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Digital Content and Reference Databases

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Alberta Digital Literacy
Take basic computer skill classes through the Alberta Government. Class topics range from beginner to intermediate.

Alberta Heritage Digitization Project: Our Future, Our Past
Alberta historical documents related to personal, community, business and government.

Alberta Reads
Alberta Reads! Over 1,000 Alberta-published eBooks available for downloading. Includes the Prairie Indigenous eBook Collection.

Alberta Research Portal
Everyone in Alberta can access this gateway to world-class primary resources, including extensive resources related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Sabin Americana, 25 titles from Gale Virtual Reference Library, to name but a few. This includes monographs, photographs, newspapers, poetry, original documents, records, and more.

Ancestry Library Edition [in-Library access only]
Ancestry® Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from places such as North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia.

Answers await everyone-whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian-inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Calgary Herald Archives
Online access to the entire archive of the Calgary Herald, the largest and oldest daily newspaper in Alberta, from 1883-2010. Access available anywhere in Alberta.

Canadian Russian News
Canadian Russian Newspaper online.

CanLII is a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. CanLII's goal is to make Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet. Both statutes and case law are searchable through CanLII.

With a focus on eBooks, cloudLibrary has an easy-to-use app or website so you can locate books quickly. cloudLibrary also has a selection of audiobooks.

Consumer Reports provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice across several franchises. Each product includes an overview and a ratings report card, as well as tester reviews & recommendations. Additional information includes brand reliability and user reviews, plus news, blogs, forums and video content.

Early Canadiana Online
Includes scanned documents from the time of the settlers to the early 20th century. Contains books, articles, speeches and government publications.

Explora Canada
Access our online resources through this user-friendly portal. Includes topics such as Art and Literature, Health, Geography, Science and Math.

Gale Courses
Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Topics include: Accounting and Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Health Care and Medical, Language and Arts, Law and Legal, Personal Development, Teaching and Education, Technology, and Writing and Publishing.
Free and simple tutorials on a variety of topics, including technology & apps, writing, math, and other everyday skills.

Grant Connect (In-Library access only)
Grant Connect is a fundraising research platform that helps users identify funding opportunities from a database of thousands of foundations, corporations, and government programs.

Government of Canada: Justice Laws Website
The online source for Canadian federal legislation and regulations. These consolidations are generally updated on a weekly basis.

Laws for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta
Learn about the laws that apply when renting a place to live in Alberta.

LearningExpress Library
Contains practice tests and tutorial courses to help you succeed with academic or licensing exams. Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of results. Includes Canadian Citizenship Practice Exams, GED Canada Practice Exams, RPAT Practice Exam, TOEFL iBT Preparation, & TOEIC Preparation.

LegalAve brings together existing public legal information from across Alberta. It offers in-depth information, and gives you a starting point to deal with your legal issues.

Library PressReader
Library PressDisplay by PressReader provides access to current newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Includes over 1,700 Canadian and international titles from 82 countries in 40 languages. To sign in from home: Click the sign in button, and then select 'Library or Group' and search for Peace Library System. You'll then be able to use your library card number and PIN to login.

LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning is a fantastic video-based service with online learning courses on a variety of subjects so you can learn at your own pace. Great for those looking to keep career skills up to date, personal development, and technology lovers. Popular learning paths include: becoming a web designer, becoming a motion graphics artist, becoming a music producer, and more.  LinkedIn Learning also includes a number of shorter videos for people looking to quickly learn a specific skill.

For Android & iOS users: when logging into the app for the first time, you will be asked for a Library LinkedIn Learning ID which is peacelibrarysystem.

Free Health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. You can search for information on health, wellness, disorders and conditions. Learn about drugs and supplements, and discover tutorials, health and surgery videos, games and quizzes.

Niche Academy
Tutorials and help guides for some of our most popular Digital Content, including, OverDrive/Libby, cloudLibrary, Ancestry, Cypress Resume, and more!

Find your next great read! Browse recommended book lists or look up a book you enjoyed and find similar titles and similar authors. See the description of a title as well as the genre and pace & tone, and search for more reading material based on what you like reading.

Includes eBooks, audiobooks, & magazines that you can read on your computer browser or download to a handy app or computer program. Great selection of best-sellers and popular titles for all ages and interests.

Learn a new language with Pronunciator, featuring a learning system you can learn at your own pace as well as live lessons you can join.  With over 80+ languages, including a wide selection of primary languages you can set as default, start a learning path towards fluency. 

Find homework help based on the Alberta curriculum, featuring 100% curriculum-aligned, age-appropriate lessons, activities, exercises, and quizzes with detailed solutions.

South Peace Regional Archives
South Peace Regional Archives gathers, preserves, and shares historical records of municipalities, organizations, businesses, families and individuals within the region. The Archives offers access to its holdings through their website and through a public Reading Room. SPRA is located in the Grande Prairie Museum, in Muskoseepi Park.

Transparent Language
Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system for independent learners. With 100+ languages currently available, including Indigenous languages like Cree and Ojibwe, and dedicated learning path to keep track of your progress, it makes learning a language easier than ever.

eBooks for kids! Includes include animated talking picture books, books in English and French, read-alongs, non-fiction books and National Geographic Videos.

Tumblebooks Cloud
A online collection titles for older elementary, middle and high school students. The collection includes classic literature, Shakespeare, YA/teen novels and a growing number of exciting graphic novels.