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California K-12 Digital Resources

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CA state libraryOnline content from Encyclopedia Britannica, Gale, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks.net are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.

These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.


PebbleGo Science (Grades PreK-2)

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PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for PreK-2 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy support for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. How to search on PebbleGo


Brainfuse HelpNow (Grades K-12)

Helpnow-logo-buttonBrainfuse HelpNow is now 24/7 tutoring in math, reading, and writing (language arts).
The live hours for all other subjects is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Kindergarten & up). Bilingual tutors in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalong, and Vietnamese.
Download Brainfuse HelpNow User Guide


Gale eResources (Grades K-12)

Gale in Content Environmental StudiesGale In Context: Environmental Studies provides detailed information on current environmental issues and processes from both a scientific and a social standpoint suitable for high school, undergrad, and graduate students. Reference works, case studies, multimedia materials, newspapers, and magazines provide a wide range of content to support all learners.

 

issci Gale Interactive: Science provides engaging, interactive models that bring science to life. While supporting high school curricula and university coursework, Gale Interactive: Science helps students better visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science. Students and instructors can manipulate and explore 3D models that are paired with reference and periodical content for further understanding.

ngmkNational Geographic Kids provides access to videos, pictures, and books from National Geographic, as well as every page of National Geographic Kids magazine. for children aged 6–14.


Encyclopedia Britannica School (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources.

Please use your library card and PIN to access the ProQuest databases.
If you don't have a Thousand Oaks Library Card, get a virtual library eCard.

Elementary      Middle      High     Escolar

  • You can access this area using the GOOGLE sign in option or

  • Create an Individual “My Britannica” Account (Save & Share Content):
    1. While already in the product (You see the 3 trees), click ‘Sign In to My Britannica’ at the top right of the screen.
    2. Click ‘Create an account’ and enter the requested information.
    3. Create a unique username/password (different from your school log-in.)
    4. Choose if you’re an Educator or Student, click “Create Account’ and your personal account with be created.

Need help from Britannica? See the support page.


 


TeachingBooks.net
(PreK-12)

One-stop resources for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.

       

       

TeachingBooks access

  1. Professionals/Educators: Go to TeachingBooks.net/signin and enter your work email.
  2. Students: Go to TeachingBooks.net/signin and use the following credentials for anonymous access.
  • Username: thousandoaks
  • Password: teachingbooksk12library

Need help from TeachingBooks.net? See the support page.


Book Connections (PreK-12)

Personalize and enjoy digital connections to books for kids and teens.

children sresources    teen resources    home access    home access in Spanish

Teachers & Parents access

  1. Go to BookConnections.org/login
  2. Enter your email, click 'Sign In,' and follow the prompts***
    ***Note: this access also works for TeachingBooks. You don't need separate logins.

Access for Readers under 18

  1. Go to BookConnections.org
  2.  Click 'Sign In' and enter your library card and state

Need help from Book Connections? See the support page.

ProQuest (Grades 3-12)

ProQuest provides scholarly journals, books, videos & audio, dissertations & theses, newspapers and more.

Please use your library card and PIN to access the ProQuest databases.
If you don't have a Thousand Oaks Library Card, get a virtual library eCard.

CultureGrams     SIRS Discover     SIRS Issues Researcher     elibrary Database Edition ProQuest Central Student     ProQuest Research Companion     icon-ebook-central-lg    alexander-street-video-logo

  • CultureGrams - Concise social, cultural, and political information on countries, U.S. states, and provinces around the world. (Grades 3-12)
  • SIRS Discoverer - A general reference database providing safe, reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators. (Grades 3-9)
  • SIRS Issues Researcher - Pros and cons on 360+ (and growing) complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day. (Grades 6+)
  • eLibrary - Database Edition General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. (Grades 6+)
  • ProQuest Central Student - designed to bring instant results to users across thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, reports, and more. This resource brings together some of ProQuest's most used databases in education, humanities, psychology, science, social sciences, and news. (Grades 9+, IB, AP, College Prep)
  • ProQuest Research Companion - a self-guided product that supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction.(Grades 8+)
  • ProQuest eBook Central - eBook subscription database of over 13,000 titles that supports English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology. (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty)

Need help from ProQuest? See the ProQuest support page.


Performing Arts from Alexander Street

Audio Collections:

  • Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collections delivers some of the most significant dramatic literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries by leading actors from around the world, all from the curated archive of the nation’s premiere radio theatre company and recorded specifically for online listening.

  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries provides an extensive virtual encyclopedia of unique American folk, blues, soul, jazz, and protest songs, as well as a broad range of world music through partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Video Collections:

  • Music Online: The Quest TV Collection, co-created by Quincy Jones & Reza Ackbaraly, offers valuable materials for music history and cultural studies through the preservation of diverse live performances, spanning the evolution of jazz and beyond — representing funk, soul, hip-hop, folk, indie, electronic, blues, and other eclectic world genres.

  • Dance Online: Dance in Video presents an extensive collection of performances, instructional materials, documentaries, and interviews, showcasing high-caliber performances from the greatest dance companies and performers worldwide, spanning from traditional ballet to hip hop, street dance, and modern dance, offering a unique opportunity for to study and analyze the fusion between styles.

  • Broadway on Demand takes viewers from behind the stage to the bright lights of Broadway through masterful plays, musicals, and dance performances, but it also provides a diverse range of unique behind-the-scenes series, documentaries, instructional videos, and more.

  • National Theatre Collections provides contemporary video productions, and modern reinterpretations of classics all featuring acclaimed actors and directors of the highest caliber along with exclusive behind-the-scenes archival content.

  • The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection with high-definition recordings of The Bard's dramatic canon, featuring the world's finest Shakespearean actors and directors, along with supplementary teaching materials, the Royal Shakespeare Company Collection helps bring Shakespeare to life in the modern age.

  • Theatre in Video: Volume I & Theatre in Video Volume II offer access to hundreds of the world's most important plays, documentaries, and instructional materials, as well as interviews with prominent directors, designers, writers, and actors, providing an authentic behind-the-scenes look at various productions.

  • Music Online: Classical Music in Video provides an extensive collection of influential performances and documentaries demonstrating the continuous development of classical music, spanning eras from canonical masters to modern composers.

  • Music Online: Opera in Video offers a curated selection of the world's most significant opera performances, featuring top artists, conductors, and venues, providing a valuable resource for studying opera's rich canon.

  • PBS Video Collection - This collection of more than 1,700 streaming videos provides an exceptional range of content with the most valuable video documentaries and series from PBS. From science to history, art to Shakespeare, diversity to business & economics, and more.

Need help from Alexander Street? See the Alexander Street support page.