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Business Resources  Colleges, Scholarships, & Careers  
Encyclopedia  |  Foundation Center  
Health & Wellness Resources
 |  Literature  
Magazine & Journal Articles  |  Newspapers
Other Library Catalogs
Social Studies Fact Cards  |  Telephone Directories

Recommended Online Resources

Business Resources

  • ReferenceUSA - Information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses, organizations, and agencies. Great for job hunting, marketing research, etc. 
  • Encyclopedia of Associations - National Organizations of the U.S. - Comprehensive source of detailed information concerning nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope. Covers more than 23, 000 organizations in categories such as trade, business, and commercial; legal, governmental, public administration, and military; cultural; educational; veterans, hereditary, and patriotic; athletic and sports; fan clubs, and many more.
  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media - Contains listings for radio and television stations and cable companies. Print media entries provide address; phone, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses; key personnel, including feature editors; and much more. Broadcast media entries provide address; phone, fax, and e-mail addresses; key personnel; owner information; hours of operation; networks carried and more. Scope includes U.S., Canadian, and international media.

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Colleges, Scholarships, & Careers

  • TuitionFundingSources.com (TFS) is a private website that contains the world's largest scholarship database. The TFS website also provides students with career and college admissions information. In order to register as a new member click on the "login" button, then select your state and the school you currently attend and create a personal password.

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Encyclopedia

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Find encyclopedic entries on a wide range of subjects, as well an updated world atlas, thousands of images and videos, an online dictionary and thesaurus, and articles from over 400 respected magazines and journals. (For in-library use click here)  
     
  • Britannica KIDS - a great resource for students in grades 4-9.
    (For in-library use click here

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Foundation Center

  • Foundation Directory Online Professional - The Santa Barbara Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, providing access to a collection of materials and services related to grantseeking and fundraising.  The Foundation Directory is available in print and online, is comprehensive, and includes information on 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors, and 3 million recent grants.  Access to FDO Professional is available only at Central Library.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - Developed by the Foundation Center, this is an online database of foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Access to Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is available only at Central Library.
    (Access to these Foundation Center Databases are available only at the Central Library.)

    Wireless access
    now available at the Central library to the Foundation Directory Online Professional , and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - two premier grantseeking databases on the web developed by the Foundation Center.

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Health & Wellness Resources

  • MedlinePlus (para español, haga clic aqui – MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

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Magazine & Journal Articles

  • InfoTrac/General Reference - Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry, arts, sciences, sports and more from newspapers, books and periodicals, many with full-text and images.
  • New Directions for Youth Development (online journal)--Need help helping teens? Do you work with young people in a program that could use some fresh ideas? Are you a parent of a teen who wants to know what resources or programs could help your child? (Access is available from inside any of the Santa Barbara Public Library System libraries only.)
  • Youth Today online access is available with assistance from Library staff.

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Newspapers

  • New York Times – Available through Info Trac General Reference Center Gold

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Social Studies Fact Cards

  • Toucan Valley Social Studies Fact Cards - Information designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 to 8. Topics covered are those California, United States and World topics included in the social studies curriculum in California.

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Telephone Directories

  • ReferenceUSA - Residential information compiled from more than 3,900 white pages telephone directories along with information from the latest U.S. Census, including median household income, median home value, and percentage of owner-occupied housing in each area.
  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media - Contains listings for radio and television stations and cable companies. Print media entries provide address; phone, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses; key personnel, including feature editors; and much more. Broadcast media entries provide address; phone, fax, and e-mail addresses; key personnel; owner information; hours of operation; networks carried and more. Scope includes U.S., Canadian, and international media.

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Recommended Online Resources

Looking for information about a particular subject? The following websites have been carefully selected by the reference staff of the Santa Barbara Public Library System. Be sure to also visit our library databases to find more resources available for library card holders.

**Please note that these websites are not accessible from the Catalog computers inside of the library.

Arts & Entertainment

  • Biography.com -Over 25,000 brief biographies of notable personalities.
  • Web Gallery of Art - A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from the 12th to mid-19th centuries.

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Business

  • BigCharts - Current and historical stock quotes.
  • California Business Portal - Search for information on existing corporations, or follow the step-by-step guide for starting a new business.
  • Hoovers- Information on companies, industries and executives.
  • Survey of Current Business - Bureau of Economic Analysis' definitive source of information about its economic accounts. Articles in the Survey present the latest national, international, regional, and industry estimates.
  • UCSB Economic Forecast Project - Information on economic, demographic, and regional business trends in the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties area.

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Consumer Resources

  • California Dept. Of Insurance - Information about insurance companies that offer policies in California - health, life, auto, residential, business and more.
  • ConsumerSearch - Summarizes reviews for a variety of products, from computers to home appliances. Includes lists of the top-rated products in each category.
  • Edmunds - Pricing for new, used and certified cars. Also includes car news, previews and reviews.
  • Kelley Blue Book - Offers pricing for new and used automobiles, watercraft, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. Also includes reviews and ratings.

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Countries & Geography

  • Background Notes - Facts about the people, economy, and government of many different countries, from the U.S. Department of State.
     
  • CIA World Factbook - Current information on more than 200 countries.
  • UN Data - Bringing UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.

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Directories

  • Canada411 - People Search or Business search across Canada.
  • Infobel - International residence and business listings for most countries.
  • International Dialing Codes - If you need to make a phone call to someone in another country and you are not quite sure how to dial the number.
  • ZabaSearch - Free search engine for locating phone numbers and addresses.

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Education & Careers

  • Career One Stop - A U.S. Department of Labor sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy.
  • ERIC - Education Resources Information Center. Access to bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, some with full text.
  • Explore Health Careers - A free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers.
  • Occupational Information Network - The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.
     
  • Public Policy Institute of California - A nonprofit organization conducting independent research on a range of subjects, including education, immigration, and the environment.

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Dictionaries & Thesauri

  • Cook's Thesaurus - A cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools.

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Green Building

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Health & Medicine

  • Disability Programs - Federal government website for comprehensive information about disability-related programs, services, policies, laws and regulations.
  • DoctorFinder - Basic professional information on licensed physicians in the United States, from the American Medical Association.
  • Lab Tests Online - A public resource on clinical lab testing from the laboratory professionals who do the testing.
  • MedlinePlus - The National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
  • Drug Information Portal - Information on 47,856 drugs from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies.

  • Nursing Home Ratings - An online tool from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) using a five star rating system to help people compare Nursing Homes. 
  • KidsHealth - Information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years from the Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.

  • Senior Health - Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.

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Legal Resources & Tax Forms

  • AARP Tax Assistance - From February 1 through April 15th each year, the AARP Tax-Aide program offers free one-on-one counseling, as well as assistance on the telephone and internet to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and other standard schedules. You can search by zip code to find AARP Tax-Aide site near you.
  • FindLaw - Legal information and lawyer directories.
  • Judicial Council forms - The Judicial Council of California has created many forms to standardize the preparation of court documents.
  • Martindale - Locate lawyers and law firms worldwide.
  • Public Library of Law - PLoL is the largest free law library in the world, assembling law available for free scattered across many different sites -- all in one place.

 

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Santa Barbara History 

  • Carriage and Western Arts Museum  - Top western museum, second only to the Smithsonian. Their spectacular $10 million dollar collection includes 86 "antique" (working and rentable) carriages, and 55 historic saddles (Clark Gable, etc.).
  • Elverhoj Museum of History & Art - One of few museums outside Denmark devoted solely to the Danish culture and Danish-American experience.  A spacious art gallery rotates exhibits of regional and international Danish art, and showcases many traditional fold arts including weaving, needlework, lace making, wood carving, and paper cutting.
  • Santa Barbara Earthquake History 1800-1960 - Includes photos, personal accounts of the quake, and a catalog of the times, sizes, and felt effects of pre-instrumental earthquakes that have been felt in the Santa Barbara and Ventura area.
  • Santa Maria Museum of Flight - Hancock Aviation School and U.S.A.A.F. air base memorabilia, topping collection of 19 history of aviation dioramas.
  • Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum - The historical museum houses fascinating exhibits from the Chumash period through 20th century ranching days. The Museum features displays of Native American, pioneer and early Valley ranch artifacts.  The adjacent Parks-Janeway Carriage house is home to one of the largest horse-drawn carriage and stagecoach collections in the U.S.
  • Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum and Library - One of largest collections of dolls & teddy bears (3,000) in the US. Highlights California's artists and manufacturers. Research library of 10,000 volumes and periodicals is by appointment only. Gift shop offers a variety of dolls, teddy bears, books, and collectibles. 

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Science

  • Science360 - Science360 Knowledge Network immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math. We gather the latest science videos provided by scientists, colleges and universities, science and engineering centers, the National Science Foundation and more.

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State & Federal Government

  • THOMAS - Federal legislative information from the Library of Congress. Find bill summaries, the Congressional Record, roll call votes, House and Senate Committee reports, and more.
  • USA.gov - Official information and services from the U.S. government.
  • Voters - California online voter registration.

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Travel & Transportation

  • Caltrans Road Information - Check on current California highway conditions and planned work.
     
  • FlightAware - Flight tracking and airport information.
     
  • Travel.State.Gov - Passport information, tips for traveling abroad, the latest travel warnings, and more.

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Recommended Online Resources

**These websites are not accessible from the Catalog computers inside of the library.

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