Websites & Databases

Members only!  If you have an Innisfil ideaLAB & Library card, you have full FREE access to sites you can’t find on Google.  Great quality information, trusted by your librarians.  Some resources will ask for your library card number and/or a password – contact us for more information or to set up a password.

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Cypress Resume: Quick and easy resume creation!

Gale Small Business Builder: A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. This tool is helpful for those new to small business ownership as well those who already own their own business.

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

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.

Innisfil Historical Society: Search their collection of local photos and documents.

Our Stories: 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.

AutoMate: 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.

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.

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.

STEM Village: This database is an online education solution designed to inspire, enable, and guide K-12 students to develop STEM skills and passions. Students discover real-world application of STEM skills in fascinating topics like Robotics, 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, Space Exploration, Climate Change, and much more!  Instructional Video – Registration | Tip Sheet

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!

Gale Courses: Offers complete access to instructor-led online classes in many areas including business, language, teaching, and technology. The courses are available 24/7. Each course is six weeks long and new courses begin each month. Follow these instructions to get started! See the full list of courses.

Learning Express:  Learn popular software like Word, Excel, Photoshop, and more from the comfort of home.  Tip sheet 

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

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

Flipster: Browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines.  Browse or search, click, and read – it’s that simple!  Instructional Video – Desktop |  Instructional Video – Mobile App  |  Tip Sheet – Getting Started With Flipster & FAQs  |  Tip Sheet – Flipster for iPad and Android

Hoopla: stream movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and television shows – 5 borrows every month, no holds, no waiting, and no overdue fines!  Tip sheet

Kanopy – Stream thousands of movies, including documentaries, independent films, and content catered for kids to your computer or mobile device just by using your library card. No holds, no waiting, 15 plays every month! Use the Tip Sheet below for instructions. Tip Sheet

INFO: To our library members and our community:
Due to the Provincial Government’s budget cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) we will no longer be able to offer interlibrary loan service to our members.
No new interlibrary loan requests will be made, and we ask that you assist us in returning any interlibrary loan materials as soon as possible so that we may send it back to the lending library.
You will still be able to borrow books from our four Innisfil branches Lakeshore, Stroud, Cookstown and Churchill, and participate in our reciprocal borrowing model from Bradford, Essa and New Tecumseth libraries.

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.