Selected Databases

Reference Resources

Annual Reviews (VIVA)
a nonprofit scientific publisher

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in Ancient and Modern Literature.

The CRC ENGnetBase (VIVA)
The publisher’s collection of engineering handbooks

The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (VIVA)
Version 2009 of the Internet Edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, which corresponds to the 89th Edition of the printed book, features new and updated tables in several areas of science.

The Chadwyck-Healey African-American Poetry Database (VIVA)
a collection of over 2,500 poems. It provides a survey of African American poetry from the earliest published African American poems to the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1760-1900).

The Chadwyck-Healey American Poetry Database (VIVA)
includes 1,288 works by 209 poets, along with six landmark anthologies of American poetry.  The database gathers the works of the most influential American pets, from the Colonial period to the early twentieth century (colonial-1900).

The Chadwyck-Healey English Poetry Full -Text Database (VIVA)
contains poems in English from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the nineteenth century by writers form the British Isles.  It covers the works of 1,257 named poets and many items by different anonymous hands.  In the pre-1500 period alone there are more than 2000 separate chronicles, romances, lyrics, and miscellaneous poems.  The Tudor and Jacobean period are represented by over 35,000 different poems and from the nineteenth century there are 80,000 poems.  Overall the collection contains over 165,000 poems which have been drawn from about 4,500 separate printed sources.

The Chadwyck-Healey English Verse Drama Full -Text Database (VIVA)
contains more than 2,200 works by around 500 named and over 300 works by unknown  authors. English Verse Drama includes masques and short dramatic pieces written primarily in verse, selected translations, works written for children, and numerous adaptations by authors such as Sir William Davenport, Colley Cibber and David Garrick. It covers a period from the Shrewsbury Fragments of the late thirteenth century through the Elizabethan and Jacobean period to the end of the nineteenth century.

CQ Researcher
Contemporary issues from a variety of sources.

A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Your key to the world’s best news and business information.

Gale Virtual Reference Collection
access to 15 of the Thompson-Gale databases in one menu and the Oxford Reference Online  Collection;  view the list and bookmark your best (VCCS login needed).

LRC Live
LRC Live is best for online research and search strategy assistance.

Librarian’s Index to the Internet
websites you can trust.

Literature Resource Center (VIVA)
A Gale Database.

Merriam – Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (VIVA)
online dictionary.

Oxford English Dictionary (VIVA)
online dictionary.

Oxford Reference Online
150 titles from this highly reputable source ; view the list and bookmark your best (VCCS login needed).

Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world’s biggest and most trusted reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.
a current compendium of facts and figures. Fact Checker for the Internet.

Safari E-book Library (VIVA)
our latest collection of e-books;  this database includes 5200 titles in electronic form for computer and IT specialties

The ever-popular standard reference work for parts and products;  now online instead of multi-volumes on the shelf. Search ThomasNet to find manufacturers, distributors and service providers – from Actuators to Zirconium and everything in between.

Ulrich’s International Periodical Directory (VIVA)
the authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types — academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more from around the world. And, it’s easy to use!

World Atlas and Mapmaker
maps of the world.

Periodical Indexes and Electronic Magazines

NOTE: Many of the periodical databases are enhanced with Java, a free, downloadable program. For complete and accurate use, download Java to your Windows or Macintosh computer.

EbscoHost Databases
offers 35 databases (many of which access full-text document) and a tutorial on using the databases.

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (VIVA)
indexes and abstracts to scientific research literature.

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (VIVA)
the standard periodical index for nurses.

The Electronic Green Journal
world-wide environmental issues.

FirstSearch (VIVA)
online indexing and abstracts in 40 different databases; includes WorldCat, a worldwide catalog of 72,000,000 records.

Full-text Periodicals Online (VIVA)
an alphabetical list of what’s available to DSLCC users.

Gale Group of Reference Works and Databases
access to all of the Thompson-Gale databases in one menu

Online reference chat service

MathSciNet (VIVA)
the electronic version of Math Reviews and Current Math Publications

Nature and Nature Magazines (VIVA)
International weekly journal of science.

Opposing Viewpoints series
collects both sides of an issue and presents them in one site

a group of databases dealing with specialized subject areas: education, psychology, and nursing

Project Muse (VIVA)
electronic texts selected from the Johns Hopkins University Press

Offers 22 databases with full-text articles

Thompson Gale Services
all of the Gale databases in one menu. Start any research project with this menu

News Resources

CNN On-line

Collegiate Times

Dow-Jones & Reuters Interactive LLC (Factiva) (VIVA)

Facts on File News Service
The Reference Suite

FOX News

a selection of several Richmond & Virginia media sources

A daily digest of major news stories from a variety of news and opinion sources


Newspapers and Periodicals
Library of Congress’ Reading Room

New York Times
a world of information via the world’s most respected daily news

Time, Money, People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly

Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Roanoke Times

USA Today

Wall Street Journal

Washington Post

WDBJ-7 (CBS : Roanoke)

WSLS-10 (NBC : Roanoke)

Virginia Resources and Local Links

Web Reference Collections

Internet Public Library

LRC Live is best for online research and search strategy assistance.

Martindale’s -The Reference Desk
Language Center; Internet Center; Business, Management, and Economics; Computer Engineering, Architecture; Copyright, Patents, and Trademark; Cryptography, Steganography, etc.; Cars, Aircraft, and Yachts; Cars, Motorcycles, Trains, etc.; Calculators; Education; Electronic Media; Entertainment and Arts; Fashion Center; Food Recipes and Cooking Video Demo’s; Flight School and Aeronautics Center; Gardening and Botany Center; Home Construction and Remodeling; Livestock Center; Non-Livestock Center; Music Center; Photography Center; Motion Pictures, Film, TV Center; Maritime Center; World Maps Center; Travel Center; Science Overview; Calculators Online Center; Mathematics Center; Agriculture Center; Archaeology-Paleontology Center; Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrobiology Center; Chemistry Center; Engineering Center; Entomology, Mycology and Mushrooms; Geoscience Center; Materials Science Center; Physics Center

Virtual Reference Shelf
Selected Web resources compiled by the Library of Congress.
The Internet’s premiere law portal.

The WWW Virtual Library
Agriculture, The Arts, Business and Economics, Communications and Media, Computing and Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Humanistic Studies, Information and Libraries, International Affairs, Law, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Recreation, Regional Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Society

Government Information and Statistical Data

National Government

The United States

The White House

The United States Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives

Democratic National Committee

Republican National Committee

The Federal Reserve

The U.S. Supreme Court

State Government


Virginia Governor’s Office

Virginia General Assembly

Supreme Court of Virginia

Statistical Data

from our colleagues at Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 2010
1500+ data items for the United States, states, counties, and metropolitan areas draw on the 2009 estimated censuses of population and housing…

State Bluebook Guides

Lexis-Nexis Congressional Universe

Internet Searching Tools
a site of choice for overall outstanding search service

a multi search engine which compounds 20 browsers in groups of 3

fast searches and a web page ranking system

Librarians’ Internet Index
who better to provide a reliable search engine?

A Carnegie-Mellon product, it also includes the first 20 lines of a web page; a huge database.

it provides a subject index as well as a search engine; overall winner at Search Engine Watch Awards

Special Digital Collections

Digital Image Databases
LVA Catalogs; Books, Journals, etc. Catalog; Archives and Manuscripts Catalog; Architectural Drawings and Plans; Business Records and Resources; Census Records; County and City Records; Election Records and Resources; Genealogical Research; Government Records and Resources; Land Records; Maps; Military Records and Resources; Newspapers and Periodicals; Private Papers and Biographical Resources; Photographic Collections; Tax Records; Vital Statistics

Historical Voices
A “fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century.” It also includes research and an educators’ forum, and plans to include guidelines for Best Practices.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Free access to over 275,000 images digitized from the collections of the New York Public Library.

Old Pictures
The Old Picture internet site features an extensive collection of historical photographs taken from the years 1850 to 1940.

Project Gutenberg
Not a new site; actually, one of the first established to digitize the classics of the world.  So there’s 13,000 individual titles available thus far in this virtual library.

Virginia Tech Image Base
Over 50,000 images, retrievable through 19 different fields: Agriculture, Horticulture, and Gardening; Appalachia; Art and Art History Slide Library; Art and Architecture; Christiansburg Institute; Civil War; Culinary History; International Archive of Women in Architecture – IAWA; Landscape Architecture and Architecture;  Maps; Palmer, Earl. Appalachian Photograph Collection; Railroad; Science and Technology; Science fiction, historical books, scrapbooks, and general memorabilia; Southwest Virginia; Temple, Col. Harry; Theater and Music; Turner, Henry Flippen Collection; Virginia Cooperative Extension; Virginia Tech Athletics; Virginia Tech Campus Views and Maps; Virginia Tech Faculty, Staff, Students, and Organizations; Virginia Tech Historical Photograph Collection;  Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History; Virginia Tech Publications; Virginia Tech University Relations Slide Collection

VPI & SU Digital Project
Special Collections, University Library, Virginia Tech

Sites for Sore Eyes

The ultimate bookstore

Facts and figures for new and used cars.

Absolutely everything you need to know.

Discovery Channel Online
Infinet’s cool site of the year.

A gallery of snapshots of selected sites all over the world.

Food, Drink, Cooking and Recipe
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Federal Citizen Information Center
Genealogy in the United States

Home Remodeling Center
A step by step guide, starting with the Remodeling Checklist.

How To Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label[FDA]
So, the label says a food has 20% of your daily value of calcium, but do you know if that’s good? Or what the yellow part of the label signifies? Or how much difference there is between “reduced fat” milk and non-fat milk? These and other pieces of obscurely couched information are explained here.

Directions and travel times to anywhere.

National Atlas

National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Report: For the Beach, the slopes, Sri Lanka, or home…

The Old Farmers’ Almanac
see what’s going on in the Star City of the South.
The U.S. government’s one-stop shopping center for ratings on tires, airbags, rollover ratings, defects and recalls.

U.S. Telephone Directory. 90 million names, 10 million businesses.

In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress.

U. S. Library of Congress
The biggest, baddest boy of all…

U.S. News and World Report : Education
US News & World Report on college and career-counseling sites.