Research Resources - A to Z List

Available for use inside the library (not via WiFi):

  • - Research your family history with census data, vital records, directories, photos and more.
  • Foundation Directory - Search for grants and grantmakers who provide funding for nonprofit organizations.
  • Grants to Individuals - Search for grantmakers who provide funding for students, researchers, and artists.  
  • GuideStar - GuideStar provides access to information from over 2 million nonprofits that help community members find local nonprofits where they can donate, work or volunteer, and connect those in need to resources they rely on like food banks or shelters.
  • Lexis - (Not available at the TCC/City Joint-Use Library): Search legal, news and public records sources.
  • Standard & Poor's ​NetAdvantage -  Analysis and rankings on companies, industries, mutual funds and other investments. (Link for use inside the library. Remote link is filed alphabetically below.)
  • Westlaw 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at the Law Library): This legal research database includes state and federal statutes and cases, including many unpublished cases.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:


Accel5 Business Video Library - For just in time learning for the working professional. Provided by the Library of Virginia, this resource has short videos on leadership, personal effectiveness and business article summaries. (Use the following to login: username "" and password "V1rgin1a")

Access Video: Just for Kids - Easily accessible, educational content with a focus on early literacy, designed and created specifically for the Pre-K to elementary learner, including access to videos, audio files, interactive games, and activities.

America's News - Full-text articles from local and national newspapers, newsmagazines and other news sources. (Accessible for VBCPS student accounts inside the library only.)

Americas Obituaries and Death Notices - National obituaries and death notices (1999-present). (Accessible for VBCPS student accounts inside the library only.)​


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.


Candid Learning – This website provides information and tools specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits and offers live and on-demand trainings, webinars, e-books, and other resources to improve fundraising, overall sustainability, grantmaking, and transparency. Note: Free registration is required to use some of the resources.

Career Online High School -  An online high school diploma and career certification program available through VBPL. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.​​ ​

Career prep - JobNow - This resource from Brainfuse provides helpful career coaching tips, resume building and other job resources. Includes expanded content and live help.

Chilton Library - 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.

Craftsy - Over 1,400 in-depth videos on crafts from cooking to quilting. Each class has downloadable materials related to the video instruction.

Craftsy en Español - Obtén acceso a expertos de clase mundial que facilitan el aprendizaje de nuevas habilidades.


Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly Reference​ USA) - Search for companies and people in the United States.  

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

Directory of Open Access Books - Large collection of open access books, made available by academic publishers such as Springer and Brill.

Directory of Open Access Journals - List of free, full text, peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly online journals. Covers journals for all subjects, in all languages.


e-Book Collection by EBSCO - Nonfiction titles covering a broad range of topics, and children and young adult fiction.

Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative - Use these self-paced, online classes to learn how to think like an entrepreneur as you prepare to launch a small business venture or plan a career path. Take your passion into the business world. (ELI is the equivalent of 3 college credits).


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 account number, type VBPL then your account number. NOTE: VBCPS students, type VBPLS0 then your VBCPS Student ID number.


Gale E-books - View a selection of e-books on a variety of topics, including business, education and history. 

Gale In Context: Elementary - K-5 parents and students, search and browse encyclopedias, pictures and magazines for a variety of topics, like animals, arts, plants, sports and more.

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

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

Gale Literature: LitFinder - Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.

Gale Literature Resource Center - Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references over 165,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 215,000 titles into one source

Gale Pow​erSearch​ - Search for articles from thousands of e-books, magazines, journals and newspapers.

GrantSelect - Search for current grants and other funding awards from a variety of organizations.

The Great Courses​ - The Great Courses Library Collection is the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more.


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

Homework HelpNow - Connect LIVE with a certified tutor, seven days a week between 2 and 11 pm, for assistance with assignments, research and writing. Also find practice tests, study plans, and more. Tutoring is available in English and Spanish. Provided via the Library of Virginia.


IssueLab – This website collects and shares knowledge from the social sector as a means to help them do their jobs better and to deepen the impact of their efforts. Research and reports are available on over 30 Issue Areas. Additionally, curated Special Collections allow for deep dives into an issue, a current event or strategy.


JobNow - This resource from Brainfuse provides helpful career coaching tips, resume building and other job resources. Includes expanded content and live help.

LegalForms - Search a variety of Virginia specific legal forms.

LinkedIn Learning​ - (Formerly Online courses that teach business, software, technology and creative skills to help reach your personal and professional goals. (If you are using the mobile app and it asks you for your library ID, enter "VBPL". That will take you to the login screen where you can use your library card and pin to access LinkedIn Learning.)

LISTA - Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts: Database on librarianship. 


MasterFile Complete - 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.


Ne​w York Times - Full-text articles from the New York Times from 1985-present, searchable by date and topic. (VBPL also provides digital access to the New York Times website. Visit the Digital Access page for details.)

Newsbank - Full-text articles from local and national newspapers, newsmagazines and other news sources. Also includes national obituaries and death notices (1999-present).  (Accessible for VBCPS student accounts inside the library only.)

NoveList - Find your next great read with booklists and readalikes for your favorite books. 

NoveList K-8 Plus - NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers​

Norfolk Journal and Guide​ - Genealogists, researchers and scholars will find easy access to coverage of regional politics, society and events from 1916-1917 and 1921-2003. 


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


Peterson's Test Prep - Testing  and study software for college/grad school entrance exams.

Philanthropy News Digest – This website contains a digest of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. It includes a list of recent, searchable and subject-sorted Requests for Proposals by large national funders. Register for free to receive daily alerts for news, jobs, and RFPs of interest to you, subscribe to newsletters, or to submit a job posting.

ProQuest - Full text of publicly available content from a number of different sources from around the world.


Read It! English Language Learner - Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly 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.


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

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.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage - Analysis and rankings on companies, industries, mutual funds and other investments. (Remote link. Link for use inside the library is in the grey box at the top of the page.)

Stingray Classica - Watch beautiful classical music, operas, and ballets from around the world, anywhere, anytime. Delight in masterful performances on your favorite devices.


Test prep - Peterson's Test Prep - Testing  and study software for college/grad school entrance exams.

Transparent Language - Learn to speak 140+ foreign languages including over 20 indigenous languages, American Sign Language, and Citizenship Prep, and also includes ESL/ELL materials for speakers of 34 different languages.


Universal Class - Take a variety of courses to improve your skills for work and in your personal life.


Value Line - Data and performance analysis on stocks and other securities. 

VBPL Digital Collections - Browse the library's digital archives for digitized images, books and other materials.

VetNow - VetNow from Brainfuse is a resource designed to help our veterans find benefits, build resumes and even find job coaching assistance.

Virginian-Pilot - View scanned images of issues from 1865-1990 and 2018-curent as well as text of issues from 1990-current. The historical issues of the Virginian-Pilot were purchased, in part, on behalf of VBPL by the Virginia Beach Library Foundation. (Accessible for VBCPS student accounts inside the library only.) 


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

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