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Online Research Databases: Online Research Databases

Huntington Beach Public Library members have free access to a wealth of subscription databases containing a wide range of information from respected authors and journals.

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Some databases are marked with a  symbol.  

If you are connecting to these databases from home, you can click on that symbol or the "Click Here for Remote Access" link below.  For more assistance, see our Help Accessing Databases page.

eBooks, eAudio, and More

Digital Collection

Click the link above to view our digital collection of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, videos, music and more.

Learn Something New

Census data, family, banking and military records, genealogies, local histories. 


 A comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.  Find your new favorite book!

Access full DMV practice tests here. These practice tests are good for the permit test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test.

General Research

Presents information on authors and literature, including biographies, book reviews, book overviews, literary criticism, primary sources, and literary works.

 Search newspapers, such as the Orange County Register, magazines, and journal articles. Great for school and personal research. See a list of publications and newspapers

Browse and search complete issues of Consumer Reports magazines and articles for reviews and recommendations before you make a purchase. (See "How Do I Access Consumer Reports from Home?")

world book

Explore easy-to-understand encyclopedia articles, as well as links to related websites and magazine articles. An atlas is also included. Entries incorporate sounds, pictures, videos, and animations to make the information come alive. This resource is great for students of all ages.


new york times
 The California State Library is pleased to offer the New York Times online for California Public Libraries. This link features direct access to world class journalism from 1851 to right now, including all articles, multimedia, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese translations, mobile apps and much more. For access outside of the library's premises, please click on the lock symbol underneath the logo.

Selected reference and encyclopedias are available including: Novels for Students, Encyclopedia of Medicine, Encyclopedia of World Biography,Encyclopedia of Film, Encyclopedia of Religion and more! To access the Gale Online ebooks use your library card number for the password.

 Search for people and businesses in the United States.  Useful for market research and job seekers.  

Full-text biographical articles from Salem Press reference books; Great Lives from History and The 1980s in America.

Just for Kids!

 Search through books, articles, dictionaries and more. Great for biographies, state reports and research projects.

 A database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.

What are Research Databases?

What are research databases?
Research databases are electronic resources that contain an organized body of related information from a wide range of well-known, authoritative sources. Although they are distributed via the Web, traditional search engines such as Google or Yahoo cannot easily retrieve the content (magazine and newspaper articles, reference books, television and radio broadcast transcripts, maps, photographs, pamphlets, etc.) in these resources. The scope of coverage varies—some databases such as EbscoHost are very broad, others such as Heritage Quest are more specialized.

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What is the difference between using a database and doing a search on Google?
The information in databases has been reviewed and edited and comes from reliable, authoritative sources. Google returns results from public websites. Although there is an enormous volume of information on the Web, no oversight exists to guarantee the information retrieved is accurate, objective, and current.

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Is there any charge for using them?
No. The Library has purchased subscriptions to these databases, so they can be provided free of charge to our patrons. Anyone can use them for free in the library and Library cardholders can also access the majority of the databases from home.

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