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Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) - The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
Adult Learning Center (Brainfuse) - Dedicated to the unique needs of an adult population, Brainfuse's Adult Learning Center consists of a suite of services that, among other things, provides live job coaching, test preparation (such as the GED and the U.S. Citizenship Test), and academic skills building sessions from live online tutors.
The African American Experience (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO) - Research tool for African American history and culture, which provides a wealth of information from authorities in the field and African Americans themselves. The database includes more than 400 titles, 3,000 slave narratives, over 2000 images, 5,000 primary sources, and 250 vetted Web sites. It was designed under the guidance of leading librarians and gives voice to the black experience from its African origins to the present day.
The American Indian Experience (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO) - Resources exploring the histories and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States, from prehistory to the present day, from the Inuit of the north to the Seminoles of Florida.. Full-text access to an online library, featuring more than 150 volumes of reference content, hundreds of primary documents, and thousands of images.
Ancestry Library (ProQuest) - Resources for genealogical and historical research, with more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, including U.S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists, more. Updated daily. (SDPL Locations only)
Art & Architecture Complete (EBSCOhost) - Provides full-text coverage of 380 periodicals and more than 220 books. In addition, this database offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 780 academic journals, magazines and trade publications, as well as for over 230 books. Art & Architecture Complete also provides selective coverage for 70 additional publications and an Image Collection of over 63,000 images provided by Picture Desk and others.
Axis 360 Digital Media Library (Baker & Taylor) - Downloadable books for your computer or mobile device. Includes fiction, non-fiction, travel, biography, classics, young adult, and children's titles.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index (Gale) - Indexes biographical information on multiple persons from print source, also acts as an index to other indexes. More than 13.6 million biographical entries.
Biography in Context (Gale) - Delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. In it you'll find: 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals; 170+ award-winning Gale reference titles; 50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates to account for awards and events.
Biography Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - Offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.
Book Collection: Nonfiction (EBSCOhost) - A rich research database for school and public libraries. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 4,100 popular nonfiction books. The database includes full text entries on core subject areas, as well as information on careers, health, sports, adventure, technology, life skills and more.
Bookflix (Scholastic) - A literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
Books in Print (Bowker) - Publication information on 5 million book, audio book, and video titles. Includes Fiction Connection and Non-fiction Connection.
Business Plans Handbook (Gale) - A multi-volume collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. For those looking for examples of how to approach, structure and compose their own business plans.
Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost) - Provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research, and then use the results as limiters in a keyword search, if desired.
Career Library (EBSCOhost) - Offers a comprehensive information resource for career and college research. Five user-friendly components help users match their interests to occupations, education prospects, and more. Created for individual researchers and career/education technology professionals, Career Library is a valuable addition to libraries and career centers.
Computers & Applied Sciences Complete (EBSCOhost) - Covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. CASC provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 2,200 academic journals, professional publications, and other reference sources from a diverse collection. Full text is also available for more than 1,000 periodicals.
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCOhost) - The single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.
Curriculum Resource Center (Facts on File) - For middle school, high school, and junior college teachers and students. Homework support handouts for history, civics, geography, sports, science, and more.
Daily Life through History (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO) - Helps you find the extraordinary in the ordinary throughout history and culture. Contains series such as "Tours through Time," "History of Modern Nations," "Food Culture," and "Cultures and Customs of the World." Includes Daily Life America, hundreds of primary documents, vetted weblinks, illustrations, and maps.
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) - Formerly NetLibrary. A collection of books viewable online.
Education Research Complete (EBSCOhost) - The definitive online resource for education research. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.
Encyclopaedia Judaica - 2nd Edition (Gale) - eBook version of 22 volume print encyclopedia, covering all aspects of the Jewish world and Judaism. Articles and multimedia on religion, history, politics, culture, the Holocaust, Jewish arts and literature, Jews in America, and more.
Environment Complete (EBSCOhost) - Contains more than 2.4 million records from more than 2,200 domestic and international titles going back to 1888 (including over 1,350 active core titles) as well as more than 190 monographs. The database also contains full text for more than 920 journals.
ERIC (EBSCOhost) - The Education Resource Information Center contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
Essay and General Literature Index (EBSCOhost) - A convenient digital guide to some 65,000 essays in anthologies and collections.
Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text (EBSCOhost) - The definitive online tool for film and television research. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 380 publications (and selected coverage of 300), as well as full text for more than 120 journals, and 100 books. In addition, Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to the present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.
Gale Directory Library (Gale) - Cross-searchable online directories. Includes Encylopedia of Associations (U.S.) and Gale Directory of Publications. New titles will be added periodically.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale) - Includes encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Titles are cross-searchable.
Gazetteer of the World (Columbia University Press) - A directory of places, landmarks, natural features, and more.
Genealogy Connect (Gale) - Includes the "how-to" of genealogy research and records relating to Native American ancestry.
Government Documents Catalog (MARCIVE) - Catalog of U.S. Government Documents, covers period July 1976 - present. (SDPL Locations only)
HelpNow (Brainfuse) - A comprehensive suite of tutoring services designed for a range of academic needs; whether it's tackling a tough homework problem, learning an academic skill, or writing a term paper.
History Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - Offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.
History Study Center (ProQuest) - Access to primary and secondary sources for the study of history, with 40,000+ documents and articles, 50+ reference works, 3,000 images, and links to 2,000 Web sites.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - Offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
Home Improvement Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - Provides users with detailed, user-friendly "how-to" information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects.
Hoover's Company Capsules & Profiles (ProQuest) - Company descriptions, financials, key officers, and news for more than 17,000 public and private enterprises worldwide.
Humanities International Complete (EBSCOhost) - Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,300 journals and more than 2.9 million records) plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 1,200 journals.
¡Informe! (Gale) - Periódicos y revistas hispánas.
¡Informe! (English Interface) (Gale) - Periódicos y revistas hispánas.
International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text (EBSCOhost) - The definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts. This database was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has published 14 volumes of the IBTD. These volumes comprise a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text contains more than 490 full-text titles, including more than 170 full-text journals, and more than 360 full-text books & monographs.
Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO) - This database helps researchers develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversial issues; with authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources covering the most enduring and timely issues of the day.
JSTOR - Includes scholarship published in more than 1,400 of the highest-quality academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. (SDPL Locations only)
The Latino American Experience (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO) - Dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos. Designed, developed, and indexed under the guidance of Latino librarians and library directors, the database includes maps, images, audio clips, interviews, music files, speeches, documents, and other material in English and Spanish, plus links to vetted Web sites.
Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.
LGBT Life with Full Text (EBSCOhost) - Contains all of the content available in LGBT Life as well as full text for more than 120 of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as more than 150 full-text monographs and books. The database includes comprehensive indexing and abstract coverage as well as a specialized LGBT Thesaurus containing over 6,400 terms.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCOhost) - Indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. This database also contains full text for more than 330 journals. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
Literature Resource Center (Gale) - Biographies, articles, criticism, overviews, glossary, and more on writers and literature.
Los Angeles Times (ProQuest) - Los Angeles Times, fulltext. Coverage: 1985 - present.
Magazine Article Summaries Ultra School Edition (EBSCOhost) - Contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines including America's Civil War, American Heritage, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers & Colleges, Civil War Times, Congressional Digest, Discover, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II, etc.
Magazines and Journals List (Serials Solutions) - Easy one stop access to our magazine, journal, and serial collections. Use the List to search, browse, or explore magazine, journal, newspaper, periodical, or serial titles available from San Diego Public Library, either in print (in our libraries) or electronic format (in our databases).
MasterFILE Complete (EBSCOhost) - Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1922. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Complete also contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
MedlinePlus (NIH) - The National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.
MedlinePlus (Español) (NIH) - MedlinePlus es el sitio web de los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud para pacientes y sus familias y amigos. Producida por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina, MedlinePlus le brinda información sobre enfermedades, condiciones y bienestar en un lenguaje fácil de leer.
Middle Search Plus (EBSCOhost) - Provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
Mitchell ProDemand Vehicle Database (Mitchell1) - Service, diagnostics and estimating for vehicles online, 1983-current Domestic and Import Models, diagrams, tech bulletins, more. (Central Library only)
Multilingual Health Databases (EBSCOhost) - Containing the latest evidenced-based health information, these databases provide hundreds of reports for the most common health topics. Each of the languages below is served by its own dedicated database featuring expertly translated full-text content to ensure accuracy of information.
- Chinese, Simplified
- Chinese, Traditional
- French (Canadian)
New York Times Historical (ProQuest) - Complete run of The New York Times, from Sep 18, 1851 to Dec 31, .
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOhost) - Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.
Newsstand (ProQuest) - National and regional newspapers. Includes The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
NoveList K-8 (EBSCOhost) - Find fiction titles for classroom use or reading including picture books, children's chapter books, and young adult titles. Full-text book reviews, teacher resources, thematic units, and book talks are available. Search by theme, setting, instructional unit, and culture. For younger readers and teachers, updated monthly.
NoveList Plus (EBSCOhost) - Guide to suggested reading for all ages with reviews and other features.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale) - A complete one-stop source for information on social issues.
OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks (SDPL Digital Media Library) - Online eBooks, eAudiobooks, and some eVideos downloadable to PCs or portable devices. Many eBooks are also viewable within your web browser. Includes fiction, non-fiction, travel, biography, classics, young adult, Spanish and children's titles.
Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press) - Authoritative guide to English language meaning, history, usage, and pronunciation.
Oxford Islamic Studies Online (Oxford University Press) - Encompassing over 5,000 A-Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines, Oxford Islamic Studies Online offers a multi-layered reference experience designed to provide a first stop for anyone needing information and context on Islam.
Oxford Music Online (Oxford University Press) - Formerly Grove Music, it includes the full text of several major music dictionaries, 50,000+ articles, 20,000+ biographies, links to music sites, and audible musical examples and sound files.
Play Index (EBSCOhost) - This index database covers 30,000+ plays, 1949-present. Search keywords, monologues, casting, sets, etc. Includes one-act and radio/tv plays. Some online play texts are linked via the Internet.
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - A full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides more than 280 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.
Pop Culture Collection (Gale) - Provides journal articles and more for topics in the social sciences, history, art, or the liberal arts.
Pop Culture Universe (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO) - From iPods to Elvis to Michael Jackson, research American and world popular culture, past and present. This resource includes full-text of more than 250 volumes of reviewed, published material comprising thousands of articles, fully indexed by a team of librarians and subject specialists.
Primary Search (EBSCOhost) - Contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
Recorded Books - Thousands of audiobooks including National Book Award winners available through Recorded Books "OneClick." Fiction, non-fiction and childrens books can be downloaded to iPods/iPads/iPhone and some Windows-compatible devices and computers.
ReferenceUSA (InfoUSA) - U.S. business, residential, and healthcare telephone directories and more.
Referencia Latina (EBSCOhost) - A comprehensive Spanish-language database, Referencia Latina offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries, more than 100,000 images, 2,500 health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for over 100 reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.
Regional Business News (EBSCOhost) - Provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).
Religion & Philosophy Collection (Gale) - Provides coverage for 250+ subject appropriate full-text journals and articles on faith, religious topics, and philosophy.
Sams Photofacts (Sams) - Schematics for small consumer electronics including radios, TVs, stereos, and VCRs from 1946 to present. Includes diagrams, instructions and data for the repair technician.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (ProQuest) - Historic maps from 1867-1970. Provides access to 2448 large-scale maps of 573 California towns and cities. Users can manipulate, magnify, zoom, and layer maps from different years.
Science Online (Facts on File) - For students and teachers. Printable diagrams, definitions, biographies, experiments, timelines, and essays in specific subject areas such as earth science, biology, chemistry, weather, and more.
Science Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
Short Story Index (EBSCOhost) - Find 70K+ short stories that have been published in anthologies, collections, and periodicals from 1984 to the present, many with links to the story's full-text. Updated monthly.
Small Business Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - Offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.
Small Engine Repair Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - Provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.
Social Studies Fact Cards - California (Toucan Valley) - A series of research resources for quick reference for students in grades 4 through 8. The Fact Card topics are those California topics included in the social studies curriculum in California, such as California missions, tribes, etc.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text (EBSCOhost) - The world's most comprehensive source of full text for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text for 550 journals indexed in SPORTDiscus. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the SPORTDiscus index - with no embargo. With full-text coverage dating back to 1985, SPORTDiscus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of sports & sports medicine literature.
Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage (S&P) - Financial reporting on investment devices, companies, industries, and the economy.
Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest) - Formerly published by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Statistical Abstract of the United States is a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. It has been called a snapshot of America and its people.
Student Research Center (EBSCOhost) - All of the contents of Magazine Article Summaries Ultra School Edition plus Columbia Encyclopedia.
Teacher Reference Center (EBSCOhost) - Indexes over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books. Providing coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, and more.
Vocational Studies Complete (EBSCOhost) - Contains more than 1,700 full-text journals as well as more than 200 full-text books. This database is designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges, and provides comprehensive coverage of the most relevant associates program level content. Vocational Studies Complete offers information from many sources that are unique to this database.
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The World Almanac for Kids (Facts on File) - For elementary teachers and students. Homework support handouts for history, civics, geography, sports, science, and more.
World at War (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO) - This comprehensive database covers 14 conflict periods that have defined our nation from its earliest beginnings to today. It includes timelines, causes and consequences, and more than 4,000 authoritative reference entries, with biographies and discussions of important places, events, movements, ideas, artifacts, and organizations.
World Book Portal - Access a variety of World Book resources for all ages, including Early World of Learning, Timelines, For Kids, Info FinderReference Center, Discover, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
WorldCat First Search (OCLC) - Find locations and information about millions of books, magazines, and other materials in libraries worldwide.