Articles and Databases
What is an article?
An article is a published item that documents the results of an original research study. Articles can be found in journals or periodicals, magazines, or newspapers.
What is a database?
A database is a searchable collection of individual articles published in journals and various other resources. Databases vary in coverage and can focus on a single subject area or several subject areas.
Can I search for articles in the library's online catalogue?
You can now search for a variety of materials by using the online library catalogue's SingleSearch feature. Inquire with staff at your local library branch.
How do I find articles on my topic?
Use any of the databases available online, free, through the Huron County Library website. These databases cover a range of subject topics from art to zoology. When prompted, use your 14-digit library barcode to login to the library's databases.
What is a peer-reviewed article?
An article is peer-reviewed if it has been reviewed by a subject specialist or expert in the field prior to publication. This process ensures that research resources are credible by providing quality information.
How do I find peer-reviewed articles?
In both eLibrary Canada and EBSCO's Canadian Reference Centre, mark the check box labelled 'peer-reviewed'. This will limit your search results to find articles that are only reviewed by experts in the field.
Local History and Genealogy
What information sources are available?
The Huron County Library holds a collection of local history materials:
- Population & Land Assessment Records
- Assessment Returns
- Local Newspapers
- Census Records
- Church Records
- Local Association Minute Books
- Local Association Histories
- Cemetery Transcriptions
- War Veterans of WWI & WWII (local history books)
- Gazetteer & Directory for Huron County
- Family Histories
- Baptismal Register
- Farmers' Business Directory
- Court Records
- Ontario Vital Statistics (Births, Deaths, Marriages)
- Marriage Registrations
- Township Histories (local history books)
- Historical Notes & Newsletter
What information may be obtained?
- Local Historical Events
- Local Historical Figures & Veterans
What other organizations could I contact for more information?
How do I find population and land assessment records for Huron County?
An online database of the earliest official population and land assessment records for the area, the 1842 Huron District Assessment Roll, is available from the Huron County Library's website.
How do I find copies of obituaries, marriage, and birth announcements that have been published in Huron County newspapers?
Some of the branches of the Huron County Library have archived newspaper collections on microfilm where births, marriages, and deaths are announced. Visit or contact your local library branch for more details or look at our online list of newspaper holdings.
How do I find copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates?
Ontario Vital Statistics maintains a province-wide registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Fees and restrictions may be applied. Contact Ontario Vital Statistics for further information:
Ontario Vital Statistics
Archives of Ontario
77 Grenville Street, Unit 300
Canada, M5S 1B3
Telephone (between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm EST/EDT) the Reading Room Reference Desk:
(416) 327-1583 or (416) 327-1582
Toll Free: 1-800-668-9933 (In Ontario Only)
How do I find cemetery records for Huron County?
Some of the Huron County Library branches hold cemetery transcriptions and records in their local history collections. Please call your local branch or see our special collections listings for more details. The Huron County Library has an online listing of the Wingham Cemetery Index, in addition to a number of other cemetery records databases.
What census records are available for the Huron County area?
Census records for Huron County are available for 1848, 1850, 1851, 1861, 1871 (Indexed), 1881, 1891, and 1901. Check with the Huron County Library's collection of official records and indexes for a detailed list.
What family histories are available for this area? How do I use them?
Look at the Huron County Library's listing of family histories to see if your family history is included. For access to and more information about these materials, please contact the library holding these items.
How do I place an "interlibrary loan" request for genealogical materials?
Contact staff at your library branch to order materials through interlibrary loan. Please note that you will need to find the title, date and/or volume, city and/or province, author (if any), and reel number (for microfilm material).
Interlibrary Loan FAQ
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan allows Huron County Library members to borrow books from other public libraries within Ontario and across Canada.
What materials can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?
Books, DVDs, VHS, books on CD, music CDs, and talking books for CNIB members can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. Microfilm materials and photocopies of magazine, periodical, and newspaper articles can also be requested through this service.
Are there any restrictions?
Interlibrary Loan requests cannot be made on new items, items published within the last year, best sellers, complete magazine and periodical issues, rare or fragile books, reference materials.
How long does it take to get Interlibrary Loan materials?
Delivery times of items requested through Interlibrary Loan vary depending on how long it takes to find a library that will supply the item. It could take as little as 2 weeks or as long as 2 months to receive Interlibrary Loan materials.
How can I request books through Interlibrary Loan?
Requests for materials not owned by the Huron County Library can be made to staff at your local library branch or through an interlibrary loan account. Be sure to provide staff with the title and author of the book you want to find, as well as your own information including your name, 14 digit library barcode number, and telephone number.
To get an interlibrary loan account, please contact your local library branch or send an email to our Interlibrary Loan office at interlibloan [AT] huroncounty [DOT] ca. Be sure to include the same information mentioned above as well as your email address and your preferred pickup location (usually the library you use the most).
You can place your own interlibrary loan requests online using INFO (Information Network for Ontario) to locate and place holds on materials. If you are a first time user, please see the available User Guide for Placing Interlibrary Loan Requests (PDF) for assistance.
Do I have to pay for interlibrary loan materials?
No. This service is provided to Huron County Library cardholders free of charge.
Where can I return Interlibrary Loan books?
Any materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the Huron County Library branch from which you borrowed the book. For example, if you requested a book through Interlibrary Loan from the Seaforth Library, the book must be returned to the Seaforth Library.
Renewing Library Materials
Can I renew my library materials?
You can renew your library materials once. You must renew these items before the original due date. Interlibrary loan materials and materials that have been recalled by another patron cannot be renewed.
How can I renew my library materials?
Library materials can be renewed:
To renew your library materials online, click on the Catalogue button from the Huron County Library's website. Once you are into the library's catalogue, click on "My Account" on the top menu, followed by the "Renew My Materials" link. Next, login using your user ID (14-digit library barcode number) or alternate ID, and your PIN.
You should now see a list of the items you have checked out of the library. Place a checkmark in the box beside the item you would like to renew and click "Renew Selected Items". Check to make sure that the library due date has been updated.
Why can't I renew my library materials?
Library materials cannot be renewed if:
- They have been recalled by another patron
- They are interlibrary loan materials
- You have overdue materials
- You have library fines on your account
- You have renewed your items once already