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ART & ARCHITECTURE

Art History Resources
Artcyclopedia - Great Works of Art
Artnet - Artists, Galleries, Events
Ask Art - Artists Bluebook
Digital Archive of Art - Images
The Getty - Scholarly Art Resources, Art Conservation
Great Buildings


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AUTOMOTIVE

Auto Repair Reference Center (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


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BOOKS & MAGAZINE ARTICLES SEARCH

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
BookBrowse
BookFinder
California State Library Catalog 
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Classify - search for classification numbers
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.
MOBAC - Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Library System

MELVYL - The Catalog of the University of California Libraries

Monterey County Herald Obituary Index - Jan 1, 1995-June 30, 2003
New York Times Best Sellers Lists
WorldCat

Zinio - a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazines


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BUSINESS & FINANCE

Business  - the official business link to the U. S. Government
CalGold - business permit, license, and registration requirements
California Business Search

Consumer Price Index - U. S. Department of Labor
Edgar - SEC Fillings & Forms
Free Business Forms
Hoover's Online - Company Information
Monterey Bay SCORE
Monterey County Business Portal
Morningstar Investment Research Center
For home access click here. Your password is your MCFL library card number.
Nonprofit Organizations - Guide Star
ReferenceUSA (Business Database)  
Small Business Administration
Starting a Small Business in California step by step
Thomas Register - Directory of Manufacturers and their products
U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Yahoo Finance


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CONSUMER INFORMATION

Audio-Video Products Reviews
Business and Human Rights Resource Center
California Department of Consumer Affairs License Lookup
 
Consumer Information from the Federal Government
 
Consumer Reviews from Highya

Consumer Reports
Consumer Search - Product Reviews and Reports 
Consumer World
Loan Amortization Table Calculator

Realtor.com - Home buying, Renting


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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
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
Education Yahoo
Educator's Reference Desk (formerly Ask ERIC)
edX - free online courses from several universities
ERIC - Education Resources  
Federal School Code List

Federal Student Financial Aid Application - FAFSA
 
Great Schools - information on schools performance
Homeless & Low-Income Student Resource Guide
Khan Academy - free tutorials

Learning Express Library - online tests and tutorials

Lynda-online learning resource


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EMPLOYMENT
CalJOBS
California Employment Development Department 

Free printable job applications

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

Monterey Bay Help Wanted

Monterey County Workforce Investment Board
Occupational Outlook Handbook

 

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FOOD & COOKING

Epicurious - Large Recipe Collection
Food Network

Local Harvest

Nutrition Data
RecipeSource - Searchable Online Archive of Recipes

 

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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


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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
Maporama International
MapQuest
States Information Directory
World Factbook - Country Profiles compiled by CIA


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GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

American Presidency Project
Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments - AMBAG

California Home Page
California Counties Information
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Congressional Directory
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
County of Monterey
Easy Voter Guide - California edition
GPO Access - Government Documents
Official Government Portal USA.gov

Political Resources - International
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

U. S. Immigration (Visas, Green Cards, Citizenship and Passport Applications)
The White House


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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


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HEALTH & MEDICINE
CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula)
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
Covered California - Affordable Care Insurance Marketplace
Doctor Finder
Family Doctor
Finding Health & Wellness @ the Library - Consumer Health Toolkit
Flu-seasonal - resources

Genetic Home Reference

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body (Bartleby)
HealthCare.gov
HealthLine (check your symptoms, find a doctor etc.)

Household Products Database (Health
& Safety Info)
Mayo Clinic
Merck Manual
MEDLINE Plus - Health & Drug Information  
PDR Health
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
Zika Virus Health Information

 

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HISTORY
California Missions eBooks
California History Photos & Documents

Prints and Photographs from the Library of Congress


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LANGUAGES

BabelFish
BBC Languages - interactive lessons (Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese)
Digital Dialects - animated games for learners of 56 languages
Duo Lingo
FreeDict - online dictionary of 16 languages
Google Translate
Indo-European Language Tutorials
Internet Polyglot
 
Lexicool

LiveLingua
TravLang - foreign language lessons in 80 languages
YourDictionary
WordReference - online language dictionary and conjugator for Spanish, French, Italian, German and Russian
Word2Word - dictionaries and translators


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LAW
Attorneys

California Bill Informatio
n (from 1993 to present) 
California Code of Regulations
California Codes  
California Courts - Self-Help Center
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
 
I-CAN!™ Legal - free online application helping to fill out court forms

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
Nolo Press - Free eBooks for Consumers
State Bar of California - Attorney Search
Supreme Court of the United States 
THOMAS - U.S. Congress
United States Code
U.S. Copyright Office


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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
California Rodeo - Salinas
County of Monterey
Family Resources - Sam's Guide to Monterey County
Historical Weather Records for Monterey Bay area
Homeless Information and Referral for Monterey Peninsula and Salinas

Impact Monterey County
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Events
Monterey County Business Portal

Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services
Monterey County Family Resources
Monterey County Herald  

Monterey County Herald Obituary Index - Jan 1, 1995-June 30, 2003
Monterey County Historical Society   
Monterey County Homeless Census 2015
Monterey County Homeless Services
Monterey County Homeless Services Resource Guide
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services - Disaster Resource Directory
Monterey County Multiracial/Multiethnic Demographic History
Monterey County Weekly
Monterey Craig's List
Monterey Peninsula in the movies
Monterey-Salinas Transit Online
National Steinbeck Center   
Race, Demographic and History in Monterey County
Salinas Californian

Vida Sana - Health Department Journal


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MONEY

 

Bank Ratings and Mortgage Information:
 

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 
Bank Rate
Bauer Financial
Federal Reserve Bank Foreclosure Mitigation Center
Avoiding Foreclosure: California

Consumer Information: 


WEConnect - Links to financial services for California's low-income families 
Federal Trade Commission
Bureau of Consumer Protection  
Free Annual Credit Report
401(K) Guide by MorningStar Analysts 


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BUSINESS & FINANCE

 

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MOVIES & MUSIC

Academy Awards
All-Music Guide
ArkivMusic - The Source for Classical Recordings
Free Scores
Freegal Music

Historic American Sheet Music 1850-1920
IndieFlix - independent movies
Internet Movie Database
Movie Reviews
National Jukebox - historical recordings from the Library of Congress
Sheet Music Database - Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Song Index - California Library System


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NEWS

1stHeadlines - Top Breaking News
ABC News
Associated Press News (EBSCO)
CNN News    
FOX News
 
King City Rustler
Monterey County Herald   
New York Times
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO)
Salinas Californian
San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner
San Jose Mercury News
Web News Harvester (EBSCO)
Zinio - a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazines


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PEOPLE SEARCH

Addresses and more  
Ancestry.com - Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more, from USA and other countries. Available only at the library 
AnyWho - Phone numbers, addresses, maps & directions & reverse lookup
Biography.com
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
ReferenceUSA (Residential Database)
Switchboard - White & Yellow Pages & driving directions
Telephone Directories of the World
Where to Write for Vital Records
White Pages


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PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

Bible Gateway - Many languages and translations
Bible - Unbound - More languages and translations
Blue Letter Bible
Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Sacred Text Archive
Saints & Fathers of the Catholic Church
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Timeline of Western Philosophers
What the Bible Says About
Works of Greek Philosophy


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QUOTES & SPEECHES

American Rhetoric
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - 1919 ed.
Creative Quotations


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READERS' ADVISORY

Accelerated Reader - Book Finder
All Readers - Plots, themes, characters, settings
BookBrowse

Fantastic Fiction
Fun Readalikes - Gnooks by Gnod  
GoodReads - Social cataloging
Google Books
IDreamBooks - critics reviews and ratings
Juvenile Series and Sequels
LibraryThing - Social cataloging
LitLovers - good books for book clubs
New York Times Best Sellers Lists
Oprah's Book Club
Overbooked - Literary & Genre Fiction

What's Next - Adult Fiction in Series


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READY REFERENCE

Acronyms
Answers.com
California Public Records
City Data

Conversion & Calculation Center
Copyright Office - Library of Congress

Country Studies
Currency Converter
Dictionary & Thesaurus (Merriam-Webster)
Encyclopedia of Associations (International, National and Regional) (GALE Group database)

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

Internet Public Library Reference Desk
Math Tables
National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations (GALE Group database)

Online Conversion

Online Writing Club
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (GALE Group database)
RefDesk.com
Telephone Area Codes
Time & Date - World Clock, Calendar & More
Toll Free, the Internet 800 Directory 
Units of Measurement
Weather forecasts for the US and the world
World Book Encyclopedia Online
Zip Code Lookup


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SCIENCE & NATURE
Animal Diversity
GreenFILE (EBSCO Host database)
Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements  
PubChem (Chemical Information)
Science Fair Project Resource Guide


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SOCIAL SERVICES IN MONTEREY COUNTY

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

Homeless Services
Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services


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STATISTICS

American Fact Finder - 2010 U. S. Census data and more
Bureau of Labor Statistics
City Ratings

International Statistics from United Nations
U. S. Census Bureau


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TAXES

California Franchise Tax Board
Internal Revenue Service

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VOTING/ELECTIONS
California Elections & Voter Information (Secretary of State)
League of Women Voters of California
Monterey County Elections - Where do I vote?
Monterey County Elections Office (also in Spanish)
Monterey County Smart Voter



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