Databases

Adult Learning Center

Whether you are going back to school, switching jobs, or just want to brush up on an academic skill, our adult learning center is here to help. Pass the GED, prepare for the US Citizenship test, write a winning resume, and get Microsoft Office help. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Biography

Contains biographies of over 200,000 historical and contemporary figures. Searchable by nationality, ethnicity, occupation, and gender. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Career

Tuition Funding Sources is a private website that contains the world's largest scholarship database. The TFS website also provides students with career and college admissions information. In order to register as a new member click on the "login" button, then select your state, input your email address and create a personal password. You only need to register the first time you use the service. The TFS website does NOT collect student's names and other personal and private information for resale to third parties.

JobScout is an online learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills and job-hunting techniques you need to find a job. JobScout uses social game design to engage users in self-paced, online activities that focus on Internet skills applied in real life context. JobScout lets you track your progress and access games to reinforce the skills you learn, and boasts a custom resume builder and built-in job search function.

Children's

An online collection of existing picture books with animation, sound, music and narration which you can read or have read to you. No Login required.

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.  If you are outside our libraries, click here to login with your Altadena Library card number.

Primary Search contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Additionally, Primary Search includes the Encyclopedia of Animals™, and features the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, which provides students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. This database also provides the American Heritage® Children's Dictionary and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Points of View Reference Center contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Middle Search Plus contains full text for more than 150 popular middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia; New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd Edition; Encyclopedia of Animals™; and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Encyclopedias

Designed for public library patrons grade 5 through 9. Search encyclopedia articles, multimedia collections, maps, primary source documents, e-books and more. Also includes research tools and science projects. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

For elementary through middle school students, English language learners, and reluctant readers. World Book's Student Discovery Encyclopedia offers simple navigation, easy to read content, bright colors, and a graphical design. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Contains every article from the 22-volume print set plus thousands more. Multimedia features include audio, video, pictures, and maps. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Contiene cada artículo desde la colección imprimida de 22 volúmenes hasta miles más. Ofrecimientos multimedios incluyen audio, video, cuadros y mapas. Conéctese con el número de su tarjeta de biblioteca de Altadena.

General Reference

Congressional Digest is an independent journal featuring controversies before the U.S. Congress. A reliable research tool and reference source, Congressional Digest has been at the forefront of controversial topics for the last 90 years. Each issue covers a current debate topic, including background information, legislative summaries, and key arguments. Free access from the library by clicking here.

Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California.

Homework Help

Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

One-to-one homework help from live, online tutors. State-aligned skills building lessons help students master key academic skills through engaging one-to-one sessions. Writing Lab specialists help students produce better letters, term papers, and reports. Tutoring for Spanish speakers. All core subjects offered (grades 3-12): Math -- including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. Science -- including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science. Social Studies. English/Language Arts. Writing assistance. Reading assistance. Login at the library or from home with your Altadena Library card number.

Legal Resources

Selected current editions of Nolo Press books online in their entirety, for free. Titles include Renter's Rights, Your Rights in the Workplace, Beat Your Ticket, Save Your Small Business, and many more.

Literature Resources

Search for favorite authors, themes, subjects, and award winners. A great way for readers of all ages to find a good novel to read. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc. The database also contains selective full text for more than 330 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

MasterFILE Premier (aka EBSCOhost) contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags. Login with your Altadena Library card number.

Magazine Article Summaries Ultra School Edition designed specifically for high school libraries, contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines including America's Civil War, American Heritage, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers & Colleges, Civil War Times, Congressional Digest, Discover, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II, etc. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Login with your Altadena Library card number.