Research & Learning

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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.

Academic Articles:

Art:

Books:

Business:

  • 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.

Career:

  • 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:

Driving Tests – Free!

  • Driving-Tests.org – Prepare for your DMV driving test with these free practice CA-specific driving tests (complete with answers).  In English and Spanish.

En Espanol:

Health and Medicine:

  • Consumer Health  Complete-(Access inside library. Access outside library.) Easy-to-understand health information culled from periodicals, books, and medical encyclopedias.
  • Medline PlusFind information on health topics, diseases, conditions, disorders, diet and exercise, prescription drugs, supplements, and more. The site also includes a handy medical encyclopedia for explanations of symptoms, treatments, and terms. Maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • Natural Standard -(Access inside library. Access outside library.) Founded by clinicians and researches to provide evidence-based information about health and wellness, medical conditions, herbs and supplements, and more.

History/Genealogy:

Languages:

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

Learning & Education:

  • Academic Search Complete more than 8,600 full-text articles including peer-reviewed journals, reports, and other publications.
  • 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.
  • Khan AcademyFree, high-quality online lessons and courses in a variety of subjects including science, math, history, English, computer programming, test prep and more. An excellent resource for teens and adults.
  • Lynda.com-(Access inside library. Access outside library.) Over 4,600 online courses  including web design, Adobe Creative Suite, business, and photography, all taught by expert instructors. *Lynda.com 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. *You will need to create a short account with Shmoop in order to fully access the resources. Once you have an account, you can simply go to shmoop.com!*

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.
  • LawHelpCA.org – 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.

 Magazines/Newspapers:

  • California Digital Newspaper Collection – Offers digitized California newspapers from 1846 to the present. Excellent resource for significant historical California newspapers!
  • 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.
  • Newspaper Source Plus – Provides full text newspapers for popular publications including New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and more. 
  • Proquest Newsstand -More than 500 full-text national and international newspapers including the Financial Times, the New York Times and SF Chronicle.
  • Zinio -Download popular magazines including the New Yorker, Wired, the Economist, Elle, and more!

Poetry:

Science/Technology: