Research paper due? Class assignment giving you trouble? Online reference sources can
provide you with the information you need.
Use your valid, full service Virginia Beach Public Library card
to access resources listed on this page. When asked, enter your library card number with a capital D and without spaces.
On this page, you will find resources to assist you in the following areas:
Elementary and Preschool
Kids in Preschool through Grade 5 will find these resources helpful.
: Kids in Kindergarten through grade 5 can use this resource to find full-text information from references and magazines and newspapers. It covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more. National Geographic Kids
: Access National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present, 200 National Geographic Kids books, and 500 downloadable images for kids.Read the Books
: Find the right book to read for your school assignment or just for fun. It features 3D animated book reviews in both English and Spanish, links from the library's catalog, and videos.TumbleBooks
: Listen and read along to Tumble Books! These are animated, talking picture books created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
Middle and High School
Kids in sixth through twelfth grades will get the most from these resources.Biography in Context
: Looking for information about a person? Search Biography in Content using one or more personal facts such as birth or death years, nationality or occupation. CultureGrams
- Concise, reliable and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. CultureGrams goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, history, customs and lifestyles of people around the world. When prompted for a library card number, enter VBPL before your library card number.Elibrary:
Available from FinditVirgina, eLibrary is listed under Middle School. Enjoy multimedia content. Find images, websites, e-books, and videos. Read full-text articles from thousands of magazines and newspapers. Elibrary includes photographs, maps, even television and radio transcripts. Gale Virtual Reference Library
: Reference made easy! Enjoy a wide variety of reference works that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With references ranging from the Encyclopedia of World Biography to the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, research just got easier. Junior Edition
: Middle and high school students will find answers to their research and homework questions in the magazine, newspaper and reference sources that make up Junior Edition.Literati by Credo
: High school and first year college students will find this resource helpful for finding topics and basic information. Opposing Viewpoints
: This is a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. You'll find articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles. Student Edition
: High school student will find indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books with information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Looking for information on a wide variety of topics from a wide variety of sources? This is your first stop.e-Book Collection by EBSCO
; (formerly NetLibrary) nonfiction titles covering a broad range of topics
Expanded Academic ASAP
: From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database covers all the academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images!
Gale Virtual Reference Library
: Reference made easy! Enjoy a wide variety of reference works that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With references ranging from the Encyclopedia of World Biography to the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, research just got easier.
Info Trac OneFile
: A one-stop source for news and magazine articles on a wide range of topics. Updated daily.
Learning Express Library
: This great resource offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, e-books, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
NetLibrary: See e-Book Collection by EBSCO
World Book Encyclopedia
: Provided by the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library, World Book Encyclopedia is a premier online reference source--containing every article from the print set plus thousands more. Enjoy state-of-the art multimedia, editor-reviewed Web sites, and much more.
Can’t find that book, DVD or magazine article? WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of libraries worldwide.
Here is where you’ll find recent information and viewpoints on the latest events and issues.
: This is a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. You'll find articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
: Local and national newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Newport News Daily Press, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the Raleigh News and Observer.
: Available from FinditVirginia, eLibrary is listed under Public Libraries - Magazines, News & Articles. Find images, websites, e-books, and videos. Read full-text articles from thousands of magazines and newspapers. Elibrary includes photographs, maps, even television and radio transcripts.
: Provides full text, abstracts and indexing for reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural magazines. Updated daily
: Get the local news from the local paper. You'll find full text articles from 1990 to the current date.
Subject Information and Review
History report due? Can’t find information for that science project? Want to review for your math class? Here is the place to start.
General Science Collection
: Composed of predominantly full-text academic journals and general science-focused magazines, this collection provides coverage of a wide variety of scientific endeavors, including particle physics, quantum theory, advanced mathematics, and biotechnology.
: Update your marketable skills by learning a second language. Mango Languages immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 12 different language courses.
U.S. History Collection
: This collection provides coverage of the current thinking on the events in U.S. History, as well as new and innovative scholarly work in the field. This compilation of journals provides balanced and thought-provoking insight into the field. Journals range in topic from Urban History Review to the Journal of Folklore Research
World History Collection
: Have a question about Alexander the Great? Just what are the Ides of March? This collection of predominantly full-text journals provides balanced coverage of events in World History. Find information in academic journals, popular magazines, even multi-media sources.
Need some insight into an author or one of his/her works? Just what was that author trying to say, anyway? Would you like to know what others have thought of that poem? Find all the resources that you need on the Books and Literature
page under Research.
The Internet and digitization is a gift for anyone doing research. Access to current and older issues of magazines and newspaper is just a click away. Find useful resources on the Magazines and Newspapers
page under Research.