Articles and Databases

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Automobiles
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Auto Repair Reference Center

Repair information and wiring diagrams for cars and light trucks, covering more than 40 years. 

Biography
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Biography in Context

Articles and pictures from encyclopedias and magazines on more than 528,000 people from throughout history. Search by birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation and gender.

Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers.

Books & Literature
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Books and Authors

Readers' advisory information including recommended reading lists for both fiction and non-fiction. Book reviews, plot summaries and author information are provided. Young Adults titles are also covered.

Horn Book Guide Online

Reviews and ratings of more than 90,000 books for children and teens published from 1989 until now.

Note: This database is available to the public at the Main and branch libraries, but not outside library facilities.

Lit Finder

Covers world literature and authors throughout history. It contains over 150,000 full-text poems, 800,00+ poetry citations, plus short stories, speeches, and plays.

Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Search for fiction and non-fiction titles for kids in grades kindergarten through eighth based on favorite authors, titles, subjects or genres. Browse book talks, grab and go book lists, and curricular connections for educators.

NoveList Plus

Search for fiction and non-fiction based on your favorite authors, titles, subjects or genres, as well as reviews, series lists, and book discussion guides.

Business
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Gale Business Insights Essentials

Includes business case studies, analytical tools, and in-depth statistical data and industry research so you can easily compare global economies, companies, and industries. 

Hoover's Online

Detailed information on over 80 million companies around the world. (From Dun and Bradstreet)

Hoover's Online is not accessible on mobile devices.

 

Morningstar Online

An investment resource specializing in fund investing. It provides trusted, independent and in-depth news, commentary, fund information, recommendations and research on stocks and mutual funds. It also provides tutorials and investment education.

To access this database from inside the library, use this link.
ReferenceUSA

Premier source of business, consumer, and residential information for creating contact and mailing lists. Includes millions of comprehensive nationwide profiles of businesses, physicians, dentists, and new homeowners, and demographic data from U.S. Standard and Canadian White Pages. 

Small Business Resource Center

Helps entrepreneurs learn how to start, finance, and manage their small businesses, as well as provide information on marketing, management, human resources, and taxes. Resources include hundreds of real-life sample business plans, dozen of titles from business publisher John Wiley & Sons on small business strategy, and the full text of the Encyclopedia of Management, Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources, and Small Business Management - A Framework for Success.

Country Information
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CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

CultureGrams

CultureGrams is the leading primary source reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

To access this database from inside the library, use this link.
Travel Information from the U.S. Department of State

This website provides information about obtaining passports and visas as well as country information for travelers with such topics as safety and criminal activity, entry and exit requirements, travel advisories, and consulate locations.

E-Books & Downloadable AudioBooks
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3M Cloud Library

Find our very latest downloadable e-book titles here. The 3M Cloud Library is compatible with tablets, eReaders, and Kindle Fires.

Downloadable AudioBooks - Public Domain

There are several web sites that offer audiobooks of works in the public domain that can be played on iPods and on Macintosh and Linux computers as well as PCs. This page, maintained by Park County Library System in Wyoming, provides descriptions and links to a number of those site.

eBooks from EBSCOhost

Viewable and downloadble e-Books, featuring a wide range of subjects and publishers. Downloaded books can be checked out for up to 7 days. You'll need to create an account with a user name and password to access the ebook content.

Enki

A collection of fiction and non-fiction titles for children and adults, including self-published titles from Smashwords.  Checkout and read online or download to devices compatible with PDF or EPUB format. Not compatible with Kindle eReaders. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

A collection of reference books in electronic format: 

  • American Men and Women of Science
  • College Blue Book
  • Dictionary of American History
  • Encyclopedia of Education
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
  • Encyclopedia of Small Business
  • Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
  • International Directory of Films and Filmmakers
  • West's Encyclopedia of American Law

 

Oakland e-Port, by OverDrive

Downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks. E-books can be downloaded and transferred to e-book readers, such as the Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble Nook. The e-audiobooks can be downloaded and transferred to Windows-compatible MP3 plays as well as iPods.

OneClickdigital

Downloadable audiobooks from Recorded Books. Download to your computer and transfer to listening devices. Many titles are MP3 compatible. You will need to create a Media Manager account in order to download, check out, and transfer audio books.

Safari Tech E-Books

Includes more than 1800 books on computers, new media and business from the last two years; cannot be downloaded or transferred to a device.

Tumblebooks (for kids)

Animated, talking picture books that can be played on your computer while online. (No downloading is possible!) The Story Book collection includes a fun variety of stories for different age levels. The pace of the stories can be controlled by the reader - or set to automatic. The Tumble Readables are large print "read on your own" children's books. There's more...including health and language resources!

Encyclopedias
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Directory Library

A collection of directories in electronic format. Users can search for organizations by name, keyword, industry, and geography. Directories included: Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations; Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations; Encyclopedia of Associations: Region, State, and Local Organizations; Directory of Non-Profit Organizations.

World Book Online

Offers a collection of research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, current periodicals, and related websites. It also features World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online for Students, Discover, which offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level, and the Spanish language encyclopedia Estudiantil. World Book Online is dynamically complemented with pictures, audio, and video.

Espanol
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Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

El mejor recurso de referencia para principiantes de Español con contenido editorial y multimedia. Incluye Mundo de los Animales, diccionario visual, actividades, y características bilingües.

Informe (Revistas en Español)

De 1996 al presente. Artículos de las revistas más populares en forma digital. Abarca temas de negocios, salud, tecnología, arte y entretenimiento.

Gale PowerSearch
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Gale PowerSearch

All the Gale periodical archives and reference book sets can be searched at once using this feature.

Genealogy
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Ancestry Library

Public records and genealogy tools for the family historian. Emphasis on immigrant lists, passenger lists, and other public documents. This database is available at the Main and branch libraries, but not outside library facilities.

HeritageQuest

Public records and genealogy tools for the family historian. Emphasis on records from newspapers, local history books and documents.

Grant Resources
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Foundation Directory Online Professional

Comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants in a database of 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the US. This database is available at the Main Library only.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

A database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. This database is available at the Main Library only.

Health & Medicine
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Health & Wellness Resource Center

Health information from over 700 journals, magazines, pamphlets and medical reference books. Written for non-experts.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection

Covers all aspects of the nursing profession - from direct care to health care administration. More than 400 magazines and journals are indexed, and the collection's very current content is useful to both nursing professionals and students pursuing a nursing curriculum.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine collection

Contains full-text articles from over 60 magazines, including articles about proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and applications for specific sports.

Psychology Collection

Indexes more than 500 journals and magazines, covering all fields of psychology, including abnormal, biological, comparative, developmental, adolescent, social, and applied psychology.

History
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California Digital Newspaper Collection

A freely accessible repository of digitized California newspapers, from 1846 to the present. Includes San Francisco Call (San Francisco, 1890-1913), California Star (San Francisco, 1847-1848), Elevator (San Francisco, 1865-1898), Pacific Appeal (San Francisco, 1862-1880), Pacific Rural Press (San Francisco, 1871-1922), Weekly Alta California (San Francisco, 1849), and Wide West (San Francisco, 1854-1858).

California Fact Cards Online

California history and culture at-a-glance for students in grades 4 through 8.

Online Archive of California (OAC)

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions, including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses. Oakland Public Library’s African American Museum and Library (AAMLO) archive and the collections of the Oakland History Room are included, encompassing correspondence, photographs, photomechanical prints, diaries, manuscripts, education, music, performing arts, official records of many East Bay social and political organizations, news clippings, sheet music, monographs, serials, and  historic maps. 

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Explore 5,420,824 digitized items from nationwide public and university libraries, archives, and museums in a single free platform and portal.

US History in Context

Books, journals, maps, primary documents and multimedia describing United States History.

World History in Context

Books, journals, maps, primary documents, and multimedia describing World History.

Job & Career
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LearningExpressLibrary

Registration requires an e-mail address. If you are registering from outside the library, you will also need to enter your library barcode. Your Email Address is your Username. 

Over 300 online practice tests, including the SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Postal Worker, and many others. Also includes US Citizenship Exam Preparation; and English language and math practice exams for Spanish speakers. 

Kids
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Amazing Animals of the World

Offers children access to information about the animal kingdom and its place in our world. It includes interactive information on over 1,200 animals, with illustrations, maps, and glossaries. To get to the database, in the menu on the left side of the screen, click on Amazing Animals of the World.

California Fact Cards Online

California history and culture at-a-glance for students in grades 4 through 8.

CultureGrams

CultureGrams is the leading primary source reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

To access this database from inside the library, use this link.
Kids InfoBits

Articles and pictures from a variety of magazines, newspapers and reference books. Intended for elementary school students.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Search for fiction and non-fiction titles for kids in grades kindergarten through eighth based on favorite authors, titles, subjects or genres. Browse book talks, grab and go book lists, and curricular connections for educators.

Popular Science

Provides in-depth science, health, and technology research and news for students in middle school and beyond. It includes photos, maps, and technical illustrations, biographies of great scientists, information on science careers, and ideas for school science projects and experiments. To get to the database, in the menu on the left side of the screen, click on Popular Science.

Tumblebooks (for kids)

Animated, talking picture books that can be played on your computer while online. (No downloading is possible!) The Story Book collection includes a fun variety of stories for different age levels. The pace of the stories can be controlled by the reader - or set to automatic. The Tumble Readables are large print "read on your own" children's books. There's more...including health and language resources!

World Book Online

Offers a collection of research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, current periodicals, and related websites. It also features World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online for Students, Discover, which offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level, and the Spanish language encyclopedia Estudiantil. World Book Online is dynamically complemented with pictures, audio, and video.

Language Learning
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Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online is a powerful language learning resource offering instruction in over 80 languages plus English. Learn basic language skills or dive into more extensive language instruction all at your own pace. Transparent Language Online uses multimedia activities that instruct all four language skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as social media resources to meet the needs of any learner. It includes beginner English courses for speakers of other languages and an immersion course for intermediate level English learners.  The free companion mobile applications for Apple & Android Devices allow you to take your language learning on-the-go.

 

Legal Resources
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Free Books from NOLOPress

Here, you can read selected Nolo books online - in their entirety, for free. These are the current editions of these books.

Lawyer

Directory from Martindale: national directory of attorneys.

Library Resources Worldwide
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Bay Area Libraries

A directory of area libraries with web links.

Online Archive of California (OAC)

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions, including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses. Oakland Public Library’s African American Museum and Library (AAMLO) archive and the collections of the Oakland History Room are included, encompassing correspondence, photographs, photomechanical prints, diaries, manuscripts, education, music, performing arts, official records of many East Bay social and political organizations, news clippings, sheet music, monographs, serials, and  historic maps. 

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Explore 5,420,824 digitized items from nationwide public and university libraries, archives, and museums in a single free platform and portal.

WorldCat

WorldCat includes records for most public and academic libraries around the world that have online catalogs and at least some holdings in English. (Over 9000 libraries are represented!)

Magazine & Journal Articles
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Academic OneFile

Articles and indexing from over 1200 college-level periodicals, from 1980 to the present. Full text articles are available from over 700 titles.

General OneFile

Best source for magazine articles from popular news-stand magazines. Include articles from over 1000 popular magazines from 1980 to the present.

Zinio for Libraries

Zinio, the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from our collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Music
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Freegal

Freegal is a downloadable music service, which provides access to the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment. Library cardholders can download three songs a week with their barcode and pin number. Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods. Works best if used with Firefox or Chrome.

Newspaper Articles & Indexing
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California Digital Newspaper Collection

A freely accessible repository of digitized California newspapers, from 1846 to the present. Includes San Francisco Call (San Francisco, 1890-1913), California Star (San Francisco, 1847-1848), Elevator (San Francisco, 1865-1898), Pacific Appeal (San Francisco, 1862-1880), Pacific Rural Press (San Francisco, 1871-1922), Weekly Alta California (San Francisco, 1849), and Wide West (San Francisco, 1854-1858).

Infotrac Newsstand

Full-text and indexed coverage of newspapers from around the world, including the New York Times (full-text since 1985).

NewsBank: Hot Topics

Provides current information about important issues and events. This resource addresses a wide variety of contemporary subjects from around the world related to social studies, science, health, sports, the arts, people and more. The reports are updated constantly, with new reports added as world and national events unfold. A good student research site, with full text access to the Oakland Tribune back to 2001.

NewsBank: Special News Reports and Current Events

Provides information on topics of current interest, including content from sources throughout the world to provide a global perspective, current and background information, statistics, maps, images, websites, and suggested search terms. New information is added daily to featured and current reports.

NewspaperArchive.com

The world's largest collection of online newspaper images, including hundreds of English language papers from California and around the world. Most issues of the Oakland Tribune between 1874 and 1977 are included in this collection. Newspaper issues can be searched by word or date, and search help is available from within the NewspaperArchive.com site. This database is available at the Main and branch libraries, but not outside library facilities.

Oakland Newspaper Index

Index to articles about Oakland and vicinity in the Oakland Tribune and other local papers, produced by Oakland Public Library staff.

Oakland Tribune Archive

Full-text of articles published since September 14, 2001.

Student Resources
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California Fact Cards Online

California history and culture at-a-glance for students in grades 4 through 8.

CultureGrams

CultureGrams is the leading primary source reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

To access this database from inside the library, use this link.
LearningExpressLibrary

Registration requires an e-mail address. If you are registering from outside the library, you will also need to enter your library barcode. Your Email Address is your Username. 

Over 300 online practice tests, including the SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Postal Worker, and many others. Also includes US Citizenship Exam Preparation; and English language and math practice exams for Spanish speakers. 

Lit Finder

Covers world literature and authors throughout history. It contains over 150,000 full-text poems, 800,00+ poetry citations, plus short stories, speeches, and plays.

NewsBank: Hot Topics

Provides current information about important issues and events. This resource addresses a wide variety of contemporary subjects from around the world related to social studies, science, health, sports, the arts, people and more. The reports are updated constantly, with new reports added as world and national events unfold. A good student research site, with full text access to the Oakland Tribune back to 2001.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Current information on controversial topics for students, writers, and debaters.

Science in Context

Thousands of topic overviews, science experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, plus the latest scientific development in articles from over 200 science magazines. It focuses on key concepts taught in classrooms including biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, math, environmental science, life science, medicine, space science, computer science, technology, history of science, and science and society.

Student Resources in Context

Magazine articles, photographs, audio and video clips, biographies, essays, and critical analyses. For middle school and older students.

Tuition Funding Sources

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. On the homepage, Click on "Membership" to create TFS login.

Testing Preparation
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LearningExpressLibrary

Registration requires an e-mail address. If you are registering from outside the library, you will also need to enter your library barcode. Your Email Address is your Username. 

Over 300 online practice tests, including the SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Postal Worker, and many others. Also includes US Citizenship Exam Preparation; and English language and math practice exams for Spanish speakers.