Fairfax Library will be closed Aug 4 – 17 for renovations. More details.

Chat with a Librarian

QuestionPoint
24/7 Live Online Reference

 

This library partnership service is best for simple questions that are not specific to your local library.

If you need help with a local item or service, please call or email us.

Databases

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

This scholarly collection offers full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic study including, but not limited to: animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology and many other fields.

Access Science

This discovery and reference tool provides authoritative encyclopedia articles on science and technology, plus multimedia and graphics, science news, biographies of scientists, and a study center.
(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)

Computers & Applied Sciences Complete

This resource covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. Subject areas include the many engineering disciplines, computer theory & systems, new technologies, and social & professional context.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

JobNow: Live Job Assistance

JobNow is a unique service that features expert resume assistance/live interview preparation and career coaching. JobNow services include: Live Interview Coaching where job seekers receive live interview practice from online job coaches, Premium Resume Lab which includes online resume/cover letter assistance from trained writing experts and Job Resources where users can draw from a carefully-selected library of interview tips, resume templates, career assessments and other valuable resources.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com provides self-paced, online learning video programs by experts in a variety a subjects; including business, design, web and photography. Thousands of classes are available and are targeted towards beginners, intermediate users, advanced users and appropriate for all users. Classes are available on your home computer, in the library and on mobile devices.

Safari Tech Books Online

Thousands of high demand eBooks on technology topics, including titles published by O'Reilly Press, Sun Press, Microsoft Press, Prentice Hall, Adobe Press, and more.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Recommended Websites

  • Hot Topic: Upgrading Windows XP

    Microsoft has announced that it is phasing out its support of Windows XP and that “after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date… If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.”

    While some computer users are upgrading to Windows 7, others are choosing Windows 8. Following are some resources that discuss various aspects of upgrading Windows XP.

    Microsoft
    •  End of Support for Windows XP:  http://tinyurl.com/xp-end-of-support
    •  Microsoft Community Forum: Which Is Better? Windows 7 or Windows 8?:  http://tinyurl.com/win7-or-win8
    •  Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7:  http://tinyurl.com/upgrading-xp-to-win7
    •  Upgrading from Windows XP/Vista to Windows 8:  http://tinyurl.com/upgrading-xp-to-win8
    •  Moving Files and Settings to a New Computer:  http://tinyurl.com/moving-files-and-settings

    Lynda.com
    (This resource is available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements.)
    •  Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 Video Tutorial:  http://tinyurl.com/lynda-marinet-xp-to-7
    •  Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8 Video Tutorial:  http://tinyurl.com/lynda-marinet-xp-to-8
  • Animal Diversity Web

    Developed at the University of Michigan, this site is "an online database...of animal natural history...designed both as an encyclopedia for exploring biodiversity and for use in formal, inquiry-based education."
  • The Bay Institute: From the Sierra to the Sea

    “The Bay Institute uses a combination of scientific research, political advocacy, and public education to work toward the environmental restoration of the entire watershed that drains into San Francisco Bay.”
  • Climate Change Science

    This resource from the Environmental Protection Agency details the causes and indicators of climate change and describes the impact that climate change will have on Earth's ecosystems and societies in the future. There is also a multimedia gallery that includes slides and interactive graphics on climate change and the greenhouse effect.
  • Computer History Museum

    “The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images.”

  • EPA in California

    Established as a federal agency in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to ensure that "all Americns are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work" and that "national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information."
  • Earthquake Hazards Program: Northern California (USGS)

    This United States Geological Survey (USGS) site offers resources for earthquake preparedness, maps of faults and earthquake probability in northern California, historic quake information, and more.

  • Encyclopedia of Life

    The mission of the Encyclopedia of Life is “to increase awareness and understanding of living nature through [an online portal] that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.”
  • HubbleSite

    The Space Telescope Science Institute developed this site "to share Hubble's remarkable discoveries with the public... Learn about the Hubble Space Telescope from its genesis...to its realization as one of the world's most successful telescopes."
  • NASA Solar System Exploration

    This website presents press releases and news articles on NASA projects from December 1962 to the present. In addition, there are descriptions of NASA missions as well as detailed information regarding all aspects of our solar system. The interactive features available through the Multimedia page offer a unique opportunity to explore this fascinating subject. (Additional plug-ins or programs may be required.)
  • National Science Foundation

    The National Science Foundation is a “federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering [and] tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in a wide range of scientific areas, from astronomy to geology to zoology.”
  • Science.gov

    “Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.”