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El Segundo Public Library Databases:

General Reference

A to Z Databases

Search for businesses, healthcare professionals, people, jobs, and mailing lists.

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

Includes newsletters, papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other types of primary resources regarding the LGBTQ history, gay rights movement, activism, HIV/AIDS crisis, and more. 

Archives Unbound

Topically focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars at college and university level.  These collections cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward--from witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history.


A leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as the care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.  This service has been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the internet.

Gale eBooks

Search hundreds of non-fiction eBooks on topics such as history, travel, science, art, and literature.

HeritageQuest Online

A searchable treasury of American genealogical and historical sources with coverage dating back to the 1700s.  The site includes convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and tools to help you fill in your family tree.

Magazines & Newspapers

El Segundo Herald Newspaper Database

A digital newspaper collection of the Library's El Segundo Herald microfilm holdings.  The historic papers in this collection cover the period of late 1916 to 2013, with some gaps.

MasterFILE Complete

More than 2,000 full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles on general topics such as news, legal, entertainment, science, business, and consumer issues.  Also includes primary source documents, photos, reference books, maps, and flags.

New York Times

Unlimited access to the daily newspaper.  Home or mobile access can be found here.

Proquest National Newspaper Core

Full-text newspaper articles from the Los Angeles Times, new York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Youth & Homework

Explora Elementary Schools

Research tool for elementary school students that provides reliable information on hundreds of topics.  Features include easy-to-browse categories, topic overviews, and text-to-speech, which lets students hear articles read aloud.

Explora Secondary Schools (Middle School -- High School)

Research tool for middle school and high school students that provides reliable information on diverse topics such as current issues, biography, social studies, and history.  Features include browsing popular topics by category to get research ideas, text-to-speech capability, and citation tools to help students properly cite sources.

Magazine Article Summaries (School Edition, High School)

Full-text database of popular magazines, reference books, and primary sources covering subjects such as history, science, and health.  It also includes over a million photos, maps, and flags.

Points of View Reference Center (Middle School -- High School)

Full-text database including essays, newspapers, books, radio and TV news transcripts, images, videos, etc. that present multiple sides of a current issue.

World Book (Elementary -- Middle School)

Online reference sites that include government resources, primary sources, dictionaries, current events, timelines, interactive tools, and encyclopedia articles.  This site also has a translator feature to view articles in 31 languages.

Reading Resources


Locate books from other California libraries.


Fiction reading suggestions for teens and adults.  Search for favorite fiction authors, themes, subjects, and award winners.

Novelist K-8

Fiction reading suggestions for children Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  Search for favorite authors, themes, subjects, award winners, and reading level indicator (Lexiles).


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