Reference & Research

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Research Tools

The Staunton Public Library subscribes to a number of online research tools that are made available for public use. Online databases may be accessed from internet computers in the Computer Center or your home or office computer. Some of these sites may require your Staunton Public Library account number and Library PIN.

Main Research Portal


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  • Credo Reference: Your research starting point with over 1,000 reference ebooks.

Magazines & Newspapers

  • Find It VA: Provides access to many newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • eLibrary: Provides full-text of many magazines and more. Available in the Library only.
  • RBdigital: Full digital copies of magazines that can be viewed on your computer or mobile device.

Books & Literature

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  • eBooks on EBSCOhost: Select "Research Databases. Create an account in the Library first and then access the collection from anywhere 24/7. Mostly nonfiction titles available to be read on your computer
  • Find It VA: Provides access to many books and more.
  • Freading: More than 100,000 always available downloadable e-books.
  • NoveList Plus: Helps you find your next book to read.
  • OneClickDigital: Downloadable audiobooks and e-books. Most are classic titles, but not all.
  • OverDrive: Downloadable e-books and audiobooks.

Encyclopedias & Phone Books

Government, Politics & Legal


  • Health Reference Series Online : Access to Disabilities Sourcebook and Medical Tests Sourcebook. Use your Staunton Library card number, or use “valleylibraries” for Universal Password.
  • Salem Health: Access to Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Conditions, and Psychology and Mental Health books
  • Medline Plus: The National Institutes of Health's website produced by the National Library of Medicine.
  • Merck Manual Home Edition: Access to the world's bestselling home medical reference.

History & Genealogy



  • More than 3,400 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. Requires Staunton Library card and PIN.
  • Driving Tests: DMV practice tests for car, motorcycle, and CDL.
  • Rosetta Stone: Online instruction in 30 languages.

More Resources

  • Searchable Information Center on Cyberbullying: A resource provided by ebrary.
  • Green File: Scholarly and general interest titles focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment.
  • LISTA: Covers librarianship, classification, information management, and more and indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings.
  • Salem Science: Covers a wide range of physical and natural sciences.
  • Teacher Reference Center: Provides coverage on key education topics for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.
  • Virginia Navigator: Helps you find services and resources for seniors and those with disabilities.