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Click & Learn - Online Databases

The San Bruno Library offers a number of online databases 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. 

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

Databases by Subject

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

Automotive

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.

Biographies

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.

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

Business/Economics

A to Z Databases
Includes over 30 million U.S. business and executive listings and more. Find business profiles, create mailing lists, or search for jobs.

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.

RefUSA
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.

Skillsoft
Thousands of eBooks, audio books, and videos on topics in business, management, computers and computing, engineering, and health and wellness are available.

Citizenship

ProCitizen - English
U. S. Citizenship Preparation. Learn all about democracy, how the U.S. government works, American history and geography, and brush up your English reading and writing skills at the same time. Learn by watching videos, practice with drills and take quizzes to help you know when you are ready to take the exam.

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.

Education

ERIC
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.

TeachingBooks
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.

Health/Medicine

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

MedlinePlus
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.

Skillsoft
Thousands of eBooks, audio books, and videos on topics in business, management, computers and computing, engineering, and health and wellness are available.

History

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.

Legal

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

Literature

CliffsNotes
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.

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

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

News

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.

RBdigital
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

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.

Skillsoft
Thousands of eBooks, audio books, and videos on topics in business, management, computers and computing, engineering, and health and wellness are available.

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.

Taxes

Federal IRS Tax Forms

California State Tax Forms