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A.D.A.M Health Library
Reports on the most common diseases and wellness issues, with the latest in-depth information on treatments, risk factors, causes, diagnostic tests, and preventative measures. A fully illustrated medical encyclopedia and a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) resource library are also included. System requirements: Adobe Flash Player 10.
Information about board-certified physicians and medical specialists.
Academic Search Complete
A multidisciplinary database for students providing full-text access to scholarly articles from academic and general interest journals. The majority are peer-reviewed.
AccessMedicine (in-library use only)
A reference and practice resource providing access to more than 85 medical titles, thousands of images, an integrated drug database, diagnostic tools, patient education, and more, all on a comprehensive search platform. In-library use only.
Provides full-text articles of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology covering all major scientific disciplines. It includes current research, biographies, data, tables, videos, news references, illustrations and images, and related links.
Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary
Provides definitions for a wide variety of contractions, translating them into their full names or meanings. Topics such as associations, education, the Internet, and medicine are included.
Adult Learning Center (Brainfuse)
This service offers live online tutoring, test preparation, writing assistance, Microsoft Office Help, and other services designed to help adults acquire critical and marketable academic skills. Tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1 - 10 PM.When you access the Brainfuse Adult Learning Center link you will be leaving the Santa Clara County Library District website and directed to Brainfuse, a live, online tutoring company. More...
Aging: Modern Theories and Therapies
Describes the field of gerontology and the many theories scientists have developed over the years to explain age-related changes.
Alldata Online (in-library use only)
Provides diagnostic information and maintenance and repair instructions for cars and trucks. Features most makes and models of automobiles from 1982 to current. This database is available for use within the library only. Google Chrome is not supported. Please use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Amazing Animals of the World
A database for children containing information on a variety of animals from aardvarks to zebra mussels.
America the Beautiful
Information about U.S. states and territories: facts, history, geography, and notable biographies.
American Civil War Reference Library
Essays on the United States Civil War: battles and leaders, soldiers and heroes, and scoundrels and patriots.
This collection of eBooks covers the issues, movements, themes, and events of each decade from 1900 through 2009.
American Journal of Science
Articles from around the world presenting results of major research from the Earth Sciences.
American Physical Society Journals (in-library use only)
The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS Journals is a collection of physical reviews, letters, and reviews of modern physics. Access provided through the APS Public Access Program and Santa Clara County Library District. Included in this collection are: Physical Review A (atomic, molecular, and optical physics): http://pra.aps.org/ Physical Review B (condensed matter and materials physics): http://prb.aps.org/ Physical Review C (nuclear physics): http://prc.aps.org/ Physical Review D (particles, fields, gravitation and cosmology): http://prd.aps.org/ Physical Review E (statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics): http://pre.aps.org/ Physical Review Letters (PRL) (brief important papers, all topics in physics): http://prl.aps.org/ Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams: http://prst-ab.aps.org/ Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research: http://prst-per.aps.org/ Reviews of Modern Physics (in-depth articles, all topics in physics): http://rmp.aps.org/ PROLA, the Physical Review Online Archive (archive of APS journals back to 1893): http://prola.aps.org/
American Revolution Reference Library
In-depth information about the American Revolution that students and researchers need for class assignments and reports.
Allows patrons to hear and feel the music from America's past.The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.
America's Top-Rated Small Towns & Cities: A Statistical Handbook
Provides detailed profiles and comparative statistics of small towns and cities across the country with populations from 3,000 to 25,000.
America's Top-Rated Smaller Cities 2012-13
Provides current, comprehensive data on U.S. cities ranked by population growth, median income, unemployment rate and crime rate.
Ancestry Library (in-library use only)
Trace lines of genealogy using census data and military, courts, immigration, and hospital records. Covers Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and some European countries.
Ancient Civilizations Reference Library
Detailed information on aspects of the protohistorical societies of Iraq, Egypt, India, China, Central America, and other regions. Timelines, bibliographies, maps and statistics are included.
Ancient Egypt and the Near East: An Illustrated History
Explores the early civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia.
Ancient Greece: An Illustrated History
Follows the progress of the Greeks from the early establishment of farming communities around 6500 BCE, to the rise of the great city-states of Sparta and Athens, and on to the dissolution of the empire of Alexander the Great following his death in 323 BCE.
Ancient Rome: An Illustrated History
Covers the founding of Rome by Romulus in 753 BCE, to the heights of the Roman Empire around 117 CE, and on to the death of Theodosius (the last man to rule over a unified Roman Empire) in 395 CE.
Ask Me Everything: Facts, Stats, Lists, Records, and More
Provides lists, quips, stats, and quotes to keep readers of all ages asking questions for hours.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook
Provides an overview of the current scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorders, as well as a cultural and historical perspective on the controversies that plague the field.
Baby Boom: Americans Born 1946 to 1964
Explains how the unique characteristics of Baby Boomers influence American society. Includes the latest statistics on labor force participation, living arrangements, incomes, health, spending, and wealth of this generation.
Shows what to sow and plant, how to keep crops growing, when to harvest, and the best ways to store produce.
Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook (in-library use only)
Offers recommendations for local goods, services, doctors, and hospitals. All information is compiled by the non-profit consumer organization, the Center for the Study of Services.
Bay Area Newspapers
The Library has access to these local newspapers.
Biography in Context
Comprehensive information about historical and contemporary figures from throughout time, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
BookBrowse offers book recommendations, readalikes, author biographies and interviews, and searching by time period, setting, and theme. Also provides resources for book clubs, including reading guides and online discussions.
Books 24x7 IT Pro
Instant access to the latest computer and Information Technology reference eBooks.
Books 24x7 Well-Being Essentials
Find e-books on health, fitness and personal growth.
Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century America
Covers contemporary American popular culture.
Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia
Provides a look into what it means to be a boy growing up in North America, covering everything from toys and games, friends and family, and psychological and social development.
Use this service for homework assistance via the Internet. English as well as Spanish speaking-tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10 PM for one-on-one assistance in a wide variety of subjects. When you access the Brainfuse link you will be leaving the Santa Clara County Library District website and directed to Brainfuse, a live, online tutoring company. More...
Britannica Guide to Statistics and Probability
Introduces the historical and mathematical basis of statistics and probability as well as their application to everyday situations.
Business Source Complete
An easy way to find company profiles, industry information, market research reports, and country economic data. Also included are videos on business topics from the faculty of Harvard Business School.
California Free Digital Text Book Initiative
Offers free digital textbooks in math and science for students in grades 9-12.
Provides in-depth information on 112 known chemical elements, plus coverage of recently discovered elements 113 through 116 and 118.
Provides students and teachers with the tools they need to explore various chemistry experiments. Topics covered include ozone depletion, wood alcohol, heat energy, purifying water, and carbonation in beverages.
Classical Music Library
Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. This ever growing collection includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.
Colonial America Reference Library
Written for middle school students and includes biographies, primary resources, and an almanac which mentions all aspects of life in colonial America.
Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists from classical antiquity to modern times.
Full-text technical journals and consumer magazines covering computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.
Offers ratings and recommendations on appliances, cars and trucks, and electronics, and includes articles on product recalls, and the safety and reliability of individual brands.
Contemporary World Music
Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
Crusades Reference Library
Covers the First Crusade (1095-99 CE) through the Ninth Crusade (1271-72 CE).
Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism
Explores the historical and cultural significance of vegetarianism.
National and international geographical information including maps, statistics, history, and images.
Daily Life through American History in Primary Documents
Explores the daily lives of American people from colonial times to the present day through primary documents such as diaries, letters, memoirs, speeches, sermons, pamphlets, and other public and private writings.
Features ballet, modern, and various other dance styles performed all over the world.
Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary
A combination of reverse dictionary and thesaurus, with thousands of descriptions of terms organized into subject categories.
Dictionary of American Family Names
Contains a listing of most commonly occurring surnames in the United States. Provides the names' comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical backgrounds, selected associated forenames, and occasional genealogical notes.
Dictionary of American History
Essays, maps, photographs, and primary source documents providing a thorough analysis of U.S. history.
Contains descriptions of major disabilities, their causes, and symptoms, assistive technology, adaptive aids, and recreation equipment that can improve life for disabled individuals. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employment and workplace issues, and other financial and legal issues are also covered.
Over 800 journals from China, spanning more than 40 subject areas -- the most widely read Chinese-language periodicals. Topics include business, economics, family, fashion, entertainment, film, and travel. Also includes academic journals, English-language journals published in China, trade publications, and more. All are updated continuously to correspond with the print editions, and many have extensive back lists available.
Drama for Students
Features analysis of the plays most frequently studied in literature classes. Entries include an introduction providing an overview of the play, a brief biography of the playwright, a plot summary, a discussion of the play's principal themes, essays on the play's construction, and excerpted critical commentary.
Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco: Learning About Addictive Behavior
Articles in this database cover the range of topics related to addiction.
Provides students and teachers with the tools they need to explore various ecological issues.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
The online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica provides full-text articles with links to websites.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Kids
A kids on-line version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica providing full text articles with links to websites.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Young Adults
The online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica especially for teens & young adults provides full-text articles with links to websites.
This resource focuses on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion.
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Documents the African American experience from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass, and demonstrates how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by African Americans.
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present
With coverage from the Reconstruction Era, to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and up to the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, this resource contains fully cross-referenced entries by scholars and experts, offering reliable and extensive information on African American history.
Encyclopedia of Business & Finance
General information about finance, banking, accounting, marketing, management, and business information systems.
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
This survey of clothing and body adornment covers the origins of clothes, including the development of fabrics, the social meanings of dress, and representative costumes from a variety of historical periods and cultures.
Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels
Focuses on English-language comics (plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works) with special emphasis on the graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.
Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development
Covers educational theory and practice, integrating theoretical frameworks with field-based applications.
Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues
Provides information from numerous fields of knowledge relevant to the study of environmental issues, including biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering, and explains the interrelationships of these issues.
Encyclopedia of Maritime History
Articles examine aspects of seafaring including naval history, shipbuilding, biographies of major figures, navigation and scientific instrumentation, maritime art and literature, commerce and economics, and international law. Covers ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today.
Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Offers articles providing comprehensive coverage of philosophy from a global perspective.
Encyclopedia of Social Networks
Comprehensive coverage of theory and analysis of the wide-ranging, fast-developing field of social media networking, with accompanying social science definitions, measures, and research.
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
Describes the concepts and themes of the Enlightenment period and its impact on politics, religion, philosophy, and art.
Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development
Examines three key life stages from a sociological perspective: Childhood and Adolescence, Adulthood, and Later Life.
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
Contains articles on all aspects of life in Europe from the 5th to 15th centuries within cultural, religious, intellectual, social, and political contexts.
Encyclopedia of Time
Surveys the major facts, concepts, theories, and speculations infusing the present understanding of time. Explores the contributions of scientists, philosophers, theologians, and creative artists from ancient times to the present.
Encyclopedia of Urban Studies
Covers all aspects of cities and their suburbs. Includes urban economics, planning, architecture, ecology, transportation systems, politics, and social relations.
Encyclopedia of Vampires & Werewolves
Provides more than 500 entries exploring the supernatural aspects of these creatures and their pop culture counterparts.
Encyclopedia of Vampires & Werewolves
More than 500 entries exploring the supernatural aspects of these creatures and their pop-culture counterparts.
Information on animals and plants representing the range of species facing extinction.
Environmental Health Sourcebook
Basic information about diseases linked to hazardous environments, including specific demographics and populations.
Environmental Science Experiments
Offers students and teachers the tools to explore various environmental issues; includes hands-on activities to learn more about environmental problems and what can be done to solve them.
Epics for Students
Provides critical overviews of literary epics of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, literary traditions, and cultural context.
Includes 97 chapters with nearly 300 science experiments, and covers nine key science curriculum fields; astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, food science, geology, meteorology and physics. Arranged alphabetically and arranged by scientific concept or theory, including Acid rain, Biomes, Cells, Chemical Energy, Earthquakes, Electricity, Greenhouse effect, Heat, Rocks and Minerals, Sound, Vegetative propagation, Weather and more.
Family Health from A to Z
Authoritative information on a wide variety of health care topics affecting individuals on a daily basis.
Fast Food and Junk Food
Examines the power and influence of companies that manufacture and sell fast food and junk food and its affect on American's mental and physical well-being.
Forensic Science Experiments
Features experiments that will help students get a firm grasp on concepts in the field of forensic science. Each experiment is a self-contained unit with its own further resources, tips for the teacher, and links to the National Science Education Standards and allows students to think independently and build on their own base of science knowledge.
Freegal is a downloadable music service which provides access to the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment including Independent Online Distribution Alliance. Library cardholders can download five songs a week using their barcode and PIN. Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods. Helpful tips before you get started.
Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
A guide to print and online publications and broadcasting stations worldwide, including newspapers, magazines, journals, radio stations, television stations, and cable systems.
Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
A guide to print and online publications and broadcasting stations worldwide, including newspapers, magazines, journals, radio stations, television stations, and cable systems.
Gale Encyclopedia of American Law
Covers today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, and important documents. Includes topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, and physician-assisted suicide.
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
Includes information on common legal issues from civil rights to real estate, providing historical background, important statutes and cases, profiles of U.S. laws and regulations, and details of how these laws and regulations vary from state to state.
Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
This database provides articles containing clear, complete information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies. Please note: Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
This database provides articles containing clear, complete information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments, and therapies. Please note: Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers
Covers various issues specifically related to the aging human body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
A selection of reference titles available online. Subjects covered include arts, history, religion and philosophy, social science, law, literature, science & technology, and more.
Genealogy & Local History
Step back in time... trace your family history or discover the history of your local community!
Provides students and teachers with the tools they need to explore various genetics experiments. Topics explored include genetics survey, inheritance of sickle cell anemia, genetic engineering, family pedigree, and plant genetics.
Gods and Goddesses of Greece and Rome
Represents a wide range of deities in the Greek and Roman pantheons, from Zeus and Jupiter to Eos and Quirinus. Includes discussions of the significance of the given deities, the mythology surrounding them, and the forms of worship associated with them.
Granger's World of Poetry
Use the Columbia Granger's database to access full-text poems, citations, commentaries, biographies, and a poetry glossary. Also included are poems in foreign languages most often taught in the classroom, as well as selections of current poetry from popular and academic journals.
Great Depression and the New Deal Reference Library
Covers the collapse of the global economy (including the root causes, the impact of unemployment and under-employment, and the disorder in Germany after World War I) and its gradual recovery, featuring the US's domestic reform program.
Green's Dictionary of Slang
Covering five centuries of the English-speaking regions of the world, this dictionary provides definitions to impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words.
Greenwood Library of World Folktales
Covers stories that are the foundations of the world's traditions, literature, and popular cultures.
Grove Encyclopedia of American Art
The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (GEAA) deals with all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to contemporary American art. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of Art (DOA) and adding hundreds of new entries not previously covered in the DOA, GEAA is a comprehensive and current reference resource for information on this important area for students, researchers, and the general public.
Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture
A comprehensive resource for the visual arts of the Classical period featuring in-depth articles, biographies, and thematic entries on architecture, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics, painting, and sculpture.
Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts
Covering thousands of years of production, this resources contains entries about artists, crafters, designers, studios & workshops, and the different types of decorative art.
Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution
Covers evolution in detail and explores it from a scientific viewpoint. Includes comprehensive coverage of recent ideas and discoveries in the field of evolution.
Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction
This new supplement explores all aspects of extinctions and extinct life. Entries are written by nationally renowned subject experts specializing in zoology, paleontology, and environmental science.
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Written for students and general researchers, this encyclopedia disseminates knowledge of and love for animals through illustrated scientific articles.
Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource
Animals are grouped by major classifications: sponges, corals, jellyfishes, segmented worms, crustaceans and mollusks, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This student edition includes an overview with photos and illustrations.
Heritage Quest Online
A collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Included are U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more.
Heroes and Heroines of Greece and Rome
Features well-known heroic figures, as well as the demigods, nymphs, sorceresses, and other creatures that inhabited the mortal world and figured prominently in the myths of the heroes and heroines.
Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism
Focuses on legitimate drama, both as influenced by European modernism and as impacted by the popular entertainment of the era. Includes entries on plays, music, playwrights, performers, producers, critics, architects, and designers.
Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical
Provides detailed entries on Broadway shows, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, and actors.
History of China
Presents an informative introduction to China's past and present, from traditional accounts of its beginnings more than 3,000 years ago to its modern emergence as a first-world nation.
Holiday Symbols and Customs
Describes the origins of holidays around the world. Explains in great deatail where, when, and how each event is celebrated.
Holidays of the World Cookbook for Students
Presents a multitude of recipes ideal for celebrating the holidays of nations around the world.
Human Body Experiments
Provides students and teachers with the tools they need to explore various human body experiments. Topics covered include bone anatomy, stomach structure, respiratory analysis, how kidneys work, and blood flow.
Human Body from A to Z
A comprehensive authoritative source of information on the large and small elements that make up the human body.
Industrial Revolution Reference Library
This online set of reference works covers a range of topics related to the Industrial Revolution. Included are an almanac, biographies, and primary source documents.
International Encyclopedia of Dance
Includes biographies and articles on dance costumes, music, and performances from around the world.
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Highlights the expanding influence of economics in social science research, and features new articles and biographies contributed by scholars from around the world.
Job Resources @ SCCLD
Your virtual career center.
Use this service to help you find a job. Live tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10 PM for one-on-one assistance in a wide variety of topics related to finding a job, writing a winning resume, and interview coaching.When you access the JobNow link you will be leaving the Santa Clara County Library District website and directed to Brainfuse, a live, online tutoring company. More...
This website teaches workplace skills while helping you find a job. Register for free to build a resume, learn the basics of internet sites such as LinkedIn, Gmail, and Facebook, search their job postings, and interact with other job seekers.
JobScout en Español
Este sitio web enseña habilidades laborales al tiempo que ayuda a encontrar un trabajo. Registrarse gratis para construir una hoja de vida, aprender los conceptos básicos de los sitios de Internet como LinkedIn, Gmail, y Facebook, buscar sus ofertas de trabajo, e interactuar con otros buscadores de trabajo.
Jobview Bay Area
Search and apply for jobs across the country by state or city. Text, email, or print your results.
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods and Recipes of the World
This online encyclopedia provides food and recipes from various countries and cultural groups and includes related information on dietary habits and nutrition.
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays
This online encyclopedia provides information on many world holidays and includes information on customs, folklore, clothing, food, music, and dance.
Korean War Reference Library
This online set of reference works includes an almanac, primary source documents, and biographies related to the major topics and events of the Korean War.
Krames Go-To-Guide for Living Well with Asthma
A comprehensive multimedia educational tool about asthma.
Krames Go-To-Guide for Living Well with COPD
A comprehensive multimedia educational tool about COPD.
Krames Go-To-Guide for Living Well with Heart Disease
A comprehensive multimedia educational tool about heart disease.
Krames Go-To-Guide for Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes
A comprehensive multimedia educational tool about type 2 diabetes.
Krames Go-To-Guide on Living Well with Heart Failure
A comprehensive multimedia educational tool about heart failure.
Krames Go-To-Guide on Maximizing Independence After Stroke
A comprehensive multimedia educational tool about maximizing independence after a stroke.
Lands and Peoples
An encyclopedia for students filled with text and images about countries, cultures, and current events.
An interactive online learning platform for: Skill-building courses Occupation practice tests Career and academic test & skill-building eBooksAlso find self guided help with reading, writing, and math. New users will be asked to create a user name and password when they first access the resources.Los recursos para Hispanohablantes del Learning Express Library incluye recursos para: Mejorar sus habilidades de lectura. Mejorar sus habilidades de escritura. Mejorar sus habilidades de la matematica. Preparar por el examen GED.
“LearnUp” on the skills you need and get preferred job placement for entry-level jobs. How it works: Employers post free online training for open jobs. Job candidates find jobs in their area and complete trainings. Employers contact top pre-trained candidates.
Legal Information Reference Center
Contains full-text publications and legal forms. Reference books are provided through Nolo.com, the nation's oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. State-specific legal forms are searchable by topics such as Adoption, Bankruptcy, and Name Changes.
Literary Reference Center Plus
A full-text resource for the world’s most studied authors and their works.
Literature Criticism Online
Includes two reference works: Contemporary Literary Criticism provides critiques of key literary works as well as author biographies, and Drama Criticism contains biographical information about playwrights and critical opinions of plays.
Marine Science Experiments
Presents experiments in marine science, on topics such as plankton, salinity, marine sediments, whales, and ocean regions.
A searchable database of popular and academic magazine and newspaper articles, reference materials, and primary sources covering business, education, health, science, and more.
Available from JSTOR, Mathematics Magazine offers lively, readable, and appealing exposition on a wide range of mathematical topics.
Consumer health information produced by the National Institutes of Health. Features a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, health information in Spanish, information on medications, and links to thousands of clinical trials. Please note: Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Provides coverage of the issues surrounding the Mexican American War, including the motivations of the people involved. A biography section details the lives of some of the men who had a strong impact on the War. Placed throughout the text are excerpts from primary source documents such as diary entries, letters, and newspaper articles.
Middle Ages Reference Library
A collection of articles exploring the complex period of the Middle Ages, covering the different civilizations and peoples of Medieval times. It also includes biographical essays on significant individuals from the period and a collection containing full or excerpted texts from the era.
Military & Government Collection
Offers current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. Periodicals, academic journals, and other sources are included, many full-text.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Learn about stocks and mutual funds, and build and analyze your investment portfolio. Also includes access to these popular investment newsletters: Morningstar Mutual Funds, Morningstar Fund Investor, Morningstar Stock Investor, and Morningstar ETF Investor.
Stream music across all the key musical genres: Classical: All major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde. Jazz: All major genres including vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band, modern jazz, and more. World: Music from 169 countries and more than 1,000 cultural groups. American: Country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, and R&B. Popular: Wide range of popular music from around the world including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.
Language course for children includes English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
A guide to learning about the U.S. government, how laws are made, voter information, and becoming a U.S. citizen. Search by zip code to locate, research, and contact federal, state, and locally elected officials
National Geographic Kids
Reputable, authoritative, and age-appropriate content that is as fun as it is substantive, including topics in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. This resource includes National Geographic Kids magazine, books, and 500+ kid-friendly, downloadable images. Adobe Flash Player 10.0 or above required. Download Adobe Flash Player.
National Geographic Magazine
This resource brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.
National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World
Provides full-text access to National Geographic books and National Geographic Traveler magazine featuring content on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples & cultures. Includes videos and full-color maps, atlases, and downloadable images to support students, educators, and researchers, as well as recreational and business travelers.
New Book of Popular Science
An encyclopedia for students containing information about science and scientists that also includes science games, puzzles, and brain teasers.
New Catholic Encyclopedia and Supplements
This collection of eBooks includes the New Catholic Encyclopedia 2nd Edition and the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Supplements.
New York Times (1851-2010)
A full-image archive that brings you the entire historical run of The New York Times since 1851. This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers, and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and coverage of the politics, society, and events of the times.
Select your favorite book genres and receive customized booklists by email. Available for all ages.
North American Wildlife
Covers more than 75 North American species from across the branches of the animal family. Provides recent information about changes in endangerment status and wildlife recovery programs, focusing on developments reported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
NoveList K-8 Plus
A resource for those seeking new childrens fiction and non-fiction titles, including lists of award winners and discussion guides for book clubs.
A resource for those seeking new fiction and non-fiction titles, including lists of award winners and discussion guides for book clubs.
Novels for Students
Essays and study guides introducing the themes and significance of famous literature.
Nutrition and Fitness
Detailed information on diet and nutrition, as well as illnesses, injuries, and disorders and their preventions and treatments.
Obituary Research in the Bay Area & Silicon Valley
Useful local resources for obituary search assistance:
Obituary Search Assistance
The Santa Clara County Library District provides a free, three per month, obituary/death notice search request service.
Look up information about hundreds of occupations including working conditions, wage scales, training and education needed, and career outlook.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
This database helps students find sources, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, and creating presentations.
Our Language Learning Collection
Browse our library catalog's holdings using this handy finding aid created by SCCLD librarians.
OverDrive Project Gutenberg
Free public domain eBooks including many of the classics made available through the OverDrive Catalog. These titles never expire and do not count against your Library checkout limit.
Oxford Companion to World Exploration
From Antarctica to the North Pole, this database offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age.
Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
A research tool for Byzantine history. Entries cover the scientific and cultural advancements of the Byzantine Empire from the 4th through the 15th centuries.
Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
This dictionary provides coverage of the art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and conflict of 14th to 17th century Europe with an examination of Renaissance influence on modern society.
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
An encyclopedia of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day including essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works and essays on literary movements, periods, and themes.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Features articles about the social, political, religious, cultural and artistic legacy of this 5,000-year civilization.
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature
Provides coverage of the history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages: Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
Includes brief biographies of major authors and illustrators, essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History
Includes essays on markets, industries, and labor, and biographies of inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders. Coverage ranges from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos, is international in scope, and spans throughout history
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
Articles covering significant events, inventions, and social movements that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
Articles cover the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures,
A reference source that chronicles Pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern Mesoamerica, defined as the lands stretching from Mexico to the southern tip of Central America.
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
A source for information about the religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church policy and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art, and literature.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Coverage extends from ancient Greek theater to the latest performances in major playhouses around the globe. Also covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, carnivals, circus, and public executions.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
Captures the experiences of women from all regions of the world throughout history. Includes biographies of influential women and articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.
Oxford English Dictionary
Information about the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. Provides contemporary and historical meanings and pronunciation of words, using quotations to illustrate usage.
Oxford Music Online
A gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. Contains the Grove Music Online, as well as The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. Note: Through a partnership with Sibelius notation software, over 500 of Grove's musical examples are now available in sound as well as annotated examples. To listen, a small software plug-in called Scorch is required. Scorch is not yet loaded on public workstations in the library and can only be loaded by an administrator.
Poetry for Students
Designed to meet the curricular needs of high school and undergraduate college students, this resource provides analysis of frequently-studied poems.
Detailed biographies, chronologies, and suggested further reading for each of the U.S. presidents.
This digital news resource provides access to over 2,000 well-known newspapers and magazines includes the Washington Post, Business Traveler, and ForbesDaily -- a vast range of local, regional, and international publications with enhanced digital content.
Princeton Companion to Mathematics
Presents entries written by the world's leading mathematicians. Introduces basic mathematical tools and vocabulary, traces the development of modern mathematics, explains essential terms and concepts, examines core ideas in major areas of mathematics, describes the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians, and explores the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and music.
Professional Development Collection for Teachers
Contains full-text articles from education journals and reports.
Profiles of California
Provides detailed demographic and statistical data on the State of California. Includes demographics on each county and individual city or town, detailed data on school districts, informative statistics and rankings on population and ancestry groups, weather statistics, and comparative ranking charts.
Learn a new language or brush up on your vocabulary and pronunciation with this interactive database offering step-by-step lessons from beginning through advanced. Register for free and start learning — at your own pace!
Pronunciator en Español
Pronunciator es una manera divertida y fácil de aprender cualquiera de los 80 idiomas disponibles. ¡Regístrese gratis y empiece a aprender a su propio ritmo!
Psychologists and their Theories for Students
This database covers major psychological theories and discusses the people who developed them.
A statistical database about California containing facts and figures on the economy, crime rates, school test scores, government and finance, demographics, as well as an online index of public policy reports and research publications.
Use this database to conduct business and consumer research, create marketing plans, research competitive analysis, and locate executives. Provides detailed and current directory information on U.S. and Canadian businesses.
Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library
Covering everything from Luther's Revolt to the writings of Shakespeare, this eBook set provides comprehensive coverage of this period of history. Includes biographies, full or excerpted speeches, diary entries, newspaper and magazine articles, poems, and documents.
Rich's Business Directory - Northern California High-Tech Guide
This database includes high-tech companies and contacts based in Northern California, including the Silicon Valley.
Rough Guide to Manga
Features the history of manga (a Japanese style of comic books) covering manga's twelfth-century roots to the rise of English-language manga with profiles of influential creators like Leiji Matsumoto and CLAMP.
Rough Guide to Men's Health
Learn how to improve the well-being of the human male using life coach strategies, identify the causes of health problems, the best investments to consider for fitness, and debunk common health myths.
Rough Guide to the iPhone
Explains how to make and receive phone calls, set up apps such as iTunes, take and organize photographs, send and receive email and instant messages, and browse the internet.
Rourke's Native American History & Culture Encyclopedia
A comprehensive collection about Native American tribes that includes history, culture, time lines, famous leaders, and current events.
Rourke's World of Science Encyclopedia Vols. 1 - 10
Teaches the essential concepts for elementary school science instruction. Topics include the basic objects in the sky, life-cycles, and properties of earth materials to the more advanced, structures of living systems, forces and motion, and science technology.
Safari Tech Books Online
Instant access to eBooks geared toward the Information Technology sector.
Includes the entire contents of Magill's Medical Guide, with articles, photographs, and illustrations on diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and medical issues. Please note: Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Full-text versions of the following Salem Press titles owned by the library: Encyclopedia of American Immigration The Decades: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s Great Events from History: 18th Century, 20th Century, 1941-1970 Great Lives in History: 18th Century Weapons and Warfare
Full-text versions of: Critical Survey of Long Fiction includes biographical details, bibliographic records, and critical overviews of major authors notable for their contributions to the novel, novella, and related long-form fiction. Critical Surveys of Mythology and Folklore: World Mythology includes traditional literature from a broad range of regions and cultures. Critical Insights distills the best of both classic and current literary criticism of the world’s most-studied literature. Each volume in the series focuses on an individual author’s entire body of work or on a single work of literature. Masterplots: Analyzes the most important works in long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction throughout history and around the world, helping to define and critique the literary canon.
San Jose Mercury News (1985 - Current)
Updated daily, this version of the San Jose Mercury News includes full-text articles on local news, obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate, and other sections.
San Jose Mercury News (2009 - 6 months ago)
This alternative version of the San Jose Mercury News presents a digital page view in the original layout from 2009 to present. Browse by date and page number and print full pages, including graphics and advertisements.
San Jose Mercury News Historical Archive (1886-1922)
Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people, and much more from archived issues of the San Jose Mercury News.
Presents a broad range of scientific and mathematical disciplines through definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.
Scientific American (2009 - Present)
Online version of the popular magazine Scientific American. Updated monthly, the magazine features articles by scientists -- many of who are Nobel Prize winners -- and top journalists in all fields of science and technology.
Serials Solutions A-Z
Search Serials Solutions for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper by title or subject. A simple search covers Santa Clara County Library District's electronic and print periodical collections.
Shakespeare for Students: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry
Collection of essays by Shakespeare scholars selected for high school or undergraduate students. Each entry includes an introduction, plot synopsis, character list, discussion of the work's principal themes, information about the style and literary devices used, conversation about the work's historical context, and a critical overview.
Short Stories for Students
Aimed at high school students, this collection contains concise synopses of the story's plot, characters, and themes, along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance, and excerpted criticism.
Small Business Library Materials
A collection of resources selected by SCCLD librarians
Small Business Resource Center
Offers a combination of periodicals and reference resources of interest to prospective and current entrepreneurs, including a collection of real-life business plans.
Smart Investing @ the Library
A collection of resources selected by SCCLD librarians
Covers symptoms, causes and effects, treatments, cures, and medical advances for sports-related injuries.
Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
Provides detailed current investment information from S&P's most popular publications.
Student Research Center
Junior and senior high students can easily determine content sources, such as magazines, newspapers, biographies, country reports, and video. Search by topic heading, use an online dictionary and encyclopedia, explore the top searches of the day, and even limit to appropriate Lexile reading levels.
This online learning platform teaches learners coding and web development skills, like creating an iPhone/Android app or building websites, through the use of tutorials, videos, and course modules.
Tuition Funding Sources
Provides resources for locating college scholarships and financial aid, as well as detailed college admissions and career information. Users will need to create a username and password.
U*X*L Encyclopedia of World Mythology
Entry topics include gods and goddesses, heroes and other key characters, motifs and global themes, major myths, and national or cultural mythologies. Coverage spans a diversity of cultures, including Greek and Roman antiquity as well as Native North and South American traditions, Norse mythology, Asian Pacific mythology, Judeo-Christian tradition, Islamic, and Hindu mythologies.
U.S. Constitution A to Z
Explains key aspects of the U.S. Constitution. Updated to include new entries covering recent Supreme Court cases and decisions.
U.S. History in Context
This resource provides a variety of historical data from primary sources and reference documents. It also includes photographs, illustrations, and maps.
Register for unlimited access to over 500 online non-credit Continuing Education Courses. Enroll in up to 5 courses at a time (you have up to 6 months to finish each course). Attend class online, and do assignments on your schedule. Each course has an instructor who you may communicate with using email.
A source of information on stocks, mutual funds, securities, the stock market, and the economy. Please see this step-by-step instructional PDF on how to access PDF Reports in the new interface.
Examines the most current scientific studies and provides in-depth information on the nutritional health issues of a strictly plant-based diet.
Vietnam War Reference Library
This resource traces the progression of the Vietnam War from its beginnings in 1941 through its last days in 1975. Biographical essays and excerpted primary sources provide a variety of perspectives on the war.
Vocational and Career Collection
Access to full-text trade and industry related articles.
War of 1812
Presents information on the issues surrounding the War of 1812, from the causes of the war to its ending, and the motivations of various people involved in the conflict. Placed throughout the text are excerpts from primary source documents such as diary entries, letters, and newspaper articles, as well as other sidebar boxes.
Weather and Climate Experiments
Provides students and teachers with the tools needed to explore various computer science experiments. Topics covered include investigations of the effects of water's high heat capacity on temperatures, worldwide weather phenomena, and the levels of two weather and climate factors that are impacted by human activities.
West Nile Virus
Explores the West Nile Virus in detail, covering its diagnosis, treatments and therapies, and medical advances.
Westward Expansion Reference Library
Documents the chronological events that created a romantic national mythology around the pioneers who blazed trails through the wilderness. Features biographical essays on many colorful characters of the old West, and includes full text or excerpts from diaries, books, letters, and many other primary source documents.
Witchcraft in America
Covers the history of witchcraft in the United States from the hysteria facilitating the witch hunts during the Colonial Period to modern day followers of Wicca. Chapters include full text or excerpts from trial transcripts, diary entries, public notices, and many other primary sources. Biographical essays highlight prominent figures related to the Salem witch trials.
World Book Encyclopedia
Comprehensive access to encyclopedia articles, web links, periodical articles, videos, maps and more. Includes World Book Kids (for elementary-school students), World Book Student (middle and high-school students), and World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (a Spanish-language encyclopedia).
World History in Context
From antiquity to present, search a broad collection of scholarly analysis and full-text periodicals in addition to reference works and primary documents that cover the events, movements, and individuals that have shaped world history.
World Religions Reference Library
A thorough, objective resource covering the history, traditions, and world views of dominant and less prominent religions, their sects, and offshoots.
World War I Reference Library
Presents coverage of major topics related to World War I. Provides information that students need to write reports and complete class assignments, including biographical profiles and primary source materials.
World War II Reference Library
Covers significant events, topics, and people related to World War II. Provides information that students need to write reports and complete class assignments, including biographical profiles and primary source materials.
Search for books, videos, audio recordings, maps, and other items within library catalogs around the world. You may place an interlibrary loan request (fee charged) for items to be delivered to an SCCLD library.
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