Research & Education

Consumer Reports

CQ Researcher

            Literati
     Find It Virginia Testing & Education               Mango Languages
Lands and People database

We pay for many great resources so you don't have to. You can access all of these databases in the library,
and many can be accessed from the comfort of your own home. For most, all you need is a library card!
Check out the resources below. Questions? Email the Librarian.

 

 

1. Articles & Research
  • CQ Researcher
    • Search for in-depth discussions of current events & "hot" issues in the news, ranging from social & teen issues to environment, health, education & science & technology. Call 540-869-9000 ext. 203 for login information.
  • Consumer Reports
    • Access highly respected ratings & reviews of thousands of consumer products at consumerreports.org . Call 540-869-9000 ext. 203 for login information.
  • Credo Reference
    • One search gathers info from 400 full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, fact-books & atlases. Includes 300,000 images & 200,000 audio files. Search by topic, image or audio formats. Get live homework help from Mon-Sat.
  • EbscoHost
    • Access research materials including books, journals, databases, and other digital material. Set up an account at any library location.
  • Find It VA
    • Search for magazine & newspaper articles, TV & radio transcripts, encyclopedias & other reference works. Materials are available for all age ranges & interests.
  • Mango Languages
    • A premier resource for all your language-learning needs. Mango is an interactive tool that helps you learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, & 60 more languages. Also includes English instruction (ESL) tailored to speakers of 16 languages. Create your own account using your library card number.
  • Niche Academy
    • Niche Academy is a digital literacy and skill building resource offering instructional videos on many common digital library tools.
  • ReferenceUSA
    • Provides access to accurate & complete business and consumer data for job seekers, small business owners, marketing professionals, and researchers. Available ONLY at library locations.
  • Scholastic GO!
    • It's for everybody! Elementary, middle, & high school students, adults, teachers & educators. See videos & photographs, read descriptions, get lesson plans about other lands & peoples. To use it from home, click here; you will need your library card number.
      To use it at the library, click here.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center
    • Practice for SAT & other college/graduate school admissions exams, civil service exams, ASVAB & other military entrance exams, plus the G.E.D. Includes eBook study guides. Login with your library card number, then make your own free account.
  • Value Line
    • For beginning as well as veteran investors, Value Line provides reliable, unbiased information. Find accurate, insightful research on companies, industries, markets, and economies. Evaluate investments with confidence and make smarter, more profitable decisions.
Useful Sites
  • Computer tutorials
    • The GCFLearnFree.org program is designed to help you learn the essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons and 800+ videos, completely free.
  • Edmunds.com Automobile Research
  • Library of Virginia online
    • The Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, is the library agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, its archival agency, and the reference library at the seat of government. Library of Virginia online houses the most comprehensive resource in the world for the study of Virginia history, culture, and government.
  • United Way Resources
    • Includes a link to The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley "Community Services Directory" and information about the Concern Hotline.
  • Virginia District Courts
    • There is a general district court in each city and county in Virginia. The general district court handles traffic violations, hears minor criminal cases known as misdemeanors, and conducts preliminary hearings for more serious criminal cases called felonies.
  • Virginia Free Legal Answers
    • Virginia Free Legal Answers is a pro bono service of the Virginia State Bar and American Bar Association where low-income users can submit their legal questions online and get free answers from a licensed Virginia lawyer in good standing.
  • Virginia Law Portal
    • Includes the Constitution of Virginia, Code of Virginia, Uncodified Acts of Assembly, Regulations of Virginia, Charters and Authorities of Virginia Localities, and Compacts of Virginia. It features easy navigation and readable presentation of content. Visitors can search across all of Virginia Law to find the information they want, without having to know where the information resides.
  • Virginia Lawyer Referral Service
    • This Virginia State Bar services allows users to get an up-to-30-minute call with a local lawyer for $35. There are no strings attached and sometimes that 30-minute call is enough to solve the legal issue. The new online portal allows people to put in their legal issue and geographic location and be referred a lawyer 24/7.
  • Virginia Navigator
    • The mission of this 501c3 non-profit organization is to provide helpful, free resource information associated with aging, disabilities, post-military life, and overall well-being. The family of websites features easily searchable programs and services, educational articles, an “Ask an Expert” feature, and a Community Calendar.
  • Virginia, Encyclopedia of
    • Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) is an authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia. A project of Virginia Humanities in partnership with the Library of Virginia, EV publishes topical and biographical entries written by scholars, edited to be accessible to a general audience, and vigorously fact checked.