Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls, and more.
Morningstar is an investment resource specializing in fund investing. It provides trusted, independent and in-depth news, commentary, fund information, recommendations and research on stocks and mutual funds. Provides data on more than 385,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more thatn 8 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals. To access this database from outside the library, use this link.
ReferenceUSA is the leading source for business and residential data in the United States. ReferenceUSA helps users of all kinds search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more. For tutorials on this database, click on the Learning Center tab on any ReferenceUSA page.
The Small Business Reference Center is a comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business, offering full-text periodicals and reports, sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and reference books. It supports small business owners in all relevant areas from planning, financing and managing a business to exit strategies. Users also have the ability to search within specific ‘Business Topics’ and ‘Business Types’ relevant to their needs.
Official web portal of the US Government. Contains comprehensive information on government resources, services and forms.
More than just homework help, Tutor.com offers many resources for adult job seekers, including detailed feedback on your resume. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the find the Career Resources and Test Prep links. Tutor.com offers resume and cover letter templates, interview tips, as well as exam preparation for the GRE, LSAT, GED and much more. Resources are offered in a variety of formats including videos, weblinks, and webinars.
To register with Learning Express, please use your Alameda Free Library card number.
LearningExpress Library is an online learning platform featuring practice tests, tutorials, and e-books related to job search and workplace skills improvement. Easy-to-use resume and cover letter creation. Practice exams for career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions. GED exam preparation (both in English & Spanish) and basic skills improvement in reading, writing and math for all ages. Get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.
Are you getting ready to take the test for your Driver's Permit? Use these resources to help you succeed. There are tests for both automobile and motorcycle, Driver Handbooks and a whole series of Frequently Asked Questions.
18 California specific tests. Questions are based on the contents of the California Drivers Manual and reflect changes in road rules and traffic laws.
Practice tests with emphasis on the following seven legal practice areas, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Propery and Torts.
All test questions are based on current course materials, including the 2017 National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP), which is the written test that most states use.
Public records and genealogy tools for the family historian. Emphasis on immigrant lists, passenger lists, and other public documents. This database is available at the Main and branch libraries, but not outside library facilities or via wifi.
An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.
Explora is the new research tool from the EBSCO suite of databases.
Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world's leading magazines and reference books.
Explora for Adults is a research tool that enables a quick search of articles, essays, and primary source documents including journals, abstracts, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, biographies, and historical essays.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution featurescontinuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Can you tell real news from "fake" news? Here are some resources, put together by the American Library Association, to help you determine if the information you're getting is factual, up to date, and from a competent authority. Click here.
The largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world, this resource enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles,ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
The American Physical Society has provided free access to their journals through their Public Access program. The following journals are available in the library only.
Physical Review Letters (brief important papers, all topics in physics)
Physical Review A (atomic, molecular, and optical physics)
Physical Review B (condensed matter and materials physics)
Physical Review C (nuclear physics)
Physical Review D (particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology)
Physical Review E (statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics)
Physical Review X (open access articles, all topics of physics)
Physical Review Applied (applied physics)
Reviews of Modern Physics ( in-depth articles, all topics in physics)
Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
The APS Journal Archive (back to 1893)
In addition, APS offers several publications and informational websites that are available free to all users, with no registration or subscription required:
Physics (highlighting significant papers from APS journals)
Physics Central (educational/informational site about physics, for students and the public)
American Physical Society homepage
The single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, Consumer Health Complete is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the meany perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
Find legal information and legal help through this free site sponsored by the Legal Aid Association of California and the California State Bar.
This database offers everyday users the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide- range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo Press, the nation's oldest and most respected provier of legal information for consumers and small businesses. With the Legal Forms by U.S. State feature, users can search state-specific legal forms by top subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more.
This multi-purpose information resource is designed for middle and high school students and anyone new to the English language. Content covers a wide range of subject areas - including Science, Math, History, Civics, Life Skills and Literature - and is written in an age-appropriate interest level using vocabulary and simplified structure helpful to non-native speakers.
USA Learns is a free website to help adults learn English. Practice speaking, reading, writing, listening, vocabulary, grammar and more. You can get to this website from any computer. Just register on the site and you can track your progress. Includes both Beginning and Intermediate courses.
The FSI (Foreign Service Institute) language courses are arguably the best free language courses available anywhere. The FSI language courses cover over 40 languages from the most spoken in the world to some less well known ones. This material is public domain, so no costs and no commercials. Feel free to use and download the PDF files and audios on this page however you would like.
The U.S. Peace Corps has been sending volunteers from the United States to countries all over the world for over 50 years. In fact, Live Lingua was founded by one of these volunteers. Live Lingua has contacted Peace Corps offices in Washington D.C. to obtain permission to be a repository of these courses, but we do not own any rights to them.
The Open Culture website provides access to over 40 free language learning sites. Some are duplicates of the Foreign Service Institute above, but there are many others as well. Many include .pdf versions of workbooks for download.
Academic Search Complete offers an enormous collection of full-text journals, providing users access to critical information from many sources unique to this database. In addition, it includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. Scholarly content covers a broad range of important areas of academic study, including anthropology, engineering, law, sciences and more.
This index, covering 9/15/2001 to the present, has full text local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, cultural activities, local companies and people.
The largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world, this resource enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
Access Flipster digital magazines on a desktop or any mobile device. You can download the free Flipster app from either the iTunes or Google Play store.
This Research Collection includes:
- 11,025 sources from around the world, including 3,091 domestic sources
- Coverage from all 50 states and 172 countries
- Diverse source types including web-only content, transcripts, videos- in addition to newspapers
- With over 40 years of coverage it offers multiple perspectives and deeper coverage on issues, topics and a more complete research experience (as compared to a single title)
This collection also includes the San Francisco Chronicle Collection: Search more than 30 years of San Francisco history. Coverage from 1985 through today. Explore current and archived issues of the San Francisco Chronicle with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, as well as content only published online.
Local Papers Clipping File (link temporarily unavailable)
Search Alameda Journal, Alameda Times Star & Alameda Sun for local articles held in our newspaper clipping files.
The Alameda, CA Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Alameda live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Alameda with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.
This comprehensive Spanish-language database offers content from a variety of sources including thousands of encyclopedia entires, an inclusive collection of images, an atlas, health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries such as:
- El Comerico (Peru')
- El Mercurio (Chile)
- El Tiempo (Columbia)
- El Universal (Mexico)
- El Pais (Uruguay)
- El Nacional (Venezuela)
- La Nacion (Argentina)
- La Nacion (Costa Rica)
¿Es la primera vez que visita ABCmouse en casa? Siga la Guía rápida ABCmouse para padres para que pueda comenzar.
This multi-purpose information resource is designed for middle and high school students and anyone that is new to the english language. This database will help ELL's succeed academically and in everyday life by providing assistance as they conduct research, build thier background knowledge and develop study skills. Content covers a wide range of subject areas - including Science, Math, History, Civics, Life Skills and Literature - and is written in an age-appropriate interst level, using vocabulary and simplified structure helpful to non-native speakers.
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The Alameda Free Library has been offering access to ABC Mouse at our library computers, but now you and your child can access ABCmouse from home. ABCmouse Early Learning Academy’s award-winning curriculum is guided and designed by a highly experienced team of educators and other learning experts who have comprehensive knowledge of research-based principles of effective education for children. ABCmouse has become a highly valued supplemental resource that assists teachers by supporting the achievement of widely accepted standards for young learners.
Use this link to checkout ABCmouse for 4 weeks.
First time checking out ABCmouse at home? Follow the ABCmouse Quick Guide for Parents to get you started.
Ancient and Medieval History Online explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. This database for older students (upper elementary through high-school) includes biographies, timelines, images, maps, charts and topic-centered tabls enabling students to focus on an era or specific subject.
Find information about California here. You can search for information on California Explorers, Native Tribes, Missions and Mission Life, Ranchos, Govenors and general California History by Decades.
Use this link to help you evaluate whether or not you are using authoritative resources for your research project. These resources were put together by the American Library Association and can also help you in determining real news from "fake" news.
Connect one-on-one with tutors; for grades 4-12 and college intro. Math, Science, English & Social Studies - Spanish language tutors available.
Designed to assist teachers in crafting targeted lessons, the Curriculum Standards module contains more than 1,050 standards alligned to the curriculum of U.S. states, the U.S. Common Core State Standards Initiative and Canadian provinces.