Skip to main content

Library: Home

Welcome to the Urban Herbst Library! This page has research resources to help you find great sources.

Library Resources

Below you will find links to the library's databases and specific class guides. Use the tabs above to find specific types of sources.

During Virtual Urban you can use all of our databases from home. Simply log in with your Urban username and your email password. Be sure to check out ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive (aka Libby aka Sora). Email the library if you need help accessing specific resources!

We highly recommend you get a public library card during this time. San Francisco residents may apply for a Temporary Digital Access Card using the online application form. You will be contacted by email within 48 hours with the status of your application. If you don't live in SF, your local library may be doing a similar online application.

Databases A-Z

Annals of American History  
Includes speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, editorials, and more that bring history to life. 

Find high resolution images of paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, textiles, and more.

Biography in Context
Find biographical information on many  national and international figures.

Britannica Online
Comprehensive online encyclopedia.

Search 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books and transcripts--plus thousands of maps, pictures, websites and multimedia (audio/video) files.

Gale Expanded Academic ASAP
Search nearly 16 million articles.

Global Issues in Context
Search hundreds of International newspapers and academic journals.  Includes podcasts and videos.

Search and access many great reference books.

Health and Wellness 
This databases searches for books and articles relating to health. 

Search for news and magazines in Spanish and English.

Includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Historical Newspapers
Historical newspapers are now in Proquest. Search the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Defender, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and more by customizing your date range or selecting historical newspapers from source type in the advanced search.

Literature Resources from Gale
Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. 

Opposing Viewpoints
This database has it all; opinion articles, topic overviews, articles and more.

Oxford Art Online
This database is full of images and information such as biographies, definitions, and encyclopedia entries.

Oxford English Dictionary
Not all dictionaries are created equal.  The famed OED is truly a great dictionary.

Oxford Music Online
This database provides access to encyclopedia entries and biographies as well as definitions of terms pertaining to music.

Oxford Reference Online
Amazing compendium of Oxford reference titles.

Search many full-text journal, magazine and newspaper articles in one place!

World History in Context and US History In Context
These databases have primary sources, chronologies, biographies, books, and articles.  One-stop shopping for historical research!

History Class Guides

English Class Guides

Health & Service Learning Class Guides

Science Class Guides

Arts Class Guides

World Language Guides

Math class guides


Search for library books

Go to the Herbst Library catalog

Video Use at Urban

Library Staff

Sarah Levin, Librarian
email Sarah

Hilda Mendez, Library Assistant
email Hilda


Summer Reading