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Academic Onefile Peer-reviewed, full-text articles for academic research from the world's leading journals covering the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects.
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Access Northern California Accessible tourism and outdoor recreation.
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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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Adult Learning Center (LearningExpress) Improve your basic math, reading, and writing skills. Prepare for U.S. citizenship exam.
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Alexander Street Music Online A multidisciplinary collection of audiovisual content offering almost 70,000 albums. New titles are added every month.
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America's News (NewsBank) Includes Santa Cruz Sentinel (1999-present) and San Jose Mercury News (1985-present) and San Francisco Chronicle (1985-present)
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American Physical Society The American Physical Society is a non-profit organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. These journals are now available online from inside the Santa Cruz Public Library Branches only.
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American Rhetoric Text, audio, and video versions of public speeches; movie speeches; information on rhetoric and communications.
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Ancestry Library Edition Premiere genealogical research tool. Available ONLY from inside the library (any branch).
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Artstor An unparalleled range of images from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository.
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Basic ESL Learn the basics quickly.
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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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BookBrowse Your guide to exceptional books. Reviews, articles, interviews, book club resources, and much more.
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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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Books 24x7 IT Pro Books 24x7 IT Pro offers a robust collection of ebooks, videos and instructional content to support your computer learning needs. Stay up to date with software productivity tools, graphic design software, database management and networking, and more.
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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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Business Insights: Global For business professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers, Gale Business Insights: Global delivers comprehensive international business intelligence, compiled into a logical, useable context.
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California Courts Self Help How to resolve disputes in or out of court.
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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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Career Center (LearningExpress) Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve your workplace skills
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Statistics on public health worldwide, information on epidemics and health threats, immunization guidelines; travel alerts; workplace safety.
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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Children's books, authors, and illustrators.
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Chilton Complete Chilton auto repair series for most makes and models back to 1940.
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CIA World Factbook Almanac-style information.
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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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Consumer Reports Independent dependable reviews on all kinds of products.
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Consumer Search Easy-to-use guide to hundreds of product reviews.
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Copyright Alliance A one-stop shop for copyright information, including resources on copyright law; issues and policy; education; and how to find a copyright attorney, creator services, or a copyright owner, as well as news and events.
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David Rumsey Map Collection Historical maps, including Santa Cruz and Central California.
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Demographics Now Find people, businesses, and demographic data.
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Downloadable and Streaming Books, Movies, Music, & Magazines A wide range of entertaining media you can access 24/7 with your library card.
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Ebscohost Masterfile Articles from a wide range of periodicals; primary sources; images
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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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Ed-Data California education data for school, district, and statewide levels
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Encyclopedia Britannica Resources for adults, teens, and children
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EP Guides Episode lists for TV shows.
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ERIC Education Resources Information Center--scholarly and general articles
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eSequels Guide to series fiction.
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Explora A multidisciplinary database of articles providing full text of thousands of general reference publications covering virtually every subject area of general interest.
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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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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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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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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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FactCheck.org Monitoring the accuracy of what's said by US politicians in the media.
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FamilyDoctor.org From the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Scientifically accurate information from a family medicine perspective in language designed for patients and family members. Printable fact sheets in English and Spanish.
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Flipster Magazines online in full color on your computer or with an app for your mobile device.
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Gale Artemis: Literary Sources Primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.
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Gale General OneFile Articles from a wide range of periodicals; travel guides; NPR radio broadcasts; videos
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Gale PowerSearch Discover a great collection of articles from thousands of Gale resources--magazines, journals, newspapers and books along with videos, images and podcast content. PowerSearch allows you to search all our Gale resources at once.
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GCF AprendeLibre GCFLearnFree.org is a free online educational website focusing on technology, job training, reading, ESL and math skills. Available in English and Spanish.
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Get Human How to contact more than 8,000 companies in 45 countries.
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Getty Research Institute Images, research guides and bibliographies, lexicon of art terminology.
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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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Health & Wellness Resource Center Provides health-related information from more than 700 health/medical journals and hundreds of pamphlets (many with full text), 2,200 magazines, and various reference sources.
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Health Hotlines From the National Library of Medicine. Directory of health organizations with toll-free numbers.
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HeritageQuest Online Family and local history books, census records, genealogy and local history articles. Courtesy of the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County.
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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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Historic Topographic Maps of California - Monterey Bay Region From the Earth Sciences and Map Library, UCB. Shows digital quadrangles for selected years. Searchable by name of quadrangle and by place.
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Historical Weather for Santa Cruz County Historical weather information for rain from the California Department of Water Resources.
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Historical Weather from Accuweather Direct link to Santa Cruz County info.
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hoopla hoopla is a digital media service where you can check out movies, television, audiobooks, and music. Items are available for streaming or temporary download on your computer, smart phone or tablet. Thousands of titles are available. Sign up with your email address, then use your library card number and pin to check them out.
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IMDB- The Internet Movie Database Comprehensive information on movies and TV shows.
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IMSLP Petrucci Music Library Public domain music scores, recordings, and information about musical works from the International Music Score Library Project.
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InstantFlix InstantFlix: Powered by IndieFlix, founded by filmmakers, is part champion, part curator. Inspired by independent filmmakers and the work they produce, InstantFlix created a platform for you to discover the best and quirkiest around. Note: the films on InstantFlix are unrated; therefore users must be 18 or older. You'll need to create an account using your email address and library card number.
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JobNow A unique service that features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching. Users can draw from a carefully-selected library of interview tips, resume templates, career assessments, and other valuable resources.
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Kelly Blue Book Trade-in and private party value for used vehicles. Price new cars and compare used and new cars.
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LawDepot Legal forms and resources.
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LawHelpCA.org LawHelpCA is California's official and free legal resource with information about common legal issues, written by reputable sources on 16 general topics and over 140 specific subtopics. LawHelpCA contains an updated directory of legitimate and pre-screened organizations that offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation.
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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.
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Legal Information Reference Center This Premium Research Site is provided to County Residents by the Santa Cruz County Law Library. It offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed "how-to" instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues from many publishers, including NOLO.
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Mango Languages Online courses to help you converse in over 40 languages.
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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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Medici.tv Classical music videos, including many live performances.
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MEDLINE Plus From the National Library of Medicine. Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness. In English and Spanish
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MEDLINE PubMed Citations and abstracts from MEDLINE, the world's largest database of clinical medical literature. Links to full-text articles.
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Merck Manuals The Merck Manuals are some of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers, offering information on medical topics, symptoms, emergencies, and drug information.
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Morningstar Investment information on stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
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NADA Guides Price guides for cars, RVs, boats, motorcycles, and classic cars.
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National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health Scientific evidence on the effectiveness of alternative and holistic therapies.
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National Gardening Association An active community of gardeners who gather to share ideas, information, and pictures about the plants they love. Includes How-To videos and projects.
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NationMaster Data for 305 countries.
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New England Historic Genealogical Society American Ancestors More than 2,400 searchable databases containing over 110 million names. Available ONLY at the Downtown Branch Library. Courtesy of the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County.
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New York Public Library Digital Collections Images from NYPL's collections including streaming video.
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New York Times Newspaper Full page and article images with full-text from the first issue to the present.
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Newspapers.com World Collection Provides online access to 3,000+ historical newspapers dating from the early 1700s to the early 2000s, with full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Includes Santa Cruz papers.
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NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Comprehensive information on oceans, atmosphere, climate, and weather.
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Novelist Assists readers in finding new authors and titles. Find the order of titles written in a series.
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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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OpenSecrets.org Following the money in politics.
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context Perspectives on current social issues.
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Peace Corps Language Courses The Live Lingua Project is one of the largest repositories of free language learning materials.
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Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection Current and historical maps.
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Pests in the Home University of California's official guidelines for pest monitoring techniques, pesticides, and non-pesticide alternatives
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Physics Central Physics news and commentary, links to research, podcasts, and experiments to try at home.
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Poetry Foundation Poems, information on poets, audio and video recordings.
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Politifact Is what we're hearing from from the media and politicians fact, fiction, or something in between?
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Project Gutenberg Free ebooks to download or read online.
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RAND The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.
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Recreation.gov Trip planning and reservations for U.S. outdoor activities.
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Reference USA Business and residential phone and address directory.
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SantaCruzJobs.com Local job listings.
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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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Science.gov Authoritative science information.
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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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SFPL Online Song Indexes and Scanned Sheet Music Collections Sheet music resources from the San Francisco Public Library.
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Small Business Reference Center This database offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as the necessary tools and instructions to address a wide-range of small business topics. In addition, it provides business videos, a help and advice section, and information on how to create business plans.
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Small Engine Repair Reference Center Repair information for most makes and models of motorcycles, boats, tractors, snowmobiles, power tools, lawn mowers, jet skis and more.
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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Comprehensive philosophy resource
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Statista Provides companies, business customers, research institutions, and the academic community with direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets.
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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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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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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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U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets Formerly called Background Notes. Outlines U.S. relations with other countries.
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U.S. History in Context A reliable U.S. history resource.
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USA Learns USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English online.
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USA.gov U.S. Government's web portal
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USCIS en español U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
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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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USGS.gov Live earthquake maps, water resources, ecosystems and environment, climate change, and topographical maps.
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Value Line Investment research on companies, industries, and markets.
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Virtual Privacy Lab From San Jose Public Library. Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs.
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Webucator Webucator provides many online self-paced courses on Web Development, Microsoft, Adobe, Java and more, completely free for our library cardholders. To register for a course: 1) Go to the Self-paced Courses page. 2) Browse through the courses and select a course you are interested in. 3) Click the Register Now button under "Self-paced 24/7 Training." 4) Fill out your information. 5) In the Payment box, at the bottom, select "Webucator Vouchers" and enter the voucher number 9440246. 6) Click Register. After filling out the registration form, you will receive email instructions for logging in and accessing your course.
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World History in Context A reliable world history resource.
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Zinio Magazines online in full color with app for your mobile device