Features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. For a wide range of students, from middle and high school students to college students and independent scholars.
BookConnections Find multimedia resources, book guides, lesson plans, author interviews, and more for fiction and nonfiction books for the K-12 reader and educator.
Brainfuse Get unlimited, live homework help with your San Mateo Public Library card. Tutors are available 1pm-10pm daily.
Britannica Escolar Encyclopedia articles and other learning resources that support student research in Spanish.
Britannica School Encyclopedia articles and other learning resources that support student research.
CCH Cheetah Includes Capital Changes Reporter, provides timelines for public corporations by recording name changes, new stock issues, dividends, splits and reverse splits as well as other actions.
Consumer Reports Search Consumer Reports magazine index and find full-text articles.
Consumers' Checkbook Reviews of local services: auto repair shops, dentists, plumbers, health plans and much more.
Coursera Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies. Click on the link above to request an account. Once you’ve received your invitation email and joined the program, you can use this link to access Coursera in the future. This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library and is available until September 2024.
CultureGrams Provides concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world.
Data Axle - Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA) A leading source for business and residential data in the United States. Find millions of business and residential listings and more.
Directory of Business Information Resources Provides comprehensive coverage of business related industries. Information includes associations, newsletters, magazines, trade shows, directories as well as international trade resources.
Enki Thousands of downloadable eBooks from independent publishers and self-published authors. In response to COVID-19, access to enki is temporarily available to any California library card holder.
ERIC ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to journal articles, research reports, and other documents related to education literature and research.
Explora (grades K-5) Explora (grades 6-8) Explora (grades 9-12) Homework help for students. Find topic overviews, articles from encyclopedias and magazines, biographies and more.
Financial Rating Series Online Provides information to make informed decisions about financial planning. Covers insurance, banks, credit unions, mutual funds, stocks, exchange-rated funds, and financial literacy tools.
Foundation Directory Candid's premier fundraising tool gives grant-seekers unprecedented access to the largest amount of clean and coded philanthropic data that currently exists. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO makes fundraising quick and efficient.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Get detailed information on more than 10,000 foundations that give grants or scholarships to individuals. NEW: The application also provides direct access to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for individuals not associated with a nonprofit right on its homepage.
Gale in Context: Environmental Studies Provides users with comprehensive information, empowering learners to critically analyze and understand important topics that affect people around the world. Explore topics and events within Earth systems, global change, pollution, populations, and more.
Gale Interactive: Science A highly visual online learning tool for middle and high school grades that takes visual-spatial learning to the next level by bringing the lab to the classroom.
General Research Find articles in thousands of general-interest periodicals. Includes reference book articles, primary source documents, and images.
GetSetUp Join an online community of people who want to learn new skills, connect with others, and unlock new life experiences designed specifically for older adults. This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library and is available until September 2024.
Historical Abstracts Covers world history (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 - present. Contains indexing of historical articles and records from over 1,800 journals, some with full text, in over 40 languages back to 1955.
History Reference Center Find articles from reference books, encyclopedias, books, and history periodicals. Also includes select historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos, maps, and historical video.
Hoopla Thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums and audiobooks to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Kanopy Enjoy more than 30,000 independent, international, classic, or documentary films through Kanopy. Create an account, download the app, and watch them on your smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV. You may view 10 movies per month; the loan period is 3 days.
Learning Express Library Targeted for students and professionals at all levels of learning, achieve your educational and career-related goals with these online resources. This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library and is available until September 2024.
LinkedIn Learning Helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos. This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library and is available until September 2024.
Literary Reference Center Plus Information from reference works, books, magazines, and literary journals. Includes plot summaries/synopses, author biographies, and literary criticism.
Morningstar (inside the library) Morningstar (outside the library) One of the best-known sources for stock and mutual fund advice.
National Geographic Kids Includes the complete run of the magazine from 2009 - present, as well as books, videos, and images for primary, upper elementary and middle school students.
The New York Times (inside the library) The New York Times (outside the library) The New York Times newspaper online from 1851-present. Spanish and Mandarin Chinese languages also available. Register for a free account.
Newspaper Source Plus Contains full-text articles from hundreds of newspapers. Includes television and radio transcripts.
Northstar Provides assessments, instructor-led curricula and self-directed online learning for basic digital literacy skills. This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library and is available until September 2024.
O'Reilly Formerly Safari Books Online. Computer and technology eBooks from the best authors and publishers.
OverDrive Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages.
Points of View Reference Center Find information on social issues, such as gun control, genetic engineering, censorship, endangered species, and terrorism. Perfect for debate prep, current events assignments and research papers.
ProCitizen A citizenship prep course containing 100 instructional videos with interactive exercises to prepare new Americans for the Naturalization Test.
Pronunciator Learn a new language using interactive online drills and audio lessons. Over 70 languages to choose from. Register using your library card number.
Hundreds of collections available to researchers. Products include Research Library and Historical Newspapers.
ProQuest Ebook Central
Thousands of eBooks available to read in your browser or download after creating a free account. Intended for students of all ages.
Contains magazine and digital media content designed for beginning and intermediate researchers.
Referencia Latina Este recurso electrónico incluye periódicos de varios países de Latinoamérica, una variedad de revistas, diccionarios español-inglés, una enciclopedia, reportajes de salud, y libros de referencia. Es fácil de usar, incluso si no tiene mucha experiencia con recursos electrónicos.
Science Reference Center Contains articles from science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals covering a variety of science topics.
A general reference database providing reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students in grades 3-9 and educators.
SIRS Issues Researcher
Pros and cons on hundreds of social issues with relevant, credible information. For grades 6+.
Skillshare Offers thousands of creative courses and classes taught by experts to help you learn new skills. This membership will be available on a first come first serve basis for 3 months at a time. This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library and is available until September 2024.
Teacher Resources For professional educators, this database provides articles from education journals and reports.
TeachingBooks Find multimedia resources, book guides, lesson plans, author interviews, and more for fiction and nonfiction books for the K-12 reader. Provided by the California State Library.
Provides investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. Includes coverage of stocks in The Value Line Investment Survey Plus as well as stocks in The Small and Mid-Cap edition. Additional services include the Value Line Fund Advisor and the new ETF Service.
Find veteran resources and help navigating veteran benefits. Live help is available every day from 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
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