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Encyclopedias & Reference

AtoZ World Travel is a comprehensive travel guide providing practical information for experiencing the world and all its wonders, for travelers and students alike. Experience the World’s Wonders with AtoZ World Travel. 

Auto Repair Source provides up-to-date information to help you diagnose, repair and maintain your vehicle(s). All content is from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step instructions for repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, recalls and more.

Canadian Literary Centre provides book and reference content with a Canadian focus from Essays on Canadian Writing Press (ECW Press). ECW Press also provides several individual monographs, author biographies, essays, literary criticism, and book reviews.

CPI.Q (Canadian Periodical Index) provides Canadian reference information. It includes more than 1,300 Canadian periodicals, a bilingual interface (English/French), indexing from 1980 forward, full-text articles from 1983 forward, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s weekly magazine, and even travel handbooks from Fodor’s for Canadian destinations.

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides Canadian resources that present multiple sides of a current issue, including information on key topics of interest to Canadian researchers. This database helps students develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills. 

Quick access to all EBSCO products, including: NoveList, Explora, Flipster, Auto Repair Reference Center, and more.

Explora & Explora Primary support student research with the following features: simple search engines, easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topics, reading level indicators to find grade-appropriate content easily, and text-to-speech for HTML articles to help struggling readers or those learning English.

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Interactive: Science is filled with 3D models that bring science to life. It helps you to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science by encouraging you to break apart 3D models to see how everything fits together.

Kids InfoBits is a fantastic resource for educational exploration. Filled with reliable information and geared to fit the needs of today’s young learners, discover age-appropriate, reliable and curriculum-related content in a variety of educational topics.  

The Merck Manuals are medical information resources that are committed to providing current information. 

National Geographic is journalism’s most trusted name in exploration & discovery, supporting: science, history, technology, the environment, cultures, & more!

 Gale Power Search is a search engine that pulls from all available Gale resources to bring you authoritative content such as: journal articles, magazines, books, news, images & video.  

World Book Online offers the following resources for your learning adventures: 

Early World of Learning helps young readers navigate through stories, games, videos, & interactive colouring pages for educational entertainment.

The Kids section provides thousands of easy-to-read articles filled with images and targets relevant topics such as important people, science projects, games and more. 

The Student section helps students get the most out of their research by providing access to: a citation builder, how to do research, interactive maps, and more.

The Advanced section is a powerful reference tool that will provide you with access to primary sources, historical documents, and multimedia from within each encyclopedia article you read.


Unlock your story with Ancestry Library Edition, a genealogical portal. NEW! Access this resource from home here.

Explore: censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court & legal documents, directories, photos, maps & more. 

Lifelong Learning Courses

Mango builds communication skills in 70+ world languages, including English. Explore new languages by practicing realistic conversations.

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, with more than 500 courses available. This resource offers videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Take multiple classes and learn at your own pace. To get started, click the Universal Class logo. 

Reading Guides

NoveList Plus is your one-stop guide to great reading. Log into NoveList to find your next read. Filled with book recommendations, book lists, reviews & more!

NoveList K-8 Plus is your one-stop guide to great reading. Finished a book but not sure what to read next? Log into NoveList K-8 for book recommendations.


Elgin Children’s Network (ECN) is a local group of agencies and individuals who represent the education, health and social services sector. ECN works to build communities where every child has the opportunity to be engaged, empowered, and to thrive.   

Employment Services Elgin offers provincially funded programs that help individuals of all ages find employment. 

Government of Ontario provides access to government services, benefits, and information that Canadians need. Visit the Government of Ontario website to learn more. is a website for Ontario residents and health care providers to find relevant health service information for their communities.

The Learning for Life Tool is an online database full of adult education and training opportunities across the County of Elgin. This free interactive tool asks you a series of questions about your learning needs, as it narrows down recommendations to the most appropriate programs and courses for you. Each recommendation includes a description of the training opportunity, contact information, a map of the program’s location, and more.

Service Canada provides access to government services and benefits that Canadians need. Visit the Service Canada website to learn more.

Service Ontario provides easy access to Ontario government services online or at a Service Ontario Centre.
Services include: driver’s licences, plate stickers, health cards, birth certificates and more.

Southwestern Public Health provides access to public health services in Elgin County and St. Thomas. Visit the Southwestern Public Health website to learn more.