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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.
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.
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.
Online database of graphic novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, and audiobooks. The collection is available online 24/7 - no downloads, holds, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be listening, reading, or watching awesome content. Teen BookCloud also offers Enhanced Novels: a collection of classic literature, YA novels, middle school chapter books, and non-fiction books that feature professional narration paired with line by line highlighting.
Borrow graphic novels, fiction titles, classics, nonfiction and more for free online in eBook format from Abdo Digital. Sort by middle school or high school to find titles for teens. For more nonfiction titles, check out the Booklinks Nonfiction Network or the Abdo Core Library Connection collections and sort by middle school or high school.
Check out comics, YA novels, classics, study guides and more in eBook format for free from Enki Library.
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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.
Gale In Context: Middle School combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more for students in middle grades.
Gale In Context: High School provides grades 9-12 with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards to help with papers, projects, and presentations, while empowering student development of critical thinking and information literacy skills.
Gale In Context: College offers interdisciplinary content for undergraduate students that reinforces skill development in problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
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.
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.