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Databases are organized collections of information. You may not realize it, but you already use databases in your daily life like Netflix, Spotify and your cell phone's contacts list.
Library databases are online collections of useful and quality information for your research assignment or project. You'll most likely find articles in library databases, but they can also have eBooks, audiobooks and online videos.
On this page, you'll find lists of useful library databases to start your research.
Learn More about a Topic
Use these library tools to learn more about your research topic.
Britannica Online(Encyclopaedia Britannica) Online access to the Encyclopdia Britannica as well as Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, the Britannica Year in Review, a World Atlas, and a country comparator.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context(Gale) Provides access to a comprehensive resource offering differing points of view on current social issues with pro and con articles, topic overviews and biographies of social activists.
Use these online video databases to find information on your topic.
Curio.ca (including CBC News in Review)(Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)) Educational videos from CBC and Radio-Canada: documentaries from television and radio, news reports, archival material, stock shots and more. Our subscription includes selected, not complete, News in Review content only. Faculty: For the ability to add videos to a playlist, you must set up a separate Curio account. Please e-mail your liaison librarians at email@example.com from your Seneca faculty e-mail account for instructions.
Films on Demand(Films Media Group / Infobase Learning) The Master Academic and Technical Education collections of educational and news films from Films Media Group and Infobase covering a wide range of subject matter. Studios represented include PBS, BBC, Films For Humanities & Sciences, National Geographic, TED, and others. Users who wish to create Playlists, Favorites, and Preferences must set up their own FoD Username and Password (separate from their Seneca User Name and Password) by clicking "Your Profile" and then "Sign up".
Kanopy(Kanopy) Full-length streamed videos including popular documentaries, feature films, and professional educational films covering the arts, business, education, global studies, health, media and communication, science, social science, and technical training. As of April 1, 2019, you must sign up for, and then log in with, your own Kanopy account to view videos in this database. To do so, click the link above and click 'Sign up' or 'Log in" when prompted. You must use your Seneca College email address to set up the account.
Viewing of Kanopy titles on mobile devices is only available through a separate Kanopy app that must be added to your device. You will have to recreate your search for specific titles on that app.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)(LinkedIn) Online video training tutorials on various topics, applications, and software packages including audio and video production, 3D animation, AutoCAD, Maya, web design, computer programming, and business and office applications. Seneca students, faculty, and staff must first register to use this service by creating a separate LinkedIn Learning account through the "LOG IN TO LinkedIn Learning" link on the http://www.senecacollege.ca/mylearning website. This product was acquired and licensed by Continuing Education, not Seneca Libraries. It is only on our site as a courtesy and research convenience.
NFB.ca (National Film Board of Canada)(National Film Board of Canada) Public performance rights to selected films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Documentaries, animations, alternative dramas, trailers, and interactive productions on the Web. Faculty:To access certain CAMPUS titles and added features for instructors within this database, you must set up a separate NFB CAMPUS account. Please e-mail your liaison librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org from your Seneca faculty e-mail account for instructions.
Videos in this platform labelled "PARTNER" and "CANADA SCREENS" are not part of the academic subscription licence offered by NFB. When in the database, to see only those titles to which we have access, change "Availability" to "Campus" or "Free".
Canadian Major Dailies (formerly Canadian Newsstand)(ProQuest) Provides current full-text access to 20 Canadian news sources. Only partial content from this database is available in Library Search/Primo, mostly from larger publications such as the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post, and very little from the local newspapers.
Primary Search(EBSCO) Compiled specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to articles, photos, maps, flags, and reference tools written for children such as biographies, histories, and The Encyclopedia of Animals.