The Berkeley Public Library has a variety of research tools available to the community. Whether you are looking for information for a research project or need assistance for a homework assignment, you can find the information you need fast. For additional resources arranged by subject, please see the By Subject section.

For video tutorials on using a specific resource, click on the following the resource description.

Ancestry & Genealogy An extensive resource for genealogy and family history research. Search Census, birth, death, and military records. Library use only.
Genealogy and Local History (The Newberry Library) Explore the Newberry’s collections of family and local histories; censuses, probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records; military rosters; and genealogical guides.
NARA Resources for Genealogists The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provides access to resources for exploring family history and includes online tutorials, guides, and access to archival databases.


Auto Repair Reference Center Comprehensive collection of auto repair reference information. Coverage of more than 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to present. Millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs.

Books & Literature

Literary Reference Center Comprehensive, full-text database that provides access to a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames.
NoveList Plus A comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
Tumblebook Library An online collection of animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format that they enjoy. (Just for kids!)

Business, Finance, and Law

Business Source Complete Full-text business coverage includes marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics; also market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.
Consumer In addition to product ratings and reviews, find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. Contains frequently updated articles, blogs and video content.
Legal Information Reference Center LIRC contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Subjects include business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate, rights & disputes, and much more.
Reference USA A leading provider in business and consumer research, Reference USA helps users conduct competitive analysis, create marketing plans, and raise funds.

Consumer Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete Provides valuable, authoritative, consumer health information.
Medline Plus The National Institutes of Health provides access to reliable health information from researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, educators.
NIH Health Information NIH Health Information provides free information on diseases, clinical trials, community resources, fitness and nutrition, etc.

General Information / Multidisciplinary

Academic Search Premier A leading scholarly database, it provides access to acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable research/information resources.
MasterFILE Premier Multidisciplinary database that provides full-text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications covering a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science, and more.
Newspaper Source Provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of U.S., international and regional newspapers, as well as television and radio news transcripts from major networks.
Points of View Reference Center Contains a variety of topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Also includes a guide to critical analysis for each topic.
Pew Research Center PRC is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
Readers' Guide Full Text Select Provides searchable full-text in popular periodicals on a variety of subjects, as well as comprehensive current events coverage.
World Fact Book Provides information and statistics on the people, culture, history, geography, government, and economy for 267 world entities.


History Reference Center Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, and undergraduate research, this database features full-text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

Science & Technology

Science Reference Center Contains full-text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.
Science Daily Updated several times a day with breaking news and feature articles seven days a week, Science Daily covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences.

Student Resources & Homework Help

Middle Search Plus (Elementary & Middle School) Designed for students in grades K through 8, this resource provides elementary school students with an easy-to-use, graphically-appealing interface they can use to locate information and research on a variety of topics.
Primary Search - Elementary School Provides an easy and fun way for primary school students to develop basic search methodologies. Students will enjoy the colorful, animated interface, complete with erupting volcanoes and a dinosaur guide, as they gather information on a wide range of topics.
PebbleGo Makes learning fun and helps build young learners' research skills. Includes spoken-word audio and video and audio clips. (Just for kids!)