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NOTICE (August 15, 2018): SFU Library has launched a new list of databases. Access to this portal will be decommissioned on August 31, 2018.
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Contains more than 4,000 articles on BC places and things and hundreds of historic and colour photographs, handy statistics, maps, tables, charts and diagrams. The interactive editions contain all of this plus a rich array of sound clips, video clips and links to Web sites.

Also includes teacher's resources and current news features.

In addition, the KnowBC portal has added:

  • Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes
  • The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names
  • Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies
  • Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia
  • Far West: The Story of British Columbia
  • Where Mountains Meet the Sea: The History of Coastal BC
Alternate names
Encyclopedia of British Columbia 
Not available 
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Major reference work 
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Titles indexed
Print equivalents
Encyclopedia of British Columbia (FC 3804 E52 2000; Belzberg & Bennett Reference) 
Open access
Click on Using the EBC from within the database. 
Canadian Studies, Political Science 
Allows electronic reserves
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Allows coursepacks
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Allows interlibrary loan
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Online terms 
Terms of use: Electronic resources are governed by license agreements which restrict access to Authorized Users. It is the responsibility of each user to abide by the license agreements and specific terms and conditions for each product. Systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information may result in loss of access to these resources for the entire SFU community. Please see SFU General Policy 24 on Fair Use of Information Resources.

Personal Privacy: Some licensed resources allow you to create a personal account for the purposes of creating folders, saving searches, and downloading entire e-books as well as other personalized services. Please be advised that the personal information you disclose to these and other external websites may be stored on servers located outside of Canada. When you use these services, no personal information about you is collected by or for the University. Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information you provide directly to these external websites. SFU Library recommends that you review the privacy policies of these and other external websites before using the services.