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A.D.A.M Health Library

This database provides reports on the most common diseases and wellness issues. Each report is an in-depth discussion of the latest information on treatments, risk factors, causes, diagnostic tests, and preventative measures. A full illustrated medical encyclopedia and a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) resource library are also included. System requirements: Adobe Flash Player 10.

ABMS Directory (e-book)

Updated quarterly this resource provides biographical and professional information about board certified physicians and specialists / subspecialist. Please note: For a brief overview of the features, check out this DEMO. To begin your search, click on the "Search" tab.

Academic Search Complete

A multidisciplinary database for undergraduates providing full-text access to scholarly articles from academic and general interest journals. The majority are peer-reviewed.

Access Broadcast Transcripts

Search for radio and television broadcast transcripts from CBS, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, and more. The database also includes Congressional Quarterly Transcriptions.

Access Newswires

Search the Associated Press (AP) and other major newswire services.

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.

Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary (e-book)

Provides definitions of a wide variety of acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations and similar contractions, translating them into their full names or meanings. Terms from subject areas such as associations, education, the Internet, medicine and others are included.

Alldata Online (in-library use only)

Provides automotive repair and diagnostic information for most models and makes of cars and trucks, 1982 and later. For pre 1982 manuals ask for assistance at the Information desk. Your reference librarian may be able to request information from Alldata via fax. This database is available for use within the library only. The browser Google Chrome is not supported. Please use Internet Explorer or Firefox instead.

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.

America's Top-Rated Small Towns & Cities: A Statistical Handbook (e-book)

Provides detailed profiles and comparative statistics of small towns and cities across the country with populations from 3,000 to 25,000.

America's Top-Rated Smaller Cities 2012/13 (e-book)

Provides current, comprehensive data on U.S. cities, all top-ranked by population growth, median income, unemployment rate and crime rate.

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 Journal of Science (e-magazine)

The Journal is devoted to geology and related sciences and publishes articles from around the world presenting results of major research from all earth sciences.

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.

Ancestry Library (in-library use only)

This database is a genealogical tool with data from the census, military records, the court system, immigration, and vital records. It covers Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and some European countries.

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook (e-book)

Provides an overview of the current scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorders, as well as a cultural and historical perspective on the controversies that plague the field.

Baby Boom: Americans Born 1946 to 1964, The (e-book)

Reveals the unique characteristics of Baby Boomers and explains how those characteristics are remaking American society. Includes the latest statistics on the labor force participation, living arrangements, incomes, health, spending, and wealth of the generation.

Backyard Harvest, 1st American ed. (e-book)

Shows what to sow and plant, how to keep crops growing, when to harvest, and the best ways to store produce.               


Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook (in-library use only)

This database offers recommendations for local goods and services. Included are health guides and reports on doctors and hospitals. All information is compiled by a local independent, non-profit consumer organization.

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.

Book Index with Reviews

A database providing information and reviews for more than 5 million book titles.

Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1908-1982 (H.W. Wilson)

Provides excerpts and citations for adult and juvenile titles published between 1905 and 1982. Please note, the default search option is set to search 'Full-Text' documents. To get the best search results, you may need to uncheck 'Full-text' in 'Advanced Search.'

BookBrowse for Libraries

BookBrowse offers reviews, recommendations, read-alikes, author bios, interviews, and searching by time period, setting and theme. Also, resources for book clubs including reading guides & online discussions.

Books 24x7 IT Pro (e-book)

Gain instant access to hundreds of computer and IT reference e-books from publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Springer, Ross, Microsoft Press, and others.

Books 24x7 Well-Being Essentials (e-book)

Find e-books on health, fitness and personal growth.

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.

Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia (e-book)

Provides a look into what it means to be a boy growing up in North America, covering everything from toys and games, friends and family, and psychological and social development.

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...

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center (eService)

This service offers live online tutoring, test preparation, writing assistance, Microsoft Office Help, and other services designed to help adults acquire critical and marketable academic skills. Tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1 - 10 PM.

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

Brainfuse JobNow (eService)

Use this service to help you find a job. Live tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10 PM for one-on-one assistance in a wide variety of topics related to finding a job, writing a winning resume, and interview coaching.

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

Britannica Guide to Statistics and Probability, The (e-book)

Introduces the historical and mathematical basis of statistics and probability as well as their application to everyday situations.

Business Source Complete

This resource is an easy way to find company profiles, industry information, market research reports, and country economic data. Also included are videos on business topics from the faculty of Harvard Business School.

California Free Digital Text Book Initiative (e-book)

Offers free digital textbooks in math and science for students in grades 9-12.

Chemical Elements (e-book)

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

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.

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography (e-book)

Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented.

Computer Source

This database contains full-text journals and magazines covering topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software. There is a balance of both technical and consumer publications.

Consumer Reports (e-magazine)

The Consumer Reports database offers ratings and recommendations on appliances, cars and trucks, electronics, and much more.  It includes articles on health, product recalls, and the safety and reliability of individual brands.

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).

Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism (e-book)

Explores the historical and cultural significance of vegetarianism in the United States and beyond.             


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

Daily Life through American History in Primary Documents (e-book)

Explores the daily lives of American people from colonial times to the present through primary documents that include diaries, letters, memoirs, speeches, sermons, pamphlets, and all manner of public and private writings. 

Dance, Rev. ed. (e-book)

Explores the world of dance from ballet and modern dance to various styles of dance performed all over the world.

Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary (e-book)

Features a combination of a reverse dictionary and a thesaurus, with thousands of descriptions of terms organized into subject categories and sub-categories.

Dictionary of American Family Names (e-book)

Contains a listing of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States, giving their comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical explanations, selected associated forenames, and occasional genealogical notes.

Dictionary of American History (e-book)

A database of essays providing a thorough analysis of U.S. history. Also included are maps, photographs, and primary source documents.

Disabilities Sourcebook (e-book)

Contains descriptions of major disabilities, their causes, and people who are disabled. It provides information about assistive and adaptive aids and sports and recreation equipment that can improve life for disabled individuals. Also included is information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment and workplace issues, and other financial and legal issues. In addition, the book contains a glossary and lists of resources for further help and information.


Over 800 journals from China, spanning more than 40 subject areas -- the most widely read Chinese-language periodicals. Topics range from business and economics to family, fashion, entertainment, film, and travel. Also includes academic journals, English-language titles published in China, trade journals, and more. All are updated continuously to correspond with the print editions, and many have extensive backlists available.

Drama for Students (e-book)

This eResource features analysis of the plays most frequently studied in literature classes. Each entry includes an introduction that provides an overview of the play, a brief biography of the playwright, a plot summary, a discussion of the play's principal themes, essays on the play's construction, excerpted critical commentary, and more.

Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco: Learning About Addictive Behavior (e-book)

Articles in this database cover the range of topics related to addiction.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (e-book)

An 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.

Encyclopedia Judaica 2nd. ed. (e-book)

This resource focuses on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion.

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 (e-book)

Documents the full range of the African American experience from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass, and shows how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African Americans.

Major topics such as “Abolitionism,” “Black Nationalism,” the “Dred Scott case,” “Reconstruction,” “Slave Rebellions and Insurrections,” the “Underground Railroad,” and “Voting Rights” are given the in-depth treatment. The encyclopedia also contains fascinating entries on less obvious subjects, such as the “Black Seafarers,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” the “Catholic Church and African Americans,” “New York African Free Schools,” the “Secret Six,” and much more.

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present (e-book)

Traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ascendant influence of African Americans on the American cultural landscape. With coverage up to and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, the Encyclopedia contains fully cross-referenced entries by scholars and experts, offering reliable and extensive treatment to be found on African American history in this era.

Encyclopedia of Business & Finance (e-book)

This encyclopedia provides general information about finance and banking, accounting, marketing, management, and information systems.

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (e-book)

A survey of clothing and body adornment, this online resource covers the origins of clothing including the development and technologies of fabric and the social meanings of dress. Informational articles on representative costumes from a variety of historical periods and cultures are available.

Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels (e-book)

Focuses on English-language comics, plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works, with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.

Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development (e-book)

This encyclopedia covers educational theory and practice, integrating theoretical frameworks with field-based applications.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Rev. ed. (e-book)

Provides information from numerous fields of knowledge relevant to the study of environmental issues, including biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering, and explains the interrelationships of these issues.

Encyclopedia of Maritime History, The (e-book)

This encyclopedia covers the history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today. Articles examine aspects of maritime history including naval history, shipbuilding, biographies of major figures, navigation and scientific instrumentation, maritime art and literature, commerce and economics, and international law.

Encyclopedia of Philosophy (e-book)

This encyclopedia offers articles providing comprehensive coverage of philosophy from a global perspective.

Encyclopedia of Social Networks (e-book)

Provides a thorough introduction to the wide-ranging, fast-developing field of social networking. Offers comprehensive coverage of the theory and research within the social sciences that has sprung from the analysis of such groupings, with accompanying definitions, measures, and research.

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (e-book)

This encyclopedia assesses the concepts and themes of the Enlightenment period and its impact on politics, religion, philosophy, and art.

Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (e-book)

Examines three key life stages from a sociological perspective, exploring how enduring experiences, as well as transitions and events such as childcare, education, stress, marriage, career, addiction, friendship, parenthood, disease, spirituality, and retirement influence the individual's life course. The life stages examined are: Childhood and Adolescence; Adulthood; and Later Life.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages (e-book)

This encyclopedia contains articles on all aspects of life in Europe from the 5th to 15th centuries within cultural, religious, intellectual, social, and political contexts.

Encyclopedia of Time (e-book)

Surveys the major facts, concepts, theories, and speculations that infuse the present understanding of time. Explores the contributions of scientists, philosophers, theologians, and creative artists from ancient times to the present.

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (e-book)

Covers all aspects of cities, their suburbs, and other urban areas. Includes urban economics, urban planning, urban architecture, urban ecology, urban transportation systems, urban politics, and urban social relations. 

Encyclopedia of Vampires & Werewolves, The (e-book)

Provides more than 500 entries exploring the supernatural aspects of these creatures and their pop culture counterparts.

Endangered Species (e-book)

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

Environmental Health Sourcebook (e-book)

Provides basic consumer health information about the health effects of environmental hazards and diseases linked to environmental causes, with facts about the impact on specific populations.              


Epics for Students (e-book)

Provides critical overviews of literary epics of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, literary traditions and cultural context.

Family Health from A to Z (e-book)

Provides authoritative information on a wide variety of health care topics that affect individuals on a daily basis. The topics range from Adolescence to Cancer, Nutrition, and Sports Medicine.

Fast Food and Junk Food (e-book)

Examines the incredible power of junk food and fast food showing how nostalgic we are about them, the influence of the companies that manufacture or sell them, and their alarming affect on our country's state of health.            


Freegal Music (e-music)

Freegal is a downloadable music service which provides access to the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment including Independent Online Distribution Alliance. Library cardholders can download five songs a week using their barcode and PIN. Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods. Helpful tips before you get started.

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.

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media (e-book)

A guide to print and online publications and broadcasting stations worldwide, including newspapers, magazines, journals, radio stations, television stations, and cable systems.

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law (e-book)

Covers today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, and important documents. Includes topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and more.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law (e-book)

Includes information on common legal issues, from civil rights to real estate, providing historical background, important statutes and cases, profiles of U.S. laws and regulations, and details of how these laws and regulations vary from state to state.

Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (e-book)

This database provides articles containing clear, complete information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies. Please note: Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers, The (e-book)

Covers various issues related to one's aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications, for said diseases for this population. Also includes topics specific to the aging population, but beyond descriptions of medical diagnoses.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (e-book)

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a selection of reference titles available online. Subjects covered include arts, history, religion and philosophy, social science, law, literature, science & technology, and more.

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.

Granger's World of Poetry, The

Use the Columbia Granger's database to access full-text poems, citations, commentaries, biographies, and a poetry glossary. Also included are poems in foreign languages most often taught in the classroom and selections of current poetry from popular and academic journals.

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.

Green's Dictionary of Slang (e-book)

Covering five centuries of all English-speaking regions of the world, this dictionary provides impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words of the English language.

Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide, The (e-book)

Provides an international overview of key issues in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and fosters a broader understanding of the status of LGBT in their society.

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.      

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (e-book)

Deals with all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to contemporary American art. There are articles on all subject areas in American fine art including: biographies of major artists, architects and patrons, architecture, painting, new media, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art, new media art, art education, and more.

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture (e-book)

A comprehensive resource for the visual arts of the Classical period, featuring in-depth articles- from biographies to thematic entries on architecture, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics, painting and sculpture.

Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts (e-book)

Covering thousands of years of decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures, this encyclopedia offers entries about artists, craftsmen, designers, workshops, and decorative art forms.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (e-book)

Written for students and general researchers, this encyclopedia disseminates knowledge of and love for animals through illustrated scientific articles. 

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.

Heritage Quest Online

A collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Included are U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more.

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. 

Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism (e-book)

Focuses on legitimate drama, both as influenced by European modernism and as impacted by the popular entertainment of the era. Includes entries on plays, music, playwrights, performers, producers, critics, architects, and designers.

Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical (e-book)

Provides a detailed history of the Broadway musical and includes entries on Broadway shows, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, and actors.

History of China, The (e-book)

Presents an informative introduction to China's past and present, from traditional accounts of its beginnings more than 3,000 years ago to its modern emergence as a first-world nation.  

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 from A to Z (e-book)

Features a comprehensive source about the human organism, how it works, and what can go wrong and provides authoritative information on all the elements, large and small, that make up the human body.

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.

International Encyclopedia of Dance, The (e-book)

This online encyclopedia includes articles on many aspects of dance from around the world, including forms, music, costumes, performances, and biographies.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (e-book)

Provides detailed profiles and comparative statistics of small towns and cities across the country with populations from 3,000 to 25,000.

Jobview Bay Area

Search and apply for jobs across the country by state or city. Text, email, or print your results.

Journal of the American Medical Association

Provides an overview of current peer reviewed medical research on a wide variety of topics. This database also includes multimedia content and information about specific medical specialties and topics.

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.

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.

Krames Go-To-Guide for Living Well with Asthma (e-magazine)

This is a comprehensive multimedia educational tool on asthma.

Krames Go-To-Guide for Living Well with COPD (e-magazine)

This is a comprehensive multimedia educational tool on COPD.

Krames Go-To-Guide for Living Well with Heart Disease (e-magazine)

This is a comprehensive multimedia educational tool on Heart Disease.

Krames Go-To-Guide for Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes (e-magazine)

This is a comprehensive multimedia educational tool on Type 2 Diabetes.

Krames Go-To-Guide on Living Well with Heart Failure (e-magazine)

This is a comprehensive multimedia educational tool on Heart Failure.

Krames Go-To-Guide on Maximizing Independence After Stroke (e-magazine)

This is a comprehensive multimedia educational tool on Maximizing Independence After Stroke.

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.

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center contains full-text publications and legal forms. The legal reference books are provided through Nolo­, the nation's oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. State-specific legal forms are searchable by subject areas including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes and more.

Literary Reference Center Plus

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

Literature Criticism Online (e-book)

Literature Criticism Online includes two reference works: Contemporary Literary Criticism and Drama Criticism. Contemporary Literary Criticism provides critiques of key literary works as well as author biographies. Drama Criticism contains biographical information about playwrights and critical opinions of plays.

Mango Languages

Learn a new language or brush up on your vocabulary and pronunciation with this interactive database offering step by step lessons from beginning through advanced. Minimum Requirements: Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Firefox, Safari or Opera; Adobe Flash Player 9. Also available as a mobile app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android. To use the app users must create a free profile.

MAS Ultra - School Edition

Designed specifically for high school students, this database contains full text articles from popular high school relevant magazines, biographical articles, and primary source documents. It includes a large selection of reference books and an Image Collection with photos, maps, and flags. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

MasterFILE Complete

A searchable database of popular and academic magazine and newspaper articles, reference materials, and primary sources covering business, education, health, science, and more. 

Mathematics Magazine (e-magazine)

Available from JSTOR, Mathematics Magazine offers lively, readable, and appealing exposition on a wide range of mathematical topics.


Produced by the National Institutes of Health, this database provides consumer health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness. Included are a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary; tutorials on common conditions, tests, and treatments; medical videos; health information in Spanish; information on prescription and nonprescription drugs; health news from the media; and links to thousands of clinical trials. Please note: Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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.

Military & Government Collection

Offers current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. Periodicals, academic journals and other sources are included. Many are full text.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

A research tool that allows you to build and analyze an investment portfolio and learn about stocks, mutual funds, and portfolios. Also includes access to PDFs of Morningstar's popular investment newsletters (Morningstar Mutual Funds, Morningstar Fund Investor, Morningstar Stock Investor, and Morningstar ETF Investor).

Music Online (e-music)

Stream music across all the key musical genres:

  • Classical: All major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde.
  • Jazz: All major genres including vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band, modern jazz, and more.
  • World: Music from 169 countries and more than 1,000 cultural groups.
  • American: Country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, and R&B.
  • Popular: Wide range of popular music from around the world including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.

My Government

This database provides government information including guides on basic U.S. government, how laws are made in Congress, becoming a U.S. citizen, and how to contact your legislators. Search by zip code for elected officials to locate contact information and biographical data including which bills a particular candidate has sponsored and more.

Nature (2009 - Present) (e-magazine)

Online version of the popular magazine Nature. Updated weekly the magazine provides peer-reviewed research and news in all fields of science and technology. 

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 Catholic Encyclopedia and Supplements (e-book)

This collection of eBooks includes the New Catholic Encyclopedia 2nd Edition and the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Supplements

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.

Newspaper Source Plus (e-newspaper)

The database contains comprehensive full text for major national and international newspapers such as:

  • Christian Science Monitor
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
  • The Times (UK)
  • Toronto Star
  • USA Today
  • The Washington Post
  • The Washington Times (DC)
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Star Tribune (Minneapolis) 

In addition, Newspaper Source Plus features television and radio news transcripts, videos & podcasts, including: ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS, and more.


Select your favorite book genres and receive customized booklists by email. Available for all ages. 

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.

NoveList Plus

A resource for those seeking new fiction and non-fiction titles, including lists of award winners and discussion guides for book clubs.

Novels for Students (e-book)

Essays and study guides that introduce the themes and significance of famous literature.

Nutrition and Fitness (e-book)

Provides detailed information on a variety of topics that fall into the following subject areas: body; diet and nutrition; human behavior; illness, injury, and disorders; and prevention and cure.

Occupational Outlook

Look up information about hundreds of occupations including working conditions, wage scales, training and education needed, and job outlook.

OverDrive Project Gutenberg (e-book)

Free, public domain eBooks including many of the classics made available through the OverDrive Catalog. These titles never expire and don't count against your Library checkout limit.

Oxford Companion to World Exploration, The (e-book)

From Antarctica to the North Pole, this database offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age.

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, The (e-book)

A research tool for Byzantine history. Entries cover the scientific and cultural advancements of the Byzantine Empire from the 4th through the 15th centuries.

Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance, The (e-book)

This dictionary provides coverage of the art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and conflict of 14th to 17th century Europe with an examination of Renaissance influence on modern society.

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, The (e-book)

An encyclopedia of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day including essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works and essays on literary movements, periods, and themes.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, The (e-book)

Features articles about the social, political, religious, cultural and artistic legacy of this 5,000-year civilization.

Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, The (e-book)

The Encyclopedia provides coverage of the history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin).

Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The (e-book)

Includes brief biographies of major authors and illustrators, essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, The (e-book)

International in scope and spanning all time periods of human history, this encyclopedia includes biographies of inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders and essays on markets, industries, and labor. Coverage ranges from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, The (e-book)

Articles cover the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures, The (e-book)

A reference source that chronicles Pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern Mesoamerica, defined as the lands stretching from Mexico to the southern tip of Central America.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, The (e-book)

A source for information about the religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art, and literature.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, The (e-book)

This encyclopedia provides information about theater and performance from ancient Greek theater to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe. In addition to performances in playhouses, it covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance, including carnivals, circus, and public executions.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, The (e-book)

Captures the experiences of women from all regions of the world throughout history. Includes biographies of influential women and articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.

Oxford English Dictionary (e-book)

The Oxford English Dictionary provides information about the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It provides the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words, both present and past, using quotations to trace usage.

Oxford Music Online

A gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. Contains the Grove Music Online, as well as The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music.

Technical Note: Through a partnership with Sibelius notation software, over 500 of Grove's musical examples are now available in sound as well as notated examples. To listen, a small software plug-in called Scorch is required. Scorch is not yet loaded on public workstations in the library and can only be loaded by an administrator.

Oxford Reference

Facts, figures, definitions, scholarly articles, quotations, and bilingual dictionary translations collated from reference materials published by Oxford University Press.

Poetry for Students (e-book)

Designed to meet the curricular needs of high school and undergraduate college students studying poetry, this resource provides analysis of frequently studied poems. 

Points of View Reference Center

Provides a series of essays that present multiple sides of current issues. Included are documents from leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary sources and reference books. The database also offers guides to debate, developing arguments, and writing position papers. Additionally, this database contains the Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century, providing students with a searchable collection of social, political, and cultural moments in a visual format.

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.

Princeton Companion to Mathematics, The (e-book)

Presents entries written by the world's leading mathematicians. Introduces basic mathematical tools and vocabulary, traces the development of modern mathematics, explains essential terms and concepts, examines core ideas in major areas of mathematics, describes the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians, and explores the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and music.

Professional Development Collection

This database contains full-text articles from education journals and educational reports. 

Profiles of California (e-book)

Provides detailed demographic and statistical data on the State of California, including demographics on each county and individual city or town; detailed data on school districts; Hispanic and Asian population statistics; informative statistics and rankings on ancestry groups; weather statistics; and comparative ranking charts.

Psychologists and their Theories for Students (e-book)

This database covers major psychological theories and discusses the people who developed them.

Rand California

A statistical database about California containing facts and figures on the economy, crime rates, school test scores, government and finance, demographics, and more. Also provided is an online index of public policy reports and research publications.

Reference USA

Provides detailed and current directory information on U.S. and Canadian Businesses, as well as U.S. residents. Use this database to conduct business and consumer research, create marketing plans, research competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people.

Regional Business News

Provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

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.

Rich's Business Directory - Northern California High-Tech Guide

This database from Rich's Business Directory includes all high-tech companies and contacts based in Northern California, including the Silicon Valley area. Companies: 10,734 Contacts: 44,277.

Rough Guide to Manga, The (e-book)

Features the manga story (a Japanese style of comic books) covering manga's twelfth-century roots to the rise of English-language manga with profiles of influential creators like Leiji Matsumoto and CLAMP.

Rough Guide to Men's Health, The (e-book)

Takes a look at the health and well-being of men and offers health advice. Learn how to improve performance with life coach strategies, how to identify the causes of health problems with key features on the back and gut, the best investments to consider in the fight for fitness, and those myths about health that can be safely ignored.

Rough Guide to the iPhone, The (e-book)

Explains how to use the portable electronic device to make and receive phone calls, set up iTunes and the iPod, take and organize photographs, send and receive e-mail and instant messages, and browse the Internet.

Rourke's Native American History & Culture Encyclopedia (e-book)

A comprehensive collection about Native American tribes that includes history, culture, time lines, famous leaders, and current events.

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. 

Sacramento Bee (e-newspaper)

Full-text articles from the Sacramento Bee daily newspaper (1984-current).

Safari Tech Books Online (e-book)

Read and browse computer and IT books on your computer in eBook format. Search for specific topics and code fragments across the entire collection.

Salem Health (e-book)

Electronic access to articles on diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and medical issues. Also contains photographs and illustrations. This electronic resource includes the entire content of Magill's Medical Guide. Please note: Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Salem History (e-book)

Full-text versions of the following Salem Press titles owned by the library:  

  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration  
  • The Decades: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s
  • Great Events from History: 18th Century, 20th Century, 1941-1970 
  • Great Lives in History: 18th Century 
  • Weapons and Warfare

Salem Literature (e-book)

Full-text versions of the following Salem Press titles owned by the library:

  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction: This includes biographical details, bibliographic records, and critical overviews of major authors notable for their contributions to the novel, novella, and related long forms.
  • Masterplots 4th Edition: Analyzes the most important works in all genres - long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction - throughout history and around the world, helping to define and critique the literary canon.

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.

Scientific American (2009 - Present) (e-magazine)

Online version of the popular magazine Scientific American. Updated monthly, the magazine features articles by scientists -- many of who are Nobel Prize winners and top journalists in all fields of science and technology.

Serials Solutions A-Z

Search Serials Solutions for a specific journal, magazine or newspaper by title or subject. A simple search covers Santa Clara County Library's electronic and print periodical collections.

Shakespeare for Students: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry (e-book)

Collection of essays by Shakespeare scholars that have been selected for students at the high school or undergraduate college level. Each entry includes an introduction; a plot synopsis; a character list; a discussion of the work's principal themes; information about the style and literary devices used; a conversation about the work's historical context; and a critical overview.

Short Stories for Students (e-book)

Aimed at the high school student, this collection contains concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance, and excerpted criticism.

Small Business Resource Center

Providing access to important small business management resources, Small Business Resource Center offers a combination of periodicals and reference content, including Business Plans Handbook, a collection of real-life business plans for all types of businesses. Small Business Resource Center provides the prospective and current entrepreneurial community with a resource that enhances business longevity.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Provides detailed, current investment information from Standard & Poor's most popular publications.


An online learning platform that teaches learners coding and web development skills, like creating an iPhone/Android app or building websites, through the use of tutorials, videos, and course modules. 

Tuition Funding Sources (TFS)

Find scholarships and other forms of financial aid to help pay for a college education. The TFS database also provides students with college admissions information, a career personality test, and detailed career information.  New users will be asked to create a username and password when they first access TFS. 

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. Constitution A to Z, The (e-book)

Explains every key aspect of the U.S. Constitution. Features new entries covering the events of recent years including court cases with impact on Constitutional rights.

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.

Value Line

The Value Line Investment Survey is a source of information and advice on stocks, mutual funds, securities, the stock market, and the economy.

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.

Vocational and Career Collection

This collection provides full text coverage for trade and industry related periodicals.

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.

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 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.


Use this database to search the catalogs of libraries around the world to find books, videos, audio recordings, maps, and other items not held by the Santa Clara County Library. You may place an interlibrary loan request (fee charged) for items to be delivered to your library.

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.