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Biography in Context Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers.
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Brainfuse HelpNow Offering free academic help at all levels, Brainfuse has live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education. SAT, ACT, GED, and Citizenship test help is also available. Writing a paper? Send your paper to a tutor and receive a response within 24 hours. Job seekers can also get resume and job finding assistance in the Adult Learning Center. Maestros en español disponible.
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California Driving Permit Test In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is proud to offer FREE California Driver Permit practice tests. The tests cover both automobile and motorcycle, and the site contains the Driver Handbook for each.
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College Center (LearningExpress) Strengthen your academic skills and prepare for placement tests and graduate school entrance exams
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College Preparation Center (LearningExpress) Practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks to help you prepare for college success
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Explora for High School Students With Explora, you will discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.
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Global Issues in Context Information on international issues.
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GreenFile Information on environmental concerns.
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High School Equivalency Center (LearningExpress) Build your basic skills and prepare for the GED® test, the HiSET® or the TASC test
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HippoCampus HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Part of the NROC Project.
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Masterplots Masterplots analyzes the most important works in all genres--long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction--throughout history and around the world, helping to define and critique the literary canon.
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context Perspectives on current social issues.
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School Center (LearningExpress) Practice, lessons and study aids to help you do your best in school
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Science in Context Supporting high school curricula and university coursework, Science in Context features authoritative information for assignments and projects, and provides detailed coverage of popular subjects from alcoholism to climate change.
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Testing and Education Reference Center For high school, to college and beyond. The site offers practice tests and courses, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, scholarship search tools, a resume builder, career models, and more. Includes Citizenship.
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U.S. History in Context A reliable U.S. history resource.
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World History in Context A reliable world history resource.
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Biography in Context Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers.
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Brainfuse HelpNow Offering free academic help at all levels, Brainfuse has live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education. SAT, ACT, GED, and Citizenship test help is also available. Writing a paper? Send your paper to a tutor and receive a response within 24 hours. Job seekers can also get resume and job finding assistance in the Adult Learning Center. Maestros en español disponible.
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Explora for Middle School Students With Explora, you will discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.
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HippoCampus HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Part of the NROC Project.
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Novelist K-8 Children's book resource, providing read alikes for both fiction and nonfiction. Find the order of titles in a series, find book recommendations by grade level, and that meet curricular standards.
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School Center (LearningExpress) Practice, lessons and study aids to help you do your best in school
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ScienceFlix Combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9.
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TrueFlix TrueFlix offers introductory videos, leveled texts, voice-over reading features and lesson plans for a wide variety of social studies and science topics.
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BookFlix Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource for children in grades PreK-3. It pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks (some in Spanish). It includes read-aloud supports so students can hear each book narrated and also hear definitions of key words. Specifically created to support non-, beginning and reluctant readers.
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Brainfuse HelpNow Offering free academic help at all levels, Brainfuse has live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education. SAT, ACT, GED, and Citizenship test help is also available. Writing a paper? Send your paper to a tutor and receive a response within 24 hours. Job seekers can also get resume and job finding assistance in the Adult Learning Center. Maestros en español disponible.
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Endangered Species of Santa Cruz County Created and maintained by SCPL Librarians.
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Explora for Primary School Students Reliable information on thousands of topics to help younger kids with class assignments. Find magazine articles, book chapters, biographies, primary source documents, images, videos and more!
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Novelist K-8 Children's book resource, providing read alikes for both fiction and nonfiction. Find the order of titles in a series, find book recommendations by grade level, and that meet curricular standards.
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Santa Cruz County Birds & Wildlife This inspiring collection of Santa Cruz County Bird and Wildlife Photography is available to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries thanks to a generous donation by Tony Britton Photography. Students may use the photos for educational purposes for free, as long as the photos are attributed to the copyright holder. Use of these photos for commercial or other purposes are decided by the copyright holder. All inquiries for use of photographs should be directed to virtualservices@santacruzpl.org.
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School Center (LearningExpress) Practice, lessons and study aids to help you do your best in school
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Tumblebook Library An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.
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Access Video on Demand Instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, independent films, and helpful instructional videos. All you need is Internet access and a valid library card number! iPad, Android, PC and Mac friendly.
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Explora for Teachers A fun, easy-to-use tool that helps students complete research and classroom assignments. Helps in finding primary source documents, informational texts, and curriculum support materials. Reliable information on thousands of topics that cover a wide range of subjects and support STEM to STEAM initiatives.
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Novelist K-8 Children's book resource, providing read alikes for both fiction and nonfiction. Find the order of titles in a series, find book recommendations by grade level, and that meet curricular standards.
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ScienceFlix Combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9.
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TrueFlix TrueFlix offers introductory videos, leveled texts, voice-over reading features and lesson plans for a wide variety of social studies and science topics.
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USGS Education A U.S. Geological Service that supports educators in the sciences with curricula resources for K-college.
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Brainfuse HelpNow Offering free academic help at all levels, Brainfuse has live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education. SAT, ACT, GED, and Citizenship test help is also available. Writing a paper? Send your paper to a tutor and receive a response within 24 hours. Job seekers can also get resume and job finding assistance in the Adult Learning Center. Maestros en español disponible.
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College Preparation Center (LearningExpress) Practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks to help you prepare for college success
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Ed Ready EdReady™ lets you assess your readiness for college math, see study options, and get a personalized study path to fill in knowledge gaps.
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Learning Express A powerful online learning resource for academic and career development. Learning Express offers basic skills improvement in reading, writing, math, science and academic and career test preparation, thereby helping students and adults prepare for success in school and in life.