Research & Learning


Abbey Library in St. Gallen, Switzerland

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




  • 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.
  • 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.


Consumer Information

  • Consumer 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.**

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.


  • 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.