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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

This scholarly collection offers full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic study including, but not limited to: animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology and many other fields.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Access Science

This discovery and reference tool provides authoritative encyclopedia articles on science and technology, plus multimedia and graphics, science news, biographies of scientists, and a study center.

(Available only to residents within Marin County Free Library jurisdictions, due to licensing agreements
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Biography Reference Center

A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases, 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 many others.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin) 

EBSCO Combined Search

Searches our EBSCO databases simultaneously through a single interface.
EBSCO Research Databases provide full-text articles from thousands of periodicals. Databases cover a wide range of subjects in both scholarly and professional resources.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Help Now! Homework Help

Students can connect live with an expert tutor for homework assistance in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday from 1PM to 10 PM, PST, Kindergarten to Adult. They also provide a writing lab, test center, Live Skill Building, Foreign Language Lab and an adult learning center.

(Available only to residents within Marin County Free Library jurisdictions, due to licensing agreements
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Kids Search from EBSCO

Designed for elementary school students, Kids Search makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find useful resources and features a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and images. Students can search across the following databases simultaneously: Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, History Reference Center, Middle Search Plus, Newspaper Source, Primary Search and Science Reference Center.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Literary Reference Center

A comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes as part of a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books and literary journals.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin) 

MAS Ultra: School Edition

This comprehensive database, designed specifically for high school research, contains full text articles for nearly 500 popular high school magazines including America's Civil War, American Heritage, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers & Colleges, Civil War Times, Congressional Digest, Discover, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II, etc.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

MasterFILE Premier

This resource offers full-text articles for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text articles for more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags. In addition, PDF back files for key publications including American Libraries, Foreign Affairs, History Today, Judaism, Library Journal, National Review, Saturday Evening Post are also available.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Middle Search Plus

This resource contains full text articles for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles) and full text articles are 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 EncyclopediaAmerican Heritage Dictionary, and Encyclopedia of Animals.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Newspaper Source Plus

This resource provides more than 1,000 full-text newspapers, including major newspapers such as New York Times (from January 1985 to present), Christian Science MonitorSan Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald(Australia), The Times (UK), Toronto Star, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times (DC) and others. In addition to full-text articles, thousands of television and radio news transcripts are available, including ABC News (American Broadcasting Company), ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), CBS News, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS and more.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Points of View Reference Center

A full-text database designed to provide students with a balance of materials from all viewpoints. This resource provides topics with an overview, point, counterpoint and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics covered include: affirmative action, cloning, DNA profiling, HIV/AIDS status disclosure, immigration, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinians, Katrina and FEMA response, nuclear proliferation, separation of church and state, standardized testing, stem cell research, tax cuts, voting machines, and many more. In addition this database contains the Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century, providing students with a searchable collection of some of the most important social, political, and cultural moments of the 20th century.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin) 

ProQuest Newspapers

Full-text articles of over 600 national and international newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle (1996-present), the Christian Science Monitor (1988-present), the Los Angeles Times (1985-present), the New York Times (1980-present), the Wall Street Journal (1984-present) and the Washington Post (1987-present).
This database of articles includes professional journals, academic journals, and regional newspapers, providing either abstracts or full text articles.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Student Resource Center

The Student Research Center is designed for Middle and High School students. It searches the EBSCO databases we offer for the best resources on their topic for students and contains full text articles for more than 140 popular magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles) and full text articles are also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Additionally, Student Resource Center contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk & Wagnall's New World EncyclopediaAmerican Heritage Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Animals.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Topic Search

This current events database allows you to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 60,000 articles from diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Virtual Reference Library (Gale)

A collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for research which includes Arts and Humanities Through the Eras, Readymade Job Search Letters, Grizmek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, the Ancient World, Dictionary of American History, Fashion Costume and Culture, the Greenwood Library of World Folktales, the Gale Encyclopedia of Science and more.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)