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Alexandria Library Online Databases

Alexandria Library subscribes to more than 60 databases on a wide variety of subjects. Use your Alexandria Library card to access any of the listed online resources. Most online resources are accessible remotely. Those that are not are due to licensing restrictions. single authentication will prevent patrons from having to enter their Patron ID for every database login. 


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Database  nameDescription


Expanded Academic ASAP

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images.


Aesop for Children's Aesop for Children contains the text of selected fables, color pictures, video, and interactive animations, and will be enjoyed by readers of any age.


Agriculture Collection

This collection provides a comprehensive broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields. Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. It's an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more. (Onsite Only)



Antiques Reference

Antiques Reference database is organized into 1,280 different classifications on subjects including furniture, paintings, toys, books, autographs, silver, and historical documents and used to evaluate antique collections. This database is sponsored by Mourot Decorative Arts Fund.  (Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)


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Discover our favorite books, matched to your child's interests, and other tools for building literacy. Beanstack at Alexandia Library is a free personalized service designed to help families discover books and apps based on your child's age and interests.


Biography in Context

Biography in Context is for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with periodicals and multimedia. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.


Books & Authors

Books & Authors offers new ways to explore combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. This database combines over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists. Leverages the What Do I Read Next? collection, patrons and students alike can be sure that their next big read comes with a BIG recommendation.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Library Edition

An online learning resource for children and adults. Easy to use, and easy to find trusted information.


Business Economics & Theory Collection

Emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database. This collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Users will find more than 150 full-text journals.

Gale Businesess Insights Database


Business Insights : Essentials

(Formerly: Gale's Business and Company Resource Center) Business Insights brings together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Business Source Complete

EBSCO's Business Source Complete provides a collection of bibliographic and full text content containing comprehensive coverage for scholarly business journals as far back as 1886. In addition, searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals.


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Child Development

Child Development covers issues related to human development from conception through adolescence, summarizing the latest research on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and behavior.

Communication & Mass Media Collection

This collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Covers advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Computer Database

Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select

An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works and sources for further study.

Credo Reference - Literati

Literati by Credo Reference is the only online reference service providing  a compelling place to start research on a new topic using comprehensive subject coverage from general/subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, quotations, thesauri, video, music, and images. Access trustworthy content, quickly build bibliographies and connect to trusted and relevant e-resource materials. (Provided by the Library of Virginia)


Criminal Justice Collection

Useful for studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security. Users will have access to 150 journals.

Culinary Arts collection

The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.


Cypress Resume Builder

An online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes and coverletters in quick and simple steps.


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Diversity Studies Collection

A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community. This set includes more than 150 journals.

DMV Practice Tests Online

DMV Practice Tests Online is a website for learners who want to practice their skills before taking the real DMV test. The site provides practice tests for the State of Virginia. Please note that these are not real driving tests and the results cannot be used as proof of DMV course completion of any sort – they are for personal use only.

eBooks on EBSCO

(Formerly NetLibrary) Search and view the full text of over 24,000 eBooks.



eLibrary allows users to search for information in magazines, books, newspapers, pictures, maps as well as TV and radio transcripts. (Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)


Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

A collection of over 800 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests. website

Family Search

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. Patrons may freely access FamilySearch resources and services online at, or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Fine Arts & Music Collection

Over 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection provides resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.



FirstSearch provides access to a core collection of reference databases. The FirstSearch Package includes WorldCat as well as other databases. (Onsite Only)


Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online is a must for fundraising needs. With more than 100,000 grantmaker profiles and over 2.4 million records, updated weekly, you can instantly see who is receiving funding and why. (Onsite Only)


Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

Search through detailed descriptions of thousands of foundation programs in the Foundation Center's Foundation Grants to Individuals Online. (Onsite Only)


Foundation Maps

An interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics—virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. (Onsite Only)


Freading eBooks

Freading offers tens of thousands of ebooks which are available anytime, anywhere. There is no download manager, and users have simultaneous access to all title. (Sponsored by the Library of Virginia)

Freegal Music Download and Streaming


Freegal Music Service

Alexandria Library cardholders have access to over 28,000 music labels from 85 different countries through the Freegal™ Music Service. Library cardholders may download 5 items per week and stream music 3 hours per day. The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.


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Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Alexandria Library card holders in good standing are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.


Gale Directory Library

The Gale Directory Library is used to search, sort and export information from both current directory editions as well as prior editions that are maintained as searchable backfiles. Multiple directories can be cross-searched or users can mine individual directories for the particular kinds of data they contain.


Gale Virtual Reference Library

A database of Alexandria Library selected reference materials that were once accessible only in the library. Now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.


Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists will have information with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.


General OneFile

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold

A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.


General Science Collection

A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.


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Health Reference Center Academic

Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac's award-winning Health Reference Center. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Health & Wellness Resource Center

Provides access to carefully compiled medical reference materials including nearly 400 health/medical journals, pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos, and articles from 2,200 general interest publications. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Heritage Quest

ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Online, a collection of over 25,000 family and local histories, and content from Heritage Quest. This service provides growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. (Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)


Home Improvement Collection

A collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles that hobbyists and professional carpenters alike can use. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection

This collection contains content from over 500 industry journals covering both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field.


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Information Science and Library Issues

This collection provides current information information professionals and other knowledge workers including such topics as information infrastructure, data processing techniques, metadata architectures, and more.

InfoTrac Newsstand

A Web-based full-text newspaper database collection of more than 1,000 newspapers which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.

InfoTrac Student Edition

Now with over 1,300 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for high-school students and provides access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books.

Insurance & Liability Collection

This collection, of journals, takes a broad view of this multimillion dollar industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.


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Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines.

Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions.



Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.

Military & Intelligence Database

This collection of content from over 400 journals covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Miss Humblebee's Academy

Get your child ready for Kindergarten with Miss Humblebee's Academy, a play-based, fully interactive and fun learning experience complete with audio cues that explain to the child exactly how to navigate the pages. 

Morningstar Investment Research Center is an easy to navigate database designed to help patrons reach their investment goals.
It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information,
getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary. The database provides
data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500
exchange-traded funds, 700 closed end funds, and analyst reports on over 3,500 securities.

(Morningstar Remote User Access)

National Geographic Kids

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they've never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Nursing Resource Center

Database designed for nursing students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals. Contains disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts.

Nursing & Allied Health Collection

All aspects of the Nursing profession are covered in this collection which includes nearly 400 titles. The content will be of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

OneClick Digital eAudiobooks

OneClickdigital offers access to over 20,000 exclusive Recorded Books content, as well as thousands of titles from other publishers in the same easy to use interface. Downloading audiobooks has never been easier! All titles are iDevice and Kindle Fire compatible and most are multi-user accessible. No holds!

OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks

Download popular audiobooks and eBooks from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere. Browse the library's website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac, and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.


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Pop Culture Collection

This Gale collection provides information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course. This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.



Psychology Collection

This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time. Contains 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.


Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Collection

Both researcher and practitioner alike will find authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.


Regional Business News

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. (Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)


Religion & Philosophy Collection

Users of this collection can research different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.


Research in Context

Easy to use middle school research resource designed for students in grades 6 to 8. Cross-disciplinary in nature, Research in Context spans literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. 


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Standard & Poor's

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information that offers online access to Standard & Poor's research-related products such as industry surveys, stock reports, corporation records, The Outlook, mutual fund reports and more. (Industries - Onsite Only) (Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)

Small Business Collection

Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Users will find hundreds of full text subject-appropriate periodicals.


Small Business Resource Center

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.


Testing & Education Reference Center

Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

Today's Science

This Resource Center provides a variety of supplementary features tailored to students and teachers, including tips for writing research papers, a guide to putting together a science fair project, classroom games and simulations, experiments and presentations, and science-related cartoons with thought-provoking questions. (Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)


An online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.


U.S. History Collection

This collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.

Vocations & Careers Collections

Finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

War & Terrorism Collection

A definitive periodical collection of hand selected titles for analysts, risk management professionals and students of military science, history, social science.

Washington Post Historical Newspapers

The Washington Post digitized title within the ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ program, lets researchers:
• Browse complete issues, cover to cover.
• Study the progression of issues over time with complete runs of historical newspapers.
• Search for information by keyword, more than 20 article
types (front page, editorial cartoon, classified ad, etc.),
dates and date ranges, author, and more.
• View  photos, advertisements, marriage announcements, obituaries, cartoons, and more, for added context.

(Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)


World History Collection

This collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.

Women in History



Alexandria Library adds its holdings to the world's largest and most comprehensive catalog. With 258 million bibliographic records that represent more than 1 billion individual items held by participating institutions. Users find what they're looking for because many items cataloged in WorldCat cannot be discovered through any other resource!



Zinio Digital Magazines

Full digital versions of popular magazines. The pages look as they appear in print. Some magazines include features like video, audio and live links. Read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device and read offline. Always available!


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