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Online Articles, Encyclopedias & More

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At home for Vancouver residents only
Paid for by VPL

A broad range of science-related information in a 100% full text database. Covers agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, ecology, robotics and many more subjects. Coverage is 1994 or later up to the present.

This database has a limited number of simultaneous users. If you have trouble accessing or receive an error message please try again later.

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At home for Vancouver residents only
Paid for by VPL

A web-based mapping application that enables patrons to create thematic maps and reports using Canadian demographic, business, and consumer data sourced from: Statistics Canada, Environics Analytics Group, and Dun & Bradstreet. It includes: demographic variables, household expenditure, PRIZM C2 (consumer segmentation on 66 lifestyle types), comprehensive Census data (2001, 2006, and 2011), current year estimates and 5 year projections.

Maps can be exported as high-resolution images. Data can be exported to Excel or Word documents. There are no limits. Create an account to track your work or “sign in as a guest” for quick searches.

Note: Access from home is limited to 7 pm – 7 am PST.

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At home for Vancouver residents only

Full-text repair guides for small engines – like motorcycles, tractors, lawnmowers, and outboard motors. More than 80,000 repairs are available (covering 25 years of models): step-by-step repair guides with original photos, diagrams and illustrations.

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Available at VPL branches

Directory information and media rates for US print, digital, magazine, and website listings. Contains over 30,000 direct marketing lists.

Access: Central and branch libraries only

Available via the Internet
Free Resource

National statistics on: income & spending, population & demographics, education, health, consumer price index, economic indicators, labour, crime & justice, trade and much more.

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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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Available at VPL branches Available at VPL branches
Available via the Internet Available via the Internet
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