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Some databases are marked with a house symbol.  

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

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What Do I Need to Use e-Library Resources?

  • You will need a Huntington Beach Public Library card to access our e-resources.
  • Most resources will require you to log in with your library card number and 4-digit PIN. 
  • Your library card number is 14 digits, no spaces (normally begins with 2111900xxxxxxx).
  • Your PIN# is the last four numbers of your phone number when you registered for your library card.

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Digital Library Resources

Study Guides from The Princeton Review

The experts at The Princeton Review have been helping students, parents, and educators achieve the best results at every stage of the education process since 1981. The Princeton Review has helped millions succeed on standardized tests, and also provides expert advice and instruction to help parents, teachers, students, and schools navigate the complexities of school admissions.

Research Databases


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

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

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.

What are Research Databases?

Research Databases Q&A

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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