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Online Resources and Services

The Library has many resources and services that you can access remotely, from ebooks and databases to our online chat service, Ask a Librarian. 

Librarian Consultations: Online and Email

Your Subject Specialist Librarian is available to help you with finding reliable information for assignments, research, and citation guides and tools:


Get research help from anywhere! Click on the “Ask a Librarian” button at the bottom of our website to start chatting (find hours here). We can help you:

  • Find resources on a topic
  • Locate a specific book or article
  • Use

Online Resources

  • Find ebooks and articles through Omni Search on the Library homepage
    • For ebooks, enter your search and select the filters Available online and Books & eBooks
  • with recommendations for the best resources for your program or subject 

Sign In from Off Campus

When you are off campus, select an online resource and sign in with your Student/Staff ID and when prompted. This the same login you use for Canvas.

Access to the Library’s Print Books and Resources

You can request that print resources from the North Oshawa or Social Science, Humanities and Education libraries be mailed to your home or for in-person pickup at the North Oshawa Library. To do so, place a REQUEST in the book record in .

More detailed instructions:

Within the limits of copyright law, the Library can digitize single book chapters and articles. To make a request use the DIGITZATION REQUEST button in the item record in .

More detailed instructions:

Workshops & Events

Check out our online workshops and events.

Faculty Tips

Consult the Library’s , which include quick tips for shifting your course from in-person to online. You can also email with questions.

Share links to Library online resources with your students, in Canvas and elsewhere. You can create permanent links to individual resources in a few ways:

  • When starting from a Library database, look for links or buttons on the resource page that say things like “Permalink” or “Embed.”
  • Use the proxy prefix instructions below to build your own permanent links.

Use the following proxy prefix before the URL for an online article or other electronic resource:


Follow these steps to create stable links to Library e-resources from off campus:

  1. Add the proxy prefix to the beginning of the URL:
  2. Delete any dashes or hyphens from the resource’s base URL and replace with dots, following normal URL conventions:
    • Becomes:
  3. Remove proxy information from the middle of the resource URL, if present:
    • Becomes:

If you have difficulty or need assistance, please contact for support.

Contact Us

For further assistance, contact us at

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