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Idea Exchange subscribes to dozens of online databases. Many contain full-text magazine, journal and newspaper articles. Others will help you learn a new skill or language, research your family history, or fix your car. Normally, these databases would cost money to access, but if you have an active Idea Exchange card and an internet connection, they're yours FREE.

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Read articles and explore current issues from over 4000 world news sources, dating back to 1978. Includes 110 Ontario newspapers such as the Waterloo Region Record (1990 - current), Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, Guelph Mercury, and Cambridge Times (2013 - current).

This reference material covers biographies, events and movements throughout American history.

Find your family's history! Search census, birth, marriage & death records, passenger lists, immigration records, maps and more from Canada, US, and Europe. Available in the library only -- use one of our computers or bring in your laptop.

Discover the living world! Topics include endangered species, microscopic life, plants, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Good for grades 4 through high school.

Find the info you need on authors and their works, from all time periods and from around the world. Contains literary works and criticism, biographies and more. Searches Gale’s Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Something About the Author and eBooks from the Virtual Reference Library. 

Your best source of info about the lives of famous people from ancient to modern times. Contains articles from books and magazines, videos and more. View the tutorial (Flash)

Looking for a good fiction or nonfiction book to read? Books & Authors has book reviews, plot summaries, series titles, book discussion guides, reading suggestions and information on book award winners.