Research & Learning


Abbey Library in St. Gallen, Switzerland

We’re pleased to offer a number of authoritative databases and websites which allow you to search for information you can’t find on the internet. Find databases for kids here and high school students here.




  • Reference USA – (Access inside library. Access outside library.) Reliable business data, stats, and tools for conducting market analysis, marketing plans, comparisons of businesses in similar industries, etc. Also acts as a white pages reference for looking up residences in the U.S.
  • Safari Tech eBooks -ebooks on business, commerce, and computer programming.
  • Small Business Reference Center -Information on small businesses, entrepreneurial subjects, creating business plans, funding, and business advice.


  • Brainfuse/Adult Learning Center -(Access inside library. Access outside library.) Offers help with resumes, reading and writing skills, GED prep, Microsoft Office, US Citizenship Testing, and career resources. Offers online resources and online live help.
  • Glassdoor – Search for jobs, research current salaries and job descriptions, or read reviews of companies before you apply!

Consumer Information

  • Consumers’ Checkbook– Find ratings and reviews for local services such as pet care, doctors, electricians, auto repair, etc. **If you’re accessing this database from outside of the library, you will be asked to log in with your library card barcode and to fill out a short form to create a personal account.**
  • Consumer Reports Find ratings and reviews of products, as well as buying guides and helpful consumer tips from an unbiased and trustworthy source. If you’re accessing this database from outside of the library, you will be asked to log in with your library card barcode.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias:


  • Academic Search Complete -more than 8600 full-text articles including peer-reviewed journals, reports, and other publications.
  • JSTOR– (Access inside library. Access outside library.) Indexes academic journals and scholarly publications.
  • inside library. Access outside library.) Over 697 online courses  including web design, Adobe Creative Suite, business, and photography, all taught by expert instructors. * asks you to register once with your library card # and pin # and then your name and email. Once you have registered, you will only need to put in your library card # and pin # each time you visit Lynda.*
  • Shmoop Test prep (AP, ACT, SAT, essay writing help, book summaries (similar to Cliff’s Notes), financial literacy info, and more. Geared towards high school students.

En Espanol:




  • Mango Languages– Learn Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Russian, Mandarin, ESL Polish, ESL Spanish,  and more.

Legal Information:

  • Legal Information Reference Center -Articles, legal forms, full-text legal reference books from Nolo Press, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected providers of legal info to consumers and small businesses.
  • – Website providing reliable information on legal issues ranging from housing, abuse, public benefits to seniors ans small claims, and an up-to-date directory of organizations that offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation.


  • EBSCO Research -Indexes periodicals such as Consumer Reports, newspapers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, among many others.
  • E-Journal Finder -Search and access the Mill Valley Public Library’s collection of print and electronic journals/periodicals.
  • Proquest Newspapers -More than 500 full-text national and international newspapers including NYTimes and SF Chronicle.
  • Zinio -Read hundreds of newspapers and magazines right from your screen, tablet, or smartphone.