Yolo County Library

Research

A-Z list of resources.  Find online resources by age on our learning page.

Archives Unbound: Access primary source material for 296 archival collections covering topics of importance to U.S. and California history.

Book Connections – Children’s Books & Author Resources: A collection of movies, read-alongs, meet-the-author recordings, plus assignments and activities for over 12,000 books.

Book Connections – Teen Books & Author Resources: Find the right book for you, hear authors pronounce their names, watch movies of authors in their studies and more.

Career Preparation: Prepare for Nursing, Real Estate, Teaching, Military, Emergency Medical, Firefighting, Electrician, Plumbing, Culinary Arts, and other careers.

College Admissions Test Prep: Learn to write a College Admissions Essay. Prepare for the: ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, TOEFL and IELTS tests.

Coursera: A learning platform that offers access to world-class, job-relevant content and credentials from 200+ business, government, and university partners, including Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Google. This resource was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian and by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

CultureGrams: Unique, concise and reliable cultural information, multimedia, and vital statistics on the countries of the world, U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Driving Tests: Free practice tests for the CA DMV including cars, motorcycles, and CDL (commercial drivers). Spanish and Russian translations included.

Encyclopedia Britannica: Learn more about any subject, whether you are a child, teen, or adult.  This short introductory video will show you how to access this database.

Environmental Studies: Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

Escolar: Un excelente recurso digital en español que ayuda a enriquecer el aprendizaje de los estudiantes de primaria y secundaria. Incluye más de 15.000 artículos de la encyclopedia, 9.000 elementos multimedia (imágenes, videos, audio y mapas detallados) y 65 juegos educativos. Mira este vídeo para arpender más.

Explora: Find information on thousands of topics including resources for teachers and students, popular magazines, professional journals, reference books, images, AP news video clips, and primary sources. Contains full-text access to Consumer Reports from 1991 – present. This short video will review some of its features.

HelpNow: offers live tutor access for homework help, skills building and test preparation.

Homework Central – Research Companion: Authoritative information on a variety of topics to assist student research.

Interactive Science: Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

Learning Express Library: Free online popular software tutorials. Brush up on your reading, writing, and proofreading skills. Find business writing, citizenship, public speaking courses, and more. Recursos en español. This resource was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian and by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

LinkedIn Learning: Over 16,000 expert-level video tutorials on everything including C++ Coding training, Excel Essentials, Graphic Design, Photography. If you want to learn or master a skill, LinkedIn Learning compiles high-quality how-to series, put together by some of the most successful industry experts. This resource was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian and by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Mango Languages: Learn a new language. Choose from 71 different languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese and English. How to get started with Mango English [pdf] en Español [pdf].

National Geographic Kids: Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6 -14.

The New York Times Online: Click on the “REDEEM” button. Then create an account or log in with your email address and password. For more information, please watch these short videos on onsite access, offsite code activation, and offsite pass activation. If you have questions about accessing the NYT, please contact NYT@library.ca.gov. 

Northstar Digital Literacy: Northstar Digital Literacy defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on these skills. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in three main areas: Essential Computer Skills (Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS), Essential Software Skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs), Using Technology in Daily Life (Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Your Digital Footprint). This resource was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian and by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

NoveList: Read-alike recommendations, series information, book reviews, reading lists, and more.

TeachingBooks.net – Diverse books: A collection of engaging resources about authors, books, and reading. Identify exceptional books that reflect diverse cultural experiences, interests, and ability levels.

TeachingBooks.net – Book and Author Resources: For teachers; ready-to-use activities, reading lists, book, and author resources for grades PreK- 12, a growing list of authors hosting free events, and more.

Tumblebook Library: Animated books, audiobooks, puzzles, and games in English and Spanish for children 0 – 12 years old.

USA Learns: Practice English speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and more.

Value Line Investment Research: Access in-depth financial information, research, commentary, and analysis for stocks.

VetNow: Features live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help veterans and job-seekers reach their goals. Enter your library card barcode number and connect with tutors, job coaches, and veteran navigators. This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. VetNow User Guide (PDF) About PDF

Virtual Career Workshops: Explore career pathways, create resumes, develop interviewing skills. Learn about communication, budgeting and time management. Find out more at www.Yoloworks.org, by phone: 530-490-3780 or by email: yoloworksworkshop@yolocounty.org

Yolo County Historical Collection: The Yolo County Historical Collection is comprised of 11,000 objects which date from approximately the 1830s to the 1930s.