Database Spotlight



This is part of a series highlighting databases available through the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library website.

Libraries are not just "books" anymore. Though there are wonderful collections in the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, we also subscribe to many online databases. Databases are an online resource containing thousands of newspaper and magazine articles in addition to biographical and medical information, genealogical sources, encyclopedia articles, and general reference materials that cover a wide variety of subjects and provide reliable information. The library subscribes to databases in 12 different subject categories. There are even specific databases for children and teens to help them with their homework. Most of the information retrieved is in full text articles. And the good news is that the databases are available 24/7 from home, school or work. All you need is a library card to gain remote access. However there are a few databases that can only be accessed in the library.

eLibrary contains full text of more than 900 magazine and newspaper titles as well as TV, radio and government transcripts, books and reference collections, photographs and images, and maps. Includes Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginian Pilot and the Roanoke Times & World News. You can easily get a list of all included publications.

Clicking on the reference tab, shows that besides a dictionary and a thesaurus, eLibrary includes encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases and a wide variety of other sources including the DK Eyewitness series and the CIA World Factbook 2005 Maps. The Factbook has more than 271 updated images, along with keywords for searching each map.

Under the Encyclopedia section there is the Britannica Spanish Encyclopedia (in Spanish), the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, and a whole list of Hutchinson dictionaries. Unfortunately some of these sources are a few years old.

Other noteworthy sources searchable by keyword:
  • PICTURES: Getty Historic Image Collection (includes many 'firsts'), Earth Life Forms, Magnum photos and many others.
  • AUDIO/VISUALS: A.D.A.M. Animation Library (health & body), Eye on Nature, Great Events of the 20th Century, and many other videos.
  • RADIO/TV TRANSCRIPTS: ABC news shows, 60 minutes, CNN shows, CBS news, NPR shows, and many more.

So when you think of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, think bigger than "books and information" -- think electronic resources and use your library card to access all of this information 24/7. If you need help using the databases, please contact the Reference Desk at the Central Library (979-7151 ext 4) or

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