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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.)

Britannica Escolar - Descubra los artículos enciclopédicos, los recursos multimedia y otros materiales de aprendizaje que apoyan la investigación de los estudiantes y refuerzan la programación curricular. El acceso es provisto por la Biblioteca del Estado de California.

Britannica School Edition - Encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, education games and other learning resources that support student research. Access is provided by the California State Library.

Teaching -  A comprehensive resource of youth book lists and guides to award-winning and diverse literature, literature lesson plans, literature-based vocabulary lists, meet-the-author videos and book readings, readers' theatre scripts, and video book trailers. Access is provided by the California State Library K-12 student readiness initiative. (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.


Circulating Book Collection

Test Books: Exam Preparation/Study Guides – Locations vary. Check the library catalog for an exact location.


Internet Resources

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

Interactive Constitution - From the National Constitution Center, Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the United States Constitution from scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives.  

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

National Center for Education Statistics -The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

PBS LearningMedia - Learning tools from PBS for social studies, math, science, and English language arts in a variety of learning formats. 

Purdue OWL - The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University houses a vast collection of writing resources ranging from source citation styles to writing guidelines for business, research, and job searches. 

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

CIA World Factbook - Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

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


Online Dictionaries and Thesauri

Oxford Dictionaries

Roget’s International Thesaurus

Visual Dictionary Online


Online Exercises

cK-12 - Interactive study guides and lessons plans. 

Funbrain - An interactive resource for students in grades PreK - 8. 

Little Alchemy - An game that the illustrates how science works. 

SolveMe Puzzles - Math puzzle to be done online or printed out.

TypingClub - Learn to type with fun exercises. 


Other Library Catalogs

Central Coast Museum Consortium

Luria Library Catalog - Santa Barbara City College 

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 (Available to the Public - fee-based) - 800 S. College Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454.

Phone: 805-922-6966.

Santa Barbara City College (SBCC students only) - 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

Phone: 805-965-0581.

Thousand Oaks Public Library (Available to the public - fee-based) - 1401 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Phone: 805-381-7325.

Ventura College Testing Center (VC students only) - 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003.

Phone: 805-289-6093.

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2020
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