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Gale Powersearch combines results from 46 electronic resources for the broadest search.  Enter a search term in the box below to get started.

For a more focused search, select a database from one of the subject categories below.
If you know the name of the database you want to search, you can find it in the alphabetical listing.



Category List

Books & Reading

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

EBSCO Read It!: designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

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


Literary Reference Center Plus: The most relevant information on authors and their works to help you gain a better understanding of literature. Can’t keep the characters in a 19th century novel straight? Try a character map for a visual representation of their relationships. Stumped by symbolism? Get an explanation from literary critics. Looking for a poem or short story? Find the full text here.

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.

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

Genealogy & History

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.

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.

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 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.

EBSCO MasterFile Premier: Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.


 

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.

Newspapers (Daily): Includes articles from Chicago Tribune (1985 – present), Los Angeles Times 1985 – present), New York Times (1980 – present), New York Times Book Review (1997 – present), New York Times Magazine (1997 – present), The Wall Street Journal (1984 – present), and the Washington Post (1987 – present).

Newspapers (Historical): Search the complete run of four American newspapers - Christian Science MonitorNew York TimesWall Street Journal, and Washington Post - from 1851-2001.



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

Driving-tests.org: Practice driving tests and manuals for driver’s licenses, motorcycle licenses, and CDL licenses in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington DC.

Gale Career Transitions: provides immediate help for job seekers navigating the new economy. Innovative and accessible, Career Transitions helps library users improve their chances of finding sustainable employment.

 

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

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.


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.

Language Learning

EBSCO Read It! - designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

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

Rocket Languages - an award-winning interactive online language-learning system. The multi-faceted system allows patrons to learn new languages at their own pace, with downloadable lessons, games and much more.

Consumer Information

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

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. 

Driving-tests.org: Practice driving tests and manuals for driver’s licenses, motorcycle licenses, and CDL licenses in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington DC.

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.

Teen Health & Wellness: Provides middle and high school students with school research and self-help support. Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ issues, and more

Homework Help - Books & Reading

Literary Reference Center Plus The most relevant information on authors and their works to help you gain a better understanding of literature. Can’t keep the characters in a 19th century novel straight? Try a character map for a visual representation of their relationships. Stumped by symbolism? Get an explanation from literary critics. Looking for a poem or short story? Find the full text here. 

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.

Homework Help - General Research

Early World of Learningfor Virginia's youngest readers. World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts.

Find It Virginia: Includes K-12 resources, eBooks for kids and teens, resources by topic such as DIY, history, small business and more.

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

Find It Virginia: Includes K-12 resources, eBooks for kids and teens, resources by topic such as DIY, history, small business and more.

Find It Virginia: Includes K-12 resources, eBooks for kids and teens, resources by topic such as DIY, history, small business and more.
Scholastic GO!Grades K-12.  One search box opens up a world of information. Internal links help you follow research leads, while informative videos, text to speech, and reading level guides ensure that all students can find information suited to their needs.

Homework Help - History & Current Events

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

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.

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

Homework Help - Magazine and Newspaper Articles

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

Newspapers (Daily): Includes articles from Chicago Tribune (1985 – present), Los Angeles Times 1985 – present), New York Times (1980 – present), New York Times Book Review (1997 – present), New York Times Magazine (1997 – present), The Wall Street Journal (1984 – present), and the Washington Post (1987 – present).

Newspapers (Historical): Search the complete run of four American newspapers - Christian Science MonitorNew York TimesWall Street Journal, and Washington Post - from 1851-2001.

Homework Help - Science & Tech

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.

Homework Help - Skill Building & Tutoring

Early World of Learningfor Virginia's youngest readers. World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts.

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.

Alphabetical List

F - M - - P - Q - - U - - X - Y - Z 

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

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.

Driving-tests.org: Practice driving tests and manuals for driver’s licenses, motorcycle licenses, and CDL licenses in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington DC.

Early World of LearningFor Virginia's youngest readers. World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts.

EBSCO MasterFile Premier: Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

EBSCO Read It!: Designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

Federal Depository Library Program: Digital access to the FDLP's Basic Collection of Core U.S. Government Resources.

Gale Career Transitions: Provides immediate help for job seekers navigating the new economy. Innovative and accessible, Career Transitions helps library users improve their chances of finding sustainable employment.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Literary Reference Center Plus The most relevant information on authors and their works to help you gain a better understanding of literature. Can’t keep the characters in a 19th century novel straight? Try a character map for a visual representation of their relationships. Stumped by symbolism? Get an explanation from literary critics. Looking for a poem or short story? Find the full text here. 

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.

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.

Newspapers (Daily): Includes articles from Chicago Tribune (1985 – present), Los Angeles Times 1985 – present), New York Times (1980 – present), New York Times Book Review (1997 – present), New York Times Magazine (1997 – present), The Wall Street Journal (1984 – present), and the Washington Post (1987 – present).

Newspapers (Historical): Search the complete run of four American newspapers - Christian Science MonitorNew York TimesWall Street Journal, and Washington Post - from 1851-2001.

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.

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

Rocket Languages: An award-winning interactive online language-learning system. The multi-faceted system allows patrons to learn new languages at their own pace, with downloadable lessons, games and much more.

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.

Scholastic GO!: Grades K-12.  One search box opens up a world of information. Internal links help you follow research leads, while informative videos, text to speech, and reading level guides ensure that all students can find information suited to their needs.

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.

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

Teen Health & Wellness: Provides middle and high school students with school research and self-help support. Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ issues, 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.

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.

Westlaw: Federal and state legal research materials, including case law, statutes, court rules, administrative codes, forms, law reviews and journals. Available only in branches. (Select your branch: Ashburn | Cascades | Gum Spring | Law LibraryLovettsville | Middleburg | Purcellville | Rust | Sterling)

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