Digital Library

In our untiring efforts to connect you with what you like to read, we subscribe to a number of databases. As a Prince Albert Public Library user, you can access the majority of these digital resources from wherever you have an Internet connection at zero cost. This information will always be at your fingertips so long as you have your valid Prince Albert Public Library issued library card on hand. Just log into the database of your choosing by clicking the link below and then entering your 14-digit library card number and PIN. Accessing information has never been easier!

For more information about our eBook and eAudiobook services please visit our Collections page.

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    Cloud Library by Bibliotheca is an ebook platform with hundreds of titles available with more being added every month. You can download the app for your desktop computer or your mobile device and have instant access to eBooks.

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    Gale eBooks brings together all of Gale’s literary databases into one seamlessly cross-searchable research and study environment. Whether you’re researching authors and their works, literary movements or genres, or trying to find book reviews of bestsellers, you can search across all of your library’s Gale literary databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism and analysis, reviews, author biographies, and a rich collection of expertly written work overviews.

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    hooplaDigital allows you to download ebooks, eaudiobooks, and digital comic books and graphic novels! Use on your desktop or download the hoopla app for your smartphone or tablet for streaming on the go! Visit your device’s app store to download.

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    There are thousands upon thousands of ebook and eaudiobook titles available, and we’re adding new ones every month. You can access this full-service library at your fingertips 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection. All you need is your 14-digit library card number and your PIN. Download either the Overdrive or Libby app on your mobile device to get started!

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    Specifically targeted towards kids, there are thousands of ebook and eaudiobook titles for your children to enjoy. Similar to the adult Overdrive collection you just need your library barcode and PIN to log-in. Download either the Overdrive or Libby app on your mobile device to get started!

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    Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

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    Dive into classic literature, read by professionals with the Naxos Spoken Word Library! This collection of eaudiobooks contains over 11,000 titles, hundreds of voice actors, and multiple languages. The Naxos Spoken Word Library has many features including bookmark, on screen text, and a mobile app available on Apple and Android products.

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    Wondering what to read next?  Want to find out what book comes next in a series?  Use Novelist Plus to explore author and title read-alikes, award winners and book club guides.  Novelist Plus contains information and reviews on over 20, 000 adult and teen books.  Connect to books you’ll love using Novelist Plus.

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    Are you looking for a book to read next? Use NoveList K-8 Plus to discover fiction and non-fiction books relating to your unique interests. Explore books which are similar to your favourite title or author, find out which book comes next in a series and get ideas of what to read for a school project. Connect to the books you’ll love using NoveList K-8 Plus.

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    Scribner Writers Series provides original, scholar signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods. Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author and their works in personal and historical context.

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    Twayne’s is devoted to literary critical interpretation and discussion. It offers in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world, including close analysis of key works. It provides insightful and original commentary on the history and influence of literary movements.

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    This resource provides full-text coverage of scholarly business, management and economics journals. The collection also includes publications covering topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales and more.

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    Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete provides in-depth access to a broad range of Canadian business periodicals. It satisfies the information needs of business professionals, journalists, students, and teachers interested in business issues in Canada. Over 500 journals make up the collection, with file depth back to the early 1970s. Trade journals, general business publications, academic journals, topical journals, and professional publications are all included.

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    Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.  Contains over 8,000,000 articles published between 1980 and Present.

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    Regional Business News provides full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources.

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    Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls and more. Auto Repair Source is designed for touch-enabled devices such as laptops and tablets, offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today’s complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed.

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    Small Engine Repair Reference Centre is a full text database that provides instructional information about small engine machinery maintenance and repair. It contains thousands of accurate and concise step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components. Routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, as well as more extensive repairs involving engine transmission disassembly are covered. Many documents contain photos and detailed illustrations to visually support step-by-step procedures. Engines types include: motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more.

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    Please note: This database is available for remote access until the end of 2020.
    Ancestry Library Edition accesses thousands of databases and billions of names from documents from the 1300s to present day, from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. There are historical maps, draft cards from World War I, census records, vital statistics, parish records, family trees, ships’ passenger lists, and much more. The database is updated often, with more original images added all the time.

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    This online collection captures the lives of people living on the edge of European settlement across the various frontiers of North America, Africa, Australia and  New Zealand. Frontier Life brings together documents from sixteen archives and libraries around the world. This geographical spread of material allows users to take a comparative approach or focus on a particular region, making it ideal for teaching and student projects, as well as more in-depth scholarly research.

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    Indigenous Peoples of North America provides users with a robust, diverse, informative source that will enhance research and increase understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Indigenous Peoples in the United States and Canada. These are the primary sources that take students beyond the facts and figures of history and into a deeper understanding of Indigenous Peoples.

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    Provides central access to government and other Saskatchewan publications.  Access government forms, legislation, news releases and bylaws or search the site by ministry/agency or subject area.

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    Includes articles from all major law reviews and journals, specialty law and bar association journals, and legal newspapers. There are also articles on Federal and State Cases, and articles from the British Commonwealth, European Union, and other international bodies.

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    Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.

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    This resource includes information on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, disease, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs and much more.  Content includes magazines, professional journals, newspapers, directories and links to other sites and government databases. This material is intended for informational purposes only.

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    This database includes full-text articles from nursing and allied health journals.  Up-to-date articles provide information on fitness, pregnancy, nutrition, prescription drugs, alcohol and drug abuse, treatment options, disease prevention and more.  This material is intended for informational purposes only.

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    AtoZ World Food is a food culture and traditional recipes database for 174 Countries, 800+ Food Culture Articles, 6500+ Recipes, 500+ Ingredient Articles, 6 Food Glossaries, and 13,000+ High Quality Photos! Patrons are able to log-in with their library card numbers!

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    Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more. By signing up for Creativebug you’ll enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Watch the classes anytime, anywhere. Since the classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities!

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    View full-text articles/passages from over 1,000 magazines and books about the most popular crafts, hobbies, and recreation activities today. The content includes more than 720 videos and over 3,000 recipes. Some of the magazines covered include Bead & Button, Birder’s World, Creative Knitting, Fine Scale Modeler, Quilter’s World, and many more.

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    This database includes 24 major reference works about home improvement, including maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, decorating, and outdoor projects for your home and garden. There are also over 100 videos of popular home repair projects and many full-text magazines.

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    With over 100 languages to choose from (including aboriginal languages, and ESL programs) Transparent Language Online is a simple and effective way to learn a new language from the comfort of your own home. Available for desktop or mobile. Please see the Information Desk for a hand out on how to download the Transparent Language Online mobile app for Android or iOS.

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    Freegal is a free music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and PIN! Freegal offers access to about 13 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog, and over 40,000 music videos. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. You can also download the free Freegal mobile app for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire!

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    hooplaDigital allows you to stream thousands of movies, TV shows, and songs.  Once you borrow a title to stream, you’ll have access to it for a specified amount of time.  When your allotted borrow period is up, the title will automatically disappear from your account, so you don’t have to worry about returning it yourself! You can also download the hoopla app for your smartphone or tablet for streaming on the go! Visit your device’s app store to download.

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    This is a comprehensive collection of music available online, and includes the complete catalogue of over 2.2 million tracks, 146,000 albums, and 800 labels. Learn about classical music with the educational resources.  Look up definitions to musical terms, listen to correct pronunciations of composer and artist names, read through work analyses, follow guided tours through musical eras, children can browse through the interactive junior’s section, and more! Visit your smartphone or tablet’s app store to download the mobile app for Apple and Android products!

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    Similar to the Naxos Music Library the Jazz library offers a catalogue of over 204,000 tracks, 17,500 albums, and 400 labels. Browse through the created playlists, curated to guide you through classics on different jazz instruments. Use the Advanced Search feature to include more detail in your search – like performer, playing group, or label –  thus yielding more specific results. Take the world of jazz wherever you go with mobile applications for Apple and Android devices. 

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    The Naxos Sheet Music Library lets you View, Print, and Perform the Music you are Listening to. You can Search and download music for nearly all instruments in multiple genres, as well as transpose the music right on the website. To make sure you are downloading the correct pieces of music there is also a MIDI file playback feature.

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    This is the core of Canadian Newsstand. Included are national and leading regional papers such as National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Regina Leader Post, Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times-Colonist. Coverage: 1985 – current. Canadian Newsstand also includes full-text and indexed articles from news wire feeds, scholarly and trade journals and magazines.  An excellent source of credible and current information for students and researchers.

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    Previously called InfoTrac. A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

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    PressReader is a newer and  more user friendly version of your old favourite, PressDisplay! It offers full-text access to your favourite newspapers and magazines, just how they appear in print form. PressReader also offers a home page feed with current and up-to-date news headlines. Local newspapers such as, The Prince Albert Daily Herald, Leader Post, The Globe and Mail, and many more are available through this service.

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    Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. Use the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store for the iPad and iPad Mini, and on the Google Play store for Android tablets, to download magazines for offline reading. Use your mobile internet browser to view magazines through the Flipster link and select the “Open in App” option to download magazines to the app, where they can be read and managed offline. For more information follow this link: http://www.jmcpl.ca/flipster-information/

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    This database provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.  There is also in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts.  Frequently updated articles, blogs and video content allow consumers to peruse the latest consumer news — whether they’re looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options, or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

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    This database provides access to all of Britannica’s worldwide resources, which are created under rigorous technical and editorial standards.  It includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Britannica Student Encyclopedia Britannica Elementary Encyclopaedia, the Concise Britannica; the Internet Guide; the Video Guide; the World Atlas, The Year in Review and the Timeline Browse.

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    This database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers, many with full-text and images.  Search the database by subject, publication, keyword or author and explore millions of articles published between 1980 and 2012.

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    Archives of Sexuality and Gender, the largest historical collection available in support the knowledge of gender studies and sexuality education, enables academic scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, gender history, and other related disciplines of research, including gender studies research.

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    This database focuses on periodicals covering Canada and Canadian issues in general reference arts, business, humanities, health, social sciences, sciences and current affairs.

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    Formerly known as Kids Infobit, Gale in Context: Elementary makes it easy for younger students to find credible information on various topics such as science, math, history, stories, health and sports.  Information is compiled from encyclopedias, magazines and newspapers.  An excellent resource for elementary grade research assignments.  Includes a teacher toolbox to help students organize the information they find.

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    Created specifically for middle school students, Gale In Context: Middle School combines the best of Gale’s reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. This middle school database provides engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content supporting curriculum standards for grades 6 to 12 in language arts, social studies, and science.

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    Gale Primary Sources is a universal research experience that combines Gale’s acclaimed digital archives in a single cross-search interface. The cross-search interface provides access to millions of pages of content spanning many centuries and geographic regions. Users can explore a wide range of content including monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, maps, and more.

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    Designed for high school students, this database has a wide variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books about current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, government, history, sports, and more.