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ABCmouse.com
Accessible only from an LAPL Branch including Central Library

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 starting at age 2. From Age of Learning, Inc.

ABI/Inform (Proquest)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data.
ABMSDirectory.com
Accessible from Central Library only

Access to professional information about more than 800,000 board certified physicians in 50+ specialties and 100+ subspecialties from the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Access Newspaper Archives
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Contains millions of searchable historic newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s from around the world. Archives are not complete runs of newspapers.

AccessScience (McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Online version of the standard encyclopedia with updated science and technology news, biographies, learning resources, study guides, and links to related web sites.

African American Experience
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Over 400 references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, maps and over 4,000 slave narratives explore their history and contemporary culture in the United States. Includes a timeline and lesson plans.
American Ancestors
Accessible from Central Library only

The New England Historic Genealogical Society database provides access to over 3,000 searchable collections, with information on over 135 million names and their NEHGS Register collection.

Ancestry Library Edition
Accessible only from an LAPL Branch including Central Library
Genealogy resource with over 1.5 billion names. Includes records from U.S. census, military, court, land, probate, church records, and passenger lists.
Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: LGBTQ History and Culture
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

A unique fully-searchable collection, Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, Part 1: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world. Rare and unique content from microfilm, newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other types of primary sources sheds light on the gay rights movement, activism, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and more.

Art Full Text (Wilson)
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Citations to articles, reproductions, and book reviews in periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins published worldwide. Covers archeology, architecture, film, photography, etc. 1984 - present.
Art Index Retrospective (Wilson)
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Citations to articles, reproductions, and book reviews in periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins published worldwide. Covers archeology, architecture, film, photography, etc. 1929-1984.
Associations Unlimited (Gale)
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Detailed descriptions of more than 135,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local membership organizations in all fields.
ATLASerials, Religion Collection
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Contains over 211,000 full-text electronic articles and book reviews, from more than 100 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States. Database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.
Autograph Collection Index (LAPL)
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Index to 1,700 autographs collected from 1905-1910 by former City Librarian Charles Lummis. Lummis sent specially designed library stationery to all the leading men and some women of the day asking them to improve the page with a saying, drawing, or other inspiring example. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the collection.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
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Covers more than 2,500 U.S. and international periodicals on subjects of archaeology, architectural design, city planning, interior design and decoration, landscape architecture, historic preservation, urban planning, plus biographical information about architects.

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Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America
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Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Extensive data on the habitats and ecosystems of more than 1,200 species identified by U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, arranged taxonomically, 6 volumes.
Behymer Collection Index (LAPL)
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Index to 181 images, mostly photographs, of opera singers and other artists brought to the L.A. musical stage at the turn of the 20th century by impresario L.E. Behymer.

BiblioBoard
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BiblioBoard features books, articles, images, photographs, maps, pamphlets, and documents as well as streaming audio and video content on a wide variety of topics. All content is available on an unlimited multi-user basis with no checkouts or returns. You can access BiblioBoard content from the web or various mobile devices using your library card number. Download the free app using these links: WebiPadNexusKindle Fire HD  Just choose "Los Angeles Public Library" from the Library Credentials drop down, then enter your library card # and pin.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index (Gale)
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An index to biographical dictionaries and directories. Each record provides name, birth and death dates, and the titles of the books in which a biographical sketch of the individual can be found.
Biography In Context
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Covers the world's most influential people, merging reference content with periodicals and multimedia, allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, gender, keyword and full text.
BookFlix
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Read, watch and listen to books and book videos! This fun Scholastic website reinforces reading skills for early readers, reluctant readers and English language learners for grades preK-3.
Bookplate Index (LAPL)
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Index to 1,300 bookplates commissioned by people who wished to identify the books in their libraries through a unique work of art. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", with the images available for online viewing.

Business Collection (Gale)
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Formerly called General Business File ASAP. Provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Research activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Business Economics and Theory (Gale/InfoTrac)
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Collection provides over 150 full-text academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics, good for business classes.
Business Insights: Essentials
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Business Insights: Essentials brings together in a single database company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals.

Business Magazines Index (LAPL)
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Index of current magazine subscriptions for the Central Library's Business and Economics Department.

Business Reference Sources (LAPL)
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Bibliographies, abstracts, and location of reference tools kept in the reference area of the Central Library's Business & Economics Department.

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California Fiction Index (LAPL)
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Index to adult fiction which takes place in California. Index can be searched by author, title, locale, decade in which the story takes place, and/or major characters.

California Index (LAPL)
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Indexes information about people, places, and events that have had a significant impact on life in Southern California. Most newspapers, magazines, and books cited here can be found in the Central Library. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", many of the source materials can be viewed online.

California Prints Index (LAPL)
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Index to 456 images in various media including wood engraving from the mid-20th century.

Career Transitions
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Create a new user account. Then follow the self-paced online resources that walk job-seekers through the entire process from discovering interests, exploring careers, preparing a resume, improving chances, and finding a job.
Careers-Internet.org
Accessible only from an LAPL Branch including Central Library
Career lists, tests, and reports. Vocational guidance information exploring choices available for special skills, experience, education and aptitudes of various careers.
Casey Fashion Plate Collection Index (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

Index to The Joseph E. Casey Fashion Plate Collection, which contains over 6,000 handcolored fashion plates from British and American magazines dating from the 1790s to the 1880s. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images are available for online viewing.

CEB OnLAW
Special Access: Please see database description

The largest source of web-based California legal commentary and analysis

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

Census 2000 Data Book Five County Area
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Statistics on demographics, social, economic and housing characteristics for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties compiled by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
Census 2000 Data Book LA County
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Statistics on demographics, social, economic and housing characteristics compiled by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
ChiltonLibrary.com
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Standard auto repair manuals online with photographs, diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins for automobiles and light trucks

City and Street Directories (digitized)
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This selection of Los Angeles-Area City and Street-Address Directories spans from 1875-1987 and can be searched by name or address. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections," the directories have been digitized and can be viewed online.

City Directories Index (LAPL)
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A listing of paper and microform U.S. city, county state, and regional directories located in the History & Genealogy Department. The collection also includes some Canadian Directories.

College Source Online
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Online library with 44,815 college catalogs and over 37,600,000 course descriptions. Cover-to-cover, original page format with 2-year, 4-year, graduate, professional and international schools.
Consulta
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Spanish-language online reference resource for Spanish-speaking and bilingual users. Incluye una colección comprensiva de materiales en español, además de periódicos, revistas, diccionarios y obras de referencia sobre temas básicos.

Contemporary Fashion
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Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Covers over 450 designers, milliners, footwear designers, and fashion houses that have been active throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
Cookery Ephemera Collection Index (LAPL)
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Index to over 2,500 promotional booklets on food and cooking from commercial and non-commercial sources. The booklets date from the late 19th. century and show the development of advertising art as well as the stated purpose. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the booklets.

Corporate Affiliations
Accessible from Central Library only
Financial, contact, and hierarchy reporting details (including subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisions) on 137,000 companies and their key professionals worldwide.
County Business Patterns
Accessible from any computer via the web
Annual series from U.S. Census Bureau provides national economic data by industry and county, uses SIC and NAICS classification systems.
Culinary Arts Collection (Gale/InfoTrac)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Collection provides 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines that include thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry
CultureGrams
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Brief country reports with concise information on the history, people, customs, lifestyle, society, travel information and more for over 175 countries.
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Daily Life Through History
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Browse daily life in the ancient world, medieval world, 15th and 16 centuries, 17th and 18th centuries, 19th century, and modern world and find out what it was like.

Demographics Now (Gale)
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Search for an individual, a friend, a relative or create a market research list from over 206 million people. Search for an individual company or create a mailing list of multiple companies from over 23 million businesses households! Access a demographic report on any geography - or compare multiple geographies - for information including income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses and more.

Digitalia Film Library
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Streaming films available to watch online, mostly foreign language but also has some classic American cinema. Includes feature films as well as documentaries.

Digitalia Public Library
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Offering Spanish language e-books that can be read online or downloaded to devices, as well as language courses for Spanish, English, and "Quick Languages", a course in simple words and phrases in 12 languages. Also offers multimedia sections with art, music and PC instruction.

DWP Photo Collection
Accessible from any computer via the web

This is not a Library Collection. It is hosted for El Pueblo

The majority of these photographs reflect the early history of the Department of Water and Power, such as the establishment of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the work of William Mulholland.

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EcoAméricas
Accessible only from an LAPL Branch including Central Library

Current reporting on Latin American development and environmental issues, with contact information for key environmental agencies and offices throughout Latin America. Also in Spanish.

Economic Census
Accessible from any computer via the web
Profiles the U.S. economy every 5 years, from national to local level providing business statistics, data by SIC and NAICS.
Education & Homework Gateway
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A gateway to links, databases, eBooks, book lists and other resources for Education and Homework Help.

El Pueblo Photo Collection
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This is not a Library Collection. It is hosted for El Pueblo

The majority of the photographs owned by El Pueblo Monument concern the history of Olvera Street, the Mexican marketplace that was founded in 1930, and its traditional yearly events, such as the Blessing of the Animals, Cinco de Mayo, Las Posadas, and Mexican Independence Day.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgo
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La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos está organizada de modo que los estudiantes puedan encontrar información rápida y fácilmente.
Encyclopedia Judaica
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Updated edition of Judaism that features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists, 22 volumes.
Encyclopedia of American Religions
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. General essays that historically trace the major religious families and traditions of more than 2,500 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada, from Adventists to Zen Buddhists.
Encyclopedia of Drugs - Alcohol and Addictive Behavior
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Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Intended for the student and layperson, covers the social, medical and political issues related to drugs and alcohol, 4 volumes.
Encyclopedia of Global Warming
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Salem Science e-Book. Comprehensive coverage of the science, policy and social issues surrounding global warming and climate change.
Encyclopedia of World Biography
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Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Over 7,000 biographies on notables from every part of the world and from all time periods, includes photos, 23 volumes.
Environmental Impact Reports (LAPL)
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An index of environmental impact reports available in the Central Library's Science & Technology Department. The file is particularly useful for locating materials in their review period.

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FamilySearch
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Produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), site searches genealogical records worldwide including Ancestral Files, International Genealogical Index, census, and other vital statistics sources. Provides genealogical search advice.
Farewell to Manzanar
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

The Farewell to Manzanr portal accesses the Final Accountability Rosters of Japanese-American Relocation Centers, 1944-1946, Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers, Perspectives on Day-to Day Life: Personal Justice Denied, and Public Hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, 1981. Additionally the portal links to Japanese-American information from a variety of reference sources and details the author, Jeanne Houston, biography.

Film Index International
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Detailed film information on over 100,000 films from more than 170 countries from 1900 through 2003.

Findmypast.com
Accessible from Central Library only

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with Findmypast.

Fine Arts and Music Collection (Gale/InfoTrac)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Collection contains more than 100 full-text magazines and journals providing resources for research in drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.
Freegal
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Freegal allows users to download up to 5 music track downloads a week from the Sony Music catalog, plus unlimited streaming music. All selections are DRM-free in mp3 format. Patrons use their library card to download items.

Fruit Crate Labels
Accessible from any computer via the web

A collection of over 200 vibrantly-colored labels, designed for citrus growers throughout Southern California, mainly during the first half of the twentieth century. Many of the labels illustrate specific locations in the region, and are an excellent example of commercial graphic design from the period, as well as documenting the industry itself. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images have been digitzed and can be viewed online.

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Gale Courses (was Learn4Life & Ed2Go)
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Offers a wide range of highly interactive online courses.   All of the courses are free, and led by expert instructors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Subjects offered are Career and Professional, Computers and Technology, Personal Development and Writing and Publishing.*These courses have been designed for learners over 13 years of age.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Reference eBooks)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

A collection of reference eBooks on a wide variety of topics. Portions of the books can be downloaded onto eReader devices.

Genealogy & Local History Index (LAPL)
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A genealogy file that contains local history information, selected history resources, and an index of family names in published genealogies located in the History & Genealogy Department.

General OneFile (Gale)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
News and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology with many full-text articles.
Gladys English Collection Index (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

Collection of original illustrations for children's books. Index to over 200 pieces in various media, representing some of the treasures of American children's book illustration, including pieces from more than twenty Caldecott Medal recipients.

Government Documents-Business (LAPL)
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Finding aids and federal information of interest in the areas of business, science, demographics, and diplomacy.

Great Events from History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Events
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Salem History e-Book. Chronicles events and people who defined the GLBT experience, from 1848-2006.
Great Events from History: The 19th Century
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Salem History e-Book. World's most important events and developments from 1801-1900.
Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives
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Salem History e-Book. More than 600 biographies from ancient times to present, worldwide.
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Major reference work on the study of the animal kingdom with illustrations, 11 volumes.
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Health & Wellness Resource Center
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Full text medical encyclopedias, nearly 400 health and medical journals, more than 800 pamphlets and nearly 2,100 health articles from general interest publications.

Health Reference Center Academic
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Multimedia content source that provides access to full text of nursing and allied health journals. Similar content to Health & Wellness Resource Center with emphasis on academic journals and periodicals.
HeinOnline
Special Access: Please see database description

Law journals, the Federal Register, CFR, USC, and US Treaties.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

HeritageQuest Online
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Collection of genealogical research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Includes the U.S. Federal Census Records, 1790-1930 and over 25,000 family and local histories.

History In Context: U.S. (Gale)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Covers all areas of U.S. history focusing on the most significant people, events and topics from pre-colonial times to the present day seen through primary documents, original reference sources, newspaper/journal articles, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites.
History In Context: World (Gale)
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Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in world history from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites
hoopla
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

hoopla is a digital media platform that  gives access to digital entertainment content from either mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and/or via any browser.  hoopla offers e-books, e-comics, full length feature movies, episodic television programming, full musical albums and unabridged e-audiobooks. This service is currently in beta testing. This service is not available from Library computers.

Hoover's Company Profiles
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Information about more than 40,000 public and non-public companies and 225,000 key executives.

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection (Gale/InfoTrac)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Collection of over 500 industry journals with coverage of the hospitality and tourism field including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, and economic aspects of tourism.
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Information Science & Library Issues (Gale/InfoTrac)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Collection of nearly 100 leading industry journals for information professionals that includes such topics as information infrastructure, data processing techniques, and metadata architectures.
Informe
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Base de datos que ofrece índices, imágenes y texto completo de artículos publicados en periódicos y revistas en idioma español.
Insurance & Liability Collection (Gale/InfoTrac)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Collection of nearly 40 journals with a broad view of the protection of assets industry that covers such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, and legal issues.
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Japanese Prints (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

Index to 287 prints, mostly originals, some reproductions, by various artists including Hiroshige and Utamaro.

Jobs and Careers Gateway
Accessible from any computer via the web

A gateway to links, databases, eBooks, book lists and other resources for Jobs and Careers.

Junior Edition (Gale)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Periodical database designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, government, sports and more.
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Kids Infobits (Gale)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Periodical database designed for the research needs of students, Kindergarten through Grade 5. Provides a subject based search with full-text, age-appropriate magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Krames Online HealthSheets
Accessible only from an LAPL Branch including Central Library
Consumer-friendly health education materials written for patients on diagnosis, treatment options, surgeries and procedures, wellness and safety and on-going self-care strategies. Also available in Spanish.
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LA Law Library Online Catalog
Special Access: Please see database description

Nearly one million volume equivalents with Federal and State materials, a comprehensive California collection and one of the nation’s largest foreign and international law collections.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

LAPL Catalog
Accessible from any computer via the web
LAPL Photo Database
Accessible from any computer via the web
LAPL Reads
Accessible from any computer via the web

Readers' advisory resource for adults that is prepared and maintained by Los Angeles Public Library Librarians.

LAPL Writes
Accessible from any computer via the web

Guide to the many resources LAPL offers for our local author community.

Latino American Experience
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Over 200 volumes of content, from encyclopedias to biographies, and primary documents dating from pre-Colonial civilizations that explore their history and contemporary culture in the United States. Includes a timeline, images, maps, and lesson plans.
LearningExpress Library
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Online interactive practice exams covering adult basic, academic, job related, civil service and more. Now includes ESL Spanish Basic Skills Course.

Legal Information Reference Center
Special Access: Please see database description

Coverage of more than 225 publications published by Nolo Press with full text search ability.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

LegalTrac
Special Access: Please see database description

Indexing for more than 1,500 major law reviews, legal newspapers, and international legal journals.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

Lexis Advance
Special Access: Please see database description

Lexis' newly designed research platform has been described as 'cleaner and easier to use' with their 'big red search box' and other features. This database includes coverage of state and federal cases and statues, Matthew Bender California treatises, and Shepard's.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

Library Images Index (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

Index to 110 large-format photos and architect renderings of the Central Library and branches. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the images.

Lit Finder
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Access to thousands of full-text poems, stories, essays, plays and speeches.
Literature Resource Center
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Broad range of subject content containing criticisms, biographies, primary sources, reviews, and multimedia on writers and works around the world.
Live Homework Help
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Free one-on-one online homework help provided by expert tutors from 3 - 10 p.m. every day. Provides assistance in English & Spanish for students in grades K-12, college intro and adult learners covering Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and Proof Point (writing review). The SkillsCenter Resource Library, available 24/7, offers worksheets, tutorials, study guides, plus an Adult Education and Career Center!
London Times
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

The Times of London, full text from 1992.

Los Angeles Sentinel Historical Archive
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Browse complete issues, cover to cover, from 1934 to 2005. Search by more than 20 article types, keyword, date ranges, specific dates, author, and more. View news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, cartoons, and more for added context. Print and download articles and images in PDF format.

Los Angeles Times (ProQuest)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Extensive coverage of national, international, and local news, 1985-current.

Los Angeles Times Historical Archives (ProQuest)
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Digitized reproduction of the Los Angeles Times from its beginnings. Currently contains 1881-1992. Searchable by (keywords, author's names, articles, dates, etc.) or browseable by full page or issue. Includes photos, graphics and advertisements.

lynda.com
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Lynda.com is an award-winning online learning site that offers more than more than 3,000 courses taught by recognized industry experts, and 150,000 video tutorials on business, technical and creative skills.

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Mango Languages
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Free, online language-learning in languages that include Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Arabic, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Greek, Latin and more. Mango has English language courses for speakers of 6 different languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, and Russian. Learn on the go with the Mango Mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Map Collection
Accessible from any computer via the web

The map collection is over one hundred years old, contains more than 100,000 items and represents a wide scope, including local, national and international cartography. The online archive focuses on maps depicting Los Angeles and the West. The online archive is part of the Library's "Visual Collections", with the maps available for online viewing.

Marquis Biographies Online
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Up-to-the-minute biographies of leaders and achievers from around the world in the areas of business, law, science, medicine, the arts, government, entertainment and more. Access to all biographies that have appeared in 24 Marquis Who's Who print titles since 1985, and Who Was Who in America volumes from1607-1985.

Menu Collection (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

List of menus from Los Angeles, other cities, steamships, airlines, and banquets. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", images of the actual menus are being added to the records.

Mergent Intellect
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.

Milestone Documents in American History
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Salem History e-Book. Primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary covering the Revolutionary era to the 21st century.
Milestone Documents of World Religions
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Salem History e-Book. Examines key sacred texts and fundamental documents of the world's primary religions, from ancient times to present.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Accessible from Central Library only

Morningstar Investment Research Center (MIRC) provides independent analysis and real-time data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds and 700 closed end funds, plus analyst reports on over 3,500 securities. MIRC also provides screening tools, current articles and videos and financial educational resources.

Movie Poster Collection
Accessible from any computer via the web

From the special collections of the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Branch Library, this collection spans from the earliest years of the motion picture industry to the World War II era. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", these selected posters have been digitized and may be viewed online.

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Native American Index (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

An index to books, periodical articles and vertical file holdings of the Central Library's History & Genealogy Dept. on the tribes of North, Central, and South America.

New Catholic Encyclopedia
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians, and answers to questions related to Catholicism and the humanities, 15 volumes.
NoveList
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
A fiction reader's advisory database. Find books by the same author, or similar books by another author. Browse by subject, genre, and theme for over 150,000 titles. Reviews, book discussion guides and annotated book lists constantly updated.
NoveList K-8
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Reader's advisory for selection of fiction titles for children, pre-K through eighth grade with a student focused interface.
Nursing and Allied Health Collection (Gale/InfoTrac)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Collection of nearly 400 titles that cover all aspects of the nursing profession.
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Obituary Index (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

Provides date, place, cause of death and obituary citation for noted actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. Coverage is more comprehensive after 1970's.

OneClickDigital
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

e-Audiobooks from Recorded Books  available to download and transfer to selected devices. Patrons must do a one-time account setup using their library cards.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Pro and con arguments with contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues drawn from news articles, journals, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Orchestration Catalog (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

An index to over 2,000 orchestral scores (with parts) available for loan to orchestras in Southern California from the Central Library.

OverDrive e-Media
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

OverDrive offers downloadable e-Books, e-Audiobooks, and e-Videos. Additional software is required for all files. Most e-Media can be transferred to a portable device (Kindle now supported!). Patrons use their library card to check-out items.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Online version of the multivolume Oxford English Dictionary Second and Third Editions as updated.

Oxford Reference Online - Premium Collection
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Quick reference and scholarly articles from a broad range of subjects in over 100 titles that include key titles from the Oxford Companion series and the complete Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

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Play File Index (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

An index to plays which remain unpublished or have only been published in periodicals. Includes references to reviews.

Powerspeak Languages
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Online language learning - Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, ESL Spanish, and ESL Mandarin - through a series of stories, activities and innovative learning tools. Create a free account. Speakers or headphones are necessary.

PressReader by PressDisplay
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Instant access to 2000 plus newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages.

In addition to being able to read them online, users who install the PressReader app on their mobile device, and connect through any Branch Library wi-fi, can download papers for offline reading without subscribing. Get the app here.

This resource is not available from LAPL Information Express Computers.

Proquest Central (Includes Proquest Newsstand and Research Library)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

This database serves as a resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. Includes both Proquest Newsstand and Research Library.

ProQuest Newsstand
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Full text of over 1,700 U.S. and International news sources, including trade Journals, Magazines, Blogs, Podcasts Websites and Newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Sentinel, Orange County Register, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Sacramento Bee, and the Times of London.

Public Art Index (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

Inventory forms, photographs, and other supporting documentation on outdoor sculpture found in Southern California. The Index was prepared for the Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) project of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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ReferenceUSA Business Database
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Over 24 million U.S. businesses searchable by name, industry, SIC, geographic location and size. Research executives and companies, find new business opportunities, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research, and job help resources.

ReferenceUSA Residential Database
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Searches over 210 million U.S. residents.

Research Library (Proquest)
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General interest magazines on a broad range of subjects from arts, business, children, health, humanities, international, law, military, psychology, social sciences, women's interests and more.
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S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage
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Contains descriptive and financial data on U.S. and non-U.S. corporations. Three files are provided: Executives, Private Companies, and Public Companies.

San Francisco Chronicle Historical Archive (Proquest)
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Digitized reproduction of theSan Francisco Chronicle, 1865-1922. Searchable by (keywords, author's names, articles, dates, etc.) or browseable by full page or issue. Includes photos, graphics and advertisements.

Sanborn Maps 1867-1970
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Digitized California maps from the Sanborn Map Company, the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years.
Science in Context
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Information on subjects ranging from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics, science history, and biography for assignments and projects.

ScienceFlix (Scholastic)
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ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. ScienceFlix is available for use on PCs, Macs and most tablets and mobile devices

Series and Sequels (LAPL)
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A listing created by the Central Library’s Literature & Fiction Dept. of fiction books for adults which are part of a series or are sequels to earlier novels.

Short Story File Index (LAPL)
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An index created by the Central Library’s Literature & Fiction Dept. to short stories in collections and anthologies in the Los Angeles Public Library.

Sixties in America
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Salem History e-Book. Comprehensive coverage of the impact of the 1960's on the U.S. & Canada.
Small Business Collection (Gale/InfoTrac)
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Collection of 250 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals geared to business schools and entrepreneurs, giving insights, tips, strategies, and success stories.
Social Studies Fact Cards (California Edition)
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A quick reference, easy-to-use database filled with updated basic information for common school assignments on California Missions, Explorers, Indians, Governors, and History.

Something About the Author
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Complete series on the lives and careers of popular and significant authors and illustrators of books for children and teens.
Song Index (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

An index of songs appearing in books located in the Central Library Art & Music Department.

Standard Rate and Data Service (SRDS)
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SRDS provides essential data on more than 125,000 media brands including digital, consumer magazines, business publications, direct marketing, newspapers, radio, TV/cable and more. Entries include publication profile, contact information, advertising rates, mechanical requirements, copy regulations and circulation.

Student Resources in Context
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Contains information on core subjects from Science to Literature to History of student-focused subject material. Includes content of Discovering Collection database.

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Testing & Education Reference Center
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Over 300 practice tests and courses, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, eBooks containing study materials and practice tests, scholarship search, resume builder, and career modules with subjects from career change to salary negotiations.

Theater Program Collection
Accessible from any computer via the web

The Theater Program Collection contains over 11,000 programs from local and national productions.

Toy Movable Database (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

The Toy Movable Database contains information on Toy Moveable (also known as "pop-up") books owned by LAPL. This is a reference collection, and the items do not circulate

Travel eBook Collection - GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Over 300 Premier Travel Reference eBooks that include DK Eyewitness Travel Guides and Rough Guides to Countries and Cities. These eBooks can be translated into a number of different languages and sections downloaded to your electronic device.

Travel Posters Collection
Accessible from any computer via the web

Selected travel posters of exotic destinations are from the collection housed in the International Languages Department and Rare Books at Central Library. The artwork finely demonstrates the sensibilities of 1920s and 1930s Art Deco and early Futurism. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the posters have been digitzed and can be viewed online.

Tumblebook Library
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An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.
Turnabout Theatre Archive (LAPL)
Accessible from any computer via the web

This collection, contains photographs, documents, props, and costumes, has been cataloged. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images are available for online viewing.

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Ulrichsweb (Periodical Directory)
Accessible from Central Library only
Bibliographic and ordering information on over 300,000 serials worldwide--covering print, electronic, and microform resources from more than 90,000 publishers and providers. Updated weekly.
Universal Class
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

Over 500 online non-credit Continuing Education Courses.  These courses are led by expert instructors and are provided for your personal enrichment. Business, Career Training, Cooking, Real Estate, Crafts and Hobbies and Psychology are a few of the subjects covered by these courses. *These courses have been designed for learners over 13 years of age.

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Veteran's Gateway
Accessible from any computer via the web

A gateway to links, databases, eBooks, book lists and other resources for Veterans.

Vocation, Careers & Technical Education (Gale/InfoTrac)
Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required
Collection of nearly 400 journals from career guides to specialized industry journals on searching for and maintaining a career.
Vogue Archive (Proquest)
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A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.

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Weather Almanac
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Gale Virtual Reference e-Book.In-depth weather records for 18 major U.S. cities and overview of the county with information on hurricanes, tornadoes and more weather resources
Westlaw
Special Access: Please see database description

Coverage of State and Federal statutes and case opinions; selected California secondary sources published by West, a Thomson Reuters Business.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

World Book Encyclopedia
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Offers information on a range of topics.
WorldCat
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OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide back to 1000 BC
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Zinio
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Zinio offers full color, interactive digital magazines. Browse from a collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.