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Click & Learn - Online Databases

The San Bruno Library offers a number of online resources for learning and research.

Some of the online databases on this page require a library card number for access. Don't have a library card? Apply for one online!

Not sure which online database to use?  Try the following databases which cover a wide variety of topics:

General Databases

Academic Search Complete
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 6,400 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,700 peer-reviewed journals. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

General Research
This multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,600 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 440 reference books and over 73,000 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 1.7 million photos, maps & flags.

High School
Database contains full text for more than 550 popular, high school magazines. MAS Complete also provides more than 430 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, 73,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 1.7 million photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines. 

Quick facts and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects.

Databases by Subject

Automotive | BiographiesBusiness/Economics Career Citizenship | Education | en español | General | Health/Medicine | History | Just for Kids | Legal | Literature | NewsProduct Reviews | Science | Social Issues | Taxes | Wellness

New Learning Platforms from California State Library

Develop business, technology, and creative skills, meet your educational and career goals, and explore online learning. All tools will be available to library customers until September 2022. View all under Career and Wellness. 


Auto Repair Source
Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.


Biography Reference Bank
Collection of biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries. It covers over 500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images!

Biography Reference Center
Biography Reference Center provides thousands of reliable full-text biographies, including the complete full text of Biography Today and Biography, plus narrative biographies not available in other databases. In addition to keyword search, users can locate biographies by subject occupation, nationality, activity, gender, lifespan and more.

History Reference Center
Biographies of historical figures.

Literary Reference Center Plus
Biographies on authors.

Author interviews, book trailers and school resources at your fingertips!


Business Source Complete
The world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition, searchable cited references are provided for more than 2,000 journals.

Data Axle
Ten unique databases for job hunting and business research, including corporate/business data, market research, building sales leads, and general directory information. Directories include U.S. Jobs/Internships database (employment and internship listings), U.S. Businesses, New U.S. Businesses, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. Healthcare for physicians and dentists, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, and more.

O'Reilly Safari
Provides electronic versions of a broad range of technical books such as technology, digital media and business books for programmers and IT professionals.


Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow
Features live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help job seekers and veterans reach their goals.

University and company courses, certificates, and degrees online. For job seekers, business people, IT professionals, lifelong learners. NOTE: At the California State Library Career Pathways webpage, look for the Coursera section and sign up using the widget. Choose SAN BRUNO PUBLIC LIBRARY. Available through September 2022.

LearningExpress Library
Online tutorials, practice tests and e-books to help achieve educational and professional goals. For high school and college students, educators, job seekers, lifelong learners. Available through September 2022. 

LinkedIn Learning
Expert-led course videos in  business, technology, and creative topics. For job seekers, business people, IT professionals, lifelong learners. Available through September 2022.

Assessments, instructor-led curricula and self-directed online learning for basic digital literacy skills. For digital literacy learners. Available through September 2022.

O'Reilly Safari
Provides electronic versions of a broad range of technical books such as technology, digital media and business books for programmers and IT professionals.

Assessments, instructor-led curricula and self-directed online learning for basic digital literacy skills. For digital literacy learners. Limited number of 3 month passes are available on a first come, first served basisAvailable through September 2022, however access may end sooner due to pass availability.
Get job search help:  Live and drop-off resume review; online job applications; interview preparation.


Preparation for US citizenship. Learn all about democracy, how the government of the United States works, the history and geography of the United States. Learn by watching videos, practice with drills, and take quizzes to find out when you are ready to take the exam.


This database provides access to education literature and research. Content includes journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books dating back to 1966.

Teacher Resources
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 460 high quality education journals, including more than 300 peer-reviewed titles.

Author interviews, book trailers and school resources at your fingertips! Resources for teaching and learning available to California schools and libraries.

en español

Britannica Escolar
Información rápida e información detallada sobre una amplia variedad de temas.

ProCitizen - Español
Preparación para la ciudadanía estadounidense. Aprenda todo sobre la democracia, cómo funciona el gobierno de los Estado Unidos, La historia y la geografía de los Estado Unidos. Aprenda viendo videos, practique con simulacros y realice cuestionarios para saber cuándo está listo para tomar el examen.

Referencia Latina
Un recurso completo en idioma español que ofrece 49,000 entradas de enciclopedia, 50,000 imágenes, 2,500 informes de salud, un diccionario español-inglés y el texto completo de más de 100 cientos de libros de referencia y docenas de revistas de interés general en una amplia gama de áreas temáticas.


More than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies.

Merck Manuals
Medical reference aimed at the average person interested in health and disease. 


America: History & Life
Database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. 

Archives Unbound
covering topics of importance to U.S. and California history. Archives Unbound addresses students and scholars' pressing need to see primary, unpublished archival documents.

Historical Abstracts
An exceptional resource that covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and much more.

History Reference Center
Offers full text history periodicals, historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and historical video.


California Building Standards Code
Serves as the basis for the design and construction of buildings in California.

California Code - Legislative Counsel
Collection of state laws passed by the California Legislature.

California Legal Research - Findlaw
Searchable site provides access to California Code, state constitution, and statutes.

Legal Information Reference Center
Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 225 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. A majority of 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..

City of San Bruno Municipal Code

San Mateo County Ordinance Code


Ace your tests and get homework help with summaries, character analyses, glossaries, quotes, essays, filmography and more.

Literary Reference Center Plus
Full-text literary reference books/works, literary journals and magazines, plot summaries/synopses, author biographies, and articles/essays of literary criticism.

Study guides and discussion forums offered on various academic subjects. Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots.

Author interviews, book trailers and school resources at your fingertips!


New York Times
Breaking news, world news, reviews, opinion and multimedia.

To get started with New York Times, register for a free account. Once registered, you will be able to enjoy your 1 year access pass from anywhere by logging in with the same email and password entered during registration. Read the New York Times on your computer, iOS or Android device.

Newspaper Source Plus
Includes more than 1,200 full-text newspapers, providing more than 83 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features nearly 2 million television and radio news transcripts.

OverDrive Magazines
Full-color downloadable digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. The collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits.

Product Reviews

Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook
Consumer information to help people get high quality services and products at the best possible prices in the Bay Area.

Note: Due to licensing agreements, Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook is for in Library use only.  Please come into the San Bruno Library for access.

General Research
Database providing access to Consumer Reports magazine.


Science Reference Center
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. 

Social Issues

Points of View Reference Center
Contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue. This database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.


Federal IRS Tax Forms

California State Tax Forms


Live classes focusing on wellness, lifelong learning and social connection. For older adults. Available through September 2022.