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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.

Explora

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

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High School eBook Collection

Designed specifically for high school students and educators, this collection offers full-text eBook coverage that aligns with school curricula. Enjoy casual fiction, literature, and scholarly works–reading for every purpose.

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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.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is one of the best resources for finding ratings and comparisons of products such as automobiles, computers, appliances and much more. Just put your library card number in the Patron ID field.

To access the following resources, enter your library card number which is 13 digits long and begins with the numbers 19999.

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.

Click here if you have trouble logging in.


High School eBook Collection

Designed specifically for high school students and educators, this collection offers full-text eBook coverage that aligns with school curricula. Enjoy casual fiction, literature, and scholarly works–reading for every purpose.

Click here if you have trouble logging in.


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.


Consumer Reports is one of the best resources for finding ratings and comparisons of products such as automobiles, computers, appliances and much more. Just put your library card number in the Patron ID field.

Genealogy

Botetourt County Business Services

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.

Encyclopedia.com

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

USA.gov is the official guide to United States government information and services.

WorldCat.org 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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