Adult eResources

 Ancestry

Ancestry Library

– IN LIBRARY USE ONLY – Canada’s leading family history website, offers members access to 129 million searchable Canadian family history records.

Canada411.ca

Individual and business telephone and address directories for the whole of Canada, run by Yellow Pages Group.

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The Canadian Encyclopedia

A source of information on Canada published in English and French that includes 14,000 articles on numerous subjects including history, popular culture, events, people, places, politics, arts, First Nations, sports and science.

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Dictionary of Canadian Biography

A dictionary of biographical entries for individuals who have contributed to the history of Canada. The DCB, which was initiated in 1959, is a collaboration between the University of Toronto and Université Laval.

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Duolingo

A free language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app along with a crowdsourced text translation platform and a free language proficiency assessment center. Did we mention it’s free?

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Encyclopædia Britannica

A general knowledge English-language encyclopedia written by about 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 contributors, who have included 110 Nobel Prize winners and five American presidents.

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Google Scholar

A freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

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Google Translate

Free multilingual statistical machine translation service provided by Google to translate text, speech, images, or real-time video from one language into another.

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Le grand dictonnaire terminologique

An online terminological database containing nearly 3,000,000 French, English and Latin technical terms in 200 industrial, scientific and commercial fields.

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Information, Please!

InfoPlease has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938—first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and since 1998 on the Internet.

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The Internet Archive

A nonprofit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge”. It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including web sites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and nearly 3,000,000 public-domain books.

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Khan Academy

An online academy that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

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Merriam-Webster

Highly respected and authoritative dictionary. In 1843, after Noah Webster died, the G & C Merriam Co. bought the rights to An American Dictionary of the English Language from his estate.

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Novelist

Find book reviews and reading recommendations for fiction titles.

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OverDrive E-Books and Audiobooks

Free downloadable e-books and audiobooks. Need help getting started? Download our OverDrive tipsheets for e-reader guide and audiobook guide.

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Project Gutenberg

A volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books.

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Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)

A collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in many countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics.

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TechBoomers.com

A free educational website, featuring tutorials that teach older adults and other inexperienced technology users how to use the most popular and trusted websites and Internet apps. We currently offer over 60 free courses packed with video and article tutorials tailored for those with limited computer skills: written in easily-understood, non-technical language; providing context through real-world parallels.

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WordReference.com

A dictionary of biographical entries for individuals who have contributed to the history of Canada. The DCB, which was initiated in 1959, is a collaboration between the University of Toronto and Université Laval.