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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 residents within Marin County Free Library jurisdictions, due to licensing agreements
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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.

(Available only to residents within Marin County Free Library jurisdictions, due to licensing agreements

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

  • ACS: Chemistry for Life

    Explore different facets of chemistry on the American Chemical Society's website through topics such as Cool Science, Molecule of the Week, Chemistry Quiz, and Emerging Science.
  • Alvin's Animals

    Alvin is the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's deep-ocean research submersible. This webpage presents fascinating photographs of some of the sea creatures the scientists aboard the Alviin encountered during their underwater explorations.

  • 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."
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific

    Headquartered in San Francisco, Astronomical Society of the Pacific is one of the oldest astronomical organizations in the US. It provides numerous programs through school systems and directly to the public through a network of amateur astronomy clubs to foster interest in exploring the night sky.
  • Avian Knowledge Network

    “The overarching goal of the AKN is to improve the conservation of birds and their habitats through the use of data, the best available science and open, collaborative partnerships.”
  • 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.”
  • Botanical Dimensions

    Botanical Dimensions, a non-profit organization founded in 1985, conducts projects “to preserve biodiversity, respecting natural ecosystems and traditions of ecological knowledge” and to promote the appreciation and study of “plants and mushrooms that are felt to be significant to cultural integrity and spiritual well-being.”

  • 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.”

  • Dinosaur News: The Site with Bite!

    Keep up with events in the field of paleontology with “the world’s premier site for dinosaur news.”
  • 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.”
  • Energy.gov

    "The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions."
  • The Hubble Heritage Project

    The Hubble Heritage Project enhances images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and presents them to promote publikc interest in astrophysics and the universe.
  • 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.”
  • Ocean Portal: Find Your Blue

    The Ocean Portal presents "everything ocean – unusual and everyday organisms, ocean-inspired art, researchers devoting their lives to exploring the still mostly mysterious ecosystem... The Ocean Portal is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Ocean Initiative [and] supports the Smithsonian’s mission to increase the public’s understanding and stewardship of the Ocean."
  • Periodic Table

    This periodic table of the elements is maintained by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Great Britain.
  • Physics Central: Learn How Your World Works

    "The American Physical Society represents some 48,000 physicists... With PhysicsCentral, we communicate the excitement and importance of physics to everyone. We invite you to visit our site every week to find out how physics is part of your world."
  • 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.”
  • We Choose the Moon

    Presented through the the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, this site recreates the historic Apollo 11 mission through an integration of animation, photographs, video, and actual mission audio.
  • The Why Files: The Science Behind the News

    "The Why Files was created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the auspices of National Institute for Science Education with support from the National Science Foundation. It is currently funded through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each week, we bring you a new story on the science behind the news."