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Research & Learning

These resources are available to everyone from inside the library. Resources can also be accessed from your home computer, tablet or phone. Those marked with an asterisk (*) require a library card number for login outside of the library. If you have trouble with access or use, please call the Reference Desk at 540.434.4475 x123.

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Resources By Category

Citizenship Resources

Education & Test Prep Resources

Health Resources

Language Learning Resources

Newspapers

Reading Recommendation Resource

Research Resources

Find additional Genealogy & Local History resources here.

In-library Use Only

 

Resources Alphabetically A-Z


Citizenship Resources

Learning ExpressCitizenship help information and a section with resources in Spanish.

*ProCitizen – An online U.S. Naturalization Test preparation course. Includes videos, interactive drills and quizzes.

*ProCitizen en Español – Un curso en línea de preparación para el Examen de Naturalización de los EE.UU. Contiene vídeos, ejercicios y cuestionarios interactivos.

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Education & Test Prep Resources

*Find It Virginia – Access a variety of academic and popular databases relating to a multitude of topics such as biographies, business, health and wellness, and computers.

Learning Express – Test preparation and skill building courses for all levels of students from elementary to graduate, including GED prep.

*Credo Reference – Includes a host of resources, such as educational content for K-12 students and adults, informational videos and tutorials.

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Health Resources

Medline Plus – This website, published by the National Library of Medicine, offers up to date, reliable, and easy to read health information.

Virginia Navigator – Resource for information on health, aging, and disabilities in Virginia.

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Language Learning Resources

*Pronunciator – A language learning application. Includes 80 languages. All languages have child friendly lessons

*Rosetta Stone Library Solution – A language learning application that uses an immersion method of learning. Includes 30 languages. Find additional information and help here.

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Newspapers

*Newsbank – Search for newspaper articles from local to national papers.

*Daily News Record – Search the DNR from 1993 to the present. Part of Newsbank.

*Page News & Courier – Search the Page News & Courier from 2010 to the present. Part of Newsbank.

*US Major Dailies – Includes Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, & The Washington Post. Part of ProQuest.

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Reading Recommendation Resource

*NoveList Plus – Resources to help you find that next great read or listen.

*NoveList K-8 Plus – Resources to help you find that next great read or listen for readers at K-8 levels.

Suggested Reading – Lists created by your favorite MRL librarians on a wide range of topics. From cooking to sports, from horror to history, we’ve got suggestions.

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Research

American Book of Days – Highlights American holidays and pivotal moments, arranged in an easy-to-use, day by day format, so readers can uncover fascinating and often overlooked accounts of American history.

*Credo Reference – Includes a host of resources, such as educational content for K-12 students and adults, informational videos and tutorials.

Famous First Facts – Informs and entertains with over 8,000 fascinating “firsts” in history.

*Find It Virginia – Access a variety of academic and popular databases relating to a multitude of topics such as biographies, business, health and wellness, and computers.

*Heritage Quest – Research family history using census data, Revolutionary War records, family history books, and more. Find additional Genealogy & Local History resources here.

Profiles of Virginia – Provides detailed demographic and statistical data on every county and place within the state of Virginia.

*ProQuest – Database of scholarly journal and popular magazine articles.

Reference Shelf – A carefully selected collection of articles and documents provide balanced coverage, supported by comprehensive background information, on the topics of vital interest in our fast-changing world.

 

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In-library Use Only

ALLDATA – Automobile diagnostics and repair

Lexis Advance – Legal research database (available only at Central Library)

Virginia Foundation Directory – Database of grants from Virginia foundations

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