Research & Learning

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E-books

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Education

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Español

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Genealogy

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General Reference

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Grants & Scholarships

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Health & Wellness

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History

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Jobs & Small Business

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Kids

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Language Learning

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Law

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Arts

  • American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog — Get online access to the premier, authoritative resource of American film information, covering the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976-2010.
  • American Song — Recordings of music of America's past. Now includes all material from the African American Song database—blues, jazz, gospel and more. Listening is free. Downloads are not available at this time. You do not need to set up a separate log in unless you want your own play lists maintained by the site. This site can be browsed from any computer in the library but music clips can only be played at Internet machines.
  • Art Full Text & Index — Provides access to full text of more than 170 art publications and indexing of more than 490 publications as far back as 1984 including art, architecture, film craft and costume. (Learn more! Art Full Text Handout)
  • Classical Music Library — Recordings of orchestral, choral, and opera. Listening is free. Downloads cost (just as photocopies of print sources cost). You do not need to set up a separate log in unless you want your own play lists to be maintained by this site. This site can be browsed from any computer in the library but music clips can only be played at Internet machines.
  • Contemporary World Music — Provides access to recordings of music from all over the world. Listening is free. Downloads are not available at this time. You do not need to set up a separate log in unless you want your own play lists maintained by the site. This site can be browsed from any computer in the library but music clips can only be played at Internet machines.
  • Discover & Go — Free access to many Bay Area museums and cultural institutions. Passes are available for printing online by logging on with any valid Adult or Senior card!
  • Freegal Movies — Find new movies and shows or old favorites and stream 3 shows per week for free with your library card. Freegal is not available from Library Catalog Machines.
  • Freegal Music — Find new music or old favorites and listen for free with your library card. Download 5 DRM-free songs per week and stream up to 3 hours of music per day.Freegal is not available from Library Catalog Machines.
  • IndieFlix — Stream independent films, documentaries and shorts for free with your library card. Unlimited access to film festival favorites from internet-enabled devices including Roku and XBox. IndieFlix is not available from Library Catalog Machines.
  • Jazz Music Library — Thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. Listening is free. You do not need to set up a separate log in unless you want your own play lists to be maintained by this site. This site can be browsed from any computer in the library but music clips can only be played at Internet machines
  • Music Online Premium — More than 750,000 songs of streaming music from all genres of music, including music for children. Music Online is divided into 5 collections for easier browsing: American SongClassical Music LibraryContemporary World MusicJazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.
  • Naxos Music Library — Stream classical music or choose Jazz from Naxos Music Library - Jazz
  • Oxford Art Online — Access to art reference that includes Grove Dictionary of Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms on all aspects of the visual arts.
  • Oxford Music Online — Access to music reference that includes Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Dictionary of Jazz, Dictionary of Opera, Oxford Companion to Music and Dictionary of Music on musicians, composers, instruments, genres, terms, acoustics, and more.
  • Oxford Reference Premium — English language and bilingual dictionaries, atlases, quotations, and reference books covering the arts and more can be searched individually or across this basic reference collection. The International Encyclopedia of Dance (6 volumes, 1998) is here as well.
  • Vogue Archive — This fully searchable database contains the entire run of American Vogue magazine from 1892 to the present day reproduced in high-resolution color page images.

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Automotive

  • Chilton Library.com — Access to repair instructions, service bulletins and recalls and wiring diagrams for domestic and foreign cars, trucks and vans, beginning with the 1940 Buick. Content provided by Chilton's.

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Biography

  • African American Studies Center —  Full text access to the Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895, Black Women in America (2nd ed), and Africana, a 5-volume history of the African and African American experience. Additional content details African American biography, art and architecture, and African American literature.
  • Artemis Literary Sources — Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres and find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.
  • Biography in Context — More than 525,000 people from the past and present can be researched in this database. Images, audio files, excerpts from primary sources such as newpapers and speeches, links to websites, and other resources can be found here. The stories of the lives and times of famous people in all walks of life are taken from nearly 200 respected encyclopedias and reference works; citations are included. Print, download, email, or even translate the information!
  • Granger's Poetry Online — Find poems, poets' biographies,authoritative commentaries on poems and poets, and a glossary of poetic terms at this source from Columbia University.
  • Oxford Art Online — Access to art reference that includes Grove Dictionary of Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms on all aspects of the visual arts.
  • Oxford Music Online — Access to music reference that includes Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Dictionary of Jazz, Dictionary of Opera, Oxford Companion to Music and Dictionary of Music on musicians, composers, instruments, genres, terms, acoustics, and more.
  • Salem Literature — Search reference sets from Salem Press including Critical Surveys of Long Fiction and Graphic Novels.

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Books & Literature

  • Artemis Literary Sources — Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres and find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.
  • Booklist Online — Full text access to reviews, columns, and read-alike lists. Great for reading suggestions.
  • Dear Reader — Join any of nine online book clubs and receive daily e-mails with books changing each week. Great for reading suggestions.
  • Granger's Poetry Online — Find poems, poets' biographies,authoritative commentaries on poems and poets, and a glossary of poetic terms at this source from Columbia University.
  • New Book Newsletters — Sign up for this email newsletter for reading suggestions. Mystery, fantasy, biography, travel, books for kids and more!
  • NoveList K-8 Plus —  Find your next favorite book! Search by topics, reading level, genres, ethnicity of authors, read-alikes and more.
  • Novelist Plus — Connect with books you'll enjoy using NoveList! Use this service to:find titles similar to ones you have readdiscover everything an author has writtenfigure out what order to read books in a seriesexplore books with specific settings, protagonists or plotsLearn more in this NovelList Handout
  • Oxford Reference Premium — English language and bilingual dictionaries, atlases, quotations, and reference books covering the arts and more can be searched individually or across this basic reference collection. The International Encyclopedia of Dance (6 volumes, 1998) is here as well.
  • Salem Literature — Search reference sets from Salem Press including Critical Surveys of Long Fiction and Graphic Novels.
  • WorldCat — Search for authoritative information on titles, authors and locations of materials in California and beyond.

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Computers

  • JobScout — An online learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job. Not available on catalog computers.
  • Learn A Test/Learning Express Library — Online practice tests for students (including elementary students grade 4 and up), college applicants, career explorers, and those learning English. Includes resume writing help,study courses in business English, computer skills. tutorials for Microsoft office programs, and related topics. Elementary, middle, and high school students can work on math, reading and writing skills. Although registration asks for your name, you may input any words in this field. Please keep track of your user name and password for later access.
  • Safari Tech Books Online — Search, browse and read technical books online. Subject areas include operating systems, programming languages, database technologies and more. Limited amount of users, if you can't login at first, retry in a few minutes.

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E-books

  • enki Library ebooks — Use this library-owned cooperative collection to download and read ebooks on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The enki ebook collection has an emphasis on smaller, independent publishers. For children's books, you will find many books that are good for reports.
  • Overdrive Digital Media — Download and listen or read on your PC, Mac®, Kindle or Smartphone today. See the Help link on Overdrive for information about how to use the service with your device. Find popular titles and authors for adults and kids. OverDrive is not available at library catalog only machines.
  • Safari Tech Books Online — Search, browse and read technical books online. Subject areas include operating systems, programming languages, database technologies and more. Limited amount of users, if you can't login at first, retry in a few minutes.

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Education

  • Academic OneFile — "Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. … . Millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions; updated daily."
  • Berkeley Schools Libraries — Each Berkeley Unified School District school has a library with people there to help you. BUSD students have access to online resources that can be searched from school or home.
  • Calisphere — Search for and view more than 200,000 digitized items related to California history, including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts. Note: this is a free resource; a library card is not required for access.
  • Kids Search-Middle and Elementary School — Kids Search is an easy-to-use resource that provides kids in grades K-8 with access to books and magazines for school work.
  • Learn A Test/Learning Express Library — Online practice tests for students (including elementary students grade 4 and up), college applicants, career explorers, and those learning English. Includes resume writing help,study courses in business English, computer skills. tutorials for Microsoft office programs, and related topics. Elementary, middle, and high school students can work on math, reading and writing skills. Although registration asks for your name, you may input any words in this field. Please keep track of your user name and password for later access.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library — This fully searchable database contains the entire run of National Geographic magazine from 1888 to the present day reproduced in high-resolution color page images.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus —  Find your next favorite book! Search by topics, reading level, genres, ethnicity of authors, read-alikes and more.
  • OED Online — The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary contains the complete text of the 20-volume 2nd edition and all work to date on the 3rd edition including regular updates and revisions. Research over 1000 years of English through entries for 600,000 words that include etymology, definition, date of origination, pronunciation, quotations and cross-references. 
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context — Covers today’s hottest social issues, from climate change to health care to immigration. Helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations, and more.
  • Searchasaurus-Elementary School — This easy-to-use resource for elementary school research and reading includes a dictionary, an online encyclopedia, and magazine articles from magazines for kids such as Calliope, Cobblestone, and Skipping Stones.
  • Social Studies Fact Cards Online — Find all the basic facts you need for reports on California history, including Indian tribes, explorers, California missions, ranchos, governors, counties, and decade-by-decade events. Also includes early civilizations, countries, US states, presidents, and religions.
  • Student Research Center — High school and middle school students use Student Research Center to access magazine articles, primary sources, biographies, reference books and other research resources.
  • Student Resource Center - Gold — Access to articles from magazines, reference books, and other materials on topics often assigned to middle and high school students.
  • Student Resources in Context — Information on all core subjects taught in school, from science to literature to history. This database gives you access to newspaper and magazine articles, primary sources, charts, maps, and images. You can browse by topics, including renewable energy, drug abuse, cloning, civil rights, Shakespeare, the Iraq war, and the Bill of Rights, among many others.
  • U.S. History in Context — Primary source documents, articles from reference books, and full-text journal articles about themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
  • World History in Context — Reference book and full-text articles from scholarly publications, primary sources, and images, maps and charts for the study of world history from ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance.

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Español

  • Gobierno USA — Informacion oficial del gobierno en español. Debe utilizar equipos con acceso a internet.
  • Learning Express Library- Recursos para Hispanohablantes — Recursos para Hispanohablantes. Desde mejorar su lectura, escritura y habilidades matemáticas hasta la preparación del examen GED, los recursos que encontrará aquí lo ayudarán a lograr sus metas.

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Genealogy

  • Ancestry — The world's largest family history community shares its research, photos, stories and notes with you in these databases. (This database only available from inside library locations.)
  • Berkeley Obituaries — The Berkeley Obituary Index is an index to death stories and obituaries of Berkeleyeans, both famous and not, contained in the Berkeley Daily Gazette.  Currently available years: 1894 - 1907, 1920, 1923, 1925, 1930-1933, 1935-1936, 1940-1941, 1951, 1955, 1960-1964, & 1977-1979.  Other years are in progress.  Call the Reference Desk at 510-981-6148 for more information.

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General Reference

  • Britannica Online — full text access to the current editions of Encyclopaedia Britannica and its student and elementary editions, with links to images, video clips, and electronic texts of classics.
  • Community Resources — Berkeley Public Library's own directory of organizations serving local people.
  • Gale Directory Library — Up to date listings for national, regional and international organizations from the Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Encyclopedia of Associations and National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Books — Fully searchable reference books provide online access high quality information for students and other researchers. Topics covered include Business, Education, Film, Health, History, Law, Philosophy, Religion, Science and Social Sciences.
  • How To Do It Index — Indexes repair, craft, and other instructional articles published in a wide range of popular magazines. This database is available only from within the Library building, not remotely.
  • Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts — Indexes core journals, books, research reports and proceedings, includes all aspects of librarianship. Coverage extends back to mid-1960s. Index only.
  • Morningstar Investment Center — An online investment database with information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds that provides independent analysis, industry information, stock charts, portfolio building tools and more. (Limited to one user at a time.)
  • OED Online — The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary contains the complete text of the 20-volume 2nd edition and all work to date on the 3rd edition including regular updates and revisions. Research over 1000 years of English through entries for 600,000 words that include etymology, definition, date of origination, pronunciation, quotations and cross-references. 
  • Oxford Reference Premium — English language and bilingual dictionaries, atlases, quotations, and reference books covering the arts and more can be searched individually or across this basic reference collection. The International Encyclopedia of Dance (6 volumes, 1998) is here as well.

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Grants & Scholarships

  • Foundation Center's Philanthropy In/sight — combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Not available on catalog computers.
  • Foundation Directory Online — Provides access to information on thousands of grantmakers and their giving interests. Available at the Central Library only.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online — Provides access to foundations and public charities that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers. Available at the Central Library only.
  • Foundation Guide to Proposal Writing — Audiobook from the Foundation Center, includes detailed instructions on preparing grant proposals and insights into what makes for a winning proposal.
  • Tuition Funding Sources — Provides scholarship and other financial aid sources as well as admission information, career tests and school possibilities. Scholarship database updated daily. Users need to register to set up a personal password to access the resources.

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Health & Wellness

  • Academic OneFile — "Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. … . Millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions; updated daily."
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center — Informational journal and reference book articles, definitions, directories, and internet links on a wide range of health and alternative health issues. Access to MEDLINE in English and Spanish.
  • Magill's Medical Guide — Search the e-book version of Magill’s Medical Guide published by Salem.
  • Salem Health — Search the e-book version of Magill’s Medical Guide published by Salem.

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History

  • African American Studies Center —  Full text access to the Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895, Black Women in America (2nd ed), and Africana, a 5-volume history of the African and African American experience. Additional content details African American biography, art and architecture, and African American literature.
  • Berkeley History Online — Digitized images from the Library's collection of historic photos, maps, postcards, and other documents.
  • Berkeley Obituaries — The Berkeley Obituary Index is an index to death stories and obituaries of Berkeleyeans, both famous and not, contained in the Berkeley Daily Gazette.  Currently available years: 1894 - 1907, 1920, 1923, 1925, 1930-1933, 1935-1936, 1940-1941, 1951, 1955, 1960-1964, & 1977-1979.  Other years are in progress.  Call the Reference Desk at 510-981-6148 for more information.
  • Biography in Context — More than 525,000 people from the past and present can be researched in this database. Images, audio files, excerpts from primary sources such as newpapers and speeches, links to websites, and other resources can be found here. The stories of the lives and times of famous people in all walks of life are taken from nearly 200 respected encyclopedias and reference works; citations are included. Print, download, email, or even translate the information!
  • Calisphere — Search for and view more than 200,000 digitized items related to California history, including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts. Note: this is a free resource; a library card is not required for access.
  • Oxford Reference Premium — English language and bilingual dictionaries, atlases, quotations, and reference books covering the arts and more can be searched individually or across this basic reference collection. The International Encyclopedia of Dance (6 volumes, 1998) is here as well.
  • Salem History — Search reference books from Salem Press: Encyclopedia of American Immigration , 20's to 80's in America , great events from history (ancient world and middle ages), great lives from history (middle ages and twentieth century) and milestone documents in African American and world history.
  • Social Studies Fact Cards Online — Find all the basic facts you need for reports on California history, including Indian tribes, explorers, California missions, ranchos, governors, counties, and decade-by-decade events. Also includes early civilizations, countries, US states, presidents, and religions.
  • U.S. History in Context — Primary source documents, articles from reference books, and full-text journal articles about themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
  • World History in Context — Reference book and full-text articles from scholarly publications, primary sources, and images, maps and charts for the study of world history from ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance.

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Jobs & Small Business

  • Berkeley Office of Economic Development — The Office of Economic Development provides a variety of business services for a community- based approach to entrepreneurial success.
  • Career Cruising — Provides career guidance and planning to find the right career, explore education and training options, and build a portfolio.
  • CareerOneStop — Learn about different careers, plan for your education, get salary and benefit information, search for jobs, improve your resume and get interview tips all on this site from the US Department of Labor. Also provides links to local career centers.
  • East Bay Small Business Development Center — Offers free one-on-one counseling services for small and medium-size businesses: business plans, marketing, sales, taxes, accounting, loans, etc, to improve opportunities for small businesses throughout Alameda County.
  • Gale Directory Library — Up to date listings for national, regional and international organizations from the Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Encyclopedia of Associations and National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations.
  • JobScout — An online learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job. Not available on catalog computers.
  • Learn A Test/Learning Express Library — Online practice tests for students (including elementary students grade 4 and up), college applicants, career explorers, and those learning English. Includes resume writing help,study courses in business English, computer skills. tutorials for Microsoft office programs, and related topics. Elementary, middle, and high school students can work on math, reading and writing skills. Although registration asks for your name, you may input any words in this field. Please keep track of your user name and password for later access.

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Kids

  • Biography in Context — More than 525,000 people from the past and present can be researched in this database. Images, audio files, excerpts from primary sources such as newpapers and speeches, links to websites, and other resources can be found here. The stories of the lives and times of famous people in all walks of life are taken from nearly 200 respected encyclopedias and reference works; citations are included. Print, download, email, or even translate the information!
  • Britannica Online (Elementary Edition) — Provides full text access to the current editions of the student and elementary editions, with links to images, video clips, and electronic texts of classics. The Britannica Online database will also direct you to additional free websites on particular topics.
  • Calisphere — Search for and view more than 200,000 digitized items related to California history, including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts. Note: this is a free resource; a library card is not required for access.
  • Discover & Go — Free access to many Bay Area museums and cultural institutions. Passes are available for printing online by logging on with any valid Adult or Senior card!
  • InfoTrac Newstand — Seachable full text newspapers including the New York Times, Financial Times and more.
  • Kids Search-Middle and Elementary School — Kids Search is an easy-to-use resource that provides kids in grades K-8 with access to books and magazines for school work.
  • Learn A Test/Learning Express Library — Online practice tests for students (including elementary students grade 4 and up), college applicants, career explorers, and those learning English. Includes resume writing help,study courses in business English, computer skills. tutorials for Microsoft office programs, and related topics. Elementary, middle, and high school students can work on math, reading and writing skills. Although registration asks for your name, you may input any words in this field. Please keep track of your user name and password for later access.
  • Music Online Premium — More than 750,000 songs of streaming music from all genres of music, including music for children. Music Online is divided into 5 collections for easier browsing: American SongClassical Music LibraryContemporary World MusicJazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library — This fully searchable database contains the entire run of National Geographic magazine from 1888 to the present day reproduced in high-resolution color page images.
  • New Book Newsletters — Sign up for this email newsletter for reading suggestions. Mystery, fantasy, biography, travel, books for kids and more!
  • Newsbank — Full-text access to Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeley Voice, San Jose Mercury News, and West County Times, and hundreds of newspapers throughout the U.S.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus —  Find your next favorite book! Search by topics, reading level, genres, ethnicity of authors, read-alikes and more.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context — Covers today’s hottest social issues, from climate change to health care to immigration. Helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations, and more.
  • Searchasaurus-Elementary School — This easy-to-use resource for elementary school research and reading includes a dictionary, an online encyclopedia, and magazine articles from magazines for kids such as Calliope, Cobblestone, and Skipping Stones.
  • Social Studies Fact Cards Online — Find all the basic facts you need for reports on California history, including Indian tribes, explorers, California missions, ranchos, governors, counties, and decade-by-decade events. Also includes early civilizations, countries, US states, presidents, and religions.
  • Student Research Center — High school and middle school students use Student Research Center to access magazine articles, primary sources, biographies, reference books and other research resources.
  • Student Resource Center - Gold — Access to articles from magazines, reference books, and other materials on topics often assigned to middle and high school students.
  • Student Resources in Context — Information on all core subjects taught in school, from science to literature to history. This database gives you access to newspaper and magazine articles, primary sources, charts, maps, and images. You can browse by topics, including renewable energy, drug abuse, cloning, civil rights, Shakespeare, the Iraq war, and the Bill of Rights, among many others.
  • U.S. History in Context — Primary source documents, articles from reference books, and full-text journal articles about themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
  • World History in Context — Reference book and full-text articles from scholarly publications, primary sources, and images, maps and charts for the study of world history from ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance.

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Language Learning

  • Learn A Test/Learning Express Library — Online practice tests for students (including elementary students grade 4 and up), college applicants, career explorers, and those learning English. Includes resume writing help,study courses in business English, computer skills. tutorials for Microsoft office programs, and related topics. Elementary, middle, and high school students can work on math, reading and writing skills. Although registration asks for your name, you may input any words in this field. Please keep track of your user name and password for later access.
  • Mango Languages — Language learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for 34 different languages and 15 different ESL courses. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Free registration for Mango account is not required but will allow you to keep track of your progress and use other tools. (Learn More! Mango Language Handout)
  • Oxford Reference Premium — English language and bilingual dictionaries, atlases, quotations, and reference books covering the arts and more can be searched individually or across this basic reference collection. The International Encyclopedia of Dance (6 volumes, 1998) is here as well.

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Law

  • California Courts Legal Forms — Downloadable forms that you can complete online or copy to fill offline can be found here, some in multiple languages.
  • California Laws & Legislation — Information about California Law and lawmaking including bills and the current legislative session.
  • Federal Forms — Printable forms from many Federal agencies, including passport applications, Veteran benefit forms, and Social Security forms. Please Note: Because of form types and restrictions, this site not available from catalog only machines.
  • Legal Information Reference Center — Full text for legal reference books, including NOLO titles.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator — Search attorneys by name, location, and/or practice specialty. Includes education and full contact information.
  • Tax Forms (Federal) — The Internal Revenue web site provides ready-to-print forms and instructions, as well as providing the portal to online tax filing. Please Note: Because of form types and restrictions, this site not available from catalog only machines.

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Library Research

  • Science in Context — Topics including overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations and the latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. Includes curriculum-related science topics.

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Magazines & Newspapers

  • Academic OneFile — "Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. … . Millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions; updated daily."
  • Art Full Text & Index — Provides access to full text of more than 170 art publications and indexing of more than 490 publications as far back as 1984 including art, architecture, film craft and costume. (Learn more! Art Full Text Handout)
  • GreenFILE — GreenFILE covers all aspects of human impact to the environment in a multidisciplinary approach in magazine, journal and research articles, many full text, and lots more with indexing and abstracts.
  • How To Do It Index — Indexes repair, craft, and other instructional articles published in a wide range of popular magazines. This database is available only from within the Library building, not remotely.
  • InfoTrac Newstand — Seachable full text newspapers including the New York Times, Financial Times and more.
  • Magazine MasterFILE Complete — For finding articles on all topics; full text of more than 2,000 periodicals.  Includes Consumer Reports.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library — This fully searchable database contains the entire run of National Geographic magazine from 1888 to the present day reproduced in high-resolution color page images.
  • Newsbank — Full-text access to Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeley Voice, San Jose Mercury News, and West County Times, and hundreds of newspapers throughout the U.S.
  • Oakland Tribune Digital Microfilm — Access complete issues of the Oakland Tribune from 2011 to current in digital microfilm format.
  • Student Resource Center - Gold — Access to articles from magazines, reference books, and other materials on topics often assigned to middle and high school students.
  • Vogue Archive — This fully searchable database contains the entire run of American Vogue magazine from 1892 to the present day reproduced in high-resolution color page images.
  • Zinio — Read full digital copies of your favorite magazines. Issues include the exact same material you get in print‚ and some have enhanced content. Magazines are not checked out so they're always available any time. Read online or download to your computer or mobile device to read offline. (Learn More! Account Setup Guide) Zinio is Not available at library catalog only machines.

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Nonprofit Organizations

  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online — Provides access to foundations and public charities that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers. Available at the Central Library only.
  • Gale Directory Library — Up to date listings for national, regional and international organizations from the Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Encyclopedia of Associations and National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations.

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Performing Arts

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Personal Finance & Tax

  • Morningstar Investment Center — An online investment database with information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds that provides independent analysis, industry information, stock charts, portfolio building tools and more. (Limited to one user at a time.)

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Poetry

  • Granger's Poetry Online — Find poems, poets' biographies,authoritative commentaries on poems and poets, and a glossary of poetic terms at this source from Columbia University.

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Science

  • GreenFILE — GreenFILE covers all aspects of human impact to the environment in a multidisciplinary approach in magazine, journal and research articles, many full text, and lots more with indexing and abstracts.
  • Oxford Reference Premium — English language and bilingual dictionaries, atlases, quotations, and reference books covering the arts and more can be searched individually or across this basic reference collection. The International Encyclopedia of Dance (6 volumes, 1998) is here as well.
  • Science in Context — Topics including overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations and the latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. Includes curriculum-related science topics.

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Taxes

  • California Franchise Tax Board — California income tax forms and instructions are available here in ready-to-print, fill-out-and-print, and electronic filing options.
  • California Laws & Legislation — Information about California Law and lawmaking including bills and the current legislative session.
  • Federal Forms — Printable forms from many Federal agencies, including passport applications, Veteran benefit forms, and Social Security forms. Please Note: Because of form types and restrictions, this site not available from catalog only machines.
  • Federation of Tax Administrators — Download tax forms for any state from this site. Please Note: Because of form types and restrictions, this site not available from catalog only machines.