Online Research & Learning

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Our databases and other digital materials are only available to residents of Marin County.

All Online Resources


Academic Search Complete

Find articles in many areas of academic study including the sciences, engineering, math, social sciences and humanities.

Alt HealthWatch

Find articles and reports on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Ancestry Library Edition

Genealogical information and records including the U.S. and Canadian Census, and the Social Security Death Index. In Library Access only. Now available at all branches.

Anne T. Kent California Room Digital Archive

Explore local history materials from the Anne T. Kent California Room collection, including photographs, oral histories and articles from historic Marin County newspapers. More information.

Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook

Look up nonprofit ratings of Bay Area service companies and health care providers.

Biblioboard Core

Explore history in bright colors: photos, documents, music, and more are available in this engaging resource – get the app for your device to browse easily. BiblioBoard Core contains 400 Anthologies with over 14,000 full-text eBooks and over 24,000 pieces of primary source content. Anthologies cover a range of topics from Abraham Lincoln and the Alamo to ballet, baking, chocolate, Mozart, Jack London and Victorian Fashion.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Biography Reference Center

Comprehensive collection of biographies, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, historical figures, world leaders, inventors, musicians, and many others.

Business Source Complete

Find company profiles and articles from business and trade journals.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Access full image scans of selected historical California newspapers from 1846 to the present.

Computers & Applied Sciences Complete

Academic journals, books and trade publications covering research and development of the computing and applied sciences disciplines.

Consumer Health Complete

Find information on all areas of health and wellness including fact sheets, pamphlets, reports, images and diagrams.

Drama Online

A collection of play scripts that can be searched by a variety of criteria, including theme, genre, setting, and cast size. The library’s subscription also includes Globe on Screen, with streaming versions of performances from Shakespeare’s Globe.

EBSCO Combined Search

Search many of our EBSCO databases simultaneously, covering a wide range of subjects.

Explora Elementary School

Look up articles and facts for elementary school projects and homework.

Explora High School

Look up articles and facts for high school projects, homework and research.

Explora Middle School

Look up articles and facts for middle school projects and homework.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for research which includes Arts and Humanities Through the Eras, Readymade Job Search Letters, Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, theAncient World, Dictionary of American History, Fashion Costume and Culture, the Greenwood Library of World Folktales, the Gale Encyclopedia of Science and more.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Access consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others.

Health Source: Nursing, Academic Edition

Scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines, particularly nursing and allied health.

HelpNow! Homework Help

Get live online homework help from an expert tutor. For students of all ages, in English or Spanish. Monday – Friday 1pm -10pm PST. Also includes a writing lab, test center, live skill building, foreign language lab and adult learning center.

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal information and forms for consumers and small businesses from Nolo reference books.

Literary Reference Center

Comprehensive resource with information on thousands of authors and their works, including literary criticism, biographies and bibliographies.

Lynda.com

Online learning video programs by experts in a variety of subjects; including business, design, web and photography. Classes available for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Mango Languages

Online language learning program in a variety of languages, focusing on everyday conversational skills. Also includes English as a second language.

MAS Ultra: School Edition

Research tool designed for high school students, containing articles from many popular magazines.

MasterFILE Premier

Comprehensive resource offering articles from academic journals, magazines, reference books and primary source documents.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Independent investment research providing data on a wide variety of investment offerings; including stocks and mutual funds, real-time data and investment management services.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Newspaper Source Plus

Find articles from many current newspapers, including Marin Independent Journal, Christian Science Monitor, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and others. Also includes TV and radio news transcripts from major broadcasting networks.

NoveList

Get recommended reading suggestions by entering a title or author to find similar books. Explore reading lists and book discussion guides.

NoveList K-8

Get recommended reading suggestions for K-8 graders by entering a title or author to find similar books. Explore reading lists, award-winner lists and book discussion guides.

Points of View Reference Center

Learn about topics from opposing viewpoints, with an overview, point, counterpoint and Critical Thinking Guide. Articles include citations. Topics include affirmative action, cloning, Israel & the Palestinians, separation of church and state, and many more.

Professional Development Collection

Read articles from many education journals including Booklist, Education, High School Journal, and more.

ProQuest Newspapers

Find articles from current major national and international newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

Reference USA

Search business listings and view detailed company profiles. Filter by business type, geography, sales volume and other criteria. Also includes US white pages and job postings. Limit: 25 downloads per search.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Regional Business News

Articles from regional U.S. and Canadian business publications.

Safari Tech Books

Read online books on technology, digital media and business topics.

Small Business Reference Center

Get up-to-date information on starting, growing or rescuing a business from Nolo business reference books online. Also includes how-to videos on all aspects of managing a business.

Topic Search

Explore articles on social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics. Sources include international & regional newspapers, magazines, polls, pamphlets and government information.

Articles & News


Academic Search Complete

Find articles in many areas of academic study including the sciences, engineering, math, social sciences and humanities.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Access full image scans of selected historical California newspapers from 1846 to the present.

EBSCO Combined Search

Search many of our EBSCO databases simultaneously, covering a wide range of subjects.

MasterFILE Premier

Comprehensive resource offering articles from academic journals, magazines, reference books and primary source documents.

Newspaper Source Plus

Find articles from many current newspapers, including Marin Independent Journal, Christian Science Monitor, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and others. Also includes TV and radio news transcripts from major broadcasting networks.

Professional Development Collection

Read articles from many education journals including Booklist, Education, High School Journal, and more.

ProQuest Newspapers

Find articles from current major national and international newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal andWashington Post.

Biography


Biography Reference Center

Comprehensive collection of biographies, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, historical figures, world leaders, inventors, musicians, and many others.

Books & Literature


Drama Online

A collection of play scripts that can be searched by a variety of criteria, including theme, genre, setting, and cast size. The library’s subscription also includes Globe on Screen, with streaming versions of performances from Shakespeare’s Globe.

Literary Reference Center

Comprehensive resource with information on thousands of authors and their works, including literary criticism, biographies and bibliographies.

NoveList

Get recommended reading suggestions by entering a title or author to find similar books. Explore reading lists and book discussion guides.

NoveList K-8

Get recommended reading suggestions for K-8 graders by entering a title or author to find similar books. Explore reading lists, award-winner lists and book discussion guides.

Business & Investing


Business Source Complete

Find company profiles and articles from business and trade journals.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Independent investment research providing data on a wide variety of investment offerings; including stocks and mutual funds, real-time data and investment management services.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Reference USA

Search business listings and view detailed company profiles. Filter by business type, geography, sales volume and other criteria. Also includes US white pages and job postings. Limit: 25 downloads per search.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Regional Business News

Articles from regional U.S. and Canadian business publications.

Small Business Reference Center

Get up-to-date information on starting, growing or rescuing a business from Nolo business reference books online. Also includes how-to videos on all aspects of managing a business.

Consumer Information


Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook

Look-up nonprofit ratings of Bay Area service companies and health care providers.

Consumer Health Complete

Find information on all areas of health and wellness including fact sheets, pamphlets, reports, images and diagrams.

Consumer Reports

To access Consumer Reports online with your library card, click here and then:

  • To search for a product review or topic, click on “Search within this publication”, then add the word “AND” and a search term to the search box, e.g. JN “Consumer Reports” AND washers.
    Tip: It often helps to try a few different terms for an item, e.g. “washers” and “washing machines”.
  • To search individual issues by date, select issues from the list on the right side of the page.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Access consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others.

Health


Alt HealthWatch

Find articles and reports on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Consumer Health Complete

Find information on all areas of health and wellness including fact sheets, pamphlets, reports, images and diagrams.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Access consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others.

Health Source: Nursing, Academic Edition

Scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines, particularly nursing and allied health.

History & Genealogy


Ancestry.com: Library Edition

Genealogical information and records including the U.S. and Canadian Census,and the Social Security Death Index.
In Library Access only. Now available at all branches.

Anne T. Kent California Room Digital Archive

Explore local history materials from the Anne T. Kent California Room collection, including photographs, oral histories and articles from historic Marin County newspapers. More information.

Biblioboard Core

Explore history in bright colors: photos, documents, music, and more are available in this engaging resource – get the app for your device to browse easily. BiblioBoard Core contains 400 Anthologies with over 14,000 full-text eBooks and over 24,000 pieces of primary source content. Anthologies cover a range of topics from Abraham Lincoln and the Alamo to ballet, baking, chocolate, Mozart, Jack London and Victorian Fashion.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Access full image scans of selected historical California newspapers from 1846 to the present.

Jobs & Careers


Marin Employment Connection: Got Work? Job Blog

Find jobs posted on the Marin Employment Connection’s job blog, featuring employment opportunities across the Bay Area.

Reference USA

Search business listings and view detailed company profiles. Filter by business type, geography, sales volume and other criteria. Also includes US white pages and job postings. Limit: 25 downloads per search.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Languages


Mango Languages

Online language learning program in a variety of languages, focusing on everyday conversational skills. Also includes English as a second language.

Online Learning


HelpNow! Homework Help

Get live online homework help from an expert tutor. For students of all ages, in English or Spanish. Monday – Friday 1pm -10pm PST. Also includes a writing lab, test center, live skill building, foreign language lab and adult learning center.

Lynda.com

Online learning video programs by experts in a variety of subjects; including business, design, web and photography. Classes available for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Mango Languages

Online language learning program in a variety of languages, focusing on everyday conversational skills. Also includes English as a second language.

Science & Technology


Computers & Applied Sciences Complete

Academic journals, books and trade publications covering research and development of the computing and applied sciences disciplines.

Lynda.com

Online learning video programs by experts in a variety of subjects; including business, design, web and photography. Classes available for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.
MCFL Residents Only (?)

Safari Tech Books

Read online books on technology, digital media and business topics.

Student Resources


Biography Reference Center

Comprehensive collection of biographies, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, historical figures, world leaders, inventors, musicians, and many others.

Drama Online

A collection of play scripts that can be searched by a variety of criteria, including theme, genre, setting, and cast size. The library’s subscription also includes Globe on Screen, with streaming versions of performances from Shakespeare’s Globe.

Explora Elementary School

Look up articles and facts for elementary school projects and homework.

Explora High School

Look up articles and facts for high school projects, homework and research.

Explora Middle School

Look up articles and facts for middle school projects and homework.

HelpNow! Homework Help

Get live online homework help from an expert tutor. For students of all ages, in English or Spanish. Monday – Friday 1pm -10pm PST. Also includes a writing lab, test center, live skill building, foreign language lab and adult learning center.

MAS Ultra: School Edition

Research tool designed for high school students, containing articles from many popular magazines.

MasterFILE Premier

Comprehensive resource offering articles from academic journals, magazines, reference books and primary source documents.

NoveList K-8

Get recommended reading suggestions for K-8 graders by entering a title or author to find similar books. Explore reading lists, award-winner lists and book discussion guides.

Points of View Reference Center

Learn about topics from opposing viewpoints, with an overview, point, counterpoint and Critical Thinking Guide. Articles include citations. Topics include affirmative action, cloning, Israel & the Palestinians, separation of church and state, and many more.

Topic Search

Explore articles on social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics. Sources include international & regional newspapers, magazines, polls, pamphlets and government information.

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We’ve got eBooks, downloadable Audiobooks, streaming video and more available through
our E-Library.

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