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Research Resources

Magazines and Newspapers


  • Biography in Context
    Profiles of over 500,000 newsmakers and historical figures from trusted sources.

Business and Finance

  • Morningstar
    Investment research center for stocks, funds, market research and more. (Redwood City cardholders only)
  • AtoZdatabases
    Business and residence profiles; great for market research and people searches. (Redwood City cardholders only)
  • Gale Business Insights: Global
    Research and analyze companies, industries, and economies around the world.

Career Resources

  • Testing and Education Reference Center
    Over 300 practice tests and courses; related eBook collection material; scholarship and education search information.
  • AtoZdatabases
    Job search tool includes job postings. Use business profiles to research potential employers, and prepare for interviews. (Redwood City cardholders only)
  • Phase2Careers
    Peninsula non-profit, offering job search and career change assistance with educational presentations, employer panels, networking mixers and small business workshops.
  • GCF Learn Free
    Tutorials on computer, Internet and email basics, social media, google docs, and word processing. For Spanish site go to
  • CareerOneStop
    Job openings, salary data, and more.
  • LearnUp
    Find local jobs and take online training to improve your chance of getting hired.

Consumer Resources

  • Consumer reports
    Search for your consumer product "camera" or "digital television" with "consumer" or “product evaluation."
  • Kelley Blue Book
    Find pricing and reviews for new and used cars.
  • NADA Guides
    Pricing information for new and used vehicles.
  • Consumers' Checkbook (In-library use only)
    Ratings for Bay Area local services by a non-profit consumer agency.
  • GreatSchools
    Information on school performance, listings of 200,000 public and private schools serving students from preschool through high school and more than 800,000 parent ratings and reviews.

Courses Online

  • Testing & Education Reference Center
    Over 300 practice tests and courses; related ebook collection material; scholarship and education search information.
  • Coursera - Online Learning
    Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
  • Khan Academy
    Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a learning dashboard that lets learners study at their own pace, including SAT and MCAT.

Digital Image Libraries

  • Library of Congress
    Digitized versions of collection materials available online since 1994, concentrating on its most rare collections and those unavailable elsewhere.
  • Digital Public Library of America
    Brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
  • Prelinger Archive
    Rick Prelinger and The Internet Archive offer public domain films from Prelinger Archives to all for free downloading and reuse.

Disability Resources

  • CA State Library
    Collection contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles on digital cartridge (DB), cassette (RC), and in braille (BR) for people with print disabilities.  Call (800) 952-5666 to find out if you can use the service.
    Search for topics like disability benefits, housing, and assistive technology.
  • 2-1-1 Get Help in San Mateo County
    Can help you find local services like food, housing, health care, senior services, child care and legal aid.  For free, confidential, multilingual service 24/7 call 2-1-1.

en español


Government & Legal

Health and Medicine

  • MedlinePlus
    Health, wellness and disease information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its partners.
  • Science in Context
    Health and Medicine category covers topics like Head Injuries and Statistics, including sources like Nature Medicine and Townsend Letter.

History and Countries


Language Learning

  • Mango Languages
    Learn languages like Spanish, English, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.
  • Basic ESL Online English Learning
    Improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with these easy lessons. No computer experience is needed. Select "Instant  Access" to enter without registering.