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Ancestry Library

News, Newspapers, and Magazines

Remote access is available during the shelter in place order. The library edition of, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Search across billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. 


Literature and the Arts

The Artcyclopedia is an index of online museums and image archives. Find where the works of over 8000 different fine artists can be viewed online.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

News, Newspapers, and Magazines

Part of the Library of Congress' Chronicling America Project. Provides free full text access to many of the state's principal historic newspapers.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Information

Offers unbiased, independent, and expert recommendations on a variety of different consumer products. Includes over 1K ratings, reviews, product comparisons, buying advice, and more.

Education Technology

Free learning tools to help make technology work for you.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Business and Finance Consumer Information Health Literature and the Arts News, Newspapers, and Magazines

"Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages." Users can search for articles across all titles or browse journals by subject.


Education Language Learning

A free language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app (iOS, Android, Windows Phone).


Literature and the Arts

eSequels is an online guide to series fiction. It indexes character, location and subject as well as author and title so you can identify a series that you may recall only vaguely. eSequels lists the most popular series so you can discover a new author or rediscover an enjoyable series of years past.

Estate Planning: An Easy Introduction to Some Powerful Tools

Business and Finance Consumer Information

View of any of these 10-minute illustrated estate planning briefings videos on wills, living trusts, probate, trustees, charitable trusts, gift annuities, advance health care directives and other powerful estate planning tools vital to you and those you love.

Internet Archive

Literature and the Arts Technology

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 435 billion archived web pages.


Literature and the Arts News, Newspapers, and Magazines

Offers a scholary, interdisciplinary, chronological "moving wall" of journals, mostly published over past five to ten years. Comprises over one thousand academic titles in the humanities and social sciences. This resource is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes images, and is interlinked by multiple citations and references.



Stream educational and enriching videos for children of all ages with the Kanopy app on smartphones, tablets, and computers.   

Mergent Intellect

Business and Finance

Mergent Intellect is a highly flexible website that features a deep collection of worldwide business information that enables companies to generate insightful business intelligence. Coupling Mergent's expertise in developing products for the reference marketplace with D&B®'s private company database, Mergent Intellect offers new and existing clients a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.

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Morningstar Investment Research Center

Business and Finance

Morningstar is the premier source of unbiased information for thousands of mutual funds, and a respected source of information on stocks.

New York Times

News, Newspapers, and Magazines

National and world news, reviews, and opinion. Limited to 10 full articles per month for articles published within the last 12 months.

Online Archive of California

Literature and the Arts The Online Archive of California (OAC) is a research gateway to unique and historical materials at archives, libraries, and museums throughout California.

Proquest ABI/INFORM Collection

Business and Finance News, Newspapers, and Magazines

ABI/INFORM features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as The Economist and Sloan Management Review, country-and industry-focused reports, and major news sources like the Wall Street Journal. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

RBdigital eMagazines

News, Newspapers, and Magazines

eMagazines readable on your Mac, PC, tablet or other mobile device as they appear in print. Includes popular titles such as The New Yorker, Country Life, New Scientist and more. Member barcode required to create an account, after which you access with the username and password of your choice.

Reference USA

Business and Finance Consumer Information

Includes some 24 million US companies and 89 million residents, with information gleaned from telephone directories, annual reports, SEC filings, plus federal, state, and municipal government data. Also includes a module with 2.5 million job postings.

Value Line Resource Center

Business and Finance

Value Line is one of the most widely-used independent investment information publications. The online version contains information on more than 7,500 publicly traded companies, along with Mutual Fund Survey, Daily Options Survey, and a Special Situations service. Note: Value Line is not compatible with smartphones and some tablets. It is best used on a desktop computer.