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 Community Newspapers Association

Links to community newspapers in BC.

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 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

Created especially for students and researchers studying Canada, Canada In Context spans the North American continent to deliver a full range of country-specific topics (including First Nations Government of Canada, Canadian Literature, and Gun Control/Gun Registry) and biographies of Canadian figures, as well as, information on technology, sports, industry, and more delivered from a Canadian perspective. Its continuously updated resources provide ongoing benefits for students anywhere conducting research on Canadian topics.

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 Newsstand (Major Dailies and Pacific Papers)

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. View titles through your Web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection. Read titles through the iOS Mobile App for iPad or iPhone. Browse by genre, publisher, and comic — then instantly check out your favorites. Access comics whenever you want them — no holds or waiting. *Note: If you use Zinio, you can log in with your Zinio login and password.
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Consumer Health Complete

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

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.

ELSA Net

Lists English Language Services for adults thought out the province 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! Explora gives students access to more than 75 popular children’s magazines, encyclopedias and dictionaries including: Boys’ Life, ChildArt, Ladybug, Science World, Encyclopedia of Animals, and Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia.

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 Nations Information Project

Listing of First Nation communities across Canada.

First Voices Language Archive

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

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Select from a variety of eReference books including business, health and more.

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!

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

*Update* As of March 17th, 2017, GREENR will no longer be available to VIRL customers* 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

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.

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. Including diverse manuscripts; book collections; newspapers from various tribe and Indian-related organizations; materials such as Bibles, dictionaries and primers in Indigenous languages all enable students' examination of important primary source materials.

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 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

The French current affairs weekly online.

Le Monde

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

LitFinder

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

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

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 OnePlay includes over 2,000 games from more than 75 different publishers. 1500+ PC titles 500+ Android titles No holds, no waiting. Download the games you want to your computer and play them whenever and wherever you are – no internet required Login can be used in the library, at home and on multiple devices Parents can set a different password from the account to approve activation of game *Note: If you use Zinio, you can log in with the same Zinio username and password.
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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 (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. 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. Get PressReader help here.

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.

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. This multi-year initiative has Gale digitizing Smithsonian’s vast, unmatched primary source materials from deep within the museums, libraries, and archives of the world’s largest museum and research complex. We will make this rare content available in searchable formats, integrating it with software that aligns with scholarly workflow. The digitized materials within Smithsonian Collections Online deliver new and exciting scholarship opportunities. that span multidisciplinary topics for both research and education.

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. 

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. The Early World of Learning uses narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games, interactive reference material for beginners, and more to help young learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency.  

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.

Zinio

Free access to hundreds of popular magazines in digital format. Zinio delivers exactly the same content as you get in print, with additional features like video, audio and live links. Available to VIRL card holders. Set up a Zinio account to read online or download to your home computer, tablet or smartphone. Apps available for mobile devices.
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