Research, Language, Learning & More

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Business & Careers

Brainfuse: JobNow is an online service designed to support job seekers.

Cypress Resume: Quick and easy resume creation!

MasterFILE Premier: Your one-stop shop for business articles, periodicals, reference books, and more.

Canadian Facts & Genealogy

Ancestry.ca: Learn about your family tree. Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more.  For access to the Archives of Ontario through Ancestry, click here (in-library use only for both resources)

Canadian Points of View: Great for students grades 7 to 12, this resource has articles on various Canadian issues and topics, as well as the Canadian view on world issues.

Canadian Reference Centre: Articles from Canadian newspapers, journals and reference books.

Find My Past – Trace your British and Irish roots using this genealogy resource. Includes census, military, newspapers records and more from the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In Library use only at Lakeshore and Cookstown Branches. Use these links to get started and for helpful search tips.

Globe and Mail Historical (1844-2010): Full text and searchable, one of Canada’s oldest newspapers is now available 24/7 through your library.

Toronto Star Historical (1894-2015): Full text to the newspaper now available anywhere with your Library card.

Our Stories Innisfil: An online, growing collection of local historical information, including photos, vital statistics, newpaper articles and other documents. Post your own local stories to add to the collection.

DIY Projects & Hobbies

Auto Repair Source: Repair information for domestic and imported vehicles as far back as 1945; includes drawings, step-by-step photographs, bulletins, and recalls.

Consumer Reports: Reviews, ratings, and insightful articles on a variety of products.

Hobbies and Craft Reference Centre: Step-by-step instructions on sewing, beading, scrapbooking and other craft projects as well as information on collecting, games and other hobbies.

Home Improvement Reference Centre: Step-by-step instructions on plumbing, woodworking, decorating and other home repair or remodeling projects.

Small Engine Repair Reference Centre: Service manuals and more for lawnmowers, snowmobiles, tractors, ATVs, generators, and boat engines.

Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete: Canadian health information including medications, alternative medicine and information on specific conditions. Aussi disponible en français. Tip Sheet

Teen Health & Wellness: Information on health issues affecting teens, including: depression, sexuality, drugs, diseases and more.

Homework Help/General Knowledge

Brainfuse: HelpNow provides on demand, anytime, anywhere e-learning for all ages including live tutoring and homework help in core subjects.

Consumer Reports: Reviews, ratings, and insightful articles on a variety of products.

Global Road Warrior: Information on countries, including currency, recipes, politics, and much more – great for school projects or travel.

MasterFILE Premier: This database provides full-text magazines, articles, and primary source documents on business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, and much more, updated daily. Includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps, and flags.

Pebble Go: This database, geared towards kindergarten and elementary students, provides fun and interactive tools to help emerging readers with reading and research!

Primary Search: Searchable magazine articles, reference books, and videos, especially for elementary students. Covers a variety of topics including endangered species, famous musicians, space exploration, and more.

Science Reference Centre: Science fair ideas, articles, and so much more.

World Book Online: Encyclopedia-quality information for all ages and grades. Includes digital books, French and Spanish-language interface, social studies, science, and even crafts!

Lifelong Learning

Mango Languages: Teach yourself conversation skills in over 20 languages. Includes ESL courses. Tip sheet 

Gale Courses: Instructor-led courses on a wide range of topics including accounting, teaching, languages, and graphic design.

Learning Express: Video-based courses on Microsoft Office, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Readers’ Favourites!

Literary Reference Centre: Full text for plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, classic texts, poems, short stories, author interviews and more!

NoveList Plus: Search for books by subjects, plot, characters and more. Descriptions, reading levels and ratings are provided.

NoveList K-8: All of the features of NoveList, but especially for kids.