ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Whether you’re working on historical research, looking to kickstart a homework project, or want to learn a new language, the New Westminster Public Library has online educational resources that can help!

We have listed some of our favourite and most requested resources below, but a full list of all resources can be found on our All Online Resources.

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HOMEWORK & HISTORY

NEARLY 200 MILLION SEARCHABLE RESOURCES!

Points to the Past is your gateway to a world-class collection of primary sources, made up of nearly 200 million pages of digitized historical content – maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, and much more.

OTHER HOMEWORK/HISTORY RESOURCES & ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

Points to the Past: access to nearly 200 million pages of historical content. Primary source material dating from 1450 to 2008 includes maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, etc. No login requirements when accessed within BC.

Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Know BC)

Thousands of articles about British Columbia, including historic photographs, statistics, maps, diagrams, and audio/video clips. Access 6 books about British Columbia online. This resource grants access to Encyclopedia of British Columbia, Raincoast Place Names, Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, Lilies and Fireweed, Far West, and Where Mountains Meet the Sea.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

Explora Canada: 

Ideal for school projects, this EBSCO database delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents in a colorful and friendly design.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

World Book: 

A comprehensive reference tool that can be customized for different age groups and academic levels. Includes encyclopedia entries, images, maps, videos, timelines, current news, links to external articles, and more.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

LANGUAGE & ESL

ROCKET LANGUAGES

Learn: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, English, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Sign Language. Available on desktop, iOS, and Android.

OTHER LANGUAGE RESOURCES & ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

Learning Software: 

Prepare for job interviews, learn English, improve your study skills, or practise citizenship test questions using interactive learning modules! NAS Software available: Business Writing, Issues in English, It’s Your Job, My Canada, Study Skills Success.

Login Requirements: please contact the library

lynda.com:  online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. A library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Rocket Languages: 

A language learning program that includes Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, English, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Sign Language. Modules can be downloaded and played on your MP3 player.

Login Requirements: create an account with your library card, and then login with email and password

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

LYNDA.COM | LEARN ANYWHERE

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

OTHER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES & ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

lynda.com:  online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. A library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Reference Canada Businesses Database: 

Lists 1.5 million Canadian businesses. You can also search The Canadian White Pages.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

Library2go (OverDrive)

Access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks! The new interface means faster checkout and easier reading options.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

View detailed login instructions here

GENERAL REFERENCE

EVERY PAGE OF EVERY ISSUE SINCE 1888

National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for 131 years through groundbreaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world.

OTHER GENERAL REFERENCE RESOURCES & ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

National Geographic Magazine Archive: 

A full colour, searchable complete archive of National Geographic magazine (1888 – current).

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

Gale Databases: 

This platform allows you to conduct a simultaneous search on all Gale databases, including Virtual Reference Library, the National Geographic Magazine Archive, and Canadian Periodical Index.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

Greenfile:

A database which has scholarly, government and general-interest articles with content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

Masterfile Premier:

multidisciplinary database that provides full text information for nearly 1,700 general reference publications dating as far back as 1975 as well as an image collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

World Book: 

A comprehensive reference tool that can be customized for different age groups and academic levels. Includes encyclopedia entries, images, maps, videos, timelines, current news, links to external articles, and more.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

CONSUMER INFORMATION & RESOURCES

PRODUCT REVIEWS

Consumer Reports believe that safety, fairness and honesty matter. Get independent ratings & reviews, trusted reporting, plus valuable tools and services.
OTHER CONSUMER RESOURCES & ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

Consumer Reports:

Information and advice on consumer products and services, including the full text of Consumer Reports Magazine, spotlight areas, news, blogs, forums and video content.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

Auto Repair Source:

Information on repairs for many vehicles, with model years from 1974 to present. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (EOM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labour estimates, service bulletins and recalls and more.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

EBSCO Databases:

A common launch page to all EBSCO databases including MasterFile, GreenFile, Auto Repair Reference Centre, Small Engine Repair Reference Center, NoveList, Consumer Reports and Explora Canada.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

Gale Virtual Reference Library: 

Includes Business Plans Handbook, Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers, Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests, and Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior.

Login Requirements: library card & PIN

Small Engine Repair Reference Center: 

Information on repairs of all terrain vehicles, boat motors, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, tractors, generators & other small engines. Login Requirements: library card & PIN

VIEW ALL ONLINE RESOURCES

Our incredible online catalogue doesn’t stop here – we have a lot more in store. View our complete list of digital offerings here.

DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT

Looking for digital entertainment resources such as movies, e-books, audiobooks and more? Have a look at our digital entertainment library!

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