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A directory/handbook on chronic, mental illnesses and health services. It includes listings for: associations, government agencies, hospitals, and libraries.
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A large database of online science journals provided by Stanford University: free access to 55 free titles and 283 titles offering back issues – some 2,138,771 free full-text articles! Primarily in the medical and biological sciences fields, as well as physical and social sciences.

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The Historical Photographs Database contains a selection of several thousand images of Vancouver and British Columbia from the 1880's-1980's.

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History Reference Centre
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