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Online Databases

(accessible from home with your library card number)

Britannica KIDS – A great resource for students in grades 4-9. (For in-library use click here.)

Encyclopedia Britannica Online – Find encyclopedic 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.)

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.

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.

New Directions for Youth Development – Quarterly journal focused on contemporary issues in youth development. Access only available at any Santa Barbara Public Library System library. (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.

Youth Today – Monthly publication for professional youth workers, administrators, and researchers. Access is available with assistance from Library staff.


Circulating Book Collection

Test Books: Exam Preparation/Study Guides – Locations vary


Reference eBooks

(accessible from home with your library card number)

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


Internet Resources

ERIC – Education Resources Information Center. Access to bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related material.

Khan Academy - Free online videos covering math, science, history, art, economics, and more.

National Center for Education Statistics

Study Guides and Strategies – An international, learner-centric, educational public service.

World Factbook – Current information on more than 200 countries.

UN Data – A variety of statistical resources from the UN System.


Online Dictionaries and Thesauri

Oxford Dictionaries

Roget’s International Thesaurus

Visual Dictionary Online


Other Library Catalogs

Central Coast Museum Consortium

University of California/Melvyl Catalog

Ventura County Library



Fastweb - Search for scholarships, financial aid resources, and college information
Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara - A resource for local college, graduate, and vocational students


Community Resources

Test Proctoring

Allan Hancock College - 800 S. College Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454. (805) 922-6966

Ventura College Testing Center - 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003. (805) 289-6093

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016