Databases

Limit by Subject
logo for Advantage Digital Newspaper Archive

Advantage Digital Newspaper Archive

Provides searchable digitized copies of newspapers published in Winchester and the surrounding area between 1786 and 1925.  The website may be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.

Visit resource website
Logo of Blue Ridge Download Consortium

Blue Ridge Download Consortium

Read or listen to free eBooks & eAudiobooks on your mobile device using the Libby app or on your computer. Visit OverDrive help for more instructions.

Visit resource website
Gale Career Transitions Logo

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.

Visit resource website
Common Sense Logo

Common Sense

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

Visit resource website
GCF Learn Free Logo

Computer Tutorials

The GCFLearnFree.org 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, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons and 800+ videos, completely free.

Visit resource website
Consumer Reports logo

Consumer Reports

Access highly respected ratings & reviews of thousands of consumer products at consumerreports.org. Call 540-869-9000 ext. 203 for login information.

Visit resource website
CQ Researcher logo

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.

Visit resource website
Early World of Learning logo

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.

Visit resource website
EBSCO Host logo

EBSCO Host eBooks

Access research materials including eBooks, journals, MasterFile database, and other digital material. Go to 'Choose Databases' to select from the following eBook collections: High School, K-8, History, and Cricket Media. Set up an account at any library location.

Visit resource website
EBSCO Master File Logo

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.

Visit resource website
Encyclopedia Virginia

Encyclopedia Virginia

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. 

Visit resource website
Expora 9-12 Logo

Explora High School (9-12)

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.

Visit resource website
Explora 6-8 Logo

Explora Middle School (6-8)

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.

Visit resource website
Explora K-5 Logo

Explora Primary (K-5)

Explora supports both student research and instruction based on curriculum standards.

Visit resource website
Find It Virginia 0-4

Find It Virginia 0-4

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!

Visit resource website
Find It Virginia Adults Logo

Find It Virginia Adults

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!

Visit resource website
Find It Virginia High School Logo

Find It Virginia High School

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!

Visit resource website
Find It Virginia K-5 Logo

Find It Virginia K-5

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!

Visit resource website
Find It Virginia Middle School Logo

Find It Virginia Middle School

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!

Visit resource website
Fold3 Logo

Fold3

Provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.  Now Available! Access Fold3 from anywhere with your Handley Regional Library card number!

Visit resource website
Freegal Logo

Freegal

A “free and legal” music service with access to 11 million songs from 30,000 labels (including Sony Music) and thousands of popular artists from over 200 different genres; including Rap, Rock, Children’s, Country, and Classical. There is no software or digital rights management restrictions. All you need is a library card & PIN to download 5 free songs a week and stream up to 3 hours per day. Get started with the Freegal Music Guide.

Visit resource website
Heritage Quest Logo

Heritage Quest

Accessible census records, PERSI Index, Digitized Books, Revolutionary War records.  Use at any library computer or at home with your Handley Regional Library card number located on the back of your card.

Visit resource website
International Children's Digital Library

International Children's Digital Library

The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children's literature from around the world. 

Visit resource website
Kids Infobits

Kids Infobits

Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Visit resource website
Learn Free Logo

Learn Free

The GCFLearnFree.org 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, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons and 800+ videos, completely free.

Visit resource website
GALE Legal Forms logo

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.]

Visit resource website
Library of Virginia

Library of Virginia

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.

Visit resource website
Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area

Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area

Winchester Virginia's volunteer adult literacy organization. They teach reading, math, English language, computer, financial and citizenship skills to adults.

Visit resource website
Mango Language

Mango Languages

An online language learning tool that offers courses in Spanish, Polish, English, Mandarin, and more.

Visit resource website
Niche Academy Logo

Niche Academy

Niche Academy is a digital literacy and skill building resource offering instructional videos on many common digital library tools.

Visit resource website
Novelist K-8

NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction. With a fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 Plus will help you integrate reading across the curriculum and support your young readers.

Visit resource website
Novelist Logo

NoveList Plus

Fiction database that provides subject-heading access, reviews, annotation, sections for Author Read-a-likes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, Annotated Book Lists and more. 

Visit resource website
Past Perfect Logo

Past Perfect

Lets you browse over 22,000 photographs and pictures digitized by the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. This collection of images may be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. For information about purchasing images please go to our Photographs webpage.

Visit resource website
Project Guttenburg Logo

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks". 

Visit resource website
rb digital audiobooks

Rbdigital audiobooks

Another great source for free, downloadable audiobooks. Plus, the RBdigital app now includes eMagazines! Watch the tutorial to get started.

Visit resource website
rb digital magazines logo

RBdigital magazines

Get full digital copies of more than 50 magazine titles. Read full color, interactive eMagazines on your computer or mobile device. Unlimited checkouts and no return dates! Visit RBdigitals's FAQ page to get started.

Visit resource website
Read It logo

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.

Visit resource website
referenceUSA logo

ReferenceUSA

Provides access to accurate & complete business and consumer data for job seekers, small business owners, marketing professionals, and researchers.

Visit resource website
Rocket Language Logo

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.

Visit resource website
Scholastic Go Logo

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.

Visit resource website
Select Reads

Select Reads

A free monthly newsletter subscription featuring a wide variety of library titles matched to your interest. Get descriptions and reviews sent to your email to help you select your next read.

Visit resource website
TERC logo

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.

Visit resource website
The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Digital Collection Logo

The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Digital Collection

Provides online access to selected materials from manuscript collections, including personal correspondence, business records, account books, deeds, and other property records, scrapbooks and other ephemera.

Visit resource website
United Way Logo

United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley

Includes a link to The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley "Community Services Directory" and information about the Concern Hotline.

Visit resource website
Universal Class

Universal Class

Learn something new or update your existing skills! Choose from over 500 online courses, from photography to physics, computers to calligraphy.

Visit resource website
Value Line

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.

Visit resource website
Seal of Virginia

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.

Visit resource website
ABA Free Legal Answers Logo

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.

Visit resource website
Virginia Law

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.

Visit resource website
VLRS Logo

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.

Visit resource website
Virginia Navigator Logo

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.

Visit resource website