All Online Library Resources by Category

These online resources provide you with reliable information. You will need a Library Card for access. A few are only available from inside the Library, as noted.

For a directory by subject, start at Online Resources Subject Guide. You can also access resources with the A to Z list.


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Arts & Entertainment

Beanstack
Discover our favorite children's books, matched to your child's interests.
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BiblioBoard Library
Discover and download thousands of eBooks and audiobooks by great new Indie and local authors, and digital content from traditional publishers and cultural institutions.
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Bookflix
Video picture books paired with related nonfiction books in English and Spanish. For preschool and elementary age children.
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Explora
Explora provides reliable, high-quality articles from the world's leading magazine and reference books. You can view a tutorial here.
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Fresno Bee
Provides over 8 million songs and 15,000 music videos for streaming and download.  This easy to use service is available on your computer, with apps also available for Apple and Android mobile devices.

Fresno County Public Library provides Fresno County residents with cards in good standing 5 downloads per week and 3 hours of streaming per day.
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Good Reads
Find and share the books you love in this online community. Recommend books, compare what you’re reading, keep track of what you’ve read and would like to read, find your next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.
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Hobbies & Crafts
Articles and videos about popular hobbies, crafts and recreational activities.
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Photo Heritage Collection
Looking for a great new book, film, or album? Sign up for our NextReads e-newsletters and get insightful recommendations just for you!
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Novel List
Information on over 260,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, teens and kids, plus lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Read-alikes, Recommended Reads and more.
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Novel List K8
A resource for kids (and the adults who work with them), containing information on book titles designed to support kids’ pleasure reading as well as school curriculum.
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OverDrive Ebooks
Download eBooks and eAudiobooks to your Windows or Mac computer or transfer them to any number of compatible portable devices.
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pressbooks
Easily generate print-ready and eBook versions of your book, to sell or upload to FCPL's collection--all in one easy-to-use web app, free to FCPL cardholders.
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SELF-e
Add your writing to the Library's collection!
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Zinio Welcome to the world’s largest newsstand. Browse numerous magazine titles and download them absolutely free. View them on your PC, or on the go from virtually any mobile device. Click here for a tutorial.
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Citizenship Resources

Basic ESL
Improves an individual's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, proven curriculum. No computer experience is necessary.
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Consumer Reports
The English Language Learner Reference Center is a multi-purpose online information resource designed especially for secondary and young adult English language learners (ELLs) in school and public libraries.
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procitizen
Procitizen offers preparation for the Naturalization Test.
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procitizen in Spanish
Preparación para el examen de ciudadanía.
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Consumer / Business & Finance

Business Complete
Articles on company and industry news and trends. Company profiles, country economic data, industry information and market research.
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Consumer
Health and wellness information including articles, images, videos and diagrams. Available in 17 languages.
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Consumer Reports
Make better purchasing decisions using product reviews, ratings, news and comparisons from Consumer Reports magazine.
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Finra
Get investor alerts, check the background of investment advisors or submit complaints about brokers.
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Foundation
Database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that provide support for students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. AVAILABLE AT CENTRAL BRANCH ONLY.
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Foundation Directory
Premier online tool for non-profits looking for grants with profiles of more than 100,000 U.S. grantmakers and 2.4 million grant records. AVAILABLE AT CENTRAL BRANCH ONLY.
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Foundation Directory
Foundation Maps is Foundation Center's premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.
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Fresno Community Scorecard
The Fresno Community Scorecard is presented by the Fresno Business Council and ValleyPBS, a partnership formed to raise awareness about important leading indicators for building a healthy, prosperous and sustainable community.
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Grants & Nonprofits  Center
Grants & Nonprofits Center at Fresno County Public Library
The Library has more tools for finding grants and non-profit resources including one-on-one training.
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An investor-friendly website setup by the SEC. It introduces key investing concepts and useful information for new and experienced investors.
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Legal
Full text articles, legal forms and detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of legal issues for consumers and small businesses.
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ReferenceUSA
Business and residential directories including phone numbers, addresses and detailed company information. Great for job searching or building client lists.  Also contains a listing of 855,000 physicians and dentists in the country.
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Morningstar
Investment data and reports on more than 30,000 mutual funds, stocks and ETFs. Also includes portfolio management tools.
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This website is a project of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. It provides money information for service members and their families, and advice on how to spot and avoid investment fraud.
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Wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans.
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Library staff developed this list of local resources for growing your new or existing business.
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Continuing Education

Academic Search
Articles from scholarly journals. For college level and up.
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Adult Learning Center
LearningExpress Library features an Adult Learning Center and more!
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College Preparation Center
Practice tests for the SAT, ACT, AP Exams, TOEFL, PSAT/NMSQT and THEA.
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College Center
LearningExpress Library features College Center, and more!
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High School Equivalency Center
LearningExpress Library features online High School Equivalency Center, and more!
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Job Now
Get online job and career coaching, resume assistance, and interview practice.
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Lynda.com
Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Requires valid library barcode and PIN to use.
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Tech Boomers
TechBoomers.com is a free educational website that teaches people with limited computer skills how to use the most popular websites and tools on the Internet, including social networks.
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Recursos Españoles

Basic ESL
Improves an individual's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, proven curriculum. No computer experience is necessary.
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Bookflix
Video picture books paired with related nonfiction books in English and Spanish. For preschool and elementary age children.
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Salud
Cientos de informes sobre los temas de salud más comunes en Español. Hundreds of reports for the most common health topics in Spanish.
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Consumer Reports
The English Language Learner Reference Center is a multi-purpose online information resource designed especially for secondary and young adult English language learners (ELLs) in school and public libraries.
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Mango Languages
Conversational language courses for over 30 languages. Also includes English language courses for Spanish-speakers and 10 other languages.
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procitizen in Spanish
Preparación para el examen de ciudadanía.
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pronunciator in Spanish
Aprenda más de 50 idiomas. Francés, Vietnamita, Ingles y más están disponibles para hispanohablantes que quieren aprender.
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Recursos Para Hispanohablantes
Desde mejorar su lectura, escritura y habilidades matemáticas hasta la preparación del examen GED, los recursos que encontrará aquí lo ayudarán a lograr sus metas.
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Refrencia Latina
Integral en español de datos de contenido que ofrecen las enciclopedias, textos completos de más de 100 libros de referencia, informes de salud, decenas de revistas de interés general y los informes de salud y un diccionario Español-Inglés.

Comprehensive Spanish-language database offering content from encyclopedias, full text for over 100 reference books, health reports, dozens of general interest magazines and health reports and a Spanish-English dictionary.

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Government & Law

Education
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Elections
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Beanstack
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Legal
Full text articles, legal forms and detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of legal issues for consumers and small businesses.
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Social Security Express
Social Security online. Retirement benefit information, get forms or replacement cards, apply for disability and more.
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Beanstack
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Health & Medicine

Consumer
Health and wellness information including articles, images, videos and diagrams. Available in 17 languages.
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Salud
Cientos de informes sobre los temas de salud más comunes en Español. Hundreds of reports for the most common health topics in Spanish.
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Explora
Explora provides reliable, high-quality articles from the world's leading magazine and reference books. You can view a tutorial here.
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Legal
Full text articles, legal forms and detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of legal issues for consumers and small businesses.
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Merck Manuals
Information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.
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Home & Auto

Alldata
Auto repair information for import and domestic cars and light trucks, 1982-2012.AVAILABLE AT CENTRAL BRANCH ONLY.
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Auto Repair Reference
Repair information for domestic and foreign cars and trucks from 1955 to 2015.
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AutoMate
Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls and more.
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Consumer Reports
Make better purchasing decisions using product reviews, ratings, news and comparisons from Consumer Reports magazine.
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Consumer Reports
Practice taking the DMV driver’s permit test. Tests are available for cars, motorcycles and the CDL.  Also available in Spanish.
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Job Now
The Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects
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Sams Photofacts
Repair information for over 190,000 models of consumer electronics devices, CBs, antique radios, car stereos and other devices from SAMS Technical Publishing.
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Student Research Center
SERRC contains the full set of small engine repair manuals from Clymer. Engines types include: motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more. 
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Homework Help

Biography
Biographies of famous people around the world, past and present.
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Explora
Explora provides reliable, high-quality articles from the world's leading magazine and reference books. You can view a tutorial here.
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Funk & Wagnalls
General purpose encyclopedia offering articles useful to children, students and adults.
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Hobbies & Crafts
History Reference Center® is the world's most comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research.
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Literary
Literary criticism, plot summaries, biographies, poems, short stories, and reviews. For high school level and up.
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Mango Languages
Conversational language courses for over 30 languages. Also includes English language courses for Spanish-speakers and 10 other languages.
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Novel List K8
A resource for kids (and the adults who work with them), containing information on book titles designed to support kids’ pleasure reading as well as school curriculum.
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Novel List
Information on over 260,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, teens and kids, plus lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Read-alikes, Recommended Reads and more.
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Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
A historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques - including contemporary content from the finest publishers.
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Points of View Center
Pro and con articles, background information, and research guides on 250+ controversial issues. For high school level and up.
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School Center
LearningExpress Library features a School Center and more!
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Science Reference Center
Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content.
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Jobs & Career

Career Center
LearningExpress Library features a Career Center and more!
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Job & Career Accelerator
LearningExpress Library features a Job & Career Accelerator and more!
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Job Now
Get online job and career coaching, resume assistance, and interview practice.
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Lynda.com Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Requires valid library barcode and PIN to use.
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Kids Resources

ABCmouse
Using animated games and puzzles, kids learn the fundamentals of math and reading, in preparation for elementary school, and are introduced to art, music, science, and social studies.
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Beanstack
Discover our favorite children's books, matched to your child's interests.
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 Dial-a-Story
Fresno County Public Library's 24-Hour, Dial-A-Story is a great way for children ages 3 to 7 to hear a free and fun story . 600-TALE (8253).
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Muzzy
Language learning for kids. Kids can work through levels of instruction that use videos, words, games, listening and writing. Languages available: English, Spanish, Chinese, German, and more.
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Novel List K8
A resource for kids (and the adults who work with them), containing information on book titles designed to support kids’ pleasure reading as well as school curriculum.
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ScienceFlix
Science information for homework and general interest for kids aged 10-16. ScienceFlix is curriculum-driven, the content is divided by reading levels, and it has interactive features and intuitive navigation.
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Languages

Beanstack
Improves an individual's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, proven curriculum. No computer experience is necessary.
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Consumer Reports
The English Language Learner Reference Center is a multi-purpose online information resource designed especially for secondary and young adult English language learners (ELLs) in school and public libraries.
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Mango Languages
Conversational language courses for over 30 languages. Also includes English language courses for Spanish-speakers and 10 other languages.
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Muzzy
Language learning for kids. Kids can work through levels of instruction that use videos, words, games, listening and writing. Languages available: English, Spanish, Chinese, German, and more.
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pronunciator
Pronunciator offers language learning courses taught in English and over 50 non-English languages. Learn another language from Spanish, English or a host of other languages.
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pronunciator in Spanish
Aprenda más de 50 idiomas. Francés, Vietnamita, Ingles y más están disponibles para hispanohablantes que quieren aprender.
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News & Research

Academic Search
Articles from scholarly journals. For college level and up.
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Newsbank
Full-text articles from 1,700+ U.S. newspapers including local news, editorials, announcements, obituaries and other sections.
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Ancestry
Family history research. AVAILABLE AT LIBRARY BRANCH ONLY.
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Biography
Biographies of famous people around the world, past and present.
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Business Complete
Articles on company and industry news and trends. Company profiles, country economic data, industry information and market research.
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Consumer Reports
Make better purchasing decisions using product reviews, ratings, news and comparisons from Consumer Reports magazine.
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Explora
Explora provides reliable, high-quality articles from the world's leading magazine and reference books. You can view a tutorial here.
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Foundation
Database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that provide support for students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. AVAILABLE AT CENTRAL BRANCH ONLY.
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Foundation Directory
Premier online tool for non-profits looking for grants with profiles of more than 100,000 U.S. grantmakers and 2.4 million grant records. AVAILABLE AT CENTRAL BRANCH ONLY.
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Foundation Directory
Foundation Maps is Foundation Center's premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.
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Fresno Bee
Full-text of The Fresno Bee (1986 to present). Obituaries included. Advertising excluded.
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Funk & Wagnalls
General purpose encyclopedia offering articles useful to children, students and adults.
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Hobbies & Crafts
History Reference Center® is the world's most comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research.
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Job Now
The Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects
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Literary
Literary criticism, plot summaries, biographies, poems, short stories, and reviews. For high school level and up.
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Master File
Articles from magazines, newspapers, books, and primary sources on a wide range of subjects. For high school level and up.
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Newspaper Source
Selected full text from a collection of over 1,000 regional, national, and international newspapers; also includes full text television & radio news transcripts.
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Photo Heritage Collection
Thousands of images from the San Joaquin Valley & Sierra Foothills Photo Heritage Project.
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Points of View Center
Pro and con articles, background information, and research guides on 250+ controversial issues. For high school level and up.
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ReferenceUSA
Business and residential directories including phone numbers, addresses and detailed company information. Great for job searching or building client lists.  Also contains a listing of 855,000 physicians and dentists in the country.
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OAC The San Joaquin Valley Digitization Project image collection consists of photographs selected from the collections of the nine public libraries of the San Joaquin Valley Library System, as well as the collections of museums and individuals in their communities. The photos were selected mainly for their historical interest. They represent various aspects of life in the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada foothills; in the counties of Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa. The photos date from 1850 to 2002.
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Science Reference Center
Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content.
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ScienceFlix
Science information for homework and general interest for kids aged 10-16. ScienceFlix is curriculum-driven, the content is divided by reading levels, and it has interactive features and intuitive navigation.
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Online Learning

Consumer Reports
Practice taking the DMV driver’s permit test. Tests are available for cars, motorcycles and the CDL.  Also available in Spanish.
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Consumer Reports
The English Language Learner Reference Center is a multi-purpose online information resource designed especially for secondary and young adult English language learners (ELLs) in school and public libraries.
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Job Now
Get online job and career coaching, resume assistance, and interview practice.
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Lynda.com Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Requires valid library barcode and PIN to use.
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Popular Software Skills Center
LearningExpress Library features Popular Software Skills Center and more!
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pronunciator
Pronunciator offers language learning courses taught in English and over 50 non-English languages. Learn another language from Spanish, English or a host of other languages.
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For a directory of these resources by subject, start at Online Resources Subject Guide.
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