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The ABI/INFORM Collection is an international business database which contains thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, reports, data and key business and economics periodicals such as "The Economist". Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.
The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta (AMMSA) is a news and communications society dedicated to serving the news and information needs of Indigenous people across Canada. The AMMSA website provides access to the archives of: Buffalo Spirit, Alberta Sweetgrass, Ontario Birchbark, Saskatchewan Sage, Raven's Eye, and Windspeaker.
This atlas is the most comprehensive, current resource on the status of Manitoba's breeding birds. More than 325,000 records of 308 species are included in the database, including more than 14,600 records of 32 Species At Risk. It is also one of the most extensive bird atlases published anywhere online to date. Contents include: maps, species accounts, graphs, tables, and raw data.
BENTHAM Open publishes a number of peer-reviewed, open access journals. These free-to-view online journals cover all major disciplines of science, medicine, technology and social sciences. Open access journals are free to view, download and print.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives. BHL is revolutionizing global research by providing free, worldwide access to knowledge about life on Earth. The BHL portal provides free access to hundreds of thousands of volumes, comprising over 59 million pages, from the 15th-21st centuries. In addition to public domain content, BHL works with rights holders to obtain permission to make in-copyright materials openly available under Creative Commons licenses.
BioMed Central provides free open access to original research papers published in more than 290 peer-reviewed journals covering biology, clinical medicine, and health. Articles are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication and are also indexed in PubMed.
Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.
The Canadian Music Periodical Index (CMPI) includes over 37,000 entries with a focus on articles and news items touching on various aspects of music in Canada dating from the late-19th century to the present day. Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines are represented. NOTE: Full text is not available on this site.
The Héritage collection is a joint project supported by CRKN members and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and draws from the rich resources of archival microfilm held by Library and Archives Canada. Héritage includes 41 million pages (over 900 collections) from some of Canada's most popular archival collections from the 17th to the mid-20th centuries. The majority of the material in Héritage is handwritten. Featured collections include: Aboriginal History, Genealogy, and a selection of private papers.
The Canadiana Online collection contains 19 million pages (96,000 titles) of digitized historical publications, including monographs, serials, and government publications. The collection is largely composed of materials published prior to 1921. Canadiana Online also includes all content from the closed Early Canadiana Online (ECO) collection, including content from the CIHM microfiche series. Newspapers and annuals (digitized from CIHM fiche) are currently being added to the collection.
Part of DuPont's training series, this free database contains resources to help people manage the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. Topics include: The New Normal: Restarting after COVID-19,Managing Remote Workers: Effective Virtual Meetings and Conference Calls, Recovery from COVID19 Business Disruption, Pause for Performance: Handwashing, and more.
Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.
The COVID-19 Resource Library is a selective repository of resources related to COVID-19 and the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations in Canada. The resources include: information sheets, posters and videos that can inform Indigenous communities about prevention measures, available resources, and how to maintain mental health and stay connected to culture; protocols and guidelines for health care and social services providers; tools to inform community, organizational, and provincial/territorial pandemic planning and responses; as well as journal articles and reports and statements from international organizations about human rights and socio-economic implications that can inform policy responses to COVID-19.
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, originally available only in print now provides biographies of prominent people in Canada. There are now almost 8,500 biographies on this website, comprising the complete contents of the print volumes I to XV, which describe the lives of those whose deaths or whose last-known activities occurred in the years 1000 to 1930. Also included are entries on voyagers whose verifiable dates precede 1000 – Saint Brendan (Bréanainn), Eirikr Thorvaldsson (Eric the Red), and Herjólfsson Bjarni – and more than 70 biographies of individuals who died after 1930.
The EDUCAUSE Library is a searchable clearing house for information about timely topics and research supporting the use and management of technology in higher education. It aggregates over 21,000 resources. Many resources are available to non-subscribers.
The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is a comprehensive free reference tool devoted to promoting accessibility and knowledge transfer of the best knowledge on early childhood development from conception to age five. Most topics are explored from three perspectives: development, services and policy and the papers gathered under each topic are written by internationally renowned experts. The syntheses and information sheets (Eyes on...) provide summaries of the most essential knowledge in a lay language suited to various readers. The Encyclopedia also features a section entitled Voices from the Field that focuses on a specific environment or region. The Encyclopedia is a project of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) supported by Université Laval and Université de Montréal (Quebec, Canada).
European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 is a free archive of indexed publications related to the Americas and written in Europe before 1750. It includes thousands of valuable primary source records covering the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples.
First Nations Drum is Canada’s largest Aboriginal newspaper, reaching communities all across the country, and is distributed to native bands, friendship centres, tribal councils, schools, colleges and universities, libraries, and aboriginal businesses and organizations from east to west. Designed to inform and entertain readers while strengthening understanding between the Native and non-Native residents, the First Nations Drum deals exclusively with news and information relevant to Native communities and lifestyles.
This database contains links to over 5000 medical journals available freely online. All disciplines are covered, and the collection is searchable by impact factor and embargo period (i.e. when the journals are released for free).
Grassroots news is a major Indigenous newspaper for Manitoba, publishing 20,000 copies each issue with distribution throughout the Province of Manitoba including major urban centres such as Winnipeg, Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Thompson and The Pas. In addition to current news, the website also features a selection of archived copies.
hoopla partners with libraries across the United States and Canada to provide online and mobile access to eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and TV. With hoopla and a valid library card, patrons can borrow, instantly stream, and download dynamic content via hoopla’s mobile app or www.hoopladigital.com. All you need to get started is your library card and a web browser, smart phone, or tablet.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) provides open access to detailed, scholarly, peer-reviewed information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The Encyclopedia receives no funding, and it operates through the volunteer work of the editors, authors, volunteers, and technical advisers. The IEP is free of charge and available to all users of the Internet worldwide.
The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) is a database of full-text electronic resources such as articles, e-books, theses, government publications, videos, oral histories, and digitized archival documents and photographs. The iPortal content has a primary focus on Indigenous peoples of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond. Anyone can use the freely available materials in the iPortal but some resources are licensed and may only be available through the library.
The Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College (JMETC) is a recreation of an earlier publication by the Program in Mathematics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a peer-reviewed, semiannual journal, it is intended to provide dissemination opportunities for writers of practice-based or research contributions to the general field of mathematics education.
JMETC readers are educators from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, principals, superintendents, professors of education, and other leaders in education. Articles appearing in the JMETC include research reports, commentaries on practice, historical analyses, and responses to issues and recommendations of professional interest.
Medieval Digital Resources (MDR) is an open-access database of peer-reviewed digital materials for the study of the Middle Ages. Users can browse or search to find vetted online resources, including: imagebanks; bibliographies and reference works; pedagogical tools; editions and translations; music and other multimedia collections; interpretative websites; and new works of digital scholarship. MDR does not include paywalled or password-access resources, although some may have restrictive use-licenses.
The online database was largely completed in the late 1990s and now contains 44,691 items. This version added foods, drugs, dyes, fibers and other uses of plants. This represents uses by 291 Native American groups of 4,029 species from 243 different plant families. About half of them are medicinal. This expansion of the database was supported by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.
The Native Dance project documents dance traditions of Indigenous peoples from across Canada. The database contents include: in-depth interviews, article, and downloadable resource kits, as well as over 100 videos of original footage, and more than 900 images.
Native Drums traces the history, mythology, and significance of the drum in traditional societies of Canada’s Eastern Woodlands, compared with Western Coastal regions in terms of history, arts and culture. The website also features downloadable teacher resources.
Newswires provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire on a continuous basis. This collection includes AP Financial News, AP Top News, AP WorldStream, AP U.S. Politics & Government, AP 50 State Reports, UPI Security Industry, UPI Emerging Threats, UPI Business, UPI Entertainment, UPI Sports, UPI Top News, Arabia 2000, and more.. The index to the full text content in EBSCO Newswires is held for a rolling 30-day archive by EBSCO.
Our World on the Manitoba Research Gateway contains millions of pages of digitized historical content including newspapers, maps, photos, pamphlets, manuscripts and more. Access the Indigenous Peoples: North America collection (including indigenous-language materials), every article from every issue in National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to 1994, and digitized exhibit materials from the Smithsonian. Also available are the archives of publications such The Economist, Financial Times, The Times (London), The Times Literacy Supplement, and the Illustrated London News.
Peel's Prairie Provinces documents western Canadian history and the culture of the Canadian prairies. The database contains 7,500 digitized books, over 66,000 newspaper issues (4.8 million articles!), 16,000 postcards, and 1,000 maps. Many of the items date back to the earliest days of exploration in the region and include a vast range of material dealing with every aspect of the settlement and development of the Canadian West.
Designed to complement other databases and collections, this database brings together, or links to, full text for publicly available scholarly content from a number of different sources from around the world. It includes content from major subject repositories such as arXiv as well as open access journals. Content includes journal articles, pre-prints, books, conference papers and reports.
Looking for citation help? The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) provides detailed information on how to do citations in APA, MLA, Chicago and other styles as well as general citation information and research assistance. It also offers help with many different writing topics and subjects, from punctuation to technical writing.
The Reference Shelf's coverage includes the "Critical Insights" series with analyses of noted modern authors; the "Decades" collection, which examines everyday life in the U.S. from the 1930s to the 2000s and MasterPlots, which summarizes the plots of great works of literature. Science, the environment and health are also covered.
Spanning four key twentieth-century conflicts, with a spotlight on the Second World War, Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War provides access to British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files from 1873 to 1953. Sourced from The National Archives, U.K., the range of documents – from signals intelligence reports to government-directed policy and strategy – will support teaching and research from the period of Appeasement right through to the early Cold War.
Sociological Abstracts, and its companion file Social Services Abstracts, cover the international literature of sociology, social work, and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Examples of areas covered include: anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law and penology, race relations, social psychology and urban studies. It provides abstracting and indexing of articles and book reviews, plus books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers, and working papers. Some full text items are available.
SpringerOpen includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science, as well as a selection of open access books. SpringerOpen journals and books are made freely and permanently available online immediately upon publication.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) combines an online encyclopedia of philosophy with peer-reviewed publication of original papers in philosophy, freely accessible to Internet users. It is maintained by Stanford University. Each entry is written and maintained by an expert in the field, including professors from many academic institutions worldwide.
UM Digital Collections contain rare and unique digital material about Manitoba history. The material in UM Digital Collections includes images, letters, newspapers, books, and moving image and sound recordings that document the province's history. Topics include: Aboriginal Peoples, Northern Studies, Prairie History, and Immigration.
Web News makes information available from EBSCO's News Harvester, which provides near real-time access to thousands of top news feeds from around the globe. These feeds are monitored by EBSCO and relevant results are provided when users enter searches in EBSCOhost. This collection includes over 5,000 feeds across a range of business and general news topics.
Windspeaker.com is Canada’s national Indigenous news source. Published since 1983, Windspeaker.com is the most critically acclaimed Indigenous source of news in the country. It covers the top news stories of relevance to Indigenous Peoples and their communities throughout Canada. Windspeaker.com also includes regular columns and features on culture, opinions, sports, entertainment, education, health and careers. Digitized copies of back issues can also be found on the website.