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E-Resources for MLAs and Assembly Staff

These databases and e-resources can be used to search for journal, news, and magazine articles as well as documents, reports, and ebooks. There are also tools to assist with language learning, grant requests, and legislative research.

The Legislative Library provides access to these e-resources for their primary clients. Remote users will be asked to log in with their Assembly ID (first initial and last name). ​

Need help with choosing or using a database? Contact the reference desk at 250-387-6510 or email



Canadian Newsstream​
Access Canadian national and leading regional papers. Includes the Vancouver Sun, Province, Times Colonist and Globe and Mail.

ProQuest Central
Multidisciplinary database. Find articles on politics, business, economics, health, science, education, technology, social sciences and law. Also includes access to Canadian, U.S., and international newspapers, dissertations and Hoover's Company Records

Read current newspapers and magazines from all over the world. Contains more than 7000 publications, all available in original format and look just like the print version. Includes the Globe & Mail, National Post and the major BC publications.

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Canadian Business & Current Affairs Complete
Comprehensive bibliographic full-text reference and current events database. CBCA is updated daily with full-text content (1985 to present) and bibliographic content (1971 to present). Fully searchable abstracts are available for all full-text articles. Subject coverage is comprehensive and information is available from a broad range of Canadian sources.

Globe and Mail Archive​
Digitized, full-image PDF archive of the Globe and Mail back to 1844. Includes every news story, photograph, map, advertisement, classified ad, political cartoon, birth and death notice, and more.

British Columbia Historical Newspapers
Features full-text access to 125 plus years of BC historical news, features, editorials, ads, and images. Available to any BC or Yukon resident and includes the Vancouver Sun (1912-2010), the Times-Colonist (1884-2010) and The Province (1894-2010). Access made possible by the BC Electronic Library Network, the BC Libraries Cooperative, and Focused Education Resources.

HeinOnline Core (Canada)
An online full-text database of legal materials and government publications including access to the Provincial Statutes of Canada, Revised Statutes of Canada, and Canada Supreme Court Reports. Also includes some American, British and International content. All are exact replicas of the original print publications, and all are fully searchable.


Canada Commons
Access ebooks from major Canadian publishers. You can also keyword search thousands of publications from Canadian public policy institutes, think tanks, and government agencies
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Language Learning

Mango is an online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills. Learn from 70 different languages including Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Contact the Library about setting up an account.
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Grant Connect
Grant Connect provides searchable, detailed information on Canadian grantmaking foundations, hundreds of corporate community investment programs, as well as government funding programs and American foundations that will fund Canadian charities.
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A comprehensive reference for the province. Access The Encyclopedia of British ColumbiaThe Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place NamesFar West: The Story of British ColumbiaWhere Mountains Meet the Sea: The History of Coastal British Columbia and other reference books about BC.

Canadian Oxford Dictionary
Access the 2nd edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Maximize your research productivity. This easy-to-use tool facilitates research and data organization, as well as providing authoritative citations and bibliographies. To get started, create an account with your email address.

Legislation and Parliamentary Materials

Search BC statutes and regulations, key federal legislation, bills, and Orders in Council.

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Library Hours

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or until adjournment          
Monday to Friday (closed holidays)

Note that when the Legislature is sitting the Library is only open to Members of the Legislative Assembly and Assembly staff. Before coming to use the Library it is best to call (250-387-6510) to ensure that we are open.

Contact Us

Legislative Library of British Columbia          
Parliament Buildings          
Victoria, B.C., Canada          
V8V 1X4         

Phone: 250-387-6510          
Fax: 250-356-1373