https://search.ebscohost.com/Login.aspx?lp=login.asp&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.portagelibrary.com%2Findex.php%2Fresearch&authtype=ip,uidThe Province of Manitoba has purchased the license to this data base for rural and northern public libraries.
The license restricts use of the data base to the public library and to the residence of public library members.

Log-in credentials for access to EBSCOhost services are available at the Library.
Please contact us for more information. Phone: 204-857-4271

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TUTORIAL #1: “Introduction to EBSCOhost’, click here

TUTORIAL #2: “Basic Searching on EBSCOhost, click here

TUTORIAL #3: ‘Advanced Searching on EBSCOhost“, click here


TUTORIAL #4: “Reading an Article on EBSCOhost, click here

TUTORIAL #5: “My EBSCOhost Folder”, click here


Research Database is an accumulation of databases including:

Auto Repair Source – Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source™ provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.
All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls, and more.
TUTORIAL #6: “Auto Repair Source”, click here:

Small Engine Repair Reference Center – Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly gain the information they need. 

TUTORIAL #7: “Small Engine Repair Reference Centre”, click here

Canadian Reference Centre – Our library provides access to Canadian Reference Centre, the largest research database of its kind. You’ll find full-text articles from leading Canadian and international periodicals, reference books and biographies, as well as thousands of images from the Canadian Press.
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NoveList Plus – a readers’ advisory service, provides access to 155,000 fiction titles, and a wide range of feature content including author read-alikes, book discussion guides, and reading lists. The reading lists are divided into age levels: Adult, Teen, 9-12 and 0-8.

Novelist Tutorials:
“Novelist – Using Basic Search”,
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TUTORIAL #9: “Novelist – Advanced Search with Field Codes”, click here:


TUTORIAL #10: “Novelist – Finding Books by Genre”, click here

TUTORIAL #11: “Novelist – Searching for Read-alikes”, click here

Home Improvement Reference Center – A full text database accessible via a custom EBSCO interface. It is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects. Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor projects, woodworking, electrical, and decorating are provided in high-quality PDF files. Additionally, thousands of articles from magazines and reference books provide tips and suggestions to supplement the step-by-step project instructions.
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EBSCOhost Research Database is an accumulation of databases including:


  • MasterFILE PremierMasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps and flags. MasterFILE Premier offers PDF backfiles (as far back as 1975) for key publications including American Libraries, Foreign Affairs, History Today, Judaism, Library Journal, National Review, Saturday Evening Post, etc.
    MasterFILE Premier database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
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  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia – For students and adults alike, the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.
    This database is updated annually.
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  • Primary Search – Primary Search, designed specifically for elementary school libraries and public library children’s rooms, contains full text for more than 70 popular elementary school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 100 magazines. Examples of publications covered in Primary search include: Appleseeds, Boys’ Life, Cobblestone, Cricket, Highlights for Children, Hopscotch, Jack & Jill, Ladybug, Ranger Rick, Science World, Spider, SuperScience, Time for Kids, Turtle, and many more. This database also provides the American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, 3rd Edition from Houghton Mifflin, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. Many full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-colour. Full text backfiles go as far back as 1990, while indexing and abstract backfiles go as far back as 1985.
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  • Middle Search PlusMiddle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image collection of photos, maps and flags.
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  • Canadian Reference Centre – magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to Canadian libraries, 85,639 full text biographies and an Image Collection of 285,912 photos, maps, and flags. Also Listed Separately.
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  • Academic Search Premier  Designed specifically for academic institutions, Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary full text database containing more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more. Academic Search Premier is an enormous collection of the most valuable peer-reviewed full text journals which offers critical information from many sources unique to this database. Examples of titles offered in Academic Search Premier include: American Historical Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Libraries, American Sociologist, British Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Sociology, Central European History, Contemporary Literature, Early American Literature, English Language Notes, Family Relations, International Journal of Psychology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism, Journal of Counseling & Development, Journal of Education, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of General Psychology, Journal of Genetic Psychology, Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Journal of Marriage & Family, Journal of Politics, Journal of Psychology, Library Journal, Social Forces, Sociological Review, Theological Studies, Women’s Studies, etc. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. The majority of full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-colour.
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  • Home Improvement Reference Center Also listed separately
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  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center Also listed separately
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Canadian Points of View Reference Centre
Contains resources that present multiple sides of a current issue, including information on key topics of interest to Canadian researchers. This database provides rich content that can help students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.
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EBSCO’S interface for Schools and Public Libraries, it supports both student research and classroom instruction with simple searches that quickly deliver relevant results, easy-to-browse categories, topic overviews, and much more.

  • Explora Primary Schools
    Also listed separately.
  • Explora Canada
    Also Listed Separately.
  • Explora Primary Canada
    Also Listed Separately.

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