Internet Resources - Reference Databases A-Z
- 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.
- America's News (NewsBank)
Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.
- Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. This database is available ONLY from inside the Library (any branch).
- Applied Science & Technology Source
Providing content from leading trade and industrial journals, professional and technical society journals, specialized subject periodicals, buyers' guides, directories, conference proceedings and more, Applied Science & Technology Source focuses on traditional engineering challenges and research, as well as research concerning the business and social implications of new technology. This database provides comprehensive coverage for a wide variety of applied science specialties—from acoustics to aeronautics, and neural networks to nuclear engineering.
- Auto Repair Reference Center
Troubleshooting, care and repair tips and more for your automobile. Search by model, make, and year for news, diagrams, and specific information about your car.
- Biography in Context
Online portal that is built on a foundation of more than 600,000 biographies on more than 500,000 people gathered from more than 170 reference sources. Content includes print, video, audio, podcasts, interactives, maps,
Outside the Library: BookFlix Access from Home
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.
- Brainfuse HelpNow
Free Academic Help at All Levels. Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education. SAT/ACT/GED/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.
- Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
Use this database to find a good book to read and to find lists of award winning titles. See also the Children's Literature homepage for monthly features and author/illustrator interviews.
ChiltonLibrary provides automotive repair information for do-it-yourself (DIY) people. You'll find exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site.
- Community Information Database
A database of nonprofits and social service agencies in Santa Cruz County. Created by staff at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
- Consumer Health Complete
CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.
- Demographics Now
With Demographics Now you can search for individuals, households, and companies by a variety of parameters. You can also find demographic reports by geographic range for information including income, housing, age, education, and consumer expenditures. See the tutorials center for instructions on how to run searches, create sales lead lists, generate demographics reports, search U. S. Census data, and more.
- EBSCOhost (Masterfile Complete)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full-text information dating as far back as 1922. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE™ Complete also contains full text for nearly 1,000 reference books and over 107,000 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of more than 592,000 photos, maps & flags.
- Education Research Complete
Education Research Complete is a bibliographic and full-text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.
- 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.
The Education Resources Information Center provides the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature.
- Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives
Fold3 provides convenient access to over 5 million original US military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Purchased through funds donated by the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County.
- 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
- Gale General OneFile
Indexes over 11,500 periodicals, including over 7000 full-text publications, and over 400 newspaper services worldwide. Backfile coverage is to 1980. Also includes more than 500 travel guides, National Public Radio programs from 1990 to the present, and links to over 5,000 video files.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Includes e-books on the following topics: General Reference, Education, History, Nation and the World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.
- Global Issues in Context
Global Issues in Context uses a wealth of resources to explain the historical and contemporary conditions necessary to understand global issues, conflicts and events. Global Issues in Context supports research in virtually every corner of the library and in a wide variety of subject areas, including sociology, current events, civics, politics, science, economics, cultural/religious studies, women’s studies, human rights, English composition and many more.Use the interactive map to search by geography, or browse by issue, country or region.
Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 535,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 5,800 records.
- Health and 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.
- Healthy SC County - SCPL Health and Wellness Center
Easy access to top-quality, up-to-date medical news and information, with quick links to relevant library books and medical databases, as well as to the Community Information Database. Prepared by SCPL staff.
- HeritageQuest Online
Research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Search over 25,000 family and local history books, US Federal Census Records from 1790-1930 as well as genealogy and local history articles. Purchased through funds donated by the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County.
- Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
A host of articles and how-to videos on a wide variety of recreation activities, including: kids crafts, performing arts, scrapbooking and paper crafts, needlecrafts and textiles, gardening, collecting, and a lot more.
- Home Improvement Reference Center
Provides information on a large variety of home improvement projects, with charts, glossaries, how-to videos, and more.
Founded by filmmakers, IndieFlix is part champion, part curator. Inspired by independent filmmakers and the work they produce, IndieFlix created a platform for you to discover the best and quirkiest around. Films can be sorted by genre, rating, and length -- try it out and discover something new. Note: the films on IndieFlix are unrated; therefore users must be 18 or older.
JobNow is 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.
- Legal Information Reference Center
Providing online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center (tm) contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo Press.
- Library & Information Science Source
Containing English and foreign-language periodicals, journals, conference proceedings, pamphlets, library school theses and books, this database encompasses subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval and information management. In addition, Library & Information Science Source provides comprehensive coverage of the history of library studies. This database also provides access to author profiles—including information on 5,000 of the most-frequently indexed authors—such as which subject terms are most commonly applied to their articles, and in which publications the author has been published.
- Literature Resources (Gale)
Literature criticism, biographies, work and topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works--all searchable at the same time and returned in lists organized according to the type of research needs they serve.
- 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.
- Local News Index
Index to early newspapers published in Santa Cruz, California. The papers indexed include the Santa Cruz Daily Surf, the Santa Cruz Evening News, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
- Mango Languages
Mango Languages provides online courses to help you converse in over 35 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.
With over 1,200 films, Medici.tv is the largest online catalog made up of classical music programs. It features the greatest artists and composers, and associates with great orchestras and concert halls around the world in order to broadcast live and free of charge some of the greatest musical events on the internet and its mobile applications.
- MEDLINE® PubMed
PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes citations and abstracts from MEDLINE, the world's largest database of clinical medical literature. The database indexes more than 4,800 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. Citations date back to the 1950s. Some citations link out to relevant information outside of Medline, or to the full text of articles. Tutorials are available and highly recommended for inexperienced users.
Morningstar is an investment tool that offers accurate, up-to-date data on 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data. The database lets users build and test portfolio ideas online, and provides financial education through its Investing Classroom.
- National Geographic Archive
National Geographic magazine is recognized for some of the highest-quality photojournalism and cartography in the world. This award-winning, iconic magazine is famous for providing in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment. Featuring the complete archive of the magazine to the mid-1990s, the National Geographic Magazine Archive includes every page and every photograph, all fully searchable.
- New England Historic Genealogical Society
Provides access to more than 2,400 searchable databases containing over 110 million names. Some of the most popular include: The American Genealogist, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Purchased through funds donated by the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County. This database is available ONLY at the Central Branch Library.
- New York Times Historical Newspaper (1851-2005)
Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
- New York Times Newspaper (1980-Current)
Full-text coverage, 1980 to current.
- Newspaper Clipping File
Index to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' newspaper clipping file. The articles range in date from the early 1900's to the present.
Assists readers in finding new authors and titles. Find the order of titles written in a series.
- Novelist K-8
Assists readers of children's literature in finding new authors and titles. Find the order of titles written in a series.
The OneClickdigital collection has 3000 audiobooks for adults and 1200 for kids, as well as 1200 Spanish titles. The service is PC and Mac compatible as well as is iPod and iPhone compatible. The OneClickdigital mobile app is available via the iTunes App Store. You'll need your library card number and pin to access the service from outside the library.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage)
A full-text database that covers multiple sides of current social issues such as immigration, abortion, drugs and capital punishment. Students can search through viewpoint essays, articles, reference sources, websites, academic journals, and statistics to find information for reports and papers. Includes video, audio streams and podcasts, interactive maps, national and global news sources updated daily, interactive maps, image gallery
The library makes ebooks and downloadable audiobooks available from OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library. The collection contains over 3000 audiobooks and over 2000 ebooks. Items are available for download with the use of Overdrive software. The collection is PC and Mac compatible as well as iPod compatible. You'll need your library card number and pin to access the service from outside the library.
- 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.
- Price It! Antiques and Collectibles
This database leverages information from a variety of sources to help you determine market value for antiques and collectibles. The Info Center also contains articles on a wide array of subjects including repair, restoration and conservation of antiques, hiring an appraiser and many specific areas of collecting. You may also browse a directory of over 4,000 collecting clubs from around the world in the Collecting Clubs Directory.
- Rand California
Provides demographics from the state level down to the local level, including statistics for a range of years. Allows for some customization.
- 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.
- 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.
- Santa Cruz City Business License Database
Provides information about the businesses in the City of Santa Cruz.
- Santa Cruz Sentinel Archives (NewsBank)
Archive covers August 14, 1999 to current. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Santa Cruz Sentinel. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.
- Science in Context (Gale Cengage)
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 obesity to endangered species. Includes a selection of videos, audios, podcasts, images and interactives. Also includes full-text articles from national and global newspapers, magazines and journals, Experiment Central and national and state standards.
- Science of Everyday Things
Expands on the explanations of scientific principles and concepts using a step-by-step approach. Presents theories in their everyday applications for further understanding.
- Sheet Music Database
Search for an artist, song, or performer among the Santa Cruz Library's extensive collection of sheet music. Prepared by SCPL staff.
- Small Business Reference Center
Provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books.
- Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Provides information on specific makes and models of a variety of small engine driven machines, including: tractors, snowmobiles, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, marine/boat motors, generators, and more.
- 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.
- 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.
- Testing and Education Reference Center
Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life, from 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.
- Tumblebook Library
TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks--animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. También disponible en Español.
- U.S. History in Context (Gale Cengage)
Comprehensive coverage of the most studied topics in U.S. history courses. This integrated collection covers all areas of U.S. history from from the arrival of Vikings in North America 1,000 years ago to Vietnam, Watergate and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A rich collection of primary documents, original reference sources and newspaper/journal articles.
- Value Line
Value Line is a complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information plus research, commentary, price projections, and advanced analytical tools.
- 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.
- 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.
- World History in Context (Gale Cengage)
World History in Context reaches back nearly 5,000 years to chronicle the rise and fall of cultures and societies across all continents and eras. Rare primary sources combine with reliable references to put content into context for every learner. Includes primary source documents, thousands of full-text articles and reference documents.
Zinio allows you to read and search magazines online. We're now offering electronic access to a variety of magazines through Zinio, so you can browse and read from home. You'll need to create an account using your email address and library card number, and then create a separate Zinio account in order to access the collection.
Did You Know?
Located in the hills of Santa Cruz, the Mystery Spot remains a mysterious attraction for visistors. Discovered in 1939, the Mystery Spot is an area of roughly 150 feet where the laws of gravity are challenged. Tours are given year round, with an admission fee of $5 to the park ... [More]