A-Z Resources List

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Academic OneFile

Focused on undergraduate research, Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from over 19,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources. It covers key subject areas including biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science and psychology.  Users can browse peer-reviewed scholarly journal content indexed in Google Scholar.

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AccessScience Library Card Required.

AccessScience is an authoritative online resource that contains high-quality reference material covering all major scientific disciplines. Users can access links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations. Material is presented so that students will develop a better understanding of scientific concepts.

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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Alt HealthWatch Library Card Required.

Alt HealthWatch is a full-text alternative health research database that offers the latest information on holistic medicine and therapies. Topics include acupuncture, Chinese medicine, osteopathy and naturopathy. 

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Ancestry Library Edition Library Card Required.

If you need information about your family history, use Ancestry.  It provides access to census materials, immigration and military records and birth, marriage and death records. 

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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AtoZ World Food

AtoZ World Food is a comprehensive database of recipes and food culture articles for 174 countries.  There are over 7000 recipes from countries around the world with content available in 103 languages. 

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Aurora Public Library App for Android Devices

Access Aurora Public Library from your mobile device! The APL mobile app makes it easy to find and discover titles, place holds, renew items and get information about the Library.


Aurora Public Library App for Apple

Access Aurora Public Library from your Apple mobile device! The APL mobile app makes it easy to find and discover titles, place holds, renew items and get information about the Library.


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Biography (Gale in Context)

Biography contains more than 600,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. Entries include videos, audio and images from hundreds of periodicals and newspapers. 

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Britannica Library Library Card Required.

Britannica Library provides researchers of all ages - children, students, business professionals and curious seniors - with age-appropriate information.  Resources include encyclopedia articles, journals and periodicals, primary sources,  and dictionaries.

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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Business (Gale OneFile) Library Card Required.

Business provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. 

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ChiltonLibrary

ChiltonLibrary provides users with detailed information on preventative vehicle maintenance and repairs. This database is continually updated and offers step-by-step service and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting guides and ASE test prep.  

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cloudLibrary Library Card Required.

cloudLibrary provides access to eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be read—or listened to—on personal devices, such as iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Kindle Fire, PC, and Mac OS. Content is frequently added so check in often!

CloudLibrary will be leaving Aurora Public Library as of Saturday February 4th.  As of Monday January 9th 2023, our new eBook platform is OverDrive.

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Computer Science (Gale OneFile)

Computer Science provides access to leading business and technical periodicals in the computer, telecommunications, and electronics industries. This database provides information on computer-related news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering and the application of technology. 

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Consumer Reports Library Card Required.

Consumer Reports is the world's largest nonprofit product-testing organization and has provided expert, unbiased product reviews for 80+ years. Consumer Reports does not accept outside advertising and tests all the products reviewed. Let them be your guide when making a purchase!

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CPI.Q (Gale OneFile)

CPI.Q  provides popular Canadian reference information. It includes more than 1,300 Canadian periodicals (more than 700 full text) and has a bilingual interface (English/French).  The Globe and Mail and Macleans are indexed as well.

Get started by watching these online tutorials.

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Creativebug New! Library Card Required.

Creativebug is an online learning platform dedicated to arts & crafts courses. It offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Course are taught by expert crafters and there are plenty of patterns, templates and recipes available to download and keep forever. 

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Entrepreneurship (Gale OneFile) Library Card Required.

Entrepreneurs and business students can access full-text academic journals and magazines covering a wide range of economic and business topics.  Content also includes insights, tips, strategies and success stories for small business owners. 

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Flipster New! Library Card Required.

Flipster is an easy-to-use digital magazine newsstand that you can use on your PC, tablet or phone. Titles available through Flipster include People WeeklyMinecraft WorldReal Simple, Harvard Health Letter, Forbes and Architectural Digest.

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Freegal Music Library Card Required.

With access to the entire Sony Entertainment catalogue, Freegal Music offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music and more than 50 record labels.  All you need to stream up to 3 hours of music a day is a library card.  

Please note that our subscription to Freegal ends February 20th, 2023.

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Gale Courses Library Card Required.

Want to learn a new skill? Gale Courses provides more than 360 six-week long, online programs taught by college instructors. New courses begin each month, and lessons are assigned twice a week, enhanced with images, videos, and games to support varied learning styles. 

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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Gale Power Search Library Card Required.

Gale Power Search is an all-in-one research tool that searches across all of the library's Gale databases in order to get you relevant results faster and easier. Use filters to select all of the databases that apply to your topic and then narrow down the results even further by using subject search tools. If you are not sure which Gale database to use, then this is the tool for you!

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Health and Medicine (Gale OneFile) Library Card Required.

Health & Medicine has current, up-to-date information for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals. This resource provides access to more than 2,500 full-text periodicals, reference books, pamphlets and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries. 

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Hoopla Library Card Required.

Instantly access thousands of movies, television shows and audiobooks online or on your mobile device. Enjoy 5 free downloads a month. Available to APL cardholders aged 14+ residing within the Town of Aurora.

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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Kanopy New! Library Card Required.

Kanopy is a movie streaming service that offers high-quality educational and entertaining films.  Movies can be watched on your preferred device - access is unlimited and all-you-can watch.

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LegalTrac (Gale OneFile) Library Card Required.

Ideal for students and legal researchers, LegalTrac indexes major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications and international legal journals, including more than 200 titles in full text.  Please note that most of the sources are American.

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LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) Library Card Required.

LinkedIn Learning offers thousands of online courses taught by industry experts.  Users can learn in-demand tech skills, increase business knowledge and enhance creativity.  Courses are offered in French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.  Note: Enter Aurora Public Library's LinkedIn Library ID: aurorapl when using the LinkedIn Learning App on a mobile device. 

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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LitFinder

LitFinder provides access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes full-text poems and poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. 

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Mango Languages Library Card Required.

Always wanted to learn a language? Check out Mango Languages!  With seventy languages to choose from, Mango Languages uses a wide variety of exercises and learning activities so learners can pick up on new vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and boost their cultural IQ.

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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NoveList Library Card Required.

NoveList provides library users with reading recommendations to help them find their next great read. You can use NoveList to find similar authors or books to the ones you already know and love.  

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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NoveList K-8 Library Card Required.

Discover the perfect books for your children using NoveList K-8! This database connects young readers to books that fit their interests and reading level. 

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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OverDrive New! Library Card Required.

Arriving January 9th! Check out OverDrive for access to eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines.

Please note that If you have material on hold in cLoudLibrary, these holds will not automatically transfer to OverDrive.  You will have to place holds on those items in OverDrive when it goes live on January 9th.  Customer access to cLoudLibrary ends February 4th. 

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PressReader Library Card Required.

Use PressReader with your library card and get unlimited access to more than 7,000 of the world's top newspapers and magazines in more than 60 languages. Download the app and read your favourite titles on your personal device.  Please note that the Globe & Mail is only available to read when you are in the library. 

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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ProQuest Power Search Library Card Required.

Search all of the available ProQuest databases (including eLibrary, the Historical Newspaper archives and SIRS Discoverer) using this one powerful tool. Students of all ages can retrieve the information they need in one search!

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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Psychology (Gale OneFile) New!

Psychology provides researchers, psychologists and counselors with access to journals in all fields of psychology— abnormal, biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology.

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Romance BookCloud Library Card Required.

Romance BookCloud is a collection of romance eBooks. There is something for everyone - contemporary, historical, time travel, paranormal and inspirational.  With a core collection of 1800 titles and new books added all the time, there is always romance to be found.

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Science (Gale OneFile)

Researchers using Science can remain current with the latest scientific developments in particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology, and hundreds of other areas. Key subjects covered include the biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

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SOLARO New!

SOLARO provides curriculum-based study help to Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science to students in Grades 3 through 12.

SOLARO contains tens of thousands of practice questions, so students can test their knowledge more thoroughly than ever before. Questions include Multiple Choice, Numerical Response, and Technology-Enhanced interactive types, including Drag-and-Drop and Graphing interactions.

 

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TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that kids will enjoy reading. Kindergarten to Grade 6 students can access over 1100 titles including read-along chapter books, nonfiction titles and graphic novels. 

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