A-Z List of Online Resources

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ABC Mouse

More than 8,500 activities that teach math, science, health, social studies, art, and music for kids 2-8 years old. Disponible en español.

Alameda Oral Histories
Links to Alameda of the Past and Bridges of Honor oral histories on Calisphere.

Alameda Times Star
This index, covering 9/15/2001 to the present, has full text local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, cultural activities, local companies and people.

American Physical Society
The American Physical Society has provided free access to their journals through their Public Access program. The following journals are available in the library only.

Ancestry.com – Library Edition
Public records and genealogy tools for the family historian. Emphasis on immigrant lists, passenger lists, and other public documents. This database is available at the Main and branch libraries, but not outside library facilities or via wifi.

AutoRepairSource
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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Bar Prep Hero
Practice tests with emphasis on the following seven legal practice areas, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property and Torts.

 

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California Fact Cards
Find information about California here. You can search for information on California Explorers, Native Tribes, Missions and Mission Life, Ranchos, Governors and general California History by Decades.

California Nursing Assistant Test Preparation
All test questions are based on current course materials, including the 2017 National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP), which is the written test that most states use.

Career Resources & Test Prep by Tutor.com
More than just homework help, Tutor.com offers many resources for adult job seekers, including detailed feedback on your resume. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the find the Career Resources and Test Prep links.  Tutor.com offers resume and cover letter templates, interview tips, as well as exam preparation for the GRE, LSAT, GED and much more.   Resources are offered in a variety of formats including videos, weblinks, and webinars.

CA DMV Driving Permit Tests
Are you getting ready to take the test for your Driver's Permit? Use these resources to help you succeed. There are tests for both automobile and motorcycle, Driver Handbooks and a whole series of Frequently Asked Questions.

Consumer Health Complete
The single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, Consumer Health Complete is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Consumer Reports
The largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world, this resource enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles,ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

 

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EBSCO Literary Reference Center
This rich full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

EBSCO Biography Reference Book
This biographical database offers the in-depth profiles from Current Biography and World Authors, the periodical coverage of Biography Index and the specialist content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. It provides full-text articles, images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals.

EBSCO Biography Reference Center
Biography Reference Center provides thousands of reliable full-text biographies, including the complete full text of Biography Today and Biography, plus narrative biographies not available in other databases. In addition to keyword search, users can locate biographies by subject occupation, nationality, activity, gender, lifespan and more.

EBSCO Military and Government Collection
Military & Government Collection is a database of full-text journals and periodicals pertaining to all branches of the military and government. It is designed to offer current news to military members, analysts, policy makers, students and researchers.

Enki Library
The Enki Library is a shared open source eBook network that allows California libraries to own and store eBooks for access by library patrons.

ePermit Tests
Want to practice for your California Drivers Permit test? Another resource with online practice tests as well as resources for the motorcycle exam. 

Explora Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete offers an enormous collection of full-text journals, providing users access to critical information from many sources unique to this database. In addition, it includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. Scholarly content covers a broad range of important areas of academic study, including anthropology, engineering, law, sciences and more.

Explora for Middle and High School Students
Age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

 

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Flipster Digital Magazines
Access Flipster digital magazines on a desktop or any mobile device. You can download the free Flipster app from either the iTunes or Google Play store. 

 

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Hoopla Digital
Hoopla is a digital streaming service for library users to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and TV shows using portable devices like smartphones and tablets.

 

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Internet Archive
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.

Begun in 1996 to archive the Internet itself, the Internet Archive now has 20+ years of web history accessible through the Wayback Machine. As the web archive grew, so did the commitment to providing digital versions of other published works.

The Wayback Machine

 

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Kanopy
Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films – titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

 

 

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Law Help California
Find legal information and legal help through this free site sponsored by the Legal Aid Association of California and the California State Bar.

Learning Express Library
To register with Learning Express, please use your Alameda Free Library card number.

LearningExpress Library is an online learning platform featuring practice tests, tutorials, and e-books related to job search and workplace skills improvement. Easy-to-use resume and cover letter creation. Practice exams for career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions. GED exam preparation (both in English & Spanish) and basic skills improvement in reading, writing and math for all ages. Get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

Legal Information Reference Center
This database offers everyday users the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide- range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo Press, the nation's oldest and most respected provier of legal information for consumers and small businesses. With the Legal Forms by U.S. State feature, users can search state-specific legal forms by top subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more.

Librivox
Librivox is a group of worldwide volunteers who read and record public domain texts creating free public domain audiobooks for download from their website and other digital library hosting sites on the internet.

Live Homework Help – Tutor.com
Connect one-on-one with tutors; for grades 4-12 and college intro. Math, Science, English & Social Studies - Spanish language tutors available.

Live Lingua Project – Foreign Service Institute
The FSI (Foreign Service Institute) language courses are arguably the best free language courses available anywhere. The FSI language courses cover over 40 languages from the most spoken in the world to some less well known ones. This material is public domain, so no costs and no commercials. Feel free to use and download the PDF files and audios on this page however you would like.

Live Lingua Project – U.S. Peace Corps
The U.S. Peace Corps has been sending volunteers from the United States to countries all over the world for over 50 years. In fact, Live Lingua was founded by one of these volunteers. Live Lingua has contacted Peace Corps offices in Washington D.C. to obtain permission to be a repository of these courses, but we do not own any rights to them.

 

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Mango Languages
Mango Languages gives you 24/7 access to over 70 world languages and more than 20 ESL courses. These practical, self-paced courses make it simple to brush up on that high school French, rekindle your lifelong dream of visiting Ireland, or simply build on your high school Spanish.

 

Morningstar
Morningstar is an investment resource specializing in fund investing.  It provides trusted, independent and in-depth news, commentary, fund information, recommendations and research on stocks and mutual funds. Provides data on more than 385,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 8 million equities,  indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals. To access outside use this link 

 

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New York Times (Connect when outside of the library network)
Enjoy complimentary unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism on NYTimes.com 

When connecting from inside the Library:

  1. Connect to library Wi-Fi or desktop workstations
  2. Register or log in at nytimes.com/register
  3. Enjoy unlimited access

Newsbank – Access World News

This Research Collection includes:

-         11,025 sources from around the world, including 3,091 domestic sources

-         Coverage from all 50 states and 172 countries

-         Diverse source types including web-only content, transcripts, videos- in addition to newspapers

-         With over 40 years of coverage it offers multiple perspectives and deeper coverage on issues, topics and a more complete research experience (as compared to a single title)

This collection also includes the San Francisco Chronicle Collection: Search more than 30 years of San Francisco history. Coverage from 1985 through today. Explore current and archived issues of the San Francisco Chronicle with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, as well as content only published online.

 

Newsbank – America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc…

 

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution featurescontinuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Overdrive
OverDrive provides library patrons remote access to a large collection of premium audiobooks, e-books, and music from their website.  It supports downloads to personal computers, Ipod(R), iPhone(R), iPad(TM), Android(TM), Sony(R)Reader, Kindle, and numerous other mobile devices.

 

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Project Gutenberg

Thousands of titles of works in the public domain (out of copyright) in both eBook and eAudiobook formats.

 

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Read It!

Este recurso de información multipropósito está diseñado para estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria y para cualquier persona que sea nueva en el idioma inglés. Esta base de datos ayudará a los estudiantes de ELL a tener éxito académico y en la vida cotidiana, brindándoles asistencia a medida que realizan investigaciones, desarrollan sus conocimientos previos y desarrollan habilidades de estudio. El contenido abarca una amplia gama de áreas temáticas, como Ciencias, Matemáticas, Historia, Educación cívica, Habilidades para la vida y Literatura, y está escrito en un nivel adecuado para la edad, utilizando vocabulario y estructura simplificada que es útil para hablantes no nativos.

Reference USA

ReferenceUSA is the leading source for business and residential data in the United States. ReferenceUSA helps users of all kinds search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more. For tutorials on this database, click on the Learning Center tab on any ReferenceUSA page.

This comprehensive Spanish-language database offers content from a variety of sources including thousands of encyclopedia entires, an inclusive collection of images, an atlas, health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries such as:

  • El Comerico (Peru')
  • El Mercurio (Chile)
  • El Tiempo (Columbia) 
  • El Universal (Mexico)
  • El Pais (Uruguay)
  • El Nacional (Venezuela)
  • La Nacion (Argentina)
  • La Nacion (Costa Rica)

 

Reviews of Modern Physics

Reviews of Modern Physics (RMP) is the world’s premier physics review journal and the most highly cited Physical Review publication. Written by leading international researchers, RMP’s in-depth essays provide outstanding coverage of a topic and give context and background for current research trends.

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Small Business Reference Center

The Small Business Reference Center is a comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business, offering full-text periodicals and reports, sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and reference books. It supports small business owners in all relevant areas from planning, financing and managing a business to exit strategies. Users also have the ability to search within specific ‘Business Topics’ and ‘Business Types’ relevant to their needs.

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Tutor.com - Live Homework Help
Connect one-on-one with tutors; for grades 4-12 and college intro. Math, Science, English & Social Studies - Spanish language tutors available.

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