Research Guides

Sources for Subject Guides include articles, books, blogs, databases, podcasts, primary source documents, tutorials, videos, and any other tools we can get our hands on to make accessible for you.

Reference Services
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Business Resources

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Business resources on topics such as networking and start-ups, and advice from successful entrepreneurs.
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Choosing, applying, preparing, and paying for college.
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Consumer Information

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Buying a big ticket item? Want to know if that contractor is licensed? Here are the sources you need to make solid purchasing decisions.
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Earthquakes & Disaster Preparedness

Links to resources on earthquake, drought, and fire dangers to help you stay prepared.
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Find a Good Book

Not sure what to read next? Ready for something new? Browse these resources and you're sure to find something good!
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Search tips, find records, connect with researchers, and put together your family's history.
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Up to date resources to help keep you healthy.
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Homelessness - Resources

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Provides links to agencies and service providers as well as news, reports and studies.
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Jobs & Careers

Resources for job seekers and career changers.
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Language-Learning Resources

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Find tools to increase your fluency, help you start fresh, and build your skills.
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Legal Resources

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Free legal forms, books that help explain laws, and links to the City Code can all be found here.
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Lifelong Learning

The Library is your learning hub. We offer materials and programs for personal enrichment, and professional development, and we can refer you to local and online sites for just about any topic you wish to explore.
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Middle and High School Teacher Resources

Resources for Middle and High School Teachers, or those interested in teaching.
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News Sources for Everyone

A guide to finding news on the web. Includes web-only news outlets as well as print/web news sources.
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Seed Library

Monterey Public Library has a Seed Library, providing locally adapted seeds for our community to check-out and grow.
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Senior Services

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Find services specifically geared towards older adults at the local and national level.
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Surviving Difficult Times

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Resources for those most affected by economic crisis.
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Travel resources for destinations near and far.
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Ukuleles at the Library

The library offers ukuleles for checkout. Learn more about these fun and family friendly instruments.
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Volunteer Resources

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Resources for volunteer managers and volunteers.
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Guides for Teachers & Classes

If you're a student and your teacher has requested a research guide be made for your class project, click here to be taken to the Class Research Guide page.

If you're an educator, Monterey Public Library offers a variety of services to assist you with your work. Have an assignment coming up and want your students to successfully use the Library? Send us an assignment alert and we'll put together material you can pick up or direct your students to use. Would you like to bring your students to the Library on a field trip? Or bring a librarian to your classroom? Fill out a class visit request and we will set up a visit. Visit the Class Research Guide page to see what we do for other teachers and what other resources we have to offer you.