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Alexander St Press- American Song
A history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past.
Alexander St Press- Classical Music Library
Browse by Time Periods, Composers, Instruments and more.
Alexander St Press- Contemporary World Music
Delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent.
Alexander St Press- Jazz Music Library
Largest & most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz online.
Alexander St Press- Music Online
Audio and video that spans time periods, artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles.
Alexander St Press- Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
A virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.
Music reviews, biographies, and recommendations.
Art Full Text
Articles covering a wide range of art subjects. All ages.,ARTFT
Asian Art Museum's Education Resources
Youth ages 13 – 17 are eligible for free Asian Art Museum membership!
Astronaut Biographies
Astronaut Biographies on current and former astronauts in NASA’s space flight program.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Biographical information on members of the United States Congress from 1774 to the present. The database is searchable by name, position, year in office, state and party. Information on birthplace, college, career and offices held.
Biography in Context
A vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers.
Biography in Context
Essays, articles, and more on historical and contemporary figures.
Over 7,000 biographies on notable people in history, politics, the arts and popular culture. Search for people by name or browse categories like “In the News” and “Celebrity” to find people by topic interest.
British Museum
Virtual tours of one of the world's great museums.
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco’s own aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum.
Images and primary source texts on major California historical issues.
Catalog of Art Museum Images Online (CAMIO)
High-res images, cleared for education use, from museums around the world.
Citation Machine
Input your info, and get a citation in the format you select.
Free online access to 180 full-text literature guides.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Making the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience.
Cool Math
Easy to grasp explainations of math topics. Includes games!
Creative Commons Music Communities
Need a copyright free song for your music or film project? Get it here.
Concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe. It includes various editions specifically for students.
Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection
SFPL's great sheet music collection.
Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online
Contains the entire Encyclopædia Britannica, Comptons, Britannica Elementary, and Britannica Concise, as well as a dictionary, world atlas, & video content.
An interactive science class at Pier 15 in San Francisco.
Fine Arts Museums of SF - Legion of Honor and deYoung Museum
Iconic SF museums with online galleries.
Freedom Archives
Readings and videos on social-justice issues, some local, since the 1960's.
Get the Math
Math in music, fashion, video game, restaurant, and other jobs.
Gilder Lerhman Institute of American History- History by Era
Ten eras of United States history are divided into sub-themes.
Videos, podcasts, and more on sustainability and environmental issues.
Grolier Online | (Scholastic)
The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals, New Book of Popular Science & more.
Hoopla eMusic
Stream the latest music on almost any device.
Full text academic journals since 1838. Great resource for writing papers.
Khan Academy
Extensive video library and interactive challenges on most math subjects.
Lawrence Hall of Science
Have fun with hands on science in the Berkeley hills overlooking the bay.
Literature Criticism Online
Commentaries representing a wide range of views on authors and their works.
Literature Resource Center
Biographies, articles, criticism, overviews, glossary and more on writers and literature.
Mango Languages
Mango offers 34 different languages and 15 different ESL courses to choose from.
Mission: Science
Everything space, from NASA, to life on Mars, to the Hubble telescope.
MTV Online Radio
Great free music to listen to while doing your homework!
Music Index | (Ebsco)
A complete guide to music writings, with digitized content since 1970.,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mah
NoveList Plus
Guide to suggested reading with reviews and other features.,uid&profile=novplus
Open Library
Are all the copies checked out and you need the book RIGHT NOW? Check this website for e-versions of classic books.
Opposing Viewpoints
Pro and con arguments on social issues. Use for debates or position papers.
Download music to various devices.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Over 55,000 biographies describing the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.
Oxford English Dictionary
Authoritative guide to English language meaning, history, usage, and pronunciation.
Oxford Music Online
Articles on composers, performers, conductors, and all other things music.
Plagiarism Checker
Paste your text and identify the original sources of content.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Story of Rock
Includes rock and roll news, artist interviews and performance notes.
Rosetta Stone
Immersive platform, offering 30 languages to further ESL learning and language-learning,uid&site=rosetstone&return=y
Salem History/Salem Press
Includes “Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives” and “Milestone Documents in American History.”
San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection (SFPL)
More than 43,000 photographs of San Francisco and California scenes.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Making modern art a vital and meaningful part of public life.
San Francisco Symphony – Watch, Listen and Learn
Videos, podcasts and archival recordings from the San Francisco Symphony.
Science Online
Experiments, diagrams and timelines by grade and specialty.
Advancing the art of jazz through concerts, educational programs and more.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Virtually tour the nation’s first collection of American art.
Social Studies Fact Cards - California Edition
Various California-specific social studies topics.
Literature guides in text and video formats.
The very best the web has to offer in science, tech, engineering and math.
Student Resource Center (Literature)
Curriculum-targeted resources including biographies, essays, and much more!
Student Resources in Context
Essays, analyses, video clips and more on a variety of topics.
Student Resources in Context
Essays, analyses, video clips and more covering basic science concepts.
The Elements of Style
William Strunk's classic guide to good writing.
Works Cited 4 U
Formats bibliographies for researchers, writers and students.