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eResources Subject List

The Okanagan Regional Library subscribes to a variety of online databases. To access most of these eResources you will need your library barcode number and your PIN. If you do not have a library card, click here for more information.

Click here for the alphabetical list of eResources.

 
Automotive Environment Languages
Books & Reading Genealogy Law
Business & Careers Grants Magazines, Newspapers, & Journals
Consumer Home Improvement Music
Encyclopedias Kids Travel

 


Automotive: 

 ALLDATA

AllData is a comprehensive database of car repair information for domestic and imported cars, light trucks, and vans from 1982 to the present. Includes maintenance schedules, illustrated diagnosis and repair procedures, and technical service bulletins.
For Use in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Vernon Branches Only

 Auto Repair Reference Center

Auto Repair Reference Center provides automotive diagnostic and repair information, including technical service bulletins & recalls for about 37,000 vehicles.

 

 Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Small Engine Repair Reference Center includes maintenance and tune-up assistance for ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski), snow blowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.

 Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online includes vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation from The Queen’s Printer, and the Ministry of Transportation. Includes official bulletins, and inspection manuals for commercial vehicles, motorcycles, semi-trailers and buses.
In Library Use Only

 

Books & Reading:  

 BC Libraries' Library to Go

Library To Go. Download eBooks and eAudiobooks from the British Columbia Libraries ‘Library to Go’ website. ORL customers have access to the digital books in the collection added prior to April 1, 2012.

 NoveList

Novelist has information on over 125,000 fiction titles. It includes reviews, annotations, author read-alikes, discussion guides and book talks. Great for Book Clubs.

 OneClickdigital

OneClickdigital. This digital book collection features thousands of eAudiobooks and a selection of Classic eBook titles. There are few wait lists and plenty of popular titles.
Need Help?App for eAudiobooks Available | App for eBooks Available 

 ORL eBooks

ORL eBooks is the ORL’s own collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks.The collection is growing, so keep checking for new titles. 
Need Help? | App Available

 

Business & Careers:

 Business Plans Handbook

Business Plans Handbook (via the Gale Virtual Reference Library) is a collection of actual business plans written by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America.

 Canadian Business and Current Affairs

Search the Canadian Business and Current Affairs Index and find information on the currents events, business, education, and politics from a variety magazines and newspapers, most of which have a Canadian focus. There are full-text articles available for over 300 publications. This database cross-searches Canadian Newsstand simultaneously.

 Career Cruising

Career Cruising provides assessment tools, career profiles, and post-secondary education information you can use to plan the steps you need to take on the path toward your dream job.

 

Consumer: 

 MasterFILE Premier

Access Consumer Reports through MasterFile Premier. Browse under the Publications tab for the Consumer Resports magazine to view current and past articles.

 

Encyclopedias:

 The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia provides information in French and English about Canada, including timelines of Canadian and world events.

 Encyclopedia Britannica

The Encyclopedia Britannica provides articles on a complete range of subjects, an atlas and tools for country comparisons, biographies, and how-to documents for research and writing reports and more.

 

Environment:

 GreenFILE

GreenFILE provides both scholarly and general interest information on a variety of topics concerning human impact on the environment, such as global warming, recycling and alternative energy sources.

 

 Genealogy: 

     Ancestry: Library Edition

Ancestry: Library Edition has more than one and a half billion names in over 4,000 databases. Birth, marriage, death, church, military, court, passenger lists and more, from Canada, U.S. and the U.K.
In Library Use Only

 

 Grants

 Grant Connect

Grant Connect is a useful resource for charities and non-profits seeking funding. Browse through thousands of funding organizations, including Canadian grant-making foundations, corporations and government agencies.
In Library Use Only

 Home Improvement:  

 

Home Improvement Reference Center features a variety of full text articles from home improvement magazines and reference books, as well as how-to videos, for subjects covering such areas as remodelling, and plumbing, woodworking and more. 

 

 Kids

 Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids

The Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids provides age-appropriate articles on a variety of subjects. Check out the Discover Britannica features like “Canada in Focus” and the interactive World Atlas.  

 TumbleBook Library for Kids

TumbleBook Library for Kids. TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books. The collection has fiction and non-fiction titles in English, as well as titles in French and Spanish. It also includes puzzles and games.

 TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior features Read-Along books and graphic novels, which contain narration and sentence highlighting, as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks and short educational videos, for elementary school-aged readers.

 TumbleBookCloud  

TumbleBookCloud includes digital chapter books and graphic novels with sentence highlighting and narration, as well as eAudiobooks, for middle and high school-aged readers.

 

 Languages

Powerspeak Languages

Through Powerspeak Languages the ORL offers seven online language learning courses. Includes French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, and English as a Second Language for Spanish speakers. Requires Adobe Flash Player 10.

 

 Law:

 BC Codes

BC Codes includes the BC Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Services. Describes minimum construction requirements for safe buildings in BC.
In Library Use Only

 QP LegalEze

QP LegalEze is a comprehensive source of current law in B.C. including complete Statutes and Regulations, Third Reading Bills, Orders in Council and more.
In Library Use Only

 

 Magazines, Newspapers & Journals:   

 Academic Search Elite

Academic Search Elite offers full text from more than 2,000 serials, with more than 1,500 peer- reviewed titles, in academic fields.

 Canadian Newsstand

Canadian Newsstand. Search our online collection of Canadian newspapers. Includes the Globe and Mail, the Province, the National Post and many more. You can also find your local community newspapers from across the Okanagan region. This database cross-searches the Canadian Business & Current Affairs index simultaneously.

 MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier simultaneously searches databases of full text articles and abstracts from over 2,000 popular and scholarly magazines. Ideal for general, academic, business, health and consumer research.

 Zinio for Libraries

Zinio for Libraries offers ORL customers access to hundreds of popular magazines ranging from sports, science, fashion and entertainment. You can read these magazines online in the browser or download them for off-line reading.
Need Help? | App Available 

 

 Music

 Freegal Music

Download great music from Freegal. Library members have three downloads per week, which can be used to download up to three songs in MP3 format or one music video (in MP4 format) and one song.  The music is yours to keep!
The Freegal Music service will be ending. Click here for more information.

 

  Travel:

 

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior is packed with colour photos, over 1000 country maps and information on culture, customs and travel essentials for 175 countries and nations. It is great for customers preparing to travel abroad for business or recreation or for students researching country information.