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Follow the 2016 election.  See how by watching this short video on NewsBank Special Reports.  Access the Daily Democrat, the Davis Enterprise, the Sacramento Bee, The Reporter in Vacaville and both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. Also available are many newspapers from other parts of the country and the world.

Legal Information Reference Center
Find legal information and forms online, topics include family law, immigration, wills and estates, business law and more. Commonly used forms are included. Access to this resource is courtesy of the Yolo County Law Library. 

Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of eBooks (electronic books). These are encyclopedias and specialized reference sources on a variety of subjects. You can search all of Yolo County Library's eBooks simultaneously through this link or search the content of our individual eBooks through the links below.

General OneFile
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Thousands of full-text articles, many with images. Note: this replaces the General Reference Center Gold database.

Digital Dissertations
This database provides access to the most current two years of citations and abstracts in the Dissertation Abstracts database.

World's largest source of education information.

PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

American Heritage Dictionary
4th edition available online offers definition, etymology, word history, other forms and even the possibility of listening to the pronunciation of the word. The search box for the dictionary is the one in the middle of the page not the one at the top.

Free access to almanacs, facts and statistics on various topics.

Gives access to Roget's II The New Thesaurus, third edition. Contains 35,000 synonyms in an easy-to-use format.
Contains a dictionary, a thesaurus, a translator, dictionaries in other languages. Offers links for grammar help.

Online dictionary about the Internet. It contains hundreds of words and definitions that describe the technology and community world of the Web.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Offers a complimentary, but selective, access to suppliers of products or services listed in their printed version. You are asked to register at time of searching. The suppliers list provides names, addresses and phone numbers.

Contains more than 1,300,000 articles that can be access via an A-Z index, by keyword, through subject portals or randomly.


Encyclopedia of World Biography v. 1-23
A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

Encylopedia of World Biography v. 24
A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

Encyclopedia of World Biography v. 25
A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

Encyclopedia of World Biography v. 26
A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

Encyclopedia of World Biography v. 27
A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

College and University information
For rankings and information about colleges and universities in the United States.

Government and Law

Checks and Balances: The Three Branches of the American Government
Presents easy to understand information about the inner workings of the federal government. Includes historical overviews and examinations of the day-to-day operations of each branch, as well as Constitutional duties and obligations of each branch, specifics related to eligibility, elections and appointments of key positions, changes since 1776, the future of each branch, and other topics. For student and general audiences.

Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning
Provides the history and social context of the amendment process, covering each of the 27 amendments. Significant issues, events, figures, movements and judicial/legislative actions in the history of each amendment are also covered chronologically.

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Contains new and updated original articles covering recent concepts (i.e. adoption, race, the Constitution, birthright citizenship) and court cases since 1992 offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, as well as biographies of people who have had an impact on our government's legal framework (Supreme Court Justices, Presidents, Cabinet Members, Lawyers, and more). Also covers judicial decisions handed down by the Supreme Court.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
This encyclopedia fills a much-needed gap between legal texts focusing on the theory and history behind the law and more practical guides dealing with the law and its everyday effect upon its citizens. Containing approximately 200 articles, the Encyclopedia includes: brief descriptions of each issue's historical background, covering important statutes and cases; profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations; and details of how laws and regulations vary from state to state.

Health and Medicine

Complete Human Diseases and Conditions
Presents information on numerous diseases and conditions. Articles include a definition of the disease or condition, an explanation of how it works in the body, information on causes, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment or cure, and lifestyles.

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior
Provides more than 700 articles intended for the student and layperson covering the social, medical and political issues related to drugs and alcohol, as well as types of addiction. Changes since the last edition include the decrease of crack cocaine use and resurgence of heroin use; changes in laws dealing with drug use at the state and national levels; and new discoveries leading to a better understanding of how drugs work and what makes them addictive.

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
The encyclopedia identifies 150 types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, kinesiology, yoga, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, polarity therapy, detoxification, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, biofeedback, Ayurveda and osteopathy. For the practitioner or interested patient, there are current training requirements, listings of organizations, as well as descriptions of treatments.

History and Culture

American Decades
American Decades is a cross-disciplinary source for junior and high school students and teachers, public librarians and general researchers who need a single, consistent reference to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history.

American Decades Primary Sources
Cross-disciplinary source spanning the 20th century. Each volume in the set includes full or excerpted primary sources representing the seminal issues, themes, movements and events from a decade. Includes oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, TV, play and movie scripts, letters, laws , legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, recipes, and more.

Countries and Their Cultures
Presents the cultural similarities within a country that set it apart from others by examining over 200 countries to document the myriad ways in which culture defines and separates the nations of the world as much as geographical borders do. Surveys each country's shared values, behaviors and cultural variations from foods and rituals to pastimes and arts, using a standard entry format for easy comparison. Provides illustrations, photographs and maps. 4 volumes.

Social Studies Fact Cards
Quick reference for 4th-8th grade researchers on state, national and world social studies topics including California missions and Spanish Ranchos, Indians, explorers, world religions, and ancient wonders.

U*X*L Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
Provides detailed studies of tribes from all over the United States and Canada, including small tribes and some that no longer exist. Gives detailed yet accessible information on history, religion, art, government, economy, daily life and current social and political issues.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
Presents easy-to-understand information on 200 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States
Details current geographical, social, and political data, historical narrative, and statistical information on the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Caribbean and Pacific dependencies of the U.S. Each entry consistently contains data on 50 rubrics. Maps, tables, flags and official state seals included.

Library Science

Management, Marketing and Promotion of Library Services Based on Statistics, Analyses and Evaluation
Contains presentations from managers of different types of libraries, researchers and educators from five continents describing their experiences with research methods, data collection, evaluation, performance measurement, best practice strategies and policies.

Science and Math

Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change
Explores major topics related to global warming and climate change-ranging geographically from the North Pole to the South Pole, and thematically from social effects to scientific causes. Covers the science and history of climate change, the controversies over climate-change theories, the role of societies, the industrial and economic factors, and the sociological aspects of climate change.

Gale Encyclopedia of Science
Covers all major areas of science, engineering, technology, as well as mathematics and the medical and health sciences, while providing a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology. Entries typically describe scientific concepts, provide overviews of scientific areas and, in some cases, define terms.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
A completely revised and updated version of the original work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community.

Real-Life Math
Provides an understanding of commonly studied math concepts by illustrating their use in everyday life in everyday tasks, such as buying insurance, constructing a budget, reading graphs, adjusting cooking recipes or planning for retirement. Topics are designed to support the modern mathematics curriculum and contain examples related to the global economy. 2 volumes.