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General Reference Center Gold 
Newspapers, magazines, and reference books. [mobile App].

ProQuest Newspapers
Los Angeles Times (1985-current)
The New York Times (June 1980-present)
New York Times Magazine (1986-present)
The Wall Street Journal (1984-present)

Books & Literature

Storybooks paired with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic.

eBooks & eAudiobooks - Download OverDrive eBooks from Serra Digital Download Library to your computer, eReader or smart device. Classic titles are in the Always Available collection. eBooks are added each month!

Literature Criticism
Critical essays on the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers. [mobile App]

NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8
Book recommendations as well as reviews, book group discussion topics, award winners, and more.

Title Source 3 (available in the Library only)
Bibliographic information about books and other media currently in print.


RAND California
More than 170 statistical databases, ranging from employment to social security payments to SAT scores.

Listings for 14 million U.S. public and private companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and churches. Providing contact information, credit ratings, and more.

Value Line Research Center (available in the Library only)
Analysis on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertibles.

Weiss's Financial Ratings Series
Financial Strength Ratings for more than 21,000 banks & insurance companies, Investment Ratings for over 6,000 stocks and 16,000 mutual funds, personalized Medigap Buyer’s Guide, and Safe Money Reports. 

Car Repair

Photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins for automobiles and light trucks.


College catalogs in complete cover-to-cover, original page format representing two-year, four-year, graduate and professional schools.

LearningExpress Library
Need to prepare for an exam or job? Practice for academic, military or vocational tests and basic business skills!        

Tuition Funding Sources
Find scholarships, with over $41 Billion in awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.


Access NewspaperArchive (available in the Library only)
Newspaper pages from around the world, dating from 1759.

American Ancestors (available in the Library only)
Search more than 110 million names in more than 2,200 databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

Ancestry Library Edition (available in the Library only)
More than 110 million names in more than 2,200 databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

Documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.

Heritage Quest
Digital images of the U.S. Census from 1790 through 1940, more than 25,000 genealogies and local histories, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications, and PERSI.

Homework Help

Biography In Context
Biographies about people from around the world and throughout history. [mobile App]

CQ Researcher
Current research on today's issues. Includes pro/con arguments.

CQ Weekly
Congressional Quarterly's magazine on government, commerce, and politics. Includes floor votes.

Grolier Encyclopedia
Five online encyclopedias: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, una enciclopedia en español.

LearningExpress Library
Need to prepare for an exam or job? Practice for academic, military or vocational tests and basic business skills.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context 
Presents both sides of controversial social issues and clarifies the facts of each topic. [mobile App]

Science Online
Scientist's biographies, timelines, a scientific dictionary, and more than 2,000 essays on science topics.

Student Resources In Context
Information on all core subjects from Science to Literature to History. Media-rich,this resource helps students develop both research and critical-thinking skills. [mobile App]


Mango Languages
Learn a foreign language online or on the go with a Mango App. Vocabulary, conversation, and pronunciation lessons are offered including English as a Second Language (ESL).

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