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World Vital Records for Genealogy Research

World Vital Records for Genealogy Research

Searching for your roots is about to get easier. On July 1, 2014, the library launches World Vital Records—an online service that will help you tell your family story. World Vital Records replaces Heritage Quest as the genealogy resource CRRL library card holders can access online remotely.

Unlike Heritage Quest, the new service provides complete U.S. Census data—from 1790 to 1940. You can also search birth, marriage, death, and other vital records from many countries; family trees worldwide; newspapers; and historic U.S. maps.

Learn Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Ancient Greek and Koine Greek Online at the Library

Have you ever wanted to experience the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament in Biblical Hebrew or Homer's Odyssey in its original ancient Greek? It may sound far-fetched, but the library offers introductory online courses in these and other languages for free through Mango Languages!

Listen, Look, Learn...Birds of North America Online

Birds of North America Online

Whether you are an avid birdwatcher, a student preparing a report on the state bird of Virginia, or just interested in hearing the real drumming sound of a woodpecker, then Birds of North America Online is for you! In addition to the sound recordings of each bird, there are also photographs and often video clips of each species. Articles about the bird’s appearance, food habits, migration, life cycle and much more are also available.

Auto Repair Reference Center

Auto Repair Reference Center

Car starting to sputter, clank, cough, or bang? Know you could fix it if you just had the specs? Check out our comprehensive online automotive repair database called Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC). With content from some of the most recognized repair manual publishers, ARRC covers thousands of vehicles from 1954 to the present.

Here's just some of what you have access to:

Start! Manage! Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA can help your business grow

Entrepreneurs and business owners, here’s your chance to learn how to use the library’s ReferenceUSA database to Start! Manage! Grow your business. All you need is an Internet connection and a phone line to participate. 

Date:  Friday, July 12

Time:  Noon (1 hour)

Use ReferenceUSA to find mission critical information for your business.

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Fix it Yourself @ the Library

Fix it Yourself @ the Library

It always seems to happen at the most inopportune time. You need to fix your car or small engine, but you don’t have a repair manual. What’s more, the library is closed.  Don’t worry!  Instead of waiting for the library to open and driving all the way there, you can get the same information at home using two of our online databases. Best of all, they are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Auto Repair Reference Center has information on cars including repairs, wiring diagrams, bulletins, and more. Small Engine Repair has information on all types of small engines, including outdoor equipment, motorcycles, tractors, and more.

Try Natural Standard

Natural Standard logo

A lot of “natural” or complementary medicines and practices sound more appealing to patients than drugs with fancy chemical names.  But the question is—do they do any good? Do they, perhaps, rather do harm? Even seemingly harmless ingredients (grapefruit juice, green coffee extract) can have dangerous effects when combined with other necessary medications or complicating conditions. And then there’s the placebo effect, the often-studied quandary that any medicine or technique, if the patient is told it will be effective, will be for a certain percentage of the time.

The database Natural Standard (available to CRRL cardholders at www.librarypoint.org/research) takes on this dilemma and provides additional helpful information besides. According to its site’s statement, Natural Standard is impartial—not supported by any interest group, professional organization or product manufacturer. 

Database in Depth: NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus

What shall I read next?
How do you decide which books to take home?  There’s a gold mine of information in NoveList Plus, an online database that answers those questions for readers of any age.  You are just a few clicks away from recommended book lists, author readalikes, or finding out “what book comes next? “  NoveList gives you all these things- 24/7--and you don’t even have to be in the library to use it.

Database in Depth: CQ Researcher

Database in Depth:  CQ Researcher

It’s 10 p.m.  Your report on wind power is due tomorrow.  It is not even close to being done.  Your teacher has said you can’t use Internet sources.  You have a couple of books, but you need at least one more source.

You can’t decide if you should start faking sick now (like you could fool your mom), go to school tomorrow and try to beg your teacher for an extension (oh, sure), or just ignore the problem and hope it will solve itself (it's never worked before, but...).

There is another option.  Get out your CRRL library card, and visit Congressional Quarterly Researcher online.  Congressional Quarterly Wha...?  If you are writing a report about any “hot button” issue in the news, you need CQ Researcher

Database in Depth: All About JSTOR

All About JSTOR

Research any field – from Business to Education to the Humanities to the Sciences – with the JSTOR database’s access to more than a thousand scholarly journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources. JSTOR is accessible within the library and remotely from the Articles & Databases page.

This database is an archive, so issues from the past 2-3 years are not included for most titles. All journals are indexed back to the first issue. For instance, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography goes back to volume 1, Issue 1 from July 1893. Some of the primary sources, such as pamphlets and personal collections, have content going back to the 1600s! The Cowen Tracts, containing the pamphlet collection of British Member of Parliament Joseph Cowen, goes back to 1603.