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The Library has a range of databases covering a wide variety of topics to help you with your research. See Databases by Subject below to go directly to a list. You will need a valid library card number to access these resources.  If you aren't a registered member of the library, you can apply for a card online.

Databases by Subject

Books & reading

Business & finance

Computers, science & technology

Consumer information

Encyclopedia, dictionaries & directories

French resources/Language learning

Health & medicine


Law & government

News, magazines and journals


Featured Databases

Canada in Context

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.


  • 700 biographies of influential Canadians
  • Continually updated articles ensures information is current

Suitable for general interest and high school/university students.


GREENR – Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources

GREENR offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment, sustainability and more. GREENR is social media friendly and has many different ways for the user to discover information, including: current news articles, video, primary source documents and more. Research areas focus on relevant categories such as energy systems, healthcare, food, etc.


  • use Google Maps to browse by issue, country, or region
  • GREENR blog
  • customizable interface

Suitable for general interest and high school/university students.



LitFinder is a reference resource that features literature criticism, biographies, work and topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works—all searchable at the same time and returned in lists organized according to the type of research needs they serve. Spanning history and geography, LitFinder delivers an extensive, ever-growing selection of full-text online poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays. These works represent more than 80,000 authors, 660 nationalities and virtually every time period.


  • glossary of poetry terms
  • dictionary search
  • clear explanations of the most-studied works

Suitable for general interest, book clubs, and high school/university students. 

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