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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. The topics covered by Fact Cards are those California, United States, religion, and World topics included in the social studies curriculum.
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 for 63 different languages; also includes 17 English tutorials for those who are not native speakers.
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

Gale Virtual Reference Library