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The library has an extensive reference book collection, centered around the core curriculum of the school.  
Our system also has access to the following databases:
Tennessee Reads - free access to ebooks and audio books through Bristol Public Library and Overdrive
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FactCite - when accessing this site off-campus, use the following - username/password:  vhs/truthinfact
Find It Virginia
Find It Virginia - through Bristol Public Library and the Library of Virginia.  
You will need a library card to access some of the databases.  Here is a list and description of the sites you can find through this website - you may be able to access a few of these straight from our website:


Hands on guidance for the job seeker! Create a professional résumé for downloading and emailing, take a skills and interest assessment to identify potential career fields; view webinars on interview skills, search for available jobs near you with an instant connection to database.



Cypress Resume is a simple and effective tool to build professional resumes, cover letters, and reference sheets. All you need to log in is your library card. Cypress provides dozens of examples of cover letters, various styles and formats for resumes, and step by step instructions for each task. You can also store your documents for one year.


A general information resource that includes articles, essays and primary source documents. Provides topic overviews that provide researchers and students a starting point for high-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers. Videos and suggested research topics included, too!

For use outside the library:
Username: valib
Password: va@lib1


Provides a safe, age-appropriate environment for students and educators to find articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework from leading magazines and reference books.

For use outside the library:
Username: valib
Password: va@lib1


A collection of electronic reference books that cover many subject areas, including arts, biography, business, environment, history, literature, multicultural studies and social science.

Library card required for access outside the library.

Includes U.S. Census images for 1790 through 1930, as well as indices for 1790 through 1920 and part of 1930. Also includes 7,922 family histories, 12,035 local histories and 258 primary sources.

Library card number required for access outside the library.


Create accurate and reliable legal documents such as Power of Attorney, Divorce, Real Estate, etc. The documents are customizable and easy to use with a step by step approach.

Library card number required for access outside the library.



NoveList Plus has information on 200,000 fiction and nonfiction books. Search by author, title, subject or genre. Find out what books are in a series. Get book reviews and book group discussion guides and discover new authors with read-alines (e.g. “if you like Debbie Macomber, try these similar writers”).

Library card required for access outside the library. When prompted for “Patron ID” enter your library card number.


This database collection includes books on literature, history, health and science. Examples of books in this database:

  •  Critical Insights: Southern Gothic Literature
  • Magill’s Medical Guide
  • Milestone Documents in American History
  • Earth Science: Earth’s Weather, Water, and Atmosphere

Password: creeper


It’s a good idea to get into the habit of copying and pasting the links you use into a bibliography (even if your teacher hasn’t asked for one with your work), including anything you have found out about who wrote it when.  Then you can always go back to it later if you need to do further research or revision.
EasyBib Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA.
ZoteroBib is a tool that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software. It's from the team behind Zotero, and is perfect for those projects where you just need a few citations in a particular style.
Does your research pass the CRAAP test?
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
good - .com .edu .gov .org .net
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
**developed by Sarah Blakesee and her team of librarians at California State University

Your teacher will be able to tell if you have just copied and pasted from a website in your work, so put your research into your own words.  Plagiarism (passing someone else’s work off  as your own) can cause you to fail or be kicked out of a school.  Get into good habits now!