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Academic Search Complete supports high-level research in all academic subjects by providing full-text access to thousands of journals, periodicals, reports, books and more. The database also contains over 75,000 videos from the Associated Press, the world’s leading news agency.
CINAHL Complete contains full text for more than 1300 nursing and allied health journals, with indexing for more than 4,000 journals. Additional nursing and allied health research material includes: health care books, select conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheet and quick lesson disease overviews.
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is a database of citations with abstracts and other pertinent data related to teaching and research in education, complemented by links to more than 200,000 full-text non-journal documents. Coverage includes: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and other education-related materials.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is an online training service with over 16,000 streaming video courses on a wide range of subjects. It includes content for software products such as Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and more. NOTE: you must sign in with your UCN email.
MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains more than 26 million references to journal articles in life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, biomedicine, bioengineering, public health, health policy development, and more. It also covers aspects of biology, environmental science, marine biology, plant and animal science as well as biophysics and chemistry. The date range includes literature published from 1966 to present, and selected coverage of literature prior to that period.
RBdigital is a state-of-the-art platform providing access to a broad array of digital content services. UCN's subscription includes audiobooks, magazines, comics, and access to Acorn TV, a streaming repository of popular British TV shows and films. rb digital conforms to web accessibility standards and carries AudioEye accessibility certification.
New / Trial Databases
The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
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.
AlgaeBase is a database of information on algae that includes terrestrial, marine and freshwater organisms. At present, the data for the marine algae, particularly seaweeds, are the most complete. For convenience, we have included the sea-grasses, even though they are flowering plants.
This atlas is the most comprehensive, current information source 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. The entire contents-maps, species accounts, graphs, tables, raw data, and more-are available to everyone free of charge.
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.
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.
The Canadian Music Periodical Index (CMPI) is an index of articles from Canadian music periodicals. The CMPI database 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.
The website includes more than 62,000 images, 800 media clips and 3,000 texts by over 850 prominent Canadian visual, media and performance artists, graphic designers, writers and curators; and several projects documenting artist groups, art organizations and events.
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 both directly and indirectly to COVID-19 and the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations in Canada. The resources are diverse, covering a wide range of topics and formats. They 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.
Published by the Liberty Fund, Inc. an American libertarian-leaning nonprofit foundation, EconLib provides analysis of global economic theories and trends. The searchable database contains the full text of books, journals and reports, as well the complete Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.
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.
FOLDOC is a searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, history, in fact anything to do with computing.
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).
The mission of the GVP is to document, understand, and disseminate information about global volcanic activity. The site includes the Volcanoes of the World Database as well as current bulletins, streaming videos, and images.
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.
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.
Medieval Digital Resources (MDR) is a curated database of peer-reviewed digital materials for the study of the Middle Ages. Users can browse an alphabetical list or search to find vetted online resources of many types, including: imagebanks; bibliographies and reference works; pedagogical tools; editions and translations; music and other multimedia collections; interpretative websites; and new works of digital scholarship. Please note that MDR does not include resources that are paywalled or require password access, although some resources may have restrictive use-licenses. Resources are selected by specialists with reference to the rigorous Standards for Web Publication developed by the Medieval Academy of America (MAA).
The Mineralogy Database was last updated on 9/5/2012 and it contains 4,714 individual mineral species descriptions with links and a comprehensive image library. Each mineral has a page linked to tables devoted to crystallography, crystal structures, X-Ray powder diffraction, chemical composition, physical and optical properties, Dana's New classification, Strunz classification, mineral specimen images, and alphabetical listings of mineral species. There also are extensive links to other external sources of mineral data and information. Newer information can be found on the linked Webmineral News.
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 web project is a diverse dialogue on culture, history and traditional knowledge with Indigenous cultural partners, educational institutions, government and private industry.With regional units, in-depth interviews and articles for students, the image research database for scholars, and downloadable resource kits for teachers, Native Dance has something for everyone! With over 100 videos of original footage, and over 900 new images, Native Dance contains a wealth of information on Dance Traditions from coast to coast in Canada.
The Native Drums web project is a diverse dialogue on culture, history and traditional knowledge with Indigenous cultural partners, educational institutions, government and private industry. Centred around the central themes of drums and music of Canadian First Peoples , 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.
OpenDissertations is an open access database hosted by EBSCO, which 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. .
Our World on the Manitoba Research Gateway is made up of millions of pages of digitized historical content including newspapers, maps, photos, pamphlets, manuscripts and more. Access extensive resources such as 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. Through this site, all Manitobans enjoy free, permanent access to the collections through geo-authentication, meaning anyone in Manitoba with an Internet-connected device can access these resources with no need for logins and passwords.
Peel's Prairie Provinces is a resource dedicated to assisting scholars, students, and researchers of all types in their exploration of western Canadian history and the culture of the Canadian prairies. This website contains both an online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to the development of the Prairies, as well as a searchable fulltext collection of many of these items. The database contains 7,500 digitized books, over 66,000 newspaper issues (4.8 million articles!), 16,000 postcards, and 1,000 maps. These materials are extremely varied – rich in both text and images, providing an extraordinarily diverse picture of the Prairie experience. 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.
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.
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 Encyclopedia is available free to anyone with Internet access. The Encyclopedia contains more than 30,000 multimedia items including images, maps, games, audio and video. The new interactive features include curated content exhibits, interactive timelines, immediate updates of important events and a user-generated content map that invites Canadians to share their stories. The site also offers a new learning centre for teachers and parents that contains classroom resources, quizzes and themed study guides.
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.
The Virtual Museum of Canada is the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada's museums and heritage organizations. It includes virtual exhibits, educational resources for teachers, and over 900,000 images. The resources are available in both French and English. The content on the VMC is created by Canadian museums, and is administered by the Canadian Museum of History.
UM Digital Collections is your go-to source for rare and unique digital material about the University of Manitoba and the Province of Manitoba. The material in UM Digital Collections includes images, letters, newspapers, books, and moving image and sound recordings that document the university's and the province's storied history .
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.