Getting Started


What is a Database?


Databases are files of articles, books, or information produced in machine-readable format which can be searched by using a computer. Databases are synonymous with digital resources or electronic resources –online information format instead of paper.  These resources have been reviewed and recommended by the Library.


Databases provide access to information like full-text articles and encyclopedia entries, such as:


  • Newspaper articles from the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, etc.

  • Magazine articles from U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Consumer Reports, etc.

  • Encyclopædia Britannica Online

  • Biographical information about your favorite authors, movie stars, scientists, mathematician, etc.

  • Research for genealogy, homework help, and more





Start here and begin your database research today! The databases are free of charge to Solano County Library/SPLASH consortium customers.