Searching databases is a little different than searching the web. If you need any help, contact a librarian.
Ancestry.com – Accessible only while inside the library –
Access genealogy records to discover your family history with ancestry.com.
*This database is available only inside the library. It will not be accessible elsewhere with your library card.*
Britannica Academic (NOVEL)
Britannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that college students need to consult when conducting thorough collegiate research—all from one resource. Written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts, Britannica Academic’s articles provide trusted information with balanced, global perspectives and insights that users will not find anywhere else.
Expert ratings and consumer reviews from an independent product testing organization.
DMV Permit Practice Tests
Access to NYS DMV practice driving tests and handbooks for car, motorcycle, and CDL.
Search for books by character, location, or subject. And, most important for some readers, find fiction series listed in reading order.
Gale in Context: Biography
Information on the world’s most influential people.
Resources to build your resumé, search job postings, and gain knowledge of interview skills. It’s a great tool for individuals, parents, teachers and counselors.
SkillUp Capital Region
This online portal allows job seekers to explore career pathways, view local job postings, register for free online learning, and receive workforce services. Employers can search for qualified candidates, post jobs, and receive in-depth consulting to address hiring and training needs. This service does not require a library card, but users need to have a Rensselaer, Schenectady or Albany county address.
Albany Medical College Consumer Health Guide
The Schaffer Library of Health Science at Albany Medical College created this guide for researching Health and Medical topics. In 2017, VPL partnered with Schaffer Library to have all Reference Librarians certified as Consumer Health Information Specialists through the Medical Library Association.
Health Reference Center Academic (NOVEL)
Full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a variety of personal health information sources.
Information about herbs, supplements, vitamins, minerals along with complementary practices like yoga and acupuncture.
Nuwav Legal Documents provides legal documents that meet the needs of the everyday Citizen. Easily compose documents in categories like Business, Contracts, Landlord/Tenant disputes, Divorce and more.
Britannica School (NOVEL)
Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades Pre-K-12 and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.
Britannica Escolar (NOVEL)
Discover the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
Kids InfoBits (NOVEL)
Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (NOVEL)
Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 21,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.
Research in Context (NOVEL)
Contains magazines, newspapers, primary sources and videos for students in grades 6 to 8.
InfoTrac Newsstand (NOVEL)
This full-text newspaper database has several New York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers.
New York Times Online
NYTimes.com is a multi-platform news tool that provides full access to New York Times and International New York Times content, including breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinion, blogs, videos and more. NYTimes.com is updated 24/7 with corresponding time stamps. From the home page, one can access more than 25 Times sections, including World, Politics, New York, Opinion, Business, Technology, Science, Sports, Arts, Fashion & Style, and Video. For instruction on accessing the service, visit our webpage.