This page lists some of the best databases for students that include copyrighted, full text articles, images and charts; plus online language learning. All resources are current, comprehensive and authoritative.

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Databases for Teens

From ebooks to language learning to homework help, the Marin County Free Library offers a variety of free, online research and resources that can be accessed from within the library and from home. To apply for a library card, click here

Due to licensing agreements, some resources limit access to in-library use, public library use and Marin County Free Library jurisdictions. Access is noted in each description. For more information, contact your local library.

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


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


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


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


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, the Ancient World, Dictionary of American History, Fashion Costume and Culture, the Greenwood Library of World Folktales, the Gale Encyclopedia of Science and more.


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.

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


Online learning center with subject review and practice tests for occupation exams, AP tests, SAT & college prep & U.S. Citizenship test. Skill-building materials in math, reading and writing for all age groups.
(Available only to library cardholders who live within MCFL jurisdictions) [Explain this]


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


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.
(Available only to library cardholders who live within MCFL jurisdictions, as well as Belvedere-Tiburon, LarkspurMill Valley, San AnselmoSan Rafael and Sausalito jurisdictions) [Explain this]


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


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


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


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


Independent investment research providing data on a wide variety of investment offerings; including stocks and mutual funds, real-time data and investment management services.
(Available only to library cardholders who live within MCFL, San Rafael Library or Belvedere-Tiburon Library jurisdictions) [Explain this]


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. See also ProQuest Newspapers.


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


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.


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.


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. See also Newspaper Source Plus.


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