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The following are databases available through Winnipeg Public Library. To access these databases outside the Library, you will be asked to enter a valid Winnipeg Public Library card number. Access to these databases from home is licensed for personal use only; institutions may not access these databases.

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bullet Search for a magazine or journal by title: Many databases include online newspapers, magazines and academic journals that are available in full text. Use this service if you know the title of the magazine you are looking for, or to browse available titles. You can then link directly to the magazine to view the contents or search for a specific article or topic.

Active ReadingActive Reading lets users select an English language reading program between elementary and advanced levels depending on their existing skills.
Ancestry Plus

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A genealogy site comprising billions of records in over 4,000 databases from Canada, United States, United Kingdom and other European countries. Both beginners and expert researchers can access census, vital, court, church and immigration records, in addition to historical maps and local histories. Now available for in-library use at all locations.
BookFLIXReinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration by pairing classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.

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Business WritingIncludes tips and lessons for all aspects of business writing; from resumes to reports, e-mail to applications. A great resource for EAL students and those returning to the workforce.
Canadian Newsstand - Major DailiesSearch 19 major Canadian daily newspapers including theWinnipeg Free Press (full-text starting April 29, 2006: indexing only from January 1982 to December 1996) and the Globe and Mail(full-text starting 1977) - updated daily.
Canadian Reference Centre*Full-text information for over 150 Canadian periodicals and over 400 international periodicals. Also contains over 30 Canadian and international newspapers including the Winnipeg Free Press(dating from July 2004, with a two day delay). Includes biographies, an image collection and a Canadian dictionary.
CANSIMReliable and timely Statistics Canada information.
Career CruisingFeatures information about all aspects of careers, including self-evaluation to choose a career, programs of study, resume writing, "a day in the life" of practitioners, and more. You can create your own portfolio for your resume and education plans. The Government of Manitoba provides the Library's access to this database. Includes lots of information about local and Canadian college and university programs.

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ChoixMédia est une base de données bibliographiques qui recense la quasi-totalité des livres, CD-ROM, DVD et autres ouvrages de langue française. Comprenant plus de 830 000 notices bibliographiques téléchargeables, cet outil facilite le travail de catalogage. ChoixMédia se démarque également par son analyse qualitative de chaque ouvrage. Usage limité à la bibliothèque.
Chilton's Auto RepairGet the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs, with maintenance and specification tables, step-by-step service and repair procedures, a labour estimating tool, vacuum and wiring diagrams, and close-up photographs and illustrations.
Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and SpecialtiesThe Canadian standard for drug monographs, developed by manufacturers, approved by Health Canada and optimized by CPhA editors. It contains thousands of product monographs for drugs, vaccines and natural health products, including 165 new products for the Canadian market.
Connected SpeechThis site is intended to simulate a conversation circle for EAL students and those wanting to improve their English skills. Includes beginner, intermediate, and expert levels.
Consumer Reports.orgFrom digital cameras to matresses, from toilet paper to sunscreen, search reviews and ratings on thousands of products and services to help you make informed purchases. Includes the full text of Consumer Reports Magazine as well as videos, blogs and forums.
EBSCOhost*Full text or abstracts for hundreds of general interest magazines, some dating as far back as 1984, covering a variety of subjects. Includes a selection of full-text reference books, an image collection, maps and flags. Searching is available in 29 languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian and more. Mobile-friendly interface.
Encyclopedia AmericanaOver 45,000 articles by subject, including news, biographies, editor's picks and Web links.
Encylopaedia UniversalisL'Encyclopaedia Universalis met la connaissance à la portée de tous. 7 000 auteurs de réputation internationale; 30 000 articles; 10 000 photographies; 9 000 dessins, tableaux et schémas; 400 cartes administratives et géographiques; 122 000 définitions, et bien plus encore.
Encylopaedia Universalis JuniorFrench language encyclopedia for ages 7 and up, covers subjects typically covered in school and of interest to children. Based on the Britannica Student Encyclopedia.
Grant Connect

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Search Canada's largest bilingual fundraising database to find grant makers, grant recipients, and more. Over 3,200 foundation and corporation listings and 90,000+ indexed grants, as well as a how-to manual on building partnerships with foundations and writing grant proposals. In-library use only.
Grolier's Multimedia EncyclopediasFor students and learners of all ages, includes multimedia, video, timelines, research starters and lots of images.
Issues in English 2This site offers EAL students a variety of exercises and topics to help improve conversational English. Topics include immigration, media, nature, languages, sports, technology, fame, and education. Includes four difficulty levels.
It's Your JobThis database takes you through 10 steps for a successful job search. This includes creating the perfect resume, cover letter writing, interview advice, and technology.
Kids Search*For kids in grades K-8. Search magazines and encyclopedias for articles and images in a kid-friendly environment. Includes teacher resources.
L'Encyclopédie DécouverteL'Encyclopédie Découverte propose les excellents articles et les vastes possibilitiés du contenu médiatique de World Book en français canadien. Le site offre une navigation simple, des articles faciles à lire, des milliers d'illustrations et toute une gamme d'activités plaisantes.
MangoMango Languages is a fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language - and it's fun to use too! Offers 45+ languages to learn as well as 15+ language learning courses for ESL learners. Includes Mango Basic and Mango Complete. Also available for mobile devices including Androids and iPhones by downloading the app for free from your app store!
McGraw Hill eBooksThe McGraw Hill eBooks Library gives you access to full-text eBooks in a variety of subject areas. The Demystified series offers eBooks in 12 subject areas including business, computing, nursing, languages and sciences. The Schaums College Outlines series contains eBooks in 17 subject areas including chemistry, mathematics, psychology, accounting and computing.
My CanadaMy Canada provides new immigrants and learners with information about the history and customs of Canada and day-to day activities such as going to the doctor and handling money.
National Film BoardBrowse this collection of over a thousand National Film Board films and watch great documentaries, animations, and drama at home or in the library. If you are using a library computer, please see staff if the film you want to view is more than 90 minutes long.
NAXOS JazzOnline, streaming access to over 500 jazz artists.
NAXOS MusicOnline, streaming access to classical, contemporary, jazz, blues, nostalgia, world/folk, new age and Chinese music. Includes more than 165,000 audio tracks from approximately 11,000 recordings, with more added monthly.
New Book of KnowledgeFor teachers and elementary students learning to use online resources for research featuring Web links, current events, bibliographies, magazines, student resources and activities for learning.
NoveList Plus

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It's not just for fiction anymore! NoveList Plus now includes over 50,000 non-fiction books in addition to 150,000 fiction titles. Find new authors and titles, or browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 160 award lists and 1,800 fiction-related websites.
Overdrive eBooks & AudiobooksSearch for downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.
Oxford ReferenceMore than 120 dictionaries and reference works published by Oxford University Press in a single cross-searchable resource, featuring a wide range of subjects including folklore, mythology, foreign languages, military history, computer, law, quotations, mathematics and performing arts. Download helper document

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PastForward is Winnipeg's history, digitized. View vintage Winnipeg and Manitoba postcards, search historic people and business directories, listen to people tell their stories, and more.
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center*Includes more than 700,000 classic and contemporary full-text poems and over 50,000 full-text short stories, both contemporary and classic. Easy to search and browse for your favorite poems and short stories.
Pronunciation PowerPronunciation Power provides access to award winning products such as the amazing Speech Test, usage tracking, and other custom modules. Pronunciation Power is a powerful piece of software for anyone wanting to improve their pronunciation of the English language.
QikanPopular Chinese language magazines published in mainland China and viewable in either traditional or simplified characters. Browse magazines by subject or search for articles by keyword, author or magazine.

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Magazine articles in the French language. In-library use only.
Road to IELTSOver 120 hours of interactive learning materials, providing preparation and practice for each module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
SearchasaurusHey kids! Let the dinosaur help you find what you need! Search magazines and encyclopedias for interesting facts and great homework help. Includes an animal encyclopedia, dictionary and database of pictures. Grades K-5.
Study Skills SuccessStudy Skills Success helps users to develop their abilities to speak, read, and write English, and improve grammar, vocabulary, and research skills.
Tense BusterTense Buster helps students to practice and master the use of English grammar.
TumbleBook LibraryAnimated, talking children's picture books created from existing books with quizzes, puzzles and memory games. Now iPad-friendly!
TumbleBookCloudFeatures eBooks, read-alongs, classic works of literature and audiobooks geared towards middle school, high school and EAL audiences. Read-alongs are great for emergent, struggling, and reluctant readers, and are an excellent tool for ESL students. Many Canadian titles are featured, and all are online/simultaneous use, great for book clubs or other groups that all need access to the same book at the same time.
TumbleBookCloud JrTumbleBookCloud Junior is a collection of videos and chapter books designed specifically for kids in grades two to six in categories which include: Ebooks (including many Canadian titles), Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic!), and Audio Books. The books feature adjustable text sizes, full narration, and a read-along function which highlights text as it is read, which makes it a great tool for reluctant readers and ESL students.
Winnipeg Free Press Archive

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This online database contains more than 2 million historical pages from the Winnipeg Free Press and all its earlier titles, such as theManitoba Free Press. Dating back to 1874, the pages are fully searchable by name, keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content, research your family history, or simply read about a person or event of interest. Now available for in-library use at all locations. See staff for details. Watch a video about this database.
Winnipeg Sun Archive(Sun Media Newspapers in MB Archive)

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This database offers full-text articles from the Winnipeg Sun, the Altona Red River Valley Echo, Beausejour Review, Carman Valley Leader, Interlake Spectator, Lac du Bonnet Leader, Morden Times, Portage La Prairie Daily Graphic, Selkirk Journal, Stonewall Argus and Winkler Times. Archived articles are text only and go back to 1999. In-library use only.
World Book: Info FinderThis resource is designed for users in Grades 5 - 7. It includes articles from World Book Encyclopedia plus graphic and multimedia enhancements, animations and audio-video clips. Articles now include read aloud and translation features.
World Book: Kids

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Designed especially for younger users with simple navigation and easy-to-read content. Colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles. Great for visual learners of any age. Articles now include read aloud and translation features.
World Book: Discover

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For differentiated learners, this resource contains easy to read articles on topics of interest to middle school and up. Special features include a Life Skills section and the video series "World Book Explains" in which experts answer students' questions on high interest topics. Articles include read aloud and translation features.
World Book: Spanish EncyclopediaDesigned for elementary and middle grades or beginning Spanish students with bright, colorful navigation so that information can be found quickly and easily.

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* You can search these databases in 13 different languages by selecting from the Language drop-down menu. You may also be able to translate full-text HTML articles from English to French, Spanish, German or Portuguese.

Last update: March 18, 2015