Articles & Databases

A-Z List: Magazines by Title

  • Online popular magazines and research journal subscriptions accessible from the Library.

Auto Repair: Chilton Library

  • Get detailed information on vehicle maintenance and repairs. Includes diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls, and more.

California Driver Education

  • Free permit practice tests for getting you ready for your DMV test.

Contra Costa Times/
U.S. & World News

  • Full-text content of Contra Costa County local papers. NewsBank's Research Collection featuring thousands of U.S. and global news sources. Find a Topic has pre-defined searches to relevant information.

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California Missions
Cliffs Notes
Safari Technical Books Online
TumbleBook Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library encyclopedias

Explora - Elementary School Research

    Full-text elementary school magazines. Includes the Encyclopedia of Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, American Heritage Children's Dictionary, and an Image Collection. Topic covered include animals, arts and music, biographies, geography, language arts, mathematics, science and health, and social studies.

Explora - Middle, High School Research

  • Full-text magazines for middle school and high school students. Includes Biographies and Historical Essays, Primary Source Documents, newspapers, reference books, and an Image Collection of photos, maps, and flags.

Flipster - Digital Magazines

Foundation Directory Online

  • Provides access to foundations and corporate donors. Available only inside the Walnut Creek, Brentwood, and El Cerrito library locations.


  • Streaming independent films, shorts, and documentaries from around the world.

Library Guides

  • Research assistance, pathfinders, and useful resources curated by your librarians.

Literary Reference Center

  • Find information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

NoveList Plus

  • Choose the best titles for your reading list! Find "read-alikes," reviews of both fiction and nonfiction titles, plot summaries, book discussion guides, recommendations, articles, and more.

Points of View

  • Provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Hundreds of topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint, and Critical Thinking Guide.


  • Self-paced language learning for over 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages. Includes all levels of vocabulary and grammar, from basic to advanced study.

    Now offering live, teacher-led conversation groups for language learners of all levels, from beginner to advanced.


  • Directory information for businesses and consumers. Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people.

Social Studies Fact Cards - California

  • A research resource for students in grades 4 - 8. Provides facts and figures about topics for California: Indians, Ranchos, Explorers, Governors, Missions, Counties, Governors, and History by the Decades.

Testing & Education Reference Center

  • Prepare for high school, college, and graduate school. Find scholarships. Get assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Includes career licensing exams.

This collection of premium online resources is selected and provided by the Contra Costa County Library. Many of these resources are not found on the Web and only available to Library card holders.