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.

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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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Career Cruising New!

Career Cruising provides users of all ages with comprehensive career development and job search resources. There is in-depth information on hundreds of occupations as well as information on Canadian colleges and universities.

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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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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 Health Complete New!

Consumer Health Complete covers all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to holistic medicine. Teens and their parents can find articles on relevant topics of health.

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Consumer Health Information (French) Library Card Required.

Consumer Health Information is a French database that offers detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions. These answers are provided in evidence-based reports that feature graphics, illustrations, easy-to-read text and links to additional information.

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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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EBSCO Audiobooks Library Card Required.

EBSCO is a leading provider of research databases, online journals, audiobooks and eBooks. Use EBSCOhost Audiobooks to download audio recordings of works of fiction including classics, and non-fiction.

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EBSCO Discovery Service Library Card Required.

Discovery Service is a research tool that searches several online databases at one time. These databases include those produced by EBSCO, Gale and McGraw-Hill. Easy-to-use filters allow students to find results by format, subject heading or publisher. Please note that Discovery Service does not search ProQuest databases.

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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Elementary (Gale in Context) Library Card Required.

Elementary is a kid-friendly database where students can find resources to fulfill their needs and interests inside and outside the classroom. Teachers can also use this database to find digital resources to supplement their teaching.

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos provides thousands of easy-to-read articles for children in Spanish. It also includes videos, interactive maps and a wide variety of games and activities. 

Es una herramienta de referencia en español para niños. Contiene miles de artículos fáciles de leer y repletos de ilustraciones, videos, mapas interactivos y una amplia variedad de juegos y actividades.

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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.  

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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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 eBooks Library Card Required.

Gale eBooks is an online library of reference titles that cover a wide range of topics including history, biography, law and social sciences.  This resource also provides citation tools and it allows users to highlight, take notes and do text searching.

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Gale General OneFile Library Card Required.

Gale General OneFile provides access to over 15000 general reference magazines, newspapers and reference books.  The user-friendly interface makes it easy to find information on a wide range of subjects including business, fashion, home, travel and sports. 

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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Health and Wellness Library Card Required.

Health and Wellness offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.

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Home Improvement Reference Center New!

Home Improvement Reference Center features full-text content that provides users with detailed, user-friendly "how-to" information. Topics covered include maintenance, plumbing, electrical work and outdoor improvements. 

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Homework Central Library Card Required.

Homework Central connects younger students to comprehensive databases that will help them complete their research assignments. Students will be able to retrieve full-text and multimedia reference material, accessing more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts - plus thousands of maps, pictures, web links, and audio/video files.

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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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L’Encyclopédie Découverte Library Card Required.

L'Encyclopédie Découverte is aimed at younger readers who are native French speakers as well as older students and adults for whom French is a second language. It offers access to thousands of encyclopedia articles, dictionary entries, photos, illustrations, and maps.

Rédigée à l’intention de lecteurs plus jeunes dont le français est la langue maternelle, ainsi que d’élèves plus âgés et d’adultes pour qui le français est une langue seconde. Offre un accès à des milliers d’articles d’encyclopédie, d’unités lexicales, de photos, d’illustrations et de cartes.

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LearningExpress Library Library Card Required.

LearningExpress Library has academic, test prep, citizenship and career-related resources.  It is organized into different learning centers and provides support for students from Grade 4 to college.  

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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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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Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center has a wide range of authors and their works. Researchers can find up-to-date analysis, biographical information, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world.  

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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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Little Pim Library Card Required.

Little Pim has twelve language courses aimed at small children (6 months to 6 years). Using short, five-minute videos and simple engaging games, a child can learn up to 360 words and phrases in another language.

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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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MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier provides full text articles for magazines and publications covering many general interest topics including business, health, education and general science. It also includes an image collection of more than 2 million photos, maps and flags.

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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National Geographic Kids New!

National Geographic Kids provides information on science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Students can play games, watch high-quality videos or browse issues of National Geographic Kids magazine. They can also visit countries virtually and learn a number of fun facts about each one. 

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National Geographic Virtual Library New!

National Geographic Virtual Library provides access to digital content that engages and informs students, researchers, and general readers from National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic History magazines.  Readers will find a complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.

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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.  

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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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Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints covers today's hottest social issues. Users can find reference articles, infographics, videos and audio on many subjects including capital punishment, narcotics control, and bioethics. It offers an informed look at topics and provides differing views to help learners develop critical-thinking skills. 

Get started by watching this online tutorial 

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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.

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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Primary Search (Children’s eMagazines) New!

Primary Search is a full-text database of carefully curated content for children. It includes full text for the most popular children's magazines, as well as eBooks.  Magazine titles include Ladybug, Spider, Girls' Life and Sports Illustrated Kids.

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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 New! 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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Santé en français

Santé en français fournit des rapports faciles à lire avec des informations prouvées dans le domaine de la santé. Ces rapports couvrent une variété de maladies, de conditions et de procédures de traitement, sont vérifiés par des médecins et reflètent les informations les plus récentes.

Health in French provides current easy-to-read reports that cover a variety of illnesses, conditions and treatments.  

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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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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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TumbleMath

TumbleMath uses stories and literature to teach children math concepts. They combine animation, narration and sound to create a captivating story for students of all ages.

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World Book Advanced

World Book Advanced provides access to an integrated search of articles, primary sources, eBooks and special reports. Tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 9 and up and optimized for tablets, Advanced includes a streamlined design and access to historical documents. 

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World Book Discover New!

World Book Discover is aimed at students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties. Content and tools have been specifically developed for these students and is ideal for reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students.  It is optimized for iPads and the most popular Android devices.

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World Book Kids

Developed for children in grades one through four, World Book Kids uses educational games, activities and projects to introduce online research skills to primary students.  

Get started by watching this online tutorial.

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World Book Student

World Book Student has engaging content and fun tools designed to make knowledge accessible and easy-to-find for all kids in elementary through middle school. Features include a Citation Builder, the ability to translate articles in over 100 different languages and a built-in dictionary and atlas. 

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World Book Timelines

Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines which cover various time periods in history or the lives of famous figures. Users can create their own timelines from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

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