A-Z List of Resources

Offers more than 8,600 full-text journals and 12,500 abstracted and indexed journals covering many areas of academic study including; animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women’s studies, zoology, and many other fields.

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Access.NewspaperArchive.com is the largest online collection of historical newspaper content in the world. The complete collection contains local newspapers such as The Bakersfield Californian and the Daily Californian as far back as 1892 and over 100 million searchable newspaper pages. Each image is digitized from the actual microfilmed copy of the newspaper, making it possible for users to view the page exactly as it appeared in the past. This resource is available only via public computers at library locations.

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Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. 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.

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Offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text fun of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

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The leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish.

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Learn more about any subject – for all grades and all reading abilities – offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites, and three separate databases (Elementary, Middle, or High).

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A business-specific interface for use with the Business Source Complete database.

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Provides full-text content covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, banking, finance, etc. Indexing, abstracts, and full-text are available as far back as 1886. Additional full-text includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, and more.

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CK-12 is a free, online classroom where students can learn math, science, english, and many more concepts. Students can explore subject-based videos and join the cafe to ask for help from others.

Ages 5 – 17 

Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children’s health, men & women’s health, etc.


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Provides hundreds of reports for the most common health topics in multiple languages.

Languages Available:

Language Name
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
French (Canadian)

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Cool Math Games is focused on making mathematics fun, convincing millions of people that cool+math is an equation that makes sense. The website includes logic games, trivia games, strategy games, and much more.

Ages 13-100 

Curated lists of picture books on a diverse array of topics.

All ages 

Duolingo is a fun and addictive way to learn languages. Earn points for correct answers, race against a clock, and level up with bite-sized lessons.

Mobile apps available  • All ages 

Offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full-test is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Birder’s World, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter’s World, and many more.

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Contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo.

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Select Kern County Library branches offer various tutoring events and homework help.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? We are always looking for volunteers to develop more tutoring opportunities at our branches. Email us!

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The Local History Room is located, on the second floor, within the Beale Memorial Library. The collection contains books, pamphlets, periodicals, newsletters, vault materials, and vertical files on over 900 subjects. The Local History room’s most popular items include Bakersfield City Directories dating back to 1899; Kern County Telephone directories dating back to 1940; and donated elementary, junior high, high school, and college yearbooks mainly from the 1960s and 1970s. Some primary sources in the collection go as far back as the 1800s.

Microfilm is also available in the Local History room to view newspapers not digitized, such as Shafter, Taft, Delano, and additional surrounding areas. Digitized access to the Bakersfield Californian for 1875-1977, limited issues of 2014-2017, The Shafter Press (1935-2014), and Shafter Progress (1929-1962) are available on Newspaper Archive. Microfilm is also available in the Local History Room for the Bakersfield Californian (1978-present), as well as other newspapers that have not yet been digitized, such as Taft, Delano, Ridgecrest, and additional surrounding areas.

The collection materials do not check out and can only be used in the Local History Room.



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Additional local history collections:

The Photographs of Carleton E. Watkins

Online Archive of California, featuring KCL Local History Photo Collection

Internet Archive: Digitized Audiovisual Collection

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Kern County 

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Clyde Johnson Photography

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Curtis Darling Postcard Collection

47 digitized audiovisual resources, including videos, audio, and interviews on library groundbreakings, the dustbowl, and Kern County history.

Historical Videos  • Historical Audio 

This multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full-text information dating as far back as 1922. Contains full text for nearly 1,000 reference books and over 107,000 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of more than 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

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Search for word meanings, pronunciation, origin, synonyms, and more. Merriam-Webster has been a trusted dictionary resource since 1828. Browse the ‘Word of the Day,’ word games, and word quizzes.

All ages 

Access 133 full-text primary source documents with analysis and commentary.

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Includes more than 1,000 full-text newspapers, providing more than 38 million full-text articles. The database contains comprehensive full-text for major newspapers such as The Bakersfield Californian, The New York Times (from January 1985 to present), Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), Toronto Star, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times (DC), and others.

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Provides hundreds of hand-crafted Recommended Reads reading lists created for teens and kids covering both fiction and nonfiction genres and topics. Also includes over 700 BookTalks and over 950 searchable award lists.

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Includes information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads, and more.

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This full-text database provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements, and techniques – including contemporary content from the finest publishers.

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Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides more than 280 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.

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Pronunciator’s ProCitizen course prepares individuals to take the United States Naturalization test.

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Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 87 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. Track your progress and learn your chosen language in your preferred learning style.

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Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study site. Free access includes flashcard development for topic studying and review, as well as games for learning.

Ages 12+  • Mobile apps available 

A comprehensive Spanish-language database, offering content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries, more than 100,000 images, 2,500 health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for over 100 reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.

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Provides full-text for nearly 100 regional US and Canadian business publications.

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Offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

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Book Guides & Lesson Plans – Find lesson plans, discussion questions, novel units, reader’s theater scripts, and other instructional support for the books you’re reading in any K-12 classroom. 

Booklist: Build Your Own – Compile, organize, analyze, and share instructional materials associated with the books in your curriculum. 

Diverse Books – Include diverse cultural experiences in your instruction as reflected in quality fiction and nonfiction books. 

Literature-Based Vocabulary Lists – Have ready-to-use vocabulary lists – often organized by chapter – for the books that you’re teaching. Vocabulary lists include definitions, example sentences pulled from each book, and audio pronunciations.

Meet-the-Author Videos & Book Readings – Have the author reveal, anytime, the author’s purpose, writing, and research processes with these TeachingBooks.net exclusively created primary source materials. 

Resources for Award-Winning Books – Lists of U.S. Award Winning titles. 

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Digital edition of full issues of The Bakersfield Californian from May 28, 2013 to current.
In Library, log in using:
Email Name: kernpatron@gmail.com
Password (case sensitive): kernlibrary1
Remote Users: 
After your library card number is verified, click the “Bakersfield Californian eEdition” link to access the website and utilize the login above.

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Having won the Pulitzer Prize more times than any other newspaper, The New York Times is the 2nd most circulated newspaper in the nation and has worldwide readership. Explore breaking news, world news, multimedia, opinion pieces, and more. Topics in the newspaper include world topics, U.S. news, politics, business, technology, science, health, sports, arts, books, style, food, travel, and real estate.

Please Note a Few Limitations on NYT-related Mobile Apps:

  • NYT-related Mobile Applications are only available on personal mobile devices.
  • The Crosswords app is not included, however, crosswords from the past week, as well as a handful from the archive, are available in the Crosswords section.
  • The Cooking app is not included, however customers can access recipes via the Food section.
  • Articles from 1923-1980 are not available on public library computers. On personal devices, customers have access to 5 articles per day in this date range.
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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 other $41 billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

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TypingClub is a free web-based way to learn to type. It is an engaging and interactive experience that turns learning typing into a game, with levels, badges, stars, voiceover, and typing playback.

All ages 

Physical Locations, Resources, & Trained Volunteers are available at:

Beale Memorial Library
701 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA
Kern River Valley Branch Library
7054 Lake Isabella Blvd.
Lake Isabella, CA

Ridgecrest Branch Library
131 East Las Flores Avenue
Ridgecrest CA 93555


Access the California Veterans Resource Book.

Basic information & links below. For more comprehensive information, visit:
VA Welcome Guide
Kern County Veterans Service Department
Bakersfield Vet Center
California Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Benefits
Dependents Benefits
Survivors Benefits
Veterans Mobile Apps