Internet Resources - Do-It-Yourself



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
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Technology, Transportation
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Education, Transportation
  • 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
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Technology

Recommended Websites

  • ALISON
    ALISON, or "Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online," is a free online learning resource for basic and essential workplace skills. ALISON provides high-quality, engaging, interactive multimedia courseware for certification and standards-based learning. The mission of ALISON is to enable anyone, anywhere, to educate themselves for free via interactive, self-paced multimedia.
    Browse related subjects: Business, Careers, Computers, Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Education, Technology
  • California Courts: Self-Help Center
    Maintained by the California Courts, offers detailed but understandable legal information and assistance. Topics covered include: Free and Low-Cost Legal Help, Small Claims, Divorce, Custody, Adoption, Emancipation, Special Education, Protection from Abuse, Traffic Tickets and much more.
    Browse related subjects: California, Do-It-Yourself, Law
  • California Superior Court EZLegalFile
    Helps people fill out the forms for a variety of legal issues. Topics include: Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, Domestic Violence and Guardianship.
    Browse related subjects: California, Do-It-Yourself, Law
  • eCraft : DIY
    This is a DO-IT-YOURSELF eCraft site. It covers over 20 categories of crafts, such as photography, model building, carving, crocheting/knitting, dollhouses, furniture making, glasswork, jewelry making, child crafts, leatherwork, macrame/knots, needlework, paper crafts, pottery, quilting, scrapbooking, sewing, and woodworking.
    Browse related subjects: Crafts, Do-It-Yourself
  • GCFAprendeLibre.org
    Cursos Gratis de Sistemas e Informática Aprender sistemas e informática es mucho más fácil ahora con nuestros cursos gratis de word 2007, excel 2007, Windows, Internet y mucho más.
    Browse related subjects: Careers, Computers, Do-It-Yourself, Employment, Hispanic, Spanish Language
  • ID/Home Decor
    This is a very comprehensive site for ID (interior design) and home decoration. It covers about 20 categories, e.g., art & home accessories, candles & candle holders, decor styles, decorating colors & patterns, decorating materials and supplies, faux finishing, floors & ceilings, floral designs, holiday decorating, home decor, home planning, home design, lighting, paint & wallpaper, pillows & throws, room by room design, rugs, stamping & stenciling, vases, and treatments for windows, doors & walls.
    Browse related subjects: Crafts, Do-It-Yourself
  • Index to How to Do It Information
    Indexes numerous hobby, craft, and do-it-yourself magazines. The articles indexed go back into the 1960s. If it is not in our own collection, we can try to get a photocopy of the article from another library, or locate a nearby library that has it. The publisher, Lathrop Enterprises, has put up this web version. Central Reference also has the hardbound volumes, covering 1963-1989 and 1990-1999.
    Browse related subjects: Crafts, Do-It-Yourself
  • LawHelpCalifornia
    Provides low-income Californians with easy online access to basic legal resources and attorney information. LawHelpCalifornia DOES NOT provide direct legal services. Topics covered include: Legal Aid, Landlord/Tenant, Foreclosure, Abuse/Violence, Restraining Orders, and more.
    Browse related subjects: California, Do-It-Yourself, Law
  • Your Public Law Library
    Organizes California legal resources designed for persons who choose to represent themselves in court without the help of an attorney. Also provides direct access to the AskNow law librarian service which lets people in California ask legal questions and get answers in real time via the internet from law librarians around the state.
    Browse related subjects: California, Do-It-Yourself, Law

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Aerial Photos - Santz Cruz County

UCSC's McHenry Library Maps Collection has a collection of aerial photographs of Santa Cruz County from the 1920's on. They may be viewed by the public by appointment.

There is also a small collection of uncataloged aerial photos in the Local History room of the Downtown branch.

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