San Rafael Public Library

Research and Learning

These resources are accessible from anywhere with your library card.

E-Resources for Elementary Students

E-Resources for Middle & High School Students

A-Z List of Resources

Biography

Books and Reading

Business, Investing, & Legal

Consumer Information

  • Consumer Reports  -Unbiased ratings and reviews on thousands of products and services.
    Tip: View articles by issue date, or click on “Search within this publication” and then add your search terms in the search box after “JN “Consumer Reports” “. e.g. JN “Consumer Reports” dishwashers
  • Household Products Database – A consumer guide that provides easy-to-understand information on the potential health effects of more than 2,000 ingredients contained in more than 14,000 common household products used around the home.

Genealogy

Health

  • AHFS Consumer Medication Information –  a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information in lay language  (in English and Spanish)
  • Alt Health Watch – offers complimentary, holistic, and integrative approaches to health care and wellness
  • ClinicalTrials.gov – Linking patients to medical research. This website gives information to the public about studies in which new drugs, diagnostic procedures, vaccines and experimental therapies are tested in people to see if they are safe and effective.
  • Consumer Health Complete – articles from newspapers, magazines, reference books, and encyclopedias on all areas of health and wellness from mainstream to alternative
  • Genetics Home Reference – Your guide to understanding genetic conditions.
  • Health Source – Consumer Edition – magazine articles from consumer health magazines such as Harvard Health Letter, Prevention, and many more
  • Health Source – Nursing/Academic Edition  – articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed, academic journals covering all the medical disciplines
  • Household Products Database – A consumer guide that provides easy-to-understand information on the potential health effects of more than 2,000 ingredients contained in more than 14,000 common household products used around the home.
  • MedlinePlus.gov – A free, comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date health information Web site from the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Merck Manuals Online – one of the world’s most widely used medical information resource in 9 languages for professionals and consumers

Jobs

  • JobScout – training to help you find a job online (in English and Spanish)

Languages

Learning Resources

  • Archives Unbound – Password is “sanrafael”. Topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.
  • Brainfuse HelpNow– homework help for all ages, subject skill-building, writing lab, standardized test center (in English and Spanish)
  • Britannica School Edition – Learn about any subject with content for all grades and all reading abilities K-12. Find articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended Web sites.
  • Britannica Escolar – Britannica en español.
  • Driving-Tests.org – free California DMV practice tests and guidebooks for cars, motorcycles, and commercial licenses (in English and Spanish)
  • Krismar: Recursos Digitales en Español – Actividades Educativas en Español
  • Lynda.comThe libraries will be offering Lynda through the end of October, 2019. Please be sure to complete your courses by that date. You can read more about this change here.

Newspapers, Magazines, Journals

  • Academic Search Complete – full text magazine, newspaper and scholarly/academic journal articles on every subject
  • California Digital Newspaper Collection – digitized California newspapers from 1846 onward
  • JSTOR Open Content – explore scholarly/academic content on JSTOR that is open to everyone, everywhere. Search thousands of free journal articles and open access book chapters.
  • MasterFile Premiere  – thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers including National Geographic, Consumer Reports, and Mother Jones
  • Newspaper Source Plus – 1,000 newspapers including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post
  • New York Times Online – Unlimited free access to NYTimes.com, the digital version of The New York Times. Note: You will need to log in or create a NYTimes.com account. More info.
  • ProQuest Newspapers – 500 newspapers including the Marin IJ, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post
  • RBdigital (formerly Zinio) – read hundreds of popular magazines right from your screen, tablet, or smartphone (help)

Reference

  • Archives Unbound – Password is “sanrafael”. Topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.
  • Points of View Reference Center – Pro and Con articles on controversial topics
  • Britannica School Edition – Learn about any subject with content for all grades and all reading abilities K-12. Find articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended Web sites.
  • Britannica Escolar – Britannica en español.

Streaming Media

  • Hoopla – streaming movies, music, and TV with no holds and no waiting (help)

 

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    Mon: 1-8
    Tues, Weds, Thurs: 10-8
    Fri & Sat: 10-5

    Contact
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    Address
    1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue)
    San Rafael, CA 94901

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    Hours
    Sun & Mon: Closed
    Tues & Weds: 1-8
    Thurs: 11-8
    Fri & Sat: 11-5

    Contact
    (415) 485-3483

    Address
    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

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    Mon, Weds, Thurs: 1-8
    Fri, Sat, Sun: 1-5
    Tues: closed

    Contact
    (415) 524-2694

    Address
    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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