Articles & Databases

You will need your library card to access most of these resources if using a computer outside of the library or via wifi.    If you don't have a card you can still use all of these resources inside the library, using a library computer.


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 from MasterFile - Magazines, Books, and Journals

Go to MasterFile Database
Masterfile allows simple or sophisticated searching for articles from magazines, books, scholarly journals, and more.  Search by subject, by journal and date, by keyword, title, author, etc.  Articles are accompanied by citation information showing the details of the article's publication.  This database includes

Consumer Reports


Articles, News Videos & Documents from Explora

Go to Explora Database
Explora makes it easy to search for articles and news reports on your topic.  You can also find primary source documents, and sometimes short news videos.  The articles are sorted for different ages.  They come from magazines, newspapers, and reference books or were written and checked just for this database.  Each article has the details of its original publication so you can see where the facts and opinions come from.  If you are writing a paper, that is the information you need for your footnotes or list of sources.

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Auto Repair: Chilton's Automotive Database

Go to Chilton's Automotive Database
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 Newspaper 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 California Profiles 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 time to work.

California Fact Cards (great for school reports!)

Go to California Fact Cards 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

Go to Driver's Ed Database
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

Famous First Facts

Go to First Facts 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:  RBDigital

Go to eMagazines Database from RBDigital
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.

Humboldt Videos on

See Access Humboldt on the Archive Website
Watch thousands of local videos produced in conjunction with Access Humboldt.  

Jstor Daily "Where News Meets Its Scholarly Match"

Go to Jstor Website
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.


Go to Medline English Website  
Pagina Web Medline en Español (Informacion Medica en Español)
MEDLINEplus is a free 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.  See also PubMed, below, if you want articles written for medical professionals.

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.

PubMed - Medical Articles

Go to the PubMed Database
From the National Institutes of Health, an index to articles on medicine and biology from journals and books, including some full-text articles and eBooks.  Advanced information for when Medline isn't enough.

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.