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Gale Virtual Reference Shelf

Cameron s Collection

Diversity and Inclusion

Primary Sources


Gale in Context

ProQuest & SIRS

SIRS will help if you are you researching a controversial topic. SIRS presents both sides of the issue providing  you with a broad scope of information to fully understand the topic and make a well rounded argument. Topics include health care reform, animal rights, medical ethics, world conflict, capital punishment, national security, surveillance and many more.

SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database providing safe, reliable, curriculum-aligned content such as relevant newspaper and magazine articles, as well as graphs, tables and political cartoons that are all easily accessible through easy-to-follow search and browse options.

 ProQuest Central Student accesses thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, reports, and other types of content. Some of the most-used databases are in the fields of education, humanities, psychology, science, social sciences, and news.

ProQuest Research Companion supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction occurring in today's libraries, classrooms, and online learning environments. (Grades 8+; students need to be 13 or older to create an individual account within the product)

Other Databases

Britannica School

Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.

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Britannica Escolar- for Spanish version

The American Physical Society has a range of journals that delve into the physical sciences. Click on the "Publications" tab to see the many journals you can access.  No password required but you must be on campus to access.

Culturegrams is an online resource of reports on 209 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Reports contain information on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people, as well as audio, video, images, maps, infographics, and classroom exercises.

eLibrary delivers one of the largest general reference collections and researchers will find the answers they need from more than 1,700 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcript titles, plus a collection of over 7 million maps, pictures, weblinks, and audio/video files.

Most of the databases require a username and/or password.  Please click the link on the above document in order to access all of our databases from any device.

Contra Costa County Library

CCC Library's Digital Resources give access to premium resources including databases, online tutors, downloadable eBooks, and streaming movies with your library card.

No library card?  No problem.  Sign up for an ecard here.

Google Scholar

Google scholar searches the web for scholarly articles. While not everything it pulls up will be full, free access. You can then search for the full article in one of the databases!

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