Research Databases

  • To access the databases, you must use your library card number or if you do not have a library card, please come to the library to receive the passwords. 

    If you need a library card and you live in the San Mateo County, please visit: San Mateo County Library Card Services and follow the steps to obtain a library card. 

    Peninsula Library Database

    Database Restrictions

    Please refer to the legend below to see which database you can access. 
    Note: For the Bearcats who do not reside in San Mateo, you would not be able to access the databases with the green rectangle. 
    -Students who reside in Foster CitySan BrunoMillbrae, and South San Francisco  would use the databases using the purple "PLS" box.



    If you'd like to see a complete list of databases you can access, please visit the Peninsula Library System Databases page for more information. 

Library Catalogs and Databases

California K-12 Digital Resources

Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, ProQuest research databases, and TeachingBooks are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.

These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources. Post links directly to each school level, elementary, middle or high.


Need help from Britannica? See our support page. (800) 621-3900 x 7160 |

TeachingBooks (PreK-12)

One-stop resources for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.

Need help from TeachingBooks? See our support page. 510-239-7391 |

ProQuest (Grades 3-12)

CultureGrams SIRS Discover SIRS Issues Researcher elibrary Guided Research Edition
elibrary Database Edition ProQuest Central Student ProQuest Research Companion Schools and Educators Complete

* The icons above and main links below work for accessing these resources on your school campus. Students and staff with the district/school's off-campus access name and access codes should use the "Off-Campus Access" links below when using from public libraries or other non-school locations.

Need help from ProQuest? See our support page. 800-521-0600 |


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