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A new collection of French eBooks (EPUB) from European and Canadian publishers that includes fiction / literature, history, biography, travel, cooking, education, political and social science titles for adults, young adults, and children. Get the Bluefire Reader and download EPUB files direct to your Android or Apple phones, tablets or desktop Apple or Windows computers. For more information, see our guide.

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A legal research tool that provides access to the current Criminal Code and annotations by Canada’s most respected law experts. Users can browse through previous versions and commentary dating back to 1955. Offers easy access to all provisions of the Criminal Code at any specific point in time. Also contains: forms of charges dating back to 1970, table of concordance.

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Provides full text and indexing for thousands of general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines, including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues, and more. Also includes book reviews, biographies, dictionaries and image collections of photos, maps, and flags.

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Consumer friendly health information from the National Library of Medicine. Includes directories, a medical encyclopedia, medical dictionary, tutorials on common conditions, tests, and treatments, information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, and links to clinical trials. Health information is available in over 40 languages.

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Medline is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's index to more than 4,300 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries covering the areas of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Medline contains over 12 million citations dating back to the mid-1960's. Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts.
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Electronic resources are restricted by license agreements to Vancouver Public Library card holders and to on-site users for purposes of research and private study. A few additional electronic resources are limited to City of Vancouver residents when using from home. Commercial use and systematic downloading, copying or distributing of information are expressly prohibited. Users are individually responsible for compliance with these terms.

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