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Library Databases & Resources

Except where noted, library databases and resources are available at all of the Santa Barbara Public Library System libraries and accessible from home. A library card number may be required for access.

Business Resources

ReferenceUSA - Information on millions of U.S. businesses and residents.

Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S. - Information on non-profit membership organizations.

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media - Contains listings for radio and television stations and cable companies.

Education & Careers

LearningExpress Library - Improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math. Also offers a wide variety of test preparation for academic and career testing, including SAT, AP, GRE, and more. (TFS) - A private website that contains the world's largest scholarship database. The TFS website also provides students with career and college admissions information. In order to register as a new member, click on the "login" button, then select your state and the school you currently attend and create a personal password.


Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Find entries on a wide range of subjects, as well an updated world atlas, thousands of images and videos, an online dictionary and thesaurus, and articles from over 400 respected magazines and journals (For in-library use, click here).

Britannica KIDS - For grades 4-9 (For in-library use, click here).

Foundation Center

Foundation Directory Online Professional - The Santa Barbara Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, providing access to a collection of materials and services related to grantseeking and fundraising. Includes information on 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors, and 3 million recent grants. Access available only at Central Library.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - An online database of foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Access available only at Central Library.

Foundation Maps - The Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world. Access available only at Central Library.

Wireless access to the Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Foundation Maps is available at Central Library.

Language Learning Resources

Pronunciator - With 80 of the world's most popular languages, and ESL courses for speakers of 50 non-English languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.


NoveList Reader's Guide to Fiction - For help looking for your next good read, questions for your book club discussion, award winners, author read-alikes, and more.

Magazine & Journal Articles

Magazines, Journals, & Newspapers - Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry, arts, sciences, sports and more from newspapers, books and periodicals, many with full-text and images.

Reference eBooks

Alternative Energy
American Decades
American Law Yearbook
Encyclopedia of Education
Encyclopedia of Religion
Encyclopedia of World Biography
The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
History Behind the Headlines
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
Novels for Students
Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans
UXL Encyclopedia of Drugs and Addictive Substances
Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

Social Studies

Toucan Valley Social Studies Fact Cards - Information designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 to 8. Covers the California, United States, and world topics included in the social studies curriculum in California.