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Academic Search Premier: scholarly and peer-reviewed journals / on-campus-only link

AccessScience Online: McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology plus short related news articles  / on-campus-only link

Alt Healthwatchcomplementary, holistics & integrated approaches to health care & wellness  / on-campus-only link

America: History & Life with Full Text: history & culture of U. S. and Canada from prehistory to the present  / on-campus-only link

American History Onlinehistory of U.S. from selected reference sources & documents (no current journal articles)  / on-campus-only link

Ancient & Medieval History Onlinecivilizations in Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica from selected articles and documents  / on-campus-only link

Auto Repair Reference Center: information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes back to 1945  / on-campus-only link

Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies: on-campus link to current issues and full-text older issues back to the 1970's / on-campus-only link

Biography in ContextSearchable by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates, place, or gender. [Subscription ends June 1, 2014.]  / on-campus-only link

Biography Reference Bank: Searchable by name, occupation, gender, birthplace, dates. / on-campus-only link  (may not be active until Nov. 12)

BioMed Centralpeer-reviewed open access journals in biology, medicine, nursing, & related areas [NOTE: website, not subscription database]

Black Thought & Culture: over 1,000 published non-fiction works by African American authors. Includes interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, & letters   /on-campus-only link

Book Index with Reviews: reviews of over 4 million book titles, music and DVD/video titles  / on-campus-only link

Business Source Elite: business focuses including industry reports, country reports, company profiles (over 1,000 sources)  / on-campus-only link

Business Source Premier: business focuses including industry reports, country reports, company profiles (over 2,100 sources)  / on-campus-only link

Chemistry Centralpeer-reviewed open access research [NOTE: website, not subscription database]

CINAHL Plus with Full-Text: health, medicine & nursing journal articles  / on-campus-only link

CollegeSource: college catalogs for 2-year, 4-year, graduate & international schools (including CCC)  / on-campus-only link

Consumer Health Complete: consumer-oriented health content designed to support patients' information needs  / on-campus-only link

CountryWatch: up-to-date information and data on countries of the world  / on-campus-only link

CQ Researcher: analysis of many current & controversial topics  / on-campus-only link

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals: Free full-text quality-controlled scientific & scholarly jounals [NOTE: website, not subscription database]

eBook Collection (formerly called NetLibrary): over 5,000 books that can be read online  / on-campus-only link

Encyclopedia Britannicaencyclopedia PLUS a dictionary & selected periodical articles  / on-campus-only link

ERIC: access to education literature & resources, many with links to full-text  / on-campus-only link

Ethnic NewsWatch: newspapers, magazines & journals of the ethnic, minority and native press  / on-campus-only link

Films on Demand: Includes Media Collection titles with licensed digital rights as well as subscriptions to special collections for Family & Consumer Sciences, Psychology, and Technical-Trade Education  / on-campus-only link

Gale Virtual Reference Library: access to online reference books about business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation & world, and science.  / on-campus-only link

GreenFILErelationship of humans with the environment (full text limited to open access titles)  / on-campus-only link

Health Source - Consumer Edition: consumer health magazines, pamphlets & reference books  / on-campus-only link

Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition: nursing & allied health journals & Drug Guide  / on-campus-only link

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts: indexes core journals, selected books, reports, etc., covering topics such as cataloging, information management, & online information retrieval  / on-campus-only link

MAS Ultra - School Editionmagazine articles plus reference books, primary source documents, biographies, & image collection  / on-campus-only link

MasterFILE Premierbusiness, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more, plus reference books, primary source documents, biographies, & image collection  / on-campus-only link

MEDLINE: medical journals  / on-campus-only link

Military & Government Collection: current news pertaining to all branches of the military & government  / on-campus-only link

Newspaper Source Plus: full-text for 6 national newspapers (including The San Francisco Chronicle), many international newspapers plus selected full-text from many regional newspapers and selected TV & radio news transcripts   / on-campus-only link

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: current event & social issue articles, facts & viewpoints / on-campus-only link

PLoS: Public Library of Science: open-access articles covering biology, medicine & science. Requires that submitted articles have had initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization. [NOTE: website, not subscription database]

Primary Searchmagazine articles plus selected reference books and images. Designed for elementary school students.  / on-campus-only link

Professional Development Collectioncovers topics for teachers, librarians, and education researchers  / on-campus-only link

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collectionfocus on psychology, psychiatry, mental processes, and anthropology  / on-campus-only link

PubMed: citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals plus links to full text & other resources [NOTE: website, not subscription database]

Regional Business News: daily updates from over 50 regional business publications  / on-campus-only link

Religion & Philosophy Collectionreligions, religious history, biblical studies, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosphy and the history of philosophy  / on-campus-only link

Science Magazine Online: full-text from 1997 to present / on-campus-only link

SIRS Issues Researcher: magazines, journals, newspapers, speeches, and more  / on-campus-only link

Statistical Abstract of the United States:data from government and other agencies / on-campus-only link

Student Research Center: visual interface which includes Academic Search Premier, Newspaper Source Plus, Health Source: Consumer Edition, MAS Ultra, ERIC, and Professional Development Collection  / on-campus-only link

Teacher Reference Center: index with abstracts of 280 publications covering such topics as curriculum development, Early Childhood Education, language arts, & teacher education  / on-campus-only link

Vocational & Career Collectionselected journals and books on topics such as alcohol & drug abuse counseling, biotechnology, cosmetology, forensics, & more   / on-campus-only link

Databases by Subject or Type

All Subjects (broad range of topics; for specific areas, see other categories)


MAS Ultra - School Edition

MasterFILE Premier 

Automotive Services
Biographical Information
Business Information

eBook Collection

Gale Virtual Reference Library

List of websites for ebooks (many are free) - Select the ebook list from the drop-down menu



eBook Collection


Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

Professional Development Collection

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Teacher Reference Center

Encyclopedias, Pro/Con, & Topic Overviews

AccessScience Online

Britannica Online

CQ Researcher

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encarta Africana (on-campus use only)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

SIRS Issues Researcher

Health and Medicine

BioMed Central

CINAHL Plus with Full-Text

Consumer Health Complete

eBook Collection

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Health Source - Consumer Edition

Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition


PLoS: Public Library of Science

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection


Science Magazine Online
For off-campus access use:
Science Magazine Online

Statistical Abstract of the United States

History - SEE Social Sciences


Online Journals (subscription access)

Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies

Science Magazine Online
For off-campus access use:
Science Magazine Online [remote use]

Physical Sciences

AccessScience Online

Chemistry Central

eBook Collection


Science Magazine Online
For off-campus access use:
Science Magazine Online

Social Sciences


American History Online

Ancient & Medieval History Online


CQ Researcher

eBook Collection

Gale Virtual Reference Library

MAS Ultra - School Edition 

Military & Government Collection

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

SIRS Issues Researcher

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Student Research Center

Video Collections (view online)

Films on Demand: Media Collection titles with digital rights

Databases Available via Local Public Libraries:

Berkeley Public Library - Online Resources
[For remote usage, you will need to log in using the number on your Berkeley Public Library card.]
Available databases include Acadmic OneFile, African American Studies Center, Biography in Context, Chilton Automotive Repair, Gale Virtual Reference Books, How To Do It, Learn a Test/Learning Express Library, Literature Criticism Online, NewsBank Newspapers, Science in Context, U.S. History in Context. 

California Digital Library
Many resources freely available to the public, such as the Melvyl Catalog, the Online Archive of California, and the digitized primary source material (photos, manuscripts, & correspondence) in Calisphere

Contra Costa County Library - Databases
[For remote usage, you will need to log in using the number on your Contra Costa County Library card. If you do not have one, you may fill out an application online.] Available databases include Career Transitions, Contra Costa Times, U.S. and world newspapers (Newsbank), Gale Virtual Reference Library, Points of View, Socal Studies Fact Cards, and Student Resource Center.

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