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Research & Reference

Ancestry Library Edition

Delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, and photos for individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. Available for use within the library only.


The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia.


Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content.


This research database draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

Heritage Quest

Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources — rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

Points of View

Contains resources that present multiple views of issues. This database provides rich content that can help students better understand controversial topics and develop analytical thinking skills. 

Polling the Nations

A critically acclaimed database of public opinion polls for over 18,000 surveys covering hundreds of breaking-news events and thousands of topics.  
See how the citizens of our state and country are feeling on hot button issues like climate change, health care, elections and voting rights, foreign policy, immigration, gun control, affirmative action, criminal justice reform, and many more. 
Spans from current day polls back to the 1980's. Surveys from respected polling organizations including Pew Research Center, Fox News, NBC/Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC/USA Today, CBS/New York Times, major universities, foundations, associations, corporations, and more.

WV News

Online news of Bridgeport News, The Exponent Telegram, Fairmont News, Morgantown News, The State Journal, Your Bulletin Board, WV Wheels, and more.  Only available on the library computers (not available for home use).  Compliments of WV News.

World Book

Suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, and more.

Writer's Reference Center

Provides the essential one-stop online reference for writers, with all the tools necessary to write and research effectively.