AUTOMOTIVE

Auto Repair Source

Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, all content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

CITIZENSHIP

ProCitizen

ProCitizen is an online citizenship prep course that covers the civics, reading, and writing portions of the US citizenship exam. You’ll find over 100 informative videos, practice exercises, and quizzes.

ProCitizen es un curso de preparación para la ciudadanía en línea que le ayudará a prepararse en las áreas de educación cívica, lectura y escritura que son parte del examen de naturalización de los Estados Unidos. Encontrará más de 100 videos informativos, ejercicios prácticos y concursos.

 

    CONSUMER RESEARCH

      Consumer Reports

Make informed purchasing decisions and find expert reviews from the most trusted name in the marketplace. Consumer Reports is an independent, non-profit member organization that incentivizes corporations to act responsibly, and helps policymakers prioritize the rights and interests of consumers in order to shape a truly consumer-driven marketplace. Library access provides unlimited digital access to ratings and reviews, car recall tracker, and Best Time to Buy.

 

CRAFTS

Creativebug

Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes using your SLO County Library Card for access. Watch anytime, anywhere. No pressure, just possibilities!

 

DIRECTORIES

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases offers Marketing and Mailing Lists/Sales Leads. The databases can help with sales leads, mailing lists, market research, and more.

 

FINANCIAL

Morningstar

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides comprehensive financial information on stocks, funds and ETFs, educational and informative videos, analyst insights and portfolio tools.

 

Value Line: Library Pro Elite

Streamline your investment strategies. Access Value Line Investment Survey, Small & Mid-Cap Survey, and more.

 

GENEALOGY

 

Ancestry - Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy resource especially for U.S. and Canadian records. Includes census, birth, marriage, death, immigration, military records and more. Also includes some European, Australian and New Zealand records. Access online available on Library Computers only.

 

HeritageHub

A collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices from newspapers across the country. Includes coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900's, and some original obituary images.

 

My Heritage Library Edition

One of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

 

HEALTH

 Medline Plus

 Up-to-date information about diseases, medical conditions, treatments, drugs,and health and wellness issues in understandable language.

 

 

LIFELONG LEARNING

        

       Brainfuse JobNow and VetNow  

JobNow can help library patrons learn new skills, prepare for certification testing, create more impactful resumés, prepare for and practice interviewing, and search for jobs. For veterans, VetNow helps with navigating the VA system and understanding earned benefits, as well as offering workforce tools and job seeking support.

 

      Brainfuse HelpNow and Adult Learning Center

Discover how the Brainfuse Adult Learning Center can help you, whether you are going back to school, switching jobs, or just want to brush up on an academic skill, the Adult Learning Center is here to help: High School Equivalency preparation, resume and cover letter assistance, and more.

 

      Coursera

Featuring courses to discover new interests, to get job-ready skills and credentials, and much more. Coursera is the global online learning platform that offers anyone, anywhere access to online courses and degrees from world-class universities and companies. You can access job-relevant content and credentials from 200+ business, government, and university partners, including Yale, Johns Hopkins and Google. Free access for six months to County of SLO Library patrons is provided by the State Library.These resources were 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.

 

Driving Tests

Practice for your California DMV driving test with online practice tests.

 

GetSetUp

GetSetup is a live interactive platform and community where older adults teach their peers new skills. This is a safe place for older adults hangout, learn, teach and engage with their peers over videos to live healthier, happier, and more connected lives and from the comfort of home. These resources were 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.

 

 

 

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

Individual learners can achieve personal and professional goals with this online learning platform. Your library card provides access to the LinkedIn Learning video library of courses taught by recognized industry experts. Login with your library card number and library account password. This is the same password you use to place holds in the library catalog. If you download the LinkedIn Learning app from your device's app store, the Library ID to enter is: slolibraries. These resources were 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.

 

 

Northstar Online Learning

Learn computer basics and build your digital literacy skills with self-guided courses. Courses include Essential Computer Skills (computer basics, Internet basics, Email, and more) Essential Software Skills (Word, Excel, Google Docs, and more), and Using Technology in Daily Life (Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, and more). These resources were 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..

 

Skillshare

Develop new skills and passions with Skillshare and California State Library. Online classes with expert instructors and a supportive community will keep you motivated whenever and wherever you’re ready to learn. Topics you can learn include Productivity, Music, Animation, Creative Writing, Fine Art, and much more.These resources were 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.

 

MOBILE LEARNING

 

LearningExpress  Library

A suite of eLearning solutions with interactive tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks for skill building and career development. Learning Centers include Career Prep, Job & Career Accelerator, High School Equivalency Center, College Prep, Grade 4-8 Educator Resources, High School Students, College Students, Adult Core Skills, Basic Computer Skills, and Recursos Para Hispanohablantes. These resources were 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..

 

 

PRINT MEDIA

 

Access World News

Find current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more with the world's largest collection of full-text news sources. Includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from more than 4,700 sources.

 

Black Life in America

Black Life in America is a digital archive showing media representation of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day. This primary source collection offers a window into centuries of African American history from more than 19,000 American and global newspapers, including over 400 current and historical Black publications. This database is updated daily and full text searching is available. This resource provides critical perspectives on the experiences of being Black in America.

 

Master File Premier

Provides full-text magazines, like Consumer Reports, reference books, and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

 

New York Times

Researchers can now access the New York Times from 1851 to today when you login with your County of SLO library card. After you login with your library card, you will need to create an account with NYT or login with an existing account to view articles. You will land on Today's Paper after you login. If you're a researcher looking for back issues, scroll to the very bottom of the Webpage and look for TimesMachine to enter the archive. If you are on a mobile device, click on Listings & More to find the TimesMachine or use the search function under the menu in the top left of the screen. 

 

ProCon

Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues. Accurate and unbiased information on over 50 important public issues.

 

San Luis Obispo Tribune

The SLO Tribune Collection includes an Image format of The Tribune from December 2017-current, a text format from 2000-current, blog articles; and web articles. For today’s Tribune, click on the link under Image format.

 

Wall Street Journal

24/7 online access to the latest news coverage on the Wall Street Journal website. For award-winning business journalism and unrivaled coverage of global markets, politics, world news, tech, arts and life. Simply click here to login with your library card number.You will then be prompted to create an account.Once you create an account you will get unlimited, paywall free access for the next 3 days. At the end of the 3 day period, you may click the above link again, then login as an existing user, using the same username and password that you first created. Note: The sharing of sign-on credentials is not permitted! Any violation will result in termination of access.

 

 

READERS RESOURCES

 

BookBrowse

BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "beyond the book" articles, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.

 

BookConnection

Personalize and enjoy digital connections to books for kids and teens in English and Spanish. These digital resources are provided for all Californians by the California State Library..

 

Novelist Plus

Discover reading suggestions, series information, expert recommendations,  articles, lists and more. Includes reviews and title information for audiobooks, fiction, and nonfiction. 

 

 

STUDENT RESOURCES

 

ABC Mouse (access anywhere)

ABCmouse.com: With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+).

 

Brainfuse

HelpNow is a complete tutoring system consisting of live tutoring, collaboration, and study tools. Connect from the library or on your mobile device with your library card to expert tutors for academic assistance. Spanish speaking tutors are also available. Online tutors are available 7 days a week from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm Pacific Time, except on major holidays.

 

Britannica School Edition (From Home)

      Britannica School Edition (From Library)

Britannica School is an educational site for students to use for homework help, projects, or learning at home.These digital resources are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

 

California Missions

California Missions Resource Center provides history, facts, descriptions, images, maps and architectural drawings of the 21 missions. Quality information for students and teachers.

 

Gale In Context Environmental Studies

Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.These digital resources are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

 

Gale Interactive Science

Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.These digital resources are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

 

LOTE Online for Kids

LOTE Online provides SLO County Library kids over 1,600+ digital books in 50+ languages, including Ukrainian, Arabic, French, Tagalog, Hindi, Mandarin and much more.  

 

National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6 -14.These digital resources are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

 

TeachingBooks.net

Description: a collection of 166,000+ digital materials about children's and young adult books. Find author interviews, video book trailers, read-alongs, discussion questions, vocabulary lists, and more.Username: sanluisobispo Password: teachingbooksK12library. These digital resources are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

 

 

Tuition Funding Sources

Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

 

 

TRAVEL / LANGUAGES

Pronunciator

Pronunciator Language Lab - learn any of 80 languages at your own pace. ESL curriculum with courses from 50 non-English languages. Free apps, downloadable audio lessons, speech recognition to test your pronunciation, scored quizzes, features for toddlers to adults.