Research Databases A-Z

The following are research databases that the library provides. To access them, you will need your 14-digit library barcode or to be in a library branch. Click on the title to go straight to the database, or click on the icon to read specific information about what the research database offers. Troubleshoot connection problems with our handy guide.
If you do not have a library card, you can request one and gain access to research databases here.

To see the databases ordered by category, click here.

To see a PDF that you can save and print out, click here.


Available for genealogy research at all library locations.  Use either Firefox or Chrome as your browser, as Ancestry is no longer supported in the Internet Explorer browser. Not available remotely.

Biography In Context

Search for people by name, birth or death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender.

Birds of North America

View image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, and listen to recordings of bird songs and calls.

Books and Authors

A customizable, rich experience to answer that age-old question of “What do I read next?”   Fiction and nonfiction recommendations.

Consumer Reports

Product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics, and more.  Not available remotely.  Please see a librarian to log in.  

Credo Online Reference

Over 3 million full-text entries in subjects such as health, history, literature, languages, technology, and science. Includes over 500,000 images, audio and video clips. Homework Help includes live tutoring in history, math, science, reading & writing for grades 3-12.

Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning, World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts. With read-aloud functionality, the 60 stories in “World of Reading” and “Trek’s Travels” tie learning together through videos, games, and printable activities. Some stories are also available in Spanish.


Content from current magazines and newspapers, pictures, maps, and TV & radio transcripts. (Provided by Find It Virginia)

Britannica Online Ref. Center

The classic encyclopedia, plus Internet Guide, Merriam Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus, video and media collection, World Atlas, Year in Review, and Timeline.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (Spanish)

 En espanol, Spanish-language articles.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Kids

Kids can search or browse arts, geography, language arts, mathematics, religion, science, social studies, sports. The Student Center includes How to Write a Research Paper and more.


Find lists of the most popular series by character, location, subject, author, or title.

Foundation Center

Comprehensive information for grant seekers on over 120,000 foundations and corporate donors.  Updated weekly. You can also access Foundation Maps, a data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.  Help for funders and nonprofits.  Available at Fredericksburg Branch. Not available remotely. 


Free Lance-Star

Full-color, page-by-page scanned images of the newspaper from late 2008 to the present.  Not available remotely.

General OneFile

Articles from general, specialized, and professional newspapers and periodicals, many with full text and images. Includes Fodor’s travel guides, NPR programs, and full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present. Updated daily. (Provided by Find It Virginia)

Grants Connection

Profiles on nearly 1,000 private, corporate, and community foundations in Virginia.  Available for use at Fredericksburg, Howell, Porter and Salem Church branches. Please ask a librarian for assistance. Not available remotely.

Information for individual grant seekers, primarily to fund education or to support artistic or research projects.  Available at Fredericksburg branch. Not available remotely.

Health & Wellness Resource Center

Articles from health and fitness magazines and scholarly medical journals, medical dictionary and encyclopedias, health organization directory, drug and herb finder, alternative health resources, and health assessment tools.

Infotrac Newsstand

Search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, translate articles into 11 different languages, and create email alerts.

Infotrac Student Edition

Designed for high school students, with a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. (Provided by Find It Virginia)



Academic journal articles covering most disciplines, including arts, history, humanities, science, medicine, and law. 

Kids InfoBits

Highly visual, guided research tools for students in kindergarten through grade 5. (Provided by Find It Virginia)


Create free customized personal and business legal forms, including power of attorney, landlord/tenant agreements, wills, prenuptial agreements, purchase agreements, bills of sale, and service agreements. Quick and easy to use, edit, print, and save.
This resource requires you to create an account. If you already have an RBdigital magazine (formerly Zinio) login, that account provides access to LawDepot as well.

Biographical/critical introductions, listings of principal works, and sources for further study on contemporary authors.

Video-based online training resource offering more than 6,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more.

Mango Languages

An online language learning system that can help you learn languages such as French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and many more. Mobile app available. 

 Morningstar Investment Research Center

Research, data, and analysis for investors.  Includes many portfolio tools to calculate asset mixes, retirement costs, college savings, etc. Mobile app available. 

National Geographic Kids

Access to the National Geographic Kids magazine (from 2009 to present), more than 200 National Geographic Kids books, and hundreds of downloadable images. (Provided by Find It Virginia)

Natural Medicines

High-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies from health care providers and researchers. Mobile app available. 


Explore maps and create custom reports of data related to demographics, incomes and spending, housing, education, health, labor force, and quality of life indicators including crime, environment, commutes, and energy.  Much of the data is available to the public, but for complete access please contact us.  Our librarians can access the full database and compile in-depth, customized reports.  


Business, residential, and market research data for entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers. Mobile app available. 

Research in Context

Designed for students in junior high and middle school.  Magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) with information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. (Provided by Find It Virginia)

Salem Press

Online access to award-winning reference works, Magill’s Medical Guide, The Critical Survey of Long Fiction, and Careers in Healthcare.

Small Business Resource Center

Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more.

Testing & Education Reference Center

Information on colleges, technical schools and executive programs. Find application forms, identify scholarships. Use test-prep eBooks. Practice ASVAB, GED, SAT, AP, CLEP, GRE, PRAXIS, TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship, Civil Service, EMS, firefighter, real estate and many more exams.

Available for legal research at all branches.  Includes cases, statutes, regulations, forms, trial documents and transcripts, and the Virginia Practice Series.  Not available remotely.

Value Line - Expanded Library Edition

Weekly online presentation of Value Line's Investment Survey.  Analyst commentaries and rankings on current operations and future prospects for thousands of large, small, and mid-cap companies.