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Borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks or search our databases for up-to-date popular and scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. The Library’s 24/7 Digital Library  never closes and its content can be read or downloaded on your computer or portable device.

ABCmouse (library access only)
Interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, for children (ages 2-7+) to help them practice reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

Ancestry.com (library access only)
A genealogy resource with access to historical records and family trees for discovering, preserving and sharing family history.

Auto Repair Source (formerly Automate)
AutoMate provides the up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Books24x7 ITPro
Get on-demand access to recent unabridged content of thousands of IT and technology books and documents easily accessible from your desktop or mobile devices.  FAQs

Britannica School
Learn more about any subject, for any grade and all reading abilities. Britannica School offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites in three separate grade-level databases: Elementary, Middle, or High. Also available in Espanol.

Consumer Reports
Provides frequently updated resources of information and advice on consumer products for better purchasing decisions.

Discover & Go
Get free and discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions through Discover & Go. Check out the Discover & Go FAQs.

Driver’s Education Program
Study for a drivers permit using realistic practice tests. Resource provides learning materials based specifically on the permit manual from the California DMV. Includes tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license. Practice tests in Spanish also available.

EBSCO Explora
Combines Masterfile Complete and Newspaper Source Plus into one single search. Find articles from full-text journals, magazines, trade publications and newspaper articles from thousands of sources. Also, seek out Topic Overviews to begin your research on thousands of subjects.

Enki E-books
Check out, download and enjoy titles from this growing collection of fiction and nonfiction from smaller and independent publishers on your computer or portable device. FAQs

HeritageQuest Online
A genealogical database with access to census data, family records and local histories.

Hoopla Digital
Enjoy nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: movies, TV shows, music albums, audiobooks , e-books, and comics/graphic novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone! FAQs

Kanopy
Film streaming service features classic and world cinema, indie films and top documentaries. Kanopy is available as a mobile app or can be streamcast with Chromecast, Alexa, Roku, Android TV, Fire TV or Apple TV.  FAQs

LearningExpressLibrary®
Prepare for entrance exams and certification tests by taking practice tests and tutorials.

Legal Information Reference Center
A resource of over 250 Nolo press legal reference titles in full-text, detailed how-to instructions, and thousands of forms on a wide range of legal issues.

Lynda.com
Provides a vast library of streaming online instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. *Please note, a traditional library card (not e-card) is required to access this database. FAQs

Mango Languages
Learn a new language. Courses in over 70 languages available.

MasterFile Complete (EBSCO)
A comprehensive collection of full-text journals, magazines and trade publications of general interest topics including business, health, education, general science, and multicultural issues.

New York Times
Access the online version of New York Times, courtesy of the California State Library. Note: Some sections are only available to paid subscribers. FAQs

NoveList Plus
Readers’ advisory resource which helps fiction, narrative non-fiction (including biography) readers and audiobook listeners find new authors and titles, keep track of series, and prepare for book group discussions.

OverDrive eBook and Audiobook Library

Find your next great read or listen in our largest eBook and audiobook collection. Browse by genre or search for an author or title. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can filter search results to show titles to recommend for addition to our collection.
OverDrive offers two options for the mobile app:
Libby – The newest app is the easiest way to get started. Libby offers a simplified browsing, checkout and reading experience. Libby is still new and doesn’t yet offer all of the features included in the original OverDrive app.
OverDrive – The classic app is best if you want access to more than the basic features, such as more accessibility settings, streaming video, and the ability to recommend titles for purchase in-app. FAQs

ProQuest Black Freedom
Primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.

ProQuest CultureGrams
Concise social, cultural, and political information on countries, U.S. states, and provinces around the world.

ProQuest eLibrary
General reference collection of periodical and digital media content.

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer
A general reference database providing safe, reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators.

ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher
Pros and cons on complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day.

RBdigital – Magazines
Use your library card to access full-color digital popular magazines. Issues include the same material you get in print; some have enhanced content. Read online or download to your computer or mobile device. RBdigital is available as a mobile app to your computer or mobile device.

Teaching Books Book and Author Resources

TeachingBooks Engage With Diverse Books

Tumble Book Library
E-books for kids! Tumblebooks has story books, audio books, puzzles and games. Great for parents and kids.

Tutor.com (formerly Live Homework Help)
Free chat tutoring for grades K-12, college intro and adult learners. Every day, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 24 hour access to Skills Center Resource Library with worksheets, tutorials, study guides, and more.

ABCmouse (library access only)
Interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, for children (ages 2-7+) to help them practice reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

Ancestry.com
A genealogy resource with access to historical records and family trees for discovering, preserving and sharing family history.

Auto Repair Source (formerly Automate)
AutoMate provides the up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Books24x7 ITPro
Get on-demand access to recent unabridged content of thousands of IT and technology books and documents easily accessible from your desktop or mobile devices.  FAQs

Britannica School
Learn more about any subject, for any grade and all reading abilities. Britannica School offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites in three separate grade-level databases: Elementary, Middle, or High. Also available in Espanol.

Consumer Reports
Provides frequently updated resources of information and advice on consumer products for better purchasing decisions.

Discover & Go
Get free and discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions through Discover & Go. Check out the Discover & Go FAQs.

Driver’s Education Program
Study for a drivers permit using realistic practice tests. Resource provides learning materials based specifically on the permit manual from the California DMV. Includes tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license. Practice tests in Spanish also available.

EBSCO Explora
Combines Masterfile Complete and Newspaper Source Plus into one single search. Find articles from full-text journals, magazines, trade publications and newspaper articles from thousands of sources. Also, seek out Topic Overviews to begin your research on thousands of subjects.

Enki E-books
Check out, download and enjoy titles from this growing collection of fiction and nonfiction from smaller and independent publishers on your computer or portable device. FAQs

HeritageQuest Online
A genealogical database with access to census data, family records and local histories.

Hoopla Digital
Enjoy nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: movies, TV shows, music albums, audiobooks , e-books, and comics/graphic novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone! FAQs

Kanopy
Film streaming service features classic and world cinema, indie films and top documentaries. Kanopy is available as a mobile app or can be streamcast with Chromecast, Alexa, Roku, Android TV, Fire TV or Apple TV. FAQs

LearningExpressLibrary® 
Prepare for entrance exams and certification tests by taking practice tests and tutorials.

Legal Information Reference Center
A resource of over 250 Nolo press legal reference titles in full-text, detailed how-to instructions, and thousands of forms on a wide range of legal issues.

Lynda.com
Provides a vast library of streaming online instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. *Please note, a traditional library card (not e-card) is required to access this database.    FAQs

Mango Languages
Learn a new language. Courses in over 70 languages available.

MasterFile Complete (EBSCO)
A comprehensive collection of full-text journals, magazines and trade publications of general interest topics including business, health, education, general science, and multicultural issues.

New York Times
Access the online version of New York Times, courtesy of the California State Library. Note: Some sections are only available to paid subscribers. FAQs

NoveList Plus
Readers’ advisory resource which helps fiction, narrative non-fiction (including biography) readers and audiobook listeners find new authors and titles, keep track of series, and prepare for book group discussions.

OverDrive eBook and Audiobook Library

Find your next great read or listen in our largest eBook and audiobook collection. Browse by genre or search for an author or title. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can filter search results to show titles to recommend for addition to our collection.

OverDrive offers two options for the mobile app:
Libby – The newest app is the easiest way to get started. Libby offers a simplified browsing, checkout and reading experience. Libby is still new and doesn’t yet offer all of the features included in the original OverDrive app.
OverDrive – The classic app is best if you want access to more than the basic features, such as more accessibility settings, streaming video, and the ability to recommend titles for purchase in-app.

ProQuest Black Freedom
Primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.

ProQuest CultureGrams
Concise social, cultural, and political information on countries, U.S. states, and provinces around the world.

ProQuest eLibrary
General reference collection of periodical and digital media content.

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer
A general reference database providing safe, reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators.

ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher
Pros and cons on complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day.

RBdigital – Magazines

Use your library card to access full-color digital popular magazines. Issues include the same material you get in print; some have enhanced content. Read online or download to your computer or mobile device. RBdigital is available as a mobile app to your computer or mobile device.

Teaching Books Book and Author Resources

TeachingBooks Engage With Diverse Books

Tumblebook Library
E-books for kids! Tumblebooks has story books, audio books, puzzles and games. Great for parents and kids.

Tutor.com
Free chat tutoring for grades K-12, college intro and adult learners. Every day, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 24 hour access to Skills Center Resource Library with worksheets, tutorials, study guides, and more.

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Help

If you need help finding information, please call us at 1-866-57-ASKUS (1-866-572-7587) or email us.

Databases vs. Web

A primary difference between databases and websites is that librarians review and select the databases which have book, magazine, journal, and even Web information that is considered reliable, authoritative, historically relevant, and valuable.  Most information on the web does not go through a review process.  Most of the information available through a database also is available in a paper format but by providing the information in an electronic format, the library can save money by buying one electronic subscription which can be shared by many people.

For your research, you will probably save yourself time and find more quality information if you begin with library resources and then move to the Web if you need more information or other points of view. Remember, when using remote access to get to the library’s databases, you are accessing the library’s collection via the Web, but are still using library resources which tend to be more reliable.

How to Cite

Why cite sources?

Whenever you quote or take ideas from another person’s work, you have to document the source you used, whether it’s a book, magazine, video, or website.

How to cite:

Try these links for good examples of citation style guides and plagiarism prevention:

lib.berkeley.edu/instruct/guides/citations.html
Citing Your Sources guide from The University of California Berkeley Library

owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

xavier.edu/library/help/style_guides.cfm
Help: Citation Style Guides  provided by Xavier University, McDonald Library

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