- 3M eBook Cloud Library
A new eBook platform with favorite mystery authors and much more.
- 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.
- Access My Library Mobile App
Pick Public, School or College edition. Has geo-location library finder with access to Gale Resources. Includes Academic Onefile, Business & Company, Opposing Viewpoints and more.
- 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 Music Online
See "Music Online"
- 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; biographical index, DAR information, Social Security Index and a strong Civil War collection.
- Animal Encyclopedia
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia is part of Gale Virtual Reference Library.
- Artemis Literary Resources (GALE)
Find the following Literary databases in Artemis:
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Something about the Author
Login: User Name: alameda Password: login
AudioBookCloud (ABC) are ebooks for adults, teens and children. You can download the books to any PC/MAC laptop, notebook, desktop, and to Android tablets.
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
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.
- Book News Newsletters
21 newsletters. 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.
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, Computer and Health & Wellness. No waiting, all titles are available to multiple users. (Link goes to our eBook page. Click the link to Books 24x7 or read about this new service)
- Brainfuse (tutoring online)
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 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. WEBSITE
- California Missions (Cavendish epoint ebooks)
Full-text California Mission 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. WEBSITE
- Career Cruising
Career Cruising has access to colleges and universities in the USA
- close to 500 career profiles, each containing two multimedia interviews
- an interest assessment tool with a skills assessment
- personal portfolio tool with a built-in resume builder
- ready-to-use classroom activities and a resource of "how-to's" for Career Advisors, Counselors and Teachers
- 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. Currently newspapers are available from the following areas: CA, NY, VA, DC, FL, KY and UT. WEBSITE
- 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, etc.
- Consumer Reports
Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.
This link takes you to the search box on the Consumer Guide.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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-related questions
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.
- EBSCOhost App and Mobile Web
EBSCOhost has a mobile website as well as applications for the iPhone. Link is to the FAQs for both.
- El Pais (The Country)
Un periódico electrónico de España con noticias internacionales. An on-line newspaper from Spain with international news. WEBSITE
- El Universal (The Universal)
Un periódico electrónico Mexicano con noticias internacionles. An on-line Mexican newspaper with international news. WEBSITE
- 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.
- Fast Pencil
Fast Pencil provides a publishing network that helps authors write, manage, convert and distribute books and eBooks.
- Flipster eMagazines from EBSCO
New eMagazine titles from EBSCO.
- Fold3+ (see note)
History and genealogy archives.
NOTE: To be replaced with MyHeritage starting July, 2015.
- 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. The Library does not have a subscription to this website. WEBSITE
- 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. WEBSITE
- Freegal Movies & TV
Free streaming movies! Stream 3 movies per week using your library card. For more information, see our Movie Guide http://guides.aclibrary.org/movies
- Freegal Music
Download 3 MP3 songs per week per library card. Yours to keep.
- Funk & Wagnell's New World Encyclopedia
This database 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. WEBSITE
- Global Road Warriors
GRW 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.
- 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 WEBSITE
- GreenTechnology 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Over 2000 independent films, including film festivals such as Sundance.
- 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.
- Job Scout
What is JobScout? JobScout is an online learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job.
- Kids Search
EBSCO has created a search interface designed specifically for primary/secondary school students, according to their needs and search abilities. The Kids Search interface combines a state-of-the-art search engine (powered by EBSCOhost®) with a child-friendly, graphically-rich design that is both powerful and fun to use. Kids Search makes it easier for students to look for their subjects of interest by automatically searching across all applicable databases simultaneously.
- 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 Learning Express so you can access your own exams on repeat visits from your home.
- Legal Information Resource Center
This database 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
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 for Children
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.
- Livemocha - Languages
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! WEBSITE
- 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 with Explora
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. Consumers' Reports included.
- MEDLINE Plus
National Library of Medicine online database.
- MEDLINE Plus en Espanol
This is the Spanish language version of the National Library Of Medicine's Medline Plus. WEBSITE
- Middle School Plus with 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, reference books including the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia; New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd Edition; 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.
- Music Online from Alexander Street Press
Includes American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound. Also includes performance videos.
- Muzzy - Language Learning for Children
Online language-learning for school-age children. Fun, interactive learning.
- MyHeritage (coming soon)
Replacing Fold 3+ genealogy site.
- 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 (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!"
- NeoK12 (videos)
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
- NetLibrary - ebooks & eAudiobooks
See EBSCOHost and OneClick for titles formerly listed in NetLibrary
- New Book Alerts (Books/Music/Movies)
free 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 (RefUSA)
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, location, type of character, and much more.
- OneClick Audiobooks from Recorded Books
During the weekend of August 24–25, in order to implement a number of improvements, including preparations for our forthcoming eBook service, the OneClickdigital website will be down for an extended period.
This downtime will begin at 6:00 AM EDT on Saturday, August 24, and run through 8:00 AM EDT on Monday, August 26.
- Opposing Viewpoints
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.
- Overdrive eBooks & Audiobooks
Overdrive provides ebooks and audiobooks for download. Most titles are one book/one check-out. Includes Project Gutenberg classics.
- Physics in Action Online
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
This full-text database provides a historically rich 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.
- 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.
- Price It! Antiques & Collectibles
Find current prices for your antiques and collectibles.
- Primary School (Explora)
Primary Search: 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
- Primary Search
Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- Searchasaurus (ends December 2015)
EBSCO primary school database will close soon. Please see Primary School (Explora) to use as replacement.
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. WEBSITE
- Small Business Resource Center
- 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.
- Something About the Author
Something About the Author is part of the Artemis Literary Sources
- 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). WEBSITE
- State & Metropolitan Area Data Book
Lastest update: February 2009 WEBSITE
- Student Resource Center- High School
- 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 the EBSCOhost.
- Teen Health (Rosen)
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. WEBSITE
- 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
*Topic Index: a full, hyperlinked list of topics.
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 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 elementary grades.
- TumbleBooks 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
- Universal Class
Over 500 courses available courtesy of your library. Academic, personal, hobbies and much more
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
- Virtual Reference
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.
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
- Weiss Financial Ratings
A single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Mutual Funds and Stocks.
- 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 eMagazines
NOW AVAILABLE. Over 200 magazines, with more coming in January, available in full magazine style online. Includes, art, entertainment, news, sports, travel and more.