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Brainfuse HelpNow


Get live online study help from a professional tutor (disponible en français).
Ask questions or use the extensive library of lessons, practice tests and study aids on academic subjects from Kindergarten to post-secondary. Receive advice on writing style and live help with English and French language learning.

Adults can also find learning and career resources. These include resume writing, Microsoft Office help and preparation for the Canadian citizenship test.

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Watch and learn from award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. This includes sewing, quilting, jewellery making, recipes, Cricut projects and much more. You can also watch Creativebug TV for inspiration and entertainment!

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LEARN | Courses, crafts, how-to guides and more

Academic OneFile


Access to over 9000 full text journals and newspapers covering business, science, medicine, and engineering.

This online resource is a good source of academic and scholarly information. Includes Gale Encyclopedia of Science and Encyclopedia of World Biography.

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Barrie Historical Newspaper Archive


Historical announcements and articles from Barrie news sources from 1847-1979.
Some gaps in online coverage exist where we may have the issues on  microfilm.

Historical newspapers from elsewhere in Ontario can be found at: Ontario Community Newspaper Portal.

BPL Digital Library Academy


Getting Started and 'how-to' guides for online library resources.
Features tips and troubleshooting for eBooks, getting started with online databases like SimplyAnalytics or Ancestry and tutorials on common tools like Email and Zoom.

For personalized Tech Coach sessions register in our online events calendar.

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Canadian Points of View


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

cloudLibrary NewsStand


Read thousands of full-colour eMagazines and newspapers covering a variety of topics and interests. Titles are available from many countries and in a host of languages.

Magazines can be read in a web browser or downloaded to a mobile app.

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EBSCO Explora - Magazines & Journals


Full-text articles from 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 & Consumer Reports Buying Guide), Canadian Points of View, Canadian Reference Centre, Consumer Health Complete and Primary Search.

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Gale PowerSearch - Magazines & Journals


Discover a collection of 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, Popular Magazines and Gale e-Books.

Globe and Mail Historical Newspapers


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.

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Libby Magazines


Browse thousands of online magazines covering a wide variety of interests, from entertainment and sports to lifestyle, business and technology.

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Full-colour, full-page images of over 6,000 magazines and newspapers from 120 countries in 60 languages the day they hit the newsstands.  Magazines include popular titles as well as business and current affairs.  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


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



Simcoe.com provides news and information to the communities in Simcoe County and Grey-Bruce.  Simcoe.com includes content from the Barrie Advance as well as other area newspapers. The search on this website also includes articles from the Barrie Examiner from approximately 2012 until its closure in November 2017.

If you are looking for Canadian obituaries, you can search by city and date at yourlifemoments.ca.

Toronto Star Historical Newspapers


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.

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