Research & Reference

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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry allows you to search billions of records and discover your family's history. What you need: Must access this site from within a Suffolk Public Library location and create a free Ancestry.com account

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EBSCOhost eBooks

EBSCO's databases give you access to many collections including history, continuing education, K-8 and more.  What you need: Library card number

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EBSCO MasterFile Premiere

With MasterFile, you can search books, journals and more to aid in your research. This database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags. 

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EBSCO Read It!

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. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills. What you need: Username: valib Password: va@lib1

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Encyclopedia of Virginia

This encyclopedia is an authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia. Resources include an A-Z index, map, podcasts, virtual tours and more.

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Explora Public Libraries

Explora offers an easy way to research with a simple search tool, high-quality articles, easy-to-browse categories, topic overviews, and top videos from the Associated Press. See also Explora High School and Explora Middle School. What you need: Username: valib Password: va@lib1

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Find It Virginia

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. Resources are available for kids through adults to help them research, read, and learn.

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Legal Forms

Gale's Legal Forms provides access to tax forms, an attorney directory, legal definitions, helpful topics, and legal forms for corporations, wills and estates, real estate and other business and personal uses.

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Cricket Media

Cricket Media® is a global education company creating high-quality print and multi-media products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. What you need: Username: valib Password: va@lib1

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DK FindOut!

DK's aim is to inform, enrich and entertain readers of all ages, and they have built a safe place online for your child to see, learn, and explore almost everything.

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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 across all functions, the 60 stories in “World of Reading” and “Trek’s Travels” tie learning together through videos, games, and printable activities.  Twelve stories are available in both Spanish and English, and the worksheets also offer written instructions in Spanish.  Classic songs, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales complete the program, and are often included in the lesson plan for each story. What you need: Library card number

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EBSCO Read It!

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. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills. What you need: Username: valib Password: va@lib1

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Explora Primary

Explora Primary supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. What you need: Username: valib Password: va@lib1

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Find It Virginia

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. Resources are available for kids through adults to help them research, read, and learn.

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Info Bits

Gale's Kids Info Bits provides authoritative, curriculum-aligned, age-appropriate digital content that covers a broad range of educational topics.