Research Resources - A to Z List

​The following resources are available for use inside the library.

  • - Research your family history with census data, vital records, directories, photos and more.
  • Foundation Directory Online Professional - Profiles of private foundations, grantmaking public charities and corporate giving programs. Use this database to search for grantmakers based on their giving guidelines and stated areas of interest.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - This database provides funding sources for individuals seeking grant support for education, medical assistance, general welfare, research, or arts and cultural projects.
  • Foundation Maps - View grants that have been awarded worldwide on this mapping tool.    
  • LexisAdvance - Search legal, news and public records sources.
  • WestlawNext Patron Access - (accessible at the Law Library): This legal research database includes state and federal statutes and cases, including many unpublished cases. There are limited consecutive sessions available for this resource.
  The following resources are available for use outside the library.


America's News - Full-text articles from local and national newspapers, newsmagazines and other news sources.
America's Obituaries and Death Notices - National obituaries and death notices (1999-present).


Biography in Context - News and biographical information on public figures searchable by a variety of factors, including name, occupation, birth and death dates, places or gender.
Business Source Elite - Business research information, including company profiles, business journals and publications.


ChiltonLibrary - Vehicle maintenance and repair information, including service and repair procedures, a labor estimating tool, vacuum and wiring diagrams, photographs and illustrations.
Code of Virginia - Statutes, rules of the court and legal ethics opinions organized by title number and section and searchable by keyword.


Demographics Now - Conduct market research with U.S. demographic data.


Early World of Learning - Stories, games and other activities for early literacy.

e-Book Collection by EBSCO - Nonfiction titles covering a broad range of topics.
Elibrary - Articles, images, websites, e-books, maps, videos, television and radio transcripts.
Expanded Academic Search ASAP​ - Scholarly and peer reviewed journals, news magazines and newspapers.


Financial Ratings Series - Accurate, independent information and ratings for banks, insurance companies and credit unions, with additional investment ratings for stocks and mutual funds.  When asked for your Library card number, type VBPL then your card number.


Gale Literary Sources - Full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, author biographical information and overviews.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - View a selection of e-books on a variety of topics, including business, education and history. 
Gale Pow​erSearch​ - Search for articles from thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers.

General OneFile - News and magazine articles, reference books and multimedia content on a wide range of topics

General Reference Center Gold - Articles from newspapers, reference books, and magazines on a wide range of topics.
GrantSelect - Search for grants from a variety of organizations. 


HeritageQuest - Images of U.S. census records and other primary sources materials.


InfoTrac Student Edition - High school students, search for articles from magazines, newspapers and reference books for research papers and projects.


Kids InfoBits - K-5 parents and students, search and browse encyclopedias, pictures and magazines for a variety of topics, like animals, arts, plants, sports and more.


LISTA - Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts: Database on librarianship. 
Literati by Credo - Articles, books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, images, videos, news sources on a variety of topics.​ - Online courses that teach business, software, technology and creative skills to help reach your personal and professional goals.


MasterFile Premier - News and magazine articles on a wide range of topics.
MedlinePlus - Search for reputable information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues in easy to understand language. Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Morningstar Investment Research Center - Comprehensive financial information on investments, including mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds.


National Geographic Kids - National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present, and an image search for kids.
Ne​w York Times - Full-text articles from the New York Times from 1985-present, searchable by date and topic.
NoveList - Find your next great read with booklists and readalikes for your favorite books. 
Norfolk Journal and Guide​ - Genealogists, researchers and scholars will find easy access to coverage of regional politics, society and events from 1921 to 2003. 


Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents and magazine and newspaper articles on social issues.


Reference​ USA - Search for companies and people in the United States. 
Regional Business News - Regional news from business journals, newspapers and newswires within the United States.
Rosetta Stone​ -Access courses for 30 different languages. An app is available for iOS and Android devices. After downloading the app, select Work and School and type in VBPL in the namespace field.


Sanborn Maps - Fire insurance maps for genealogists, planners and history buffs.

Standard & Poor's ​NetAdvantage -  Analysis and rankings on companies, industries, mutual funds and other investments.

Small Business Reference Center - Learn about starting a company, operations management, sales and more. Search b​y industry and  business types.

Something About the Author - Learn about the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.


Value Line - Data and performance analysis on stocks and other securities. 
Virginian-Pilot - View scanned images of issues from 1865-1955 and text of issues from 1990-current.


WorldCat​ - Find books, movies, music and articles in libraries worldwide.
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