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Academic Search Complete

A multidisciplinary academic resource designed to meet the extensive research needs of high school students enrolled in various advanced and college-prep courses. The database has more than 5,400 full-text academic journals and magazines, and over 592,000 photos, maps and flags.

Cameron's Collection 
E-books from GALE covering a variety of topics on teen mental health and wellness

Encyclopedia Britannica

Works similarly to Wikipedia, but is considered a more trustworthy source. Britannica School also includes Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, periodicals, atlas, world data, the Classics, biographies, news, multimedia, and more.

Britannica Escolar 

The Spanish version of Britannica. It gives you the same quality of articles, the same great citation and filtering options, but in Spanish!

EBSCOhost Research Databases 
A dedicated search interface for all of our EBSCO school databases. When you use Host, you have the option to search by topic or by alphabet, to select all of the EBSCO databases that LHS subscribes to or a select few. Our EBSCO school databases give students access to high-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers.

Explora from EBSCO

An easy-to-use search interface! When you use Explora, you are searching all of our EBSCO databases. Includes access to high-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas, topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research, and more.

Gale Global Issues in Context

International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more.

Specific titles include The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist, and Education Week.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Students will find deep research that includes history-themed essays and literary criticism.

Google Scholar

A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

History Reference Center

Features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.The database also includes full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals and contains nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.


Scholarly journal articles from titles in various disciplines including economics, history, political science, and sociology, business, education, law and psychology.

Literary Reference Center​ 

Features an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries and full-text essays from leading publishers. It also includes literary reference books and monographs, cover-to-cover full text for literary magazines and book reviews from the most prestigious publications. It offers poems from hundreds of sources, short stories, classic texts, author interviews and much more.

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. NoveList's expertise in books and reading means that you'll always get the best help for finding just the right books.

Points of View Reference Center

Designed to provide students with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Also included are articles from periodicals, books, biographies, radio and television transcripts, primary source documents, images and videos.

ProQuest Central Student 

Covers every course, and emerging topics. More than 160 subjects are represented, across more than 10,000 full-text titles, with over 5,000 being academic journals.  It includes videos across subjects such as business, entrepreneurship, science, psychology, social sciences, health and more. Adding to the diversity of content are transcripts of top radio and television programs, as well as blogs, news wires, and government reports.

ProQuest CultureGrams

Reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world, providing country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. Individual reports covering 200+ countries, all 50 United States, and the Canadian provinces, are written and reviewed by in-country experts and are updated as new information becomes available.

ProQuest eLibrary 

General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers.  

ProQuest Research Companion 

ProQuest’s flagship information literacy product. It was built to help students do more effective scholarly research and to support educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information. More than 80 short videos are organized into nine Learning Modules that answer questions like "How do I choose a topic?" "Where do I find information?" and "How do I evaluate sources?" 

RAND State Statistics

RAND US contains nearly 200 Social Science databases covering all 50 U.S. states. The CA collection contains these U.S. databases, plus about 80 detailed databases on California. 

Read It! (English Language Learner Reference Center from EBSCO)

A multi-purpose online information resource with materials designed to help ELLs conduct research, build background knowledge and develop study skills, as well as facilitating their future transition to non-ELL materials.

Science Reference Center

Contains full text science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

SIRS Discoverer

is an accessible database in clear, understandable language covering curriculum areas such as current events, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology.

SIRS Issues Researcher

Article selections from more than 2,000 international sources. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between of 345+ social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. Editorially created content with engaging Essential Questions with answers, and viewpoint articles help build solid foundations for understanding complex global issues.


Current events database that contains full text for over 140,000 articles from nearly 260 diverse sources including international newspapers, EBSCO's collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information. Students can search this database to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in the news including controversial opinions and viewpoints.

Guide to Evaluating Sources

Guide to Writing and MLA

SCC Libraries Recommended Resources

Students in the FUHSD system have a special student eAccount to access the Santa Clara County library system. 

  • Visit to get started.  Login with your eAccount.
  • Your eAccount number is based on your student ID.  The format:
    • S#######FUHSD, where the # = your student ID.  If your student ID is 5001234, your eAccount login would be S5001234FUHSD.
  • Your PIN is based on your birthday, two digits for the month and two digits for the year, with leading zeroes.  So if your birthday is August 9, your PIN would be 0809.

Use your student eAccount to access the resources below. 

Biography in Context

Comprehensive information about historical and contemporary figures from throughout time, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

US History in Context

A variety of historical data from primary sources and reference documents. It also includes photographs, illustrations, and maps.

World History in Context
A broad collection of scholarly analysis, full-text periodicals, reference works, and primary documents that cover the events, movements, and individuals that have shaped world history

World Book Encyclopedia

Comprehensive access to encyclopedia articles, web links, periodical articles, videos, maps and more. Includes encyclopedias especially for students and Spanish-speakers.

Business Source Complete
(includes the Harvard Business Review)

Full-text articles from business journals and magazines, including peer-reviewed journals. Search company profiles, industry information, market research reports, and country economic data. By EBSCO.


HyRead is a traditional Chinese language eBook and eMagazine platform that includes titles and multimedia content for all ages. Get the HyRead App for iOS, Android, or Windows 10 or read in your browser.  

HyRead為一繁體中文電子書及電子雜誌平台,收錄了適合各年齡層的電子書刊及多媒體內容。HyRead App可下載且支援iOS、Android和Windows 10, 亦能直接使用瀏覽器線上閱讀,馬上下載體驗看看吧! 

News For You

Password: FAC9CC   This website is an online news source designed for people who are learning to read, write, or speak English. Seven new stories based on current events are posted weekly.


An interactive online learning platform for skill-building courses, occupation practice tests, career and academic test & skill-building ebooks. Find self guided help with reading, writing, and math. Available in English and Spanish. New users will be asked to create a user name and password when they first access the resources.


Research Modules

Evaluating Sources
Intro to one method for evaluating the utility of an information source
Research Strategy
Developing a research topic, question and search strategy
Choosing and Using Keywords
Developing and using database search terms
(from the Pfau Library at CSUSB)
  MLA citation
Brief explanation of when and how to cite sources using MLA format
Choosing and Using Databases
Efficiently locate and use credible sources through a database
Selecting Appropriate Sources
Identifying the best sources for your information need

Library Information


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Respect the library environment student Use of Technology
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Free Periods and Tutorial
  • Scheduled classes have priority in the library. The library is limited to quiet study when classes are in session.  Check the whiteboard at the front for class reservations.
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Student Use of Materials
  • Students may borrow books and videos from the library using their Homestead ID card.
  • Books are checked out for a three-week period, and may be renewed as long as they are not requested by other patrons. Other materials are checked out for shorter periods and may also be renewed.
student Use of Computers
  • Students are expected to adhere to the FUHSD Technology Use Policy while using campus technology, and are bound by the district’s Acceptable Use Policy, signed by all students upon enrolling.
  • All students receive an FUHSD G Suite for Education (Google) account, which provides email, cloud storage and Google Apps for Education. Students should save all work to their Google Drive. 
  • Students may print 50 free pages per semester. Ask at the circulation desk if you require additional print pages beyond 50. 


Amity Bateman, Library Media Teacher

Shannon Vakili, Library Specialist

Request help with research, technology, finding and using resources, citing sources, borrowing the perfect book or any other questions you may have! (FUHSD students/staff only)

Recent Arrivals

Further Reading

Book Recommendations

The Hub (reviews by teens)

Epic Reads (reviews, contests and giveaways)

GoodReads (reviews and recommendations)

TeenReads (reviews, blogs, polls, etc.)

Reading Rants (teen booklists)

NovelList (personalized recommendations)

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Student Publication Opportunities

Submit a book review or literature-related post to the HHS library blog
Want a larger audience? Try these print and online publications for teen writing.

Teen Ink and their listing of outside pubs

Canvas teen literary magazine

Cicada magazine

Young Authors guide from NewPages

The Telling Room contest/prize list

Scholastic writing competitions

library blog

Check out the Homestead Library Blog for reviews from your peers!

Submit a book review or literature-related post to the HHS library blog

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