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Follett's Destiny.  Search the entire district, or by school Online catalog

High School Students EBSCO Databases Start with these databases to make your research fast and easy. Please ask your school library staff for the username and password.  Some teachers might also have this information.

green blue circleEBSCOhost Academic Search
A multidisciplinary database providing thousands of full-text, peer-reviewed journals to support scholarly research in key areas of study.

Science Reference Center with moleculesScience Reference Center
An excellent source of reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more. Includes full-text coverage for more than 200 science periodicals, 275,000 high-quality science images, 2,900 full-text, full-length biographies, 800 full-text science essays, 800 full-text science reference books, and 500 science videos.

history old paper lookHistory Reference Center
An an excellent source for both American and world history. Includes640,000 full-text records from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, periodicals, 74,000 primary source documents, 81,000 biographies of historical figures, 2,000 full-text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, and 44,000 images and 80+ hours of video.

Designed with high school students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. Explora - Advanced Resources Includes the same resources as Explora and includes peer reviewed articles.

script LLiterary Reference Center
Full-text database provides a broad spectrum of research information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Includes plot summaries, synopses, literary criticism, book reviews, and more.

face to face silhouettePoints of View
Provides rich content that can help students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills. The database covers over 400 topics, presenting an overview, point, counterpoint, and guide to critical analysis along with related information, including articles and images.

read it with desk lampRead It!
Great tool for English Language Learners. Read It! helps students with a basic foundation in English grammar and reading who need adapted reading material for many subjects.

* Please see school library staff for username and passwords for use at home.

ProQuest (Grades 3-12)


Need help from ProQuest? See the ProQuest support page. (800) 521-0600 ext. 72971 |

Britannica School Online - Britannica® School offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate encyclopedias (Elementary, Middle School, and High School)Please ask your school library staff for the username and password.

BritannicaHigh School


BritannicaJunior High





Search Engines for Kids elementary-search-engine.pdf

Library of Congress - IPL:  Internet Public Library for Kids

Fact Monster and its Homework Center have received national recognition for their unbeatable reference materials, fun facts and features, and individualized homework help. Fact Monster

Research for Older Students - Alameda County Library

Click on Research to access databases. Note:  Most databases require your Alameda County library card number Get a library card for immediate access:

Library of Congress - IPL:  Internet Public Library

Excellent Search tool for school research. Their mission is to provide library services to Internet users. Activities include: finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating information resources; and direct assistance to individuals.


Primary Sources - Provides original photographs, sound recordings, videos, and photographs of original documents.

Digital Collections
American Memory from the Library of Congress

NARA | US National Archives & Records Administration –

American Rhetoric - Includes video, sound recordings as well as printed copies of speeches. Also includes movie scenes.


Organization Websites -

YALSA Nonfiction Awards

Facing History and Ourselves

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
(an example of historical museums offering nonfiction educational resources)

Korematsu Institute
(an example of private historical organizations offering nonfiction educational resources)

Digital Public Library of America
(there are many digitization projects out there; this one is brand-new!)

ProPublica (journalism)

Longform (nonfiction writing from the web)


Non-textual media -

American Rhetoric (speeches)

TED Talks and Ted Ed (videos and related lesson ideas)

Songs Inspired by Literature (SIBL) Project

Facing History's Digital Media Innovation Network

Library of Congress Political Cartoons

PBS Streaming Video



This American Life, and its archive:

Oral History Website List from Best of History


Library Guides and Open Access -

OER Commons

Community Lib Guides

Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC.

Encyclopedias and research databases -
Encyclopedia Britannica Online (free version)
Dictionaries: Merriam-Webster Online ·

Other Resources -

Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education A Program of the Asian Law Caucus

The National Japanese American Historical Society