Internet Resources - General Info & Reference



Databases

  • Access Video On Demand
    Enjoy 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.
    Browse related subjects: Art, Business, Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Education, Environment, Geography, History, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Recreation, Religion, Travel
  • Community Information Database
    A database of nonprofits and social service agencies in Santa Cruz County. Created by staff at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
    Browse related subjects: Associations, Charities, Directories, Santa Cruz County
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    Contains full text of encyclopedia articles, including illustrations such as photographs, drawings, maps, and flags. Also includes an atlas, dictionary, thesaurus, selected video clips, and links to over 200,000 related websites reviewed by Britannica editors.
    Browse related subjects: Encyclopedias
  • Gale Directory Library
    Online reference that includes Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations, Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S., Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional, State, and Local Organizations, and National Directory of Non-Profit Organizations
    Browse related subjects: Associations, Charities, Directories, Encyclopedias
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Includes e-books on the following topics: General Reference, Education, History, Nation and the World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Education, History, Religion, Science, Social Issues
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online (OED)
    A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words — past and present — from across the English-speaking world.
    Browse related subjects: Dictionaries
  • Rand California
    Provides demographics from the state level down to the local level, including statistics for a range of years. Allows for some customization.
    Browse related subjects: Government, Social Issues, Statistics
  • Reference USA
    Directory information for more than 24 million U.S. businesses and over 267 million U.S. residents. Businesses are searchable by name, zip code, SIC, and geographical location. U.S. residential database is searchable by name, address, and phone number.
    Browse related subjects: Companies, Directories, People
  • Referencia Latina
    Referencia Latina, a comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries, more than 100,000 images, 2,500 health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for over 100 reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Its intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to non-English users with limited online research experience.
    Browse related subjects: Actors, ADA, Agriculture
  • Student Research Center
    Full text search on popular magazines aimed towards high school students. Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Magazine Articles
  • Student Resources in Context
    Grades 7-12. Contains biographies, essays and overviews; full text articles from more than 900 magazines and journals, with articles back to 1986; photographs, maps and graphics; documents, including diary entries, letters, recordings and more; and full text articles from encyclopedias and almanacs.
    Browse related subjects: Almanacs, Encyclopedias, Magazine Articles, Teen Homework Help
  • Which Phone Book?
    Tells which phone book to use to find listings for a particular city or area code in California. Created by staff at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
    Browse related subjects: Directories, Indexes
  • World Book Online
    The online version of World Book Encyclopedia includes more than 26,000 articles, 12,000 pictures and maps, and 7,000 links to editor-approved Web sites useful in helping students constructively explore topics further. In addition to the encyclopedia, features include an atlas, a dictionary, and resource guides on selected topics.
    Browse related subjects: Encyclopedias, Teen Homework Help

Recommended Websites

  • ADA Standards Homepage
    ADA standards govern the construction and alteration of places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities. The Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains ADA standards that apply to all ADA facilities except transportation facilities, which are subject to similar standards issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Federal facilities are covered by standards consistent with those of the ADA issued under a different law, the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).
    Browse related subjects: ADA, Construction, Consumer Health, Government
  • All Area Codes
    Search for area codes by city or state. Includes a reverse look-up and the ability to enter an area code and get the time zone.
    Browse related subjects: Directories, Telephone
  • California State Braille and Talking Book Library
    The California State Library loans braille, cassette and digital talking books, magazines and playback equipment to northern Californians unable to read conventional print.
    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Blind, Braille, Libraries
  • Emily Post Institute
    Brief articles on everyday etiquette, etiquette for celebrations, techno-etiquette, business etiquette and bereavement etiquette.
    Browse related subjects: Etiquette, Weddings
  • Forms of Address
    From Infoplease.com. Gives forms of address and salutations for academics, clerical and religious orders, government officials, military and naval officers and professions.
    Browse related subjects: Etiquette
  • Human Charity
    Maintains a list of charities that are committed to providing vital services and care to patients or advancing research without the use of animals.
    Browse related subjects: Animals, Charities
  • Idealist
    Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. Searchable database of 20,000+ organizations worldwide.
    Browse related subjects: Internships, Volunteering
  • Information Please Almanac
    Searchable by topics and alphabetical index. Includes short articles and statistics.
    Browse related subjects: Almanacs, Trivia
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
    Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.The mission of this web site is to provide program users, librarians, and the public a wide range of access to NLS publications, program information, and bibliographic data.
    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Blind, Braille
  • Repositories of Primary Sources
    A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. All links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness.
    Browse related subjects: Archives, Primary Sources
  • Whois
    Find out who registered a domain name and view additional registration and Web site data. WHOIS allows you to search across multiple registrar databases to give you registration information on millions of domain names, regardless of where they are registered.
    Browse related subjects: Internet Domain Names

Local Links

  • Cruzio
    Local internet service provider that also includes many features for Santa Cruz residents, like local events, traffic, weather, news headlines, local bloggers, and more.
    Browse related subjects: Computers, Movies, News, Performing Arts
  • Homeless Services Center
    The Homeless Services Center is dedicated to the coordinated provision of services for homeless persons. The goal of the Homeless Services Center is to provide both emercency and transitional services to homeless individuals and families that will enable our clients to achieve self sufficiency. Our programs include the Rebele Family Shelter, the Paul Lee Loft, the Page Smith Community House and the Day Center.
    Browse related subjects: Charities, Santa Cruz City, Volunteering
  • Pew Hispanic Center
    Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation. Includes demographics, economic, education, politics, immigration, labor statistics and trends regardin the U.S. Hispanic populaltions
    Browse related subjects: Hispanic, Latino
  • Santa Cruz Wiki
    A wiki devoted to anything and everything Santa Cruz. Users can contribute, edit, change, or add information relevant to Santa Cruz, both the city and county. It includes an events bulletin board, information about local artists and art galleries, restaurants, housing, local organizations, and much more.
    Browse related subjects: Art, Colleges and Universities, Concerts, Education, Food, Government, Jobs, Local History, Movies, Music, People, Performing Arts, Recreation, Santa Cruz City, Santa Cruz County, Trivia

Did You Know?

Doctors - License Verification, Certification, and Complaints

To Verify a Physician's License:

The Medical Board of California can provide information about whether a physician has had disciplinary action taken against them, whether their license is valid, and if they have been convicted of a felony. Use the Physician License Lookup tool or call them at (916)263-2382.

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