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Cerritos Library offers digital resources for students

August 27, 2021

The Cerritos Library subscribes to a wide variety of online reference databases for students. The databases can be accessed through the library’s website at, under the “Research Databases” tab on the top navigation bar. Accessing the content requires entering a Cerritos Library card number and PIN.

Reference databases for students include Bloom’s Literature, Britannica School, EBSCOhost MasterFILE Premier, Explora, Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context, History Reference Center, LearningExpress Library™, Pronunciator, Scholastic Go!, Science Reference Center and SIRS® Issues Researcher.

Bloom’s Literature examines great writers, important works, memorable characters and influential movements and events in world literature. The database features specific, student-friendly guidance on how to write good essays on the most assigned authors and works. The database’s Literary Classics eBook shelf contains the full contents of more than 1,000 classic works of literature.

Britannica School offers high-quality information, including subjects from A to Z, biographies, media (high-resolution photos of animals, plants and more, plus videos), quotations, e-books and primary sources, subjects and extended play videos. Research tools include Compare Countries, This Day in History, Timelines, World Atlas and World Data Analyst. Access to this database is provided by the California State Library.

EBSCOhost MasterFILE Premier provides full text for nearly 1,700 magazines, 500 reference books and primary source documents.

Explora is an easy-to-use research tool for children and provides reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books on subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.

History Reference Center is an extensive resource for U.S. history and world history, and for popular searches: Ancient History of China; Everyday Life: Middle Ages; Ancient Egypt; Everyday Life: The Civil War; Everyday Life: Ancient Times; Middle East; and Everyday Life: World War II. This resource also offers a world history image collection and video encyclopedia of the 20th century, plus a dictionary, citation help, research guide and curriculum standards.

LearningExpress Library™ offers academic skill building in reading, writing, math and science. The database also provides standardized test preparation, career information, college admissions test preparation (ACT and SAT), professional licensing and certification test preparation, and high school equivalency test preparation. Also offered are courses in Microsoft Office software programs, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and Microsoft and Apple operating systems.

Pronunciator is a language-learning service for all ages, all literacy levels and all 60 of the world’s most popular languages. Pronunciator’s straight-forward approach teaches practical language skills across every functional area: listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and culture. Pronunciator is the world’s largest language-learning service, with 3,000 available courses.

Scholastic Go! includes eight encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World and The New Book of Popular Science. The resource offers content for students in grade 3 and higher. It also provides access to current editions of newspapers from many communities through the World Newspapers link.

Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images. Subjects include applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, environmental science, forensic science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, mathematics, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, science careers, scientists and wildlife.

SIRS® Issues Researcher offers content selections from more than 2,000 international sources. Thousands of hand-selected, highly targeted newspaper and magazine articles, graphics, charts, maps, primary sources, government documents, directories, almanacs, websites and multimedia support viewpoints from the pros and cons, to everything in-between. SIRS® Issues Researcher also provides current perspectives on the arts and humanities, including dynamic information related to architecture, design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy, religion and visual arts.

For more information on these databases and how to use them, call (562) 916-1342.

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