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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.

Databases by Subject

Databases by Title

Access World News

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).

American History

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. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely until December 31, 2020, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Animals and Plants

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.


DIY Auto Repair.  Access online manuals, step-by-step repair instructions with diagrams and images as well as maintenance schedules to help diagnose, repair and maintain your vehicle.

Biography in Context

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)