Connect FVRL, library access for students

(Los recursos para hispanohablantes se enumeran en una página separada.)

Flipster

View recent issues of your favorite, popular magazines digitally—no need to wait for the print edition. You can download to the app for off-line reading or read in your browser. Have a question? Read Flipster—Frequently Asked Questions.

Important details
  • There is no checkout limit.
  • Most titles can be downloaded to the Flipster app and kept indefinitely. But some popular titles expire after two days (for weekly publications) or 7 days (for monthly or seasonal publications. These titles will display the time remaining, and will gray out once they expire.
  • Flipster doesn't sync across devices, but you can manually download the same content to multiple devices.
  • If your iOS device is in Dark Mode, you may want to switch to Light Mode to make it easier to browse categories or search.
  • For more information, see Flipster's handouts for iOS or Android or the Flipster FAQs.
Get started today!

If you're within an FVRL location or using our Wi-Fi, you can access Flipster without signing in.

If you're using the Flipster app or are outside an FVRL location, sign in with your library card number and PIN.

Make title suggestions

FVRL selects the titles that are available in our Flipster account, and we review and update the list in October of each year for the following calendar year.

If you'd like us to consider a title to add, please fill out our contact form and let us know you're requesting an addition to our Flipster titles.

PressReader

Read online or download more than 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines from 150 countries (popular titles include The Guardian, Newsweek, Der Tagesspiegel, El Razon, and China Daily) and in more than 60 languages.

Go directly to titles in español, русский, and 中文 (繁體) (简体). No limits on downloads. They're yours to keep forever. To find magazine titles not available through PressReader, check Flipster or the library catalog.

Use PressReader in your browser
  • Click on PressReader and enter your library card number and PIN, if needed.
  • To activate options including reading offline, automatic issue delivery, creating collections, and saving articles, create a free personal account from the Sign In page using your email address.
Use the PressReader App
  1. Go to the PressReader app page and download the app for your device.
  2. Open the PressReader app and choose the Libraries sign in option (look for the library card icon).
  3. Tap on Select Library or Group, type “fort van” and tap Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries.
  4. Tap Sign In, enter your library card number and PIN, and tap Connect to Resources.
  5. Don't be concerned if you see a message stating the number of hours and days you have left. Your time will reset each time you provide your library card number.
  6. To activate options including reading offline, automatic issue delivery, creating collections, and saving articles, create a free personal account from the Sign In page using your email address.
Find help

NoveList Plus

Find a great read through subject headings, reviews, annotations, and much more. Access Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Discover new titles, series, and authors for kids and teens to enjoy. Find Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

Mango Languages

Prepare yourself for realistic conversations in over 70 world languages, including English. Create a free account and learn at your own pace.

Have questions? Read the Mango FAQs. And be sure to visit their Language Learning Resources page for useful phrase lists, downloadables, videos, and additional resources.

EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS)

Find links to full-text articles without having to guess in which eResource to look! This search will look in most subscription eResources that contain journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, and serve up results no matter on which platform the article resides. No more trying one eResource after another in search of the article you need!

Open Articles

Use the CloudSourceOA database to find to open access research articles.

What is an open access article?

An Open Access article is a research publication that is available under a funding model that provides free full text access to the public, meaning you don't need to log in to view it.

What type of articles will I find in the CloudSourceOA database?

You'll find high quality peer-reviewed research articles covering a broad range of subject areas such as Health Sciences, Environment, Computer Science, Business and many more.

Who is this material suitable for?
  • Anyone looking for in-depth knowledge to meet their information needs
  • Senior high school students, college students, and other adults with research needs
  • Business people needing to monitor industry trends and developments
Who has access?

Full text articles are freely available in the service (and the FVRL catalog - see the "Open Articles" tab in search results). You don't need a library account to access the content.

How do I get to the full text article?

Clicking on the "View Article" button on the results page will open the article in full text format on a new webpage.


Still have questions? You can Get Help Using FVRL's Online Resources.

ProQuest

Access thousands of full-text magazines and newspapers, including peer-reviewed scholarly journals, covering a broad array of subjects and locations.

World Book Student

Search for information on any topic. Learn how to do research, write citations, and even create an account to keep track of your research.

JSTOR

Dig deeper into full-text, academic journal articles and primary sources in a variety of disciplines. Featured collections include:

World Book Online for Kids

Find articles, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities covering a variety of subjects for elementary and middle-school students.

Britannica Library Children

Find articles, pictures, and videos about animals, arts, language, places, plants, science & math, social studies, sports, and religions. Even tour the USA or compare countries!

Learning Express Library

Find resources including practice tests and tutorials for school success; college, career, and citizenship preparation; and software and computer tutorials.

You'll be able to:

  • Improve your skills in elementary, middle, and high school subjects, or study for your high school equivalency credential.
  • Prepare for the ACT, SAT, and AP tests and more, and search for scholarships.
  • Explore careers and prepare for entrance and occupational exams and military tests.
  • Find a college, review your college skills, or prepare for for college placement exams and grad school admission exams.
  • Learn computer and internet basics, and master popular software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and Windows operating systems.

Some features require free registration in order to save your work, revisit your tests, or store scores. You'll need a valid email address and PIN to register.

Gale eBooks

Search full-text reference eBooks on a variety of topics or read entire travel guidebooks without leaving your computer. No limits, holds, or waiting!

Journal Finder

Want to know if the library subscribes to the electronic version of a magazine, journal or newspaper you're seeking? Search for a particular title, or browse by topic to find eResource content by publication title! You'll find links to the content as well as a list of available issues by date. Note—Check PressReader for magazine and newspaper titles not included in Journal Finder.

Britannica ImageQuest

Use Image Quest for more than two million images which may be used in assignments, activities, projects and other non-commercial educational uses.

World Book eBooks

Access highly illustrated eBooks for kids in many curriculum areas. Always available to read in your browser—no holds or waiting! Subjects include biography, crafts, cultures, dinosaurs, environment, health, history, mythology, nature, space, and technology.

CultureGrams Online

Use CultureGrams to find maps and information on the peoples and cultures of over 185 countries, all 50 states in the U.S, and the provinces and territories of Canada. Includes a Kids Edition, too.

National Geographic Virtual Library

Explore topics, find images, and browse articles and issues as far back as 1888. All the National Geographic resources are at your command, without the big stacks of yellow magazines. 

National Geographic Kids

Look at National Geographic books and magazines for kids right on your computer--no waiting! Explore topics to find pictures, videos, and more information.

Elementary (Gale in Context)

Learn about animals, plants, music, science, sports, and more in this accessible resource for young students.

Middle School (Gale in Context)

Find resources on a wide range of subjects in this one-stop research source (including citation information) aimed at upper elementary and middle school students.

High School (Gale in Context)

Find magazine articles, news, multimedia presentations and more on a wide variety of subjects (literature, science, history, and social issues) relevant to high school learning goals.

Biography (Gale in Context)

Search for people in articles and books, based on personal facts such as name, birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, and gender.

U.S. History (Gale in Context)

Find primary documents, reference books, journal articles, and scholarly analysis on periods and events in our history.

Daily Life through History

Discover the everyday details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful.

Britannica Library Young Adults

Find articles, images, videos, and biographies for high school students in a variety of subjects. Start with Research Tools and Materials if you're working on a paper or report.

Northstar Online Learning

Funded by the Washington State Library. Create a learner account to test your computer skills and build your understanding in needed areas through self-paced, online learning.

Getting started

To sign up as a Northstar learner and keep track of your progress, use your name and email address to set up a learner account online.

To sample Northstar before creating a learner account, you can take the tests without recording your progress through the Northstar Digital Literacy page. At this time, you can also sample the following Northstar online learning topics without a learner account: Basic Computer Skills, Email, Microsoft Word, and Career Search Skills

Want help getting started? Library staff can help you get a learner account (and an email address if you need one). Fill out a Learner form or call: 360-906-5000, 1-888-546-2707 (area code 509), or 1-800-921-6211 (Yale Valley) during phone service hours.

Wherever you are on your journey with computers, we are here to help! See all the FVRLibraries technology and computer learning options

Tests and certificates

Northstar has tests to help you see how much you already know about: 

  • Basic Computer Skills* 
  • Internet Basics* 
  • Using Email* 
  • Windows* 
  • Mac OS 
  • Microsoft Word* 
  • Microsoft Excel 
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 
  • Google Docs 
  • Social Media 
  • Information Literacy 
  • Career Search Skills* 
  • Your Digital Footprint 
  • Supporting K-12 Distance Learning 

*You can learn more about these topics through Northstar's self-paced learning modules.

If you would like to earn a certificate for a test that you've passed in your learner account, you can request to retake the test with an online proctor. Fill out this form and library staff will contact you.

New York Times Historical via ProQuest

Search or browse the full text of The New York Times from 1851 to 2011. Research world events, find obituaries, or read editorials and classified ads from years gone by.

Explora

Find articles and information on a wide range of topics, ranging from current events to history, arts and literature to science and math.  Find supporting documents for school assignments, including curriculum guides. Note: You search MasterFILE and History Reference Center all at once.

History Reference Center

View full-text reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, history periodicals, documents, and biographies along with historical photos, maps, and videos.

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale in Context)

Research viewpoint essays, topic overviews, images, podcasts, articles, graphs, tables, and charts on a variety of current topics.

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Do a career interest assessment, research industries and careers, plan your education, get expert advice, and launch your career. Learn about 140 different industries and career fields and thousands of professions to find the one right for you.

World Book Early Learning

Read, play, watch, and do! Activities for pre-readers and beginning readers.

Gale Literature

Find everything you need to research the world of literature: biographies, bibliographies, critical analyses, essays, poems, primary sources, and more for authors both historical and current. Resources include: Gale Literature: Something About the AuthorGale Literature: Dictionary of Literary BiographyGale Literature Resource Center, and Gale Literature: LitFinder.

PowerKnowledge: Earth & Space Science

Watch a volcano erupt! Play games, find project ideas, and have fun learning about ecosystems, space, energy and matter, maps, climates and more in Power Knowledge.

PowerKnowledge: Life Science

Worried about polar bears? Study them and other animals, adaptation, habitats, the human body, food chains, green living, extinct species, and more in Power Knowledge.

PowerKnowledge: Physical Science

What goes up must come down. You’ll find more about gravity, atoms, motion, temperature and more, with videos and games to explain it all in Power Knowledge.

MasterFile Premier

Find full-text articles and abstracts from general reference, business, consumer health, and general science magazines and journals.

World Book Discover

Find multimedia on a variety of subjects, science fair projects, biographies, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more for high school students.  

Global Issues (Gale in Context)

Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.

Environmental Studies (Gale in Context)

Read about emerging green technologies and issues on the environment and sustainability.

Gender Studies (Gale OneFile)

Find articles on gender studies, family/marital issues, health, and more.

Vocations and Careers (Gale OneFile)

Peruse articles on job searching, building a career, and more.

Science Online

Look for experiments, images, videos, and articles on recent events and discoveries in a range of science areas.

Job & Career Accelerator

Use powerful tools and find guidance to achieve your career goals. Units include: find a career match; explore occupations; search for jobs and internships; tools to get hired; career library; and school and scholarship finder.

Science (Gale in Context)

Find authoritative science information: full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites.

World History (Gale in Context)

Find scholarly analysis, articles, references, and primary documents covering the past 5,000 years.

Little Pim

Have fun with languages! Children can start learning a second language before they can read a first one. Create a free account in Little Pim and get started!

Issues & Controversies in American History

Explore key players and the battles they fought to see how they shaped our nation.

Life Skills from World Book Discover

Learn the basics of living on your own, including work, major purchases, housing, budgeting, and more.

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition Africana Americans have faced on the road to freedom. Materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S.

Research Rocket

Explore topics, trends and current events that align with curricular areas such as English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Readers' Guide Retrospective

Search this index for citations from the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from the years 1890 through 1982.