Resources

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

FVRL Resources

OverDrive (& Libby app)

Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks to read on the device of your choice. Check out up to ten titles at a time for up to 21 days. Ver títulos disponibles en español.

Get started on your device
Borrowing, returning, renewing
See the FAQs on our eBooks & eAudio page or our "Get Help Using FVRL's Online Resources" page for answers to your questions.
Having problems or getting a security warning?

Starting September 30, 2021, you'll probably have problems if you're trying to use OverDrive or Libby on an older browser or operating system. You may see a security warning or a "your connection is not private" message, or you may just have problems signing in, borrowing, loading the app's content, etc.

Why? The web certificate provider that OverDrive uses will no longer support certain older operating systems, including iOS 9 or older and MacOS below 10.12.1. We have also heard from our patrons that some older Kindle Fire or Android devices are also affected. 

What to do about it? Update your browser or operating system, if possible. Here's how to update your iOS device, or read more about the issue from Libby Help or OverDrive Help. Unfortunately, some older devices may not be able to update to current software, and it might be time to consider buying a new (or at least newer) device.

What happens if you ignore the message? Your data could be compromised, since OverDrive can’t verify that you're connecting with a legitimate server.

Still have questions?

These resources may help:

Ancestry Library

Starting January 1, 2022, Ancestry is available only at the library.
Learn about your ancestors. Search over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, including the US Census, to find records and digitized documents.

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

Interlibrary loan (ILLiad) is a service provided by FVRL that allows us to borrow materials we do not own from other library systems in the US, so you can use the item through your local branch.

Who can use it?

FVRL library card holders in good standing who either are residents of the district, pay taxes to the district, or purchase a non-resident borrower's card may request items through interlibrary loan.

How can I learn more?

Read the FAQs on our ILLiad site to learn how to use interlibrary loan and find out about:

  • Possible costs
  • Types of materials that we can borrow
  • How long it might take
  • How long you can keep the items
  • How to renew
  • Borrower responsibilities and information

Questions about interlibrary loan? Please call 360-906-5000 or e-mail illiad@fvrl.org.

Freegal Music

Listen to music for free with your library card!

  • Stream up to 5 hours of music per day.
  • Download up to 5 songs in MP3 format per week. They are yours to keep.
  • Enjoy 2 music videos per week.

Have questions? Read the Freegal FAQs.

Hoopla

Check out up to 20 films, TV episodes, music albums, eAudio, or eComics from Hoopla monthly and enjoy them on your computer, phone, tablet, or TV. Collections available in several languages, including español中文, and русский.

Basic information
  • Materials are available in over 70 languages.
  • View movies and TV shows* for three (3) days following checkout.
  • Stream music albums for up to seven (7) days following checkout.
  • Download and view eComics, eBooks, eAudio, and sheet music for 21 days following checkout.
  • Start an online book club.
  • Many Hoopla videos are closed captioned. Search the Hoopla Help site for "closed captions" to learn how to display subtitles.
  • You may need the Widevine plugin to view videos in your browser. If you are using Firefox, you may wish to use Google Chrome instead, as it doesn't require the plugin.
Get started today
  1. Go to Hoopla and sign up with the email and password of your choice.
  2. Download the appropriate app for your device, or use it in your web browser.
  3. Borrow and enjoy!
Get help
  • See Hoopla help for FAQs.
  • Forgot the email address you used to sign up? Use the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of every Hoopla help page, or send an email to feedback@hoopladigital.com. Be sure to include the library's name (Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries), your library card number, and a description of your issue. (Unfortunately, FVRL staff can't look up your Hoopla email address or password.)
  • Forgot your Hoopla password? Use the "Forgot your password?" link on the Hoopla login page once you know the correct email address.
  • Ask us for Tech Help for other issues (not account login).

New York Times Digital

Enjoy complimentary access to nytimes.com, and view articles from 1980 to today. Here's how:

From inside the library or on library Wi-Fi:
  1. Go to nytimes.com.
  2. Click "Log In" and then "Create one" to create an account with your personal email address, or log in if you have already created an account. (Note: if you don't want to receive email marketing communications from the New York Times, uncheck that box when you sign up, or follow the unsubscribe instructions if you start getting marketing emails.)
  3. You may now view as many articles as you want during your time on the library computer or library Wi-Fi, except in the Cooking section. 
  4. Log out when you're done.
Offsite/remote access:
  1. Click this remote access link.
  2. Click "Redeem" to get 72 hours of continuous access, except in the Cooking section.
  3. Create an account with your personal email address, or click on "log in here" if you have already created an account.
  4. After 72 hours, you will need to go back to step 1 and click the remote access link again for another 72 hours of remote access.
Using the New York Times Digital App:
  1. Select the correct icon below to download the free New York Times app, or visit your device's app store.
  2. Open your device's browser to navigate to this page, tap this remote access link, and tap "Redeem" to get 72 hours of continuous access, except in the Cooking section.
  3. Create an account, or log in if you've already created one.
  4. Then, leave the browser and launch the app.
  5. Sign in with your email address. The code already will have been applied, and you have access for 72 hours.
  6. Once your 72 hours is over, you can repeat step 2 to get another 72 hours of access.

Kanopy

Stream independent films, documentaries, classic films, Great Courses, Milestone Films, world cinema, kids' educational programming, and kids' movies (with Common Sense Media ratings).

Important details
  • Watch up to 20 films per month. Play credits reset on the 1st of the month. 
  • Take up to 3 days to watch each film.
  • The collection will change as Kanopy adds and deletes material. FVRL does not select Kanopy content.

Some other things to know:

  • You can view your borrowing history from a web browser, but not from the apps at present.
  • To more easily find titles you wish to watch or have already borrowed, add them to your Watchlist.
  • The mobile version of the Kanopy app includes a menu option to Continue Watching any videos you have started but not completed. If a video is not currently checked out by you, tapping to Continue Watching will use one of your monthly borrowing credits.
Get started today!
  1. Create an account with an email and password of your choice.
  2. Verify your email and enter your card number and PIN to complete sign-up.
  3. Download the appropriate app for your device, or use it in your web browser.
  4. Borrow and enjoy!
  5. Find Help if you need it.
Learn about Kanopy Kids

Kanopy also offers children's movies, shows, and educational programs through Kanopy Kids.

  • When you open Kanopy, select "Go to Kanopy Kids."
  • Unlimited borrowing and viewing is allowed in Kanopy Kids.
  • You can set parental controls, so young viewers stay in the Kanopy Kids area.
  • Learn more about Kanopy Kids!

Creativebug

Watch a wide variety of arts & crafts classes taught by design experts. Find a project for every occasion.

Creativebug and your privacy

Creativebug requires you to create an account that is a public profile. Here's how to avoid sharing your personal information.

Creativebug user profiles display First Name, Last Name, and Bio, and they will only display initials for first and last name.

If you want to use Creativebug while avoiding sharing personal information, you can completely customize all of those fields. For example, you could enter First Name as simply S, Last Name as S, and leave the Bio field blank.

Personal profile settings are managed via Access My Account in the menu in the upper right-hand corner of the Creativebug website once you've signed in to your account. These settings are not accessible via the Creativebug mobile app.

Chilton Library

Find repair info by make and model combinations, covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of older, specialty models.

LinkedIn Learning

Formerly Lynda.com. Learn the skills you need through instructional video courses in education, technology, business, and creative fields. To get started, log in with your library card number and PIN. (Learn more about the transition from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning.)

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.

Flipster en español

Vea revistas populares y actuales en formato digital, sin necesidad de esperar la edición impresa. Puede descargar la aplicación para leer sin conexión o leer en su navegador.

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

Consumer Reports Online

Search for recent Consumer Reports magazine articles and reviews in full-text. Find product reviews, recommendations, and comparisons to help you make choices.

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.

HeritageQuest

Search the digital US Census records from 1790-1940 or the full-text of 25,000 family and local history books in Heritage Quest.

TumbleBooks

Peruse animated, talking picture books, early chapter books, puzzles, and resources for kids and families in TumbleBooks. Includes a limited number of books in French, Spanish, and other languages.

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)

**Please note: If unable to access Reference Solutions using Google Chrome™, try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome may cause issues.

Find U.S. white pages and yellow pages, as well as demographic details and heat maps for U.S. and Canadian businesses. Get the most out of Reference USA by visiting their Learning Center.

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.

Alldata Repair

Available only in library (but not from North Bonneville, Yale, or Yacolt)
Find auto repair details for domestic and imported cars, trucks (up to one ton), and vans manufactured since 1982.

ProQuest

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

Academic Search Premier

Search thousands of academic, peer reviewed, and trade journals or magazines to find articles you can use to stay informed or get ahead.

Academic OneFile (Gale)

Access peer reviewed, scholarly articles across all academic disciplines to support your research or homework. Most useful to advanced high school students, college students, and professionals.

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.

WorldCat Discovery

Find items—books, audiobooks, journals, and sometimes even articles—within and beyond FVRL's collection. Although you can access this without a library card, you must use your library card if you wish to start here in requesting an interlibrary loan.

TeenBookCloud

Stream eBooks, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks of high interest to tweens and teens, as well as classics and some teacher-assigned titles. You'll need an internet connection only—no downloading!

How does TeenBookCloud help teachers?

In many ways! Take a look at these TeenBookCloud features:

  • Most titles have reading level information on the title record page, including Accelerated Reader (A/R) and Lexile levels as well as publisher-suggested interest level grade ranges.
  • Some titles have accompanying lesson plans and quizzes linked on the title record page.
  • TumbleTracker lets teachers track their students' reading progress, assign books to read and quizzes to take, and tailor assignments based on student activity. (Find out more about TumbleTracker under "About" in the main menu.) You may request a TumbleTracker account by sending your teacher email address to info@tumblebooks.com.

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.

Learning Express Library: Recursos para hispanohablantes

Encuentre recursos para hispanohablantes sobre lectura y escritura en inglés, matemáticas y cómo prepararse para el examen de GED.

Find resources for Spanish speakers about reading and writing in English, math and preparing for the GED test.

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.

Fold3

Discover your family's military past. Find service records, casualties, and memorials from wars since the American Revolution. Search sources also include U.S. Federal Census records, Dawes enrollment cards, homestead records, naturalizations, and international military records.

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.

Morningstar Investment Research

Track stocks and mutual funds. Read in-depth, independent stock and fund reports.

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.

Access World News from NewsBank

Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner, including:

FIMO (Fire Insurance Maps Online)

Chart the growth and development of cities and towns in Washington with fire insurance maps (including Sanborn maps), plat books, real estate atlases, and other historical maps. Use the information to supplement your historical or genealogical research. Added in 2020: Portland maps! Use the "Place Name Search" to locate them.

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.

Microsoft Imagine Academy

Updated 10/2/18. Learn anything from Microsoft Office, computer science, data science; even IT infrastructure.
This resource is intended for Washington State residents only. To access this resource you will need to:
▪ Provide your zip code and certify you're a resident when asked.
▪ Have access to a computer or cloud storage with sufficient space to save the OneNote or Excel files containing the learning resources.

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.

ABCmouse

Available in library only.
Especially for young children: learn pre-reading and reading skills through games, music, and puzzles. Create your own account, so you can log back in each time you visit the library.

Britannica Library Reference Center

Search or browse articles, media, biographies, and a world atlas for information on both academic subjects and personal interests. Start with Research Tools and Materials if you're doing academic research.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Access step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components.

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.

Legal Information Reference Center

Use tools and instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate, and rights & disputes.

History Reference Center

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

DemographicsNow (Gale Business)

Access a variety of ready-to-use and customizable demographic data reports for entrepreneurs, students or anyone who needs to identify cultural patterns or sociological trends.

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.

Value Line

Find investment research, expert analysis, and unbiased commentary on approximately 3,400 stocks. Resources include The Value Line Investment Survey®, Small & Mid-Cap Survey, and the expanded Value Line "Universe" of stocks.

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.

Gale Legal Forms

Find printable legal form templates and examples; legal, business, and other letter templates; definitions for legal terms; a law digest with articles on legal topics; and a national attorney practice directory.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Search magazines, books, videos and reports for projects and information. Find detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas. Subject areas include arts & crafts, collecting, games & electronics, model building, home & leisure, needlework, outdoors & nature, and scrapbooking & paper crafts.

Dun & Bradstreet First Research Industry Profiles

Review industry intelligence tools that can be consumed very quickly to better understand a prospect’s or client’s business issues. Published by Hoover's Inc.

Foundation Directory Online Professional

Available only at Battle Ground, Goldendale, and Vancouver Community Libraries.
Access essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. To pinpoint prospective funders, explore four comprehensive databases: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s.

Foundation Directory Online Essential

Available from home through 2021
To get started, create an account and get a code that allows a 24-hour window of use. You can get a new code every 30 days. Access essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. Identify prospective funders by searching grantmakers and 990s. Use MyFDO features to create dashboards, tag favorite grantmakers, and save searches. Ask for specific grant and recipient information from research staff through the resource portal.

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.

Library Elf

Keep track of activity on multiple FVRL library card accounts. Create an account and add library cards to it to have all physical holds, due dates, and notifications in one place.

Small Business Reference Center

Access articles with up-to-date information on starting a company, operations management and sales, or growing or rescuing a business.

You may also view the Small Business Start-Up Guide: Washington directly.

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.  

General OneFile (Gale)

Select from several news, magazine, or journal articles with images--many in full-text.

Informe Académico (Gale OneFile)

Busque en revistas y revistas académicas en español y portugués de texto completo de y sobre América Latina.

World Book Banco de Contenidos AulaPlaneta

El banco de contenidos AulaPlaneta es una enciclopedia para los estudiantes de secundaria y los adultos que contiene información actualizada, fiable y rigurosa. Incluye diccionarios, atlas, museo virtual, cronogramas, y más. Descubra qué es y qué te ofrece.

Banco de Contenidos AulaPlaneta is an encyclopedia for adults and high school students with information that is up-to-date, reliable, and rigorously vetted. Includes dictionaries, atlases, a virtual museum, timelines, and more.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Una enciclopedia para niños. Encuentre artículos sobre temas populares y escolares, definiciones del diccionario, imágenes, y mapas.

An encyclopedia in Spanish for students. Find articles on popular and school topics, definitions from the dictionary, images, and maps.

Entrepreneurship (Gale Business)

Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and more. Find full-text insights, tips and strategies for students and entrepreneurs.

ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry

Read trade and industry-focused information in journal articles, market reports, industry reports, and news.

Gale Business Insights: Global

Review company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and company & industry news from periodicals.

Business (Gale OneFile)

Research companies, the products and technologies they produce, and the markets in which they compete. Results include summaries and full text from business and trade journals, industry newsletters, newspapers, market research studies, news releases, and investment and brokerage firm reports.

Contemporary Women's Issues (Gale OneFile)

Read current full text and pertinent backfile coverage of topics relevant to women around the world.

Global Issues (Gale in Context)

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

Diversity Studies (Gale OneFile)

Search for articles that explore cultural differences, influences in society, and more.

Environmental Studies (Gale in Context)

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

Educator's Reference Complete (Gale OneFile)

Find academic articles, reports, news, book reports, and more in the field of education. Gain insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy. Best for educators, administrators, and education students.

Culinary Arts (Gale OneFile)

Find a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as key reference titles.

Gardening and Horticulture (Gale OneFile)

Find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies. For all horticultural enthusiasts.

Home Improvement Reference Center

Find articles and instructions for projects in the areas of outdoor, electrical, remodeling, plumbing, woodworking, decorating, and maintenance.

Fine Arts (Gale OneFile)

Search for articles art history, music, drama, filmmaking, and related fields.

Gender Studies (Gale OneFile)

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

Religion and Philosophy (Gale OneFile)

Read articles on world religions, philosophies, and related fields.

Vocations and Careers (Gale OneFile)

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

Health and Wellness (Gale)

Use this eResource to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on all health related topics. The materials contained in this resource are intended for informational purposes only.

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!

Grants to Individuals

Available in library only.
Find detailed information about grantmakers to students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers, including 990 filings.

Home Improvement (Gale OneFile)

Search home improvement topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.

PTSDpubs

Find citations and abstracts to worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological effects of trauma. Produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD.

Conversation Circles at FVRL

Join other language learners and volunteers to practice speaking in a warm, friendly environment. We have groups for speaking English, Spanish, ASL, and French. Groups meet to practice at several locations throughout the district, and some locations provide activities for children.

Círculos de conversación en ingles

Únase a otros estudiantes de idiomas y voluntarios para practicar la conversación en un ambiente cálido y amigable. Los grupos se reúnen para practicar en varios lugares del distrito, y algunos lugares ofrecen actividades gratuitas para los niños. También tenemos grupos para hablar ASL y francés.

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.

SAMS Photofacts

View over 4,800 manuals for after-market schematic service data on all kinds of consumer electronics such as radio, TV, car-radio, etc.

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.

ProQuest: Newspapers

Access full-text articles, including obituaries from a variety of U.S. newspapers. Some titles of particular interest are:

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.

Acceda Noticias

Access Spanish language newspapers, newswires and web-only content from the U.S. and around the world including Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Mexico and Spain.

Booklist Reader

Enjoy Booklist’s new magazine for readers, featuring diverse readers' advisory recommendations, in print and on audio, for readers of all ages. Read the current issue or back issues!

Apps

Library Catalog App

Use FVRL's mobile app on your Apple and Android devices to get rapid, easy access to the catalog as well as the most-used tools and information at the library. Use the "Pick Up Now" feature for holds. A brief tutorial with screen images is available.

 

Web Resources

Access Washington

Locate Washington state government information and services with links to all state agencies with communities information. (Site is available in Spanish, Russian, and more. Use the menu in the upper right to translate.)

U.S. Government Information

Access official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government, including the United States ConstitutionU.S. CodeFederal RegisterCongressional RecordCongressional BillsUnited States Courts Opinions, and more.

Washington 211

Search for social services or programs in Washington State.

GoodReads

Get reading ideas by author or genre and read reviews by your fellow readers around the globe. You can even join GoodReads and write your own reviews.

Fantastic Fiction

Find the next book by your favorite author, look for books in a series, or find out what your favorite authors are recommending.

FVRL Minecraft Server Map

*Currently unavailable* Get a bird's-eye view of the FVRL Minecraft world.

Minecraft Game

In order to play Minecraft on the FVRL server (read all about that here), you'll need to purchase and register to play the Minecraft game here.

Minecraft Wiki

A publicly accessible and editable wiki for information related to Minecraft (the game). 

Minecraft Comprehensive Crafting Guide

Click an item to see how to craft it in the game of Minecraft.

Minecraft mouse and keyboard controls

How to use mouse and keyboard controls in the game of Minecraft.

bookboon.com

Download free, non-fiction eBooks on a wide range of topics, including accounting, engineering, language learning, and more.

duoLingo

Set up an account in your preferred language, then start learning a new one, whether you speak English and want to learn Swedish, or your first language is Spanish and you want to learn English. (Translate the site into your first language using the menu in the upper right.)

duoLingo en español

Cree una cuenta y comience a aprender un nuevo idioma: inglés, francés, italiano, portugués, alemán, ruso, catalán, guaraní, esperanto o sueco.

Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature

Read from a library of over 6000 digitized historical children's books, available online from the University of Florida Digital Collections. This collection includes British and American children's books and magazines from the mid 1800s on by such authors as Lewis Carroll, Louisa May Alcott, Horatio Alger, and many more.

Washington Digital Newspapers

Seek out the news of yesterday in an ever-growing collection of old newspapers--including the Chronicle of Vancouver--digitized by the Washington State Library.  Search them all, browse a particular title, or view by location.  Dates range from as early as 1860, depending upon the newspaper.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

View scanned U.S. newspapers in multiple languages spanning the years 1789–1963. Read about major world events or seek out local news about ancestors.

Family Search

Create a free account and connect with your ancestors. Search for historical records, build a family tree, and more! You can even visit a local Family History Center for assistance with using their resources.

Washington State Digital Archives

Look up historical newspaper articles or county and state records such as marriage, frontier justice, birth, and death records.  You can even find historical photographs.

WorkSource Washington

Explore careers, research occupations, the labor market, and more under the Career Tools menu. Find local offices, training, job listings, etc. under the Resources tab. Take advantage of the information and services for both job seekers and employers.

WorkSource Washington en español

Explore las carreras, ocupaciones, el mercado laboral y más en el menú de Herramientas de carreras. Encuentre oficinas locales, capacitación, listas de trabajos, etc. en la pestaña de Recursos. Aproveche la información y los servicios tanto para los que buscan trabajo como para los empleadores.

Project Gutenberg

Choose from over 53,000 free EPUB or Kindle titles; download them or read them online. This is a great source of classic titles that are no longer under U.S. Copyright. You can add them to your DropBox, Google Drive or OneDrive if you have one and enjoy at your leisure. You can also choose to download or transfer titles to your mobile device, following these instructions.

Internet Archive - Genealogy

Research books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, and other historical and biographical documents.

Lexile Framework for Reading

Find the right book for your reading level. Don't know your Lexile measure? Get help finding it.

Washington Talking Book & Braille Library

Learn about free services, such as downloadable audio or audiobooks by mail, available to Washington residents who are unable to read standard print material.

Coursera

Take courses from instructors at more than 60 universities--many of which are free or low cost. Topics include economics, genetics, foundations of teaching, chemistry, programming, arts and more. Classes available in multiple languages.

DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

Find state incentives for renewables and efficiency.

Washington State Food Worker Course

Choose a language, watch the training video, take the test, pay your fee, and print out a food handler's card, so you can work in the food or restaurant industry in Washington. (Available in multiple languages.)

Curso de trabajador de alimentos de Washington

Vea el video de capacitación, haga el examen, pague su cuota e imprima una tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos, para que pueda trabajar en la industria de alimentos o restaurantes en Washington.

Vancouver Business Journal

Stay up to date with the local business scene.

Vancouver SCORE

Access free individual mentoring services, no- and low-cost workshops and events, plus templates and tools, all to help entrepreneurs start and successfully run small businesses. Serves Clark County, Longview, and the Columbia Gorge.

SBDC - Small Business Development Centers

Find advice, training, and resources for Washington business owners and entrepreneurs.

Doing Business in Vancouver

Dig into these business resources developed by the City of Vancouver, including links to other local and regional resources dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start and grow a business.

Washington Business Hub

Find information and requirements for planning, starting, running, and closing a business in Washington State. Do you need a license, business name, information about reporting revenue, paying taxes?  It's all here!

211 Information Network Resource Search

Search the site, or dial 211 for assistance with a variety of social services from food and housing to transportation and medical assistance. Target audiences are families, individuals, seniors, and veterans.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Read federal tax information, file online, check your refund status, pay your tax bill, and more. Of particular note: Earned Income Tax Credit, IRS Tax Withholding Estimator, Employer and Information forms, Forms, Instructions & Publications, and local office hours and locations. Information is available in multiple languages. You can also call the IRS toll free at 800-829-3676. (Site is available in multiple languages. Choose from the menu in the upper right corner.)

Servicio de Impuestos Internos (IRS)

Lea la información sobre los impuestos federales, presente su declaración en línea, compruebe el estado de su reembolso, pague su factura de impuestos y más. De particular importancia: Crédito de impuesto sobre la renta, Estimador de retención de impuestos del IRS; Formularios, instrucciones y publicaciones, y horarios y ubicaciones de las oficinas locales.

Washington LawHelp

Access legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court.  Look at the Youth Law & Education section for guidance on emancipation of minors or sealing the records of juvenile offenders. (Also available in Spanish and other languages.)

Ayuda Legal Washington

Acceda a información sobre muchos problemas legales y, en algunos casos, a instrucciones y formularios detallados para ayudarle a representarse a sí mismo en el tribunal. Mire en la sección de Educación y Leyes para Menores de Edad para obtener orientación sobre la emancipación de menores o el sellado de los registros de menores infractores.

Consumer Search

Read ratings that aim to give you meaningful comparisons and unbiased product reviews.

Oregon Department of Revenue

Locate forms from 1994 to the current year. Have them mailed to you by calling 503-357-4988 (outside Oregon or in Salem) or 1-800-356-4222 (toll-free from an Oregon prefix).

Washington Connection

Find and apply for a variety of services such as food, cash, child care, long-term care, and Medicare savings programs.

Washington Connection en español

Washington Connection ofrece una manera rápida y fácil de solicitar una variedad de servicios tales como alimentos, efectivo, cuidado de niños, cuidado a largo plazo, y programa de ahorros de Medicare asistencia.

CVTV (Clark-Vancouver Television)

Stream local programming, view the daily schedule, or search the archives for a program you may have missed.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Explore age-appropriate information about the U.S. Government. Learn basic information about the way the government works, how it began, and how citizens can participate.

Washington State Law Library

Get reliable access to legal information and legal reference assistance with Washington State laws.

Kelley Blue Book Online

Access value guides for cars, trucks & SUVs. *Some older versions also available in print at the library.

MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine

Use one of the best starting points for consumer health questions, pharmaceutical information, and current health news. Search for current clinical trials by subject. (Also available in Spanish.)

MedlinePlus en español

Obtenga respuestas a sus preguntas sobre salud, medicamentos y suplementos, y pruebas médicas. También incluye videos, noticias de salud actuales, una enciclopedia médica y recetas saludables.

Clark County Law Library

Access a publicly available, professional legal collection for judges, prosecutors, other lawyers, and county and state officials. Get assistance from legal librarians and purchase form kits for specific legal situations in Clark County.

Washington State Department of Revenue

Print out state tax forms from 1996 to the current year or follow a link to Unclaimed Property search.

NADA

Search appraisal guides from the National Automobile Dealers Association including: autos, RVs, motorcycles, boats, and manufactured homes. *Also available in print at the Library.

American Sign Language University

 Find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.

Washington Court Forms

Find forms that are used statewide in Washington Courts. (Some information is available in RussianSpanish, and other languages.) Please note: some counties also have additional forms at the county court websites.

Formularios de los Tribunales de Washington

Encuentre los formularios utilizados a nivel estatal en los tribunales de Washington. (Alguna información está disponible en español). Tenga en cuenta que algunos condados también tienen formularios adicionales en los sitios web de los tribunales de los condados.

Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington

Gain awareness of nonprofits in Southwest Washington or get organizational development assistance.

AR BookFinder

Search for Accelerated Reader books for yourself or your student in AR Book Finder.  Look through lists of award nominees and winners or popular topics.

GCF Global

Access online tutorials for computer basics, office software, job hunting skills, money management, social media, online security and more. Find your specific area of interest under one of these headings: Technology Basics, Living in the Online World, Microsoft Office, Essential Skills, and Work & Career. Follow these links for practice using a mouse or to learn about email. Most tutorials also available in Spanish.

GCF Aprende Libre

Acceda a tutoriales en línea para obtener información básica de computación, software de oficina, habilidades para buscar trabajo, administración del dinero, medios sociales, seguridad en línea, inglés, matemáticas y más.

National Archives and Records Administration: Pacific Alaska Region

Locate retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Clark County Court Forms

Find legal forms specific to Clark County.

501 Commons

Call on volunteer consultants to access a broad range of skills and services to nonprofits.

Cowlitz County Civil Forms

Find legal forms specific to Cowlitz County.

Washington State Unemployment Insurance

Apply for unemployment benefits online using this site developed by Employment Security Department. (Also available in Spanish, or choose your language at the bottom of the page.)

Servicio de Desempleo del Estado de Washington

Solicite beneficios de desempleo en línea usando este sitio desarrollado por el Departamento de Seguridad de Empleo.

Homeless Youth Handbook - Washington

Learn about the legal issues and options available to youth, from foster care to domestic violence; parenting to immigration; and more.

Landlord-Tenant Resources

Browse this lengthy list of online and local resources compiled by the Washington State Attorney General's office.

Oregon Employment Department

Search job listings by category or by location or file benefit claims online.

Genealogical Forum of Oregon

Get one free admission per year with our Experience Pass program! Research a variety of Pacific Northwest genealogical reference works.

Khan Academy

Watch tutorials online and practice a wide variety of life skills and academic subjects, from computer programming to printmaking or 3rd grade math to entrepreneurship.

Clark County Genealogical Society

Find CCGS library contents, books published by CCGS, a chat room, local genealogy classes, and membership information.

edX

Enroll in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by recognized universities and institutions from around the globe.  Take a class in genetics or focus on a classic novel for several weeks. The choices are plentiful.

Career One Stop

Search for jobs, explore careers, look at trends. Offers tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

Clark County Historical Museum

Research using local historical books, documents, city directories, maps, and more.

USAJOBS

Search federal job postings, apply online, and learn about federal employment. Includes links to jobs for people with disabilitiesmilitary veteransrecent graduates, and senior executives.

Washington GenWeb

Find websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

Washington Rural Heritage

Washington Rural Heritage is a collection of historic photos and other scanned materials documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of rural Washington. The collection includes materials obtained by FVRLibraries in Skamania, Klickitat, and North Clark/South Cowlitz counties, funded by a grant from the Washington State Library.

Databases

You can find all our resources (including what were formerly referred to as databases) in the Research & Learn menu - or go straight to our Resources by Topic page.

Librarian Tips

Tip: find resources for starting or growing a small business

Try searching the web for "small business." Look for results from .us, .gov, and .org. Add your  state, county, or city name to the search to focus more locally, e.g. "small business" +Skamania County.

Tip: find job boards

Visit WorkSource Washington for loads of resources, including links to jobs posted to Indeed.com, Monster.com, Jobdango and more.

Tip: find community education and recreation programs

Try searching the internet (Google, Bing, etc.) for the name of your town or school district +"community education," e.g. "Battle Ground" +"community education."

Tip: view local newspapers online

Find out if a local newspaper is online by searching the web for the city (or county), state newspaper, e.g. Woodland, WA newspaper.

Tip: find local recreation or senior centers

To find community centers or senior centers in your area, try searching a search engine for your city, county, or region +"community center" or "senior center" or "parks and recreation," e.g. Ridgefield +"community center" or Vancouver +parks and recreation.

Tip: find local incentives and assistance for business

Try searching Google Maps for "economic development" and then dragging and zooming the map to focus on your county or metro area, then clicking "Search this area."

Tip: find images

Find more images by searching Google Images for what you want, but then clicking on the little gear icon to access "Advanced Search." Once there, you can limit by color, image type, and most importantly, usage rights.

Tip: find travel info

To find travel information about particular destinations, try searching a search engine for "visitor information" or "travel information" +the name of the area, e.g. "travel information" +Thailand.

Tip: look at general knowledge resources

Looking for something a little broader in scope with less detailed information? Try a general knowledge resource.

Tip: find help to meet your needs

Find local food banks, hot meals, financial assistance, health care, housing, household goods, legal assistance, transportation and more by searching in your city in Washington's 211 network at the top of this list.

Tip: find local government information

To find your state or local government offices, codes, elections and more, use usa.gov's link to Government Agencies and Elected Officials to drill down to the state, county, or city website.

Tip: find federal government information

To access websites and information from federal government offices or branches, search usa.gov by name, e.g. copyright office, white house, congress, supreme court, department of agriculture, etc.

Tip: find online resources for learning computer basics

Here are some basic resources besides the others on our Computers & Technology page:

  • Mouse Tutorial—Learn how to use a mouse.
  • DigitalLearn.org—Take online tutorials from the Public Library Association in these areas of computer basics: Starting Out, Being Safe Online, Job Skills, Being Productive, Connecting with Others, Mobile Devices, and Online Shopping.

Tip: locate social services for seniors

Find services for seniors in your community including assistance, transportation, and nutrition by searching online for senior services your city (or county), state, and showing preference for .gov and .org websites, e.g. senior services woodland, wa.

Tip: find product and service reviews

To find product or service reviews similar to those in Consumer Reports, try doing a web search for the product +review, e.g. wireless printers +review or adult care homes +review. Then read the fine print to make sure the "review" you're looking at isn't a paid ad.

Tip: Get Reading Ideas from the Library

If none of the resources here are inspiring you, why not take advantage of the professionals at the library?

  • Request a Library Sampler. Answer a few questions and library staff will put together a short stack of materials from our shelves for you to borrow within 2-3 days.
  • Request Reading Suggestions. We provide a list of personalized suggestions in 4-7 days based on your answers to some questions, then you can decide whether to place holds or borrow the titles.
  • Browse the book columns published in our Off the Shelf Blog for different lists of titles on a wide variety of subjects each month. You may find something you like.