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ARCHIVES UNBOUND

Archives Unbound

History: includes Primary Sources on U.S. foreign policy; U.S. civil rights; global affairs and colonial studies; and modern history. Broad topic clusters include: African American studies; American Indian studies; Asian studies; British history; Holocaust studies; LGBT studies; Latin American and Caribbean studies; Middle East studies; political science; religious studies; and women’s studies. The Archives Unbound program consists of more than 290,000 documents totaling 12 million pages. Tutorials


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AUTO REPAIR SOURCE

Auto Repair Source

Automotive Repair: Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls, and more. Auto Repair Source Tutorial by Niche Academy. Tutorials


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BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE

Black Freedom Struggle

Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. These reliable, easily discoverable materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, and research papers.


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BRITANNICA SCHOOL

Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High. Also in Espanol. Tutorials
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CULTUREGRAMS

CultureGrams

State, Country, and Provence Cultural Information: CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. The reports are written and reviewed by in-country experts and are updated as new information becomes available, so you can be sure you are offering only the very best, most current information to staff and students. Users link to the reports via an engaging, map-based interface that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Access World Edition, Kids Edition, States Edition, or Provence Edition. If using Student ID to log in BEN should be in ALL CAPS. Tutorial through Niche Academy Overview. Tutorials

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Environmental Studies

Looking for up-to-date information on the environment? Learn about diverse subjects, such as climate change, food security, and soil ecology. Gale In Context: Environmental Studies provides detailed information on current environmental issues and processes from both a scientific and a social standpoint suitable for high school, undergrad, and graduate students. Reference works, case studies, multimedia materials, newspapers, and magazines provide a wide range of content to support all learners. This session explores the content, tools, and features of this valuable resource. Access is courtesy of the California State Library. The last day to use is December 31, 2026. Training Videos

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DISCOVER & GO

Discover and Go

Museum Passes: Discover & Go allows you to reserve and print out free museum passes to many of the local museums in the Bay Area without the need to come to the Library. A full access library card is required to use Discover & Go. eCards will not provide access to passes.

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GALE INTERACTIVE: SCIENCE

Gale Interactive: Science

Science provides engaging, interactive models that bring science to life. While supporting high school curricula and university coursework, Gale Interactive: Science helps students better visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science. Students and instructors can manipulate and explore 3D models that are paired with reference and periodical content for further understanding. Training Videos

LEGAL REFERENCE

LEGAL INFORMATION REFERENCE CENTER

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Help: Legal Information Reference Center provides online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms. Includes NOLO legal books. Tutorial through Niche Academy Help Tutorial.

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MASTERFILE

Masterfile

Magazine and Journal Articles: Search magazines, newspapers, and journal articles covering virtually every subject area of general interest; search and access reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps and flags. Tutorials

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NOVELIST PLUS

Book Help: NoveList Plus has reading recommendations for both fiction and narrative nonfiction, for all ages. Find read-alike titles, authors, and series. Find the next book in a series. Limit audio book searches by length of time. Offers appeal factors so you can find a book that fits “your style.” Find book reviews. Find reading lists and award winners. Plus reading levels for kids. Tutorials

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TEACHINGBOOKS

TeachingBooks

TeachingBooks.net is an online book database, assisting teachers, parents, students, and librarians with finding multimedia resources, lesson plans, and links to extend curriculum in the classroom around books. Introduction Video

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VETNOW - VETERAN'S BENEFITS NAVIGATORS AND JOB HELP

VetNow Live Navigator: Connect with an expert veteran to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources.
Veteran Resources: Review carefully selected resources to help you understand your benefits and community resources.
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Available through funding and administered from the California State Library until September 30, 2024.


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World Politics Review

World Politics Review

World Politics Review is a database providing uncompromising analysis of critical global trends to give academics, policymakers and business people the context they need to have the confidence they want. Written by leading experts and on-the-ground influencers, World Politics Review's substantive content offers comprehensive and detailed perspectives. Available through June 30, 2024.