Arts & Learning

ArtistWorks provides patrons with world-class music and voice instruction through self-paced video lessons taught by highly accomplished and Grammy Award–winning music professionals.

Creativebug offers an all-access, no-boundaries pass to explore 1000+ craft classes. People of all skill levels can work alongside instructors to learn craft techniques, FREE with your library card! New videos are added every day, and include everything from sewing to crochet to manga drawing.

The Great Courses offers unlimited access to the world’s most engaging professors enabling patrons to delve into an immersive learning experience, covering a wide variety of subjects.

Learning Express Library has practice tests and preparation tips for many common exams such as the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, graduate school admissions, occupational licenses, and elementary school through college practice tests for math, reading and language arts. Also included are tutorials and e-books on workplace skills improvement and computer and internet basics.

Scholastic Teachables offers unlimited access to thousands of printables. Save hours of prep time with this database that offers 25,000+ ready-to-go lessons and activities for every subject and skill level.

Transparent Language is an online tool to learn and practice foreign languages. Courses are offered for over 100 languages. If English is not your first language, Transparent Language Online also offers English as a second Language courses.

Universal Class gives access to lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter.

Consumer Help

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine. Sponsored by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.

Consumer Reports contains information that enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for.

Genealogy & History

America’s Genealogy Bank allows you to easily search and browse millions of genealogies, obituaries, marriage and birth announcements and more from 1652 to the present. Includes historical newspapers, books and documents, along with modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index.

Ancestry Library Edition is available for use inside the library only. Ancestry Library Edition delivers over 4 billion records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more for individuals from North America, Europe, Australia, and more.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. Search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

Clio connects thousands of people to nearby culture and history. You can search for nearby sites, take a walking tour, create your own itinerary, or simply go for a walk or drive and let Clio show you nearby sites. Built by historians and free for everyone, with new entries added daily. Mobile App available.

e-WV Encyclopedia Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture. e-WV is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Heritage Quest includes digitized US census records from 1790-1930,along with digitized genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War pension and bounty land warrant files, Freedman’s Bank records, and a periodical source index..

WV Archives and History  features primary and secondary source documents, photographs, and databases; lists collections and other materials available in the State Archives; and provides research guides and assistance for genealogists.

West Virginia History on View the West Virginia & Regional History Center’s online database that includes over 50,000 images digitized from our rich and diverse collections. While not every image we have has been scanned into this database, it showcases a small selection of our many photographs, glass plate negatives, tintypes, prints, and other still images.

Newspapers

America’s News offers information on topics related to business, education, government, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, videos, blogs and web-only content including the Charleston Gazette, Dominion Post, Times West Virginian, USA Today and more.

NewsBank Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with our collection of full-text local, regional and national newspapers, including Fairmont’s Times West Virginian.

NewsBank: Times West Virginian Direct link to NewsBank’s coverage of Fairmont’s Times West Virginian.

General Reference

EBSCO Research Databases is a powerful online reference system that provides full-text articles and abstracts from journals and magazines in a variety of disciplines. Access outside the library requires a username and password; contact any library branch for login information.

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Sponsored by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.

NoveList Plus With information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles included, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads and more, NoveList Plus is a complete readers’ resource. Sponsored by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.

Legal Resources

LawDepot allows you to print or download legal forms online. Lease agreements, wills, power of attorney & more. Customize for free in minutes. Quick & easy.

Job Assistance

Job & Career Accelerator lets you explore over 1,000 occupations and match those that fit your interests, search available jobs from over 5 million postings, create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing skills, get tips on how to improve your search each step of the way, and organize and track your job search progress.

Reference for Kids

Explora gives kids the chance to explore thousands of topics in a variety of disciplines. Formerly Searchasaurus and Kids Search, Explora is sponsored by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.

Explora: Primary School Edition is curated to provide resources at a Primary school reading level and curriculum level. Special Explora editions brought to you by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.

Explora: Middle and High School Edition is curated to provide resources at a Secondary School reading level and curriculum level. Special Explora editions brought to you by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.

NoveList K-8 Plus allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers. Find Recommended Reads lists organized by age group or search for books by genre, subject, or literary award. NoveList Plus K-8 includes reviews, annotations, and information for parents and educators. Sponsored by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.

Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Sponsored by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.

World Book Online combines cutting-edge technology with traditional editorial excellence to produce authoritative, trustworthy, and unbiased content. The digital content is updated in real time and carefully curated for each learning level. Sponsored by the WV Library Commission, please contact your branch for the password.