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MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with information dating as far back as 1922. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Complete also contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. See how it works.


A comprehensive collection of full-text general interest resources including key journals, magazines and trade publications.

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Gale Legal Forms

Thousands of legal forms available free with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Get free access to this popular genealogy database from within all of our libraries!

More Web Resources

Botetourt County Business Services

Botetourt County Library Genealogy Page

CIA World Factbook Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Code of Virginia The Code of Virginia contains the laws passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) Provides students, teachers and researchers with access to hundreds of scholarly journals, research papers and theses covering a wide array of subjects. This searchable resource is perfect for research papers, homework and lesson planning. 

Evaluating sources A video from the Library of Virginia that provides criteria to evaluate resources for better research.

Internet Archive A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Newsroom Transparency Tracker is the official guide to United States government information and services. is a database of library holdings around the world. This is the place to go to find an obscure, out-of-print book for Inter-library Loan. You can also limit your searches to “open source” which are free articles to download.

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