Online Research Tools
Trying to find information online? Not sure if you can trust the information found on Google? Your Library can help! Our online resources provide a wealth of authoritative and trustworthy information on a wide variety of subjects, and can be used both in the Library and at home.
If you are not sure which of our resources can help you, why not search them all? Each page of the Library's website has a search box in the top right corner. Enter your topic and select the Articles & More radio button below. You will receive results back from all the research tools we subscribe to.
- Oxford Art Online
The foremost scholarly art encyclopedia covers all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It features more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries.
- Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary of His Stage Context
Reviews current knowledge of the character and operation of theatres in Shakespeare's time, with an explanation of their origins. Coverage includes the practices of Elizabethan actors and script writers: methods of characterization; gesture, blocking and choreography, including music, dance and fighting; actors' rhetorical interaction with audiences; and use of costumes, stage props, and make-up.
- The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of 20th Century Architecture
Contains wide ranging and authoritative coverage of the whole spectrum of architecture and urban planning in the 20th century, and of leading architects and engineers the world over.
Books and Authors
- Canadian Book Review Annual
The Canadian Book Review Annual (CBRA) provides Canadians with an evaluation guide to all the English-language, Canadian-authored scholarly, reference, trade, children's, and youth books published in Canada each year.
- Canadian Literary Centre
Biographies, essays, literary criticism and book reviews.
NoveList® Plus is here to help libraries and their patrons find the next great read. With well over 200,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles included, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads and more, NoveList Plus is a complete readers' resource.
Business and Careers
- Canadian Points of View Reference Centre
Covers 100 topics presenting an overview, a point, a counterpoint, and a Critical Thinking Guide for each topic. It is a tool designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Topics covered include: environment, health, human rights, crime, race, technology, substance abuse, and many more. Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
- Canadian Reference Centre
Includes leading Canadian and international magazines, newspapers, reference books.
- The Canadian Encyclopedia
Information on all Canadian topics. Includes the Canadian Encyclopedia, Youth Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, Feature Articles and Maclean’s Magazine.
- Novelist K-8
NoveList K-8 contains materials for all K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children's "chapter" books and young adult titles. Updated monthly, NoveList K-8 is your starting place for learning about the books that you and your students need and will want to read!
A online collection of read-along and e-book titles for older elementary, middle and high school students. The collection includes classic literature, Shakespeare, YA/teen novels and a growing number of exciting graphic novels.
Access e-books, language learning, read-alongs, puzzles & games for children.
- World Book Kids
Based on World Book's award-winning Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.
- Computer Tutorials
Free online tutorials for Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), Internet Explorer and Windows 2000/XP.
Currently the tutorials only work with Internet Explorer.
Consumer Reports and Information
ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice across several franchises. Each product includes an overview and a ratings report card, as well as tester reviews & recommendations. Additional information includes brand reliability and user reviews, plus news, blogs, forums and video content.
eBooks and eAudiobooks
- Britannica Online Library Edition: Primary Sources and E-Books
Access tens of thousands of e-books as well as historical papers and documents arranged by author and title. Simply click on the link called “Primary Sources and E-Books” on the main page to perform searches for authors or select titles.
- Credo Reference
Cross-searchable full-text reference books on a wide variety of subjects.
Access over 12,000 eBooks on Freading. These books are available to users simultaneously, without waiting in line and can be renewed. Patrons are allocated four tokens each week as virtual currency for downloading eBooks. Each eBook download uses between 1 and 4 tokens, depending on demand for the book. Unused tokens roll over to the next week, but all tokens reset to 4 again every four weeks.
You will need to login using your library card barcode number and password to select and download eBooks on Freading.
Can't make it into the library but you need a good read? Your Library now offers Overdrive downloadable audiobooks and eBooks free to Library members.
The digital version of a print book (eBook) can be read on your computer, laptop or PDA. Audiobooks can be downloaded to an MP3 player or other portable device.
Quickly and easily place holds and download materials. Once your requested materials download, you have the materials for three weeks. After that time, the materials are automatically returned. You never have to worry about late fees.
Dive right in or visit the quick start guide to get started!
- Education Research Complete
Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.
- Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Education-related documents and journals.
- LearningExpress Library
Practice tests and tutorial courses to help you succeed with academic or licensing exams. Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of results. Includes Canadian Citizenship Practice Exams, GED Canada Practice Exams, GED U.S. Practice Exams, RPAT Practice Exam, TOEFL iBT Preparation, TOEIC Preparation and SAT Preparation.
Click here to browse a list of the Learning Centers and their resources.
Click here to take a quick tour of LearningExpress Library.
- Teacher Reference Center
Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
- Britannica Online Library Edition
A complete research tool that includes encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, world data, the classics, biographies, news, multimedia, and more.
- Credo Reference
Credo Reference is a digital collection of more than 400 reference works, from over 70 of the world's leading publishers. A wide range of subjects are covered including art, biographies, business, crossword solver, dictionaries (including bilingual), encyclopedias, history, literature, measurement conversions, National Gallery images, quotations, science and technology.
- L'Encyclopedie Decouverte
L'Encyclopedie Decouverte is written at a reading level appropriate for younger users who are native speakers and readers of French, as well as older students and adults for whom French is a second language.
- Oxford English Dictionary
The most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English.
- World Book Online
More than 26,000 articles as well as more than 12,000 pictures and maps, and 7,000 links to editor-approved websites useful in helping students constructively explore topics further. You can also choose from three unique modules: World Book for Kids, Educator's Tool and Research Libraries.
- Environment Complete
Offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine and freshwater science, geography, pollution and waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
Gardening and Horticulture
- National Gardening Association
When you garden, you grow. National Gardening Association offers the Web's largest and most respected array of gardening content for consumers and educators, ranging from general information and publications to lessons and grants.
- ALT Health Watch
In-depth coverage of alternative, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness.
- Canadian Cancer Statistics
This annual publication provides health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and interested members of the general public with detailed information regarding incidence, mortality and other measures of cancer burden for the most common types of cancer by age, sex, year and province or territory.
- Health Source - Consumer Edition
Includes information on medical sciences, food sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine.
This is a free service of US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of health.
History and Genealogy
Hobbies and Crafts
- Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Full-text content for many popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities. More than 500 magazines and books, as well as access to 333 videos and 144 hobby reports are included. Hobbies & Crafts Reference Centre offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas in the areas of arts and crafts; collecting; games and electronics; model building; home and leisure; needlework; outdoors and nature; and scrapbooking and papercrafts.
Home and Auto
- Auto Repair Reference Center
Complete automotive repair information for both domestic and foreign models from 1954 on.
- Home Improvement Reference Center
A full text database that focuses on home improvement and home repair. Thousands of repairs are available in the areas of outdoor projects, electrical projects, remodeling projects, plumbing projects, wood projects, decorating projects and maintenance.
- Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Complete repair information for all terrain vehicles, generators, boat motors, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, personal water craft, snow mobiles and tractors.
Mango offers a fast and convenient solution for people seeking to learn a second language but just do not have the time or the resources.
Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. It is available in 31 foreign language and 14 ESL courses. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 34 foreign languages and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
Learn languages with Mango everywhere you go. Download Mango's free apps for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android, click here.
To learn more about Mango, watch this video.
Law and Legal
CanLII is a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. CanLII's goal is to make Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet. Both statutes and case law are searchable through CanLII.
- Justice Laws Website - Consolidated Statutes and Regulations
The online source for Canadian federal legislation and regulations. These consolidations are generally updated on a weekly basis.
- Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law
Over 10,000 entries explain the vocabulary used in legal situations. Entries include definitions pronunciations, and frequent supplementary notes.
Local Paper Archives
- Sun Media Corporation Library Archives
Complete editions of the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune are electronically archived back to Nov. 1, 1999.
(In library use only)
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- Transcription of the Isabel Campbell Newspaper Index for Organizations
This table is an index of Grande Prairie newspapers from 1913 to 1961. It is organised in alphabetical order by organization name. Newspaper dates are listed by month, day and year. The location within the paper is given as a page number and column number on that page. Specific places are named. Those without a place name can be assumed to be Grande Prairie. A primary subject category has been assigned based on the Archives Society of Alberta list of topics. The table is word-searchable.
To read an article, consult the newspaper of that date. A collection of newspapers (1913-present) is available on microfilm at the Grande Prairie Public Library in the Isabel Campbell room.
The website, Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization projects, contains digitized copies of Grande Prairie newspapers from 1913 to 1949.
- Canadian Music Periodical Index
Lists articles published in Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines from the 19th century to the present.
- Open Music Archive
Open Music Archive is a collaborative project, initiated by artists Eileen Simpson & Ben White, to source, digitise and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings. The archive is open for anyone to use and contribute to.
- Oxford Music Online
Offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres.
Newspapers and Magazines
- Canadian Newsstand
Covers major Canadian newspapers including Alberta dailies and weeklies.
- Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly (CPIQ)
Covers a broad range of Canadian magazines, biographies and other reference sources.
- MasterFILE Premier
Source for general reference, business, consumer health, general science and multicultural magazines.
- NewspaperDirect Library PressDisplay
NewspaperDirect Library PressDisplay provides access to current newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Includes over 1,700 Canadian and international titles from 82 countries in 40 languages.
To view the complete list of newspapers covered by PressDisplay, click here.
- Access Science
Over 8,500 online encyclopedia articles and 15,000 illustrations from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology 10th Edition.
- Global Road Warrior
Global Road Warrior provides up-to-date travel information on 175 countries, containing world-class content, over 8 million words of editorial, including over 6,500 color photos and 1,575 country maps, all presented in a consistent 92-category framework for each country. Created by an international team of researchers, cartographers and writers, the database is continually updated.