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New! National Geographic Kids takes kids on amazing adventures in science, nature, and culture.
Amazing Animals of the World: Grades K-6. Everything you need to know about animals! Great for school assignments or just for fun.
Credo Reference is a great starting place for research, with over 10,000 topic pages covering everything from Aachen, Germany to Vladimir Zworykin.
New! Gale Powerspeak Languages: Tired of memorization drills? Powerspeak teaches you a new language with games, exercises, and real conversations. Choose from French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, or English for Spanish Speakers.
New! Consumer Reports Online offers consumer news and product ratings you can trust.



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Gale Powersearch combines results from 46 electronic resources for the broadest search.
For a more focused search, select a database from one of our subject categories.
If you know the name of the database you want to search, you can find it in the alphabetical listing.




Homework Help

African American Experience: Research and homework help on African American history and culture, with hundreds of primary documents, narratives, photographs and audio clips.

Amazing Animals of the World: Grades K-6. Everything you need to know about animals! Great for school assignments or just for fun. 

America the Beautiful: Grades 6-8. In-depth coverage for each of the 50 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories.

Biography in Context: Biographical information on more than 500,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Credo Reference: A great starting place for research, with over 10,000 topic pages covering everything from Aachen, Germany to Vladimir Zworykin.

Daily Life Through History: A gateway to historical research on the way people lived in different times and places: their food, clothing, jobs, pastimes, and more.

eLibrary: For students of any age. Great for all types of school projects and questions, with articles from multimedia sources on a variety of topics.

Encyclopedia Americana: General use encyclopedia covering all academic fields and curriculum topics. Updated quarterly.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Complete text of dozens of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

General OneFile: One-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold: Quick access to the complete text of hundreds of popular magazines and newspapers plus citations to thousands more.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia: Grades 6-9. Quick multimedia reference plus current events. Updated monthly.


Junior Edition: Grades 6-8. One-stop homework center with articles from encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines.

Kids InfoBits: Grades K-5. Kid-friendly access to reference sources, newspapers, and magazine articles.

Lands and People Online: Grades 6-12. Encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events.

Learning Express Library: Twelve learning centers with practice tests and skill-building courses for students and adults. Note: Learning Express has been redesigned, and all users must create a new account.

Literature Resource Center: Author biographies and critical analysis of literary works.

LitFinder: Full-text and index to thousands of poems, stories, essays, speeches, plays, and other individual artworks.

MagillOnLiterature: Critical literary analysis from a variety of publications including Masterplots and Masterplots II.

National Geographic Kids: Grades 1-8. Take an amazing adventure in science, nature, and culture with books, magazines, and photos from National Geographic.

New Book of Knowledge Online: Grades 3-8. Reference and current events for elementary and middle school students.

New Book of Popular Science: Grades 7-12. Science and technology reference for middle and high school students.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Dynamic online library of current event topics, presenting the facts as well as the arguments to understand all sides of the story.

Pop Culture Universe: American popular culture, past and present.

Science in Context: Grades 7-12. One-stop source for all science-related research needs, focusing on key concepts taught in classrooms, including earth science, history of science, life science and physical science.

Science Online: Grades 7-12. A curriculum-oriented database that offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the sciences with more than 600 experiments and easy access to thousands of science diagrams.

Student Edition: Grades 9-12. 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.

Tutor.com Homework Help : Free tutoring in math, science, English, and social studies. For Grades K-12, College Intro, and Adult Learners. Available Sunday - Thursday 3pm to midnight.

U.S. History in Context: Primary documents, secondary reference sources, and journal articles covering all areas of United States history from pre-colonial times to the present day.

World Folklore and Folklife: A guide to the origins and development of all aspects of traditional cultures around the world, including myths, urban legends, folk and fairy tales, and foodways.

World History in Context: Multicultural and global content to support history research requirements.

Books & Reading

There's always something to read at What to Read - staff picks, reviews, book club news, and more.

Books & Authors: Find out what other readers liked (and didn’t like) about thousands of books. Share your opinions, too!

Contemporary Literary Criticism: Critical essays on contemporary authors. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works and sources for further study.

Literature Resource Center: Author biographies and critical analysis of literary works.

LitFinder: Full-text and index to thousands of poems, stories, essays, speeches, plays, and other individual artworks.

MagillOnLiterature: Critical literary analysis from a variety of publications including Masterplots and Masterplots II.

NoveList Plus: Reading recommendations in fiction and nonfiction for all ages, and a great source for author and series information.


Business & Investing

Business Insights Essentials: Market and company research tools including industry rankings, company profiles, market share data, and investment reports.

Legal Forms: Legal, business and personal forms, including many specific to Virginia residents.

Morningstar Online: Comprehensive reports on stocks and mutual funds and exclusive ratings to help guide investors.

Reference USA: Data on millions of U.S. companies and households for business and consumer research.

Small Business Resource Center: Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, and taxes.


Value Line Research Center: Online access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities.guides, and much more.

Consumer Information


Chilton Library: Wiring diagrams, diagnostic codes, and maintenance tables for thousands of cars and trucks -- 24/7.

Computer Database: Product introductions, news and reviews for hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.

Consumer Reports Online: Ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

Consumers' CHECKBOOK: Independent evaluations of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies. Available only in library branches. 

Health and Wellness Resource Center: Magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and more than 700 streaming videos on all aspects of health and wellness.

Legal Forms: Legal, business and personal forms, including many specific to Virginia residents.

Reference USA: Data on millions of U.S. companies and households for business and consumer research.


Genealogy & History


African American Experience: Research and homework help on African American history and culture, with hundreds of primary documents, narratives, photographs and audio clips.

America the Beautiful: Grades 6-8. In-depth coverage for each of the 50 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories.

Ancestry Library Edition: The world's largest online collection of family records and resources, with a learning center and other tools help you get started and put your research together. Available only in library branches.

Biography in Context: Biographical information on more than 500,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Civil War Era by Proquest: Get a fascinating glimpse of the Civil War era with the complete runs of eight regional newspapers covering 1840-1865.

Daily Life Through History: A gateway to historical research on how people in different times and places really lived: their food, clothing, jobs, pastimes, and more.

Heritage Quest Online: Discover where your American past begins with this comprehensive collection of genealogical sources, including U.S. census records.

Historical Newspapers: Search the complete run of four American newspapers - Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post - from 1851-2001.

Pop Culture Universe: American popular culture, past and present.

U.S. History in Context: Primary documents, secondary reference sources, and journal articles covering all areas of United States history from pre-colonial times to the present day.


World Folklore and Folklife: A guide to the origins and development of all aspects of traditional cultures around the world, including myths, urban legends, folk and fairy tales, and foodways.

World History in Context: Multicultural and global content to support history research requirements.


Jobs & Careers

Visit our Job Search page for more resources, news, and events.

Job & Career Accelerator: A single online resource for occupational research, creating a resume, writing cover letters, and locating available positions. Note: Job & Career Accelerator has been redesigned, and all users must create a new account.

Learning Express Library: Twelve learning centers with practice tests and skill-building courses for students and adults. Note: Learning Express has been redesigned, and all users must create a new account.

Reference USA: Over 2 million job and internship postings plus data on millions of U.S. companies and households for business and consumer research.

Tutor.com Career Center: Live tutoring for citizenship tests, GED preparation, and job searches; real-time resume help; and a 24/7 skills center.
Language Learning

Mango Languages: Basic or complete online instruction in dozens of languages, including English for speakers of other languages.

Muzzy Online: Grades K-8. The award-winning language program incorporating video, interactive games, and activities.

Powerspeak Languages: In-depth language study for a variety of learning styles.  Choose from Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and Inglés (ESL).


Magazines & Newspapers

Civil War Era by Proquest: Get a fascinating glimpse of the Civil War era with the complete runs of eight regional newspapers covering 1840-1865.

Expanded Academic ASAP: Scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers covering all academic disciplines.

General OneFile: One-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold: Quick access to the complete text of hundreds of popular magazines and newspapers plus citations to thousands more.

Historical Newspapers: Search the complete run of four American newspapers - Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post - from 1851-2001.

Infotrac Newsstand: Access to more than 1,000 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers, as well as leading publications from around the world.

Junior Edition: Grades 6-8. One-stop homework center with articles from encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines.

Kids InfoBits: Grades K-5. Kid-friendly access to reference sources, newspapers, and magazine articles.

National Newspapers by ProQuest: Current local, regional, and national news from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Wall Street Journal.

Student Edition: Grades 9-12. 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.

Science & Technology

Amazing Animals of the World: Grades K-6. Everything you need to know about animals! Great for school assignments or just for fun.

Computer Database: Product introductions, news and reviews for hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.


GreenFILE: Accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.

New Book of Popular Science: Grades 7-12. Science and technology reference for middle and high school students.

Safari Books Online: Now you never have to leave your computer! With immediate access to thousands of the newest and most popular IT books, you can find the information you need when you need it.

Science in Context: Grades 7-12. One-stop source for all science-related research needs, focusing on key concepts taught in classrooms, including earth science, history of science, life science and physical science.

Science Online: Grades 7-12. A curriculum-oriented database that offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the sciences with more than 600 experiments and easy access to thousands of science diagrams.





A - B - C - D - E - F

African American Experience: Research and homework help on African American history and culture, with hundreds of primary documents, narratives, photographs and audio clips.

Amazing Animals of the World: Grades K-6. Everything you need to know about animals! Great for school assignments or just for fun.

America the Beautiful: Grades 6-8. In-depth coverage for each of the 50 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories.

American Physical Society Journals: Full text of over 400,000 research papers published by the APS from 1893 to the present. Available only in library branches.

Ancestry Library Edition: The world’s largest online collection of family records and resources, with a learning center to help you get started and put your research together. Available only in library branches.

Biography in Context: Biographical information on more than 500,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Books & Authors: Find out what other readers liked (and didn’t like) about thousands of books. Share your opinions, too!

Business Insights Essentials: Market and company research tools including industry rankings, company profiles, market share data, and investment reports.

Chilton Library: Wiring diagrams, diagnostic codes, and maintenance tables for thousands of cars and trucks -- 24/7.

Civil War Era by Proquest: Get a fascinating glimpse of the Civil War era with the complete runs of eight regional newspapers covering 1840-1865.

Computer Database: Product introductions, news and reviews for hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.

Consumer Reports Online: Ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

Consumers' CHECKBOOK: Independent evaluations of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies. Available only in library branches.

Contemporary Literary Criticism: Critical essays on contemporary authors. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works and sources for further study.

Credo Reference: A great starting place for research, with over 10,000 topic pages covering everything from Aachen, Germany to Vladimir Zworykin.

Daily Life Through History: A gateway to historical research on the way people lived in different times and places: their food, clothing, jobs, pastimes, and more.

eLibrary: For students of any age. Great for all types of school projects and questions, with articles from multimedia sources on a variety of topics.

Encyclopedia Americana: General use encyclopedia covering all academic fields and curriculum topics. Updated quarterly.

Expanded Academic ASAP: Scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers covering all academic disciplines.

G - H - I - J - K - L - M

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Complete text of dozens of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

General OneFile: One-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold: Quick access to the complete text of hundreds of popular magazines and newspapers plus citations to thousands more.

GreenFILE: Accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia: Grades 6-9. Quick multimedia reference plus current events. Updated monthly.

Health and Wellness Resource Center: Magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and more than 700 streaming videos on all aspects of health and wellness.

Heritage Quest Online: Discover where your American past begins with this comprehensive collection of genealogical sources, including U.S. census records.

Historical Newspapers: Search the complete run of four American newspapers - Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post - from 1851-2001.

In the First Person: In-depth indexing of more than 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world.

Infotrac Newsstand: Access to more than 1,000 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers, as well as leading publications from around the world.

Infotrac Religion and Philosophy: Articles on religion and the related areas of philosophy, archaeology and anthropology.

Job & Career Accelerator: A single online resource for occupational research, creating a resume, writing cover letters, and locating available positions. Note: Job & Career Accelerator has been redesigned, and all users must create a new account.

Junior Edition: Grades 6-8. One-stop homework center with articles from encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines.

Kids InfoBits: Grades K-5. Kid-friendly access to reference sources, newspapers, and magazine articles.

Lands and People Online: Grades 6-12. Encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events.

Learning Express Library: Twelve learning centers with practice tests and skill-building courses for students and adults. Note: Learning Express has been redesigned, and all users must create a new account.

Legal Forms: Legal, business and personal forms, including many specific to Virginia residents.

LISTA: Abstracts of articles, books, reports and proceedings related to librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management.

Literature Resource Center: Author biographies and critical analysis of literary works.

LitFinder: Full-text and index to thousands of poems, stories, essays, speeches, plays, and other individual artworks.

MagillOnLiterature: Critical literary analysis from a variety of publications including Masterplots and Masterplots II.

Mango Languages: Basic or complete online instruction in dozens of languages, including English for speakers of other languages.

Morningstar Online: Comprehensive reports on stocks and mutual funds and exclusive ratings to help guide investors.

Muzzy Online: Grades K-8. The award-winning language program incorporating video, interactive games, and activities.

N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

National Geographic Kids: Grades 1-8. Take an amazing adventure in science, nature, and culture with books, magazines, and photos from National Geographic.

National Newspapers by ProQuest: Current local, regional, and national news from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Wall Street Journal.

New Book of Knowledge Online: Grades 3-8. Reference and current events for elementary and middle school students.

New Book of Popular Science: Grades 7-12. Science and technology reference for middle and high school students.

NoveList Plus: Reading recommendations in fiction and nonfiction for all ages, and a great source for author and series information.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Dynamic online library of current event topics, presenting the facts as well as the arguments to understand all sides of the story.

Pop Culture Universe
: American popular culture, past and present.

Powerspeak Languages: In-depth language study for a variety of learning styles.  Choose from Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and Inglés (ESL).

Reference USA
: Over 2 million job and internship postings plus data on millions of U.S. companies and households for business and consumer research.

Safari Books Online: Now you never have to leave your computer! With immediate access to thousands of the newest and most popular IT books, you can find the information you need when you need it.

Science in Context: Grades 7-12. One-stop source for all science-related research needs, focusing on key concepts taught in classrooms, including earth science, history of science, life science and physical science.

Science Online: Grades 7-12. A curriculum-oriented database that offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the sciences with more than 600 experiments and easy access to thousands of science diagrams.

Small Business Resource Center: Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, and taxes.

Student Edition: Grades 9-12. 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.

Tutor.com Career Center: Live tutoring for citizenship tests, GED preparation, and job searches; real-time resume help; and a 24/7 skills center.

Tutor.com Homework Help : Free tutoring in math, science, English, and social studies. For Grades K-12, College Intro, and Adult Learners. Available Sunday - Thursday 3pm to midnight.

U.S. History in Context: Primary documents, secondary reference sources, and journal articles covering all areas of United States history from pre-colonial times to the present day.

Value Line Research Center: Online access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities.guides, and much more.

World Folklore and Folklife: A guide to the origins and development of all aspects of traditional cultures around the world, including myths, urban legends, folk and fairy tales, and foodways.

World History in Context: Multicultural and global content to support history research requirements.



Agriculture Collection
Animals
Biography In Context
Business and Company Resource Center
Business Economics and Theory
Career Books
Communications and Mass Media Collection
Computer Database
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
Criminal Justice Collection
Culinary Arts Collection
Educator's eReference
Educators Periodical Collection
Encyclopedia of World Biography
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
Expanded Academic ASAP
Fine Arts and Music Collection
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
General OneFile
General Reference Center Gold
Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module
Health Reference Center Academic
Home Improvement Collection
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection
InfoTrac Newsstand
Junior Edition
Kids InfoBits
Literature Resource Center - LRC
Medicine
Multicultural Studies
Nations, States & Cultures
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Pop Culture eReference
Primary Sources
Psychology
Psychology Collection
Religion
Science & Health
Science In Context
Small Business Resource Center
Social Issues: Essential Primary Sources
Student Edition
U.S. History In Context
World History In Context


 
 
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