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Good to Know


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  • Contains Canadian content and perspectives.
  • Articles on historical topics and contemporary world issues are enhanced with biographies, early photographs and drawings, government documents and maps and graphs.
  • Ability to narrow searches by date, multiple fields, and document types
  • Multilingual interface


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Download the App


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After you have downloaded the app, it will ask you to search for your library or to use your location. 

You will then need to give EBSCO permission to check your Library Card in the Library’s system. 

It will ask for your Patron ID (Library Card number), enter it without any spaces.

The app provides access to all of the EBSCO databases that the library subscribes to.



Using a Computer


After logging on, you can select to do basic search by entering your search terms into the search bar.  If you want to add filters to your search, do so by using the Advanced Search feature.

Select from the available Search Options:

  • Search modes – Use specific search modes, such as “Find all my search terms,” or “SmartText Searching,” or use search options that expand your search such as “Apply related words.”
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  • Special Limiters – Apply limiters specific to a database. If you select a special limiter, it is applied only to the database under which it appears.

A full results list will appear sorted by the most relevant articles. You can also sort the results by date. Once you have found an article that you are interested in reading, just click on it or select the PDF.  If the PDF is available, you will be able to browse the whole issue that the article appears in using the toolbar on the left side.

If you are in your result’s list, you can add articles to your folder to print, email, save or export for use later.  If this is a homework assignment, you can also easily generate the citation in a variety of styles including MLA, APA, Chicago and Vancouver.



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