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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
NOTE: Please be advised that there are ads on this site that you will have to close to get to the information.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Can-core is a streaming video library created for use in Canadian schools. It contains content from a wide range of subject areas, produced in Canada and selected for its strong curriculum fit. Includes resources relevant to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies, with an option to limit the search to Indigenous content only.
NOTE: To gain access you must Sign Up for an account. Please be aware that when you do sign up that it is not immediate as CanCore must verify that you are with UCN. Make sure to use your UCN email otherwise you will be denied an account.
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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.
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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.
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Aimed at practitioners, the Cultural Safety Collection is a selective repository of resources related to addressing barriers in accessing health and social services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples due to their experiences with racism, discrimination and marginalization. It includes resources focused on creating a culturally competent workforce, promoting cultural safety in service settings, practicing cultural humility, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and addressing anti-Indigenous racism.
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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.
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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.
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Search over 255,000 journals, books and case studies across business, management, economics, engineering, computing, technology and social sciences.

To search for material UCN subscribes to:
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The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is a comprehensive free reference tool devoted to promoting knowledge on early childhood development from conception to age five. Most topics are explored from three perspectives: development, services and policy. 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).
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eScholarship is the institutional repository for the full network of University of California campuses. The searchable database includes over 300,000 items (articles, books, these and multimedia) produced by UC faculty and students on all areas of scholarship, including research on Manitoba.
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European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 is an 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.
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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.
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First Nations Voice is a website for independent Indigenous news reporting in Canada. In addition to breaking and current news, the site features news archives beginning in 2014. NOTE: the site appears to have not been updated since August 2020.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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iPortal (The Indigenous Studies Portal) is a database of full-text electronic resources such as articles, e-books, theses, government publications, podcasts, 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. NOTE; Anyone can use the freely available materials in the iPortal but some resources are licensed and may only be available through the library.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Native Drums explores the central themes of drums and music of Canadian First Peoples. The site traces the history, mythology, and significance of the drum in traditional societies of Canada’s Eastern Woodlands, and compares them with Western Coastal regions in terms of history, arts and culture. The site has a section for Teacher Resources.
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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.
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Nursing & Allied Health Premium covers nursing, allied health professions, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. It provides thousands of full-text books and dissertations representing scholarship in nursing and related fields. Streaming videos cover important topics such as health care safety, mental health, emergency planning, checking vital signs and more. Content from CultureGrams World and Province Editions provide cultural reports that lead to a better understanding of diverse patients.
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The OAPEN Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Europe, dedicated to providing open access, peer-reviewed books in the humanities and social sciences. OAPEN has three platforms:
*OAPEN Library - a central repository for OA books
*OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit - a toolkit on OA book publishing
*Directory of Open Access Books - a search service for OA books
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Curated by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Open Educational Resources for Nursing is a list of links to freely available full-text books, journals and papers, along with select web links and presentations.
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The Open Textbook Library is a searchable database that points to open textbooks by a variety of authors and publishers. Authors and publishers give permission to use an open textbook by giving it an open license. This means all open textbooks can be downloaded and adopted for free without additional permissions or paperwork. Most academic disciplines are represented.
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This open access database provides detailed records and full-text links (when available) to dissertations from U.S. and Canadian universities, as well as other universities around the world. .
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OpenEdition brings together four open access platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences. It contains over 11,000 ebooks and more than 500 ejournals, as well as nearly 4,000 blogs and access to thousands of current listings for events and information such as conferences, calls for papers, scholarships etc.
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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.
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OverDrive is a free service offered by the UCN Libraries that lets you borrow digital content (like ebooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere. NOTE: you will need to sign in with your UCN library card number.
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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.
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Awkwardly named but useful, this PACD provides one-stop shopping for publicly available scholarly content from a number of different international research sites. 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.
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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.
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The Reference Shelf's coverage includes the "Critical Insights" series ; 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. NOTE: users may have to log in with UCN credentials.
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Sociological Abstracts, and its companion 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. NOTE: most content consists of abstracts only. Some full text items are available.
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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.
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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.
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The Tuberculosis (TB) Collection is a selective repository of resources related specifically to tuberculosis and the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations in Canada. Aimed at practitioners, resources include studies on the prevalence and incidence of TB and latent TB among Indigenous populations, risk factors for developing TB and progression to active disease, TB disease transmission patterns, barriers to and effectiveness of TB treatment, management, prevention and health promotion measures, as well as patient experiences with, perceptions and knowledge of TB.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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