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ABCmouse Library Card Required.

ABCmouse.com is an online learning resource for children from age 2 through 8+, designed to help them build a strong educational foundation in readiness for school.  There are more than 8,500 activities that teach reading, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music. Children can play educational games, read interactive books, and take lessons in school subjects. Create a parent account and add up to 3 child learners. FAQ.

Academic Search Complete: Research Scholarly Full-Text Articles Library Card Required.

Supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more. Includes more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals in the fields of Pharmaceutical Education, Psychiatry, Law, Mathematical Analysis, Critical Care Research. 

Note, some journals have an embargo on current issues.

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ALLDATA: Auto Repair (*in-library use)

Provides diagnostic information as well as, maintenance & repair instructions for cars and trucks. Features most makes and models of automobiles from 1982 to present. Google Chrome is not supported. Please use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.

*ALLDATA is temporarily available for remote access until June 30, 2021. Please use the following login credentials to access this resource remotely:

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Ancestry Library (*temporarily available for remote access) Library Card Required.

Use Ancestry Library Edition to search genealogical records and discover more about your family history. This database includes records from the U.S. Census, military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists, and more.

* Ancestry Library is temporarily available for remote access with your library card while all SCCLD Libraries remain closed. 

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Architectural Digest Magazine Archive (1922-2011) Library Card Required.

Covers the history of design, offers inspirational ideas and provides a look at culture, art, unique homes and international design concepts from 1922-2011. 

Features include the AD100, the Architectural Digest list of top 100 architects and interior designers worldwide, as well as celebrity style, landscaping, renovation, technology and travel.

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Article Search Library Card Required.

Atlantic Magazine Archive, The (1857-2014) Library Card Required.

The Atlantic was originally created with a focus on publishing leading writers' commentary on abolition, education and other major issues in contemporary political affairs at the time. Over its more than 150 years of publication, it has featured articles in the fields of politics, foreign affairs, business and the economy, culture and the arts, technology, science and more.

Some of the founding sponsors of the magazine include prominent writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Greenleaf Whittier.

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Audiolibros y libros digitales en español de OverDrive / Libby (eBooks & Audiobooks in Spanish) New! Library Card Required.

Descargue o transmita libros electrónicos y audiolibros en español. Puede disfrutar de títulos populares y literatura clásica, historias para niños y adolescentes, y mucho más en cualquier momento y en cualquier lugar.

Download or stream eBooks and Audiobooks in the Spanish language. You can enjoy best-sellers and classic literature, stories for kids and teens, and much more anytime, anywhere.


Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook (*in-library use only, not available remotely)

Offers evaluation and ratings for local goods and service providers. Topics include automotive services, health care providers, home services, leisure & travel, personal finance, pet care services, and local stores.  All information is compiled by the non-profit consumer organization, the Center for the Study of Services.

* While the majority of our online resources are accessible remotely, this resource is only accessible from inside the library. When visiting the library you can access this resource from a personal laptop computer that is connected to our WiFi network, or you can access this resource from one of our library computers, including our laptops available from the laptop kiosk.

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek Archive (1929-2000) Library Card Required.

Research Areas:

  • Business management
  • Marketing
  • Labor
  • Finance
  • Economic policy

Businessweek was originally published to be a resource for business managers. Early sections of the magazine included marketing, labor, finance, management and “Washington Outlook”, which made Businessweek one of the first publications to cover national political issues that directly impacted the business world.

In the 1950s it published its first Executive Pay survey, which remains a popular feature.

In the 1970s, the magazine shifted its strategy and added the general consumer interested in stocks, bonds, and other investments.

As of 1975, the magazine was carrying more advertising pages annually than any other magazine in the United States. Businessweek began publishing its annual rankings of United States business school MBA programs in 1988.

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BookFlix Library Card Required.

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

BookFlix includes:

  • Over a hundred classic video storybooks each paired with a related nonfiction eBook. Spanish language versions of 37 pairs.
  • Read-aloud support so students can hear each book narrated and also hear definitions of key words and directions for each activity read aloud.
  • Educational games and activities so children can show what they have learned.
  • Meet the author section to learn more about the author of each fiction book.
  • And more!

Scholastic BookFlix is specifically created to support non-, beginning and reluctant readers – it’s the perfect resource for independent reading practice at the library and at home!

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Brainfuse Adult Learning Center: Online Tutoring & Skill Building Library Card Required.

Whether you're going back to school, switching jobs, or just want to brush up on an academic skill, the Adult Learning Center is here to help. Tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10 PM. The following services are included:

  • Live tutoring - get one-on-one help
  • Skill building - connect with a tutor to get help with an academic skill
  • Writing lab - get help with your writing - whether it's a report, essay, resume, cover letter, or any other type of writing material.
  • Test center - offers a variety of practice tests in math, reading, writing, High School Equivalency, U.S. Citizenship 
  • Microsoft Office Help - get help with the Microsoft Office suite
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Brainfuse HelpNow: Online Tutoring & Homework Help for Students Library Card Required.

Get homework help on any subject with an online tutor from 1-10 p.m., any day of the week. Spanish tutors are also available.

Additional services provided include the following:

  • Writing Lab: Get feedback within one business day.
  • SkillSurfer: Study resources and test prep.
  • Send Question: Get a response within one business day.
  • Language Lab: Live help learning Spanish.
  • LEAP: Create a customized learning plan.
  • Flashbulb: Create and share flashcards, tests and games.
  • eParachute: Identify potential majors and career paths.
  • MEET Virtual Study Rooms: Collaborate with classmates.
  • Brainwave videos: Record your notes to watch and share writing.
  • Live Chess Tutoring: Online tutoring help from an expert chess coach. This service is available Monday - Thursday from 3:00-8:59 PM PST.  
  • FAFSA Live Help: Get help with filling out your application form.

HelpNow by Brainfuse brinda ayuda con tareas y escritura, tutoría en vivo y servicios de preparación para exámenes. Los tutores de habla inglesa y española están disponibles de lunes a domingo de 1 a 10 p.m. para recibir asistencia personalizada en una amplia variedad de temas.

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Brainfuse VetNow: Online Help with VA Benefits & Transitioning to Civilian Careers Library Card Required.

VetNow offers live online assistance for veterans and their families on a wide variety of resources:

  • Connect with a live tutor to help navigate your eligible VA Benefits, including housing & health care assistance
  • Choose skill building lessons in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, and a wide range of practice tests to master high school equivalency tests, college entrance exams, career prep, Praxis, ASVAB, GRE, ESL and more.
  • Get help with live job coaching, identifying skills, resume building, and translating military experiences into civilian occupations. 

Live tutors are available Monday – Sunday from 1:00-10:00 PM PDT.

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Cell (1995-Present) Library Card Required.

Cell is a peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing research papers across a broad range of disciplines. Areas covered include molecular biology, cell biology, stem cells, genetics & genomics, cancer research, immunology, neuroscience, structural biology, microbiology, virology, and more. The journal is published twice a month by Cell Press.
Available in ScienceDirect.

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CIA The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The 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.

ComicsPlus by LibraryPass Comics & Graphic Novels Library Card Required.

Enjoy thousands of digital graphic novels and comics, available 24/7 on web-connected devices. Includes fiction and nonfiction, indie comics, Sunday funnies, and manga!

Sign in with your card number and PIN to borrow and download comics. Checkouts last 7 days, but you can renew instantly and as often as you like. Download for offline reading.

Comics Plus offers a new app for Android and iOS devices, called “Library Pass.” To login, please use your card number and PIN. The labels on the sign-in page read Email Address and Password. We’ve asked the vendor to correct the labels, which they will do with their next major enhancement. We apologize for the confusion this might cause when signing into the new Library Pass app.

For more information about this collection, please see ComicsPlus FAQs and Lending Information.

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Consumer Magazines on Flipster Digital Newsstand Library Card Required.

Access the latest issue as well as back issues of some popular consumer magazines:

  • Consumer Reports (2014 - Present)
  • Consumer Reports On Health (2015 - Present)
  • Consumer Reports Buying Guide (2015 - Present)
  • AARP: The Magazine (2016 - Present)
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Consumer Reports (1991 – Present) Library Card Required.

Read reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services including appliances, cars & trucks, electronics, etc. It provides product recalls and safety and reliability of individual brands.

Tips for Searching:

  1. Click the link "Search within this publication."
  2. If using the "Basic Search" option, use Boolean Operators like AND, OR, NOT followed by your search term.  For example: JN "Consumer Reports" AND Washing Machines. 


  1. Click the link "Search within this publication."
  2. Click on Advanced Search.
  3. The first search box displays: JN "Consumer Reports".  Add your search term, such as the term "Washing Machines" into the second search box.

Consumer Reports is available within EBSCO MasterFILE Complete.

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CQ Press Congress Collection Library Card Required.

Use the Congress Collection to:

  • Find biographical, political, and electoral data about every member of Congress since the 79th Congress (1945).
  • Search encyclopedic information, legislative analysis, and Supreme Court case summaries about Congress.
  • Research floor votes, the full legislation text, and a state delegation vote map.
  • Analyze each member and their demographics with interest group scores.
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Ebony Magazine Archive (1945-2014) Library Card Required.

Research Areas:

  • African-American culture
  • Business
  • Civil rights
  • Entertainment
  • Ethnic studies
  • Fashion
  • History
  • ​Politics

The magazine archives of Ebony covers civil rights, education, entrepreneurship and other social topics with an African-American focus. One notable feature is the annual selection of the “100 most Influential Blacks in America,” featuring entertainment figures, politicians, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs.

During the 1960s, the magazine increasingly covered the Civil Rights Movement. Articles published in the magazine were about political events happening all over the U.S., in which activists protested racial violence and advocated for increasing social mobility for African–Americans across the diaspora. Also published in the magazine was content about the Black Power Movement. Ebony also commemorated historical events that contributed to black citizenship and freedom such as the September 1963 issue that honored the 100 year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

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EBSCO Reference eBook Collection eBooks & Audiobooks New! Library Card Required.

Access hundreds of reference and non-fiction eBook titles on a variety of subjects including art & architecture, computer science, health & medicine, history, and more. Also included are full-text classics, poetry, and drama that are in the public domain. All titles can be read online or downloaded to your device for 21 days (see our Get Started Guide for more info).

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Explora for Elementary Schools

Explora is a fun, easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments.  With Explora, you will discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.

Explora for Public Libraries Library Card Required.

Offers a collection of full-text magazines, reference books, videos and other sources covering a variety of subject areas including:

  • Arts & Literature
  • Biography, History & Social Science
  • Business & Careers
  • Current Events
  • Geography & Culture
  • Science & Math

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Fold3 Library Edition Library Card Required.

Provides access to a growing collection of U.S. military records from the Revolutionary War to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Contains millions of archived records, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.

Fold3 is perfect for researching the military, history, and genealogy.

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Forbes Magazine Archive (1917-2000) Library Card Required.

Research Areas:

  • Wall Street
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics and transportation
  • Energy
  • Retail
  • Money and investments

Published bi-weekly, Forbes has been featuring original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, politics, and law.
Forbes was started by Bertie Charles Forbes in 1917 with the idea of devoting it to “doers and doings.” 

Today the magazine is well known for its lists and rankings, including of the richest Americans (the Forbes 400), of the America's Wealthiest Celebrities, of the world's top companies (the Forbes Global 2000), 30 Under 30, World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and The World's Billionaires.

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Fortune Magazine Archive (1930-2000) Library Card Required.

Research Areas:

  • American business
  • International business
  • Economics
  • Industry
  • Technology

The publication was founded by Henry R. Luce in 1929 just a few months after the dramatic stock market crash. Luce is also known for launching other famous magazine titles including TIME, Life, and Sports Illustrated.
At a time when most business publications were little more than numbers and statistics printed in black and white, Fortune was an oversized 11"×14" publication, using creamy heavy paper, and colorful cover art. Fortune's advertisements were vivid and lush, and the magazine was also noted for its photography, featuring the work of Margaret Bourke-White, Ansel Adams, and others.
Luce also recruited young literary talent including Archibald MacLeish, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Alfred Kazin to fill its pages with human interest stories that were at times bold and critical. Among the critical they wrote were an exposé about the munitions industry, as well as critical pieces about Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt.
Today the magazine is known for its ranked lists, including the Fortune 500, a ranking of companies by revenue that it has published annually since 1955.The magazine is also known for its annual Fortune Investor's Guide.

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Freegal Music Library Card Required.

Freegal Music is our free digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs from 200+ genres, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. The collection also features music videos and audiobooks. Streaming is unlimited and you can download up to 5 DRM-free songs or two music videos per week. You can also create and save playlists and share them with others.

Freegal Music can be accessed from your computer or mobile device, as well as from our public computer stations (ask for ear plugs at the reference desk while supplies last). All you need is your library card and PIN. Lending Information. Help Guide.

Note: When you access the Freegal Music link you will be leaving the Santa Clara County Library District website and directed to Freegal Music website, a downloadable and streaming music service that provides access to the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment, including Online Distribution Alliance. This service is provided at no charge to Santa Clara County Library District patrons. Library cardholders may listen to 24/7 unlimited streaming music and download five songs or two videos per week using their card number and PIN. By clicking here to access its content, you agree to Freegal End User License Agreement and accept all risks and responsibilities for the losses and damages that may arise from your use of Freegal Music. The Santa Clara County Library District bears no responsibility for the services provided by Freegal Music, and you should contact Freegal Music for answers to questions regarding its content.  You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Santa Clara County Library District from all claims and liability arising from your use of Freegal Music services. Please be aware that policies that apply to the Library and its website may not be the same as the terms of use for other websites. Technical requirements and services are the sole responsibility of Freegal Music.


GVRL – Gale Virtual Reference Library: Ready Reference eBooks eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

Optimized for search and discovery, the GVRL platform enables you to search through hundreds of ready reference eBooks on science, health, business, history, literature, religion, and much more.

Once you’ve selected the content, download and save it to your drive and document using Google Suite for Education or Microsoft Collaboration.

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Headspace – Meditation Made Simple Library Card Required.

Headspace is meditation made simple - an app designed for busy, modern lives to learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. The app offers hundreds of guided meditations on a variety of topics - from stress and sleep, to focus and performance.

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High School Equivalency Center by LearningExpress Library Card Required.

LearningExpress service has been restored. If you are still having issues with the LearningExpress site or with signing in to access the content, please clear your browser history and try again, or check back at a later time.

Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED test, HiSET or TASC exams, the High School Equivalency Center's practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help you reach your goal.

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HyRead: 繁體中文電子書和電子雜誌 / Chinese eBooks & eMagazines eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

HyRead 是一個繁體中文電子書及電子雜誌平台,主要提供台灣出版的中文圖書、雜誌和影音項目,內容包羅萬象,適合各年齡層的讀者借閱,借閱期滿還能自動歸還。可直接網上閱讀或下載HyRead App (支援PC/iOS/Android) 到各種瀏覽器進行離線閱覽,讓您隨時隨地可輕鬆閱讀!

HyRead 是一个繁体中文电子书及电子杂志平台,主要提供台湾出版的中文图书、杂志和影音项目,內容包罗万象,适合各年龄层的读者借阅,借阅期满还能自动归还。可直接网上阅读或下载HyRead App (支持PC/iOS/Android) 到各种浏览器进行离线阅览,让您随时随地可轻松阅读!

HyRead is a traditional Chinese language eBook and eMagazine platform that includes titles and multimedia content for all ages. Get the HyRead App for iOS, Android, or Windows 10 or read in your browser. Lending Information. Help Guide.

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LearningExpress: Skill-Building Courses, Occupational Practice Tests, Career & Academic Tests, & Much More! Library Card Required.

LearningExpress Library is an online learning platform to take self-paced courses and practice tests. You will find:

  • Skill-building courses and eBooks to help with reading, writing, and math.
  • Occupational practice tests and civil service exams for a variety of career choices. 
  • Career and academic tests.

Available in English and Spanish. New users will be asked to create a user name and password when they first access the resource.

A través de Recursos para Hispanohablantes de Learning Express Library usted podrá hacer actividades para mejorar sus habilidades de lectura, escritura y matemáticas, y prepararse para el examen de GED. 

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Life Magazine Archive (1936-2000) Library Card Required.

Features storytelling through documentary photographs and informative captions. Each issue visually and powerfully depicted national and international events and topical stories, providing intimate views of real people and their real life situations.

Articles and cover pages are fully indexed and advertisements are individually identified, ensuring researchers and readers can quickly and accurately locate the information they seek.

Life Magazine Archive is valuable to researchers of 20th Century current events, politics and culture, as well as those interested in the history of business, advertising, and popular culture.

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LinkedIn Learning for Libraries (Formerly Lynda.com) Library Card Required.

Online self-paced learning courses for continuing education in business, marketing, management, software, technology, creative skills and more! Discover teacher tips as well as courses teaching software and coding for educators. Courses are offered in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese. Certificates of Completion are available; they are provided in the form of a plain document without any personal identifiable information such as your name. FAQ: Accessing the LinkedIn Learning App

Please Note: LinkedIn Learning requires users to be 16 or older. LinkedIn Learning also asks users under the age of 16 to obtain parental or legal guardian consent to LinkedIn Learning’s Terms of Use and LinkedIn Learning’s Privacy Policy. By following the link above to access LinkedIn Learning, you certify that you are 16 or older, and that if you are under the age of 16, that you have obtained the consent of your parent or legal guardian to LinkedIn Learning’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Maclean’s Magazine Archive (1905-2015) Library Card Required.

Research Areas:

  • North American history
  • International news
  • Politics and law
  • Business and advertising
  • Popular culture and trends
  • Journalism

Maclean’s is a leading Canadian news and general interest magazine. Providing a unique perspective on national and international news and culture, the magazine covers investigative reporting, opinion and analysis on politics, economics, technology and more.

During World War I, the magazine published first-hand accounts of life on the western front while remaining critical of Canada’s war efforts.

The magazine also provided literary pieces and artistic expressions and ran fiction by Robert W. Service, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and O. Henry. It provided commentary by Stephen Leacock and illustrations by C. W. Jefferys, F. S. Coburn, and several Group of Seven members, including A. J. Casson, Arthur Lismer, and J. E. H. MacDonald.

During and shortly after World War II, the magazine featured war photography by Yousuf Karsh, and articles by war correspondents John Clare and Lionel Shapiro.

During the 1950s the magazine was noted for its articles on the Canadian landscape and profiles of town and city life. The feature article, The Mysterious North, by Pierre Berton, promoted a new national interest in the Arctic. In addition the magazine provided exposés that challenged the criminal justice system, explored LSD, and artificial insemination.

In the 1970s the magazine became well known for Allan Fotheringham’s column that was printed on the back page of the magazine. Legend has it that most readers would go to read the back page first, and then proceed to read the magazine from back to front.

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Mathematics Magazine (1997-Present) Library Card Required.

Mathematics Magazine is a refereed bimonthly publication of the Mathematical Association of America, offering a wide range of mathematical topics along with examples, applications, illustrations, and historical background. Search a topic or article, or browse current and past issues.
Available in Taylor & Francis Online.  

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Medici.tv: Classical Music Channel Library Card Required.

Medici.tv offers access to the best of classical music. Stream concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, and master classes live & on demand with some of the most prestigious concert halls, opera houses and festivals around the world. Includes performance synopses, cast information, composer details, and more. All content is available for unlimited streaming.

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Consumer health information produced by the National Institutes of Health. Features a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, health information in Spanish, information on medications, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

Please note: Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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Mercury News, The (1985- Present) Library Card Required.

Provides current, full-text articles written by Mercury News staff on local news, business, sports, front, editorials and obituaries. Excludes freelance and AP articles as well as classifieds and other ads.
Available in NewsBank.

Please Note: Latest issues are sometimes posted after a delay on the vendor's side.

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Music Online: American Music Library Card Required.

Music Online: American Music is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more. All content is available for unlimited streaming.

Music Online: Contemporary World Music Library Card Required.

Music Online: Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more. All content is available for unlimited streaming.

Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries Library Card Required.

Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms. All content is available for unlimited streaming.


Nation Magazine Archive, The (1865-Present) Library Card Required.

Research Areas:

  • Activism
  • Arts
  • Books
  • Culture
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Politics
  • Society

With The Nation researchers can access 14 decades of historic articles, editorials, letters, reviews, poems, and puzzles dating back to the magazine's first issue from July 6, 1865.  The Nation is an important clearinghouse of primary source material in American and world history, offering a 150-year archive of reporting opinion and criticism. 

In the first year of publication, one of the magazine's regular features was The South As It Is, dispatches from a tour of the war-torn region by John Richard Dennett, a recent Harvard graduate and a veteran of the Port Royal Experiment. Dennett interviewed Confederate veterans, freed slaves, agents of the Freedmen's Bureau, and ordinary people he met by the side of the road.

From 1880 to 1930 the magazine became a literary supplement to the daily newspaper New York Evening Post as it was acquired by the Henry Villard, a newspaperman turned railroad baron.

During the 1930s the magazine praised the accomplishments of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal  and wrote in support of the nationalization of many industries.  

The Nation supported the war effort during WWII and because of its far left ideology it was banned by several school libraries during the height of the McCarthy era.

Today the magazine remains a left leaning magazine and it celebrated its 150 year anniversary in 2015 with a documentary and a 268-page special issue​.

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National Geographic Virtual Library eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

This collection includes the following material:

  • National Geographic Magazine (1888 - Present)
  • National Geographic Traveler (2010 - Present)
  • People, Animals, and the World (browse for eBooks, articles, images, and videos)
  • National Geographic Kids (browse for eBooks, articles, images, and videos for kids ages 6-14)

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New York Times, The (Current Issues) Library Card Required.

The New York Times Online is available in three editions: English, Spanish and Chinese. Click on ESPAÑOL or 中文 on top of the webpage to access the Spanish or Chinese edition.

Headlines are updated throughout the day and readers have access to Times Video, which provides short videos on culture, entertainment, world news, science, and much more. Lending Information. FAQ.

A few limitations to be aware of:

  • Mobile apps are available only for remote access. If you're connected to the Library's WiFi inside the library you will not be able to use the mobile app version.
  • Articles from 1923-1980 are not available for in-library access. However, patrons can access 5 articles per day from this date range via off-site access.
  • The archives for 1851-1922 and 1981 - present are unlimited.
  • The Crosswords app is not included. However, crosswords from the past week, as well as a handful from the archive, are available in the Crosswords section.
  • The Cooking app is not included, but patrons can access recipes via the Food section on nytimes.com.
  • To visit historic issues of The New York Times, visit this link


請點撃主頁面正上方的“中文”選項 進入中文介面。

頭條新聞每日即時更新,時報視頻 (Times Video)  則提供有關文化、娛樂、世界新聞、科學等多元短視頻。


请点撃主页面正上方的“中文”选项 进入中文介面。

头条新闻每日即时更新,时报视频 (Times Video)  则提供有关文化、娱乐、世界新闻、科学等多元短视频。

Edición en español del New York Times en línea

Los titulares del periódico se actualizan a lo largo del día. Haga clic en “Español” el la parte superior de la página web.

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New York Times, The (Historic Issues) Library Card Required.

From leading issues and events, like the U.S. Civil War, westward expansion, industrial developments, race relations, and World War I and II; to international, local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports the New York Times: Historic Issues provides easily-searchable firsthand accounts and coverage from 1851 through three years previous to the current year.

Every issue includes the complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format. 

Available in ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

To browse individual issues, click on "Publications." You will see three different editions of the New York Times available: The New York Daily Times (1851-1857), The New York Times (1857-1922), The New York Times (1923-three years previous to the current year).

  • Select an issue based on date.
  • Scroll to the section "Browse specific issues" and then follow the links to get to a specific date/issue. 
  • To access the current issue of The New York Times, visit this link
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News for You

Password: FAC9CC. This website is an online news source designed for people who are learning to read, write, or speak English. Seven new stories based on current events are posted weekly. They are written at reading levels 3-6. News for You Online includes a Tips for Teachers section where instructors can find the video How to Use News for You Online and other helpful resources. 

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Nolo Press Self-Help Titles / EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

Find legal forms and reference eBooks, as well as how-to instructions for legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. State-specific legal forms are searchable by topics such as Adoption, Bankruptcy, and Name Changes.

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NoveList K-8 Plus Book Recommendations Find a Good Book: Reviews, Recommendations, & More Library Card Required.

Looking for a great new book to read? Try NoveList!

NoveList K-8 Plus  is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Use your favorite books and authors to find new adventures! If you can't think of a book you've liked in the past, simply choose a topic of interest and explore lists of recommended books.


Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context) Library Card Required.

This online resource covers today's hot button social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. You will find pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, primary sources, interactive maps, infographics, and more. 

The full-text articles that are available cover current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more, which make it great for speech and debate classes or for research assignments.

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OverDrive Magazines Library Card Required.

View 3,000+ full-color, digital copies of your favorite magazines including Rolling StonesVogueUS WeeklyThe Economist and much more. Includes international content from a variety of countries such as Australia, Great Britain, Canada, China, Germany, France, Italy, Spain & Latin America, Japan, Korea, Russia, etc. You will have access to a “rolling” 3 years of back issues wherever available.  Access is for simultaneous use for 7, 14, or 21 days (depending on your personal account settings). Lending Information. Help Guide.

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OverDrive Magazines for Kids & Teens Library Card Required.

View complete, full-color, digital copies of your favorite magazines including HelloHigh FiveHighlightsNational Geographic for Kids, and more! Includes international content from a variety of countries such as Australia, Great Britain, Canada, China, Germany, France, Italy, Spain & Latin America, Japan, Korea, Russia, etc. You will have access to a “rolling” 3 years of back issues wherever available.  Access is for simultaneous use for 7, 14, or 21 days (depending on your personal account settings). Lending Information. Help Guide.

OverDrive Video Library Card Required.

Checkout and stream free shows, movies, and more through OverDrive! Enjoy feature films, TV series, children's programming, documentaries, educational content, and instructional videos.  Videos will play in the OverDrive app or in your web browser.

Note: Some restrictions may apply and you may not be able to play all streaming videos (like those from Starz) on a Kindle Fire, Fire HD, or Android 7.X devices, even using the OverDrive app.

Oxford Reference eBooks eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

Provides ready reference eBooks from Oxford University Press's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias.

Highlights from the collection include architecture, economic history, music, German and American literature, Shakespeare, ancient Egypt, the Reformation, the Renaissance, women in world history, and much more.

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O’Reilly for Public Libraries (Formerly Known as Safari Tech eBooks) eBooks & Audiobooks New! Library Card Required.

Get instant access to videos and full-color reference eBooks geared toward the Information Technology sector. Enjoy access to early releases for titles published by O’Reilly Media. Also included are titles for personal & professional development and for project management.

Publishers include O'Reilly Media, Cisco Press, Adobe Press, Microsoft Press, John Wiley & Sons, Apress, Pearson Certification, Peach Pit, Career Press, and much more. FAQs.

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PressReader – Digital Kiosk of Newspapers & Magazines with Worldwide Coverage Library Card Required.

Full view of newspapers and magazines from 120+ countries with 60+ languages including publications from Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States. Includes up to 3 months of back coverage. Lending Information.

If you are accessing PressReader from outside the library, click the "Sign In button " in the top, right corner. In the sign in window that comes up click on "Library and Group", then select "Santa Clara County Library District" and enter your Library Card Number and PIN for full access to PressReader. 

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Publication Title Search Library Card Required.


Reading Counts! Book Expert Online Find a Good Book: Reviews, Recommendations, & More

This searchable database provides information about books that are supported by Reading Counts! quizzes. Teachers, students, and parents can locate the right title to read.

Search by title, author, grade level, Lexile measure and other criteria to find information about books that includes annotated descriptions and key metrics.

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Rosetta Stone Library Edition: Language Learning Including ESL Library Card Required.

Immersion language learning for 30 languages including English (ESL)! Online courses are available in different proficiency levels and structured around core lessons that help build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills using interactive voice comparison, illustrative images, quizzes, and challenges. FAQs & Instructions.

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Salem Press eBooks eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

Salem Press offers online access to its print titles owned by Santa Clara County Library District. 

Full-text versions of Salem Press history titles include:

  • Great Lives in History: The Eighteenth Century
  • Defining Documents in American History: Immigration & Immigrant Communities (1650-2016)

Full-text versions of Salem Press literary titles include:

  • Recommended Reading: 600 Classics Reviewed - Reviews classics that continue to interest general readers and literary specialists, year after year.  
  • Critical Surveys of Mythology and Folklore: World Mythology includes traditional literature from a broad range of regions and cultures.

Also includes full-text career titles like Careers Outdoors, and health titles like Magill's Medical Guide. Please note: the information provided in that database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 

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Salud en Español Library Card Required.

Salud en Español provee reportes completos basados en evidencias y bases de datos relacionados a todos los aspectos de la salud y el bienestar. Contiene reportes específicos por tema que cubren todos los aspectos de la salud, dan información general importante en relación a enfermedades, afecciones y procedimientos de diversos tratamientos.

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Scholastic Go! Library Card Required.

Scholastic Go! offers comprehensive nonfiction content for kids in grade 3 and up. Includes the following four encyclopedia databases: Amazing Animals, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, and The New Book of Popular Science. Find daily news and current events, interactive maps, dictionaries, and videos.

School Center by LearningExpress Library Card Required.

The resources in the School Center provide skill-building for classroom and homework success. The school center helps students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.

Science Immunology Library Card Required.

Science Immunology provides readers the latest immunological research, with the inclusion of human clinical research, as well as coverage of new tools and techniques. 

Areas of research include Allergy and Asthma, Antibodies, Autoimmunity, Cancer Immunology, Cytokines, Host Defense, Immunogenomics, Immunotherapy, Infectious Disease, Inflammation and Fibrosis, Vaccines, and more.

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Science Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1880-1996) Library Card Required.

Known as Science Classics, this database provides access to the digital archives of the journal Science from its first issue in 1880 through 1996, delivering over a century of high-impact scientific literature from the world's largest general science journal.

Also check out Nobel Laureates and Breakthrough Prize Winners Published in Science - Science has published the research of over 400 Nobel Laureates since the award’s inception in 1901. This flyer lists those award-winning authors by year and category.

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Science Robotics Library Card Required.

Science Robotics promotes research and development of robotics in all environments. The journal also provides a central forum to discuss related ethical and policy issues.

Research areas include: AI, Autonomous Vehicles, Humanoids, Types of Robots, Robot Engineering, Robots in Education, Social, Ethical, and Policy Issues, Soft Robots, Theoretical Advances with Possible Applications

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Science Signaling Library Card Required.

Publishes key findings in the multidisciplinary field of cell signaling, including research, reviews, and perspectives.

Research fields include Biochemistry, Cancer, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Metabolism, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Medicine, Plant Biology,and Vascular Biology.

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Science Translational Medicine Library Card Required.

Science Translational Medicine integrates medicine, engineering and science to promote human health by translating research from bench to bedside and back again.

Research articles focus on studies that can provide new information about therapies or disease and reports on innovative drug discovery and device development. 

Research areas include: Bioengineering, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Devices and Diagnostics, Infectious Disease, Imaging, Immunology, Immunotherapy and Vaccines, Lung, Bone, and Muscle, Neurology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Psychiatry, Stem Cells/Tissue Engineering, and more.

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SimplyE App for eBooks & Audiobooks eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

There’s an ongoing intermittent issue happening for some iOS users when a WiFi signal is weak, intermittent, or lost. You may get an error on download, or you may experience loss of bookmarks and downloads access to successive chapters. The vendor is aware of this issue and is working on a fix. In the meantime, if you are unable to listen to your audiobook, please restart the audiobook and select the next chapter from the top right menu option if needed, or check out the Libby app.

SimplyE is a free app, available for iOS and Android devices, which incorporates the library's OverDrive, cloudLibrary, and Odilo collections. Browse, borrow, read, and return, eBooks and Audiobooks without needing to switch between apps. Spanish content is also included! How-To guides for Apple iOS and Android.

Skillsoft – IT eBooks, Courses, and Videos eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

Skillsoft offers 2,600+ self-paced and just-in time eCourses, 14,500+ eBooks, and 35,000+ videos from certified industry experts on computer and information technology.

In addition, Skillsoft offers hundreds of IT certification & test prep eBooks & eCourses, developed in partnership with leading industry organizations.

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Small Business Resources Guide Library Card Required.

Put together by librarians, this guide provides resources for start-ups and entrepreneurs on the topics of business research and education, creating and writing a business plan, financial and legal issues, and marketing.

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Smart Investing @ The Library Library Card Required.

Managing your money is one of the most important tasks we all have to tackle in life. While there's a glut of personal finance and investment information, it's difficult to make sense of it all.

To save you time, this Smart Investing Guide was developed for all ages and incomes, and for various financial goals. Find educational literature, financial tools and websites, and other resources for investors of different ages and backgrounds, as well as resources to help you research specific financial topics and goals, such as banking basics, buying a car or home, identity theft, and more.

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Sociology Collection Library Card Required.

The Sociology Collection is a database that provides full-text articles from journals, books, dissertations, working papers, etc. in the field of sociology and social services.

Subjects include community and mental health services, family and marriage, gerontology, race and ethnicity, social policy, services, structure, welfare and sociology. 

Ideal for social workers, sociology students or those interested in social issues.

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Sports Illustrated Magazine Archive (1954-2000) Library Card Required.

Sports Illustrated Magazine Archive is valuable to researchers of 20th-century current events, politics and culture, as well as those interested in the history of business, advertising, and popular culture. Subjects cover professional and amateur sports, high school and college athletics, and biographies of athletes and other sports figures.

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TIME Magazine Archive (1923-2000) Library Card Required.

Capturing the relevant news for a given week, TIME Magazine remains an important resource for researchers studying just about any aspect of 20th Century history and life including national and international current events, politics, sports and entertainment.

Articles and cover pages are fully indexed and advertisements are individually identified, ensuring researchers and readers can quickly and accurately find the information they seek.

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Treehouse: Learn Coding, Web Development, and More! Library Card Required.

Treehouse is an online video and interactive learning platform that teaches coding and web development skills. Topics include HTML, CSS, Design, JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, WordPress, iOS, Android, Business, and Development Tools.

New users / returning members who need to reactivate, complete this web form first.

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U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive (1926-1984) Library Card Required.

Valuable to researchers of 20th-century current events, politics, business, and science, as well as those interested in the history of journalism, advertising and popular culture. Cover-to-cover processing presents each issue in its entirety as originally published with articles and cover pages fully indexed. 

Predecessor Titles:

  • United States Daily, 1926 -1933.  “Presenting the only daily record of the official acts of legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government of the United States of America”
  • United States News, 1933-1948. “America’s National newsweekly”
  • World Report, 1946-1948 “The weekly newsmagazine of world affairs”
  • U.S. News & World Report, 1948-1984
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Universal Class: 500+ Courses Library Card Required.

Unlimited access to hundreds of free, non-credit, continuing education online courses. Class subjects include business, history, mathematics, office skills and training, science, and test prep. 

Enroll in up to 5 courses at a time. You have up to 6 months to finish each course. Each course has an instructor whom you may communicate with using email. 

First time users will need to sign in with their library card number. Then follow the prompts to create a user account. FAQs.

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Vanity Fair Magazine Archive (1913-1936 and 1983-2015)

Research Areas:

  • Advertising
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Society
  • Popular culture
  • World news

The first version of Vanity Fair was published from 1913 to 1936. The imprint was then revived in 1983.

Published by Conde Nast Publications, Vanity Fair has been highlighting artists, illustrators and writers providing in-depth coverage and social commentary. Beginning with the Jazz Age, the magazine archive chronicles popular culture, fashion, celebrity portraiture and politics through the years. 
The original version of Vanity Fair featured popular, avant-garde covers for its first run from September 1913 through February 1936.
When the magazine was relaunched 47 years later in March 1983 the new cover focused on celebrity portraits and political figures.
Vanity Fair is known for the contributions of famous photographers such as Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Herb Ritts. They’ve provided the magazine with a series of lavish covers and full-page portraits of current celebrities.
In addition, the magazine has been known for a string of exposés e.g. about the cigarette industry, and the unveiling of the identity of Deep Throat.
The magazine has also featured candid interviews with celebrities, including a monthly Proust Questionnaire.

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Wall Street Journal, The (1984 – Present) Library Card Required.

The Wall Street Journal is considered one of the leading financial newspapers for business news and information. Comprehensive coverage dating back to 1984 is available.
Available in ProQuest Current Newspapers.

To access the latest issue of the Wall Street Journal, click on "Publications."

  • Select the issue e.g. Wall Street Journal Eastern edition or Wall Street Journal (Online) edition. 
  • The first item on the list will display the "Latest available issue." Click the link to go to the latest articles available. The articles display by "Page order." You can also sort by "Reverse page order."
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World Language Collections on OverDrive eBooks & Audiobooks Library Card Required.

This collection provides primarily access to eMagazines in numerous languages. You will also find some multi-language eBooks, audiobooks and video as well. This collection is great for learning another language, reading in your native tongue, or exploring other cultures just out of curiosity. Lending Information. Help Guide.

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WorldCat Library Card Required.

Search the collection and holdings of other library systems from around the world. Find books, magazines, newspapers, archival material, videos, audio recordings, maps, and other items not owned by the Santa Clara County Library District. This is a great resource for patrons looking for reference items, archival material, primary sources, or hard to find items that maybe out of print.

You may place an Interlibrary loan (ILL) request (fee charged) for items to be delivered to an SCCLD library.

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Yewno Discover Library Card Required.

An innovative discovery and learning tool where you can explore concepts and publications through a visual Knowledge Map that enables you to see how ideas are connected. Yewno Discover complements traditional search engines and databases and extends your discovery toolkit.

Please note: Yewno Discover is compatible with all major Internet browsers except Internet Explorer. FAQ.

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期刊中文电子杂志 (龙源) / Qikan Dragonsource eMagazines – Chinese Library Card Required.



Over 90 journals from China, spanning more than 40 subject areas. Topics include business, economics, family, fashion, entertainment, film, and travel. Also includes academic journals, English-language journals published in China, trade publications, and more. All are updated continuously to correspond with the print editions, and many have extensive back lists available. Available in either traditional or simplified characters.

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