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Online Resources (Articles & More)

Databases

Biographies
Business Information
  •  Business Insights Essentials - Companies, brands, rankings, and detailed company and industry news and information.
  •  Reference USA - The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research, including access to more than 20 million businesses and 222 million consumers.
Careers and Education
  • Lynda.com - an online learning platform with more than 3,000 courses on business, software, technology and creative topics delivered by expert instructors. 
Countries, States and Cultures
  •  Social Studies Fact Cards Online - A series of research resources designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 through 8. Fact Cards provides information about California history, including Native American tribes, missions, and ranchos. 
Genealogy
  •  Ancestry Library Edition - (In-library use only) - Provides information on more than two billion names including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records. 
  •  New! Online Index to Announcements in the Saddleback Valley News - Birth, death and marriage announcements in the Saddleback Valley News from 1969 – 1989 have been indexed by the South Orange County California Genealogical Society. The indexes are searchable by year or surname. 
General Reference (Magazines, Newspapers and Encyclopedias)
  • General Reference Center Gold - Articles on a variety of current topics from newspapers, reference books, and magazines.
  • World Book Online - World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals. 
Languages
  •  Mango - An online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills. Please note that the library's subscription to Mango will be ending September 30. Check back for access to our new language learning program, Rosetta Stone, coming soon.
  • Rosetta Stone - COMING SOON! - Library patrons will soon have access to the award-winning interactive language learning program Rosetta Stone. The library’s subscription to Rosetta Stone will include 30 languages, including ESL, with core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as well as activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more.
Literature
  • Beanstack - An online literacy resource that will help you discover favorite books and apps matched to your child's age and interest.
  • Literature Resource Center - Up-to-date biographies, overviews, literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers from around the world.
  • Novelist Plus - Find information on popular fiction and nonfiction titles, including fiction audiobooks. Discover author readalikes, information on series, book lists, recommendations, book discussion guides, and more.
  • Novelist K-8 Plus - Find information on fiction and nonfiction books, author readalikes, series, recommended reading lists and more - this companion to the Novelist database focuses on books for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Tumblebooks - Read e-stories and play games online.
Social Issues

Reference eBooks

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