendre et apprendre, Encyclopédie Universalis met la connaissance à la portée de tous.

Family Law in British Columbia

Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Self-help materials to help people resolve family law problems, current family law information and resources, and links to useful related sites.

FamilySearch Internet

Subject: 
Genealogy
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Research Guidance, Research Helps, Web Sites, Family History Library Catalogue, and Ancestor Search which includes census and vital records.

Fantastic Fiction

Subject: 
Books & reading
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
Information on over 350,000 books and bibliographies on over 30,000 authors.

Finding a Job: Service Canada

Subject: 
Careers & jobs
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
If you are searching for a new full-time or part-time job in the private or public sector, Service Canada can help. There are a number of tools available to help you search job listings, create a résumé, choose a career, and assess your skills.

First Nations House of Learning

Subject: 
First Nations
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
First Nations House of Learning Xwi7xwa Library at UBC, find statistics, languages and more.

First Nations Information Project

Subject: 
First Nations
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Listing of First Nation communities across Canada.

First Voices Language Archive

Subject: 
First Nations
Subject: 
Language learning
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Includes thousands of text entries in many diverse Aboriginal writing systems, enhanced with sounds, pictures and videos.

Freegal

Subject: 
General reference
Audience: 
Adults
Families
Seniors
Teens
Attention Music Buffs: You can now download music – absolutely free. Download your digital music legally and at no cost using our emusic service, Freegal. Freegal (‘free & legal’) music provides access to the entire catalogue of Sony Music Entertainment, owner of many music labels. VIRL customers can download three free songs each week. Freegal will work with any MP3 player and is PC and Mac compatible.  

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Subject: 
Business & finance
Subject: 
General reference
Subject: 
Health & medicine
Audience: 
Adults
Families
Seniors
Teens
Select from a variety of eReference books including business, health and more.

Genealogy and Family History

Subject: 
Genealogy
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Library and Archives Canada site including all physical and online genealogical services of Library and Archives Canada. It offers genealogical content, services, advice, research tools and opportunities to work on joint projects, all in both official languages.

Gold Book Used Vehicle Guide

Subject: 
Auto purchasing & engine repair
Subject: 
Consumer information
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Sanford Evans Gold Book listings provide detailed information on cars, trucks, snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and personal watercraft for a broad range of model years.

Government of British Columbia

Subject: 
History
Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Website of the Provincial Government of British Columbia.

Government of Canada

Subject: 
History
Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Website of the Government of Canada.

GreenFILE

Subject: 
Gardening
Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Includes scholarly, government and general-interest titles. Find full text issues of Organic Gardening magazine, Environmental Design & Construction magazine, Mother Earth News and more!

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)

Subject: 
Computers, science & technology
Subject: 
Consumer information
Subject: 
Health & medicine
Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Teens
GREENR offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment, sustainability and more.

Guide for Canadian Small Businesses

Subject: 
Business & finance
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
From the Canada Revenue Agency.

HandyMan USA

Subject: 
Do it yourself
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Plans for constructing various things, how-to articles, FAQ, and forums.

HealthLink BC

Subject: 
Health & medicine
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Learn about health topics and medications, check your symptoms and find services and resources.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Subject: 
Consumer information
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
Find information on your favourite hobby or pastime, from toys and collectibles to modelbuilding, arts and crafts, electronics and games.

hoopla

Subject: 
Books & reading
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
A collection of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets and computers.

How cars measure up - Insurance Bureau of Canada

Subject: 
Auto purchasing & engine repair
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Provides a comprehensive look at the most popular new Canadian models of private passenger vehicles in terms of collision, comprehensive, personal injury and theft insurance for specific model year vehicles back to 1995/6.

I Can Garden

Subject: 
Gardening
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Information on garden clubs, public gardens, articles from more than 150 garden writers, gardening events from around the world, over 800 links, over 900 suppliers and thousands of forum and member items. Based in St. Albert, AB

ipl2

Subject: 
General reference
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections

Julian Cassell's DIY Blog

Subject: 
Do it yourself
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
This site has 100s of photographic guides on all aspects of DIY. Julian Cassell also provides independent advice on the best tools and materials to buy.

Kids InfoBits

Subject: 
General reference
Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Families
Kids
Kids InfoBits is for budding researchers in kindergarten through grade 5. Contents include information from the best elementary reference sources and magazines on geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Kids Search

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Subject: 
General reference
Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Kids
Kids Search gives kindergarten to grade 5 students access to more than 75 popular children’s magazines, including: Boys’ Life, ChildArt, Highlights for Children, Ladybug, and Science World. Kids Search also includes: Encyclopedia of Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, and American Heritage Children's Dictionary.

KnowBC

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
KnowBC was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia. The encyclopedia remains the cornerstone of KnowBC, but there is much more on the site today: Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, the full text of Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women ofBritish Columbia, Far West: The Story of British Columbia, and a provincial history for younger readers,  KnowBC Blog.

L'Express

Subject: 
French resources
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
The French current affairs weekly online.

Le Monde

Subject: 
French resources
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Online version of the French newspaper, including Le Monde Diplomatique.

LitFinder

Subject: 
Books & reading
Audience: 
Adults
Teens
LitFinder features literary criticism, reviews, author biographies, photos, topic overviews, and full text of many literary works.

Mango Languages

Subject: 
Language learning
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
Language learning database designed to equip you with conversational abilities. Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 45 different language courses. Some of the languages include:  Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

MasterFILE Premier

Subject: 
Careers & jobs
Subject: 
Computers, science & technology
Subject: 
Consumer information
Subject: 
Do it yourself
Subject: 
General reference
Subject: 
History
Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Popular full text magazines covering virtually every subject area of general interest, including an Image Collection of over 350,000 photos, maps and flags.  Access to Consumer Reports is included as well.

Medline Plus

Subject: 
Health & medicine
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Extensive information from trusted sources on over 750 diseases and conditions.

Memory BC

Subject: 
Genealogy
Subject: 
Local interest
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
MemoryBC.ca is a portal where you can access descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.

Merck Manuals: Online Medical Library

Subject: 
Health & medicine
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Enhanced online versions of classic Merck Manuals. Contains photographs and audio-visual material not present in the print versions.

Merriam Webster

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Dictionary and thesaurus

National Gardening Association

Subject: 
Gardening
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
The National Gardening Association (NGA) offers a wide array of useful gardening content for consumers and educators. Gardeners can consult the weed and pest libraries, food gardening and plant care guides, regional reports, and how-to articles. (USA)

NoveList

Subject: 
Books & reading
Audience: 
Adults
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
Reader’s advisory for readers of all ages. Find fiction by subject, author, or read reviews and read-alikes and much more.

PebbleGo

Subject: 
Books & reading
Subject: 
Computers, science & technology
Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Audience: 
Families
Kids
Two separate databases, PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space, are for children in preschool to grade 3.  Easy navigation and text make learning fun!

Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR Health)

Subject: 
Health & medicine
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Drawing on the trusted Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR®), this site provides information for prescriptions drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbals/supplements.

PLoS: Public Library of Science

Subject: 
Computers, science & technology
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
A nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

PovNet

Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada.

PressReader (Library PressDisplay)

Subject: 
News, magazines & journals
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Seniors
Teens
The world’s largest online newspaper kiosk, where you can browse and read hundreds of full-content premium newspapers and magazines from around the globe. Library.PressDisplay.com is a convenient and comprehensive way to read all your favorite publications on one site. Gain access to newspapers from home and around the world on the day they are published, often before they hit the newsstands.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Subject: 
Health & medicine
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Find information about the Agency and its many publications, chronic and infectious diseases, injury, surveillance, emergency preparedness, health promotion, travel health and immunization.

QP LegalEze

Subject: 
Law & government
Subject: 
Local interest
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Provides access to current and historical BC legislation.

ReadKiddoRead

Subject: 
Books & reading
Audience: 
Families
Kids
Fun and interactive website from James Patterson dedicated to making kids readers for life. Find titles for any reader of any age.

Royal BC Museum Collection Database

Subject: 
History
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Families
Kids
Seniors
Teens
Searchable database of the museum's Natural History and Anthropology collections.

Searchasaurus

Subject: 
Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories
Subject: 
General reference
Audience: 
Kids
Here's where the budding researcher can find encyclopedia entries and newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of topics ranging from animals to history to science & health. Lexile (reading) levels go up to Grade 5.

SEDAR

Subject: 
Business & finance
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
The official site that provides access to most public securities documents and information filed by public companies and investment funds with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) in the SEDAR filing system.

Skilled Immigrant Infocentre

Subject: 
Careers & jobs
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Teens
The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is a free service to help immigrants to Canada find the information they need to get a job in their field of education and experience. Resources are created by Vancouver Public Library.

Small Business BC

Subject: 
Business & finance
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
A comprehensive list of resources for BC residents needing business information and services.

Small Engine Repair Center

Subject: 
Auto purchasing & engine repair
Subject: 
Do it yourself
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Online tool for small engine repair assistance, including: ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski), snow blowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.

TechWeb Digital Library

Subject: 
Computers, science & technology
Audience: 
Adults
Seniors
Teens
Digital library of white papers and articles about information technology, from business technology publisher Information Week.

The Small Business Accelerator

Subject: 
Business & finance
Audience: 
Adults
ESL
Seniors
The Small Business Accelerator is curated by professional business librarians and is a reliable gateway to freely available business information, education, and assistance that is both current and trustworthy. Use the information contained in this website to assess your growth potential, learn about market trends and to discover new business opportunities. 

TumbleBookCloud

Subject: 
Books & reading
Subject: 
Computers, science & technology
Subject: 
History
Subject: 
Law & government
Audience: 
Kids
Teens
TumbleBookCloud (formerly TumbleReadables) has 600 titles for middle and high school readers! This collection contains a wide range of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks, and graphic novel! Also includes National Geographic videos.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

Subject: 
Books & reading
Audience: 
Kids
With over 600 titles for grades 3–8, TumbleBookCloud Junior is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picturebook collection in TumbleBookLibrary. TumbleBookCloud Junior contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audiobooks and National Geographic videos.

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