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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.

There's also a list of recommended websites for homework help.

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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.

The 3M Cloud Library is a flexible, easy-to-use e-book lending system for full color eBooks and allows patrons to browse on the web, check out and read the eBook titles using the latest 3M mobile technology via 3G/4G networks or WiFi—Android phones, iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, Kindle Fire, Nook Color…or any wifi enabled PC or Mac.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin).

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)

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 Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

Axis 360 offers interactive eBooks. Many titles are enhanced by color, video, and audio using the Blio reading app -- great for picture books, cookbooks, craft books, graphic novels and other books with color images. The Blio app is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All eBooks include a text-to-speech for the print-impaired.
(Available to Marin County Free Library residents with a valid library card)

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) 

This resource covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. Subject areas include the many engineering disciplines, computer theory & systems, new technologies, and social & professional context.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

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)

This collection of fiction and nonfiction titles is available online and is not downloadable.  It includes eBooks only (no audiobooks).  There are selections for adults and children.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Green Planet Stream is the companion site to Green Planet Films, a nonprofit distributor of nature and enviromental films from around the globe. Green Planet Stream promotes enviromental education through film. 

(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin).

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 Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

IndieFlix is a streaming movie service that provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. An Internet enabled device is all that is necessary to watch movies. IndieFlix can be accessed via smart phones, computers, tablets (iPad and Android), Roku, Xbox and Apple devices.
(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements.)

 

JobNow is a unique service that features expert resume assistance/live interview preparation and career coaching. JobNow services include: Live Interview Coaching where job seekers receive live interview practice from online job coaches, Premium Resume Lab which includes online resume/cover letter assistance from trained writing experts and Job Resources where users can draw from a carefully-selected library of interview tips, resume templates, career assessments and other valuable resources. In addition, JobNow provides an Adult Learning Center (ALC) designed for adult learners, the ALC offers test preparation; including the GED and U.S.. Citizenship test, an expert writing lab and a unique academic skills center featuring live online tutors.
(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

 

Web-based learning solution for test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources.
(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

Aprendizaje en línea de lectura, escritura y matemáticas para ganar las credenciales GED o preparación para ser ciudadano estadounidense. 
(Disponible a residentes de las jurisdicciones de la Biblioteca Gratuita del Condado de Marin)

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) 

Lynda.com provides self-paced, online learning video programs by experts in a variety a subjects; including business, design, web and photography. Thousands of classes are available and are targeted towards beginners, intermediate users, advanced users and appropriate for all users. Classes are available on your home computer, in the library and on mobile devices.
(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

A fun, fast and easy language learning program that provides self-directed language instruction in a variety of languages  and focuses on everyday conversational skills. Languages offered include, but are not limited to Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Also includes English instruction tailored to speakers of Brazilian, Portuguese, Polish, and Spanish.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

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)

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)

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)

Morningstar is a leading provider of independent investment research that provides data on a wide variety of investment offerings; including stocks and mutual funds, real-time data and investment managment services. (Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

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)

A readers' advisory service that provides access to information on thousands of fiction titles and offers a wide range of content that will serve fiction readers of all kinds. NoveList includes author readalikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

A reader’s advisory service aimed at the K-8 population, this resource contains enhanced subject access for over 60,000 fiction titles. Also includes discussion guides, award-winner lists and recommendations.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

OneClickdigital provides patrons with access to popular eAudiobooks from various devices including iPods, iPads, iPhones, MP3 players , Android tablets, Kindle Fire, Nook readers; as well as Mac and Windows computers. 

(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

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) 

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)

The ultimate archive of music journalism with over 23,000 classic articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop, by the finest music writers of the last 50 years.

(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

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)

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)

A private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.
(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

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)