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The following Web Resources are not a part of the Library eResources, but are freely available on the Internet. The resources listed were selected by Thousand Oaks librarians because they provide valuable information and are useful for researching the subjects.


Cambridge Dictionary
Find definitions, meanings, and translations

Merrian Webster Dictionary
More than 160,000 entries. Each word is accompanied by definition, pronunciation, usage, grammatical function, and a brief etymology.

Oxford Dictionary
The English site provides free access to the largest current English dictionaries and thesaurus as well as helpful tips on grammar, usage, spelling, and more.



Features more than 100 sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, abbreviations, etc.

A free content online encyclopedia where anyone can post and edit an article on any subject.


Local History

Local History Collection
Local history collection in the Thousand Oaks Library

Local News Index
Obituaries, index to local newspaper articles about the Conejo Valley



Bing Map

Google Maps


National Geographic Maps

US Topographic Maps
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.