Research Tools: Alphabetically Listed

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Access these premium online Research Tools for free using your MRSPL card number. Available content includes full-text newspapers, magazines, journals, and reference material on a wide range of subjects. 

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General Research Tools: A-Z

The Library of Virginia is pleased to provide Virginians free public access to select Virginia-related content from Ancestry.com. Through an agreement with Ancestry.com, the commonwealth's citizens can access digitized and indexed records and materials that would otherwise require a paid Ancestry.com subscription.

Brainfuse JobNow
Support for job-seekers and individuals changing careers through live resume building, career coaching, interview preparation, and more.

Brainfuse HelpNow
Find study materials, tutoring help or collaborate in our virtual private study rooms. Connects people who want to learn with experts who love to teach! This amazing resource includes LIVE online tutoring for Kindergarten up to post-secondary, Adult Learner resources, test prep, and more.

Brainfuse VetNow
Assistance for veterans and their families to navigate the VA system, transition to civilian employment, and excel in academics.

Access 1000+ ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, and more from Consumer Reports. Also, view articles published in Consumer Reports magazine.
This easy-to-use online tool supports successful research by providing access to reputable articles, essays, and primary source documents on topics ranging from arts and literature to science and math. Includes over 60,000 Associated Press videos. Explora also offers three school level breakout databases geared toward specific grade levels:
Gale in Context: Elementary delivers trusted, age-appropriate digital content. Through newspaper and magazine articles, videos, images, and graphics, elementary students can learn about everything from animals and outer space to famous artists and favorite athletes. The database is visual and intuitive, and rewards students’ efforts by developing comprehension and research skills to prepare them for middle school—and a lifetime of learning.

Gale Legal Forms


Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language. Search and view The Mustang, George Mason High School's yearbook, from 1952-1977. Also includes The Jeffersonian, Jefferson High School's yearbook, from 1935, 1937, 1939, and 1945.

HeritageQuest


Search census, military, immigration, and grave records, as well as city directories and genealogical books.

Local History Digital Collection & Index


Access our growing collection of historic photos and death notices from the Mary Riley Styles Public Library's Local History Room, along with searchable indexes to Falls Church related newspapers, newsletters, and clipping files. The most comprehensive and valuable collection of full-text general interest resources. This authoritative general information database is the best place to start your research. View reports and analysis on mutual funds, stocks, and industries. (Using Morningstar in the library? Click here for faster access without having to enter your card and PIN.)  Can’t decide what to read next? Need a recommendation for a child, student or family member? Use Novelist to discover your next favorite author, series, or title! Browse thousands of fiction and nonfiction suggestions by genre, subject, or reading level. Includes "read-alkes" recommending other authors similar to ones you already like! 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.
Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep accommodates job seekers at all levels, whether they are entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities. Career assessments prompt personalized career recommendations and guidance on programs, knowledge, skills, and ability. Search for open jobs opportunities and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.

Proquest Newspaper Core


Search and read full-text articles (often with full digital reproductions of the actual newspaper page) from The Washington Post (1877-present), The New York Times (1980-present), The Wall Street Journal (1889-present), the Los Angeles Times (1881-present), and The Christian Science Monitor (1908-present), and The Chicago Tribune (1985-present).

Proquest Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.

Access primary source documents from historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more covering specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. Supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. Resources are curated into six time periods: Resistance to Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860); The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877); Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932); The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945); The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975); and The Contemporary Era (1976-2000). 


Practice Reading Skills with Read It!  Read It!™ Helps students with a basic foundation in English grammar and reading who need adapted reading material for many subjects and is also a great tool for English Language Learners. Speak and understand a new language better. With 12 languages to choose from, including American Sign Language, Rocket Languages also features modules in Spanish and Chinese to learn English. Rocket Languages is perfect for the business or traveler learner, as well as extra practice for students. High quality, online courses covering a wide range of subjects to help you learn the skills needed to achieve your goals. Courses include lessons, exams, assignments, discussion boards and actual assessments of your progress to help you master the learning outcomes.

Washington Consumer Checkbook


Research rankings, reviews, and tips for a wide variety of local services and products.
  • Now available by remote access. After entering your MRSPL card number, you will be prompted to create an account with Consumer Checkbook. 
  • For more info about Checkbook accounts, please read their Terms of Use.]
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.
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.
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.
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.

Library of Virginia Resources

Note to Virginia residents: The Library of Virginia subscribes to a number of current and historical newspapers, magazines, and journals, as well as genealogical resources, historical maps, civil war records, encyclopedias and directories, and many other texts.  If you sign up for a Library of Virginia library card using their online registration system (requires a valid state issued driver’s license or identification card), you can gain immediate remote access to the Library’s subscription databases and catalog features requiring a login.

Other Downloadable Resources

Download and keep 5 free songs each week. Choose from millions of songs from over 28,000 publishers, including the entire Sony Music Entertainment catalog. Also includes over thousands of downloadable music videos!

Just for Kids (Access Video)
Just for Kids offers a kid-safe, advertisement-free, media platform where young patrons can learn, explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos that children want to watch—from Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Franklin, Arthur, to The Berenstain Bears, and more! Games, songs and interactives will keep these early learners interested and engaged as they discover a learning environment that is fun, safe and entertaining.
Download and read or listen to ebooks and eaudiobooks for all ages in a wide range of subjects and genres. Compatible with most standard laptops and mobile devices, including Apple, Android, Kindle, and Nook. RBdigital and Overdrive have merged! MRSPL card holders now have access to over 3,200 magazines - including poplar titles like The New Yorker, The Economist, and National Geographic - through the Library of Virginia's Overdrive collection. No Library of Virginia card required! Just log on using your MRSPL card and password/PIN (after choosing MRSPL from a list of community libraries.)