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Accel5

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Use this link to create an individual account

For just in time learning for the working professional, Accel5 Business Library features short videos on topics including business competencies, leadership and management, and personal effectiveness; summaries for business and leadership books; and articles by industry leaders on current working world issues.  

Benefits of creating an individual account: keeping your place in publications, tracking what you’ve read, recommended items that match to what you’ve already viewed.

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Accel5 (generic account)

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Use this link for the generic account

  • Username: libraryva@accel5.com
  • Password: V1rgin1a

For just in time learning for the working professional, Accel5 Business Library features short videos on topics including business competencies, leadership and management, and personal effectiveness; summaries for business and leadership books; and articles by industry leaders on current working world issues.  

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Advantage Digital Newspaper Archive

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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.

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Ancestry

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Find birth, death, and census records. 

At-home access was disabled January 1st, 2022.  Please visit a library branch for access.  

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Blue Ridge Download Consortium

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

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Common Sense

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

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Computer Tutorials

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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.

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Consumer Reports

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

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Day by Day VA

Day by Day

Continue your at-home early literacy learning through this  family activity calendar with new suggestions every day for stories, songs, activities, and games! Esto también está disponible en Español.

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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. 

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Explora

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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, ReadIt!, and MasterFile.  All Explora content is appropriate for grades 6 and up.  

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FamilySearch

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Handley Regional Library  is a FamilySearch Affiliate, allowing patrons expanded access to millions of genealogical records. Affiliate access is only available on public computers in Handley Regional Library branches. Users must have, or sign up for, a free FamilySearch account to use this resource.

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Find It Virginia Adults

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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!

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Find It Virginia Kids

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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!

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Find It Virginia Teens

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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!

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Fold3

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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!

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Gale in Context: Elementary

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Gale In Context: Elementary give children a safe place to find answers to their questions, practice research skills, and explore interests inside and outside the classroom. It also gives teachers access to digital resources that can supplement and enhance instruction

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Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

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Having a clear, compelling point of view on today’s most debated political and social issues requires finding the most credible facts and insights. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints simplifies your search by bringing together thousands of resources to provide authoritative articles, research reports, videos, and statistics. This database steers you away from unreliable content that online browsers sometimes serve up and helps you draw your own conclusions about global warming, the minimum wage, and hundreds of other debated topics.

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Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep

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Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep accommodates job seekers at all levels with career assessments for personalized career recommendations and guidance based on program and skills.  Search for open job opportunities and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be shared with prospective employers using pre-built templates.

Access to Peterson's Career Prep is ending on 9/30/22.  Please see JobNow for expanded career help content and live help. 

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HelpNow

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HelpNow by Brainfuse provides live, certified educator assistance for homework, research, and writing in all subjects for grades K-college seven days a week from 2 pm to 11 pm.

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Heritage Quest

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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.

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Hoopla

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Hoopla is a web and mobile library media streaming platform that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone, even your TV.  Instant titles can be streamed immediately with no waiting, or be downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.  More popular titles are listed as Flex titles - if you've reached your limit, return one to get another! 

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Infobase Access Video on Demand

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Access Video On Demand provides unlimited access to thousands of full-length videos and clips, on or off site. With easily accessible, meaningful video content for all patrons, this streaming video solution features exclusive, high-interest videos from top producers, plus new content is added regularly.

If prompted to enter a username and password, use the following:
Username: handleyPL
Password: digital

 

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InfoPlease

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Infoplease is a reference and learning site, combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs loaded with facts.

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JobNow

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JobNow by Brainfuse provides live, certified educators and navigators seven days a week from 2 pm to 11 pm for application, résumé and cover letter writing, job searches and interview practice. 

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Just for Kids

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Just for Kids by Infobase is a children's video streaming service that features entertaining and educational videos your kid will love!  Content is appropriate for kids of all ages.  

If prompted to enter a username and password, use the following:
Username: handleyPL
Password: digital

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Learning Express

Learning Express

Organized into targeted learning centers, this e-resource supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass the GED®, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

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Legal Forms

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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.]

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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.

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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.

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LVA Magazines

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Access digital copies of magazines.  Find instructions for adding the collection to your Libby app here

Magazine content will no longer be available on Libby after 9/30/22.  Start browsing Magzter to view our new magazine collection! 

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Magzter

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Over 4,000 magazine titles available to read digitally!  Read in your browser or download the app for Apple or Android

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Mango Languages

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

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NextReads

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Try the book suggestions in our NextReads newsletters. Pick what types of books you like – from thrillers and romance to biographies and armchair travel – and we’ll deliver reading lists right to your inbox along with new gems, bestsellers, and related titles.

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Niche Academy

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

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NoveList K-8

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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.

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NoveList Plus

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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. 

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Past Perfect

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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.

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Project Gutenberg

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

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Reference Solutions

Ref Solutions

(Formerly Reference USA), Reference Solutions provides access to accurate & complete business and consumer data for job seekers, small business owners, marketing professionals, and researchers.  Find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, read news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research, and much more.

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Rocket Languages

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Perfect for the business or traveler learner, as well as extra practice for students. Has 12 languages to choose from, including American Sign Language.

Access to Rocket Languages is ending on 9/30/22.  Please see Mango Languages or Transparent Language for language learning lessons. 

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The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Digital Collection

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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.

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Transparent Language

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Transparent Language Online provides an effective and engaging experience for language learners looking to build their vocabulary, practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and maintain what they learn.  With courses and supplemental resources in 110+ languages, Transparent Language Online can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on almost any device.  Some languages include a KidSpeak track for young learners.  

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United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley

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

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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.

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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.

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VetNow

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VetNow by Brainfuse provides live, certified educators and navigators Monday through Friday, from 2 pm to 11 pm for assistance to veterans in navigating Department of Veteran Affairs benefits, paperwork, programs, etc. 

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Virginia District Courts

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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.

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Virginia Free Legal Answers

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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.

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Virginia Law Portal

Virginia Law

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.

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Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

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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.

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Virginia Navigator

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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.

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