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Accel5 Business Video Library gives access to articles by industry leaders on current working world issues, videos on business competencies, leadership and management, and more. Registration for a free account is required. Available for in-library use only.

American Physical Society Journals gives access to review journals about physics. 

Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogical database featuring a variety of family history resources. Available for in-library use only.

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States is provided by Proquest and features expertly selected open primary source documents from specific time periods in the US history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Brainfuse HelpNow features real-time eLearning for all ages and levels. HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects, including SAT preparation. HelpNow also features an Adult Learning Center for GED prep, US citizenship test prep, resume assistance, MS Office, and more.

Brainfuse JobNow provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job.

Brainfuse VetNow gives free online job and academic assistance for Veterans, and much more.

Explora is a grade K-12 research tool for searching Ebsco's eBook, NewspaperSource, ReadIt!, and Cricket Media collections.

Fold3 by Ancestry is a digital database to search and browse historical military records with ease by combining official military records with deep first-person content, including bios, photos, letters and more. More than 470 million searchable records span hundreds of years.

Gale in Context: Elementary meets the research needs of students K-5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, and reference content.

Gale Legal Forms allows you to find downloadable, fillable forms for basic legal transactions, current to VA code. Leases, sales, contracts, powers of attorney, etc. *Legal Forms, its publisher, Gale Cengage, Library of Virginia, Virginia public libraries and their funding bodies assume no liability for actions resulting in the use of these forms.

HeritageQuest Online combines searchable images of U.S. federal census records, family records, and local histories.

Just for Kids is a streaming video collection that includes clips from thousands of fun and informative video and audio titles including music and arts, animals, sports and hobbies, math and science, history, reading, and much more, plus hundreds of educational interactives that are kid safe and ad-free.

Master File Complete is the most comprehensive and valuable collection of full-text general interest resources, including returns from periodicals, newspapers, and books.

Newsbank The Roanoke Times Collection allows you to read full-text articles on local news, issues, events, and people, as well as current and archived issues of Roanoke Times. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, and other sections. View full images of the daily paper from 2018 to today and access full-text articles from 1990 to the current issue. Create alerts for specific search criteria, read and listen to articles, and save the items to your account.

Newsbank America's News has 3,500+ newspapers and newsblogs throughout the US. Format ranges from text based, web sources, and full image.

Newsbank Virginia News Sources showcases 75 newspapers and newsblogs throughout Virginia. Format ranges from text based, web sources, and full image.

Newsbank's America's News Magazines offers 48 magazine sources (text based), Some dating as far back as 1991-present. provides historical newspapers archive from the 1700s-2000s with 4,000+ news titles from the U.S. and around the world.

Novelist Plus is the perfect tool if you cannot decide what to read next. Use Novelist to discover your next favorite author, series, or title!

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.

Reference Solutions contains detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses and 102 million U.S. residents. Listings include telephone numbers, street addresses, zip codes, demographic and financial data for businesses, local competitors, and mapping functionality.

The Roanoke Times shows full images of the daily paper from 2018 to today and full-text articles from 1990 to the current issue. Create alerts for specific search criteria, read and listen to articles, and save the items to your account. Available through Newsbank.

Transparent Language Online provides a rich, effective and interactive learning experience utilizing a robust collection of features including over 120 languages, ESL/ELLL materials for speakers of 34 different languages, American Sign Language, workforce development lessons, and KidSpeak.

Universal Class allows you to choose from over 500 online courses from photography to physics. Learn for fun or get extra help with tough topics.

U.S. Major Dailies collects the contents of five major newspapers: Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Value Line is a complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information plus objective research, insightful commentary, proven price projections, and advanced analytical tools. Access from home.

WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. 

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