Research & Education

Consumer Reports

CQ Researcher

      Testing & Education               Mango Languages
Lands and People database


We pay for many great resources so you don't have to. You can access all of these databases in the library,
and many can be accessed from the comfort of your own home. For most, all you need is a library card!
Check out the resources below. Questions? Email the Librarian.



Articles & Research
  • CQ Researcher
    • Search for in-depth discussions of current events & "hot" issues in the news, ranging from social & teen issues to environment, health, education & science & technology. Call 540-869-9000 ext. 203 for login information.
  • Consumer Reports
    • Access highly respected ratings & reviews of thousands of consumer products at . Call 540-869-9000 ext. 203 for login information.
  • Mango Languages
    • A premier resource for all your language-learning needs. Mango is an interactive tool that helps you learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, & 60 more languages. Also includes English instruction (ESL) tailored to speakers of 16 languages. Create your own account using your library card number.
  • Niche Academy
    • Niche Academy is a digital literacy and skill building resource offering instructional videos on many common digital library tools.
  • ReferenceUSA
    • Provides access to accurate & complete business and consumer data for job seekers, small business owners, marketing professionals, and researchers.
  • Scholastic GO!
    • It's for everybody! Elementary, middle, & high school students, adults, teachers & educators. See videos & photographs, read descriptions, get lesson plans about other lands & peoples. To use it from home, click here; you will need your library card number.
      To use it at the library, click here.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center
    • Practice for SAT & other college/graduate school admissions exams, civil service exams, ASVAB & other military entrance exams, plus the G.E.D. Includes eBook study guides. Login with your library card number, then make your own free account.
  • Value Line
    • For beginning as well as veteran investors, Value Line provides reliable, unbiased information. Find accurate, insightful research on companies, industries, markets, and economies. Evaluate investments with confidence and make smarter, more profitable decisions.
Find It Virginia
  • Career Transitions
    • Great for job seeking and career exploration! Take the skills assessment to identify potential career fields; create a professional résumé for downloading and emailing; view webinars on interview skills; and search for available jobs near you with an instant connection to the Indeed™ database.
  • EBSCO - Master File
    • The most comprehensive and valuable collection of full-text general interest resources, including returns from periodicals, newspapers and books. This authoritative general information database is the best place to start your research project.
  • EBSCO Host eBook collections
    • Select from a variety of collections: High School, K-8, History, and Cricket Media.
  • Explora - High School
    • Ebsco’s Explora is a user-friendly interface, designed to meet the unique needs of its users. Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction. Explora searches across the various resources, including Newspaper Source, with variance for age appropriateness: grades 9-12.
  • Explora - Middle School
    • Ebsco’s Explora is a user-friendly interface, designed to meet the unique needs of its users. Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction. Explora searches across the various resources, including Newspaper Source, with variance for age appropriateness:grades 6-8.
  • Find It Virginia - all resources
    • Find It Virginia is a carefully curated selection of authoritative databases, online learning products, and digital reading content (both text and audio) for Virginians of all ages. Look for Master File and Read It!
  • Legal Forms
    • Find downloadable, fillable forms for basic legal transactions, current to Virginia code. Leases, sales contracts, powers of attorney, etc. [Legal Forms, its publisher, Gale Cengage, The Library of Virginia, Virginia public libraries and their funding bodies assume no liability for actions resulting in the use of these forms.]
  • Read it!
    • Research while practicing reading skills with Read It!™ Helps students with a basic foundation in English grammar and reading who need adapted reading material for many subjects. Read It!™ is also a great tool for English Language Learners.
  • Rocket Languages
    • Perfect for the business or traveler learner, as well as extra practice for students. Has 12 languages to choose from, including American Sign Language.
  • Universal Class
    • Learn something new or update your existing skills! Choose from over 500 online courses, from photography to physics, computers to calligraphy.
Useful Sites
  • Computer tutorials
    • The program is designed to help you learn the essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons and 800+ videos, completely free.
  • Library of Virginia online
    • The Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, is the library agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, its archival agency, and the reference library at the seat of government. Library of Virginia online houses the most comprehensive resource in the world for the study of Virginia history, culture, and government.
  • United Way Resources
    • Includes a link to The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley "Community Services Directory" and information about the Concern Hotline.
  • Virginia District Courts
    • There is a general district court in each city and county in Virginia. The general district court handles traffic violations, hears minor criminal cases known as misdemeanors, and conducts preliminary hearings for more serious criminal cases called felonies.
  • Virginia Free Legal Answers
    • Virginia Free Legal Answers is a pro bono service of the Virginia State Bar and American Bar Association where low-income users can submit their legal questions online and get free answers from a licensed Virginia lawyer in good standing.
  • Virginia Law Portal
    • Includes the Constitution of Virginia, Code of Virginia, Uncodified Acts of Assembly, Regulations of Virginia, Charters and Authorities of Virginia Localities, and Compacts of Virginia. It features easy navigation and readable presentation of content. Visitors can search across all of Virginia Law to find the information they want, without having to know where the information resides.
  • Virginia Lawyer Referral Service
    • This Virginia State Bar services allows users to get an up-to-30-minute call with a local lawyer for $35. There are no strings attached and sometimes that 30-minute call is enough to solve the legal issue. The new online portal allows people to put in their legal issue and geographic location and be referred a lawyer 24/7.
  • Virginia Navigator
    • The mission of this 501c3 non-profit organization is to provide helpful, free resource information associated with aging, disabilities, post-military life, and overall well-being. The family of websites features easily searchable programs and services, educational articles, an “Ask an Expert” feature, and a Community Calendar.
  • Virginia, Encyclopedia of
    • Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) is an authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia. A project of Virginia Humanities in partnership with the Library of Virginia, EV publishes topical and biographical entries written by scholars, edited to be accessible to a general audience, and vigorously fact checked.