Articles & Databases

Elementary School/
Kids Search

  • 80+ full-text elementary school magazines. Includes the following: Encyclopedia of Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, American Heritage Children's Dictionary and an Image Collection.

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, and Governors.

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.

Middle, High School/College
Student Research Center

  • 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, newspapers, 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. 340+ topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint, and Critical Thinking Guide.

Literary Reference Center

  • Provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

Foundation Directory Online

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

Associations Unlimited

    Information on U.S. national associations, international associations, U.S. regional, state, and local associations and professional societies. Includes nonprofit organizations.

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.

eBooks: enki | Overdrive | Axis 360 and ...

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

Research Guides

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

Magazines by Title

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


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.