Youth Resources

Research

Biography Reference Center
Find biographies and related information.
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California Missions eBook Series
A username and password is needed to read a mission eBook:
username: missions
password: missions
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Encyclopedia Britannica (Britannica School)
Encyclopedia articles and other learning resources that support student research.  
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Explora  (grades K-5)
Explora  (grades 6-8)
Explora  (grades 9-12)
Homework help for students.  Find topic overviews, articles from encyclopedias and magazines, biographies and more. 
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History Reference Center
Find overviews of historical events, plus articles from magazines and journals.
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Points of View Reference Center
Find information on social issues, such as gun control, genetic engineering, censorship, endangered species, and terrorism. Perfect for debate prep, current events assignments and research papers.
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Scholastic Go!
Articles on core curriculum subjects from a variety of databases.
  • Amazing Animals of the World
  • La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
  • New Book of Popular Science
  • Lands and Peoples
  • America the Beautiful
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Science Reference Center
Research science topics.
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Skill Building

ABC Mouse (from within the library)
ABC Mouse (from home)
Over 3,500 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities in English and Spanish. 
For young learners ages 2-8.  
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Brainfuse
Get unlimited, live homework help with your San Mateo Public Library card. Tutors are available 1pm-10pm daily.
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Learning Express
GED, SAT, ACT, AP, TOEFL, CLEP, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT test preparation.
K-12 math & reading practice, vocabulary drills, writing skills improvement & high school entrance exam practice tests.
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TumbleBook Library
Animated books to enhance children's reading.
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Only Accessible at a Library
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Any PLS Library Card Accepted
This means you must hold ANY Peninsula Library System library card in order to access this information.
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No Library Card Required
This means the information is open to the public. You do not need a library card nor do you need to be at a library.