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Automotive

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.

ProDemand.com

Due to licensing restrictions, this product is only available in library branches.
Note: you will NOT need a Username or Password to Log in—just click the “LOGIN” button in the upper left-hand corner.
ProDemand.com is the new online portal for auto repair and maintenance information from the publisher of Mitchell Manuals. 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. ProDemand.com offers simple navigation and a powerful search engine to easily find the repair information you need.

 

Biography

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.

 

Business

AtoZdatabases

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!

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.

Mergent Archives

Mergent Archives is an online digital portal to several important business directories: Key Business Ratio Collection, Hoovers’ Archives Collection, and Bond Record Archive Collection. All titles are downloadable in full.

Mergent Online

Mergent Online collects several different databases of company and industry information. Patrons can search for US and International publicly traded companies, as well as thousands of privately-owned companies.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

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

Value Line

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.

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.

 

Consumer Resources

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports have made all their current information available through this easy to use database. The ratings and reports that have made Consumer Reports a valued resource for decades are all here, along with updates on consumer issues, informational videos on their methodologies, and more.

Financial Ratings

Powered by Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing, this new website gives you powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.

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.

 

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Scholastic Go!

Scholastic Go! is a homework resources for students. It combines several different Scholastic online resource into one cross-referenced site. Encyclopedia articles, educational videos, science fair projects, and more!

 

E-Books

EBSCO eBook K-8 Collection

The eBook K-8 Collection contains more than 13,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core Curriculum Standards. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.

EBSCO eBook Cricket Media Collection

The eBook Cricket Media Collection includes more than 400 titles in e-book format and is suitable for Children grades Pre-K through 8th.

EBSCO eBook High School Collection

Designed specifically for high school students and educators, this collection, contains more than 10,000 e-books that support a quality learning experience across all academic subject areas, including history, language, literature, science and technology.

EBSCO eBook History Collection

This collection features more than 17,000 world history e-books to meet the content needs of students in their research. Titles encompass a variety of subjects, including medieval history, history of music, history of science, law in history, history of philosophy, art history, history of technology, history of business and economics, history of religion, military history and more.

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.

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.
 
 

Education

Access Video On Demand

A collection of over 50,000 educational videos on a wide variety of topics. Includes complete documentaries from National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institutions, the BBC, and hundreds of other producers. Performance rights are cleared for non-profit and educational uses so teachers may use them for classroom instruction.

Core Collections Complete

Core Collections are reliable guides to help with collection development and maintenance, general reference, and readers’ advisory needs. These guides assist librarians in building and maintaining well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, non-fiction, and fiction books. This longstanding series of print reference works are now available on a single database.

eBook High School Collection

Designed specifically for high school students and educators, this collection, contains more than 10,000 e-books that support a quality learning experience across all academic subject areas, including history, language, literature, science and technology.

Explora High School (grades 9-12)

A database of basic research and current events articles for Secondary school-age patrons.

Explora Primary

A database of basic research and current events articles for Primary school-age patrons.

Explora Public Libraries 

A database of basic research and current events articles for general readers and students.

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.  

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online learning portal that provides hundreds of videos for personal and professional development. The videos are engaging, professional, and feature noted experts in the relevant field. Try it today!

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.

Today's Science

Science news written especially for students. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 15-year back-file, Today's Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.

 

Financial Planning

Financial Ratings

Powered by Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing, this new website gives you powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.

 

Genealogy

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!

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.

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 The Manassas Journal Messenger and The Potomac News for our Local Newspaper Index. To search this ever-growing database, simply click on the link below. Please note: The index to the Daily Journal (Prince William Journal) is limited to obituaries.

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 1851-2003. Each year ProQuest will provide an additional year of coverage to this base collection.

Wall Street Journal Digital Microfilm

The microfilm for Wall Street Journal 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 1877-1990. Each year ProQuest will provide an additional year of coverage to this base collection.

 

General Reference

Access Video On Demand

A collection of over 50,000 educational videos on a wide variety of topics. Includes complete documentaries from National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institutions, the BBC, and hundreds of other producers. Performance rights are cleared for non-profit and educational uses so teachers may use them for classroom instruction.

AtoZdatabases

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!

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.

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.

Masterfile Complete 

A comprehensive database of magazines and periodicals. 


 

Health

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. 

 

History

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.

EBSCO eBook History Collection

This collection features more than 17,000 world history e-books to meet the content needs of students in their research. Titles encompass a variety of subjects, including medieval history, history of music, history of science, law in history, history of philosophy, art history, history of technology, history of business and economics, history of religion, military history and more.

Scholastic Go!

Scholastic Go! is a homework resources for students. It combines several different Scholastic online resource into one cross-referenced site. Encyclopedia articles, educational videos, science fair projects, and more!

 

Homework & Research

AtoZdatabases

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!

Explora High School (grades 9-12)

A database of basic research and current events articles for Secondary school-age patrons.

Explora Primary

A database of basic research and current events articles for Primary school-age patrons.

Explora Public Libraries 

A database of basic research and current events articles for general readers and students.

Issues & Controversies

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

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.

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.

Readit!

A database of articles targeted for those who are learning to read or are new to English.

Scholastic Go!

Scholastic Go! is a homework resources for students. It combines several different Scholastic online resource into one cross-referenced site. Encyclopedia articles, educational videos, science fair projects, and more!

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

 

Kids

Early World Of Learning
Aimed at pre-readers and emerging readers. Interactive storybooks, games and videos to help learn phonetics and more.

EBSCO eBook Cricket Media Collection

The eBook Cricket Media Collection includes more than 400 titles in e-book format and is suitable for Children grades Pre-K through 8th.

EBSCO eBook K-8 Collection

The eBook K-8 Collection contains more than 13,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core Curriculum Standards. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.

Explora Primary

A database of basic research and current events articles for Primary school-age patrons.

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.

Today's Science

Science news written especially for students. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 15-year back-file, Today's Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.

Scholastic Go!

Scholastic Go! is a homework resources for students. It combines several different Scholastic online resource into one cross-referenced site. Encyclopedia articles, educational videos, science fair projects, and more!

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.

Language Learning

An online language-learning resource that offers courses in 80 different languages. The courses are interactive and include audio and visual aids, and have different options for travel, basic communication, and more advanced study. Patrons who speak a language other than English can learn in 50 different languages.
  

Using Pronunciator is easy, and getting started is easy as well:

  1. Go to the link for Pronunciator
  2. For first-time users, go to “Register”
  3. Enter your library card number. You may also enter your email address if you wish but this is not required.
  4. Click “Register”
  5. Registration is automatic—a second screen will open. This will contain your Student Name and Password, and an option to log in immediately. There will also be links to download Pronunciator to your mobile device if you choose. If you chose to enter your email address, you will also receive an email with this information. Pronunciator does not share your email address with other vendors.
  6. Once you are logged in, you can begin learning right away!
  7. You can change both your Student Name and your Password once you are registered and logged in. Go to “Logged In” at the top of the Pronunciator home page and access “My Account” underneath it.
  8. Once you are registered you simply use your Student Name and Password to login.

Rocket Languages

A language-learning product featuring lessons in over a dozen languages, as well as an ESL component.


Law

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.

Literature & Books

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.

Core Collections Complete

Core Collections are reliable guides to help with collection development and maintenance, general reference, and readers’ advisory needs. These guides assist librarians in building and maintaining well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, non-fiction, and fiction books. This longstanding series of print reference works are now available on a single database.

Gale Literary Sources

Content from several different Gale literary databases can now be accessed in the same unified search through this portal.

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.

Novelist K-8 Plus

A readers' advisory resource for fiction, non-fiction, and audiobooks, aimed at Grade school and Middle school students.

NoveList Plus

A readers' advisory resource for fiction, non-fiction, and audiobooks. Patrons looking for a new book or audiobook for any number of reasons can search by author, title, subject, genre, series, and more. NoveList Plus will identify titles that match your criteria—and will direct you to the library catalog to find your copy! NoveList Plus includes all the fiction titles covered in regular NoveList, and adds non-fiction and audiobooks as well.

 

Magazines

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.

Masterfile Complete 

A comprehensive database of magazines and periodicals. 

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.

News & Newspapers

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.

Chicago Tribune

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

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.

Global Newsstream

A searchable database of nearly 3000 newspapers from around the world.

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 it predecessors, The Potomac News and the Manassas Journal MessengerPrince 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.

Los Angeles Times

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

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 Digitized

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.

US Newsstream

A searchable database of over 1000 newspapers from around the USA.

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.

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 Digitized

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

The Washington Post

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

Washington Post Digitized

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.

 

Science

  

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.

Scholastic Go!

Scholastic Go! is a homework resources for students. It combines several different Scholastic online resource into one cross-referenced site. Encyclopedia articles, educational videos, science fair projects, and more!

Today's Science

Science news written especially for students. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 15-year back-file, Today's Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.

 

Spanish

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases es la referencia principal y base de datos de marketing comercializado a instituciones de oficinas de bibliotecas, oficinas académicas y oficinas gubernamentales en los Estados Unidos. Esta solución simple, fácil de usar, basada en la web proporciona detalles acerca de cada negocio y cada hogar dentro de los Estados Unidos.

Gale Poder de Búsqueda

Gale Poder de Búsqueda provee un medio de búsqueda sofisticado depreacion simple. Es un programa de busqueda de información en diferentes localidades simultáneamente. Los usuarios pueden adquirir materiales de información electrónicamente como revistas, artículos de periódico y otros documentos originales de diversas fuentes de información.

        

Test Guides

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.  

 

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.







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