Research Resources - Subject List

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 Automotive

ChiltonLibrary - Vehicle maintenance and repair information, including service and repair procedures, a labor estimating tool, vacuum and wiring diagrams, photographs and illustrations.​

 Biography

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.​

 Books and Literature

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

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

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

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

 Business, Careers & Investments

Business Source Elite - Business research information, including company profiles, business journals and publications.

Career Transitions - Explore career paths and view guidance and activities for job seekers and those investigating a career change.

DemographicsNow - Conduct market research with U.S. demographic data.

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.

Morningstar Investment Research Center - Comprehensive financial information on investments, including mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds.

Referenc​e USA - Search for companies and people in the United States.
 
Small Business Reference Center - Learn about starting a company, operations management, sales and more. Search by industry and  business types.

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

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

TERC​ - Testing and Education Reference Center with Career Module. Free testing and study software for college/grad school entrance exams.  Also includes career preparation courses.​

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

 ​General Reference

e-Book Collection by EBSCO - Nonfiction titles covering a broad range of topics.

Gale PowerS​e​arch​ - Search for articles from thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - View e-books on a variety of topics, including business, education and history. ​

MasterFile Complete - News and magazine articles on a wide range of topics.

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

 Grants

 Foundation Center resources are available inside the library:

GrantSelect - Search for grants from a variety of organizations.

 Health

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.

 Languages

Rocket Languages - Learn a new language with lessons and games and stay motivated by earning points and badges​.

 Law

Code of Virginia - Statutes, rules of the court and legal ethics opinions organized by title number and section and searchable by keyword.

Gale LegalForms - Search a variety of Virginia specific legal f​orms.

Available for use inside the library:

Lexis Advance ​- (available inside all library location except the TCC/City Joint-Use Library) Search news, business, public records and legal information.

WestlawNext Patron Access - (available 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. Please sign off at the end of your session.​

 Local History & Genealogy

Available for use inside the library:

Ancestry.com - Research your family history with census data, vital records, directories, photos and more.   

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

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

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

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

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

 Magazines & Newspapers

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.)

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

MasterFile Complete - News and magazine articles on a wide range of topics.​​

​New York T​imes - Full-text articles from the New York Times from 1985-present, searchable by date and topic.

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

Virginian-Pilot - View scanned images of issues from 1865-1965 and text of issues from 1990-present. (Accessible for VBCPS student accounts inside the library only.)

 Online Courses

Lynda.com​ - Online courses that teach business, software, technology and creative skills to help reach your personal and professional goals. NOTE: On November 06, 2019 Lynda will transition to LinkedIn Learning. Please see the following website to review any changes to login requirements and account privacy. ​​LinkedIn Learning FAQ​

TERC - Testing and Education Reference Center with Career Module. Free testing and study software for college/grad school entrance exams.  Also includes career preparation courses.

Universal Class - Take free courses on a variety of topics to improve or gain work or life skills.​

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