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Academic Onefile Peer-reviewed, full-text articles for academic research from the world's leading journals covering the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects.
Community Assessment Project (CAP) In-depth annual survey focusing on quality of life in Santa Cruz County.
Community Information Database SCPL's comprehensive database of human service resources, nonprofit, and community organizations serving Santa Cruz County.
Discover & Go Instant online access to free and low-cost tickets to museums, science centers, zoos, theaters and other fun local cultural venues with your library card.
eLibrary (ProQuest) General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. (Grades 6+)
Endangered Species of Santa Cruz County Created and maintained by SCPL Librarians.
Environmental Studies in Context (Gale) Content supports students and researchers interested in environmental and sustainability issues across science, social studies, and the humanities.
EWG Tap Water Database The Environmental Working Group Tap Water Database is currently the only free online consumer resource that analyzes tap water quality purely with respect to human health. Users can search by zip code to find their water utility, see the detected contaminants in their water, and learn how the levels of contaminants in their water compare to state and national averages and health guidelines.
GreenFile Information on environmental concerns.
National Gardening Association An active community of gardeners who gather to share ideas, information, and pictures about the plants they love. Includes How-To videos and projects.
National Geographic Virtual Library Archive 1888-1994
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Comprehensive information on oceans, atmosphere, climate, and weather.
Pests in the Home University of California's official guidelines for pest monitoring techniques, pesticides, and non-pesticide alternatives
RAND The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.
Santa Cruz County Birds & Wildlife This inspiring collection of Santa Cruz County Bird and Wildlife Photography is available to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries thanks to a generous donation by Tony Britton Photography. Students may use the photos for educational purposes for free, as long as the photos are attributed to the copyright holder. Use of these photos for commercial or other purposes are decided by the copyright holder. All inquiries for use of photographs should be directed to
Santa Cruz County Statistics Links to a full range of demographic, economic, health, and other statistics for Santa Cruz County. Created and maintained by SCPL Librarians. Authoritative science information.
SIRS Discoverer Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)
SIRS Issues Researcher Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators. (Grades 6+)
USGS Education A U.S. Geological Service that supports educators in the sciences with curricula resources for K-college. Live earthquake maps, water resources, ecosystems and environment, climate change, and topographical maps.
Water Smart Gardening in Santa Cruz County Sustainable local gardening tips.