A-Z Resource List

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

    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

    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.



    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.


    Archives of Sexuality & Gender

    A unique fully-searchable collection that brings together approximately 1.5 millioin pages of primary sources on social, political, health and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world. LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940, Part I.


    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. (WEBSITE)

    Biblioteca Tumblebooks


    Biblioteca TumbleBook

    Tumblebooks en Espanol

    Biography in Context

    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.

    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.

    Britannica School

    Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.


    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 Premier

    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

    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: 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

    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.

    Comics - RBdigital

    RBdigital Comics and Graphic Novels


    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

    Cypress Resume

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


    Gale Directory Library

    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

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


    Dragonsource Chinese Magazines

    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


    Duolingo is a science-based language education platform to learn a language for free. Courses are available in many different languages including: Spanish, Danish, Irish, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch. Duolingo's adaptive experience has gamified elements to make language learning more fun and effective.

    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


    Escolar is the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish.

    Explora for Public Libraries

    Explora for Public Libraries

    • 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.
    Financial Ratings Series

    Important Financial Literacy Tools from Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing

    Independent, Unbiased Financial Strength Ratings of Banks, Credit Unions & Insurance Companies
    Conservative Buy-Hold-Sell Ratings of Thousands of Stocks, Mutual Funds & Exchange Traded Funds
    Create your own Personal Account to create a Watchlist, get Upgrade/Downgrade Notifications and Log In from Anywhere
    Medicare Supplement Insurance - Which Plan to Choose, How Much it will Cost, Compare Rates & Plan Benefits

    Flipster Magazines

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

    Freegal Music

    Download 5 MP3 songs per week per library card. Yours to keep. Or, stream music three hours/day.

    Funk & Wagnell's New World Encyclopedia

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

    Gale Interactive: Science

    Interactive: Science

    Users can manipulate and explore 3D interactive models, allowing students to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

    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

    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. (WEBSITE)

    Global Road Warriors

    Global Road Warrior

    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.

    Green Technology Online

    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.



    Over 4000 independent films, including film festivals such as Sundance.


    InfoTrac Newsstand

    Gale 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.


    Issues & Controversies in American History

    This online resource provides comprehensive coverage of the great debates and major conflicts in U.S. History

    Journals of APS

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

    Just for Kids

    Just for Kids is the Kids Collection from Access Video with age-apropriate content in a kid-safe environment.

    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

    Legal Information Reference 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.

    Literature Resource Center

    Gale 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.


    MAS Ultra (Explora for High School)

    Explora 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 Premier

    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. (WEBSITE)

    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.(WEBSITE)

    Middle School Plus (Explora)

    Middle School 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.



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

    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. (WEBSITE)

    New Book Alerts

    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

    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.

    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

    Opposing Viewpoints in Context

    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.




    Telenovelas en español y películas traducidas transmitidas por demanda a todos los dispositivos populares.

    Spanish language telenovelas and translated movies streamed on demand to all popular devices.

    Primary School (Explora)

    Explora Primary Schools

    Designed specifically with elementary school students in mind, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines from ERIC, fulltext Magazines and Newspapers.




    ProCitizen 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.




    Eighty (80) languages to learn. Choose your native language and the new language you want to learn. iPad app is available.

    RBdigital Audiobooks

    RBdigital eAudiobooks, and ebooks are 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

    RBdigital Magazines

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

     For more information see our guide.

    RBdigital Streaming Videos

    Acorn TV

    World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, inncluding a full slate of original and exclusive programming.

    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.


    RomanceBookCloud features over 1700 ebook titles, with something for everyone. Twenty-five (25) titles are added each month to the list.

    Science, Worldwide

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


    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. (WEBSITE)

    Select Reads

    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.


    With the SimplyE app and your ACL card,  you can:

    • Find eBooks in one place
    • Borrow eBooks instantly
    • Read eBooks on the app

    Search "SimplyE" at your app store and download today!

    Skillsoft (formerly Books 24x7)

    Books 24x7 is now Skillsoft! 

    Skillsoft 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.


    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.

    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.


    TeachingBooks empowerd every reader to...

    • Connect deeply with a book
    • Gain new insights and understanding from the author
    • Thoroughly experience the joy of reading.
    • Find remote access on our Homework Help guide.
    Test Prep Review

    This web site from a nonprofit group of educators provides practice questions for some exams not included in Learning Express Library. Please note there are both free and paid test questions on Test Prep Review

    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.



    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.

    TumbleBookCloud Junior

    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.



    Books, quizzes and lesson plans on all of the math categories. This is a TRIAL through November, 2018

    Log in information:

    Username: alamedatm

    Password: trial

    Universal Class

    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. (WEBSITE)


    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. (WEBSITE)

    World Book Digital

    World Book Online

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


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