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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.

 

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.

 

Business and Career

Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS)
Information from the Alberta government to help you find information on occupations and education.

Business Source Elite
This business database provides over 1,000 full-text business publications. The rich collection of titles in here offers information dating back to 1985.

Cypress Resume
Quickly create professional resumes, cover letters and reference sheets. Choose from different qualifications, tasks, and duties to help you stand out in the job market.

Government of Canada: Job Bank
Search for jobs across the country, sign up for job alerts, explore careers, and get news on the job market. Explore top advertised jobs, income and skills needed. You can post your resume for employers to view too!

Regional Business News
This database provides full-text coverage for regional business publications. It incorporates cover of 80+ publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

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eBooks, eAudiobooks, Music & Videos
cloudLibrary
Access a 
catalogue of eBooks and eAudiobooks that you borrow and download from with your library card. Don't worry about any late fees and download the cloudLibrary app to listen or read on your mobile devices.

hoopla
Offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies and TV shows in one single catalogue
. Borrow up to 4 items per month with no holds or late fees. Download the hoopla app onto your mobile devices to read, listen or watch on the go.

OverDrive
Access a 
catalogue of eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can borrow and download from with your library card. Don't worry about late fees and borrow up to 10 items at a time. Download the Libby app onto your mobile devices so you can read and listen on the go.

Read Alberta eBooks
PLSB has partnered with the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) to offer 1,000+ Alberta-published eBooks to readers across the province. Borrow up to 7 titles at once without any holds or late fees.

TumbleBook Library
TumbleBooks offers animated and narrated story books, narrated eBooks, traditional eBooks, graphic novels and videos for kids, pre-K to grade 9. Read instantly with no holds!

World Book: Early World of Learning
World Book: Early World of Learning helps children learn to read while having fun! Play games to help facilitate learning in both English and Spanish. Practice reading skills with popular nursery rhymes and fairytales.

 


 
Encyclopedia and Reference
 

Dictionary of Canadian Biographies
A searchable online collection of approximately 8,500 detailed biographies of noteworthy Canadians.
 
Early Canadiana Online
Offers primary resources for learning about Canadian history. Documents, that can be used for genealogy, are offered in over 20 languages. 
Also available from EBSCOhost is Explora. Choose between Explora: Primary, Canada or Educator's Edition. Search or browse through tons of articles and other formats of information.
Historica Canada is Canada's largest independent organization devoted to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and citizenship.
You have access to 7 World Book databases through the Peace Library System. Each resource has different features but they all complement and work with each other. Begin learning to read with World Book: Early World of Learning and work your way up to World Book: Advanced.

 
 

 

Financial Resources

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.

Grant Connect (only available for in-library use)
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.

Money Matters
Money Matters is a free introductory financial literacy program for adult learners.

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.

My Money Coach
Learn how to 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.

 


Genealogy
 
Ancestry Library Edition (only available for in-library use)
Access to over 60 million Canadian records, including birth, marriage, and death records, census records, military records, immigration and naturalization records and more.

Canada GenWeb Project
A gateway to free Canadian genealogy resources online that is organized by province.

Early Canadiana Online
This virtual library holds thousands of historical primary documents with a Canadian focus that anyone can access.

Historica Canada
Historica Canada is Canada's largest independent organization devoted to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and citizenship.

Library and Archives Canada
The collection contains materials in all types of formats from across Canada and around the world that are of interest to Canadians.


 

 
Health and Wellness
 

Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to million living in Alberta, and to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C.
and the Northwest Territories.
 
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.
 
Health Source: Consumer Edition
This database is the richest collection of consumer health information providing information on many health topics including medical sciences, food services and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health.
 
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.
 
John Hopkins Medicine Library
Guide to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions from A to Z.

Medline Plus

Search information on health, wellness, disorders and conditions, learn about drugs and supplements, and discover tutorials, health and surgery videos, games and quizzes.
 
My Health Alberta
The 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 Languages
Up for some fun? Try learning to talk like a pirate or get some extra help learning Canadian French. Mango offers a wide variety of languages in an easy to learn format for kids and adults. Download the Mango Languages app today!
Transparent Language Online is an online language learning system for independent learners with 100+ language courses, including indigenous languages like Cree.
 
 

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.
 
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.
A virtual library of Canadian legal information.
A legal research help page that focuses on strategy and effective use of primary and secondary sources in both print and electronic formats.

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.
 
Laws for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta 
Learn about the laws that apply when renting a place to live in Alberta.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Oak Net: Older Adult Knowledge Network
Information on Albertan and Canadian law to help protect the older adult.

 
Willow Net: Abuse and the Law in Alberta 
Willownet provides legal information for Albertans experiencing violence in a relationship.

 


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.

 
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.

 

Magazines & Newspapers
Consumer Reports
A nonprofit organization providing unbiased product ratings and reviews since 1936. They put over 4000 products through rigorous testing each year.

PressReader
PressReader provides access to thousands of local, regional and international newspapers and magazines in 60 languages. Read, share and discuss news from 5,000+ global publications. Available online and on mobile devices.

RBdigital Magazines
RBdigital Magazines offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment.Popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of issues you can borrow.

Newspaper Source Plus
Provides full-text articles from the world's major newspapers, newswires and new magazines. Also includes television and radio news transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

 


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.

 

EBSCOhost Databases
 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.\

Science Reference Centre
Science Reference Centre is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Topics covered invlude biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

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 models.

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.