Online Resources for Students

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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

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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Brittanica School

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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Milestone Documents in American History (Salem Press)

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

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Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)

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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Discover Online Learning & Tools

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers online learning for free about absolutely anything, including science and engineering, computing, arts and humanities, economics and finance, test prep, and much more.

Mobile apps available 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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 


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 

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Adults can earn their high school diploma in as few as 5 months. It's online, flexible, and free! A personal academic ...
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Find an Oral Language Piece

Oral Language Festivals

Schools all over Kern County participate in the Oral Language Festival, a competitive event where students perform interpretations of a piece of literature in front of an audience. Literature selections must be published works that are available to all students. Pieces from organizational newsletters, the Internet, and regional newspapers are not acceptable. Overall, most published works are appropriate Oral Language texts and you can choose any book you like! Pieces must be in 3-5 minutes in length, so you may edit the piece to an appropriate length. Since new titles are continuously available, any picture book found in the Children’s area is a good place to start. Pieces should be appropriate for age, event, and presentation to a community audience. Be sure to check out YouTube for videos of past Oral Language winners!


6 Oral Language Categories
Various Collections

Books available in our catalog • Ages 9-13 

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Conduct a Science Experiment

The Kern County Library supports learning in all academic disciplines, but is especially mindful of how important STEAM (Science, Technology, ...
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Information on Mythology

Books about Percy Jackson and movies about Thor got everyone interested in mythology again, but have you ever wondered what ...
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Resources on Native American Tribes

Interested in California Native American culture? Writing a paper for school? The Kern County Library has some great resources to ...
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Write a California Missions Report

The California Mission Era began in 1769, and ended after the last Mission was built in 1823. California’s 21 Missions ...
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Write a Country Report

Doing country reports at the Kern County Library can be easy! Click below on any of the country names to ...
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Write a Presidents Report

Need help finding information for your President report? Here you will find information on the Presidents in all forms: books, ...
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Write a State Report

Doing state reports at the Kern County Library can be easy! Click below on any of the state names to generate a ...
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Write an Animal Report

The Kern County Library has a multitude of resources for you so your animal report can be out of this ...
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Learn About Battle of the Books

America’s Battle of the Books

America’s Battle of the Books is a nationwide reading incentive program encouraging students to read titles from a predetermined list and battle out their knowledge in a friendly competition.

Books available in our catalog  • Ages 8-12 

Practice Foreign Languages

Brittanica Escolar

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

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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 

Google Translate

Google Translate is a free multilingual machine translation service. It includes language recognition, strong translations, and pronunciations.

Mobile apps available 


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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Referencia Latina (EBSCO)

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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