Reference Databases

Reference DatabasesYou can use the library databases on this page for reliable research using trusted and documented sources as well as for homework assistance. Download magazine and journal articles, read newspapers online, find consumer and health-related information, and much more. Did you know that you can find your ancestors online?  We have 3 databases for genelalogy researchers.

All resources are available for library patrons 24/7!

You may also access these databases on the library catalog.

finditvaFind it Virginia is a collection of databases that provide free 24/7 access through a simple interface to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, many full-text, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests.

Find it Virginia is supported by federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and ensures that all residents of Virginia have equal access to essential resources for lifelong learning.



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literatiLiterati puts a library of reference resources at your fingertips. You can access Literati's authoritative content any time from any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet.

Literati includes over 2.6 million full-text entries in subjects such as history, literature, technology and science from trusted publishers. This is combined with access to thousands of additional resources, including the Find It Virginia databases.

Real-time Homework Help connects to a teacher that will assist students in grades 3 - 12 with math, reading and writing skills.


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americas newsWith unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, America's News is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, government, business, the environment, health, sports, literature, the arts, cultural activities and people.

Also includes Current Event hot topics and Special Reports for homework and research assignments. Add a new perspective to the issues in the news!


Daily Press  ( Full-text coverage since 1989)

Richmond Times-Dispatch  (Full-text coverage since 1985)

Research all of America's News at

atoz world travelFor travelers and knowledge seekers alike, AtoZ World Travel is a comprehensive travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and restaurants, culture, language, and more. With 202 World City Travel Guides AtoZ World Travel provides the knowledge you need to experience the world and all its wonders.




Learn about your destination at

AtoZMapsOnlineAtoZ Maps Online is the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps. Students, teachers, library patrons, and businesses can use our 145,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. No other reference contains so many maps, map resources, visual glossaries, video dictionaries, geography learning games, and teacher resources. Mobile device friendly!





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ancestry(This database is available only at the library!)

One of the most important genealogical collections available today, Ancestry Library Edition has unparalleled coverage of the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital, military, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe and other areas. This database of more than 4 billion names is essential to having a complete family tree.




Research your family tree now at

Download a printable guide for using Ancestry Library Edition

heritagequestHeritageQuest™ is a unique and growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Beginning or professional genealogists can now use this powerful online database from the convenience of their home or at the library.

HeritageQuest Online™ combines digital, searchable images of U.S.federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.




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dbva Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa) is the Library of Virginia’s initiative to get documents into classrooms. Using primary sources, teachers can make history relevant to students while helping them learn and understand state standards. DBVa will teach students to be critical thinkers as they analyze the original documents and draw their own conclusions about Virginia’s past.




Find Virginia historical documents at