Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Access to Library Databases

If you are looking for information for your homework or general research, please remember that our online databases offer many resources (from literary criticisms to car repair). Here is a list of the databases we offer:
  • General OneFile: News and periodical articles on a wide range of topics
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: a selection of eReference books
  • Learning Express Library: practice tests and tutorials on many academic or licensing tests
  • NewsBank: a newspaper database
  • Reference USA: information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses
  • Chilton Library: provides repair procedures for automobiles and light trucks
  • Literature Resource Center: literary criticisms and biographical information on authors
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: information on current social issues
  • What Do I Read Next?: a resource to help you discover new titles and authors
  • Student Resource Center Gold: designed for use by high-school students for homework and in-depth research assignments
  • Student Resource Center Junior: designed for use by middle school students for homework assignments
  • Kids InfoBits: for beginning researchers, grades K-5
  • Social Study Fact Cards: information on topics included in the social studies curriculum in California for grades 4-8
If you wish to use the databases from your home computer or lap-top you will need your library card number to access them. If you don't have a card already, you can apply online and a card number will be e-mailed to you.

If you are looking for even more resources you might want to try the databases at the San Francisco Public Library. All California residents can now sign up for a San Francisco Public Library eCard via their online application (also available in Spanish and Chinese). The eCards allow immediate access to all of SFPL's databases, eBooks, and other virtual content.

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