California State Library Resources

California's K-12 Online Content Project

California is now offering, at no cost to local schools, districts or students, three online databases for use by every K-12 school and student in the state, with access starting at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Online content from Encyclopedia Britannica, ProQuest and will be available individually to all K-12 students in California, as well as all public schools in the state.

These content resources, commonly referred to as "library databases," provide teachers, school librarians and students with a massive amount of digital information: books, scientific research, newspaper articles, photos, videos and more – all aligned with the curriculum that California has created for its schools.

Encyclopedia Britannica

School Edition

Escolar Online


CultureGrams – Concise cultural information on countries around the world.


eLibrary – General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. Two unique interfaces available.

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ProQuest Central Student – Millions of articles from more than 10,000 full-text scholarly journals.


SIRS Discoverer – Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators.


SIRS Issues Researcher – Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators.


ProQuest Research Companion– Information literacy tools and tutorials to help develop critical thinking.


School & Educators Complete – eBook subscription database (over 12,000 titles) to support multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology).

Product training and information

If you or your users need help getting started, we have a variety of resources to assist you, including:

· Live and recorded training webinars

· LibGuides for up-to-date information on ProQuest products

ProQuest product tools and resources

· Instructions for creating a URL to search a set of publications