Links to Online Resources
The following web sites give you quick facts and ready reference information on a wide range of topics. When your research requires more in-depth information, you may want to use other electronic resources or printed publications. Check with a reference librarian for assistance. If you have suggestions for additions to this list, please contact the Library at
    Acronym, Abbreviations, Initials (this is a list of acronyms by subject, and not a dictionary listing)
    Biographical Dictionary (includes more than 27,000 persons from ancient times to the present day)
    POTUS: Presidents of the United States (includes biographies, speeches and writings, election results, odd facts and presidency highlights)
    Internet Archive (includes full text for several million books, documents, and other print materials that are public domain or otherwise without copyright restriction)
    On-line Books Page (lists thousands of books and documents in full-text at the University of Pennsylvania)
    Project Gutenberg (a huge library of electronically stored books, mostly classics)
    Occupational Outlook Handbook (describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations; searchable by occupation. Also available in paper copy in the Library.)
    American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau site for population, housing, economic, and geographic data)
    California State University (home page for the entire system; includes links to all campuses)
    University of California (home page for the entire system; includes links to all campuses)
    Community College League of California (contains information about the 71 community college districts in California)
    Guide to California Colleges & Universities (Web site of California Postsecondary Education Commission, contains detailed information about California's public and private postsecondary educational institutions)
    Peterson's Education and Career Center (a comprehensive resource on higher education)
    US News & World Report College & Careers Center (to find a college and compare colleges)
    California Department of Consumer Affairs (provides many publications in full-text online - some are available in Spanish)
    CIA World Factbook (an overview of all countries of the world; includes statistical data and maps)
    Library of Congress Country Studies (a series of in-depth country studies prepared under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Dept. of the Army; presently contains studies of 91 countries)
    Internet Public Library Reference--Dictionaries (lists Web resources about various aspects of languages) Legal Dictionary (Search legal terms and definitions)
    Onelook Dictionary (allows you to look up words in several different dictionaries)
    Encyclopedia Britannica Online - (access from home with COC Library database log-in) (contains more than 57,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, 7th edition)
    United Nations (official web site locator for UN organizations with links to other governmental and non-governmental international organizations) (provides one-stop access to all online US Federal Government resources)
    U.S. Congress (THOMAS – information on Congress, bills, and laws)
    Congressional Research Service (provides non-partisan analysis of issues of public debate)
    Vital records - Where to write for birth/death/marriage/divorce records (lists all state agencies to contact for these documents)
    California Easy Voter Guide (a nonpartisan resource for voters - also in Spanish)
CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT (general information about California and its agencies)
    California Secretary of State home page, including election results (March 1996- )
U.S. Senate:
    Dianne Feinstein (D)
    Kamala Harris (D)
U.S. Congress: 25th District:
    Steve Knight (R)
California State Senate
    21st District: Scott Wilk (R) (represents the northeastern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley and includes the Canyon Country Campus) (represents the northeastern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley and includes the Canyon Country Campus)
    27th District: Henry Stern (D) (represents the southwestern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley and includes the Valencia campus)
California State Assembly
    36th District: Tom Lackey (R) (takes in part of the northeastern corner of the Santa Clarita Valley and includes portions of Saugus)
    38th District: Dante Acosta (R) (includes most of the Santa Clarita Valley)
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: 5th District:
    AARP (provides links to informative pages on health care and housing issues related to the older population)
    CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Health Central (a comprehensive coverage of health/medical issues)
    National Institutes of Health (the U.S. Government's premier source for health information)
    OncoLink, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center (contains comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatment and news about research advances)
    Calisphere (200,000 digitized primary sources from California libraries and institutions)
    American Memory (U.S. Library of Congress site for historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video)
INTERNET SEARCH TOOLS (links to hundreds of Web sites with fast facts, current news stories, etc. A one-stop online information desk)
    Virtual Reference Shelf (selected Web resources compiled by the Library of Congress on various topics, including links to other Web reference resources)
    Los Angeles County Public Library (with links to branch libraries in the Santa Clarita Valley)
    David Rumsey Map Collection (extensive digitized gallery of maps, globes, atlases, charts, school geographies, and material in other cartographic formats)
    Map and Geography Library (comprehensive collection of resources on maps and geography including current and historical maps at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    Perry-Casteneda Library Map Collection (collection of current and historical maps at University of Texas at Austin)
    ABYZ News Links (comprehensive list of news sources by region, country, etc.)
    The Signal (newspaper of the Santa Clarita Valley)
    Bartlett's Quotations (10th ed., 1919)
    Consumer Price Indexes (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information on consumer price indexes)
    Elements of Style (the classic writer's guide)
    Guide to Grammar and Writing (compiled by Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut)