Internet Resources - Travel & Geography


  • 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
  • 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
  • Little Pim
    Little Pim is an award-winning multimedia program that introduces children to foreign language in a way they can understand and enjoy. Create an account, if you like, or click the "Start Learning" button to jump in immediately.
    Browse related subjects: Do-It-Yourself, Education, Languages
  • Mango Languages
    Mango Languages provides online courses to help you converse in over 40 different languages, plus English as a Second Language courses for non-English speakers. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Create an account, if you like, or click the "Start Learning" button to jump in immediately.
    Browse related subjects: Do-It-Yourself, Education, Languages
  • National Geographic Virtual Library
    Now National Geographic and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, have partnered to bring vast resources to digital life with our National Geographic Virtual Library. This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. This Virtual Library includes: National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 and National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current.
    From its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has grown into an organization synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it

    Browse related subjects: History, Magazine Articles, News, Teen Homework Help

Recommended Websites

  • 511 Transit
    Coordinates public transit information in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Provides maps, schedules, and connections between systems.
    Browse related subjects: Transportation
  • Access Northern California
    Access Northern California (ANC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating greater access to travel and recreational opportunities in Northern California for people with physical disabilities. ANC provides both informational and educational services to consumers and businesses.
    Browse related subjects: California, Recreation, Travel
  • Background Notes
    Background Notes includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs of the US Department of State.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Geography
  • Beach Watch
    From the EPA. Lists beaches by state. Gives map, closest town, some pollution information.
    Browse related subjects: Environment, Gazetteer, Travel
  • California Coastal Records Project
    Includes over 12,700 photographs of the California coast, from the Oregon to the Mexican borders. Combines map imagery with photographs for easy location identification. Also includes ability to compare current photographs of the coast with photographs taken in 1972.
    Browse related subjects: California, Geography
  • CIA World Factbook
    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Encyclopedias, Geography, Social Issues, Travel
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
    Has over 20,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
    Browse related subjects: Geography, Maps
  • Geographic Names Information System
    From U.S. Geological Survey. Offical repository of information about U.S. physical and cultural geographic features -- natural and manmade (includes populated places).
    Browse related subjects: Gazetteer, Geography
  • GEOnet Names Server (GNS)
    From the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Search for locations of places in other countries.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Gazetteer
  • Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
    Nearly 1 million place (including historical) names--physical or political entities, including continents, rivers, mountains, empires, nations, states, districts, townships, cities, and neighborhoods.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Gazetteer, Geography
  • Global Gazeteer
    Created by Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. as a demonstration. Lists 2,880,532 cities and towns, arranged by country and then name of town. Gives latitude and longitude, and map.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Gazetteer, Geography
    A comprehensive on-line source for study abroad, language schools, overseas internships, international volunteer positions, teach abroad, jobs abroad, US Universities, Eco-Travel around the world, and a whole lot more!
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Directories, Travel
  • LookLex Travel Guide and Encyclopedia
    LookLex presents North Africa and the Middle East to western audiences. The site contains 3 main channels: reference material organized into an encyclopedia, traveler's guides to the North African countries, and a basic language course in Arabic.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Encyclopedias, Geography, Islam, Languages, Travel
  • National Atlas
    An interactive map of the United States displaying millions of geographical locations in a series of map layers. These map layers display airports, federal lands, urban areas, water features, parkways, rivers, railroads, roads, and geological events. Also includes terrain relief and elevation and seasonal vegetation growth maps, as well as articles about U.S. geography. Map layers and raw data can be downloaded.
    Browse related subjects: Geography, Maps
    Compiles data about nations from numerous authoritative sources (CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD), and provides ability to generate graphs and maps, as well as compare aspects of different countries.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Geography, Statistics
  • Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory
    A directory to official tourist information sources: government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and similar organizations that provide free, accurate, and unbiased travel information to the public.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Directories, Travel
  • Travel Warnings, Alerts, and Consular Information Sheets
    Latest travel advisories from the U. S. Dept. of State.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Travel
  • U.S. Gazetteer
    From U.S. Bureau of the Census. Searchable by place name or zip code. Gives state, longitude and latitude, 1990 census population, link to map.
    Browse related subjects: Gazetteer, Geography
  • USA CityLink
    Links to U.S. states and cities offering information on travel, tourism, and relocation.
    Browse related subjects: Travel

Local Links

  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Geography, Maps
  • Metro Online
    Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transportation District, the local public bus system. Routes and schedules are on this website. We also generally have free copies of their latest schedule, Headways, in our library branches.
    Browse related subjects: Transportation

Did You Know?

Beaches - Nude and Topless in Santa Cruz County

For ordinances concerning nudity on city beaches, contact the city police department. For county beaches, call the sheriff's office. For nudity laws of state parks, check with the state parks system.

A list of nude/topless beaches in the Santa Cruz area can be found on the website of the More]

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