Information at your fingertips

Wanting to know more about your ancestors? There’s a database for that!

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) offers a variety of online databases that provide access to eBooks, newspaper and magazine articles, and a wide range of other reference sources.

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All of these databases are available in the library and most can be accessed from the comforts of your home 24/7. These services are provided by the library, all you need is a library card!

Below is a list of online database topics currently available:

Arts and Science & Technology
Provides full-text periodicals covering an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, and more.

Provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, and more in one easy-to-use website.

A database of reading recommendations for all ages and reading levels. Browse by genre to find new and popular biographies and memoirs.

Business Info
A variety of databases offered for career transitions, legal forms, investment tools, and stock and bond guides.

Encyclopedias and General Info
A variety of databases offering full-text periodicals, adapted reading material for teens and adults, newspaper and magazine articles, and online courses.

Two databases offering the Directory of Virginia Foundations and Foundation Directory Online.

Health & Medicine
A database covering diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, and biology, as well as recent developments in medicine.Genealogy
Databases include Ancestry Library Edition, Ancestry for Virginians, and HeritageQuest.

Kids & Teens
A variety of databases geared towards history, culture, lifestyle, health, science, sports, arts, and government education for primary, middle, and high school aged children.

Online language-learning systems. Includes lessons, games and more.

Literature & Books
Databases providing eBook collections and book recommendations.

Magazines & Newspapers
Access full-text periodicals from a number of databases, including archived editions.

Social Sciences
Databases providing information about history, culture, government and much more.

Library Resource Highlight: UniversalClass

January is a great time to learn something new! Check out UniversalClass for over 500 online courses that you can access with just your JMRL library card.


Go to JMRL Databases– Encyclopedias and General Information- UniversalClass to get started. You’ll need to sign up with your library card number and create a username and password.

There are classes on a wide range of topics, including computers, crafts, pet care, and spiritual studies. You can take a class on women who have changed American history, or a class on retirement planning. Most courses take 10-20 hours to complete, but some are as little as 4 hours long. You can access all the courses you are taking at UniversalClass under “My Classes.”

You’ll need to complete the course within 6 months once you sign up for it. Most of the coursework, exams, assignments, activities, and class participation is recorded and assessed by an instructor. Based on the grading guidelines that your instructor uses, all of your coursework grades and final assessment are displayed in the “Report Card” area. But, there are some classes that also offer a “video audit” option (for example, knitting), where you do not have to submit assignments or take exams, but you won’t receive a certificate at the end of the course. So take a class and learn a new skill!


Get Ready For Your Next Getaway

Find out what travel resources are available at your library.

Imagine this: you’re planning to visit a place you’ve never been before. As you prepare for the trip, you go online to look up information about the area, but your internet search comes back with a myriad of information (almost too much!) and you don’t even know where to begin. You wish you could find a helpful, concise guide that will allow you to easily find the exact information you need, and maybe even some advice that you didn’t realize you needed.

frommersDoes this predicament sound familiar? Next time you’re planning a trip, consider taking a look at what guides the library has to offer for your chosen destination. If you have time to stop by your local branch, you could check out one of the many Forbes Travel Guides that the library has in stock. There is also a wide selection of Frommer’s guides available in print.

lonelyplanetIf you’re looking for a travel guide that you can get access to immediately on your phone, tablet, or other mobile device, you can find guides by the Lonely Planet through Freading. You get free access to everything by logging in with your JMRL library card number. Visit and search “Lonely Planet” to see what’s available. No holds, no hassle. Continue reading