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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.  

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 sorted by titles on a virtual bookshelf.  

World Book Online Available everywhere with a library card
All articles from the current 22-volume edition of the World Book Encyclopedia, including World Book Early World of Learning, World Book  Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book Timelines, World Book Discover,Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. tutorial


Recommended Web Resources

U.S. topographic maps are available free on the website through the United States Geological Survey (USGS). For details on the various topo map topics, please visit the USGS website. You will need to download TerraGo toolbar and Adobe Reader to view the maps.

Map locator
Additional information on locating and downloading 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