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AccessScience (subscription ends March 31, 2014)

This database provides science news, fully illustrated articles, and biographies. Included is the online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.

Amazing Animals of the World (e-book)

A database for children containing information on a variety of animals from aardvarks to zebra mussels.

America the Beautiful (e-book)

A resource for students, this database contains information about the states and territories of the U.S. including facts, history, geography, and biographical information on famous people.

American Civil War Reference Library (e-book)

An eBook containing essays on the Civil War: the battles and leaders, soldiers and heroes, scoundrels and patriots.

American Decades (e-book)

This collection of eBooks covers the issues, movements, themes and events of each decade from 1900 through 2009.

American Revolution Reference Library (e-book)

Written for students, this eBook for students features events and peoples of the Revolutionary War. The biographies and primary sources are useful for class assignments.

Ancient Civilizations Reference Library (e-book)

An eBook for students with detailed information on all aspects of major ancient civilizations including China, India, and Central America. Timelines, bibliographies, maps and statistics are included.

Ancient Egypt and the Near East: An Illustrated History (e-book)

Explores the early civilizations that developed in Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Ancient Greece: An Illustrated History (e-book)

Follows the progress of the Greeks from the early establishment of farming communities around 6500 BCE, to the rise of the great city-states of Sparta and Athens, and on to the dissolution of the empire of Alexander the Great following his death in 323 BCE.

Ancient Rome: An Illustrated History (e-book)

Covers the legendary founding of Rome by Romulus in 753 BCE, to the heights of the Roman Empire around 117 CE, and on to the death of Theodosius (the last man to rule over a unified Roman Empire) in 395 CE.

Ask Me Everything: Facts, Stats, Lists, Records, and more (e-book)

Provides lists and quips, stats and quotes, to keep readers of all ages asking questions for hours.

Biography in Context

A comprehensive database of biographical information on historical and contemporary figures from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century America (e-book)

Covers the popular culture of the 20th Century and first decade of the 21st Century.

Brainfuse (eService)

Use this service for homework assistance via the Internet.  English as well as Spanish speaking-tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10 PM for one-on-one assistance in a wide variety of subjects. 

When you access the Brainfuse link you will be leaving the Santa Clara County Library District website and directed to Brainfuse, a live, online tutoring company. More...

California Missions eBooks (e-book)

Electronic versions of 21 books in the Missions of California series. Each title may be downloaded or read online. Access the titles with the username & password: missions

Chemical Elements (e-book)

Provides in-depth information on 112 known chemical elements, plus coverage of recently discovered elements 113 through 116 and 118.   

Chemistry Experiments (e-book)

Provides students and teachers with the tools they need to explore various chemistry experiments. Topics covered include ozone depletion, wood alcohol, heat energy, purifying water, and carbonation in beverages.

Colonial America Reference Library (e-book)

This eBook is helpful for middle school students researching colonial America.  It includes biographies, primary resources, and an Almanac which mentions all aspects of life in the colonies.

Crusades Reference Library, The (e-book)

The three-volume The Crusades covers everything from the First Crusade (1095-99) through the Ninth Crusade (1271-72).


Information is provided about the countries of the world and the 50 U. S. States including maps, statistics, history, and images.

Ecology Experiments (e-book)

Provides students and teachers with the tools they need to explore various ecological issues. 

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Kids (e-book)

A kids on-line version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica providing full text articles with links to Web sites.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Young Adults (e-book)

An on-line version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica providing full text articles with links to Web sites especially for Teens & Young Adults.

Endangered Species (e-book)

Included in this database is information on animals and plants chosen to represent the range of species facing endangerment.

Environmental Science Experiments (e-book)

Offers students and teachers the tools to explore various environmental issues; includes hands-on activities to learn more about environmental problems and what can be done to solve them.

Experiment Central (e-book)

Includes 97 chapters with nearly 300 science experiments, and covers nine key science curriculum fields; astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, food science, geology, meteorology and physics. Arranged alphabetically and arranged by scientific concept or theory, including Acid rain, Biomes, Cells, Chemical Energy, Earthquakes, Electricity, Greenhouse effect, Heat, Rocks and Minerals, Sound, Vegetative propagation, Weather and more. 

FactCite (e-book)

Browse for information on people, places and events concerning sports, mythology, history, biography and more!

Forensic Science Experiments (e-book)

Features experiments that will help students get a firm grasp on concepts in the field of forensic science. Each experiment is a self-contained unit with its own further resources, tips for the teacher, and links to the National Science Education Standards and allows students to think independently and build on their own base of science knowledge.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Updated annually, this database features over 25,000 informative segments of the encyclopedia, with alphabetically arranged articles, illustrations and maps.

Genetics Experiments (e-book)

Provides students and teachers with the tools they need to explore various genetics experiments. Topics explored include genetics survey, inheritance of sickle cell anemia, genetic engineering, family pedigree, and plant genetics.

Gods and Goddesses of Greece and Rome (e-book)

Represents a wide range of deities in the Greek and Roman pantheons, from Zeus and Jupiter to Eos and Quirinus. Includes discussions of the significance of the given deities, the mythology surrounding them, and the forms of worship associated with them.

Great Depression and the New Deal Reference Library (e-book)

Covers the disastrous failure of the global economy and its gradual recovery including the causes of the depression, the impact of unemployment and under-employment, the disorder in Germany after World War I that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler, and Franklin D. Roosevelt's domestic reform program.

Greenwood Library of World Folktales: Stories from the Great Collections, The (e-book)

Covers tales that are the foundations of the world's traditions, literature, and popular culture and are fundamental to daily life.      

Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource (e-book)

Animals are grouped by major classifications: sponges, corals, jellyfishes, segmented worms, crustaceans and mollusks, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This student edition includes an overview with photos and illustrations. 

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution (e-book)

Covers evolution in detail and explores it from a scientific viewpoint. Includes comprehensive coverage of recent ideas and discoveries in the field of evolution.

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction (e-book)

This new supplement explores all aspects of extinctions and extinct life. Entries are written by nationally renowned subject experts specializing in zoology, paleontology, and environmental science.

Heroes and Heroines of Greece and Rome (e-book)

Features well-known heroic figures, as well as the demigods, nymphs, sorceresses, and other creatures that inhabited the mortal world and figured prominently in the myths of the heroes and heroines. 

Holiday Symbols and Customs (e-book)

Describes the origins of holidays around the world. Explains where, when, and how each event is celebrated, with detailed information on the symbols and customs associated with the holiday. 

Holidays of the World Cookbook for Students: Updated and Revised (e-book)

Provides detailed information about the holidays of nations around the world and presents a multitude of selected recipes that are ideal for each celebration.

Human Body Experiments (e-book)

Provides students and teachers with the tools they need to explore various human body experiments. Topics covered include bone anatomy, stomach structure, respiratory analysis, how kidneys work, and blood flow.

Industrial Revolution Reference Library (e-book)

This online set of reference works covers a range of topics related to the Industrial Revolution. Included are an almanac, biographies, and primary source documents.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods and Recipes of the World (e-book)

This online encyclopedia provides food and recipes from various countries and cultural groups and includes related information on dietary habits and nutrition.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays (e-book)

This online encyclopedia provides information on many world holidays and includes information on customs, folklore, clothing, food, music, and dance.

Kids Search by Ebsco (for Grades K-8)

Designed for students, this database provides reference book and magazine articles, images, and photographs on a variety of research topics.

Korean War Reference Library (e-book)

This online set of reference works includes an almanac, primary source documents, and biographies related to the major topics and events of the Korean War.

Lands and Peoples (e-book)

An encyclopedia for students filled with text and images about countries, cultures, and current events.

LearningExpress Library (eService)

An interactive online learning platform for:

  • Skill-building courses
  • Occupation practice tests
  • Career and academic test & skill-building eBooks

Also find self guided help with reading, writing, and math. New users will be asked to create a username and password when they first access the resources.

Los recursos para Hispanohablantes del Learning Express Library incluye recursos para:

  • Mejorar sus habilidades de lectura.
  • Mejorar sus habilidades de escritura.
  • Mejorar sus habilidades de la matematica.
  • Preparar por el examen GED.

Literary Reference Center Plus

A full-text resource for the world’s most studied authors and their works.

Marine Science Experiments (e-book)

Presents experiments in marine science, on topics such as plankton, salinity, marine sediments, whales, and ocean regions.

Mexican-American War (e-book)

This e-book provides coverage of the issues surrounding the Mexican American War, including the motivations of the people involved. A biography section details the lives of some of the men who had a strong impact on the War. Placed throughout the text are excerpts from primary source documents such as diary entries, letters, and newspaper articles.

Middle Ages Reference Library (e-book)

A collection of articles exploring the complex period of the Middle Ages, covering the different civilizations and peoples of Medieval times. It also includes biographical essays on significant individuals from the period and a collection containing full or excerpted texts from the era.

Middle Search Plus

Designed specifically for middle school students, this database contains full text middle school relevant magazine articles each assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Also available are biographical articles, historical essays, primary source documents, a selection of reference books and an Image Collection with photographs, maps, and flags.

Muzzy Online (eService)

Language course for children includes English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

New Book of Popular Science

An encyclopedia for students containing information about science and scientists that also includes science games, puzzles, and brain teasers.

New York Times (1851-2010) (e-newspaper)

A full-image archive that brings you the entire historical run of The New York Times since 1851. This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers, and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and coverage of the politics, society, and events of the times.

North American Wildlife (e-book)

Covers more than 75 North American species from across the branches of the animal family. Provides recent information about changes in endangerment status and wildlife recovery programs, focusing on developments reported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Reading suggestions and lists for children in grades K - 8 arranged by author, title, series and topics.

Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (e-book)

A Spanish-Language encyclopedia for students and adults.

Una enciclopedia en español para estudiantes y adultos.

Presidents (e-book)

Contains biographies and portraits of all presidents, a detailed chronology of the life of each president, and suggested further reading about each president.

Primary Search

A database containing elementary school magazine articles along with a children’s encyclopedia and dictionary. Each article is assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library (e-book)

Covering everything from Luther's Revolt to the writings of Shakespeare, this eBook set provides comprehensive coverage of this period of history. Includes biographies, full or excerpted speeches, diary entries, newspaper and magazine articles, poems, and documents.

Rourke's World of Science Encyclopedia Volume 1 through 10 (e-book)

Teaches the essential concepts for elementary school science instruction. Topics include the basic objects in the sky, life-cycles, and properties of earth materials to the more advanced, structures of living systems, forces and motion and science technology. 

San Jose Mercury News (1985 - Current) (e-newspaper)

Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people, and much more. Updated daily, the San Jose Mercury News includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate, and other sections.

San Jose Mercury News (ProQuest Digital Microfilm) (2009 - 3 months ago) (e-newspaper)

An alternative version of the San Jose Mercury News providing a digital page view presented in the original layout from 2009 to present. Browse by date and page number and print full pages including graphics, advertisement and other features.

San Jose Mercury News Historical Archive (1886-1922) (e-newspaper)

Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people, and much more from archived issues of The San Jose Mercury News.

Science Online

Presents a broad range of scientific and mathematical disciplines through definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.

Student Research Center by Ebsco (for Grades 6-12)

A research database for students in grades 6 to 12 searchable by keyword or topic. Includes grade level appropriate magazine and newspaper articles, reference books, biographies, radio and TV news transcripts, country and state reports, primary source documents, photographs, maps, flags, films, and videos.

U*X*L Encyclopedia of World Mythology (e-book)

Entry topics include gods and goddesses; heroes and other key characters; motifs and global themes; major myths; and national or cultural mythologies. Coverage spans a diversity of cultures, including standard Greek/Roman entries as well as Native North and South American traditions, Norse mythology, Asian Pacific mythology, Judeo-Christian tradition, and Islamic and Hindu mythologies.

U.S. History in Context

This resource provides a variety of historical data from primary sources and reference documents. It also includes photographs, illustrations, and maps.

Vietnam War Reference Library (e-book)

This resource traces the progression of the Vietnam War from its beginnings in 1941 through its last days in 1975. Biographical essays and excerpted primary sources provide a variety of perspectives on the war.

War of 1812 (e-book)

Presents information on the issues surrounding the War of 1812, from the causes of the war to its ending, and the motivations of various people involved in the conflict. Placed throughout the text are excerpts from primary source documents such as diary entries, letters, and newspaper articles, as well as other sidebar boxes.

Weather and Climate Experiments (e-book)

Provides students and teachers with the tools needed to explore various computer science experiments. Topics covered include investigations of the effects of water's high heat capacity on temperatures, worldwide weather phenomena, and the levels of two weather and climate factors that are impacted by human activities.

Westward Expansion Reference Library (e-book)

Documents the chronological events that created a romantic national mythology around the pioneers who blazed trails through the wilderness. Features biographical essays on many colorful characters of the old West, and includes full text or excerpts from diaries, books, letters, and many other primary source documents.

Witchcraft in America (e-book)

This source covers the history of witchcraft in the United States from the hysteria that facilitated the witch hunts during the Colonial Period to modern day followers of Wicca. Chapters include full text or excerpts from trial transcripts, diary entries, public notices, and many other primary sources. Biographical essays highlight prominent figures related to the Salem witch trials.

World Almanac for Kids Online, The

Articles and fast facts on animals, careers, countries, history, people, space, and much more, with full-color images and dynamic daily features, providing fun material that complements school curriculum.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (e-book)

A Spanish-language encyclopedia for elementary school students with informative articles, maps, photos, learning activities, and news from Spanish language newspapers.

Una enciclopedia en español para alumnos en escuela primaria con articulos informativos, mapas, fotos, actividades de aprendizaje, y noticias de periódicos en español.

World Book Encyclopedia (e-book)

Comprehensive access to encyclopedia articles, web links, periodical articles, videos, maps and more. Includes World Book Kids (for elementary-school students), World Book Student (middle and high-school students), and World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (a Spanish-language encyclopedia).

World History in Context

From antiquity to present, search a broad collection of scholarly analysis and full-text periodicals in addition to reference works and primary documents that cover the events, movements, and individuals that have shaped world history.

World Religions Reference Library (e-book)

A thorough, objective resource covering the history, traditions and worldviews of dominant and less prominent religions and their sects and offshoots.    

World War I Reference Library (e-book)

Presents coverage of major topics related to World War I. Provides information that students need to write reports and complete class assignments, including biographical profiles and primary source materials.

World War II Reference Library (e-book)

Covers significant events, topics, and people related to World War II. Provides information that students need to write reports and complete class assignments, including biographical profiles and primary source materials.

Zinio (e-magazine)

View the complete full-color digital copy of your favorite magazines. To get started, read our instructions and checkout our FAQ section.