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Auto Repair


AllData
  • (In library use only)
  • Resource for automotive (car and truck) diagnostic and repair information. Access the latest Technical Service Bulletins, and print wiring diagrams.
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Biography


Biography in Context
  • This database combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Biography in Context also includes full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and academic journals. Search for people based on name, or on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.
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Books & Literature



Academic OneFile
  • (For book reviews, include phrase "book review" in keyword search)
  • A one-stop source for news, magazine, and academic journal articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, travel and many general interest topics. Titles include: Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, Library Journal, The New Yorker, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and thousands more. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
NoveList
  • NoveList provides subject searching, reviews, and annotated book lists for over 135,000 fiction titles. Search for titles by subject, reading level, plot elements, or use a favorite author or title to find similar books. Browse lists of books by genre or awards won. Author Read-alikes discuss the appeal of a certain author and suggest other authors with comparable traits.
Student Resources in Context
  • Use Literature search for information on books and authors. A fully integrated database containing thousands of encyclopedia articles, primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips.
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Directories


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
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Education & Testing


LearningExpressLibrary.com (LearnATest.com)
  • Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams, based on official tests, that will help you improve your scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. Provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your score.
Universal Class
  • Over 500 Courses covering subjects including: Computer Training, Personal Finance, How-To, GED Training, Business, Pet and Animal Care, Professional Development, Health Services Training, Music and Painting, And More!
Transparent Language Online
  • Learn one of 80 foreign languages for free!
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Encyclopedias


Grolier Online
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  • Search all Grolier resources (America the Beautiful, Encyclopedia Americana, The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Lands and Peoples, The New Book of Knowledge, and The New Book of Popular Science) at once from this starting page.
Worldbook Online for Kids
  • Access the Worldbook Encyclopedia Online
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History & Genealogy


Ancestry: Library Edition
  • (In library use only)
  • Search thousands of databases of genealogical and historical information, including historical records, family trees, newspaper stories, photos and maps.
Student Resources in Context
  • Use the U.S. History or World History topic buttons to browse for historical information. A fully integrated database containing thousands of encyclopedia articles, primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips.
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Journals, Magazines & Newspapers


Academic OneFile
  • (For book reviews, include phrase "book review" in keyword search)
  • A one-stop source for news, magazine, and academic journal articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, travel and many general interest topics. Titles include: Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, Library Journal, The New Yorker, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and thousands more. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
Watsonville Historical Newspaper Archive
  • Digitized copies of Watsonville newspapers spanning 1867-2012. This database is a work in progress, indexing and digitization are still occurring. Newspapers include the Pajaro Valley Times, the Santa Cruz and Pajaro Times, the Pajaronian, the Evening Pajaronian, the Watsonville Morning Sun, and the Register-Pajaronian. If you would like help using this database, please call the library's reference desk at 768-3404.  
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Medicine


MedlinePlus
  • Produced by the National Library of Medicine, brings you reliable and up-to-date information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. Available in Spanish and English.
  • Producida por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina, le brinda información confiable y actualizada en todo momento sobre enfermedades, condiciones y bienestar en un lenguaje fácil de leer. Versiones en español e inglés.
Student Resources in Context
  • Use Science search for information on health topics. A fully integrated database containing thousands of encyclopedia articles, primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips.
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Spanish / Español


MedlinePlus
  • Producida por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina, le brinda información confiable y actualizada en todo momento sobre enfermedades, condiciones y bienestar en un lenguaje fácil de leer. Versiones en español e inglés.
  • Produced by the National Library of Medicine, brings you reliable and up-to-date information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. Available in Spanish and English.
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Statistics


Academic OneFile
  • (For book reviews, include phrase "book review" in keyword search)
  • A one-stop source for news, magazine, and academic journal articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, travel and many general interest topics. Titles include: Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, Library Journal, The New Yorker, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and thousands more. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
RAND California
  • (In library use only)
  • Rand California is a subscription-based service on California and U.S. public policy issues with an emphasis on statistics. This resource provides statistics on California from a variety of sources.
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Youth


Grolier Online
(Access Grolier Online from the Library) (Access Grolier Online from Home)
  • Search all Grolier resources (America the Beautiful, Encyclopedia Americana, The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Lands and Peoples, The New Book of Knowledge, and The New Book of Popular Science) at once from this starting page.
Student Resources In Context
  • A fully integrated database containing thousands of encyclopedia articles, primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips.
Opposing Viewpoints: In Context
  • Covering social issues and designed for middle and high school students, this collection includes pro and con viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine and journal articles, statistical information, and images.
Social Studies Fact Cards
  • Fact Cards are for quick reference specifically aimed for students in grades 4 through 8. Social studies topics for California, United States, and the World include: California Indians, explorers, missions, mission life, ranchos, governors, counties, and history by decade; United States presidents, states, and some Native American tribes; World countries, religions, wonders, and early civilizations.
Student Resources in Context
  • A fully integrated database containing thousands of encyclopedia articles, primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 1,000 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips.
Worldbook Online for Kids
  • Access the Worldbook Encyclopedia Online
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