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Online Databases & Other eResources

Some subscription databases are provided thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Arcadia Public LibrarySeveral subscription databases are provided thanks to assistance received from the California Public Library Fund


Problems accessing eResources and Online Databases from Home.

Business Information


Morningstar Investment Research Center

is an easy to navigate database designed to help you reach your investment goals. It’s a one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary. Data is provided on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1500 exchange traded funds, and 700 closed end funds. It also provides reports on over 3500 securities, offering in-depth background and analyst opinions on top investments.

This resource can only be used by one patron at a time, so if it is not available when you attempt to login please try again at a later time.  Please also remember to click "End Session" when leaving the site to allow for maximum sharing of this resource.

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Directories

1922451972004grolier_onlineThe world's most respected online encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas and reference resource for students and educators. Designed just for children, it has the full text of The Book of Knowledge (an encyclopedia), Lands and Peoples (an encyclopedia about all the countries in the world), and America the Beautiful (an encyclopedia with state by state information).


Gale Virtual Reference Library

The Gale Virtual Reference Library provides access to authoritative handbooks, directories, and encyclopedias on a wide variety of subjects.  All of the included ebooks are web accessible, and there’s no need to check them out.  Click here for a list of available titles. From HOME enter Library barcode in CAPS to login and click on 'Proceed'.

You can also click on a link below to be taken to the corresponding sub-collection of titles:




The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research.  Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on over 24 million U.S. Businesses, over 263 million U.S. Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Movers/New Homeowners, U.S. Health Care, Canadian Businesses and Canadian Residents in an easy to search format.  Data can be searched, viewed, printed, downloaded, charted and graphed. 


Ebooks, Audiobooks, Digital Magazines




OverDrive eBooks

Download ebooks and audiobooks, fiction and nonfiction, through the Southern California Digital Library. Log in before you search to see everything available to you as an Arcadia cardholder.


 Zinio Digital Magazines                                          


Zinio Digital Magazines 

Zinio is the ultimate source for magazine lovers, with digital magazines for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac & PC. News may break elsewhere - stories live on Zinio! 



TumbleBooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Math Stories, Read-Alongs, Videos, and Tumble Puzzles & Games. Enter your library card barcode number into the box, including all characters in CAPS, but no spaces (example PARC000012345G).

Education and Career


Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans

This long-standing reference is a one-stop resource detailing thousands of sources of education-related financial aid and awards at all levels of study. Perfect for education professionals, parents, students, counselors and others interested in education funding options.

History and Genealogy


HeritageQuest Online, the genealogy database from ProQuest, allows searching through Census, war, and bank records, as well as related books and articles, to trace family lineage and history. Find your ancestors by searching U.S. Federal Census records from 1790-1940. This resource is made possible with funding from the Friends of the Library.




Social Studies Fact Cards Online

Fact Cards 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 topics included in the social studies curriculum in California.


PowerSpeak Languages


Powerspeak Languages is a powerful online language learning program of study. With more than 1,000 lessons, it allows for both quick learning and in-depth study over a longer period of time. Using research-driven techniques to take full advantage of the brain’s natural ability to acquire language and rooted in decades of research and development and designed to teach users of all ages, Powerspeak features a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons, and games, all of which contribute to an experience that closely aligns with the standards set forth by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, ESL for Spanish speakers, and ESL for Chinese speakers. From HOME enter Library barcode in CAPS to login and click on 'Proceed'.  Click here for tutorials for this resource.


Powerspeak Languages Tutorials

Literature & Authors

Literary Reference Center Plus


Literary Reference Center Plus provides the most relevant and reliable information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames.


NoveList_ProductButton_150A fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 125,000 fiction titles, also including other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, and book discussion guides.
This resource is made possible with funding from the Friends of the Library.

Magazine, Newspaper, and Statistical Research

Masterfile Complete


This database offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering virtually every subject area of general interest. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags. 

MAS Ultra High School


Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers and more. 

Points of View Reference Center


Writing a persuasive essay? Searching for a good debate topic? Look no further than Points of View Reference Center.  Containing resources that present diverse perspectives on important issues and events, Points of View Reference Center has the information you need to better understand controversial issues and craft persuasive arguments – in speech and in writing.



The ProQuest Los Angeles Times Online offers complete full-text content from 1985 to present of local and regional news. 


Tutoring for Homework Help and for Job Searching


 BrainFuse HelpNow 

Homework help-- on demand, anytime, anywhere, easy, intuitive and engaging!  Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning is for all ages and levels.


 BrainFuse JobNow

Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques.


Other Online Resources


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