Databases for Research: eBooks

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Off-Campus Access
Canadian content - contains a significant amount of Canadian content
Open Access database - no login required (open access)

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Access any of our ebook resources below or search our library catalogue for our current ebook holdings.

AccessScience - McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
(McGraw-Hill) Provides science & technology encyclopaedic entries, including recent research developments, biographies of scientists, and late-breaking science and technology news.
Books24x7 (if you are using Internet Explorer and MySeneca, add * and * as "Trusted Sites" in Internet Options > Security)
(SkillSoft) Provides access to online versions of thousands of books in the fields of computer and information technology, business, and engineering (ITPro, BusinessPro, and EngineeringPro, respectively).
Britannica OnlineCanadian content
(Encyclopaedia Britannica) Provides access to Encyclopædia Britannica, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the Britannica Book of the Year.
British Pharmacopoeia Online (Please Note: Our licence is for 5 concurrent users only. Please click "Log out" when you are finished.)
(The Stationery Office (TSO)) Online access to the print version of British Pharmacopoeia, standards for UK medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances.
Canada's Information Resource Centre (CIRC)Canadian content
(Grey House) Online access to nine Grey House Reference tools: Canadian Almanac and Directory, Associations Canada, Financial Services Canada, Canadian Environmental Resource Guide, Canadian Parliamentary Guide, Governments Canada, Libraries Canada, History of Canada, and Canadian Who's Who.
Canadian Business Resource (CBR): Blue Book of Canadian BusinessCanadian content
(Canadian Newspaper Services International) The online version of the Blue Book of Canadian Business, offering corporate and executive profiles of top businesses.
Canadian Encyclopedia OnlineOpen Access databaseCanadian content
(Historica) Provides access to information about Canadian personalities, places, events, history and achievements.
Career CruisingCanadian content
(Anaca Technologies Ltd.) Career Cruising provides access to career planning resources including: detailed occupation profiles, and comprehensive post-secondary education information.
CCH OnlineCanadian content (Please note: This resource only works with Internet Explorer 6+)
(CCH) Online access to human resource management publications (CCH looseleaf services the Ultimate HR Manual and Canadian Labour Relations and Employment Topics, and their e-book series, HR Answers Now) and tax publications (Preparing Your Income Tax Returns).
CICA HandbookCanadian content
(Knotia Canada) Provides access to CICA (Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants) standards & guidance book collection.
Contact Canada Life Science Search EngineCanadian content
(Contact Canada) The online versions of Contact Canada's Pharma and BioPharma Canada, Canadian Medical Technologies, and Canadian Biotechnology print directories, providing company profiles, contact information, and industry statistics.
(Taylor and Francis / CRC Press) A collection of electronic handbooks in civil, mechanical, industrial, electrical, electronic, environmental, mining, and general engineering.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
(Taylor and Francis / CRC Press) Provides access to the most frequently used data in science, including the periodic table of the elements, basic constants and units, and geophysical data.
(ProQuest) Contains reports on 202 countries and cultures, focusing on 25 categories including history, personal appearance, gestures, family, recipes, economy, and more.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineOpen Access databaseCanadian content
(Library and Archives Canada) Provides access to authoritative biographical information about significant figures of Canada's past, including both detailed articles on Canada's major historical figures, and short articles on minor personages.
e-CPS - Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and SpecialtiesCanadian content
(Canadian Pharmacists Association) e-CPS is the online edition of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS). It contains information on proprietary and nonproprietary Canadian drugs for both medical specialists and patients. It also provides links to Health Canada advisories.
EBL (Please Note: Adobe Digital Editions software and the creation of a personal Adobe account are needed for e-book downloading.)
(Ebooks Corporation Limited) A database of e-books in a wide range of academic disciplines.
ebrary (Please Note: Titles may be single-user or multiple-user. Check the Seneca Library Catalogue for information on a specific title; if the words "1 user licence" are not indicated, the title is available for multiple simultaneous users.)
(ebrary) Full-text online access to books in the social sciences, pure and applied sciences, and humanities.
EBSCO eBook and Audiobook Collection (Please note: Users must set up their own "My EBSCOhost" account (free of charge) and also have Adobe Digital Editions (free download) and a personal Adobe account in order to check out e-book titles for extended use. Most titles in this collection are one-copy/one-user-at-a-time titles that are "signed out" for a seven-day period. Users may place a request for titles that are currently checked out by other users.)
(EBSCO) Provides access to a large collection of e-audiobooks and e-books, in art, business, computer science, education, history, literature, health and medicine, law, and the humanities and social sciences.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
(EBSCO) Provides access to a variety of general subjects with abstracts, full text and some images.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
(Gale) Provides access to a collection of e-books via a single searchable interface.
LawSourceCanadian content
(Thomson Reuters / Carswell) Contains cases, legislation, the Canadian Abridgment Case Digests, and the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest.
National Academies PressOpen Access database
(National Academy of Sciences) Provides access to a multidisciplinary digital library of book length studies and policy reports by leading experts in their fields.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations Open Access database Canadian content
(Various sources) Advanced research and scholarship. Free to find, free to use. Records of graduate-level theses that are freely available online.
OverDrive (Please Note: Adobe Digital Editions software and the creation of a personal Adobe account needed for the downloading of E-Books. OverDrive Media Console software needed for E-Audiobooks. All titles are one-copy/one-user-at-a-time titles in a check-out system. Users may place a request for titles that are currently checked out by other users. Please consider returning books early if you are done with them.)
(OverDrive, Inc.) A collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks (sound recordings of books in digital file format). Files may be downloaded to a computer and may then be transferred to many mobile electronic devices, or in some cases to CDs, for offline use.
Oxford Art OnlineCanadian content (Please note our subscription is for a maximum of 14 concurrent users only. Please click "Logout" in the top-right corner of the database when you are done.)
(Oxford University Press) Provides access to an extensive art collection including: Grove Art Online, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Oxford Reference
(Oxford University Press) Provides access to over 220 Oxford reference books via a single Web interface.
PQDT Open Open Access database
(ProQuest from various sources) Read the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.
Safari Books Online (Please Note: Our licence is for 20 concurrent users only.)
(ProQuest) Provides full-text access to thousands of information technology related books from many of the world's foremost IT publishers.
ScienceDirect (Please note: Full-text is not available for all content. To limit to full-text, click Advanced Search > Source > Subscribed journals or Subscribed books (depending on what tab you are in).
(Elsevier) Provides users with access to a wide range of journal articles and full-text e-books in Health and Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Computers and Technology, and the Social and Behavioural Sciences.
Scott's Directories - National BusinessCanadian content (Please Note: Our licence is for 10 concurrent users only.)
(Scott's Directories) Provides access to a comprehensive directory of Canadian businesses with more than 350,000+ contacts from manufacturing, government, medical and education sectors.
Short Story Criticism
(Gale) Online access to the print version of Gale's Short Story Criticism series, offering analysis of short stories and other works of short fiction.
STAT!Ref (Please Note: Our licence is for 5 concurrent users only.)
(Teton Data Systems) Provides access to healthcare resources in a variety of disciplines including: nursing, nutrition, oncology and more.
Ultimate HR Manual via CCH OnlineCanadian content (Please note: This resource only works with Internet Explorer 6+ and that our licence for Ultimate HR Manual is 10 concurrent users only)
(CCH) Online access to human resource management publications (CCH looseleaf services the Ultimate HR Manual and Canadian Labour Relations and Employment Topics, and their e-book series, HR Answers Now) and tax publications (Preparing Your Income Tax Returns).
USP-NF Online (Please Note: Our licence is for 3 concurrent users only.)
(United States Pharmacopeial Convention) Provides the latest U.S. FDA standards of identity, strength, quality, and purity for prescription and non-prescription drug ingredients and dosage forms, dietary supplements, medical devices and other healthcare products.

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