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Research & Online Resources   Tags: databases, homework help, online resources, research, research by topics  

The Thousand Oaks Library subscribes to a variety of highly specialized electronic databases.
All of these resources may be used in the library, and many can be accessed from home via the Internet.
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Search local, state and national full-text articles on issues, events, business, government, health and more with over 1,400 news sources, newspapers, videos, newswires, and web-only content including the Daily News (10/1/85-Current), Ventura County Star (1997-Current), and USA Today (7/1/87-Current).
Online tutor service available daily from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Kindergarten and up).
American history from 1493 to the present including original speeches, poems, interviews and writings of more than 1,500 influential authors in multiple formats. Topics include American democracy, education, business and labor, and the arts.
For students K-8, includes thousands of images, videos, and statistics to research virtually any topic. Other resources include research guides, learning activities for English & language arts, the sciences, the Social Sciences, timelines on various topics, and an online dictionary and thesaurus.

Available everywhere with a library card
The classic encyclopedia, recreated online with content including animation, sound files, video clips, daily updates, and content from current periodicals.  
Research sources for young adults include three databases, thousands of curated articles and magazines, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended websites, along with a pop-up Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Available anywhere with a library card
Comprehensive literary biographies written by recognized literary scholars and critics with profiles of more than 143, 000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers and playwrights. See Artemis: Literary Resources
Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life) Available everywhere with a library card
Gale Courses offers a wide range of interactive courses that can be taken entirely over the Internet. All courses are free and led by expert instructors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. (5 free courses per calendar year)
Available everywhere with a library card
The Educational and Homework Gateway is a collection of online databases from a variety of publishers and selected electronic books (eBooks) drawn from the Gale Virtual Reference Library.  
Available everywhere with a library card
Offers authoritative full-text reference titles from Gale and other premier publishing partners. Special features include: on-demand machine-aided content translations into 14 languages and text-to-speech technology in 19 languages.  

Math, reading and writing skills building modules, GED preparation, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT practice exams, AP practice exams, and more...  Forgot password?
Available everywhere with a library card
History, Science, Literature, and other core subjects are covered in millions of periodical and newspaper articles, primary source entries, multimedia records, and other materials.
World Book Discover Available everywhere with a library card
Offers refgerence articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video. This resource is designed for middle to high school english learners.   tutorial
World Book Early World of Learning Available everywhere with a library card
A teaching tool for teachers or parents of preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. The Early World of Learning uses narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games, interactive reference material for beginners, and more to help young learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency. tutorial

World Book InfoFinder Available everywhere with a library card
Designed to meet research needs of upper-elementary and middle school aged students. In addition to the complete World Book Encyclopedia, it also offers learning resources for educators, research tools and ideas for science projects. tutorial

Available everywhere with a library card
Dictionary, quick facts, atlas, activities, encyclopedia articles for elementary school children.  tutorial

World Book Online Reference Center Available everywhere with a library card
All articles from the current 22-volume edition of the World Book Encyclopedia, including World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, and Encyclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.  tutorial

Available everywhere with a library card
World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures. It also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.  tutorial
Literature
Artemis: Literary Resources

Available everywhere with a library card

Search Dictionary of Literature Biography, Literature Resource Center, Literary Criticism Online, Something About the Author Online, Twayne's Authors Series and Scribner Writers Series all at once to access primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.  
Science
Available everywhere with a library card  
Offers authoritative full-text reference titles from Gale and other premier publishing partners. Special features include: on-demand machine-aided content translations into 14 languages and text-to-speech technology in 19 languages.  

Curriculum focused full-text articles on key topics, with ideas for science experiments

Includes curriculum-driven resources, interactive features, and an easy to use interface for students in grades 4 through 9. Read information about science topics, watch videos, create projects, take quizzes and more.
Full-text articles with photos and graphics on top news on sciences for middle school students through college  search tips

Designed to meet research needs of upper-elementary and middle school students. In addition to the complete World Book Encyclopedia, it also offers learning resources for educators, research tools and ideas for science projects.
Social Issues
Search local, state and national full-text articles on issues, events, business, government, health and more with over 1,400 news sources, newspapers, videos, newswires, and web-only content including the Daily News (10/1/85-Current), Ventura County Star (1997-Current), and USA Today (7/1/87-Current).

 Available everywhere with a library card
Offers authoritative full-text reference titles from Gale and other premier publishing partners. Special features include: on-demand machine-aided content translations into 14 languages and text-to-speech technology in 19 languages.

Topic overviews designed to meet the research needs of students, supported with full-text articles from newspapers and magazines, statistical charts, government data, images, and links to reviewed websites

 

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