Databases are online collections of information typically from reference books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and books. Unlike a free search engine (ie. Google), this information can only be found and accessed through databases which require a username and password. We subscribe to a number of them including the following:

All Gale Databases



Individual databases can be searched using this link. Click on the Gale ion for the Burnaby Central search page.

global_issues gvrl science_in_context canada
biography_in_context ovic-web grennr  

Guides for each of the databases are available at …

Here are some examples of the guide available to teachers and students working on Science projects.

Science in Context guide

Global Issue in Context guide

GREENR guide

All EBSCOHost Databases



Individual databases can be searched through this link. Click on the EBSCOhost icon.

can-ref-ctr-300x73   consumer-300x73  
master-300x73   search-300x65  

Other encyclopaedias:

wb_foot_kidswb_foot_disc  worldbk wb_foot_stuworld-book-timelines-icon
 atlasCanada1CanBiography2canadianenctBCPoints to the Past

Tips for using our online resources.

Note: Catalogue pages are best viewed using Internet Explorer.

One Search is a  tool that allows students to search multiple resources in one search. Search results include:

  • books
  • online databases
  • online encyclopedias
  • websites
  1. Click on the link above or go to the library catalog.
  2. Log in (top right hand corner) using your student username and password.
  3. Click on “Catalog” then the “Power” tab.
  4. Enter the keywords you wish to search. For example, type in “Industrial Revolution” for information on that topic or, if you want to be more specific, type in “industrial revolution” in the first field and “child labour” in the second.
  5. Scroll towards the bottom and make sure that “Include Online Sources” is checked.
  6. You can check all the selected sources or select specific ones to be searched.
  7. Click “Search” (Note: click “Get Results” to speed up the process)
  8. Click on  to reveal search results from that source.
  9. You will need to provide user names and passwords for the online databases and encyclopedias. These are located in your agenda planners or ask one of the library staff.
  10. Click on the following tabs for additional results:
  • “Titles” –> print resources such as books, magazines, and reference books
  • “Websites” –> WebPath Express search engine results; an alternative to “Google”; appropriate for student research.

Note: if you are having trouble, make sure you allow pop-ups!