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These databases are paid for by the Library and require a library card and password to access. If you have questions, please contact the Library at (415) 289-4121. You can also access them through the Library's database page.

Library Resources for K-8 Students

Academic Search Complete. Full-text coverage of many areas, including animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic and multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology and many other fields.

Elementary School Explora. Designed especially for young people in grades K-6. Explora makes it easier for elementary school students to look for information on their topic.

Middle School Explora. Contains full text articles for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. It also includes full text articles for thousands of biographies and historical essays, contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, and reference books including the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia, American Heritage Dictionary, and Encyclopedia of Animals.

Points of View Reference Center Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a balance of materials from all viewpoints. This resource provides topics with an overview, point, counterpoint and Critical Thinking Guide.


How Stuff Works. Learn how everything works. From digital cameras to identity theft, this site is a treasure trove of useful and searchable information.

The Why Files. A project of the National Institute for Science Education, this site offers well-researched and clearly written investigations of current topics in science; a new story is posted every other week. The site also includes a small but worthy collection of scientific images.