Research Tools A-Z
The following are research tools that the Library provides. To access them, you will need your 14-digit library barcode or to be in a library branch. Click on the title to go straight to the research tool, or click on "More about this research tool" to read specific information about what the research tool offers. Troubleshoot connection problems with our handy guide.
If you do not have a library card, you can request one and gain access to research tools here.
Available for genealogy research in the Headquarters library and at all branches. Use either Firefox or Chrome as your browser, as Ancestry is no longer supported in the Internet Explorer browser. Note: This database is not available remotely.
Search for people by name or personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender. Browse lists such as Ancient Greeks & Romans, American Presidents, Notable Women, Nobel Prize Winners.
BNA Online contains image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, and more. Each online species account contains recordings of that bird's songs and calls, selected from the extensive collection in Cornell's Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds.
Designed for book groups and individual readers to enhance the experience of the book they are reading, dig deeper into its themes and origins, or learn how the author's life and times contributed to the work. Easy-to-follow menus allow users to broaden and narrow their searches according to author, title, series, awards and other criteria. An "if you like" search connects readers to themes and genres that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Includes industry news, company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals.
In-depth exploration of a hot issue in the news each week. Topics include social and teen issues, environment, health, education, and science and technology.
Product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics, and more. Please see a librarian to log in. Available at Headquarters and all branches. Note: This is not available remotely.
Biographical/critical introductions, listing of principal works, and sources for further study on contemporary authors.
Thousands of downloadable nonfiction eBooks. Individual titles are searchable here and through the CRRL catalog.
Click here for tips on creating your myEBSCOhost account and using the EBSCOhost web site.
Other Downloadable eBooks: A smaller number of nonfiction downloadable eBooks are available from the primarily fiction based OverDrive, Freading, and OneClickdigital.
Content from current magazines and newspapers, pictures, maps, and TV & radio transcripts. Includes selected articles from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times & World News, Washington Post, Washington Times, and some Spanish-language publications. (Provided by Find It Virginia)
The classic encyclopedia, plus Internet Guide, Merriam Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus, video and media collection, World Atlas, Year in Review, and Timeline.
En espanol, Spanish-language articles.
Kids search or browse arts, geography, language arts, mathematics, religion, science, social studies, sports. Student Center includes How to Write a Research Paper and more.
eSequels lists the most popular series so you can discover a new author or rediscover an enjoyable series of years past. Indexes by character, location, subject, author, and title so you can identify a series that you may recall only vaguely. Read about this database in depth in this article.
Combines the best of Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings to offer a single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering insurance, banks, and credit unions. Plus, build your own customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner.
Provides comprehensive information for grant seekers on over 120,000 foundations and corporate donors. Updated weekly. Available at Headquarters. Note: This is not available remotely.
Full color, page-by-page scanned images of the newspaper from late 2008 to the present. Note: This database is not available remotely.
Specialized reference sources covering the arts, biography, business, the environment, history, popular culture, the nation and world, and science.
Articles from newspapers and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Includes, as well, more than 500 travel guides, including hundreds of Fodor's titles, National Public Radio programs from 1990 to the present, with searchable transcripts, and full-text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present. Updated daily. (Provided by Find It Virginia)
From the Tools tab, select Change Databases to search specialized collections such as: World History, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture, Home Improvement, Nursing and Allied Health, Military and Intelligence, and Psychology.
Profiles on nearly 1,000 private, corporate, and community foundations in Virginia. Available for use in the Headquarters library and at England Run, Porter and Salem Church branches. Please ask a librarian for assistance. This database is not available remotely.
Information for individual grant seekers, primarily to fund education or to support artistic or research projects. Available at Headquarters. Note: This is not available remotely.
Articles from health and fitness magazines and scholarly medical journals, medical dictionary and encyclopedias, health organization directory, health news, drug and herb finder, alternative health resources, and health assessment tools.
Assistance for learners of all ages: grades K-12, college students, and adults in English and Spanish. Live tutors [available 2:00-11:00 pm daily] provide help in most subjects, including the Writing Lab and Foreign Language Lab. Study Suite [available 24/7] provides test preparation for students and adults, plus study help with electronic flashcards and games. Student resources include SAT, ACT and standardized state tests. Adult resources include citizenship tests, computer literacy, and GED. Collaboration Suite [available 24/7] enables work on group projects and study with friends in a virtual classroom.
This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. (Provided by Find It Virginia)
Search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, translate articles into 11 different languages, create email alerts, and customize your search options and results format.
This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. (Provided by Find It Virginia)
Live coaches [available 2:00-11:00 pm daily] help users strategically target jobs best suited to their interests and qualifications, work on interview skills, and craft effective résumés and cover letters. Includes 24/7 access to a carefully-selected library of job resources.
Academic journal articles covering most disciplines, including arts, history, humanities, science, medicine, and law.
Highly visual, guided research tools for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. (Provided by Find It Virginia)
A core collection of over 3 million full-text entries in subjects such as health, history, literature, languages, technoogy, and science. Includes over 500,000 images, audio and video clips.
Literati Public Homework Help: Live tutoring in math, reading & writing for grades 3-12, Monday – Thursday 3:00 - 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. (Provided by Find It Virginia)
Biographies, lists of authors' works, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Search by author name, title, genre, literary movement or literary themes.
Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more.
Mobile app available for iPhone or Android.
Research, data, and analysis to help make sense of the complicated world of investing. Includes portfolio tools and calculators to determine what your asset mix should be, how your investments are working together, a Retirement Cost Calculator, and a College Savings Calculator.
National Geographic Kids gives you access to the National Geographic Kids magazine (from 2009 to present), more than 200 National Geographic Kids books, and hundreds of downloadable images. (Provided by Find It Virginia)
Business, residential, and market research data for entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.
Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works, Magill’s Medical Guide.
Detailed property and land-use records for Virginia, useful tools for genealogy and historical research.
Information on colleges, technical schools and executive programs. Find application forms, identify scholarships. Use test-prep ebooks. Practice GED, Civil Service, EMS, firefighter, military, real estate and many more exams.
Weekly online presentation of Value Line's Investment Survey. The service includes full-page reports with analyst commentaries as well as Timeliness™, Safety™ , and Technical™ ranks on over 3,500 large, small, and mid cap size companies. Includes, as well, information and rankings on an additional 4,500 companies and three-to-five year projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects. Please note: You will need your 14-digit barcode or phone number to access this both in the library branch and from home.
Available for legal research at all branches. Gives access to an extensive collection of primary and secondary materials with easy, plain language searching. Includes cases, statutes, regulations, forms, trial documents and transcripts, and the Virginia Practice Series. Click here for tips on searching WestlawNext.
Note: This database is not available remotely.
A massive library with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and millions of family trees. Access key collections: COMPLETE U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and international collections.
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