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Reference & Research

If you need help finding information or materials please don't hesitate to ask Library staff at the service desks, by phone at 626-355-7186 or via our email reference service at ref@cityofsierramadre.com.

Our goal is to provide excellent services to the public; no question is too large, or too small. We have an excellent print reference collection and access to online reference resources.

Online Databases

Business

ReferenceUSA- Database of 14 million U.S. businesses contains verified, accurate data and is updated monthly. Information includes company name, executive title, business type, sales volume, year established and more.

eBooks

EBSCOhost eBooks- Online non-fiction eBooks

Online Reference Books- eBooks on the Environment, Medicine, Science & Social Science

Overdrive - Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, fiction and non-fiction

General Research

Ancestry.com - The world’s largest online family history resource, with 7 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees. Access limited to in Library use only.

MasterFILE Complete- Provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest. Also, contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. Updated daily via EBSCOhost.

World Book Online- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

Government

Health

ReferenceUSA – Find physicians and dentists

Kids & Teens

Novelist K-8- Comprehensive reading recommendations for fiction and nonfiction titles, includes award winners and lexile reading levels

World Book Online for Kids- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Info Finder (for older kids)- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Reference Center (Teen & Adult)- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Spanish version- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

Literature & Authors

Biography in Context- Over 600,000 online biographies

NoveList- Comprehensive reading recommendations for fiction and nonfiction titles, includes award winners and book discussion guides

Search Sierra Madre Library and Beyond- Global information sources from OCLC's Worldcat in all formats — books, full text, electronic books and journals, Web-based articles, and audio and video recordings — from the full range of recorded history.

People

Biography in Context- Over 600,000 online biographies

ReferenceUSA – US Standard White Pages

You will need a valid Sierra Madre Public Library card & PIN/password to access most of these databases if you are not within the Library. Once authenticated, you can browse between databases without further requests to log in.

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Fund: Ancestry.com, Biography In Context, NoveList, ReferenceUSA, and World Book Online databases.