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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.
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. Provided by the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County.
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.
California Driver License Practice Test
  • Information, manuals and practice exams to help you prepare for and pass the California Driver's License Exam. This website includes practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and the Commercial Driver's License. Tests available in English and Spanish.
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
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.
InfoTrac OneFile
  • 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: Forbes, Time, The New Yorker, Family Handyman, Fodor's City Guides and thousands more. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transparent language online
  • Learn one of 80 foreign languages for free!
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!
Watsonville Historical Newspaper Archive
  • Digitized copies of Watsonville newspapers spanning 1864-2012. 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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