Internet Resources - Reference Databases A-Z



  • 3M Cloud Library
    Browse and check out popular titles from the library, and use the 3M Cloud Library PC Software to transfer e-books to your e-reader. The 3M Cloud Library automatically syncs to all your devices that have the 3M Cloud Library App downloaded to them. You can start reading on your iPad and continue later while waiting some where and reading from your phone - right where you've left off.
  • 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.
  • American Ancestors
    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 Downtown Branch Library.
  • 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.
  • Artstor
    The Artstor Digital Library features an unparalleled range of images from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository. Artstor facilitates research and education in numerous disciplines, including art and visual studies, architecture, religion, anthropology and archaeology, global studies, fashion and costume, classics, world history, and more. This database is available ONLY from inside the Library (any branch).
    Mobile access: Use a library computer to create an Artstor Digital Library account. Sign in to the Digital Library via a mobile device using this account. Because remote access is not allowed, patrons will need to sign in to their account on a library computer once per visit to "activate" their access before being able to use a mobile device.
  • 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,
  • BookFlix
    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.com
    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.
  • Consumer Reports
    Consumer Reports is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.
  • Core Concepts: Biology
    Core Concepts: Biology informs and inspires learners about key biology topics including animals, cells, ecology, evolution, genetics, the human body, microbes, plants, and reproduction. Biographies of key scientists take learners behind the discoveries that have transformed biology. Core Concepts: Biology supports STEM learning and delivers curriculum-correlated content; promotes digital literacy and 21st-century learning skills; and offers research, report, and homework help.
  • 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.
  • enki Library
    The enki Library is a shared open source eBook Network that allows California libraries to own and store eBooks for access by library patrons. eBooks are available in PDF and EPUB formats with your Adobe ID. Content is currently focused on smaller and independent publishers. It includes fiction, biography, health cooking & craft, and more -- see the Advanced Search for a list of included subjects.
  • ERIC
    The Education Resources Information Center provides the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature.
  • eSequels.com
    Like the book Sequels, first published by ALA in 1982, this database aims to include the best, most enduring, and most popular novels in series that might appeal to today's adult readers. eSequels lists the most popular series so you can discover a new author or rediscover an enjoyable series of years past. It indexes character, location and subject as well as author and title so you can identify a series that you may recall only vaguely, and gives brief annotations that describe each title without "giving away" any surprise endings. eSequels indexes U.S. and British series novels and European series that have been translated into English. Note:You will need to enter your library card number on the eSequels.com website to use the service.
  • Findmypast
    Findmypast.com is a family history and genealogy website and one of the leading suppliers of online family history records. The site currently offers access to a collection of over 2 billion historical records covering the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the globe. Purchased through funds donated by the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County. This database is available ONLY at the Downtown Branch Library.
  • First Research
    First Research industry reports offer access to extensive market analysis on more than 1000 top industry segments. Each report consists of key statistics and analysis on market and competitive landscape characteristics, operating conditions, business challenges, industry trends, current and historical industry growth, and more.
  • Flipster
    Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device.
  • Gale Artemis: Literary Sources
    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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Greenfile
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • IndieFlix
    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. 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.
  • Issues & Controversies
    To help students, researchers, and readers understand the critical issues we face today, Issues & Controversies explores and analyzes hundreds of hot topics in politics, business, government, crime, law, energy, education, health, family, science, foreign policy, race, rights, society, and culture. Updated weekly, with a wire-service newsfeed providing the latest headline stories, Issues & Controversies offers in-depth articles designed to inspire thought-provoking debates and research papers.
  • JobNow
    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.
  • LawDepot
    LawDepot provides an extensive library of legal forms and resources, for those interested in protecting an estate, managing a rental property, setting up a business, or any other situation requiring legal forms. You'll need to create an account with RBDigital using your email address and library card number in order to access the library of forms.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Medici.tv
    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.
  • MEDLINEplus from the National Library of Medicine
    This gateway site references extensive information about specific diseases and conditions, including drug information. It includes an encyclopedia of medical terms, health news, a dictionary, directories to find doctors, dentists and hospitals, interactive tutorials, clinical trials and surgery videos. The entire site is available in Spanish as well, with a handy toggle feature. Other languages are included but to a lesser extent. Browse related subje
  • 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
    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.
  • Music Online
    Music Online: Listening Plus is a multidisciplinary collection of audiovisual content offering almost 70,000 albums. New titles are added every month.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Novelist
    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.
  • OneClickdigital
    The OneClickdigital collection includes Recorded Books exclusive/subscriptions titles -- over 7300 audiobooks for adults, beginning readers, kids and young people, as well as 100 Spanish titles. It also includes distributed titles by major audio publishers, based on patron and library requests. OneClickdigital also has an eBook collection of classical literature and popular titles available with Adobe Digital Editions. 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
  • Overdrive
    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.
  • PowerKnowledge Life Science
    PowerKnowledge Life Science informs and inspires learners about key life science topics including animals; classification; endangered and extinct species; food chains and food webs; green living; habitats and ecosystems; the human body; life cycles; plants; and survival and adaptation. Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6.
  • 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.
  • Santa Cruz City Business License Database
    Provides information about the businesses in the City of Santa Cruz.
  • Santa Cruz County Historical Local Newspaper Indexing Project
    Index compiled by the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County to 24 different newspapers published in Santa Cruz County. Coverage is primarily 1856-1965, with some additional citations from 1965 to date. Subjects available now are A-E, with more to be added. This is a PDF version only.
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel Archives
    Digital collections of Evening Sentinel, Santa Cruz Evening News, Santa Cruz Weekly Sentinel and Santa Cruz Sentinel provided by a partnership between California Digital Newspaper Collection and Newspapers.com. Archive covers 1896 to 2005. Access is ONLY available from inside a library branch.

    Santa Cruz Sentinel Archives via America's News (NewsBank)
    Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Santa Cruz Sentinel. Archive covers August 14, 1999 to current.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • Statista
    Categorized into 21 market sectors, Statista.com 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. Statista's data sources include market research reports as well as trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases.
  • 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.
  • TrueFlix
    TrueFlix offers introductory videos, leveled texts, voice-over reading features and lesson plans for a wide variety of social studies and science topics.
  • 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 Kids
    World Book Kids is the premier online resource developed especially for young users. The site has been optimized for tablets and features image-based navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of images and videos as well as a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities.
  • 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
    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.

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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.

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