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News and Information

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MasterFILE Premier MasterFILE Premier - Contains Consumer Reports and other useful resources.

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Newspaper Source Plus Newspaper Source Plus - 1,570 full-text newspapers
Points of View Points of View - Contains essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

Popular Magazines

ZinioZinio gives Sunnyvale Library customers the ability to checkout and download digital versions of print magazines for free. Examples include Cosmopolitan, The Economist, Elle, Macworld, O Magazine, Popular Science, and more!

How to access: You will need to create two accounts - one is a Zinio for Libraries account which lets you check out digital magazines from the Library collection. The other is a Zinio.com account which allows you to read digital magazines in your web browser or app. To get started, visit Zinio for Libraries, click on "Create New Account" in the upper right corner and enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number. Follow the prompts to enter your first name, last name, email address, and password, then click "Create Account." If you already created an account, click "Login" in the upper right corner instead. Then, select a magazine to checkout and click "Checkout." You will be prompted to start reading and asked to create your Zinio.com account. Visit the Zinio help website for assistance.

Streaming Movies, TV, Music, and More

HooplaWatch free popular streaming movies and TV shows and listen to music and audiobooks with hoopla. View or listen online or download the free app for your Android or iOS device and watch anytime.

How to access: Visit hoopla's website. New users must click "Sign Up" and create a new account. Click "Continue," then click "Sunnyvale Public Library." Type your 14-digit library card number and click "Continue." Type a valid email address twice, and type a password twice. Click "Continue." Returning users click "Log In" and provide an email address and password. Visit hoopla's support page for assistance.

InstantFlixInstantFlix for Libraries (powered by IndieFlix) brings engaging stories to movie lovers around the world. Find over 8,000 high quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV and web series from 85 countries, 2500 film festivals and the top film schools. Watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser. Also available on Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.

How to access: To get started, visit InstantFlix for Libraries, click on "Create New Account" in the upper right corner and enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number. Follow the prompts to enter your first name, last name, email address, and password, then click "Create Account." If you already created an account with Zinio for Libraries, click "Login" in the upper right corner instead. Then, hover over a movie and click on the plus sign (+) in the lower right corner to "Add to MyList." Finally, click on your name in the upper right corner to view your selected movies. If you would like to watch using your Roku or Xbox, click here to find out how to setup.

: If you currently have a Zinio for Libraries account then your login information will be the same.

Career Assistance and Education

Tutor.comTutor.com Career Center: Use Tutor.com to receive one-to-one, real-time assistance with your job search from 3 - 11 p.m. Online tutors are available to help you navigate online job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters and even practice for an interview. If you access the site outside the hours of 3 - 11 p.m., you may also find thousands of career-related resources in the Tutor.com SkillsCenter.

Tutor.com Adult Education Center: Preparing for your GED? Taking the Citizenship Test? Access Tutor.com offers free one-to-one, real-time tutoring in math, science, English, social studies, writing, GED preparation and citizenship preparation from 3 - 11 p.m. Access additional testing materials during off hours in the Tutor.com SkillsCenter for Adult Education.

How to access: Visit the Tutor.com site and type your 14-digit Library card number. If you would like access to more advanced features, create a free Tutor.com account using your name, email address, create a password, and add your date of birth. With a free account, you may save your favorite tutors, use Tutor.com on a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android), store files, and visit previous tutoring session.

LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, online database of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adults succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. The benefits include immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. The following tests are included: college and graduate placement tests (ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAD, LSAT), elementary and high school tests (Advanced Placement; High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Skills), career preparation exams (GED, EMS, Firefighter, PPST - Praxis, Civil Service, and reading, math and writing skills practice), TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship Exams.

How to access: Visit the LearningExpress Library site. Click "Register" in the top right corner to create a new free account using your name, email address, and a password of your choosing. When using LearningExpress Library again, click "Login" in the top right corner and enter your email address and password.

Foundation Center Online Resources

Foundation Directory Online Professional Foundation Directory Online Professional (Library use only) - The premier resource for locating in-depth information about grantsmakers and their grants.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Library use only) - A comprehensive database that provides funding support for individuals.
Philanthropy In/Sight
Philanthropy In/Sight (Library use only) - An interactive mapping tool combining the Foundation Center's data on grantsmakers and their grants with Google maps.

Find Your Next Book

Novelist PlusWondering what to read next? Use NoveList Plus to find reading recommendations based on books you already read and loved. Visit NoveList Plus directly and type the name of your last favorite book or an author whose books you like. NoveList Plus will return books and authors like your favorites.

You may also access NoveList Plus selections directly from the Library's catalog page. If you wish to start with the Library's catalog, enter the title of a book you enjoyed in the catalog search box on our home page. For example, type The Girl on the Train. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see reading recommendations, reviews and other recommended lists. If the book is part of a series, Novelist Plus will give you the order. This is especially good for long series like Outlander.

How to access: Click on NoveList Plus, and if you are at home, enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number. If you are accessing NoveList Plus in the Library, you will skip this step. For guidance using this resource, visit the help page at the top right corner of NoveList Plus.


Ancestry.com Ancestry Library (Library use only) - Research family history and genealogy.


General search:

Consumer Health Complete Consumer Health Complete
Salud en Espanol Salud en Espanol (CHC Spanish Version)

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Alt Health Watch Alt HealthWatch - Complementary and alternative medicine
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Consumer Edition - Consumer health information
Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - Nearly 550 scholarly full text journals

Business and Technology

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EBSCO Business Searching Interface

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AtoZdatabases AtoZdatabases - Premier Reference and Marketing Database including 30 million business profiles and 200 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
Business Source Complete Business Source Complete - Full-text, indexing and abstracts back as far as 1886
EBSCO Computer Source - Information and current trends in high technology
eBooks & Audiobooks EBSCOhost eBook Collection - Includes many business- and computer-related titles (also available: EBSCOhost Audiobooks)
JobScout JobScout - Get help finding a job with self-paced lessons and activities designed to improve your job-hunting and digital literacy skills
EBSCO NEW!* Legal Information Reference Center - Get help with legal issues, find and print popular forms, and read Nolo Press titles
Morningstar NEW!* Morningstar - Morningstar Investment Research Center features unbiased Morningstar guidance, such as the popular Star Rating, to help investors make informed decisions.
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Regional Business News Regional Business News - More than 80 regional business publications
Safari Tech Books Online Safari Tech Books Online - Computer-related titles
EBSCO NEW!* Small Business Reference Center - Includes business start-up kit, Nolo Press titles, and more
Value Line  Value Line - Comprehensive investment research information.
EBSCO Vocational and Career Collection - More than 350 trade and industry-related periodicals

Academics and Literature

General search:

Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete
Student Research Center Student Research Center - High School and Middle School
Literary Reference Center Literary Reference Center
Points of View Points of View

Topic search:

APS Physics American Physical Society Journals (Library Use Only) - The American Physical Society (APS) announced a new public access initiative that gives readers and researchers in public libraries in the United States full use of all online APS journals, from the most recent articles back to the first issue in 1893, a collection including over 400,000 scientific research papers.
Biography Reference Center Biography Collection Complete - More than 177,000 full-text biographies
eBooks & Audiobooks EBSCOhost eBook Collection - Thousands of titles to read online (also available: EBSCOhost Audiobooks)
ERIC ERIC - Education Resource Information Center
Film and Television Literature Index Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text - Film and television research
CLRN: Digital Textbook Initiative Free Digital Textbook Initiative - Free, open-source digital textbooks for high school students
Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - Over 25,000 encyclopedic entries
History Reference Center History Reference Center - Historical books, periodicals, biographies, photos, maps, and video
Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text - Full text for more than 240 journals
Professional Development Collection Professional Development Collection - Nearly 520 high quality education journals
EBSCO Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection - Full text coverage for nearly 600 journals
Science Reference Center Science Reference Center - Nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals
World Book World Book Online Reference Center - Award-winning encyclopedias
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Tuition Funding Sources Tuition Funding Sources - Database for over $41 billion in scholarships, college and career information


Primary Search Primary Search - More than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research
Middle Search Plus Middle Search Plus - More than 140 popular, middle school magazines          
Mas Ultra MAS Ultra - Student Edition - More than 500 popular, high school magazines
World Book World Book Online Reference Center - Award-winning encyclopedias
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Language Learning

Mango Languages *NEW!* Mango Languages - Learn a new language the fun and easy way! Practice conversation skills in the comfort of your own home with Mango's online language learning tool.

Driver Education

Free Practice Driving Tests
*NEW!* Driver Education - In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, Sunnyvale Public Library is proud to offer FREE California Driver Permit practice tests. The tests cover both automobile and motorcycle, and the site contains the Driver Handbook for each. Practice at the library, at home, or on the go using the free app or mobile-friendly site.

Taxes and Laws



We are aware that beginning in 2011, neither federal (Internal Revenue Service) nor California (Franchise Tax Board) tax forms will be mailed automatically to individual homes.  Here are links to help you obtain the forms you need:

Options for obtaining federal forms
Options for obtaining California forms

Order federal forms and publications by phone at 1-800-829-3676
Order California forms and publications by phone at 1-800-338-0505

Download and print federal forms, including the basic 1040
Download and print California forms, including the basic 540

Address to use to file forms: federal and California

Tax forms from other states

Please note that the Library does not carry any paper forms to take away.  We will provide reproducible copies of the most common forms and tax tables, or assist you with printing other forms on our public access computers.  Printing and photocopying in the Library costs $0.15 per page.

We also cannot provide tax advice or fill out your forms.  If you require this type of assistance, contact the following agencies. 
Federal assistance, local offices
State assistance, local offices
Additionally, we will have a free tax filing assistance program in late March/early April for eligible low-income and military filers.  More information and registration instructions will be available shortly.

Franchise Tax Board (FTB) - California taxes
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Federal taxes

Laws and Codes

Sunnyvale Municipal Code
California State Laws
California Code of Regulations
Federal Laws
Federal Code of Regulations

EBSCO NEW!* Legal Information Reference Center - Get help with legal issues, find and print popular forms, and read Nolo Press titles

Internet Resources

  Web-based Research Tools - Selected by the Sunnyvale Librarians
ipl2 ipl2: Information You Can Trust - Find reliable Web sites in hundreds of categories
  eBooks - Learn about all the types of eBooks Sunnyvale Library provides           

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