Databases & More
Library-subscription** databases and other online resources of interest.
**NPL pays for these so our members can access them for free with their library card.
**Academic Search Elite [EBSCO] – Spans a broad stretch of academic subjects with thousands of full-text journals and abstracted and indexed journals.
**Ancestry Library Edition – (New! Remote use) – As of March 2020, access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Please contact your library for instructions on how to access this resource. Once you have your access credentials, please click here. (See more below!)
**Ancestry Library Edition – (In-Library use only) – provides genealogical and historical research capabilities. With more than 5 billion names in over 4,600 databases, includes census, military, court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; and passenger lists.
**Auto Repair Source – Features content from the original equipment manufacturers including step-by-step repair procedures with supporting images, maintenance schedules, estimated labor times, technical service bulletins, specifications and diagnostic trouble codes so users can accurately diagnose, repair and maintain their vehicle. Millions of high-quality images can be magnified and printed. Images include component location diagrams and comprehensive wiring diagrams. Auto Repair Source is also optimized for touch screen devices.
BC Laws – Access to the Statutes & Regulations of B.C.
British Columbia Codes – Includes: Building Code, Fire Code, Plumbing Code, and Errata & Revisions.
British Columbia Historical Newspapers (UBC) – Offers many of B.C.’s earliest newspapers freely available in digital format. Search and view B.C. community newspapers published from 1865 to 1924. Included are three Nelson newspapers: Nelson Economist, Miner and Tribune.
British Columbia Statistics – Statistics on population, business, the economy, labour and society.
**Business Source Premier [EBSCO] – Includes more than 2,000 business journals covering topics such as marketing, management, accounting and finance, as well as information about specific trades, industries and professions. Additional content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analyses. Video Tutorial [4:40 minutes]
Canadian Encyclopedia – About Canada and Canadians, for students, the general public and scholars. Includes articles written by experts, as well as web links and multimedia clips.
Clicklaw (BC Courthouse Library Society) – An Internet subject guide to authoritative legal resources in BC and Canada.
**Consumer Health Complete [EBSCO] – Health information for the general public, patients and health professionals. Includes mainstream medical information and holistic/alternative health information from popular and professional magazines, journals, reference books and reports.
**EBSCO: all databases/periodicals – Search popular and academic magazines, reference books, plus images, covering all subject areas, from current events and history to the arts and sciences. Many Canadian titles are included. Narrow results by date, subject, publication, etc. Video Tutorial [2:25 minutes]
**Encyclopedia of British Columbia Online (In-Library use only) – BC people, places, arts, history, literature and more are covered in this special online encyclopedia. Includes articles, photographs, video and sound clips, web links, handy statistics, maps and diagrams.
Explora Canada – For students of all ages on a wide variety of topics, from history and current events to science and technology. Sources include magazines, encyclopedias, primary source documents and more.
Explora Primary Schools – A research interface for K-5. Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research. Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas. Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research.
The Express Newspaper – A Nelson community newspaper since 1988, The Express is archived online through archive.org.
**Funk & Wagnalls (EBSCO) – For all researchers, contains various images and offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas. Indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics (full text is accessed by double-clicking), and is updated annually.
**Gale Courses – Offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
**Grant Connect – (In-Library use only) – Contains updated information on over 2,200 Canadian grant-making foundations and over 150 American foundations with a history of granting in Canada.
**IndieFlix – Stream & watch award-winning shorts, features, and documentaries from more than 50 countries. Available on all Internet-enabled computers, tablets (including iPad and Android), smart phones through the Web browser, and on Roku and Xbox.
Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.” 3300 videos explain many subjects.
**KnowBC Online – (New! Remote use) – As of April 2020 everyone has access to KnowBC.com whether they are inside the library or not. This valuable online resource for history and information regarding British Columbia. features a number of books that cover a variety of topics including Indigenous history, marine life, natural history, British Columbia’s role in World War I, and much more. (See more below!)
**KnowBC Online – (In-Library use only) – Includes the following resources:
- Encyclopedia of British Columbia – With more than 4,000 entries and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips.
- Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest – A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes.
- The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names – A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia
- Far West – The Story of British Columbia
- Raincoast Chronicles 20 – Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia.
- Where Mountains Meet the Sea – A History of Coastal BC
**Lynda.com – Leading online learning platform t0 learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
**NoveList Plus [EBSCO] – Looking for a good novel? Want to find book reviews? Desperate to find other authors that are similar to your favourite? Check out this database of fiction books and authors, recommended reading lists, book discussion ideas and book reviews for all ages.
**NoveList K-8 – For Kids! Looking for a book in a series? An author who writes books similar to those by your favourite author? Or are you just looking for a book on a particular topic? Find the ones that interest you by author, title, series or subject.
Points to the Past – Searchable primary source material: maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more. For research, teaching and learning.
**Pronunciator – A fun way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.
**ProCitizen Canada – Comprehensive citizenship courses for new Canadians.
**Small Business Accelerator – Curated by professional business librarians, this is a reliable gateway to freely available business information, education, and assistance that is both current and trustworthy.
**Small Engine Repair Reference Center – Clymer manuals containing thousands of maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines. Routine maintenance and more extensive repairs for motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more are covered. Video Tutorial [3 minutes]
**Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online – (In-Library use only) Current vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation.
World Book Online – Free access from home during library closures in 2020: username “wbsupport” and password “distancelearn”