School Research Resources

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Looking for resources for a school assignment? Need help with a book report? The below resources are a great start.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 Kids (K-5 grade) Resources

Kids InfoBits - Search and browse encyclopedias, pictures and magazines for a variety of topics, like animals, arts, plants, sports and more.

Explora Public Libraries - Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

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

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

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

 Teen (6-12 grade) Resources

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

America's Obituaries and Death Notices - National obituaries and death notices (1999-present). (Accessible for VBCPS student accounts inside the library or from home and inside the library with a regular library card.) ​

Virginian-Pilot - View scanned images of issues from 1865-1955 and text of issues from 1990-present. (Accessible for VBCPS student accounts inside the library or from home and inside the library with a regular library card​​)​

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.​

Explora Public Libraries - Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.


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​

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

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.

Reference​ USA - Search for companies and people in the United States. ​​

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

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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