A-Z Resource List

A-Z Resource List (Alphabetical)
By Categories
  • A to Z Maps Online

    A database of world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps. New maps are added to the collection every month. The maps are royalty-free.

    A to Z the USA

    Information is excellent for business and students. Find demographics, crime statistics, geography, local media, and so much more.


    ABCmouse.com: 5,000+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities for children, ages 2-8+ (IN LIBRARY USE ONLY)

    Access Video on Demand

    Access Video On Demand will provides the newest technology available to access and view our video content.  Access Video has over 10,500+ films from producers such as the A&E Network, ABC, BBC, CBC, CBS, CNBC, National Geographic, NBC, PBS, Bill Moyers, Ken Burns, Jim Lehrer, Rick Steves and many more.  Access Video videos can be viewed on PC’s, Macs, iPads and other internet-enabled mobile devices.

    Alexander Street Press

    Alexander Street Press ncludes American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound. Also includes performance videos.


    The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; biographical index, DAR information, Social Security Index and a strong Civil War collection. IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY.



    Author Check is a library service enabling you to create a list of your favorite authors that are currently available in your library’s catalog. You will receive an email notice as soon as the library orders a new title by one of your authors, with a link into the catalog to place your own hold!

    Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook

    IN LIBRARY USE ONLY: Ratings of local auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, doctors, dentists, carpet clearns and many more. Nonprofit, no advertising.


    Beanstack is a free service designed for families with young readers. Discover our favorite books, matched to your child's interests, and other tools for building literacy.

    Best of History

    Annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.

    Biblioteca Tumblebooks

    Tumblebooks en Espanol

    Biography in Context

    Essays, articles and web sites provide extensive information on 220,000 noteworthy people from many countries and throughout history, including the present. In addition to searching by name, you can also search by occupation, nationality, ethnicity or time period.

    Biomes of the Earth Online

    Provides students with a broad understanding of Earth's biodiversity, the factors that influence it, and the future dangers that face the planet and our species.


    BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.


    Bookflix matches classic storybook tales with non-fiction book titles.

    Books 24x7

    Books 24x7 has the latest in IT and Computing. No waiting, all titles are available to multiple users. Now has videos to help with learning new skills.


    Brainfuse - Tutoring Online

    Free tutoring for students of all ages. Expert tutors in Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing and English via the Internet. GED and Citizenship Prep, College Entrance Application help, and more. Every day 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Business Plans Series

    Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans. Part of Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).

    Business Source Complete

    This business research database provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles

    California Libraries Catalog (CalCat)

    California Libraries Catalog is a unique database that shows the holdings of books, videos, audio, maps, and other materials held by libraries in California. Each public library in the state now has a subscription to FirstSearch, the search engine to WorldCat and the California Libraries Catalog. First Search is the tool that looks for books and other library materials by author, title, format, publisher, and many other search terms.

    California Missions

    Full-text California Mission ebooks from ePoint ebooks). User: alameda Password: alameda


    Calisphere is the University of California’s free public gateway to a world of digitized primary sources. Easy to use! Calisphere contains more than 150,000 photographs, documents and works of art

    Chemistry Online

    Essential Chemistry Online provides fundamental aspects of chemistry through print, video and more.

    Chilton Auto Repair

    The digital version of the Chilton Manuals.

    Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

    Chronicling America enhances access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1897-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

    Cloud Library

    An eBook platform with many favorite authors and titles. Quick Start Guide


    COHS Career Online High School

    The Alameda County Library, in partnership with the California State Library and Gale-Cengage Learning, offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high diploma and one of eight career certificates online through the Career Online High School (COHS). Learn more.

    Comic Plus

    Thousands of comics for all ages. New comics are added regularly. Use your Zinio login if you have already created one.


    Consumer Health Complete

    Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, and more.

    Consumer Reports Magazine

    Consumer Reports is found on Flipster e-magazines which displays the whole magazine. You may also find Consumer Reports in EBSCOhost Periodicals.

    Cypress Resume

    Create professional resumes in minutes with our FREE resume-maker.

    Demographics Now

    Demographics Now introduces novice and expert users of demographic data to a new way to view and act upon consumer and market insights, using instant interactive maps, detailed summary and comparison reports, and fast access to U.S. Census data sorted by geographies and demographic characteristics.


    The Gale Directory Library (GDL) hosts a variety of directory products that particular libraries can choose from. Use it to search, sort and export information both from current directory editions as well as prior editions that are maintained as searchable backfiles. Multiple directories can be cross-searched. GDL includes Encyclopedia of Associations.

    Discover & Go

    Discover & Go provides instant online access to free and low-cost tickets to museums, science centers, zoos, theatres, and other fun local cultural venues.


    A full-text resource of over 100 Chinese popular and scholarly periodicals published in China. Search this Chinese database to find periodical articles for adults, young adults and children. Some of the topics covered in these Chinese magazines are: health, home, parenting, poetry, medical research, recipes, traveling and politics.

    Driving Tests

    Your Driver Education program contains the following California-specific information:
    •    11 car practice tests
    •    6 motorcycle practice tests
    •    3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
    •    3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
    •    An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-relate

    EBSCOHost ebooks

    EBSCOHost has a variety of ebooks, mostly non-fiction, some children's fiction. EBSCO ebook guide

    EBSCOHost Periodicals

    Comprehensive databases for finding articles on all topics; with the full text of more than 1,700 periodicals. Choose a specific subject collection in which to search or search all. Collections include business, children and teens, ethnic, health, home cooking and gardening, environment, science, sports, politics and more. Includes Consumer Reports magazine.

    El Pais

    Un periódico electrónico de España con noticias internacionales. An on-line newspaper from Spain with international news.

    El Universal

    Un periódico electrónico Mexicano con noticias internacionles. An on-line Mexican newspaper with international news.

    Energy & the Environment Online

    Provides a comprehensive examination of the history, technology, science, environmental, and social implications that are associated with the production of energy.

    Enki eBooks

    California Library's own ebook platform for small publishers and self-published works. Quick Start Guide

    Flipster Magazines

    Online magazine titles from EBSCO. Includes full-text of Consumer Reports and many other magazines.

    Freegal Music

    Download 3 MP3 songs per week per library card. Yours to keep. Or, stream music five hours/day.

    Funk & Wagnell's New World Encyclopedia

    This encyclopedia provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Includes reference ebooks, literature resources and Something about the Author.

    Genetics Home Reference

    This source is from the National Library of Medicine, providing summaries of genetic conditions and their molecular basis in an easy-to-understand language. Browse the site by specific disorder or condition (such as breast cancer), by gene, or by chromosome.

    Global Road Warriors

    Gobal Road Warrior has country-based content for libraries containing information for business people, students and travelers, with maps, country and trade reports, cultural, media, holidays, trade information and much more.

    Grant Resources

    The Fremont Main Library is a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Grant Center, on the 2nd floor of the Fremont Main Library, provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases:

    Green Technology Online

    Provides an in-depth look at the Earth's increasing environmental problems and the new and current methods for repairing and restoring the environment.

    GreenFile (Environment)

    This resource focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. GreenFILE will serve as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet. Provided by EBSCO.


    Use this resource to search and view 1790 - 1930 U. S. Federal Census Records and to find information on people and places in a collection of 25,000 family and local history books. Also includes PERSI Index and Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Records.

    Hobbies & Crafts

    Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides comprehensive full text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. Including full text for more than 740 magazines and books, as well as access to more than 720 videos and over 140 hobby reports, this database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby-enthusiast.

    Home Improvement Reference Center

    Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects. Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical, and decorating are provided in high-quality PDF files. Additionally, thousands of articles from magazines and reference books provide tips and suggestions to supplement the step-by-step project instructions.

    InfoTrac Newsstand

    Contains full-text cover-to-cover coverage of over 100 national and international newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and the Financial Times among others. In addition, selected news and business stories are provided from another 165 Knight-Ridder/Tribune newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the Sacramento Bee.



    Over 4000 independent films, including film festivals such as Sundance. (Previously known as Indieflix)


    Journals of APS

    American Physical Society Journals are IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY. Journals include Physics and  Physical Review.

    Learning Express

    Practice taking tests online with immediate scoring for 4th grade, 8th grade, Advanced Placement, SAT and other academic exams. Also includes SAT Exam Success Course. You will need to register to create a free account with Learning Express so you can access your own exams on repeat visits from your home.

    Legal Information Resource Center

    This resource contains full text for more than 250 of the world's most respected, scholarly law journals. Includes information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world and FORMS.

    LGBT History and Culture

    With material drawn from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including both major international activist organizations and local, grassroots groups, the documents in the Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 present important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.

    Literature Resource Center

    You'll find in-depth information on the lives and writings of 120,000 authors from all time periods along with critical reaction to their works.


    Little Pim - Language Learning

    Little Pim is for age 0-6. Languages include Spanish, German, French, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, English, Chinese and Italian. Little Pim is part of Mango Languages.

    Mango Languages

    Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Mango also includes learning English for Spanish speakers. Free registration for a separate Mango account is not required but will allow you to keep track of your progress and use other tools. Android and iPad apps are available.

    MAS Ultra (Explora for High School)

    MAS Ultra is a general database created for a high school audience. It provides the full text of over 500 popular magazines as well as biographies and primary source documents. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). It also includes thousands of images, maps, and flags as well as reference books, including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book, and World Almanac & Book of Facts.

    MasterFile Complete

    Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. It also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily.

    Medline Plus

    National Library of Medicine online database.

    Merck Manuals


    The Manuals, known as the Merck Manuals in the United States and Canada are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources.

    Middle School Plus (Explora)

    Full text for more than 150 popular middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History; Encyclopedia of Animals™; and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.



    Morningstar Investment Research Center combines in one database all the stock, fund, industry and ETF information necessary for in-depth research and smart portfolio construction. It is a one-stop-shop for screening and report building tools including extensive help and education materials.

    Muzzy - Language Learning for Children

    Online language-learning for school-age children. Fun, interactive learning. Please note if you are using a mobile device--Muzzy uses Puffin Academy app to display Muzzy on iPhones, iPads, etc. Use the free download of Puffin Academy at your app store, scroll down the list to Muzzy and launch its application. Use the following as your sign on: Username: alamedacounty Password: ilovemuzzy


    MyHeritage is a website for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. It offers online, mobile and software platforms to its users worldwide. REMOTE ACCESS.

    National Geographic

    This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

    National Geographic Kids

    Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

    Naxos Music Library

    The Naxos Music Library contains over 75,000 tracks of music, primarily classical and traditional music from around the world. In order to listen to the music, you will need to have Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 or higher. To obtain Windows Media Player, click here then click on "Windows Media Player, Download Now!" AT HOME USE ONLY


    NeoK12 catalogs free online educational videos. Each video is watched and reviewed to ensure they are accurate, safe and appropriate for K-12 kids. Search by subject or keyword

    New Book Alerts

    Online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by Alameda County Library. You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click "borrow" to place a hold on the item right away.

    New Businesses

    New Businesses is found in the ReferenceUSA database and has more than 50,000 new businesses added each week. Search by business name, contact information, business type or business filing type.

    Novelist K-8

    Novelist K-8 will help you find a new book or old favorite; read-alikes and award-winning titles.


    So many books! Find books by author, title, subject, genre, series, location, type of character, and much more.


    OneClick brings Recorded Books eAudiobooks, and ebooks into one service. Curated title lists feature the best literature in a wide variety of genres along with an outstanding collection of award-winning Children and Young Adult titles. Quick Start Guide

    Online Book Club

    Choose from eleven different categories and receive chapters from popular books in your daily e-mail or newsreader. Brought to you by Dear Reader.

    Opposing Viewpoints

    Designed for high school students, Opposing Viewpoint draws on a variety of sources to offer pro and con articles, statistics, topic overviews, andprimary documents related to controversial topics.


    Overdrive provides ebooks, audiobooks for download, plus streaming videos.  Includes Project Gutenberg classics. Quick Start Guide

    Physics in Action

    Explores the absorbing science of matter and energy, from the smallest particles that make up matter to the immense forces that move the continents.

    Poetry & Short Story Resource

    Full-text resource which provides a collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques — including contemporary content from the finest publishers.

    Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

    Find current prices for your antiques and collectibles.

    Primary School (Explora)

    Designed specifically with elementary school students in mind, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research;

    • ERIC: access to education literature and resources;
    • Newspaper Source: dozens of national (U.S.) and international newspapers;
    • Professional Development Collection: The most beneficial and most significant collection of full-text education journals in the world



    ProCitizenship is a free learning program from Pronunciator to help people become citizens.

    Professional Development Collection

    Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.



    Sixty (60) languages to learn. Choose your native language and the new language you want to learn. iPad app is available.

    Public Library Explora
    • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents.
    • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic.
    • Topic overviews that provide a starting point for research.
    Reference USA

    US and Canadian Businesses provide key executives, sales volume, #of employees, parent and subsidiary relationships for over 24 million U.S. & over 1.5 million Canadian companies. Residential USA and Canada databases contain over 266 million residential listings for the U.S. and over 13 million for Canadians, with income and house values. Health Care Providers contains 1.2 million doctors and dentists searchable by geography, specialty, Board certification and much more.

    Regional Business News

    This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

    Science, Worldwide

    Is a global science gateway connecting national and international scientific databases.


    Science.gov searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.

    Select Reads

    View newsletters online, sign-up to receive by email or RSS. Newsletters include mysteries, science fiction, teens, children’s, cooking, sports, audio books and many more subject areas. Forty (40) newsletters are available.

    Small Business Resource Center

    A collection of state-specific resources, such as demographic data, fastest growing cities, licenses and permits, organizations, and more that are important to the start and development of businesses.

    Social Studies Fact Cards

    Quick information sources on subjects studied in California schools related to California, Missions, United States and World history for grades 4 and up.

    Something about the Author

    Something About the Author Online (SATA)provides comprehensive access to all volumes ever printed in Gale's™ Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. SATA includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 290 volumes, 20,000 entries, and nearly 30,000 images - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.

    Sports Illustrated

    Search, review, and read more than 54 years of Sports Illustrated content including full text stories, images (including covers), video, and more. Search by keyword then refine a search by date and/or date range. You can also click to refine by type of content (articles, photos, galleries, video, and covers).

    Teacher Reference Center

    This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians. This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now also offered free via EBSCOhost.

    Teen Health

    Developed for teens, with their unique concerns and perspective; thoroughly updated and revised for online use, all content is reviewed by leading professionals in medicine, mental health, nutrition, guidance, and career counseling.

    Test Prep Review

    This web site from a nonprofit group of educators provides practice questions for some exams not included in Learning Express Library.

    Today's Science
    • High-interest science news: original articles, written in easy-to-understand language, highlighting important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology
    • Conversations with Scientists
    • Rich resources: thousands of editorial cartoons, photographs, diagrams, and crossword puzzles
    • Video News Briefs: hundreds of Science Video News Briefs, with more added weekly
    Tumblebook Library

    The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers.
    Username: alameda Pw: libra


    TumbleBookCloud is a collection of videos and chapter books in categories which include: Ebooks, Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic!), and Audio Books suitable for middle school and high school grades. AudioBookCloud is now incorporated into TumbleBookCloud.

    TumbleBookCloud Junior

    TumbleBookCloud junior is a collection of videos and chapter books,suitable for elementary grades, in categories which include: Ebooks, Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic!), and Audio Books suitable for elementary grades.

    Universal Class

    Over 500 courses available courtesy of your library. Academic, personal, hobbies and much more.

    USA Learns

    The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition. Emphasis is on basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.


    WebMD provides consumers food, medicine and cosmetic safety information. Also find news alerts and information on reporting problems to government departments. Partnered with the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Weiss Financial Ratings

    A single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Mutual Funds and Stocks. Also, Medical Supplemental Insurance ratings.

    World Book Digital

    World Book Digital includes Advanced, Kids, Discover Encyclopedias, Early World of Learning and Enciclopedia Estuiantil Hallazgos (Spanish Encyclopedia)


    World Vital Records

    A massive library with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and millions of family trees. Access key collections: COMPLETE U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and international collections. REMOTE ACCESS

    Zinio Magazines

     Over 200 magazines available in full magazine-style online. Includes, art, children, entertainment, news, sports, travel and more.


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