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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry allows you to search billions of records and discover your family's history. What you need: Must access this site from within a Suffolk Public Library location and create a free Ancestry.com account

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EBSCO MasterFile Complete

With MasterFile, you can search books, journals and more to aid in your research. This database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags. 

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EBSCO Read It!

Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills. 

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Encyclopedia of Virginia

This encyclopedia is an authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia. Resources include an A-Z index, map, podcasts, virtual tours and more.

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Explora Public Libraries

Explora offers an easy way to research with a simple search tool, high-quality articles, easy-to-browse categories, topic overviews, and top videos from the Associated Press. See also Explora High School and Explora Middle School.

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Find It Virginia

Find It Virginia is a carefully curated selection of authoritative databases, online learning products, and digital reading content (both text and audio) for Virginians of all ages. Resources are available for kids through adults to help them research, read, and learn.

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Legal Forms

Gale's Legal Forms provides access to tax forms, an attorney directory, legal definitions, helpful topics, and legal forms for corporations, wills and estates, real estate and other business and personal uses.

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NewsBank Inc. - Black Life in America

NewsBank provides information on the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media 1704 through today.

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Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of Suffolk News-Herald.  Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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NewsBank Inc. - America's News

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people, and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues, and more with America's News.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context 

Use Opposing Viewpoints in Context for all your research needs on topics and issues. With over 20,000 pro/con viewpoints, approximately 19,000 reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more, students will be prepared to argue any side of the issue.

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DK FindOut!

DK's aim is to inform, enrich and entertain readers of all ages, and they have built a safe place online for your child to see, learn, and explore almost everything.

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EBSCO Read It!

Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills. 

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Explora Primary

Explora Primary supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. 

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Find It Virginia

Find It Virginia is a carefully curated selection of authoritative databases, online learning products, and digital reading content (both text and audio) for Virginians of all ages. Resources are available for kids through adults to help them research, read, and learn.

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Gale In Context: Elementary

Gale In Context: Elementary provides authoritative, curriculum-aligned, age-appropriate digital content that covers a broad range of educational topics.