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This is a complete list of the magazine and reference databases to which Alameda County Library subscribes. Using these resources, you can access the contents of magazines, newspapers and reference books and read, print or download the articles from home, office or library.

Academic OneFile - Covers physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Articles are in PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

Agriculture Collection - Broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields. This collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge. Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

America the Beautiful - Now available through Grolier Multimedia. Look for America the Beautiful on the left side of the page. America the Beautiful has comprehensive information on any of the U.S. states and territories. For grades 4 and up.

Ancestry Library Edition Available in the Library only
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; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. In the future, more indexes and original images will be added to the new Immigration collection.

Associations Unlimited - See Gale Directory Library.

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 and may be used by students, administrators, library members, and businesses for: school reports, business reports, posters, multi-media presentations, and just about any other use imaginable.

A to Z the USA - Information is excellent for business and students. Find demographics, crime statistics, geography, local media, and so much more.

BBC Languages - Free online language learning from the British Broadcasting Company. Languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Chinese and more.

Best of History - Best of History Web Sites aims to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories. BOHWS has been designed to benefit history teachers and their students, but general history enthusiasts will benefit from the site as well. Best of History Web Sites contains links to over 1200 history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness. Included are links to K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.

Biography Resource Center - 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.

Book News - Twenty-one newsletters are available. View them online, sign-up to receive by email or RSS. Newsletters include mysteries, science fiction, teens, children’s, horror, audio books and many more subject areas. Award-winning booklists for all ages.

Brainfuse - Free tutoring for students of all ages. Expert tutors in Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing and English via the Internet. Every day 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Business & Company Resource Center - Brings together in a single database company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Business Economics and Theory - Provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. More than 150 full-text journals.

California Libraries Catalog (CalCat) - The 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. WorldCat shows the holdings of many libraries throughout the world.

Calisphere - 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.

Career Transitions
Career Transitions helps people explore new career possibilities, assess their interests and experience, identify way to improve their prospects and educational opportunities. Prepare for a job search, then search and apply for jobs in your area or across the United States. Create a personal account to save your work if you choose.

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. Currently newspapers are available from the following areas: California, New York, Virginia, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky and Utah. To view a list of available newspapers, please see this page. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Communications and Mass Media Collection - From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Computer Database - Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO) - 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, etc.

Consumers Report - Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.

Criminal Justice Collectionn - Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection will provide needed information. Users will have access to 150 journals.

Culinary Arts Collection - The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines, with thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Dictionary of Literary Biography
( Note: Now included in Literature Resource Center )
Contains biographical and critical essays on about 8,000 notable American and international authors from throughout history. The series seeks to make important literary works better understood by placing them in historical context.

Diversity Studies Collection - This collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community. This set includes 150 full-text journals. Coverage begins in 1980.

Dragonsource Chinese E-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.

EBSCOHost Research Collection - 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. Consumer Reports is located in the EBSCO’s Masterfile Premier database.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection - Provides coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy which includes nearly 200 journals, and gives access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Educators 200 Collection - For future teachers and administrators, this set includes over 250 titles covering the latest technologies, developments, instruction and coaching breakthroughs.

Fine Arts and Music Collection - More than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, will provide students with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Foundation Center - Access national, state, and metropolitan area data on U.S. foundations and their grants. Search by zip code, city or state. Foundation Finder offers basic information on grantmakers in the U.S. including private foundations, community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate giving programs.

FREE - Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - 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.

Gale Directory Library - The Gale Directory Library 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. Or users can mine individual directories for the particular kinds of data they contain, such as financial information for companies, circulation figures for publications, and much more. Gale Directory Library includes Encyclopedia of Associations.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection - Students, farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists will find this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. This collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Collection - This collection of over 30 largely full-text journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more. Coverage begins in 1980.

General BusinessFile ASAP - Use this business database to find business & trade journal articles on companies, products, industry trends, and management topics. Updated daily.

General Science Collection - Composed of nearly 300 predominantly full-text academic journals and general science-focused magazines, this collection provides coverage of all scientific endeavors, including particle physics, quantum theory, advanced mathematics, and biotechnology.

Genetics Home Reference - This web 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 - GRW has country-based e-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.

GreenFILE - This web research database 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.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia - Grolier Multimedia includes the Grolier Encyclopedia (Grade 6+), America the Beautiful (Grade 4+) and New Book of Knowledge (Grade 3+). Select from the list on the left side of the page.

Grzimek's Animal Life - Grzimek's Animal Life on the web provides students and researchers with a dynamic, interactive resource that fosters discussion and critical thinking. This product uses the content from the encyclopedia to provide unequaled coverage on more than 4,000 species, and includes more than 11,000 images, videos, illustrations, and maps.

Healia - Is a consumer health search engine useful for finding high quality and personalized health information. It is an independent gateway to the high quality health information resources. Healia is primarily for consumers and patients, but health professionals and researchers will also find it useful.

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module - Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Health Reference Center - This is the best source for articles from nursing, allied health, and medical journals on such topics as fitness, pregnancy, nutrition, diseases, prescription drugs, occupational health & safety.

HeritageQuest Online - 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.

History Resource Center: US - History Resource Center: U.S. provides access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.

History Resource Center: World - History Resource Center: World is a comprehensive collection of award-winning reference, full-text articles from leading scholarly publications, an array of primary sources, and images, maps and charts which provide expansive geographic and chronologic research materials for the study of world history. From ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance, world history curricula is supported with over 1,800 primary sources, over 27 reference titles and more than 110 journals.

Home Improvement Collection - Almost100 home improvement titles useful to hobbyists and professional carpenters alike. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection - Current content from over 500 industry journals, this collection provides coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry - including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.

Infotrac Custom Newspapers - 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. Complete list of papers included is available within the database by clicking on the Browse button.

InfoTrac OneFile - This is the largest collection of articles. Includes content back to 1980 from nearly 4,700 magazines and 89 wire services giving broad coverage of general interest topics, current affairs, popular culture, health and medicine, business, and academic disciplines. Updated daily.

Informe! ( in English ) - ( en Espanol )
Provides images and articles from popular Spanish-language and bilingual magazines. Covers a broad range of topics from politics to current events to lifestyle and culture.

Information Science and Technology Collection - Almost 100 leading industry journals covering topics such as information infrastructure, data processing techniques, metadata architectures, and more. Coverage begins in 1980.

Insurance and Liability Collection - Over 20 journals taking a broad view of this multimillion dollar industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

Learning Express Library - 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 LearnATest so you can access your own exams on repeat visits from your home.

Legal Forms - Gale Legal Forms provides a wide selection of California legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in plain English.

LegalTrac - Students, law school faculty and legal researchers will find the legal publications they need. Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, LegalTrac® provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Each title included is selected on the basis of criteria provided by a special advisory committee of the American Association of Law Libraries. There are also law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.

LISTA - EBSCO Publishing provides the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. Coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more are included.

Literature Resource Center - Combines Gale Group's core literary databases in a single online service. 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.

Litfinder - Covering world literature and authors throughout history, LitFinder contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. For students or patrons seeking a deeper view into literature, LitFinder also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more!

Livemocha - Livemocha is a language learning community with over 2 million members. Designed for all language goals and skill levels, Livemocha offers free and plus learning options that actually work – and make learning languages social and fun!

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. To see a list of languages before signing up, click the Start Learning button.

MEDLINE Plus - One of the most trusted sites on the Internet, this is a free, tax-supported source of authoritative health and disease information from the National Library of Medicine.

MEDLINE Plus en Espanol - This is the Spanish language version of the National Library Of Medicine's Medline Plus.

Military and Intelligence Database - Over 500 titles and more than 7 million articles with links to related sources outside of the current article: reference books, magazine and newswire articles.

Morningstar - 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.

Naxos Music Library For Listening at Home
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!"

National Newspaper Index - Indexing only (does not include text of the articles) for the New York Times (late and national editions), Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal (eastern and western editions) and Christian Science Monitor. Updated daily.

NeoK12 - 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.

NetLibrary eBooks - The ebook collection includes Cliffs Notes, Nolo self-help law books, computer books, business and career titles, and a wide variety of general interest titles.

New Book of Knowledge - Now available through Grolier Multimedia. The New Book of Knowledge is an encyclopedia and current events information for grades 3 and up.

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.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection - All aspects of the Nursing profession -- from direct patient care to health care administration -- are covered in this collection. Including nearly 400 titles, this collection's content will be of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - Designed for high school students, this draws on a variety of sources including the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, to offer pro and con articles, statistics, topic overviews, andprimary documents related to controversial topics.

El Pais (The Country) - Un periódico electrónico de España con noticias internacionales. An on-line newspaper from Spain with international news.

Psychology Collection - This set explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death. You will find basic information for the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time. 200 full-text periodicals.

Pop Culture Collection - This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art, or liberal arts course. 100 periodicals, predominantly full-text.

Popular Science Archive - Search through the Popular Science Magazine archive which covers 137 years of publications. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements.

PowerSearch - Simultaneously search some or all available Thomson Gale databases. Cross-searching capability gives you access to multiple databases that cover different subjects and different resources with a single question.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection - This predominantly full-text collection includes over 60 titles in the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine. Topics include proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more. Coverage begins in 1980.

Recipe Source - Online archive of recipes searchable by Region of the World or Type of recipe. Over 70,000 recipes and still growing.

Reference USA - This contains two databases. The first, All U.S. Companies, is based on the American Business Disc, which provides key executives, sales volume, number of employees, and parent and subsidiary relationships for over 10 million U.S. companies. The second, Consumers, contains residential listings for the entire U.S., with median income and median home value from the U.S. census where available.

Religion & Philosophy Collection - Use this collection to research different religions and philosophies and how they impact our daily lives. The collection is comprised of 250 periodicals, many of which are full-text. Coverage begins in 1980.

Safari Books Online - Full-text of thousands of computing, science, digital arts and expert reference titles from leading publishers such as O’Reilly, Peachpit, Adobe Press and more. It is not necessary to create an account, although you will need your Alameda County Library card to access these books. These digital books can only be read while you are online.

SAT Test Prep Websites - Here's a list of librarian-recommended sites to help you prepare for the SAT. Although many of the sites are commercial, they do offer free practice resources.

ScanGrants - ScanGrants is a public service listing of grants and other funding types to support health research, funding and scholarships. - 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.

Science Resource Center - Researching science topics has never been easier -- Find thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations. Tthe latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

Shmoop - Shmoop delivers the goods on literature, poetry and history to make your school life easier. Kick start a paper for English Literature classes with the Writing Guide; get the important facts and understand many sides of the argument and dive into a number of themes in the Deep Analyses section. Shmoop also has timelines, people, viewpoints, suggested links, online discussion and useful writing tools.

Small Business Collection - Find insights, tips, strategies and success stories with over 280 full-text periodicals.

Small Business Resource Center - Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

Social Studies Fact Cards On-Line - 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). Finally, you can also refine results to material from Sports Illustrated (the magazine), (the web site) and/or both publictions. It's also possible to sort results by date or relevance.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 2006 - Statistics for the United States, states, counties, and metropolitan areas draw on the 2005 estimated censuses of population and housing estimates.

Student Resource Center - Contains a selection of primary documents, topical essays and multimedia images designed to complement the curriculum of high school students.

Teacher Reference Center (TRC) This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now also offered free via the EBSCOhost platform. 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.

Tumblebooks Library Edition
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers.

TumbleTalkingBooks are ebooks for adults, teens and children. TTB contains mysteries, sci-fi, westerns, romance, classic, non-fiction and more. TumbleTalkingBooks allows you to listen to or download your favorite audio books with just a click of a button. Listen online, bookmark your spot, or download the book and access your books offline at your convenience.

You can download the books to any PC/MAC laptop, notebook, desktop, and to Android tablets. Downloads are for a 90-day loan period and you may borrow as many books at the same time as you like! You will first have to download the free TumblePad 2.0 reading software.

Please note: TumbleTalkingBooks cannot be downloaded to iPods, mp3 players or copied to a CD.

USA Learns - The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) 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. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.

El Universal (The Universal) - Un periódico electrónico Mexicano con noticias internacionles. An on-line Mexican newspaper with international news.

Vocations, Careers and Technical Education Collection - Content from over 300 largely full-text journals including general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

War and Terrorism Collection - Researchers and students of history, social science, and current events will gain insight into conflicts: their causes, their impact, and how they are perceived on a global scale. Almost 100 full-text periodicals are included. Coverage begins in 1980.

WebMD - 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.

World Wide Science - Is a global science gateway connecting national and international scientific databases.

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