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.

Academic Search Elite

Multi-disciplinary database with full text articles for more than 4,500 scholarly journals.

Access Pro Bono

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

An online lesson by lesson guide to learning American Sign Language.

Ancestry Library Edition

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

The national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

Auto Repair Reference Centre

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.

BBC Country Profiles

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

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

BC Assessment produces independent, uniform and efficient property assessments on an annual basis for all property owners in the province.

BC Codes

Full text of the BC Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Code.

BC Courthouse Library Society

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

Resources of the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

BC Laws

BC Laws provides free public access to the current laws of British Columbia. This consolidation of BC Statutes and Regulations is updated continually as new and amended laws come into force. Note: BC Laws now contains content that used to be in QP (Queen's Printer) Legaleze 

BC Local Community News

Bringing BC's communities together. News from around the province.

BC Stats

Statistics and reports on BC's population, labour market, economic, business and more.

BCjobs.ca

For BC Job Seekers and Employers, resources to find a job, write a resume and get career advice.

Bibliothèque et Archives Canada

The Canadian national library online, indexed and searchable.

Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

Business Source Premier

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

Canada in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events.

Canada411

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

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

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

The most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on all things Canadian. Includes the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.

Canadian Newsstream

(Formerly called Canadian Newsstand) 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.

Career Cruising

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

Clicklaw's mission is to provide equitable access to quality legal information, education and help for British Columbians.

Comics Plus

Comics Plus: Library Edition brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any Web-connected device. *Note: If you use RB Digital Magazines, eBook & eAudiobooks, you can log in with the same username and password.
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Consumer Health Complete

Health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Consumer Reports

Find reliable reviews and ratings for common household appliances, electronics, automobiles and other products.

Dave's ESL Cafe

ESL learning activities and links.

Directory of Diplomatic Representatives in Canada

Directory of diplomatic representatives in Canada.

E-Flora BC

E-Flora BC provides information on the biogeography and identification of the wild plant, lichen, and fungi species of British Columbia.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.

Encyclopedia of British Columbia

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

Pour comprendre et apprendre, Encyclopédie Universalis met la connaissance à la portée de tous.

Explora for Kids

Explora is an EBSCO database designed for kids where you can search for thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. This is a great homework tool!

Family Law in British Columbia

Self-help materials to help people resolve family law problems, current family law information and resources, and links to useful related sites.

FamilySearch Internet

Research Guidance, Research Helps, Web Sites, Family History Library Catalogue, and Ancestor Search which includes census and vital records.

Finding a Job: Service Canada

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

First Nations House of Learning Xwi7xwa Library at UBC, find statistics, languages and more.

First Voices Language Archive

Includes thousands of text entries in many diverse Aboriginal writing systems, enhanced with sounds, pictures and videos.

Freegal

Attention Music Buffs: You can now download music and music videos – absolutely free. Download your digital music legally and at no cost. Freegal (‘free & legal’) music provides access to the entire catalogue of Sony Music Entertainment, owner of many music labels. VIRL customers can download five free songs each week, or two music videos Freegal will work with any MP3 player and is PC and Mac compatible.  
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Genealogy and Family History

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

Sanford Evans Gold Book listings provide detailed information on cars, trucks, snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and personal watercraft for a broad range of model years.

GreenFILE

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!

Guide for Canadian Small Businesses

From the Canada Revenue Agency.

HealthLink BC

Learn about health topics and medications, check your symptoms and find services and resources.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Find information on your favourite hobby or pastime, from toys and collectibles to modelbuilding, arts and crafts, electronics and games.

hoopla

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.
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Indigenous People of North America

Indigenous Peoples: North America sources collections from across Canadian and American institutions, providing insight into the cultural, political and social history of Native Peoples from the seventeenth into the twentieth century.

InstantFlix (IndieFlix): Movies and Classic TV

This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes. Thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries. You can also suggest movies and, if you're a filmmaker, contribute your own!  You just need your library card and an email address to get started. *Note: If you use RB Digital Magazines, eBook & eAudiobooks, you can log in with the same username and password.
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Kanopy

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest and most unique collections in the world. It features more than 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from hundreds of producers, including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.
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Kids InfoBits

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.

KnowBC

KnowBC includes the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, and many other great Pacific Northwest Coast publications like 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

The French current affairs weekly online.

Le Monde

Online version of the French newspaper, including Le Monde Diplomatique.

LibriVox

Volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.

LitFinder

LitFinder features literary criticism, reviews, author biographies, photos, topic overviews, and full text of many literary works.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that has been producing and distributing video tutorials for many years. They offer thousands of courses in multiple languages, with a focus on software, creative, education, and business skills. The tutorials are of high quality and led by industry experts. All that's needed to access Lynda.com is an internet connection and a VIRL library membership.
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Mango Languages

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

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

Extensive information from trusted sources on over 750 diseases and conditions.

Memory BC

MemoryBC.ca is a portal where you can access descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.

Merck Manuals: Online Medical Library

Enhanced online versions of classic Merck Manuals. Contains photographs and audio-visual material not present in the print versions.

Merriam Webster

Dictionary and thesaurus

National Geographic Kids

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they've never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

National Geographic Virtual Library

National Geographic and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, have partnered to bring vast resources to digital life with National Geographic Virtual Library. Now you have access to the complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

NoveList

Reader’s advisory for readers of all ages. Find fiction by subject, author, or read reviews and read-alikes and much more.

OnePlay

OnePlay offers a digital gaming service, where users can instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free. *Note: If you use RB Digital Magazines, eBook & eAudiobooks, you can log in with the same username and password.
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OverDrive

A collection of popular downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for VIRL customers. Titles are chosen by librarians. 
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PebbleGo

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)

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

A nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

PovNet

PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada.

PressReader (formerly Library PressDisplay)

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. PressReader is a convenient and comprehensive way to read all your favorite publications on one site.
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Project Gutenberg

The first producer of free electronic books.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Find information about the Agency and its many publications, chronic and infectious diseases, injury, surveillance, emergency preparedness, health promotion, travel health and immunization.

RB Digital eBooks & eAudiobooks (formerly OneClickdigital)

Thousands of downloadable audiobooks, including  Canadian titles from Maple Leaf Audio. RB Digital also offers eBooks, mainly classic literature. Download titles to your computer or to a mobile device using the RB Digital App. 

RB Digital Magazines (formerly Zinio for Libraries)

RB Digital Magazines, formerly called Zinio for Libraries, offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. No holds, no checkout periods, and no limits. The new RB Digital App allows you to read or listen to eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines all from the same App!
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Royal BC Museum Collection Database

Searchable database of the museum's Natural History and Anthropology collections.

SEDAR

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

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

A comprehensive list of resources for BC residents needing business information and services.

Small Engine Repair Center

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.

Smithsonian Collections Online

Gale and the Smithsonian have partnered to give librarians, students, faculty, and researchers a look behind the glass of the Smithsonian exhibits and collections.

The Small Business Accelerator

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

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 novels! Also includes National Geographic videos.

TumbleBookLibrary

An online collection of animated picture books, audiobooks, graphic novels, children's classics, early reader chapter books, and National Geographic videos. A great resource to teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love!  (Note: TumbleBook Cloud Jr. titles can now be found in TumbleBook Library.)

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

Includes research, a newsroom and resources.

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online

Provides current access to vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation from official sources.

Wolfram|Alpha

Computational knowledge engine. Enter your question or calculation,and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer.

World Book

World Book includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more.

World Book Classroom: Early World of Learning

The Early World of Learning offers a wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes while developing reading and oral language skills.

World Book Discover

Includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video.

World Book L'Encyclopédie Découverte

Ofre des douzaines d'activités pratiques qui aideront les jeunes élèves à s'intéresser à la recherche. Les ressources à l'intention des enseignants, jointes à chaque activité, comprennent un plan de leçon pratique qui intègre différents sujets faisant partie du programme scolaire de base.

World Book Online for Kids

Designed for younger students, this includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.

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