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A to Z Publications Finder

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Search news, magazines, journals, books and other resources by keyword, subject, publication, date and more (excludes RBdigital and PressReader).

Academic OneFile

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Access to over 8000 full text journals and newspapers covering business, science, medicine, and engineering. This online resource is a good source of academic and scholarly information.

Ancestry Library

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Looking to find your roots?  Search genealogical records for Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital statistics, church, court and immigration records.

ArtistWorks

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Learn to play a variety of musical instruments with these online video lessons. There also courses on different styles of singing, hip hop scratching and visual art.

On the ArtistWorks login page click 'Create New Account', or  use your existing account for RBdigital (formerly Zinio Online Magazines). Click 'Get Started' and scroll down to view lessons.

Course List

Barrie Historical Newspaper Archive

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Historical announcements and articles from Barrie news sources from 1847-1979.

Books and Authors

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Looking for what to read next?  Get expert book recommendations and reading lists. Browse by author, genre, or title, or look through our expert picks and award winners.

Britannica Library

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Access to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, thousands of magazine and journal articles, and 90,000 images, videos, and audio clips at three different reading levels.

Main | Kids | Teens

Business ebook Collection

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A collection of online ebooks covering a variety of business and e-commerce topics.  Also includes the Business Plans Handbooks series that provides sample business plans for a variety of manufacturing, retail, and service industries.  Other topics in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) are also available through this link.

CAMPUS - National Film Board

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The National Film Board’s video streaming service for schools and libraries. Watch educational films, documentaries, interactive productions and utilise online teaching tools.

Our subscription focuses on the educational films - some other films on the site may not be freely available.

Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly (CPI.Q)

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A newspaper and journal collection supporting Canadian topics and research. Search almost 18 million articles by subject or publication.

Includes: Barrie Advance, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and many more Canadian titles.

Canadian Points of View

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Analyses of current issues in the news. Includes essays, radio transcripts, and magazine and newspaper articles that present both sides of the issue.

CBCA Complete

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Millions of full-text articles from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, reports, radio and TV transcripts, news & more from the Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database.

Chilton Library

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Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Includes step-by-step service and repair procedures, labour estimating tool, photos, illustrations, diagrams and more.

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Consumer Health Complete

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Health and wellness information for patients. Search or browse by topic and get full-text articles from a range of valuable sources.

Curio

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Stream audio and video from CBC and Radio-Canada. You’ll find documentaries from TV and radio, news reports and more. Includes National Geographic Channel back catalogue.

Due to subscription restrictions videos may not screened in a classroom setting.

EBSCOhost eAudiobooks

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Search and browse to find audiobooks, journals and more.

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EBSCOhost eBooks

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Selection of ebooks, primarily academic focus.

Help Guide

Encyclopaedia Universalis

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Une importante encyclopédie de langue française.   L'information est regroupée par ordre alphabétique et thématique. On y trouve aussi un dictionnaire, un atlas des pays, et des sites Internet recommandés.

Pour la meilleur expérience, utilisez Chrome ou Firefox.  N'utilisez pas Internet Explorer.

Explora

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Full-text articles from books, magazines, journal articles, news, biographies and other sources. Explore current events, history, health and more.

Explora searches across multiple databases including MasterFILE Premier (including Consumer Reports), Canadian Points of View, Canadian Reference Centre, Consumer Health Complete, Primary Search and EBSCOhost eBooks.

FamilySearch

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FamilySearch is a resource for genealogical data from a wide variety of countries, including census, birth/marriage/death records, military and probate records. It allows you to create your own family tree online and search those of other users.

This resource requires users to register for a free account.

Gale Health e-Book Collection

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A collection of online ebooks covering a variety of health topics including in-depth resources for both physical and mental health.  Examples include Genetic Disorders, Children's Health, Senior Health, Alternative Medicine, Encyclopedia of Drugs, Diets, Surgery & Medical Tests, Cancer, and Pregnancy & Childbirth.

Other topics in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) are also available through this link.

Gale Literary Sources

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Discover biographies, reviews, criticisms, and overviews. Search modern novelists, poems, and short stories.

This resource incorporates Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resources Center and Something About the Author.

Gale PowerSearch

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Discover a collection of authoritative periodicals, scholarly journals, newspapers and reference content. Use the Topic Finder to explore new topics or keywords related to your search.

Searches across multiple databases including Academic OneFile, General OneFile, CPI.Q, Popular Magazines, Gale Virtual Reference Library, General Reference Center Gold, and all InfoTrac resources.

Gale Small Business Builder

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This will guide you step-by-step through a workflow to help you brainstorm and plan for your small business. You will create documents, business and foundation plans that you can save, email or download. This resource has pathways for regular small businesses and nonprofits.

You must create a free user account the first time you use Small Business Builder.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

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Handbooks, encyclopedias and other publications covering popular subjects. From Who Discovered DNA to Folktales, Fairy Tales and Encyclopedia of World Biography. You’ll find a variety of interesting reads.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Kids

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Full-text encyclopedia articles to help younger students with research and homework assignments.

Global Road Warrior

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Detailed information on 175 countries around the world, useful for travellers, business people, students and geography buffs. Research a nation's culture, language, food, business culture, banking, economy, trade and history.

Globe and Mail Historical Newspapers

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Full page images of the Globe and Mail from 1844 - four years from the present date. Easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Goldfish School

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Online courses for learning English or French, using visual and audio exercises and tests. Includes sections to prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS English-language tests.

Grant Connect

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A funder database that includes over 3,000 Canadian grant-making foundations and 400 corporations, government funding programs, and US foundations that support Canadian non-profit organizations.

Quick Start Guide

Health and Wellness Resource Center

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Accurate, authoritative information on health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative and complementary medical practices.

Hoopla

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Stream or download music, movies, and TV shows directly to your computer or mobile device. Hoopla also contains e-books, e-audiobooks and comics.

Hoopla no longer supports Internet Explorer or iOS9 or below. Please use alternate browsers or devices.

Help Guide

Information Barrie Community Database

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Includes information about non-profit agencies, government offices, health services, clubs and special interest organizations, volunteer opportunities, daycare services, support groups and listings for many private counsellors and counselling services in the Barrie area.

Also includes sub-sections for local community food programs and volunteer opportunities.

Kids Infobits

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Online reference books, images and news. All content is age-appropriate, reliable and covers a broad range of educational topics important for beginner researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5.

LawDepot

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Create, modify, and save hundreds of legal documents for personal and business use. LawDepot builds the form and puts your information into the proper locations within the document. Includes wills, powers of attorney, leases, employment or service contracts, partnership forms, separation or confidentiality agreements and more.

On the LawDepot login page click 'Create New Account', or use your existing account for RBdigital (formerly Zinio Online Magazines). Then click 'Browse Documents' to begin.

Libraries on the Go

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Little Pim

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10 language programs for kids ages 0-6 including Arabic, Chinese, English/ESL, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Local Newspapers 2000-Present

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Online articles from the Barrie Examiner, Barrie Advance, Alliston Herald, Bradford West Gwillimbury Topic, Collingwood Connection, Innisfil Journal, Midland Mirror, Orillia Today, Parry Sound North Star, Wasaga Sun and other local publications.

Covers February 2000 – Present. See here for full title and date coverage.

Obituaries are not included in this resource but can be viewed at Yourlifemoments.ca

Lynda.com

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Learn a new skill online, on your time.  Over 6,000 video courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.

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MaBiblioNumerique

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Vous y trouverez des œuvres de fiction pour les adultes, ados, et enfants – albums, bandes-dessinées, et romans ainsi que des documentaires d’intérêt général.

Francais  |  English

Guide d'aide  |  Help Guide

Mango Languages

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Learn over 70 languages through interactive lessons and activities, including Spanish, English, French, German, Korean – and even Pirate!

NoveList K-8 Plus

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Recommended reads and suggested authors for teens, ages 9-12 and ages 0-8. Find out about popular fiction and nonfiction books and series for younger readers.

NoveList Plus

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Recommended reads and suggested authors for adults, teens, and kids. Browse popular fiction and nonfiction books and series by genre, read-alikes and what your reading ‘mood’ is.

Oxford Reference Online

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Reference titles from Oxford University Press. Includes the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Oxford Companions to Canadian Literature, Children's Literature, Shakespeare, the Bible and American Politics. You can also read the Grove Encyclopedia series focusing on art, music and architecture.

PebbleGo

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Reading and research tools for Pre- Kindergarten to Grade 3. Learn about exciting topics like Animals, Science and Dinosaurs. Includes text, audio, video and printable activities.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre

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Full-text classic and contemporary poems, short stories, biographies and essays.

PressReader

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Full-colour, full-page images of over 6,000 newspapers, business and current affairs titles from 120 countries in 60 languages the day they hit the newsstands.  Archives of up to 60 days are available as well as today's papers.  Advanced features include automated translation and the ability to listen to articles. 

Includes the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and many more Canadian and international titles.

Note:  Globe & Mail is only accessible through PressReader at the Library.  The publisher does not permit remote access to this title.

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Primary Search

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Online access to more than 70 popular elementary school magazines along with the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and an image collection.

RBdigital Audiobooks

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Listen to audiobooks of literary classics by Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Bronte and more.

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RBdigital Online Magazines (Zinio)

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Full digital copies of popular English and French magazines. Read online on your phone, tablet, computer or download the desktop app to read offline.  

Help Guide

Salem Press Health e-Books

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Detailed reference books on physical health, mental health and diseases.

Includes: Adolescent Health & Wellness, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Magill's Medical Guide, Psychology and Mental Health, Salem Health: Cancer and Salem Health: Nutrition.

Sante en Francais

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Fournit des rapports faciles à lire avec des renseignements scientifiquement fondés dans le domaine de la santé. 

Simcoe County Surname Settlers Database

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An online searchable database containing information about settlers and early residents of Simcoe County as recorded in a number of sources.

SimplyAnalytics

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Create professional maps and reports using demographic, business and marketing data. SimpyAnalytics has the data you need to answer key research questions, make sound business decisions and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any area in Canada.

- Available for use within the library during business hours. Remote use allowed between 7pm-7am and all day on weekends.
- Recommend using laptop or desktop computer.
- Up to 5 users at any one time. Please log out of SimplyAnalytics when you are finished
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View SimplyAnalytics FAQs.

Quick Start Guide  |  Detailed Help Guide

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SIRS Discoverer

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A general reference database for elementary and middle school learners, researchers, and educators covering curriculum areas content sets such as reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

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Full-text repair guides for all manner of small engines such as All Terrain Vehicles, generators, boats, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, seadoos, skidoos and tractors.

Steps to Justice

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Clear, simple, step-by-step answers to common legal problems for Ontarians. You can find free legal clinics and definitions of legal terms. Live chat and email support is also available.

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and other legal groups in Ontario contribute to this resource.

For local legal services check the Information Barrie Community Database.

TechBoomers

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Free articles and blogs to help you learn how to use popular websites and apps like Facebook, Netflix and Amazon.

Toronto Star Historical Newspapers

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Full page images of the Toronto Star from 1894 - three years from the present date. Easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Tumble Biblio Enfants

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Elle inclut des livres pour enfants, des romans jeunesse, des romans classique, des vidéos, des casse têtes et jeux, des nouvelles graphiques et des livres en d’autres langues comme en espagnol et en anglais.

TumbleBook Library

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A collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, puzzles and videos for kids in Grades K – 6. Includes early reader chapter books, children's classics and National Geographic videos.

Available in English, French and Spanish. Contains titles previously found in TumbleBookCloud Junior.

TumbleBookCloud

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eBooks, audiobooks and videos for Grades 7 – 12, available online 24/7. Includes chapter books, early readers and YA/Teen novels.

Universal Class

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Hundreds of online courses for continuing education and personal development. Learn at your own pace whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you, and get help from certified instructors.

 

Universalis Junior

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Une encyclopédie en français spécialement conçue pour les enfants et les jeunes adolescents.  Il existe une version anglaise de plusieurs articles, ainsi qu’un dictionnaire français – anglais, anglais - français.

Pour la meilleur expérience, utilisez Chrome ou Firefox.  N'utilisez pas Internet Explorer.

Your Legal Rights

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Free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario.

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and other legal groups in Ontario contribute to this resource.

For local legal services check the Information Barrie Community Database.

SimplyAnalytics is Only Available in the Library during Open Hours. Please access SimplyAnalytics from inside the library at this time.

SimplyAnalytics is Only Available in the Library during Open Hours. Please access SimplyAnalytics from inside the library at this time.