San Francisco Public Library

History / Social Studies

SFPL Databases

Access these tools with your Library Card number and PIN/password.
GolierOnline Passport logo Grolier Online Grades 3 and up
Current events, states, countries.
Kids InfoBits logo Kids Infobits Grades K to 5
Geography, state flags and maps, presidents, U.S. and world history.
Social Studies Fact Cards logo Social Studies Fact Cards
California Missions, California Native Americans, Governors, Ranchos and other California-specific topics.
Gale Student Resource logo Student Resources in Context (Gale) Grades 6 and up
Social issues, U.S. and world history, including primary sources, audio and video clips.

Websites Grades K and up
Websites on current events, government, states, countries, maps, cultures in America.
CIA World Factbook Grades 5 and up
Countries, maps, flags.
California Missions Resource Center Grades 4 and up
Mission facts, photos, maps.
Calisphere Grades 4 and up
Photographs, works of art, and other primary sources from California history.
Online Archive of California Grades 6 and up
Free access to 220,000 digital images and documents about California history
San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection
Photographs and works on paper of San Francisco and California views from 1850 to the present

Local Resources

California’s Untold Stories: Gold Rush! Grades 4 and up
Photographs and audio clips of miners, mining tools, and other artifacts from the Oakland Museum of California