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Books & Reading

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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.

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 BeautifulGrades 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 than500,000 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 MonitorNew York TimesWall 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.

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 MonitorNew York TimesWall 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.

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

Research in Context (formerly Junior Edition): Grades 6-8. One-stop homework center with articles from encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines.

Student EditionGrades 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.

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.

Jobs & Careers

Credo Reference Live Homework Help: Free tutoring in math, science, reading and writing for students in 3rd through 12th grade. Tutors are available from 9:00AM – 3:00 PM, Monday – Thursday.

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

Testing & Education Reference Center: Prepare for your future with Testing & Education Reference Center.  From SAT practice tests to college selection to certification test study guides, TERC will help you achieve your potential.

Science & Technology

Amazing Animals of the WorldGrades 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.

Lynda.com: Online learning to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

New Book of Popular ScienceGrades 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 ContextGrades 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.

ScienceFlix: Grades 4-9.  No matter what learning style suits you best, ScienceFlix covers the science curriculum with videos, multimedia, and authoritative articles (each written at three reading levels) – plus science careers and ideas for experiments.  This is science for the next generation!

Language Learning

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

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.


Homework Help - Books & Reading

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.

Homework Help - General Research

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

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.

Grolier Multimedia EncyclopediaGrades 6-9. Quick multimedia reference plus current events. Updated monthly.

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

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

Homework Help - History & Current Events

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 BeautifulGrades 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Homework Help - Magazine and Newspaper Articles

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.

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

Homework Help - Science & Tech

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

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

Science in ContextGrades 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.

ScienceFlix: Grades 4-9.  No matter what learning style suits you best, ScienceFlix covers the science curriculum with videos, multimedia, and authoritative articles (each written at three reading levels) – plus science careers and ideas for experiments.  This is science for the next generation!

Homework Help - Skill Building & Tutoring

Credo Reference Live Homework Help: Free tutoring in math, science, reading and writing for students in 3rd through 12th grade. Tutors are available Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the school year.

Testing & Education Reference Center: Prepare for your future with Testing & Education Reference Center.  From SAT practice tests to college selection to certification test study guides, TERC will help you achieve your potential.

Getting Started

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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.

Credo Reference Live Homework Help:  Free tutoring in math, science, reading and writing for students in 3rd through 12th grade. Tutors are available Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the school year.

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.

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 MonitorNew York TimesWall 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.

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

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.

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.

Lynda.com: Online learning to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

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.

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.

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.

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

Research in Context (formerly Junior Edition): Grades 6-8.  One-stop homework center with articles from encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines.

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.

ScienceFlix: Grades 4-9.  No matter what learning style suits you best, ScienceFlix covers the science curriculum with videos, multimedia, and authoritative articles (each written at three reading levels) – plus science careers and ideas for experiments.  This is science for the next generation!

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.

Testing & Education Reference Center: Prepare for your future with Testing & Education Reference Center.  From SAT practice tests to college selection to certification test study guides, TERC will help you achieve your potential.

Tutor.com Career Center is no longer available. Visit the Career Tools section of Testing & Education Reference Center for occupational test prep, computer skills training, and resume help.

Tutor.com Homework Help is no longer available.  Credo Reference offers live tutoring in math, science, reading and writing for students in 3rd through 12th grade.

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 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.