NLLS E-Resource/Database Information 

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Update October 2018

Databases no longer available are: Business Source Elite, Academic Search Elite, MasterFILE Premier, Canadian Reference Center, Health Source, and ALT Health

New Databases: Solaro and Consumer Reports

Language Learning


Pronunciatoris a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.
Pronunciator Brochure and Info Guide
Pronunciator's User Guide


Learning English with CBC

Keep up to date with the news while learning English. The Government of Alberta and CBC Edmonton are providing free English lessons.

Duolingo Languages

This free resource is a great way to begin learning a new language from anywhere, on either your computer or mobile device. Tutorial

Genealogy / Family History Resources

Ancestry Library unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as extensive record collections from Canada and other areas. Tutorial

Note: this resource is only available in the library.

Do it Yourself Resources

Cypress Resume  Simply enter personal information into the fields, select the job applying for, then choose from the already written statements to populate the resume. It’s as simple as that! Other Cypress Resume features include cover letters and reference sheets.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Centre provides comprehensive full text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. Including full text for more than 740 magazines and books, as well as access to more than 720 videos and 140 hobby reports, this database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Subject areas include arts & crafts; collecting; games & electronics; model building; home & leisure; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & papercraft. The database also features extensive information on over 140 topics. Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center provides full text from the leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Birder's World, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, PaperWorks, Scrapbooking, Quilter's World, and many more.  

Home Improvement Reference Centre Home improvement assistance, including: maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating home & garden, etc.

Small Engine Repair Reference Centre Small engine repair assistance, including: ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski), snowblowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.

The Auto Repair Reference Center database includes automotive repair information supplied by Point 5 Technologies, Inc., under license from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of Chilton® Information and information from Delphi Integrated Service Solutions. Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945. Database content includes more than 33,800 vehicles covered from 1945 to present, nearly 800,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 83,200 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, over 99,800 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing, specifications & maintenance schedules, Labor Time Guide & Estimator; AutoIQ, Quick Tips, a complete guide to vehicle repair.

Consumer Reportsunbiased product reviews  Tutorial

eBook, Newspaper and Video Resources

Press Reader is the world’s largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk, offering instant access to over 2000 publications from 95 countries in 52 languages.

• Download, disconnect and read all your favorite publications offline with it companion application
• Browse your favorite newspapers from around the world
• Search for topics of interest
• Monitor the printed media for your company, competitors’ or partners’ names
• Listen to a newspaper on your computer or mobile device
• Translate articles into multiple languages
• Share stories with friends
• Post articles on social networks
• Comment on articles for other readers and editors to see 
Brochures are available: a tri-fold as well as a full page.
A tutorial is available here

Canadian Newsstream Provides full text of major Canadian newspapers, including Alberta dailies and weeklies.

EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection major news content from around the world. It includes nearly 67 million full-text articles from more than 1,200 newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio news transcripts.

Gale Gale provides a wide range of databases and resources to suit a variety of research interests. Follow the link to explore 19th Century U.K. Periodicals, American Fiction 1774-1920, Financial Times Historical Archives, and so much more!

Hoopla  Hoopla is a streaming service that offers thousands of audiobooks, albums, movies, and TV shows that can be enjoyed on your PC, tablet, or phone. Create a free account and start today! Note: There is currently a limit of 2 checkouts per account per month. Tutorial
Hoopla Brochure

OverDrive Access thousands of audio and e-books straight from the TRAC site. Simply sign in with your library card and PIN and you're on your way! Tutorial
OverDrive Brochure and Info Guide

Read Alberta eBooks Browse almost 1100 titles spanning over 40 genres. Tutorial

RBdigital Northern Lights Library System offers 49 magazines, as well as a large collection of audio books, that are available to all NLLS patrons. Users are required to create a free account to access RBdigital. We would like to note that “Zinio” has recently been rebranded as “RBdigital”, so “Zinio for Libraries” users will need to switch over to using the new RBdigital app. Please see the RBdigital tutorial for detailed instruction on the new app.
RBdigital Brochure and Info Guide
RBdigital Brochure and Info Guide version 2

TumbleBooks The TumbleBook premium collection has nearly 1000 titles and is perfect for public libraries and elementary schools, with content most appropriate for those in grades K-6. Tutorial

3M Cloud Library With 3M Cloud Library, download over 1500 eBooks straight to your PC, iOS and Android devices. Tutorial

For Teachers and Educators

Explora CanadaA dedicated search interface for all out EBSCO databases with easy-to-browse categories to help students with their research.

Explora Educator's EditionHighlights content relevant to teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum standards and other development resources.

Explora PrimaryDesigned specifically for elementary school students, Explora Primary provides access to articles and facts from magazines and reference books for research papers, class projects or homework.

Solaro Online study help and exam prep for Alberta curriculum grades 3 - 12.  Follow the Solaro set up instructions.  Help


Novelist Plus Find out what to read next! Search for new titles, authors or plots, or enter your preferences to find read-alikes. Materials for all ages and reading levels. Tutorial

Novelist K-8 If you are looking for ways to introduce both teachers and students to new books, and if you want to encourage independent reading and help students think more about why a particular story appeals to them -- you should look at NoveList® K-8! NoveList K-8 contains enhanced subject access for over 60,000 fiction titles aimed at the K-8 population. Full-text reviews from sources like School Library Journal and Booklist are available for many titles.

Other E-Resources

Are you an elementary or secondary student or parent? Do not forget about Learn Alberta's Online Reference Center.  Get your User ID and Pin Number from your principal and enjoy curriculum appropriate databases, games, videos and more!

Alberta Heritage Digitization Project Our Future, Our Past: A diverse range of personal, community, business, and governmental perspectives on Alberta's history.

Canadian Encyclopedia Canadian topics explained in English and French.

Directory of Open Access Journals (doaj) Categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in French and English.

Peel's Prairie Provinces Peel's Prairie Provinces is a resource dedicated to assisting scholars, students, and researchers of all types in their exploration of the history and culture of the Canadian Prairies. The site contains both an online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to the development of the Prairies and a fully searchable collection of the full texts of many of these items.