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E-Library, MRS Public Library, City of Falls Church, VA

magnifying glassMary Riley Styles Public Library provides access to a variety of online research databases, all availabe in the library or remotely (from home or work...wherever you are connected to the Internet). Simply select a database then log on using your valid MRSPL card number. (Don't yet have a MRSPL card? Click here for more information!)

NOTE: Logging on to some databases may require both a MRSPL card number AND a PIN. Your PIN is the number you use to access your account in our catalog. If you are uncertain what your PIN is -- or experience any difficulty accessing our online research databases -- please call the Reference Desk at 703-248-5035 or email us at

Credo Literati
Allows users to search multiple resources - the MRSPL catalog, full-text newspaper and journal databases, 400+ online reference books, 10,000+ topic overviews, and 500,000+ photos - all at once. Also offers live online homework help (Mon -Thu 3 pm - 9 pm and Sat 9 am - 3 pm). [Provided by the Library of Virgina.].

Full-text magazines, newspapers, pictures, maps, and TV/radio transcripts. Includes The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times & World News, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times. [Provided by the Library of Virgina.]
A one-stop collection of databases providing free 24/7 access to newspapers, magazine/journal articles, and reference books (like encyclopedias). Materials are available for all age ranges and interests (and include several of the databases listed separately on this page, such as E-Library, Gale Power Search, Kids Info Bits, Infotrac Junior Edition, and Infortrac Student Edition). [Provided by the Library of Virginia.]

Gale PowerSearch
One-stop source for news, magazines, journal articles, and reference materials on a wide range of topics. Includes millions of full-text articles covering the period from 1980 to the present day. [Provided by the Library of Virginia.]

Genealogical information, including US Census records (1790-1930), 28,000 family and local histories, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, and the Freedman's Bank (1865-1874).

Literature Resource Center
Literary criticism and author biographies from well-known and respected reference tools Like Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Also includes book reviews and journal articles.

Access up to date reports on a wide varaiety of mutual funds, companies, and additional investment info.
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Searchable reader's advisory tool with descriptions and recommendations for over 150,000 novels from a wide range of genres.

ProQuest Newspaper Core
Full-text, searchable coverage of 5 major US newspapers. Now also includes the complete historical archives for the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post!
  • Christian Science Monitor (1908-present)
  • Los Angeles Times (1881-present)
  • New York Times (1980-present)
  • Wall Street Journal (1889-present)
  • Washington Post (1877-present)
Washington Consumers' Checkbook (in library only)
Identify best-rated auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, dentists, carpet cleaners ... and much more. Special health guides provide critical ratings and reports on doctors and hospitals, as well as an annual guide for the federal benefits open season.

Looking for magazine articles and other reference resources with reading levels geared toward specific age groups? Try these databases!

Digital Photographs
Search and view over 200 historic photographs from the MRSPL Local History Collection. (New photos are being added each week!)

Death Notices and Obituaries
Search and view over 9000 local death notices from the MRSPL Local History Collection. Also includes indexing for over 2000 clipped local obituaries in the collection.

MRSPL now offers downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and Freegal Music! For more infomation, visit our Downloadble Collection page.

NOTE: MRSPL does not currently offer access to downloadbale eVideo.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
  Featured Database

This new database, provided to MRSPL card holders by the Library of Virginia, features educational games, videos, and other activities, centered mostly on animals and the natural world. Try it now!
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