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Find information including library databases, links to library books, links to directories and search tools, and statistics.
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2013 URL: Print Guide

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  • Student Research Center
    Middle, High School magazines. 140+ full-text middle school magazines. 500+ full-text high school magazines and expanded full-text backfiles ( to 1975) for key magazines. Includes Biographies and Historical Essays, Primary Source Documents, reference books and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
  • Points of View
    Provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. 280+ topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint, and Critical Thinking Guide.
  • Contra Costa Times / U.S. & World News
    Full-text content of Contra Costa County local papers. The Library is conducting a year-long trial of NewsBank's Research Collection featuring thousands of U.S. and global news sources.
  • Literary Reference Center
    Provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.
  • Library Research Guides by Subject
    Research assistance, pathfinders, and useful resources curated by your librarians

Library vs. Internet Search

Library Databases: Information in library databases is compiled by subject experts with up-to-date, published works with facts checked. Library databases are easy to search with easy to navigate interfaces.

Internet: Anyone can publish on the internet, whether the information they provide is true/correct or not. Internet sites are often not vetted or properly organized and can be outdated.

Research Methods

Google Scholar


Google Books

Google (Web)


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