Online Resources

Research tools to meet every information need.

Your Library card is the key to unlock the paywall in front of more than 40 online resources.
  • Supports research at any age from your first book report to tracing your family tree
  • Includes peer-reviewed publications, news articles, historical documents, ebooks and video
  • Reviewed regularly to ensure you have access to the best resources
60 Minutes
Stream episodes from the 60 Minutes: 1997-2014 collection. Each news segment serves as a standalone short documentary on a specific news topic.

Academic Journals
An extensive collection of scholarly and peer-reviewed publications.

Adult Learning Center
Career resources, live academic coaching, including help with resume writing, the GED, the citizenship test, and basic computer questions.

African American Experience: The American Mosaic
A collection of contributions from the African-American community, including those who achieved prominence in the arts, entertainment, the sciences, business, the military, and politics as well as nameless others who endured the travails of slavery and institutionalized discrimination. - Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.
Discover your unique family history with billions of free records from around the world, including census and vital records, immigration and passport records, plus periodicals, books and photos. You can also send documents home from the library for your own records. Available in-library only.

American Ancestors — Available only at Central Library
Research genealogy using the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s collection of civic and church records, newspapers, military and court records, tax and voter lists, diaries, published genealogies and more.

Auto Repair and Maintenance
The Chilton Library for automotive repairs and maintenance is a useful DIY database for car owners and technicians. Chilton is updated annually with maintenance and specification tables for the newest make and models. It is also the go-to preparatory resource for technicians in training.

Discover our favorite books and apps matched to your child's age and interests.

Find a biography in our comprehensive collection covering the world's most influential people, both historic and contemporary.

Strengthen early reading skills with animated, read-along ebooks. You’ll find paired fiction and nonfiction books on topics for every interest. Recommended for children ages three to eight years,

A go-to site for learning about any subject, including thousands of up-to-date articles, images, videos, audio clips and primary sources. For all grades and all reading abilities

Consumer Reports
Reliable and unbiased reviews and guides on products that will leave you well-informed before your next purchase of an appliance, car, health product, electronic equipment and home and garden equipment.

Learn about countries from all over the world and the U.S. states. For students grades 2-12.

Flipster Digital Magazine
Download new and back issues from a selection of popular titles and build your personal library. Start reading immediately via your web browser or the Flipster mobile app. Search you app store for "Flipster" to download the app.

Digital Sanborn Maps 
Research local history with city plans and maps dating from 1867-1970. 

Driving Tests and Prep
Navigate the California Department of Motor Vehicles with easy-to-follow driver’s prep resources, including handbooks and practice tests for car, motorcycle, and commercial driver’s licenses. Available in English, Spanish and Russian.

Gale Courses
Six-week-long online programs are taught by college instructors. New courses begin each month, and lessons are assigned twice a week, enhanced to support varied learning styles. Enjoy self-paced learning and engagement with other students and the instructor with weekly discussion boards. This service is available 24/7.

Gale in Context: High School (formerly Student Resources in Context)
Authoritative content for high school and college-level assignments that includes primary sources, biographies, newspaper and journal articles and multimedia content.

Gale in Context: History
Historical documents, primary sources, research articles and maps are all at your fingertips with Gale in Context: U.S. History (formerly History in Context) and Gale in Context: World History (formerly World History in Context).

Gale in Context: Middle School (formerly Research in Context)
Supports students in grades 6-8 with reliable content from newspapers, magazines, videos and primary sources for history, literature, government, language arts, social studies and science.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Explore opposing sides on important and controversial topics, from capital punishment to immigration to gun control. Perfect for pro/con essays and debates. Find point and counterpoint articles in Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints (formerly Opposing Viewpoints in Context) and Gale in Context: Global Issues (formerly Global Issues in Context).

Heritage Quest
Start your ancestry search online from the comfort of your own home with digital collections of U.S. census data, bank records, Revolutionary War records and more.

Homework Help Now Online Tutors 
Students of any grade learning any subject can work directly with an online tutor from 1-11 p.m., any day of the week.

Choose from thousands of ebooks, audiobooks and comics. With no waiting, titles can be borrowed immediately and read in your web browser or downloaded to phones or tablets.

Informe Académico
Scholarly journals in Spanish and Portuguese.

Kids InfoBits
Content from reliable and age-appropriate books, magazines and news stories on elementary school topics, including animals, arts, geography, health, literature and social studies.

Knowledge City
Knowledge City offers timely online training in business, computer, safety, compliance and finance with programs crafted by experienced instructors, college professors and industry experts from around the world. Access is available 24/7 and certificates of completion are available. The service is available in Spanish and English.

Mango Languages
Advanced learning techniques and expert-level instruction to make learning a new language easy. Choose from 71 different languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese and English.

Magazines & Newspapers
Find articles on just about every topic, from news and current events to history, technology and health.

Missions of California ebooks
Always available ebooks on the California missions, perfect for when the print book isn’t on the shelf at your library. Login: Missions Password: Missions

National Geographic
An inside look at interesting places from all over the world. Available on computer or mobile device.

National Geographic Kids
Explore animals, cultures, history and places around the world. For students grades 1-8.

Gale OneFile: News (formerly Newsstand)
Thousands of international, national and local newspapers. 

New York Times
Read breaking news and award-winning journalism from the New York Times. To use the Library’s subscription, click redeem (the code is autofilled) and you'll be asked to create an account with the New York Times. Each login provides you with 24 hours of continuous access.

This is where we pull back the curtain and show you one of the tools of our trade -- NoveList. Use this tool to find read-alikes, listen-alikes and which book you should read next in a series.

Our largest ebook and audiobook collection. Browse by genre or search for an author or title.

OverDrive | Kids Catalog
Browse by recommended books or grade level.

OverDrive | Teen Catalog
Browse and search just the young adult and teen titles in our ebook, comic and audiobook collection.

Pronunciator is a listening and speaking-focused language learning tool with more than 80 languages to study. 

Create modeling moments for your child with this video service to engage your child to boost learning.

Read the Books | Accelerated Reading Book Lists
Search your school’s Accelerated Reading (AR) list and find books at your library.

Build your target list with reliable information. Updated monthly and verified by more than 24 million phone calls per year, ReferenceUSA is the most comprehensive and reliable way to find people and organizations.

Sacramento Bee
Read the daily paper in a full-color e-edition that looks just like the print edition or access the archives dating back to 1857.

Find the latest on scientific topics, from genetic engineering to astronomy in Gale in Context: Science (formerly Science in Context). Use Interactive: Science to explore interactive 3D models and take a deeper dive into chemistry and biology.

Provides you with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas with hands-on projects, videos, interactive features and more. Recommended for 9+ years of age.

Teaching Books
An engaging collection of resources that brings books to life and empowers all readers to connect deeply with the book they are reading.

Test Preparation
Prepare for major exams like AP Calculus or the SAT with practice tests, ebooks and courses in Testing & Education Reference Center. For students in high school, college or graduate school and job seekers.

Build knowledge of science and social studies paired videos, interactive ebooks and engaging project ideas and activities. Recommended for 8-11 years of age.

Get investment ratings, research, statistics and forecasts for thousands of stocks and mutual funds.

Virtual Reference Library
A collection of encyclopedias and reference books covering a range of the most-studied topics including animals, literature, Native American tribes, history, American decades, government and law.
An all-encompassing research tool that creates visual representations of your search terms and the connections between multiple topics and results.