​Electronic Resources

Library Catalog and PowerSearch

Library Catalog and Gale PowerSearch - Gale PowerSearch provides a sophisticated, yet simple, way to search many databases simultaneously. With one search, users can retrieve research materials, magazine and newspaper articles, and other original documents from several different electronic databases.

While Gale online products are regularly available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ongoing support of a high quality product experience requires routine maintenance. To minimize user impact, maintenance is usually completed on a Saturday from 4 am - 6 am ET if and when it is necessary.

Subject Guides 

Automotive Job & Career
Biography Kids
Business Language Learning
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Law
E-Books Literature & Books
Education Magazines
Genealogy News & Newspapers
General Reference Science
Health Spanish/Español
History Taxes
Homework & Research Test Guides

 

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Premier Reference and Marketing Database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
 

America The Beautiful

An interactive reference work providing information on U.S. states and territories. Covers each state and territory's history, geography, economy, culture and government. Designed for students in grades four and above, the product also includes maps, timelines, photographs and links to selected Internet sites.

America's Newspapers and World News

Provides information full-text from over 600 U.S. and over 500 international newspapers and news services.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices

A comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.

Ancestry Library Edition

Due to licensing restrictions, this product is only available in library branches.
A genealogy research tool created for the library market. It provides patrons with instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more!

 

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Biography In Context

This database integrates award-winning biographies from respected Gale sources with related full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as tens of thousands of images and links to vetted websites. Search for people---both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor---based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text.

Books and Authors

Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.

Business Insights: Essentials

Business Insights: Essentials is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information, create customized lists, and more.


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ChiltonLibrary.com

The original Chilton print manuals are now available in a single, easy to search database. Provides complete and detailed automotive repair information on thousands of car, truck, van, and SUV make and model combinations. A wide variety of topics are covered, including brakes, engine performance, emissions, engine, fuel systems, troubleshooting and more. The detailed step-by-step instructions, photographs, illustrations, wiring diagrams make the product accessible and easy to use.

Civil War in Words and Deeds

This database collects original narratives, personal narratives, and regimental histories from the Civil War. It provides a wealth of first-person information about the war from people who lived through it.

Computer Database

Provides access to magazines in the computer, telecommunications and electronic industries, including product reviews, industry reports, the latest news on high-tech topics and more. Contains over 600 indexed titles, of which 350 are full-text.

Contemporary Literary Criticism

Contemporary Literary Criticism--Select is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC--Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works and sources for further study.

CQ Researcher

Your source for in-depth analysis reporting on the most current and controversial issues of the day. Topics focus on a wide range of social, economic, political and environmental issues with coverage back to 1991.


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EBSCO eBook Collection

A collection of electronic books on a wide variety of subjects, from popular classics to titles on computers, business and management. In addition to the library's own collection, titles received from our partnership with Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun library systems are included. These eBooks can be "checked out" for 24 hours. We also have access to the Library of Virginia shared collection of eBooks for public libraries, which can be "checked out" for 2 hours.

eLibrary

Use comprehensive search options and easy-to-use functionality to find resources from seven different media types: magazines, newspapers, reference books, TV/radio transcripts, pictures, maps, and streaming audio and video.

Encyclopedia Americana

Long a standard in school, academic and public library collections, the online version of this standard reference source provides users with the depth and accuracy of the print edition and the currency expected of an online reference work.

Expanded Academic ASAP (1980 - present)

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full-text and images. Also includes more than 5,400 scholarly and academic titles through Ingenta, with the pay-per-view option to access the full-text article.


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Foundation Grants

Due to licensing restrictions, this product is only available in library branches.
A searchable database of Foundations and grants available to individuals.

Freading

Freading is a free e-book lending service being provided to the library system thanks to funding from the State Library of Virginia. Each patron is assigned a number of tokens each month, which are used to check out books from the Freading library; each book lists how many tokens the patron must use to check that book out. The site includes instructions on how to download books from Freading.


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Gale PowerSearch

Gale PowerSearch provides a sophisticated, yet simple, way to search many databases simultaneously. With one search, users can retrieve research materials, magazine and newspaper articles, and other original documents from several different electronic databases.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

An e-book collection of reference materials, including Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine and Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America.

General Reference Center Gold (1980 - present)

Use this general interest/business database to search magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on business, industry, current events, the arts, science, entertainment, etc.

General OneFile (1980 - present)

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, currents events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Based on the text of the Academic American Encyclopedia, this highly respected reference work has evolved into an online multimedia resource containing thousands of new and expanded articles, links, animations, dynamic maps, videos and more.


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Health and Wellness Resource Center

Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy and Local History collection. Coverage extends from 1700 to the present. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals.

Historic Documents

A database of the annual publication of selected important documents and writings from each given year.


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InfoTrac Junior Edition

A collection of material oriented toward junior high and middle school students. Includes material from magazines, newspapers and reference books. Subjects covered include politics and current events; consumer electronics; arts and entertainment; automobiles; recreation and leisure, personal finances, etc.

InfoTrac Newsstand

InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Finally, a one-stop source for the day's news and searchable archives.

InfoTrac Student Edition

This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference book for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health people, government, history, sports and more.

Issues & Controversies

This database explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.


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JSTOR

is an archive which provides full-text searches of digitized back issues of several hundred well-known and scholarly journals. One journal, Philosophical Transactions, dates back to 1665. In addition to its use as an archive for individual journals, JSTOR is a premiere research source.


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Kids InfoBits

This database is designed for students in kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate colorful, graphic interface with easy to use subject access to topics like sports, people, arts, science and more.


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Lands & Peoples

Lands and Peoples provides current information about the world's countries, cultures, and current events. Articles about every continent and country, including states, provinces, and territories, are available. Most articles include photos, maps, and flags. Additional features include an atlas, an almanac, and Passport to Fun which allows users to test their knowledge.

Learning Express Library (Practice Tests) (Formerly LearnATest)

Provides free access to online practice exams. Includes everything from the SAT/ACT exams for the high school student, ASVAB tests for those pursuing a career in the military to civil service exams and many others. Exams are based on official tests and provide instant scoring and evaluation.

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LearningExpress Library, version 2.0 is no longer available. You will need to register as a new user on the new version. 

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Literati

Literati is a multi-media, multi-use research and homework resource. It includes a reference database, hundreds of topic pages designed for students, video tutorials, and “Homework Help”—a live, free tutoring service which puts students in touch with actual teachers who are available during after-school hours for academic assistance.

Literature Criticism Online

Gale™ takes literature, history and culture to the next level with the largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available: Literature Criticism Online. Imagine centuries of analysis - the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals - delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. The net result is tens of thousands of hard-to-find essays at your fingertips. It's all designed to raise the level of research while providing the around-the-clock remote access that today's researchers demand.

Literature Resource Center

The Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline.

Local Newspaper Index

The staff and volunteers of the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC), located at the Bull Run Regional Library, index articles of interest and obituaries that appear in various Prince William County newspapers. Most of the indexing 1993-2012 is taken from the (now defunct) News and Messenger and its predecessors, The Potomac News and The Manassas Journal Messenger. Prince William Today has been indexed since its inception in 2013. Selective articles of local interest are included from other local papers. Obituaries since 1970 are also being input. All segments of this database are works in progress. For links to other sources for Prince William death records and obituaries, see our Vital Records and Ron Turner’s Published Works.


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Marquis Who's Who on the Web

Marquis Who's who on the Web offers over one million biographies on leaders and achievers from around the world-past and present-in business, government, entertainment, science, medicine, the arts, and more.

MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

Military and Intelligence Database

Designed to meet the needs of libraries serving military personnel, this database provides access to more than 600 military-related and general interest periodicals, with more than 500 of them full-text.

Mitchell's OnDemand5.com

Due to licensing restrictions, this product is only available in library branches.
Mitchell Manuals, the standard print source for automotive repair information is now available online. Users will find comprehensive information on domestic and import vehicles, wiring diagrams, tech bulletins and recalls, as well as Mitchell 1's legendary parts and labor estimating guide. OnDemand5.com offers simple navigation and a powerful search engine to easily find the repair information you need.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

An investment and personal finance research resource with an emphasis on mutual funds and long-term investing.


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National Geographic for Kids

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they've never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

New Book of Knowledge

A long standing favorite encyclopedia for children, the online version provides an accurate, accessible and fun-to-read information source for elementary school-age students.

New Book of Popular Science

Geared to student readers, this leading science encyclopedia provides articles conveniently arranged into scientific categories, supplemented with scores of tables, photographs and special feature boxes. Its science games, puzzles, and brain teasers as well as weekly science current events stories adds to its educational enjoyment.

The New York Times

A direct link to a searchable database of The New York Times, including the latest content from today's edition.

New York Times Digital Microfilm

The microfilm for New York Times has been digitized and is available here from 2008-present.

New York Times Historical Newspaper Collection

As part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection, this database offers full-text and full-image articles for The New York Times. The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in PDF files. Coverage extends from 1851-2009. Each year ProQuest will provide an additional year of coverage to this base collection.

Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national and international newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc.
The database also contains selective full text for more than 330 regional newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.

NoveList

An electronic readers' advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Using author, title, subject and keyword access the user can access over 90,000 titles in the NoveList database.


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Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Opposing Viewpoints In Context provides students with a dynamic online library of current event topics, presenting the facts as well as the arguments to understand all sides of the story. Students and researchers will have at their finger tips an easy to use interface to find, learn and assess the social issues confronting society today.

 

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Powerspeak Languages

An interactive language-learning program which allows the user to learn several languages at their own pace. Includes English as a Second Language.

Primary Search

Primary Search contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Additionally, Primary Search includes the Encyclopedia of Animals, and features the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, which provides students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. This database also provides the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.

ProQuest Newsstand 

A searchable database of over 1300 newspapers from around the world. The database is fully searchable and up-to-date.


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Religion and Philosophy Collection

Features a custom selection of more than 250 magazines and journals covering religion and the related areas of philosophy, archaeology and anthropology. Use this database not only to research theological approaches to social issues, but also to study religion's impact on culture throughout history.


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Salem History

A database offering online access to history reference works published by Salem Press; a wide variety of historical periods and geographic regions are covered.

Science In Context

Science In Context is an in-depth, comprehensive source for all science related needs. It provides accurate, up-to-date coverage of key concepts in earth science, life science, physical science, science and technology and much more. Multimedia images, audio and video clips as well as over 50 reference books and nearly 200 full-text periodicals are included. In addition to topic overviews, biographies, experiments and current trends it also includes current state and national high school standards.

Science Online

Science Online is a curriculum-oriented database that offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the sciences. Diagrams, essays, definitions, and biographies are arranged by topic and contain thousands of hyperlinks. More than 600 experiments are also included, covering all of the key principles of science. Encompassing a broad range of scientific disciplines, Science Online provides students, teachers, and researchers with an updated, easy to use resource.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage provides users with a single source of comprehensive business and financial information. It includes instant, online access to S & P's most popular research products: Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Bond Reports, Corporation Records, The Outlook and The Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives among others.


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Testing and Education Reference Center

Take a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet your financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

TumbleBook Library

leBooks are animated, talking picture books licensed from a variety of children's book publishers. Animation, sound, music and narration have been added to existing picture book stories. Also included in the product are online puzzles, games and a language learning section that includes a selection of books in Spanish and French.


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Value Line Investment Survey

The Value Line Investment Survey Expanded Edition includes weekly full-page reports and analyst commentaries as well as Timeliness™, Safety™, and Technical™ ranks on the approximately 1,700 stocks.
Ratings & Reports: Full-page reports on about 130 stocks, plus analysis on about 6 of the more than 90 industries tracked by Value Line. Each stock report is updated on a regular rotation 4 times a year.
Selection & Opinion: An on-line publication featuring a discussion of the U.S. economy and the stock market, three model portfolios (for aggressive, conservative, and long-term investors) and in-depth analysis of selected stocks.
Summary & Index: An on-line publication listing current data on approximately 1,700 stocks. It includes a variety of stock screens, which many investors find useful in identifying potential investments such as Stocks with Highest 3- to 5- year Price Potential, Best Performing Stocks last 13 weeks, Stocks with Highest (and Lowest) P/E Ratios, and more.
Value Line's Small & Mid-cap Survey: Reports on approximately 1,800 small & mid-cap stocks, ranked for Performance, Technical Merit, and Safety.
In addition, the service includes three-to-five year projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects.

ValueLine recently made some changes to their interface. For tips on what has changed and how to use the new interface, see here.


The Virginia Law Portal brings together the legal publications that comprise "Virginia Law." The portal will replace the existing Code of Virginia, Administrative Code and Constitution applications on the current LIS website. The newly designed portal adds Compacts, Charters, Authorities, and Uncodified Acts to the law resources available for searching and navigating.
 
Users can search across or within these resources to find content based on keywords and phrases; subjects, agencies, and other selected meta data. Portal content is designed to be easily accessed by any mobile or deskbound device. Future development will make data available for download through FTP, web services, and user-defined reporting options. We also plan to display what actions are currently underway to amend the laws of Virginia.
 

Virginia Legal Forms

Is a comprehensive database of legal documents. Thomson Gale provides "attorney forms", that is, officially approved forms actually used at a typical law firm. These specialized documents cover subject areas ranging from bankruptcy and bills of sale to divorce, employment, incorporation, landlord/tenant forms, name change, power of attorney, real estate, and last wills and testaments.

Virginia State Newspaper Package

Complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded. Includes Daily News Leader, Daily Press (Due to licensing restrictions, Daily Press is only available in library branches), Richmond-Times Dispatch, The Roanoke Times and The Virginian-Pilot.

Vocations and Career Collection

A customized database of journals and periodicals focused on job searching, career development, vocational training, and related subjects.


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The Wall Street Journal

A direct link to a searchable database of The Wall Street Journal, including the latest content from today's edition.

Wall Street Journal Digital Microfilm

The microfilm for Wall Street Journal has been digitized and is available here from 2008-present.

Washington Consumers' Checkbook

Due to licensing restrictions, this product is only available in library branches.

A searchable database version of the popular magazine giving ratings and consumer feedback on a variety of local businesses and services.

The Washington Post

A direct link to a searchable database of The Washington Post,, including the latest content from today's edition.

Washington Post Digital Microfilm

The microfilm for Washington Post has been digitized and is available here from 2008-present.

Washington Post Historical Newspaper Collection

As part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection, this database offers full-text and full-image articles for The Washington Post. The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in PDF files. Coverage extends from 1877-1997. Each year ProQuest will provide an additional year of coverage to this base collection.

The Washington Times

A direct link to a searchable database of The Washington Times, including the latest content from today's edition.

The World Almanac for Kids Online

Presents resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format while encouraging online research skills from a trusted source.