Complete List of Databases (A-Z)

Below are databases that our library subscribes to and others that we recommend.  They contain loads of information not necessarily found through the Internet.  You’ll need your library card to log into most of these databases.

Automate covers more than 35,000 vehicles from 1945 to present. Content includes nearly 857,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 99,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, over 158,600 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing, specifications & maintenance schedules, Labor Time Guide & Estimator, AutoIQ. Video Tutorial

Ancestry Library Edition (in Library Use Only) – provides genealogical and historical research capabilities. With more than 5 billion names in over 4,600 databases, includes census, military, court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; and passenger lists.

BC Laws – Free public access to the current Statutes & Regulations of BC.

British Columbia Codes (in Library Use Only) – Includes the current BC Building Code (including Plumbing Services) and the BC Fire Code.  View a tutorial.

BC Historical Newspapers – An open database hosted by UBC. Search BC Community newspapers from 1865 to 1994, including local papers The Sunshine Coast News, The Coast News, and The Peninsula Times.

British Columbia Statistics – The central statistical agency in the province, BC STATS collects and publishes reports from Statistics Canada, provincial government ministries and agencies. The website is organized by topic and has quick facts, labour trends, and current census information. Their A-Z list is a good place to start your search.

Clicklaw – An Internet subject guide to authoritative legal resources in BC and Canada. Developed by the Legal Services Society of BC and now maintained by the BC Courthouse Library Society.

Clicklaw Wikibooks – Written by librarians at Courthouse Libraries BC, the new Guide gives a basic introduction to understanding laws & legislation, and gives how-to instructions to find specific legal resources on a given topic.

Grant Connect (in Library Use Only)- Grant Connect provides detailed information on all Canadian grant-making foundations, hundreds of corporate community investment programs, as well as government funding programs and American foundations that will fund Canadian charities. Grant Connect was formerly known as Canada’s Directory to Foundations and Corporations.

IndieFlix – Watch award-winning shorts, features, and documentaries from more than 50 countries.  Streaming movies available on all Internet-enabled computers, tablets (including iPad and Android), smart phones through the Web browser, and on Roku and Xbox. Library card and login required.

Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.” 3300 videos explain many subjects.

Library2Go – Download and listen to best selling and classic audio books 24/7 on your PC, laptop, PDA or MP3 player at home, in the office or anywhere in the world.  Library card and login required.

Lynda.com – Your Tutor is Waiting! Lynda.com is an online learning resource, which offers thousands of courses on a wide variety of topics. Learn technology, creative and business skills online. For more information see here. Library card and login required.

Mango Language Learning – Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for real communication. It’s the fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language! Visit our Guide to Mango to get started. Library card and login required.

New York Times Online – Read the New York Times online, unlimited access while on the Library’s network. Follow the link to access from home. Library card and login required.

Points to the Past – With the Gale Digital Collections historical databases you can do free searches for primary resource materials, such as maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, periodicals, portraits, correspondence, sermons, poems, and more. The nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content contain materials from sources such as The Financial Times, Associated Press, Illustrated London News, the Smithsonian Institution, Indigenous Peoples: North America, slavery and anti-slavery documents, state papers, 18th- and 19th-century collections, and more. Genealogists, historians, and scholarly researchers will love this.

Royal BC Museum Learning Portal – Collections for kids and adult learners featuring video content, audio recordings, fascinating images and compelling stories and articles. It doesn’t matter if a student is a visual learner, someone who wears headphones 24/7 or a lover of the written word – the Learning Portal offers plenty of ways to connect to BC’s human history and natural history.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center – Clymer manuals containing thousands of maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines. Routine maintenance and more extensive repairs for motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more are covered. Video Tutorial [3 minutes]. Library card required.

Teen Health & Wellness database Real life – real answers.

RBdigital – An online platform for free eBooks, eAudioBooks, Magazines (Zinio) and Films (Indieflix). You can download a variety of material onto your computer, tablet or smartphone by registering and using the RB Digital app. Library card and login required.

Zinio – A product of RB Digital that allows you to explore and download thousands of free magazines. Library card and login required.