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  • Credo Reference – A platform of instructional materials composed of all manner of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference sources.
  • Gale eBooks – An extensive collection of reference books; it provides resources that are specifically designed for online learning into the classroom.
  • Salem Reference Books – Titles that encompass a variety of users looking for easy to use, well written, and accessible reference books for all manners of research.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online – The name known by many, this collection of articles, academic resources, and more is written with the academic in mind.
  • Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia – This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
  • MasterFILE Complete  – Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1922. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Complete also contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.

  • Films On Demand  Thousands of films. Search by film title, subject, or segment.
  • Academic Video Online  This database includes scholarly video material of virtually every video type.
  • Swank Digital Campus  This database includes select feature-length films and documentaries.

  • Mango Languages – Online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills in over 70 languages.

  • Academic Search Complete – Published articles, many peer-reviewed.
  • JSTOR – Select scholarly journals covering literature, humanities, science, and the arts.
  • SIRS  Magazine, newspaper, and government documents on controversial social issues.
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition – Articles on popular subjects in popular magazines.
  • CQ Researcher  Reports on controversial issues in the news. 
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context  Explore different sides of today's pressing social issues through this research database. 

  • NewsBank - Provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues. Access local and state-wide newspapers as well as special collections such as Hispanic Life in America and Black Life in America.
  • U.S. Major DailiesRead full-text newspaper articles from major publications (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chicago Tribune) from approximately 1980 to the present. 
  • Newspaper Source Plus  Newspaper articles and television and radio transcripts.
  • Time Magazine Archive  Search and read an extensive array of articles published in Time between 1923 and December 2000.
  • New York Times Digital Access Account  You can now enjoy complimentary digital access to the New York Times with unlimited access to articles news videos and multimedia. Follow the directions and your account will get set up in no time.
  • Wall Street Journal Digital Access Account  You can now enjoy complimentary digital access to the Wall Street Journal with unlimited access to articles news videos and multimedia. Follow the directions and your account will get set up in no time.
  • Santa Maria Times - Access current and historic articles on local news.
  • California News Sources - Read about current and historic topics in California news.

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  • Contemporary Authors   Biographical details on modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biographies  – Biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.
  • Literary Reference Center Plus  Literary analysis, reviews and information on authors and works.
  • Poetry Criticism (Literature Criticism Online) Literary analysis, criticism, and biographical information on poets and poems of all eras.

  • ERIC  An indispensable tool for education research.
  • Primary Search  Full-text articles for elementary school research.

  • AccessScience  Science source for topics from agriculture to zoology.  
  • GreenFILE – Covers all aspects of the human impact on the environment.
  • arXiv – An e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

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