Online Databases

Academic Search Complete logo
Offers more than 8600 full-text journals and 12,500 abstracted and indexed journals covering many areas of academic study including: animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology and many other fields

Find information on topics related to business, education, the environment, health, international issues, jobs and careers, people, politics and government, social issues, sports, STEM and more including newspapers, videos and web-only content featuring the Merced Sun-Star Collection, USA Today and others.

Designed for touch-enabled devices such as laptops and tablets, AutoMate offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today's complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed.

Biography Reference Center logo
Offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

Britannica School is a database information.Students use the tool for research, while teachers can plan lessons and share them with others. Britannica School compiles the breadth and depth of the traditional Encyclopedia Britannica into a digital site easily usable in the classroom. The site seeks to provide the data that students need for research in a safe environment for students.

Discover the knowledge - building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age appropriate content in Spanish.

Business Search Interface logo
A business-specific interface for use with the Business Source Complete database (see below).
Business Source Complete logo
Provides full-text content covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, banking, finance, etc. Indexing and abstracts and full text are available back as far as 1886. Additional full-text content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analysis and more.
Consumer Health Complete logo
Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.
English Language Learner EBSCO logo
This multi-purpose information resource is designed for middle and high school students and anyone that is new to the English language. Contains practice tests designed to support English-language proficiency and comprehension in topics including literacy, researching, note-taking, and academic writing. Covers a wide range of subject areas—including science, math, history, civics, life skills and literature—and is written at an appropriate level, using vocabulary and sentence structure that is helpful to non-native speakers.

Enki Library

In response to COVID-19 and library closures, Califa is providing open access to enki library to any California library card holder.You can read enki titles online or download and open in Adobe Digital Editions on desktop, laptop or Android / iOS tablet or phone.

Whether you’re cruising the streets of Los Angeles or Highway 1 outside Big Sur, the best way to get on the road is by taking our California DMV practice tests. They help you retain knowledge better than studying the manual alone, whether you’re preparing for your Class C Instruction Permit test, driver’s license test, or senior citizens’ refresher test. Our wide range of practice tests for car driving, motorcyclists, and for commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) is perfect for anywhere in the state, as the written test is the same at all California DMV locations. Several of our tests are also available in other languages, specifically Spanish and Russian.

GreenFILE logo
EBSCO proudly offers GreenFILE, a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment. Comprised of more than 600 scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology. The total number of records is approximately 295,000, and full text is provided for more than 4,600 records from open access titles. Also included in GreenFILE is a 6,800-term Thesaurus.
History Reference Center logo
Designed for academic research, this database features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books. It also includes full text for nearly 150 leading history periodicals. And access to thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos/maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.
Home Improvement Reference Center
Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, “how-to” information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects. Subjects include maintenance, plumbing, electrical work, wood projects, and many more. It also includes full-text content from leading home improvement magazines and nearly 100 videos of popular home repair projects.
European Views of The Americas 1493 through 1750
European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 is a database based on the authoritative bibliography "European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750." This new database is a valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. The bibliographic database, to be made available for the first time in digital form anywhere, contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.
Legal Information Reference Center logo
Contains more than 310 full-text consumer legal reference publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.
Library Information Science and Information Abstracts (LISTA) logo
EBSCO Publishing is proud to provide the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. This world-class bibliographic database covers librarianship, classification, information management, and more and indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science
MasterFILE Complete logo
This multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full-text information dating as far back as 1922. Contains full text for nearly 1,000 reference books and over 107,000 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of more than 592,000 photos, maps & flags.
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Read breaking news and award-winning journalism from the New York Times.To use the Library's subscription you will be asked to create an account with your library card number and pin number to get 24 hours of continuous access.


Newspaper Archive

NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. 

Newspaper Source Plus logo
Includes more than 1,000 full-text newspapers, providing more than 38 million full-text articles. The database contains comprehensive full text for major newspapers such as The Bakersfield Californian, The New York Times (from January 1985 to present), Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), Toronto Star, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times (DC) and others.
     NewsBank (Merced Sun-Star)

Search more than 15 years of California history with the Merced Sun-Star Collection. Coverage from 2001 through today, including full-color image edition, full-text and web-only content. 

NoveList K through 8 Plus logo
Provides hundreds of hand-crafted Recommended Reads reading lists created for teens and kids covering both fiction and nonfiction genres and topics. Also includes over 700 BookTalks and over 950 searchable award lists.
NoveList Plus logo
Includes information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads and more.
Points of View logo
Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides more than 280 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.
Referencia Latina logo
Una base de datos completa de habla hispana, que ofrece contenido de una variedad de contenido incluyendo 49,000 entradas enciclopedicas, más de 100,000 imágenes, 2,500 informes sobre la salud, un diccionario español-inglés y texto completo para más de 100 libros de referencia y docenas de revistas de interés general en una amplia gama de áreas temáticas.
Regional Business News logo
Provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications.
Science Reference Center logo
This comprehensive research database provides easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content. Is designed to meet every student researcher's needs, contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, life science, mathematics, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife.
Small Business Reference Center logo
Provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and 450 full-text reference books.
Small Engine Repair Reference Center logo
Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides detailed repair guides for all manner of small engines. It offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and over 500 full-text reference books. Repair information is provided for air-cooled engines, diesel engines, farm tractors, ATVs, commercial mowers, generators, motorcycles, marine boats, and many more.
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Social Study Fact Cards : California Edition are a series of research resources designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 through 8. The topics covered by Fact Cards are those California topics included in the social studies curriculum in California. For the past ten years, printed Fact Cards have been used extensively in California elementary and middle schools, as well as in public libraries.

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Teaching Books is for anyone who reads, teaches, or enjoys books for children and teens.

Teacher Reference Center logo
This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now also offered free via the EBSCO host platform. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians


TumbleBooks’  (access will continue until August 31, 2020.)

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

  • - K-6 children’s ebook database                   Username: tumble735   Password: books
  • - K-6 math ebook database                                        Username: tumble2020  Password: A3b5c6
  • - gr 7-12 ebook database                                           Username: tumble2020  Password: A3b5c6
  • - all ages audio book database                           Username: tumble202     Password: A3b5c6
  • - a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd                                                                                          Username: tumble2020   Password: A3b5c6
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