Use the links below to search a number of library resources. A current Santa Clara City Library card is required to access some of these resources from home or office (see Getting a Card).
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Academic Search Premier - Ebsco
You can use Academic Search Premier to find university scholarly journal and magazine articles. Many of the articles are available in full-text. The database contains over 4,700 journals in full-text and more than 13,600 journals which are indexed and abstracted.
American Ancestors (Available at Santa Clara City Library locations ONLY)
Patrons at SCCL locations have access to all areas of the American Ancestors Website, except The Great Migration Newsletter Online. Users can access over 110 million names in 2,000 databases. Patrons may view the most popular databases or select from an A-Z list of all the databases.
American Physical Society (APS) Journals (Available at Santa Clara City Library locations ONLY)
Using this resource you can read full-text articles from all APS journals, from the most recent articles back to the first issue in 1893, a collection including over 400,000 scientific research papers. APS provides this access at no cost to participating public libraries, as a contribution to public engagement with the ongoing development of scientific understanding.
Ancestry Library Edition (Available at Santa Clara City Library locations ONLY)
Ancestry Library Edition includes the following databases the U.S. Census Collection; Census Collections for the U.K., Australia, Canada and Germany, Birth, Marriage and Death Records; the Immigration & Travel Collection; the Military Collection; Family and Local History Records; Court, Land and Probate Records; and Trees and Message Boards.
AutoMate - Ebsco
Automobile service and repair information for most domestic and imported vehicles.
Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook
This resource rates local service businesses. It is published by an independent non-profit organization.
Biography Reference Center - Ebsco
Biography Reference Center™ offers a collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies. In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 30 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and others.
Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. BookFlix is for children in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Business Source Complete - Ebsco
This is a good resource for researching companies, industries, and business topics. The database contains full-text articles from over 1,800 general business magazines and trade journals and more than 2,400 peer-reviewed journals. The database also includes market research reports, industry reports, company profiles, and additional material.
Consumer Health Complete - Ebsco
Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. It provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.
Consumer Reports Magazine - Ebsco
Consumer Reports magazine contains expert, unbiased ratings and recommendations to help you find the best products and services for your budget.
This site includes multiple car, motorcycle, and commercial driver's license practice tests as well as an extensive DMV FAQ. Preguntas disponibles en español.
Enki Library contains a wide collection of eBooks from small and independent publishers in PDF and EPUB formats (not Kindle compatible). Here is how to get started with Enki Library.
Explora for Elementary School Students (Grades K-5) - Ebsco
Find what you need for your school assignments. Search by keyword or by topic to find magazines, reference books, photos, videos, images, flags, and Common Core content.
Explora for Middle School Students (Grades 6-8) - Ebsco
Search full text for dozens of popular middle school magazines as well as thousands of biographies and historical essays.
Explora for High School Students (Grades 9-12) - Ebsco
Designed specifically for high school students, search full text for hundreds of popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers, and more.
Explora for Public Libraries - Ebsco
Get information on all topics by searching popular magazines (Consumer Reports, Time, People and Money), newspapers, biographies, primary source documents, over 1 million images, AP videos, and references books.
Findmypast (Available at Santa Clara City Central Park Library ONLY)
Findmypast contains over 2 billion historical records from around the world, including the largest online collection of Irish records and UK parish records, a comprehensive archive of British military records, U.S. censuses from as far back as 1790, and U.S. military records from the Revolutionary War up to World War II. The Findmypast for libraries subscription does not include access to the newspaper collections.
Flipster - Ebsco
View full digital copies of your favorite magazines. Read magazines online using the web browser of your computer or mobile device. To view magazines offline use the Flipster app for iOS devices, Android devices or Kindle Fire tablets. Learn the basics on how to use Flipster.
Heritage Quest Online
Heritage Quest Online contains the following databases 1790-1930 Federal Census Collection, over 28,000 digitized Genealogy & Local History Books, PERSI Index, Revolutionary War Pension Records & Bounty Land Warrants, Freedman’s Bank, and the U.S. Serial Set.
History Reference Center - Ebsco
History Reference Center is designed for use by high school and undergraduate college students. It contains historical documents, biographies of historical figures, full-text reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and historical photos and maps.
eBooks, eAudiobooks, comicbooks, streaming movies, music,and more. Always available on your computer or mobile devices.
Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library (formerly LearnATest) is a collection of online practice exams and test preparation material. Among the exams available are the G.E.D., S.A.T., C.B.E.S.T., G.R.E., Police Officer, Postal Worker, and U.S. Citizenship.
Legal Information Reference Center - Ebsco
Search full-text legal self-help reference books and print free legal forms. Many of the books and forms are from Nolo Press. Topics covered include business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.
Library Services for People with Print Disabilities
California’s Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.
A website available via the Internet
LINK+ is a cooperative project among participating public and academic libraries, which provides a single, searchable catalog for books. Using LINK+, Santa Clara City Library users may borrow books from one of the more than 30 participating LINK+ libraries when they are not available at Santa Clara City Library.
Literary Reference Center Plus - Ebsco
This full-text database provides relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes - to give students, professors, and researchers a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.
Use Lynda.com to learn new business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Choose from thousands of online instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts. To reset your password, call Lynda.com at 1-888-335-9632.
Learn to speak a language via the Web. You can learn English as a Second Language, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish with Mango Languages. The latest version of Adobe Flash Player is required. Mango Languages replaces Rosetta Stone Online, which no longer is sold to libraries.
MasterFILE Premier - Ebsco
This is a good place to look for general interest magazine articles. Within MasterFILE Premier you will find full-text articles from nearly 1,700 magazines including Consumer Reports, Foreign Affairs, Saturday Evening Post, and more.
A website available via the Internet
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
Mercury News - See San Jose Mercury News listings below.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
This resource includes approximately 2,100 mutual fund reports, 1,900 stock analyst reports, and 150 exchange-traded fund (ETF) reports. The Help & Education section offers courses on investing and training in the use of the Morningstar Investment Research Center. There is a limit of three simultaneous users.
New York Times Online - In Library Access for New York Times Online | Home Access For New York Times Online
Read articles from the New York Times Online website. From within the library, you have unlimited access. From home or beyond the library you can redeem a code for 72 hours of access. Instructions for using the New York Times Online.
Northern California Digital Library - OverDrive/Libby
eBooks and audiobooks are downloadable to your own personal computer and many mobile devices with a current SCCL card
Download the Libby app to access NCDL's collection of ebooks and audiobooks on your tablet or mobile devices. Many of these titles are Kindle compatible. You can visit Libby's help page if you have any troubles.
NoveList K-8 Plus: Your Guide to Reading - Ebsco
Use NoveList to find a good book to read. This resource contains recommended fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults.
Points of View Reference Center - Ebsco
Essays, articles, and news items presenting multiple sides of over 250 current or controversial issues.
Access full digital copies of popular magazines. Read online or download to your device. RBdigital Magazines help. List of available magazine titles.
ReferenceUSA indexes the contents of telephone white and yellow pages in the United States. The Business section is useful for locating businesses, associations, schools, and government agencies; it can be searched and sorted by name, type of business, city, business size, SIC code, etc. The Residential section searches individual names, and may be used as a "reverse directory" to locate people by address and phone number.
Safari Books Online
Safari contains technical and business eBooks from publishers such as O’Reilly, Peachpit Press, and Que.
Salud en Español - Ebsco
Este recurso provee reportes de especificos temas cubriendo todos los aspectos de salud y bienestar sobre enfermedades, condiciones medicas, procedimientos y varios tratamientos. Salud en Español es el recurso inmediato para tener reportes basados en evidencias y paginas completas de hechos que estaran en Español.
San Jose Mercury and Evening News Historical Archives, 1884–1922
Newsbank provides access to fully digitized San Jose newspapers from 1884-1922. This is a great tool for researching Santa Clara county local history.
San Jose Mercury News, (1985 - current)
Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of the San Jose Mercury News. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.
San Jose Mercury News Online (Available at Santa Clara City Library locations ONLY)
Unlimited access to articles from the Mercury News Online website. The Mercury News is the major local newspaper of the Santa Clara county.
Santa Clara City Library Online Catalog
A website available via the Internet
Search the catalog by author, title, subject, keyword, or call number; the catalog indexes books, audio-visual materials, compact discs, and CD-ROMs owned by Santa Clara City Library.
Science Reference Center - Ebsco
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. It is designed to meet the needs of student researchers. It contains full-text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.
Small Business Reference Center - Ebsco
This database offers a variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subjects, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on creating business plans that lead to successful funding. Also included are many full-text Nolo Press books covering areas of interest to small businesses.
Tuition Funding Sources
Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) is a database of college scholarships. Use it to find scholarships and financial aid to help pay for your college education. To search the database you will need to register. To register click on the Tuition Funding Sources link above. Then click on the “login” button on the TFS home page.
TumbleBooks: e-Books for e-Kids
An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they love. This service has been made available through the generosity of the Foundation and Friends of the Santa Clara City Library.
Live one-to-one homework help from 12 noon to 12 midnight, Pacific Time, daily plus test preparation, essay writing assistance and job hunting and resume writing help.
Value Line Research Center
The Research Center provides online access to Value Line's publications covering: stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities.
WorldCat: The World’s Largest Library Catalog
A website available via the Internet
Search library catalogs throughout the United States and the world.
Zinio Online Magazines - See RBdigital Magazines listing above.