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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.
  • 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.
    • Don't miss the "ResumeBuilder" in this database! ResumeBuilder walks you step by step through the resume writing process - helping you create a professional resume that outlines your qualifications and skills while highlighting your accomplishments.
  • AtoZdatabases
    Job search tool includes job postings. Use business profiles to research potential employers, and prepare for interviews.
  • 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.
  • Glassdoor
    Search by job or company to find openings anywhere in the world.  Learn about salaries and read feedback from other people who previously interviewed for the position you are seeking.

Consumer Resources

  • Chilton Library
    Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. (Redwood City cardholders only)
  • 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.
    Search multiple used car websites in one easy search.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pubmed
    Citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

History and Countries


Language Learning

  • Pronunciator
    Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. Learn online, and get the app for your mobile device! Plus you can access their citizenship prep courses. Click here to try ProCitizen
  • USA Learns
    Learn beginning and intermediate English for FREE.  Watch video lessons and do 1000s of activities.  Practice English speaking, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, spelling, writing and grammar.