Articles & Databases


You will need your library card to access most of these databases from any computer outside of the library.  If you don't have a card you can still use them inside the library, using a library computer.
Ancestry
The Fortuna Branch Library has a subscription to this genealogy database. Unlike the other resources below, it cannot be used online from home. The Ancestry subscription can be accessed only from the computers located at the Fortuna Branch Library. Call 707-725-3460.


Articles, News Videos & Documents from Explora
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This library-paid search tool allows you to find articles, images, and Associated Press news videos from a range of databases for all ages.  Students doing homework will discover that the information here is not "from the internet" but from magazines and encyclopedias, books, biographies, and primary source documents.  In some cases material was written specifically for this database. Searchasaurus and Kids Search will be discontinued on July 1, but until then you can find them by clicking "search other databases" at the top of the Explora page. 

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Articles & Documents from MasterFILE


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Magazine articles and more!  This library-paid subscription allows you to search for articles or read whole issues of magazines for free.  It includes 1,700 periodicals. This database also contains the full text of more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an image collection of over 592,000 photos, maps and flags. 


Auto Repair: Chilton's Automotive Database


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Library users can use this library-paid subscription database to find reliable repair information on domestic and imported models from 1940 onward. Includes detailed, step-by-step instructions, diagnostic trouble codes, specifications, and troubleshooting guides. So that you can see what to do, there are close-up photographs and illustrations, videos, animated graphics, vacuum and wiring diagrams.  So that you can hear what to do, Chilton's  now has text-to-speech:  you can choose to listen to the repair directions instead of reading them when that is more convenient.  For hard-to-find parts, use the parts finder, which will connect you with eBay Motors. 



California Digital Newspaper Collection


Go to Website
Historic articles from California newspapers from 1849 to 1911 can be searched by keyword with this helpful tool from the University of California at Riverside.



California City and County Profiles: Profiles of California


Go to Website
For cities and counties in California, find statistics on physical characteristics (location, elevation, area, etc.), average household size, median age, male/female ratio, population by race or origin, marriage status, educational attainment, community income levels & poverty, taxes, housing, crime, employment, building permits issued, commute to work.



California Fact Cards


Go to Database
This database offers useful facts about California history, helpful for students of all ages. Topics include:
  • California History by Decades
  • California Indian Tribes
  • Counties
  • Explorers
  • Governors
  • Mission Life
  • Missions
  • Ranchos



Driver's Ed


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Practice tests for the written exams for car, motorcycle, and commercial driver's license. Includes the full text of the current California Driver's Manuals (car, motorcycle, & CDL.)
  Plus, explore the FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions



Ebscohost eBooks


Go to eBooks from Ebscohost
The library subscribes to Ebscohost to offer patrons free access to eBooks on a variety of topics useful for homework, practical needs, cultural interests, entertainment, and learning. To see the current list of eBooks available through Ebsco, use the link above. You can read these books on the computer screen.


Famous First Facts


Go to eBook
Who invented the dentist's drill?  When did the Girl Scouts start selling cookies?  Who's the first person known to be hit by a meteorite?  What was the first railroad tunnel?  Who sent the first email, or the first tweet? When did a basketball team first score 10,000 points?  These and many other famous firsts are found here in the 2016 edition of this popular reference title.  Search by keyword or browse by category.


Full Contents of Magazines:  Zinio


Go to eMagazines from Zinio
Some of the same magazines that you love in paper format are now available for your computer or favorite mobile device, page for page.  The library buys digital subscriptions to these so that you can read them online, or download them to read offline.  Keep the magazines on your device as long as you want!  Sign up to get automatic emails when a new issue of a magazine is available.




Jstor Daily "Where News Meets Its Scholarly Match"


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JSTOR Daily is a free, online news-in-context magazine, where writers provide insight, commentary, and analysis of ideas, research, and current events.  Authors tap into the rich scholarship on JSTOR, a digital library of more than 2,000 journals. In addition to weekly feature articles, the magazine publishes daily blog posts that provide the back-story to complex issues of the day in a variety of subject areas, interviews with and profiles of scholars and their work, and much more.



Magill's Medical Guide at Salem Health


Go to eBook
An extensive encyclopedia of health information with articles covering health topics, diseases, and treatments from A to Z.  This online edition has the full text of the original five volume encyclopedia set, seventh edition (published in 2013).



MEDLINEplus


Go to English Website | Pagina Web en Español (Informacion Medica en Español)
MEDLINEplus is a database you can use to help answer health questions. This database brings together, by health topic, up-to-date authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government, non-profit and health-related organizations. It includes drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.



Nolo Press Legal Manuals


Link to the Legal Self-Help Page at the County Law Library
The Humboldt County Law Library maintains a subscription to Nolo books online that you can use.  Use the link Free Books Online found under the Research heading in the center of that page.  You will need to sign in by using your state and first four letters of county, like this:
State Abbreviation:  CA
Password: humb



Overdrive Library to Go - eBooks and eAudiobooks


Go to Overdrive Library to Go
The Humboldt County Library subscribes to this source of eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults and children so that you can use popular eBooks for free. From your home computer or using your own device, you can download novels, nonfiction, and audiobooks from Overdrive. Due to restrictions from Overdrive, it is not possible to download Overdrive material using the Library's public computers, although you can use library wi-fi for this purpose. You must use your own equipment. Find out more about Overdrive on our Overdrive Page.



Times-Standard Index


Go to HSU's Times-Standard Index
A local index of the Eureka Times-Standard daily newspaper, covering articles 1989 to 2005. It is maintained by Humboldt State University Library. This index allows you to search for keywords and phrases and find the dates and titles of articles. You may use these dates to find the articles on microfilm by using the microfilm readers and rolls at either the Eureka Main Library or HSU.