Research & Homework

Access World News
Find current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more with the world's largest collection of full-text news sources. Includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from more than 4,700 sources.

Ancestry for Virginians
Offers Virginians free access to select sets of Virginia-related genealogy records hosted by Search results may include materials not part of the Library of Virginia's collections. Users will be offered the opportunity to access these additional records through a paid subscription to Ancestry for Virginians can also be accessed through Find It Virginia. Full access to is available for use inside the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries.

Ancestry Library  (in-library only)
Genealogy collection includes census, vital, military and immigration records for the United States, as well as extensive Canadian and international collections from the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and Scandinavian countries.

CaseFinder® is a complete Virginia legal research system which includes twenty databases updated daily with the latest decisions, statutes and amendments. CaseFinder® features an easy-to-use interface with advanced searching features designed to provide results quickly. Sign in using the following username and password: Username: YORK03W  Password: exlibris

The Daily Press Archive 
Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of The Daily Press. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
Provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

Document Bank of Virginia
Document Bank of Virginia is the Library of Virginia’s initiative to get Virginia historical documents to students and teachers. It gives students the ability to analyze the original documents and draw their own conclusions about Virginia’s past.

eLibrary (through Find It Virginia) 
Search full-text magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, books and television/radio transcripts—plus thousands of maps, pictures, web links and audio/video files. Includes the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and more. NOTE: eLibrary is accessed via the Find It Virginia Web page. Choose the "Public" tab and then the "Reference" tab to access eLibrary.

Family Search 
Collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records and resources.

Find a Topic from NewsBank
NewsBank's Find a Topic feature provides relevant search results on hundreds of topics with just a few clicks. Pick a category, choose your topic, and explore the options. Results include full text articles, blogs, videos and transcripts.

Find It Virginia
A collection of databases that provide access to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, television and radio transcripts, health information, business and company resources and encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests.

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Heritage Quest Online 
Genealogy collection includes the 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census, Revolutionary War Era Pension Records, ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History book collection, the Periodical Source Index Archive, Freedman's Bank Records and LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

Homework Help from Literati Public
Designed to help students in grades 3-12 in reading, writing and math, Homework Help pairs a student and state-certified teacher in an online virtual classroom. The Homework Help link is located on the right-hand side of the Literati Public Web page. Homework Help hours are from 3 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

InfoTrac Junior Edition (also available through Find It Virginia) 
Designed for students in junior high/middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

InfoTrac Student Edition (also available through Find It Virginia)
Designed for high school students it includes full-text magazines; full-text reference books; historical images; 300+ full-color Rand McNally maps; newspaper articles from USA Today, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, United Press International newswire, U.S. Newswire; and podcasts and/or broadcast transcripts from National Public Radio, NASA, U.S. Census Bureau, and more.

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Kids InfoBits (also available through Find It Virginia) 
Designed for elementary school students with age appropriate access to magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history and more. It features a subject-based topic tree search.

LearningExpress Library 3.0 
An interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorials designed to help patrons of all ages succeed on academic or licensing tests. Existing logins for LearningExpress Library 2.0 will not work on LearningExpress 3.0.

Literati Public
Access educational content for K-12 students and adults, informational videos and tutorials, eBooks on every major subject, interactive discovery tools and live homework help. Includes Mind Map, a visual search tool that displays connections between search results enabling you to quickly find information when you don't know exactly what search term to use.

Literature Criticism Online
Includes access to critiques on authors across regions, eras and genres. This series includes Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism and Children's Literature Review.

Literature Criticism Online Collection
Cross-search three of Gale's literature resources—Literature Criticism Online, Something About the Author Online and Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online. These award-winning literature series are available 24/7 in an online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.

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Updated daily, this comprehensive resource offers current and archived full-text articles from local and regional newspapers (Daily Press, Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Virginian-Pilot and more) and newspapers from all 50 states and the world.

ProQuest Discovery provides detailed information on popular topics including the arts, business, education, literature, politics and psychology, as well as hundreds of popular and children's titles. 

Rosetta Stone
Access lessons and activities for 30 different languages with Rosetta Stone. Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS devices. After downloading the app, select "Enterprise and Education Learners" on the "Sign In" screen. Enter "s4680405" as the institution ID.

Something About the Author Online 
This Gale reference set examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults. Entries typically cover personal life, career, writings and adaptations.

Universal Class for Libraries
Access over 500 online non-college credit continuing education courses with Universal Class. Attend class and complete assignments on your own schedule. Courses include accounting, business, photography, office skills, law, medical billing and more.

U.S. Census Bureau 
The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. It includes population, housing, economic and geographical data in the form of maps, tables and reports.
U.S. Government's official web portal for all government information and services. It provides direct online access to federal, state, local and tribal governments.

Virginia Law Portal
The Virginia Law Portal is the online home of the Constitution of Virginia, Code of Virginia, Uncodified Acts of Assembly, Regulations of Virginia, Charters and Authorities of Virginia Localities, and Compacts of Virginia. Visitors can search across all of Virginia Law to find the information they want, without having to know where the information resides.

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Online reference resources are available for use by York County Public Library card holders. Some may require your library card number. Use the number located under the barcode on the back of your card without spaces. Resources identified with (in-library only) may only be accessed on the public computers located at your Library.