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Auto and Small Engine Repair

Auto Repair Reference Centre
Access repair information from major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, including: step-by-step instruction with photos and diagrams, service bulletins and recalls, specifications, and maintenance schedules. There are also educational videos, tips for care and repair, and troubleshooting.
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Small Engine Repair Reference Centre
Access a variety of repair information for ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, and other small engines. Full text documents accompanied by photos and illustrations cover over 25 years of engine model.
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Business and Career

Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS)
Information from the Alberta government on career planning, information on occupations, planning and paying for your education, and finding a job. Search through the Alberta Work Search database to find jobs in your area of focus.
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Business Source Elite
This business database provides full text for over 1,000 business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. More than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor are also included. This database is updated on a daily basis.
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Cypress Resume
Create professional resumes, cover letters and reference sheets quickly. Choose from different qualifications, duties and experiences to help you stand out in the competitive job market. Use templates or create your own to save, edit, and print anywhere.
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Government of Canada Job Bank
Search for jobs across Alberta and Canada, sign up for job alerts, explore careers, and get news on the job market. You can explore top advertised jobs, how much money you can make, and what skills you'll need. Includes resources for job seekers and employers.
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Regional Business News
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
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Encyclopedia and Reference

Dictionary of Canadian Biographies
A searchable online collection of approximately 8,500 detailed biographies of noteworthy Canadians.
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Explora 
Choose between Primary, Canada and Educator's Edition to search or browse through tons of articles and other formats of information.
 
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Historica Canada 
Historica Canada is Canada's largest independent organization devoted to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and citizenship.
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World Book Online

The portal provides connections to the World Book services, including Early World of Learning, World Book Kids for younger users and teaching resources, Info Finder, Timelines for adults and students, and Reference Centre for advanced researchers and information seekers. Also search Spanish and French encyclopediae for resources in those languages. To find out what each great feature can do click here.
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Financial Planning

Canadian Financial Literacy Database
The Government of Canada provides your one-stop shop to find information on budgeting and money management, insurance, saving and investing, taxes and fraud prevention, and so much more. Sort information by topic or who you are looking for information for to find tailored information to answer any finance question.
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My Money Coach
Learn how save money and make smart financial choices by browsing budgeting tips and tools for your spending and saving needs. Get debt help, watch webinars on hot topics and read the blog for great money strategies. myMoneyCoach offers calculators and spreadsheet templates for saving for university, retirement or major purchases, and help paying down debt.
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Money Matters
Money Matters is a free introductory financial literacy program for adult learners. Their workbooks are used in classrooms across Canada, and are full of learning and activities that can be adapted according to the needs of individual groups.
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Money Mentors
Use Money Mentor’s valuable learning tools - tools that are developed, refined and honed to be relevant for each user. You’ll learn how to create effective, realistic spending plans, deal with your debts, save more and build a stronger credit rating. And you can do it in the comfort of your own home!
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Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition
Access to over 60 million Canadian records, including birth, marriage, and death records,census records, military records, immigration and naturalization records and more. Only available for in-library use.
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Early Canadiana Online
This virtual library holds the most complete set of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents.
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Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada’s collection is the shared documentary heritage of all Canadians and spans the entire history of our country. The collection contains materials in all types of formats from across Canada and around the world that are of interest to Canadians.
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Canada GenWeb Project
A gateway to free Canadian genealogy resources online, organised by province.
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Grants and Funding

Grant Connect
Search for funds for your organization, look at similar organizations and where they get funding, and find contact information for organizations offering grants and bursaries. Only available for in-library use.
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Health and Wellness

Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest provincewide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
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ALT Health Watch
This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.
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Family Behaviour Toolbox
The Family Behaviour Toolbox is designed to be a self-help resource for parents and family members to understand the behaviour they are encountering and the options available to deal with it.
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Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full texts. This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including medical sciences, food services and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health.
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Family Doctor
This site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and contains information about diseases and conditions, prevention and wellness, pregnancy and infancy, kids, teens and senior health sections. Check your symptoms, consult a medical dictionary, calculate your health and plan your child’s immunization schedule.
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John Hopkins Medicine Library
Guide to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions from A to Z.
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Medline Plus
Health information from the National Library of Medicine in the United States. Search information on health, wellness, disorders and conditions, learn about drugs and supplements, and discover tutorials, health and surgery videos, games and quizzes.
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My Health Alberta
Government of Alberta initiative to provide health and wellness information through various articles, a symptom tracker, find your closest healthcare provider and more.
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Languages

Mango
Before you go, Mango. Mango is a language learning program teaching practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. It’s so fast and easy, you’ll be able to have a real conversation in your new language in just minutes!
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Transparent Language Online 
Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system for independent learners with 100+ languages currently on offer, including Indigenous languages like Cree and Ojibwe.
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Legal

Alberta Law Libraries
A provincial network of law libraries existing to provide research support and information services to the public and the legal community.
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Canadian-Lawyers.ca
Allows you to search for lawyers by geographic region, area of expertise, or specific names, as well as providing up-to-date and relevant legal information.
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Canadian Legal Information Institute 
A virtual library of Canadian legal information.
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The Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide 
A legal research help page that focuses on strategy and effective use of primary and secondary sources in both print and electronic formats.
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Law Central Alberta 
LawCentral Alberta is a portal or collection of links to law-related information and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Albertans.
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Laws for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta
Learn about the laws that apply when renting a place to live in Alberta.
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LegalAve
LegalAve brings together existing public legal information from across Alberta. It offers in-depth information, and gives you a starting point to deal with your legal issues.
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Native Counselling Services of Alberta
For 45 years, NCSA has assisted Aboriginal people gain fair and equitable access to the justice, children’s services and corrections systems in Alberta.
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Oak Net: Older Adult Knowledge Network 
Information on Albertan and Canadian law to help protect the older adult.
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Willow Net: Abuse and the Law in Alberta 
Willownet provides legal information for Albertans experiencing violence in a relationship.
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Literature


Novelist K-8
This kid-friendly eResource contains book reviews and enhanced subject access for over 60,000 fiction titles aimed at the K-8 population.
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Novelist Plus
The most comprehensive reader's advisory tool available. Like an author? Find a read alike here! Looking for book club guides? Look no further! Book reviews on over 150,000 fiction titles and over 4,000 custom created articles.
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Research Databases

Alberta Research Portal
Your gateway to a world-class collection of primary sources. This portal lets you access the Gale Primary Sources collection, a resource with 69 unique primary source collections, including extensive resources related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Sabin Americana, and 25 titles from the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
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These databases are provided by EBSCOhost. Each database is linked below.
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Academic Search Elite
Academic institutions worldwide depend on this database as their core resource of scholarly information. Academic Search Elite contains full text for more than 2,100 journals, Nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.
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ALT Health Watch
This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.
Website

Auto Repair Reference Centre
Access repair information from major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, including: step-by-step instruction with photos and diagrams, service bulletins and recalls, specifications, and maintenance schedules. There are also educational videos, tips for care and repair, and troubleshooting.
Website

Business Source Elite
This business database provides full text for over 1,000 business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. More than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor are also included. This database is updated on a daily basis.
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Canadian Reference Centre
Canadian Reference Centre combines Canadian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to Canadian libraries. This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international (U.S. and U.K) periodicals in full text; full text reference books; over 87,900 full text biographies and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps, and flags. This database is updated on a daily basis.
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Environment Complete
Environment Complete contains more than 2.4 million records from more than 2,200 domestic and international titles going back to 1888 (including over 1,350 active core titles) as well as more than 190 monographs. The database also contains full text for more than 920 journals.
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Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full texts. This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including medical sciences, food services and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health.
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MasterFILE Premier
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
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Regional Business News
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
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Science Reference Centre
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
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Small Engine Repair Reference Centre
Access a variety of repair information for ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, and other small engines. Full text documents accompanied by photos and illustrations cover over 25 years of engine model.
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Teacher Reference Centre
Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators. Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics, and Teacher Education.
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Science Databases

Environment Complete
Environment Complete contains more than 2.4 million records from more than 2,200 domestic and international titles going back to 1888 (including over 1,350 active core titles) as well as more than 190 monographs. The database also contains full text for more than 920 journals.
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Science Reference Centre
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
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