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ART & ARCHITECTURE

AUTOMOTIVE

BOOKS & MAGAZINE ARTICLES SEARCH

BUSINESS & FINANCE

CONSUMER INFORMATION

EDUCATION

EMPLOYMENT
FOOD & COOKING 

GENEALOGY

GEOGRAPHY & MAPS

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

GRANT SEEKING

HEALTH & MEDICINE

HISTORY

 

LAW

LOCAL

MUSIC

NEWS

PEOPLE SEARCH

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

READERS' ADVISORY

READY REFERENCE

SCIENCE & NATURE

SOCIAL SERVICES

STATISTICS

TAXES

VOTING/ELECTIONS

 

ART & ARCHITECTURE

Art History Resources
Artnet - Artists, Galleries, Events
Ask Art - Artists Bluebook
The Getty - Scholarly Art Resources, Art Conservation


AUTOMOTIVE

AutoRepair Source (EBSCO Host Database)

California Department of Motor Vehicles - Official Government Site
California Department of Motor Vehicles - Driver Handbook
Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide
Kelley Blue Book


 

BOOKS & MAGAZINE ARTICLES SEARCH

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
BookBrowse
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Dewey Decimal System Summaries

Fantastic Fiction
Google Books
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO Host database)
Library of Congress
MagPortal - Free articles back to 1998.

Monterey County Herald Obituary Index - Jan 1, 1995-June 30, 2003
New York Times Best Sellers Lists
RBDigital - a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazines

WorldCat


 

BUSINESS & FINANCE

AtoZdatabases - business database

CalGold - business permit, license, and registration requirements
Edgar - SEC Fillings & Forms
Free Business Forms
Hoover's Online - Company Information
Monterey Bay SCORE
Monterey County Business Portal
Nonprofit Organizations - Guide Star
 
Small Business Administration
U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Yahoo Finance


 

CONSUMER INFORMATION

Business and Human Rights Resource Center
California Department of Consumer Affairs License Lookup
 
Consumer Information from the Federal Government
 
Consumer Reports
Consumer World

Free Annual Credit Report
Loan Amortization Table Calculator

Privacy, Identity and Online Security
Realtor.com - Home buying, Renting


 

EDUCATION

ABCMouse.com - educational games for children ages 2-6+  Use it for free on a Monterey County Free Libraries computer! 
Accelerated Reader Book Finder
California Connects - free and easy way to learn computer and Internet basics
California Department of Education

California Department of Education - DataQuest about schools
California Dream Act of 2011
California Reading List - K-12 
Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid

Digital Learn - digital literacy free learning tools
Educator's Reference Desk (formerly Ask ERIC)
Homeless & Low-Income Student Resource Guide
Khan Academy - free tutorials

Learning Express Library - online tests and tutorials

Lynda-online learning resource


 

EMPLOYMENT
AtoZdatabases - job search database

ASVAB Free Online Tests

CalJOBS
California Employment Development Department 

Career Coach Monterey - local coach shares 2-minute career video tips and short articles

Career Training

CNA Free Training
Free printable job applications

Indeed.com - a search engine for jobs
LearningExpressLibrary - online tests and tutorials

Monterey Bay Help Wanted

Monterey Bay Jobs
Monterey County Workforce Investment Board
Occupational Outlook Handbook

USA jobs - source of government jobs

 

 

 

FOOD & COOKING

Epicurious - Large Recipe Collection
Food Network

Local Harvest

Nutrition Data
RecipeSource - Searchable Online Archive of Recipes

 

GENEALOGY

Ancestry.com - Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more. Available only at the library 
California Death Records 1940-1997
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
Death Indexes & Records
Ellis Island - U. S. Immigration Records
Family Search - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
 
Find a Grave  
Monterey County Herald Obituary Index - Jan 1, 1995-June 30, 2003
Obituaries Finder from Legacy.com
Social Security Death Index 
Where to Write for Vital Records


 

GEOGRAPHY & MAPS

A to Z : The USA - information about states
BBC Country Profiles
 
Cities and Counties of U.S. - ePodunk

Electronic Map Collection

Geographic Names Information System - GNIS (Online gazetteer)
Google Maps
MapQuest
States Information Directory
World Factbook - Country Profiles compiled by CIA


 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

American Presidency Project
Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments - AMBAG

California Home Page
California Counties Information
CEQA - searchable environmental database of the California Clearinghouse
Congressional Directory
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
GPO Access - Government Documents

Stateline -
states policy and politics
THOMAS - U.S. Congress on the Internet
U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS)
         Consideration of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals
        
A Guide to Naturalization eBook
    
         Study materials for the Naturalization Test
         100 Civics Questions & Answers (English version)
         100 Civics Questions & Answers (Spanish version)
U. S. Government's Official Web Portal


 

GRANT SEEKING

American Human Development Project of the Social Science Research Council 
Foundation Directory for Nonprofits Online - Available only at the Seaside
Branch Library
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - Available only at the Seaside Branch Library
Foundation Center
Foundation Collection at the Seaside Branch

Government Benefits for Individuals

Government Grants (Federal)
GrantSpace - resources for grantseekers
National Center for Charitable Statistics


 

HEALTH & MEDICINE
CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula)
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
Covered California - Affordable Care Insurance Marketplace
Doctor Finder
Genetic Home Reference
Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body (Bartleby)
HealthCare.gov
Household Products Database (Health & Safety Info)
Mayo Clinic
Merck Manual
MEDLINE Plus - Health & Drug Information  
RxList Pill Identification Tool
Salem Health - Magill’s Medical Guide and more For home access click here. Your password is your MCFL library card number.
Symptom Checker

Understanding Lab Tests
World Health Organization

 

HISTORY
California Missions eBooks
California History Photos & Documents

Prints and Photographs from the Library of Congress

 


LAW
Attorneys

California Bill Informatio
n (from 1993 to present) 
California Code of Regulations
California Codes  
California Courts - Self-Help Center with forms
California Legal Specialists  
California Legislative Information

California Public Safety Codes (Building, Fire, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

California Tenants and Landlords  
Constitution of the United States
Federal Agencies   
FindLaw
 
Lawyer Directory from Martindale
Legal Help for low-income Californians
Legal Glossaries - Multiple Languages
Legal Information

Legal Information Institute - Cornell Law School
Monterey County Code
Monterey County Law Library
Municipal Codes
Nolo Press - Legal Information

State Bar of California - Attorney Search
Supreme Court of the United States 
THOMAS - U.S. Congress
United States Code
U.S. Copyright Office


LOCAL

2-1-1 services available in Monterey County
Aging and Disability Services Network - Monterey County

Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments - AMBAG
 
California Crops - Vegetable Research & Information Center

California Missions eBooks
Family Resources - Sam's Guide to Monterey County
Homeless Information and Referral for Monterey Peninsula and Salinas

Impact Monterey County
Monterey County Business Portal
Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services
Monterey County Herald Obituary Index - Jan 1, 1995-June 30, 2003
Monterey County Historical Society   
Monterey County Homeless Services

Monterey County Homeless Services Resource Guide
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
Monterey Craig's List
Monterey Peninsula in the movies
Monterey Peninsula Wildflowers
Monterey-Salinas Transit Online
National Steinbeck Center   
Race, Demographic and History in Monterey County

MUSIC

Free Scores
Historic American Sheet Music 1850-1920
National Jukebox - historical recordings from the Library of Congress
Sheet Music Database - Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Song Index - California Library System


 


NEWS

1stHeadlines - Top Breaking News
ABC News
Associated Press News (EBSCO)
CNN News    
FOX News
 

Greenfield News
King City Rustler
KION News Channel
KSBW News Channel
Monterey County Herald   
Monterey County Weekly
New York Times
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO)
Salinas Californian
San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner
San Jose Mercury News
Voices of Monterey Bay
Web News Harvester (EBSCO)


PEOPLE SEARCH

Ancestry.com - Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more, from USA and other countries. Available only at the library 
AtoZdatabases - residential database
Biography Reference Center (EBSCO)
California Death Records 1940-1997

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
Death Indexes & Records
Ellis Island - U. S. Immigration Records
Family Search - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
 
Find a Grave
Obituaries
Finder from Legacy.com
Telephone Directories of the World
Where to Write for Vital Records

 

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

Bible Gateway - Many languages and translations
Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Sacred Text Archive
Saints & Fathers of the Catholic Church
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
What the Bible Says About


 

READERS' ADVISORY

Accelerated Reader - Book Finder
BookBrowse

Fantastic Fiction
Fun Readalikes - Gnooks by Gnod  
GoodReads - Social cataloging
Google Books
Juvenile Series and Sequels
LibraryThing - Social cataloging
LitLovers - good books for book clubs
New York Times Best Sellers Lists
What's Next - Adult Fiction in Series



READY REFERENCE

California Public Records
City Data

Copyright Office - Library of Congress

Country Studies
Encyclopedia of Associations (International, National and Regional) (GALE Group database)

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GALE Group reference eBooks)
Information Please - Almanacs, Atlas, Dictionary, Encyclopedia

National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations (GALE Group database)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (GALE Group database)
RefDesk.com
Telephone Area Codes
Time & Date - World Clock, Calendar & More
Toll Free, the Internet 800 Directory 

Weather forecasts for the US and the world
World Book Encyclopedia Online
Zip Code Lookup


 

 

SCIENCE & NATURE
Animal Diversity
GreenFILE (EBSCO Host database)
Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements  
PubChem (Chemical Information)

 


SOCIAL SERVICES IN MONTEREY COUNTY

2-1-1 (United Way) - Clearinghouse of Information & Referrals
Aging and Disability Services Network
Community Human Services
Family Resources - Sam's Guide 
Homeless Information & Referral for Monterey Peninsula and Salinas

Homeless Services
Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services



STATISTICS

City Ratings
International Statistics from United Nations
U. S. Census Bureau
U. S. Census Bureau Historical Data

TAXES

California Franchise Tax Board
Internal Revenue Service

VOTING/ELECTIONS
California Elections & Voter Information (Secretary of State)
League of Women Voters of California
Monterey County Elections Office (also in Spanish)
Monterey County Smart Voter



 

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