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American history from 1493 to the present including original speeches, poems, interviews and writings of more than 1,500 influential authors in multiple formats. Topics include American democracy, education, business and labor, and the arts.
For students K-8, includes thousands of images, videos, and statistics to research virtually any topic. Other resources include research guides, learning activities for English & language arts, the sciences, the Social Sciences, timelines on various topics, and an online dictionary and thesaurus.

The classic encyclopedia, recreated online with content including animation, sound files, video clips, daily updates, and content from current periodicals.  
Research sources for young adults include three databases, thousands of curated articles and magazines, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended websites, along with a pop-up Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Country Studies
Published by Library of Congress, Country Studies offers previously published Country Studies/Area Handbooks and more up-to-date Country Profiles on select countries. This series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.  

Includes full-text and cross-reference access to hundreds of reference works and articles. Credo is a general reference resource covering every major subject including art, business, geography, history and more. Topic pages are good starting points for any research project.  

Includes information from periodicals and books, audiovisual clips, maps, and reference sources search tips
Offers authoritative full-text reference titles from Gale and other premier publishing partners. Special features include: on-demand machine-aided content translations into 14 languages and text-to-speech technology in 19 languages. search tips

Travel eBooks grouped by region on a virtual bookshelf.  

World Book Discover
Offers refgerence articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video. This resource is designed for middle to high school english learners. tutorial
World Book Early World of Learning
A teaching tool for teachers or parents of preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. The Early World of Learning uses narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games, interactive reference material for beginners, and more to help young learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency.  

World Book InfoFinder
Designed to meet research needs of upper-elementary and middle school aged students. In addition to the complete World Book Encyclopedia, it also offers learning resources for educators, research tools and ideas for science projects.   tutorial

Dictionary, quick facts, atlas, activities, encyclopedia articles for elementary school children.  

All articles from the current 22-volume edition of the World Book Encyclopedia, including World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.  tutorial
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Provides in-depth analysis, full-text periodical articles, reference works, primary documents, historical maps, atlases, video and audio selections; covering over 5,000 years from antiquity to the present.  


Recommended Web Resources
U.S. topographic maps are available free on the web through the USGS Store. For details on the various topo maps series, please visit the US Topo web site. You will need to download TerraGo toolbar and Adobe Reader to view the maps.  

Telephone Directories

Reference USA
Business and residential telephone directory and basic company information.  tutorial

Local History

Local history collection in the Thousand Oaks Library  

Obituaries, index to local newspaper articles about the Conejo Valley more info