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Discover information and academic articles for research, homework help, and to fulfill your curiosity about the world.

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Stay informed on the latest news and current issues with access to thousands of Canadian and international news sources. Stay connected to your community with access to local newspapers including The Record, Cambridge Times, Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, and Guelph Mercury.

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Discover your family's history! Search census, birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, immigration records, maps, and more from Canada, US, and Europe. To access Ancestry Library Edition, please visit your local Idea Exchange location to use it onsite.

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Search this full-text collection of Canadian magazines and newspapers, including an image collection with photos, maps, and flags. Titles include Consumer Reports, Canadian Living, Maclean's, The Record, and many more.

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Consumer Reports magazine is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. Access full-text issues of the magazine online.

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Download or stream thousands of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, and video to your computer, Kobo, or mobile device. All you need is a valid membership card, an internet connection, and the free software. Magazine checkouts do not count against the 20-item limit.

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Read anytime, anywhere. Download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, and video just for kids to your computer or mobile device. All you need is a valid membership card, an internet connection, and the free software.

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Through easy to browse categories, search full-text articles, essays, primary source documents, as well as top videos from the Associated Press.

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Gale Courses offers access to free online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere. These instructor-led courses begin every month and each course lasts for six weeks. Sign up using your membership card and immediately gain valuable knowledge you can apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone.

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Easy-to-search homework help for students in Kindergarten through grade 5, featuring popular subjects like current events, animals, the arts, science, health, geography, government, history, sports and more.

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An entire reference library at your fingertips! Instantly access hundreds of eBooks and encyclopedias on virtually any subject, including business, geography, literature, history, and science. No checkout or special reader required.

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Borrow movies, TV shows, eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital music, and comics to enjoy on your computer, mobile device, or TV. Titles can be streamed immediately with no waiting, or downloaded for offline use. Borrow up to four (4) items per month.

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Access over 30,000 films via Kanopy’s online streaming platform. Enjoy watching buzzworthy indie movies, Hollywood classics, international cinema, the Great Courses collection, and thought-provoking documentaries, as well as an entertaining and educational kids’ collection. Stream up to six (6) movies per month.

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LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) has more than 16,000 free online courses in business, technology, and creative skills taught by industry experts. Courses are available in more than seven languages. Sign in with your membership card number and four-digit PIN and follow the steps to set up your account. If you previously had a Lynda.com account, your courses will be saved as long as you use the same membership card number for login.

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Access full issues of Maclean's Magazine, Canada's preeminent news magazine from 1905-2015. Great for research and projects where you need trustworthy Canadian news and facts.

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Learn the world's most popular languages with these fun and easy online lessons. ESL, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, and many more. 

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Full-text access to research periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, and much more.

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Watch videos, view stunning photos, and read online all of the National Geographic books and magazines written just for kids.

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Explore the world through articles, images, maps and more from the National Geographic magazine archives, from 1888 to Present.

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Niche Academy is an online learning platform offering tutorials on the resources and services available at Idea Exchange. Learn about accessing eBooks through Libby, streaming entertainment online with Hoopla and Kanopy, taking classes through Gale Courses, and much more!

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Looking for a good book for elementary school students? Find fiction and non-fiction book reviews, plot summaries, series titles, reading suggestions, and book award winners.

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Looking for a good book to read? Find fiction and non-fiction book reviews, plot summaries, series titles, book discussion guides, reading suggestions, and book award winners.

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Enjoy unlimited access to over 5,000 newspaper and magazine titles, from more than 120 countries, in over 60 languages. Publications are offered in full-colour, full-page format, just like reading the print version. The Globe and Mail is only available for download onsite at the library.

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Access popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries, and a large image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, such as endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, space exploration and more.

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This database provides repair and maintenance information for air-cooled engines, diesel engines, commercial mowers, ATVs and chainsaws. Find information on more than 25 years of engine models and over 90,000 repairs, with a user-friendly interface and new content added regularly.

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Enjoy eAudiobooks streamed to your computer. Listen to classics such as Shakespeare's plays and Orwell's 1984, non-fiction, children's books, and stories read in Spanish.

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Read along with your favourite stories with Tumble Book Library, an online collection of picture books for young and middle readers. Titles include Caillou, The Paper Bag Princess, and many more.

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