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West Virginians can explore articles and images from popular magazines, current newspapers, encyclopedias, scholarly journals, and other reference works through the databases linked below.

WVLC One Search

You can use the search box below to search many databases at once or scroll down to the database that best suits your needs to search it directly.

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Alt HealthWatch

Search articles, magazines, and journals on such consumer health topics as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and more.

Business Source Elite

Search business-focused magazines, journals, and company profiles. View online tutorial.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer health and fitness information including fact sheets, diagrams, drug information, procedure explanations, and more. View online tutorial.

Short courses (6-22 min. each) on the basics of using technology at home or in the office. Courses cover how to use a PC or a Mac, using common  software like Microsoft Word and Excel, safely using the Internet, and how to find and apply for jobs on the Web.

Explora for Elementary Schools

Reliable content from magazines and reference books for a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade audience. Includes articles from magazines, books, and newspapers; primary source documents; images, and videos..

Explora Magazines and Newspapers

Reliable content from magazines and reference books for students and adults. Includes articles from magazines, books, and newspapers as well as primary source documents, images, and videos. View online tutorial.

Explora Middle and High School

Reliable content from magazines and reference books for a 5th through 12th grade audience. Includes articles from magazines, books, and newspapers as well as primary source documents, images, and videos. View online tutorial.


Government, scholarly, and general-interest articles on environmental issues including green building, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and more.

Health Source – Consumer Edition

A consumer health collection of magazine articles, reference books, and current pamphlets on topics such as fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women’s health, children’s health, and more.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

A full-text database covering nursing and allied health topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law, and more. Also contains the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide.

Job & Career Accelerator

Explore careers and find a match. Build resumes and cover letters. Prepare for interviews. Find and apply for jobs and track your search.

LearningExpress Library

Practice tests and study materials for college admission exams, high school equivalency exams, professional certification, and military exams. Skills improvement exercises for all ages including math, English, science, and social studies. Citizenship and ESL exam prep. Technology training and more.

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal information and forms for individuals and small businesses. Includes full-text of many Nolo publications. View online tutorial.

Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts

An index to journals, books, research reports, and proceedings covering many areas of librarianship including classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more.

Newspaper Source

Provide cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of U.S., international, and regional newspapers as well as television and radio news transcripts from major networks. Includes The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Beckley’s Register-Herald, and The Dominion Post (Morgantown).

Niche Academy

How-To tutorials covering a variety of library, research, career, and technology skills including email, social media, office and productivity tools, and more.

NoveList Plus

Helps readers of all ages find new book recommendations, read-alikes, and books on a given topic. Search among thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction titles, retrieve book lists, book discussion guides, and more.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, State standards; even books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author.

Points of View Reference Center

Continuously updated information and opinions on current social issues for students from middle school through college and for adults. Includes a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays are accompanied by thousands of supporting articles including periodical articles, reference books, wire transcripts and streaming videos. View online tutorial.

Regional Business News

Contains regional business newspapers, magazines, and more covering metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.


Explores social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other popular topics; includes controversial opinions and viewpoints.

World Book Online

For all ages. Reliable information for homework, reports, or general questions. Includes the classic encyclopedia, eBooks, and more. See links below to skip ahead to a particular, age-appropriate resource.

  • World Book Early Learning (Grades PreK+) – Pre-readers can play and discover visual information.
  • World Book Kids (Grades K+) – Encyclopedia content for elementary users. Includes lesson plans, science activities, comparable animal and geography features, interactive maps, challenging games, and biographies.
  • World Book Student (Grades 5+) – Encyclopedia content for upper-elementary and middle-grade users. Includes resources where users can save, notate, and organize articles, biographies, and other content.
  • World Book Advanced (Grades 9+) – Encyclopedia content specifically organized for high school and pre-college users. Contains all of the resources of World Book Student plus primary source materials.
  • World Book Discover (Grades 5+) – Encyclopedia articles, life skills, a visual dictionary, and more for differentiated learners and older adults.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (Grades K+) – Beginner’s Spanish language reference encyclopedia.
  • World Book eBooks (All Ages) – Interactive, educational eBooks for all ages.
  • World Book Timelines (Grades 5+) – Search, read, and create visual representations of history.

View World Book online tutorials and training guide for assistance, ideas, downloadable promotional materials, and more.