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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.

National Library of Medicine’s Health Information – This website, run by the National Library of Medicine, offers up to date, reliable, and easy to read information on general health, drugs/supplements, genetics, clinical trials, and environmental health & Toxicology.

National Institutes of Health – This website, run by the National Library of Medicine, offers up to date and reliable information on a variety of different health topics.

National Cancer Institute – This website is run by the National Institutes of Health. It provides quality and up to date general health information about cancer.

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.

Environmental Resource Handbook – This directory/research guide offers information on a wide range of environmental programs, organizations, associations, and government agencies involved in environmental work. The online handbook also includes environmental resources such as maps, tables, and environmental statistics and rankings.

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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