Electronic resources

As an ACAD community member, you have access to thousands of online e-resources including newspapers, magazines and journals, encyclopedias and indexes, streaming film services, primary source and image collections.

Access these resources through the links below. If you are off-campus, you will be asked to login with your Library User ID and Library PIN. Please contact the library if you are having issues accessing the resources.

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Academic Search Complete
Database for scholarly research with full-text journals and peer-reviewed journals focusing on STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities.

Alberta Research Portal
This outstanding resource provides all Albertans with perpetual access to 69 unique primary source collections, including extensive resources related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Sabin Americana, 25 titles from Gale Virtual Reference Library, to name but a few. This includes monographs, photographs, newspapers, poetry, original documents, records, and more.

Alt - Health Watch
This alternative health research database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. 

Art, Design and Architecture Collection

A comprehensive survey of current publications in the fields of visual and applied arts, the Art, Design & Architecture Collection includes ARTbibliographies Modern (covering modern and contemporary art), Design & Applied Arts Index (for all aspects of design and crafts), and International Bibliography of Art (covering scholarship on western art history), together with a complementary collection of current full-text Arts & Humanities journals.

Art Source
This art research database covers a broad range of subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. It features full-text articles, indexing and abstracts for an array of journals, books and more.

The Artstor Digital Library is an image database featuring a range of images from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository. All images are accompanied by comprehensive metadata and are rights-cleared for educational use. Note: Users must be registered with Artstor for remote access. Learn more about how to register with Artstor.   


Britannica OnLine
The combination of the Encyclopædia Britannica and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources students need for research—all in one place.

BHA + RILA | Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) + Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA)
European and American visual arts material published between 1975 and 2007.

Bibliography of Native North Americans
Covers all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. Contains more than 190,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of content coverage range from the 16th century to the present.

Business Source Complete
Database covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance, and more. Indexing and abstracts and full text are available back as far as 1886.


Canadian Newsstand
Provides access to current Canadian news content with archives as far back as the 1970s, from over 360 news sources. 

Canadian Reference Centre
Database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international periodicals in full text, full-text reference books, thousands of full-text biographies and an image collection containing more than one million photos, maps and flags.

Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database (CBCA)
Database provides indexing for over 1,800 publications and full text for more than 700. Broad coverage from a Canadian perspective spans agriculture, business and economics, education, government and politics, health sciences, history, literature, medical sciences, social sciences, and many more subject areas.

CPI.Q(Canadian Periodical Index)
Canadian reference materials covering a wide range of disciplines.  A resource for researchers in need of information from Canadian-focused journals, magazines, newspapers and reference sources.


Education Research Complete
Covers the areas of curriculum instruction, administration, policy, funding and related social issues. This database also includes full text for books, monographs and numerous education-related conference papers.

Environment Complete
A full-text database offering extensive coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study. Both full text and indexing for journals, books and monographs.

ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center)
ERIC contains more than 1.5 million records and links to hundreds of thousands of full-text documents dating back to 1966. It includes records for a variety of source types, including journal articles, books, conference papers, curriculum guides, policy papers and more.


Films On Demand
Online, streaming access to thousands of documentaries, educational films and news reels.


Health Source: Consumer Edition
Database provides access to full-text consumer health magazines, reference books and health pamplets. Subjects include fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women's health, children's health and more.


JSTOR - Arts + Sciences + Essentials Collections (I, II, III, IV, VII, VIII + XI)
JSTOR Arts & Sciences + Essentials collections have extensive coverage in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, including literature, film, art, music, religion, classical studies, history, education, economics, political science, and sociology. This collection includes Full text articles, and a broad range of subjects.


Watch thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases:  Kanopy's collection of more than 26,000 films features award-winning documentaries, first run features, training films and theatrical releases. The collection includes a number of leading producers, such as the Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, New Day Films, Kino Lorber, PBS, BBC, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Education Resources, and hundreds more - on every topic imaginable. Kanopy’s viewing platform makes it easy to watch, share and discuss films across campus and at your convenience.


Literature Resource Center
Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.

Explore a range of over 2,000 courses and 106,000 tutorials on subjects including creative design, business skills, computer software (Macs and Windows) and video production and editing. New courses are added weekly to meet upcoming learning goals. If you do not already have an account, contact lynda.help@acad.ca.


MasterFILE Premier
Contains full text for general reference magazines and publications that cover a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues. PDF backfiles are available as far back as 1922 for key publications including American Libraries, Foreign Affairs, History Today, Library Journal, National Review, Saturday Evening Post and more. In addition, Science News is available in HTML back to 1975.

The MLA Directory of Periodicals
The MLA Directory of Periodicals contains information on over 6,000 journals and book series that fall within the scope of the MLA International Bibliography. This information has been gathered by the MLA staff with the cooperation of MLA bibliographers and the editors represented in the listings. The entries list editorial addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, frequency of publication, descriptions of scope, circulation figures, subscription prices and addresses, advertising information, links to online content, peer review, and submission guidelines. The directory also provides statistics on the number of articles and book reviews published each year, as well as how many are submitted.

The MLA International Bibliography
The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and film. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature. The electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1925 and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals) and 1,000 book publishers. It is compiled by the staff of the MLA Department of Bibliographic Information Services with the cooperation of more than 100 contributing bibliographers in the United States and abroad. Such international coverage is represented by literature from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, and while the majority of records are from English-language publications, at least sixty other languages are represented including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Swedish.


NFB Campus
Access thousands of the National Film Board of Canada’s (NFB) documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works.


Oxford Art Online
Database allows users to access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove® Art Online, the Benezit® Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies.

Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from Dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language.


The Shakespeare Collection

Comprehensive, cross-searchable coverage of Shakespeare's work, critical reception, textual history, performance history and cultural and historical context.

Soc Index
Comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.


World History in Context

This database spans world history from the ancient world all the way up to recent current events, putting issues of interest in their historical context. Multi-media content includes journal articles, primary source documents, historical maps, news sources and web links.