Internet Resources - Education



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  • 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
  • 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.

    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Authors, Children's Literature, Education, Games, Spanish Language
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Employment, Jobs, Schools, Spanish Language, Teen Homework Help, Tests
  • 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
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Agriculture, Animals, Biology, Education, Environment, Marine Science, Plants, Science, Teen Homework Help
  • Core Concepts: Chemistry
    Core Concepts: Chemistry informs and inspires learners about key chemistry topics including atoms, elements, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and the properties of matter. Biographies of key scientists take learners behind the discoveries that have transformed chemistry. Core Concepts: Chemistry supports STEM learning and delivers curriculum-correlated content; promotes digital literacy and 21st-century learning skills; and offers research, report, and homework help.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Science, Teen Homework Help
  • Core Concepts: Periodic Table
    Core Concepts: Periodic Table informs and inspires learners about the 118 elements that make up our world, the scientists integral to their discovery, and how the elements impact biology, chemistry, and physics.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Science, Teen Homework Help
  • Digital Literacy
    Digital Literacy is an online digital literacy and cyber citizenship resource specifically designed for students in grades 7–12. Digital Literacy informs and inspires learners about key topics including entrepreneurship and careers; communication, cyberbullying, and safety; privacy and ethics; research skills and tools for the digital age; social networking; and gaming.
    Browse related subjects: Business, Computers, Education, Etiquette, Games, Technology, Teen Homework Help
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Education
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Children's Literature, Cooking, Crafts, Education
  • ERIC
    The Education Resources Information Center provides the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Indexes, Schools
  • 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
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Environment, Government, News, Politics
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Education, History, Libraries
  • 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
  • PebbleGo
    PebbleGo is specifically designed for your beginning researchers. Four helpful areas of study are available: animals, earth & space, biography, and social studies. Articles are enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting and audio and video clips.
    Browse related subjects: Animals, Biology, Education, People
  • PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science
    PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science informs and inspires learners about key earth and space science topics including earth cycles, ecosystems and biomes, energy and matter, landforms, maps, natural disasters, rocks and minerals, environmental issues, the scientific method, space, water, and weather and climate. Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Environment, Geography, Maps, Marine Science, Science
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Animals, Biology, Education, Plants, Science
  • PowerKnowledge Physical Science
    PowerKnowledge Physical Science informs and inspires learners about key physical science topics including atoms and molecules; elements and the periodic table; energy and matter; force and motion; and temperature and measurement. Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Science
  • Rosetta Stone
    Rosetta Stone and EBSCO Information Services have combined to offer library users the first level of Rosetta Stone courses for 30 different languages. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). Note: You will need to register with an email address and password to use this service. It is also recommended that you have access to a computer microphone for the full immersion experience.
    You can also use the Rosetta Stone app on a device or tablet. Once you've installed the app, you'll choose Enterprise and Education Learners. You'll be prompted for your username and password (which you create when you click through to Rosetta Stone above), and the Enterprise portal which is scruz.

    Browse related subjects: Education, Languages
  • 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
  • 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.
    Browse related subjects: Careers, Colleges and Universities, Education, Employment, Schools

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 Dept. of Education
    Provides a wealth of information on education issues in California. Includes links to the Academic Performance Index (API) (reports, guides and information on the accountability program measuring the academic performance and growth of schools), Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Results (program information and measurements on how well students are learning basic academic skills), and Contents Standards (descriptions of the knowledge, skills, and concepts that students should acquire in each grade level).
    Browse related subjects: Education, Schools
  • California Driving Permit Tests
    In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is proud to offer FREE California Driver Permit practice tests. The tests cover both automobile and motorcycle, and the site contains the Driver Handbook for each.
    Browse related subjects: California, California Codes, Driving, Education, Teen Health, Teen Homework Help, Tests, Transportation
  • California Driving Permit Tests
    In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is proud to offer FREE California Driver Permit practice tests. The tests cover both automobile and motorcycle, and the site contains the Driver Handbook for each.
    Browse related subjects: California, California Codes, Driving, Education, Teen Homework Help, Tests, Transportation
  • Coursera
    Coursera is an education company that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). Coursera partners with top universities from around the world (including UC Santa Cruz) to offer courses in a wide range of topics including humanities, mathematics, computer science, and medicine.
    Browse related subjects: Colleges and Universities, Education, Schools, Technology
  • Ed-Data
    The Education Data Partnership is a collaboration of the Alameda County Office of Education, the California Department of Education, EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team. Ed-Data provides Base API reports at the school, district, and statewide level. You can also "Compare Schools" and "Compare Districts" to see how your school or district stacks up against others in the state. The School Characteristics Index (SCI), a number used to identify a school's demographics and challenges, is now available in each school's Base and Growth API reports.
    Browse related subjects: California, Education, Schools, Statistics, Tests
  • edX
    EdX is a non-profit created by Harvard and MIT. EdX offers massive open online courses (MOOCs) and interactive online classes in subjects including law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence (AI).
    Browse related subjects: Colleges and Universities, Education, Schools, Technology
  • English as a Second Language
    Welcome to this English as a Second Language website, a starting point for ESL learners who want to study English through the Web.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Languages
  • GCFLearnFree.org
    Goodwill Community Foundation International has put together helpful tutorials for getting familiar with a wide range of technology tools, with tutorials covering Google, Microsoft Word, Facebook, and more.
    Browse related subjects: Computers, Education
  • Jobscout online learning platform
    JobScout is an online social gaming platform designed to teach job seekers invaluable digital literacy skills. JobScout is a friendly entry point into the online world for all users despite their experience level with computers or the internet. JobScout's lessons range from an introduction to the basic language of the internet to preparing and uploading a resume and everything in between.
    Browse related subjects: Careers, Computers, Education, Jobs
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created by Salman Khan. It features over 3000 free educational videos on subjects such as math, science, and history. Most videos are about 10 minutes in length. Need help understanding fractions or how the human heart works? This is the place to start.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Teen Homework Help
  • MIT Open Courseware
    Free access to lecture notes, exams, and videos from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. OCW provides the educational opportunity for motivated people everywhere to improve their lives and change the world.
    Browse related subjects: Colleges and Universities, Education, Schools
  • Online Schools Directory
    Onlineschools.org is one of the few places offering a comprehensive listing of schools with online programs. The directory is updated annually and is free.
    Browse related subjects: Careers, Directories, Education, Schools
  • Physics
    Physics highlights a selection of papers from the American Physical Society's Physical Review journals. Physics features three kinds of articles: Viewpoints are commentaries written by active researchers, who are asked to explain the results to physicists in other subfields. Focus stories are written by professional science writers in a journalistic style and are intended to be accessible to students and non-experts. Synopses are brief editor-written summaries.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Science
  • PhysicsCentral
    PhysicsCentral communicates the excitement and importance of physics to everyone by answering questions, exploring the latest research, and providing daily updates on physics in the news. Sponsored by the American Physical Society.
    Browse related subjects: Education, News, Science
  • Scholarships 4 School
    The purpose of this free website is to provide students with the tools they need to make informed decisions about obtaining scholarships and other forms of financial aid.
    Browse related subjects: Colleges and Universities, Education, Schools
  • Skillshare
    Skillshare is a community where you can learn real skills from real people. Classes include anything from programming iPhone apps to fashion illustration to meatball making. Some classes are free, and many are between $5 and $35.
    Browse related subjects: Education, Technology
  • Social Studies Fact Cards: California Edition
    Fact Cards are a series of research resources designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 through 8. For the past ten years, printed Fact Cards have been used extensively in California elementary and middle schools, as well as in public libraries. A presentation style that offers quick facts in manageable portions makes Fact Cards the ideal reference resource for students who are just beginning to learn research procedures.
    Browse related subjects: California, Education, History
  • Udacity
    Udacity is a private educational organization offering massive open online courses (MOOCs). Instructors are professors from universities including University of Virginia, San Jose State University, and Stanford University. Courses are mostly computer science related and include Introduction to Statistics and Artificial Intelligence for Robotics.
    Browse related subjects: Colleges and Universities, Education, Schools, Technology
  • USA.gov
    The official portal to the Unites States Government. An astounding compilation of information, services, and publication on a variety of topics.
    Browse related subjects: ADA, Agriculture, Blind, Business, Careers, Consumer Health, Consumers, Countries, Directories, Drugs, Education, Employment, Environment, Finance, Government, History, Internships, Inventions, Jobs, Labor, Medicine, News, Nutrition, Politics, Public Health, Schools, Science, Social Issues, Transportation, Travel

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Heath Painting at the Downtown Branch Library

The "City of Santa Cruz" painting hangs on the stairway landing near the second floor entrance to the Young People's room at the Downtown Branch.

The Santa Cruz Daily Surf reported, "the picture of the City of Santa Cruz, painted by F. L. Heath for exhibition at the ... [More]

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