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Is Spring Your "New Year"? Two May Programs that Support Positive Change

April 29, 2016 | Carolyn | Comments (0)

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I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions. January 1, falling during the coldest and darkest time of the year, just doesn't feel like the right time for new beginnings. In the spring, signs of new growth and new life are all around, so it has always been my personal "new year" -- a time to take stock and make changes. 

If you find yourself thinking of making changes in your life at this time of year, two May programs at the North York Central Library may interest you.

On Wednesday May 4 we're presenting Finding Skin Care Products that Work. If you're as confused as I am about the hundreds of products available, and as skeptical about their claims, take control by learning how to identify the right products for your skin type. Chemist Louise Hidinger will discuss the ingredients and formulations to look for to tackle a range of specific issues, including acne, sensitive skin, hyperpigmentation, sun exposure and aging. Learn how to identify products that contain effective amounts of active ingredient and get tips on how to make the most of them.

Here are some books and eBooks about skin care products available in library branches or through our website:


Program details:

Finding Skin Care Products that Work
North York Central Library - Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

If you're concerned about the physical effects of tension and stress, a second May program may interest you.

On Thursday May 12, learn about the Mitzvah Technique at Physical Solutions to Posture Problems, Tension and Stress. Susan Green, a certified Mitzvah technique instructor, will explain and demonstrate practical ways to develop and maintain a healthful and youthful posture. In this participatory workshop, suited to all ages and fitness levels, you'll learn how to apply the technique to your daily activities. Anyone can benefit from this practical session, but if you're concerned, as I am, about the health consequences of spending too much time sitting, it should be especially helpful.

If you'd like to learn about the benefits of improving your posture, try one of these books:


Program details:

Physical Solutions to Posture Problems, Tension and Stress

North York Central Library - Room 1
5120 Yonge Street
Thursday, May 12, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

No registration is required for either of these programs. So come to the North York Central Library in May and learn how to make some positive changes in your life.


Free Science Events in Toronto for May 2016

April 28, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (3)

The Science and Technology Department of North York Central Library compiles a monthly calendar of free science and applied science events in Toronto. Applied science includes health, gardening, pets and food; all subjects found in the department's collection. Here is the May calendar (PDF).

May's highlights include:

Toronto Public Library also offers many free science and applied science events:

At the Library, May's highlights include:

Can't attend a program or want to read more about the topics covered? Try some of these books:

The Orchid Whisperer   Make - The Annotated Build-it-yourself Science Laboratory   Running Injury-Free   Small-Space Container Gardens

Atoms Under the Floorboards   The Best Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products   Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living   The Allergy Book


Canadian Opera Company Talk: Dying for Love in Rossini's Maometto II

April 22, 2016 | Muriel | Comments (0)

Gioacchino Rossini    Gioachino Rossini    Rossini
Canadian Opera Company Talk: 
Dying for Love in Rossini's Maometto II

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7 to 8 p.m.

North York Central Library Auditorium

In one of his most ambitious works, Rossini summons a historical clash between Islam and Christianity to frame the story of a young girl who is forced to make the ultimate choice between love and duty. Join Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding, as he uses audio and visual elements to explore works from the Canadian Opera Company 's 2015/16 season.

Please register for this free program by calling 416-395-5639.


The Cambridge Companion to Rossini    Gioachino Rossini A Guide to Research.aspx    Rossini Nicholas Till

Understanding Italian Opera    Fashions and Legacies of Nineteenth Century Opera    Singers of Italian Opera

Be sure to visit NAXOS, the online music library available through

Toronto Public Library, and listen to great music spanning medieval

to modern - classical, jazz, electronic, world music and more, and

find expert educational content. 

There is a free iPhone/iPod Touch app available in the iTunes

App Store which can be used with the user's playlist login

information.  The app will give you streaming playback access

to the entire library of music and saved playlists.

A wifi or cellular data connection is required.

The Killing Game: Martyrdom, Murder and the Lure of ISIS - A Reading with Mark Bourrie

April 22, 2016 | Aleks | Comments (0)

North York Central Library is excited to have author Mark Bourrie present on his novel, The Killing Game: martyrdom, murder and the lure of ISIS. The event will take place on Monday April 25, 2016 in the Auditorium from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. 


The killing gameThe Killing Game

A pro-ISIS Twitter account reported that John Maguire, a 23-year-old from the Ottawa Valley town of Kemptville, had been killed fighting Kurds in the Syrian city of Kobani. A few weeks before, Maguire had starred in a YouTube video threatening Canada for bombing ISIS forces in Iraq.

Just a week earlier, Dillon Hillier, a 26-year-old former Canadian army soldier and son of a Conservative politician, returned to his parents' home near Ottawa after fighting in the Middle East. He had joined the Kurdish soldiers fighting ISIS and probably fought in the battle which Maguire had joined.

Why would two men who had so much in common (and with no Muslim/Arab heritage) decide to fight on opposing sides in a vicious conflict that really had little to do with them and with Canada?

The Killing Game delves into the lives of these two men, framed by the war that lured them from comfortable, ordinary lives, and examines what draws young men and women to join violent, social/political movements.

Mark BourrieMark Bourrie, a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, is also the author of The Fog War: Censorship of Canada's Media in WWII, and Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know

Here is an examination of the lives of two men, framed by the war that lured them from comfortable, ordinary lives in a quiet corner of Ontario. Why were both of these men radicalized -- one by the most extreme form of Islam, the other by a desire to fight it? Bourrie delves into the lives of these two young men as a framing device to examine what draws young men and women to join violent social/political movements. It looks at the psychology of young men and women today and the propaganda used by all sides in the Middle East conflicts, as well as the security laws and the political initiatives that have been designed to stop Canadians from being radicalized. 


Further Readings

Islamic state the digital caliphateIslamic State: the digital caliphate

Islamic State stunned the world when it overran an area the size of Britain on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border in a matter of weeks and proclaimed the birth of a new Caliphate. Based on extensive field research and exclusive interviews with IS insiders, Atwan outlines the group's leadership structure, as well as its strategies, tactics and diverse methods of recruitment. Atwan also shows how the group's rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the 'dark web', Hollywood 'blockbuster'-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have re-emerged in cyber-space. 

Why good kids turn into deadly terrorists deconstructing the accused Boston bombers and others like them

Why "good kids" turn into deadly terrorists : deconstructing the accused Boston bombers and others like them

The shock of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings was soon followed by a revelation that left many distressed and mystified. Two young brothers who were known and loved in their community allegedly acted intentionally to create carnage, terror, and radical disruption of lives and psyches, while ending their lives or at least the possibility of productive futures. Did their community fail them? As US President Obama asked: What would lead them "to resort to violence?". This book explains the many factors that contribute to the vulnerability of youth around the world to being recruited to violence and terrorism. In addition, it describes a way forward to inoculate youth against recruitment.  


Eurojihad patterns of Islamist radicalization and terrorism in EuropeEurojihad : patterns of Islamist radicalization and terrorism in Europe

Throughout history, factors of radicalization have involved social and economic conditions and issues of identity. Patterns of Islamist radicalization in Europe reflect the historical experience of European Muslim communities, particularly their links to their home countries, the prevalence of militant groups there, and the extent to which factors of radicalization in Muslim countries transfer to European Muslim diasporas. Eurojihad examines the sources of radicalization in Muslim communities in Europe and the responses of European governments and societies. In an effort to understand the scope and dynamics of Islamist extremism and terrorism in Europe, this book takes into account recent developments, in particular the emergence of Syria as a major destination of European jihadists. Angel Rabasa and Cheryl Benard describe the history, methods, and evolution of jihadist networks in Europe with particular nuance, providing a useful primer for the layperson and a sophisticated analysis for the expert.

ISIS the state of terrorISIS: the state of terror

In a world where terrorist groups have become a fixture of contemporary politics and warfare, the sheer brutality of the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or simple the Islamic State, has shocked even the most jaded observers. This book is an analysis of the methods ISIS uses to both frighten innocent citizens and lure new soldiers - including the "ghoulish pornography" of their propaganda videos, the seductive appeal of "jihadi chi," and their startlingly effective social media expertise.


Hunting season James Foley, ISIS, and the kidnapping campaign that started a warHunting season : James Foley, ISIS, and the kidnapping campaign that started a war

On August 19, 2014, the jihadist rebel group known as ISIS uploaded a video to YouTube. Entitled "Message to America," the clip depicted the final moments of American journalist James Foley's life -- and the gruesome aftermath of his beheading at the hands of a masked executioner. Foley's murder -- and the choreographed killings that would follow -- captured the world's attention, and the Islamic State's kidnapping campaign exploded into war. Hunting Season is a riveting account of how the world's newest and most powerful terror franchise came to target Western hostages, who was behind it, and why almost no one knew about it until it was too late.


United States of Jihad investigating America's homegrown terrorists

United State of Jihad: investigating America's homegrown terrorists

Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans -- born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere -- have been indicted or convicted of terrorism charges. Some have taken the fight abroad: an American was among those who planned the attacks in Mumbai, and more than eighty US citizens have been charged with ISIS-related crimes. Others have acted on American soil, as with the attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, and in San Bernardino. What motivates them, how are they trained, and what do we sacrifice in our efforts to track them?

Looking for Life in the Cosmos

April 18, 2016 | Jane | Comments (0)

Let’s grapple for a moment with another of the universe’s eternal puzzles. Is there life elsewhere, besides here on earth? Neil deGrasse Tyson at NASA says that “most astrophysicists accept a high probability of there being life elsewhere in the universe, if not on other planets or on moons within our own solar system. The numbers are, well, astronomical: If the count of planets in our solar system is not unusual, then there are more planets in the universe than the sum of all sounds and words ever uttered by every human who has ever lived. To declare that Earth must be the only planet in the cosmos with life would be inexcusably egocentric of us.”

When astronomers and astrophysicists ask this question of themselves, a strategy is to identify celestial bodies that have conditions similar to those we know here on earth. There’s some clear logic to this. There is also plenty of hard work that goes into pinning down the hard science. It isn’t reasonable to send someone to find out . . . so instead scientists build extraordinary telescopes like the Hubble, the Spitzer and the James Webb. These can identify planets or moons that are the right distance from stars to allow for the presence of liquid water, one of the key necessities for life, at least for life as we currently understand it. It’s complicated. But Dr. Michael Reid of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of Toronto will be on hand next week to explain some of it.

Life in the Cosmos

Tue Apr 26, 2016

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


North York Central Library, Auditorium

5120 Yonge Street


This program is a part of the Thought Exchange series. Take a ride into the final frontier . . .                                                                                                               

 Hubble'sAmazingRescue  SpaceStarsandtheBeginningofTime  400YearsoftheTelescope Gravity's Engines

  AYearIntheLifeoftheUniverse  Hubble'sUniverse  HubbletheYearsofDiscovery 

Life in space  TheCosmos  TheHubbleCosmos  TheLastoftheGreatObservatories    

TelescopeHuntingtheEdgeofSpace  TheUniverseThroughtheEyesofHubble  HubbleImagingSpaceandTime Thelivingcosmos

Our Fragile Planet: Magazines to the Rescue

April 15, 2016 | Jeannette | Comments (4)

Our Fragile Planet display at North York Central Library

It's Earth Month 2016 and the time has come to take seriously our impact on the planet. Toronto Public Library is happy to present the best of our collections on environmental education, geared to children, teens and adults. Watch for environmental displays in branches across the city and pick up some reading material. At the same time, please join us for Our Fragile Planet, our free environmental programming series. Learn about issues that impact our city, and what you can do to tread lightly on our planet.


Next Friday is Earth Day.

The library has been celebrating all month through the Our Fragile Planet environmental programming series and displays at the branches. The displays feature books, magazines and DVDs on topics such as conservation, recycling, sustainable living, gardening and more.The goal is to get people thinking about the environment and what we can do to make a difference.

While we should be thinking about the environment throughout the year, Earth Day is a great way to remind us of our impact on the natural world. Magazines are a great way to get us thinking about the issues. With thought-provoking articles and stunning images, it’s a good place to start.

Here are some magazines on the environment available at the library:

Canadian Field-Naturalist   Earth   Nature   On Nature

There are also wildlife magazines:

Audubon   BBC wildlife   Birding   Canadian Wildlife

Try growing your own vegetables or planting flowers to attract wildlife. Here are some gardening magazines:

Canadian Gardening   Garden Making   Mother Earth News   Ontario Gardener

Want to read something right now? The library has magazines available online through Zinio that can be read on your computer, tablet or phone: (Don’t know Zinio? Here’s a guide.)

Environment and wildlife magazines available online:

Audubon   Earth   National Geographic   Smithsonian

Gardening magazines online:

Better Homes and Gardens   Canadian Gardening   Garden Making   Mother Earth News

It’s always important to be mindful of how we impact the environment. So let’s take this chance to make a difference.

Repair Your Car Yourself

April 11, 2016 | Ranald | Comments (5)

Use the library e-resource Chilton Library, which is accessible anywhere Œ(1) your car calls out to be pushed onto its side and repaired, (2) you have your tools with you and (3) you have something, besides what you're wearing, to wipe your hands on.


Car repair 2016 04

Photograph: Julia Kertesz, "Bucarest, car repair on the street."


  • Use the "Vehicle Selector" menus on the left of the home page to select your car by, first, year, then make, then model.
  • Click on "Select."
  • Then click on "Repair" under the heading "Data is available for the following."

Now you're at the home page of the repair manual for the vehicle you've selected. The table of contents is on the left. On the right, an empty screen.

  • Click on a category in the table of contents to get to the table of contents of that category.
  • Keep clicking until you get to the heading of a specific repair procedure. When you click on this heading, the procedure will appear on the screen to the right of the table of contents.


Chilton library 2016 04 2010 GMC Sierra


Note the category chain at the top of the table of contents. In the picture above, "Top / Engine Electrical / Repair Instructions / Removal, Installation, and Replacement" etc. You can click on "Top" to return to the main table of contents. You can click on any of the other categories to return to the table of contents of that category.

Chilton Library (PDF), the guide, is a quick guide to accessing and using this resource.

Note: this post was updated on December 15, 2016.

How to Handle Long-Distance Relationships

April 11, 2016 | Emoke | Comments (0)

The commuter marriageThese days as the world continues to become more connected, and working remotely for a job becomes more and more possible, couples are bound to face some separation times, whether temporary or longer-term.

I have had to go through this type of situation recently with my partner, and I wanted to share some tips and positive thoughts for those of you out there facing similar life events.

Sometimes it can feel as if you are alone in your relationship experiences, but you are not! Depending on the work or school situation, in today's competitive marketplace, it can become inevitable that one or the other half of the couple will need to travel for school (to complete a degree in a more remote place when it was too difficult to get into a school in a city with fierce competition) or work (for a brilliant opportunity that presents itself in a tough industry, i.e. a fashion internship in Paris).

Opportunities present themselves in unexpected ways, and sometimes you just have to take them to progress in your work life and in your development as a person. So what does that mean for the couple? (especially who live together?) Either one of two things usually; either the other partner moves too, or you begin your long-distance journey. Or in the worst case, I guess, you separate, but that is certainly not what I am promoting here!

Obviously, the other partner moving to the new place is not always possible or the smartest solution for the couple as a whole. They may already have a great career in their current location, or family responsibilities, etc. And sometimes, if the couple is in it for the long haul, for example engaged or married, the new opportunity may be beneficial for both parties, either financially, or otherwise.

This post is all about my personal advice and experience, and is just one opinion in how to handle long-distance for a while. I have never done long-distance for a really long term, so that one, I would have to ponder more on.

First of all, convince yourself that this is not the end of the world, or more specifically, the end of your relationship. Of course, again, I am generalizing here and only using my experience as inspiration.

I think it all starts with an examination of how healthy your relationship is in the first place, and if you decide that it is pretty solid, you can start to worry less straight away. What do I mean here? Do you fully trust your partner? Have you had any reason not to trust him or her in general, and when they have been away in the past? Are you supportive of each others' school or work decisions? Can you yourself handle being alone and taking care of yourself for a while? And last, I think at least for me, most important and glaring questions to ask yourself: how is your communication? Are you able to decide things together, and work out ways that both parties are generally satisfied?

Once you have answered positively to most of these questions, you can begin to feel better about your time apart and even think of it as a good thing for your relationship or yourself as a growing human being. A little separation can be a beneficial, so you are not so dependent on your partner and are able to take care of yourself and be independent. A chance to miss your partner can be good to keep the "spark" in your relationship. I think also just knowing that you support each others' dreams and goals, is always reassuring in your relationship so you each feel that you have the freedom to still be your own person and develop. The time apart also gives you a chance to simply think and take a breather from your relationship as a whole. What do you appreciate about it? What would you like to work on when your partner returns? What are your overall relationship goals? Sometimes it can be hard to think about this stuff when your partner is around you all the time and you have to discuss all the mundane day to day things.

While you are apart, however, I think communication often is the key, so you do not feel too out of touch with each other and that you are drifting apart. Talk every day. It doesn't matter what form of communication you like the best: text, email, video chat, phone conversation, etc. There are lots of options available. I personally have preferred the phone call every night, filling each other in on all the important events of the day. I find that the conversations become very to-the-point, as there is no time or point to discuss so called "small-talk". Of course, you can keep up some of the "small talk"  in texts for instance, so you don't feel that your partner is worlds away. And visit regularly if possible, or however often you can afford. This is to keep your connection strong and keep the physical intimacy intact. This is ideal though, of course not all couples are able to do this.

And finally, keep communicating in your regular talks about how you are feeling about things, what works and what doesn't for you.

When your partner comes back, you should feel pretty excited and appreciate them and your relationship all the more. It is easy to take things for granted these days, but once you go through any kind of separation, I feel that it gives you a chance to see things in a new way, and can even help progress things further and make you appreciate your time together more, as life is short and unpredictable.

Read on for more information about this topic from the Toronto Public Library:

The long-distance relationship guide-advice for the geographically challenged  The long-distance relationhsip survival guide- secrets and strategies from successful couples who have gone the distance  Wired to connect- the surprising link between brain science and strong, healthy relationships 

Closer together, further apart- the effect of technology and the Internet on parenting, work, and relationships  The thinking girl's guide to the right guy 


Listen Up, Poem Fairy!

April 7, 2016 | Maureen | Comments (14)

Last year, in April, someone gave me a poem. It was left on my desk, front and centre, where I'd be sure to see it. No one confessed. It could have been anyone in the building -- North York Central Library has six floors, so my suspect list is long. Will the poem fairy (as I've been calling my anonymous benefactor) strike again this April, which is National Poetry Month? If they read this, will they feel pressured into giving me another poem? Will they feel trapped in an annual poetry giving loop that must continue until one or the other of us dies? Dear poem fairy, don't feel obligated to give me a poem this April. Don't worry, I won't be like Linus, shivering in the pumpkin patch all night, waiting for the Great Pumpkin who never comes.

What if the poem fairy isn't one of my co-workers? What if it's a supernatural being, like the Great Pumpkin, and what if it has the power to grant poetry wishes during National Poetry Month? Oh Great Poem Fairy, grant my wish! GIVE ME POETRY INSTEAD OF MUSIC WHEN I'M ON HOLD! I wish it every time I'm forced to endure a sharp harpoon of ear stabbing music while waiting with the phone to my ear.

Imagine, instead, a voice speaking softly into your ear: I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. Wouldn't you hug the phone close? Wouldn't you hang on every word? If the poem fairy doesn't grant my wish, then I look to you business owners, civil servants, anyone in charge of a phone line -- hear this cry from my soul! Replace hold music with poetry, not just in April, but ALWAYS. It could work something like this:

Press 1 for Beat poetry

Press 2 for Haiku

Press 3 for Free verse

Press 4 for Sonnets

Press 5 for Nonsense verse

Press 6 for Limericks

Press 7 for Canadian poetry

Press 8 for Narrative poetry

Press 9 for Surprise me

You could change it up all kinds of ways. During tax season, Revenue Canada could offer epic poetry (because you could be on hold for a long time). On Valentine's Day you could fire up the love poetry. Entrepreneurs, I offer you this poetry-while-you-wait business idea, free. Take it to the Dragon's Den! Just make the tiny terrible music stop!

If you want to begin exploring poetry, but aren't sure where to start, borrow a poetry anthology and sample a range of poets, genres and periods.

Global poetry anthology 2015 Please excuse this poem Poem-a-day The Oxford book of comic verse
Global poetry anthology
Please excuse this poem
365 poems for every
The Oxford book of
comic verse
Poems that make grown men cry Poems that makes grown women cry The Penguin anthology of 20th century American poetry The best Canadian poetry in English 2015
Poems that make grown
men cry
Poems that make
grown women cry
The Penguin anthology
of 20th century
American poetry
The best Canadian
poetry 2015

The Griffin Poetry Prize, founded in 2000 by Canadian philanthropist Scott Griffin, is one of the most generous poetry prizes in the world -- the winners receive $65,000. There is an international prize, awarded to a living poet from any country in the world, and a Canadian prize, for a poet living in Canada. Here are the last eight years of Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize winners:

Koerner Hall
a first edition single collection of poetry
a first edition single collection of poetry
for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English ­ - See more at: founded by business man and philanthropist Scott Griffin in 2000. The first Griffin Poetry Prize was given to Anne Carson in 2001, for her collection Men in off hours. Have a look at these Griffin Prize winners for Canadian poetry from previous years:
Blue sonoma Red doc What's the score Methodist hatchet
2015 Blue Sonoma 2014 Red doc> 2013 What's the score? 2012 Methodist hatchet
Ossuaries Pigeon The sentinel The holy forest
2011 Ossuaries 2010 Pigeon : poems 2009 The sentinel : poems 2008 The holy forest

Winners for 2016 will be announced on June 2. To sample the work of the 2016 contenders, reserve the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, which the library has on order.

Did you know you can get poetry in eBook format from the Toronto Public Library website? Go to OverDrive and use the Advanced Search function to narrow your search to poetry. Here's a small sample of what's available:

Handwriting The essential Rumi The essential Ginsberg Sylvia Plath Collected Poems
Handwriting The Essential Rumi
The Essential Ginsberg
Sylvia Plath Collected Poems
Seamus Heaney 100 selected poems Love poems The waste land
Seamus Heaney
100 selected poems
Love poems The waste land

April 21 is poem in your pocket day. The League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets invite you to celebrate poetry on April 21 by carrying a poem with you throughout the day, and sharing it with others. Toronto Public Library is getting in on the fun! We've created a list of poetry eBooks you can borrow to put on your mobile device. Don't forget to share! Recite a poem to your co-workers during your coffee break, or, if you dare, to the sleepy eyed commuters riding the rocket.

Here's a short poem I'd like to share with everyone. I found it very moving. Turn up the volume on your device -- Ayo Akinfenwa, who recites the poem, speaks very softly at first. She's reciting at the Poetry In Voice contest, a recitation contest for Canadian high school students. (If I ever wondered whether poetry had kicked the bucket, this event showed me it's alive and kicking.)


Fear of snakes can be found in Canadian poet Lorna Crozier's Angels of flesh, Angels of silence: poems.

Eh Canada!

April 6, 2016 | Diana | Comments (0)

Are you a high school student who is looking for current information to include in a homework assignment? Canada In Context, available 24/7 with your library card, is your lifeline to all things Canadian. It covers a wide range of topics from a Canadian perspective, including Canadian history, geography, politics, social issues, famous people, sports and more. The resource provides access to current articles from more than 370 Canadian publications including Maclean’s, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. It also includes CBC videos, audio broadcasts, vetted websites, primary source documents and images. It can be used on any device.


In addition,

  • You can do a keyword search on your topic or, if you are looking for a possible essay topic, there is a Browse Topics feature at the top left.
  • Your search results will be displayed by Reference Sources, News, Academic Journals, Videos, Magazines, Images, Audio and Websites.
  • If you need to cite your sources, citation tools are built in to help you properly reference your work.


  • Articles you select can be printed, downloaded, emailed and shared on social media. They can also be saved to Google Drive.

To learn more, watch the video tutorial or click on the information sheet.

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