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RESEARCH

Explora Public Libraries
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 following resources, including Newspaper Source, with variance for age appropriateness:

  • Master File Complete
    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.
  • 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.
  • eBook High School Collection 
    Designed specifically for high school students and educators, this collection offers an easy, cost-effective way for libraries to provide full-text eBook coverage that aligns with their school’s curricula, as well as complement other eBook and database resources from Ebsco. Enjoy casual fiction, literature, and scholarly works–reading for every purpose. 
  • eBook History Collection
    This collection features more than 17,000 world history eBooks to meet the content needs of students in their research. Titles encompass a variety of subjects, including medieval history, history of music, history of science, law in history, history of philosophy, art history, history of technology, history of business and economics, history of religion, military history and more.
  • eBook K-8 Collection This collection features full-text eBook coverage that aligns with recreational and educational reading for the primary grade student.
  • Cricket Media The eBook Cricket Media Collection includes more than 400 titles in eBook format and is suitable for Children grades Pre-K through 8th. Cricket is an internationally recognized education company with award-winning print content for children, families and educators. Cricket is focused on engage children in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines helping them explore and expand their worlds from Ebsco.

Explora is also available in formats in student friendly formats, presenting age-appropriate materials from within all of Ebsco’s subscribed databases.

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.

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.

 

READ

NoveList Plus
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!

NoveList K-8 Plus
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.

eBooks
eBook High School Collection  (also discoverable in Explora)
Designed specifically for high school students and educators, this collection offers an easy, cost-effective way for libraries to provide full-text eBook coverage that aligns with their school’s curricula, as well as complement other eBook and database resources from Ebsco. Enjoy casual fiction, literature, and scholarly works–reading for every purpose. 

eBook K-8 Collection (also discoverable in Explora) 
This collection replicates the high school collection with the younger reader in mind, adjusting for appropriate content and reading level.

RBdigital
Download eMagazines, e-Audiobooks and eBooks directly to any iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, or Nook devices. Resources can also be downloaded onto a patron’s computer in order to transfer them to mobile devices. Patrons must create an account using their own library card from a subscribed library before downloading.

Freading
Freading is an eBook lending software that allows simultaneous use of their collection among patrons. Patrons create an account through their local library’s subscription. eBooks offered are compatible on IOS, most Android devices, Nook, and the Kindle fire.

Cricket Media Collection
The eBook Cricket Media Collection includes more than 400 titles in eBook format and is suitable for Children grades Pre-K through 8th. Cricket is an internationally recognized education company with award-winning print content for children, families and educators. Cricket is focused on engage children in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines helping them explore and expand their worlds from Ebsco.

eMagazines
RBdigital Magazines (formerly known as Zinio) is an electronic newsstand that offers digital downloads of popular magazines. Patrons create accounts and access titles through their local library’s subscription. Magazines can be downloaded onto a patron’s computer and even read offline using mobile apps for IOS and Android devices.

 

LEARN

Career Transitions
Job seeking and career exploration. Take an interest and skills assessment to identify potential career fields; create a professional résumé for downloading and emailing; view webinars on interview skills, search for available jobs near you with an instant connection to Indeed™’s database.

Universal Class
Please access this platform from your local public library’s website. Choose from over 500 online courses, from photography to physics, computers to calligraphy. Learn something new or update your existing skills.

Rocket Languages
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.

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.

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