BDHS Databases:

Visit the library circulation desk, or log in here for BDHS/PWCS database user names and passwords.

CQ Researcher:  
In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are researched and written by seasoned journalists. CQ Researcher is a great place to start any research project.  

Culture Grams:
Learn about cultures and customs around the world, with maps, flags, statistics and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library:
Click here to browse our collection of Gale e-books, covering topics in literature, the social sciences, and medicine.

The perfect resource for delivering full-text and multimedia reference essentials. The easy to use interface makes research easy. Students find the answers they need from more than 2,000 full text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts-plus thousands of maps, pictures, web links and audio/video files.

JLG Digital Online Reading Platform (⭐fiction e-books and audiobooks⭐)
Looking for independent reading material?  Junior Library Guild offers an awesome, rotating collection of gold-standard books with unlimited access online from any device. Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available. Note:  Certain features of JLG Digital--such as bookmarking, highlighting, and notes-- will not be available until PWCS syncs your Office 365 account with the platform.  We will let you know as soon as those features become available to you.

The perfect place to build background about your topic before launching more scholarly research.  Includes the Online Reference Center with access to the World Book encyclopedia (including World Book Advanced, Discover, and Kids), and related websites, atlases, timelines, primary resources, videos and more. Provides a translation feature into multiple languages.  

World Book Discover:
Includes much of the same type of resources as World Book Advanced but in language that may be easier to understand than World Book Advanced.

World Book Timelines:
Timelines covering many subjects. Includes features for students and teachers to create and share their own timelines.

Public Library Databases:

Use Your Prince William County Library Card to access the resources below.

Biography In Context:
Learn about more than one million people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context :
Use this database to explore a variety of research topics by reading pro/con perspectives from authoritative voices.  This database covers current-- and often, controversial-- social issues, with topics ranging from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games. It can be used for science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed and differing views present each side of an issue and will help you explore both sides of any issue in-depth.

Science In Context: 
Explore hundreds of today's most significant science topics and see how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues.  This database includes real-world experiments, virtual labs, articles, multimedia, and more.

Today's Science :
Science news written especially for students. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 15-year back-file, Today's Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.

is an archive which provides full-text searches of digitized back issues of several hundred well-known and scholarly journals. One journal, Philosophical Transactions, dates back to 1665. In addition to its use as an archive for individual journals, JSTOR is a premiere research source

Learning Express Library
Provides free access to online practice exams. Includes everything from the SAT/ACT exams for the high school student, ASVAB tests for those pursuing a career in the military to civil service exams and many others. Exams are based on official tests and provide instant scoring and evaluation.

Issues & Controversies
This database explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

EBSCO e-book History Collection
Access more than 17,000 world history e-books.  Not sure what you're looking for?  To skim what's available, click “e-books” in upper left corner of your window, and then browse by subject.

Other Online Resources

This resource is a comprehensive biography resource for information about people from various facets of life including, but not limited to, famous historical people, scientists, politicians, writers, and entertainers.

Health & PE
Click here to take free DMV practice tests and pass your test with ease. This site also offers handy tools that will allow you to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests.  

Drug Enforcement Agency
This link gives information about drug scheduling in association with their acceptable medical use and potential for abuse and dependency.

Office of Diversion Control (Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency)
This link lists the chemical names, abbreviations, and schedules for controlled substances. You most likely will need to scroll down on the page for schedule information.


The Washington Post e-Replica edition
This resource needs a username and password to access. It has limited, one full-class or two small classes, accesses.

Teacher Resources for Washington Post e-Replica
This resource includes a quiz for general reading as well as guiding questions for reading. 

Primary Sources

American Archive of Public Broadcasting
Tune into over 100,000 television and radio programs spanning the last 70 years of public broadcasting in the United States.  With full-length interviews with historians, scholars, historical figures, and eye witnesses to historical events and local legends, this resource is a critical resource for anyone studying 20th- and 21st-century culture and history.  Language learners can explore content in French, Spanish, and Yup'ik.

Fordham University - Internet History Sourcebooks Projects
A fantastic source for global history, this website provides access to modern, medieval, and ancient primary source documents, maps, secondary sources, bibliographies, images and music.

LIFE Magazine Photo Archive-
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

National Archives:

Thousands of online documents, images, and other media bring United States history to life through the easy-to-navigate National Archives web portal for teachers and students.  This portal links to 100 Milestone Documents of American History, online exhibits, and research tutorials that will help you locate the materials you need.

Yale University - The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy
Primary sources are grouped by time period then listed in alphabetical order.  This database starts with ancient and medieval documents and moves into present times. Links to human rights documents are also included.

Social Studies and Geography

Countries of the World
Cultural, Historical, Statistical, Country Information
Designed to provide a comprehensive list of resources for all of the world’s diplomatic offices.

Perseus Digital Library
Ready to read the Aeneid in Virgil's Latin?  The Perseus Digital Library offers an extensive collection of diverse texts from antiquity, including fully digitized works in Greek, Latin, English, and other languages. Explore the extensive image collection of classical art and archaeology to see pictures of vases, coins, and other artifacts.  Although the library began with a focus on the ancient world, it has grown to encompass Arabic, Germanic, Renaissance and 19th Century American materials, as well, covering the time of Ancient Egypt to the Civil War and 19th century London.

Spartacus Educational
Provides a series of free history encyclopedias written by author and teacher John Simkin. Entries usually include a narrative, illustrations and primary sources.  Covers only western civilizations and groups articles in the following collections:  British History, American History, World War I, World War II, Germany, Russia, Women's History, and Black History.
Data and information about states and countries; includes geographic tables and maps, rating and comparisons briefs, special reports and selected historical data.
Statistics and information about the United States.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This site is a comprehensive site for research on the Holocaust. It contains many personal stories as well as background research.

Reference Centers--collected web-resources

General reference center; Special Resources area for high school students.
Single source for facts on a wide variety of subjects: AP wire, Dow Jones, and traffic.

Math and Science

National Library of Medicine:
The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
Medical information provided by medical professionals.

Physics Classroom:
Physics concepts and homework help.

This site is a reference site for issues that may be used in debates or persuasive papers.

Art Edge: The Kennedy Center Arts Edge:
Supports arts education and places it at the center of the curriculum through the creative and appropriate uses of technology.
A public service organization and learning/teaching environment. The first public library of and for the Internet community.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
This link takes you to the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery which includes an extensive collection of photographs and images.
Listen to stories from people of all backgrounds and beliefs, or contribute your own voice to the project.  The StoryCorps' archive is one of the first and largest born-digital collections of human voices, featuring tens of thousands of interviews from all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  Click the "Discover" tab to explore collections based on different topics and themes.

Smithsonian Education:
Education website of the Smithsonian Institution: art, history, air and space, and science.

PWCS The Stream
This is a link to the Prince William County Schools Intranet live stream of TV channels including: Bio, History, Discovery, Travel, Animal Planet, ESPN, TLC, HGTV, C-SPAN, CNBC, TPC, Fox News, ABC Family, BBC America, MSNBC. This link is only available in PWCS Division buildings.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Exhibition
This link goes to a USHMM online exhibition entitled "Some Were Neighbors." Click on the Online Exhibition link or Enter to explore the exhibition. You will need to click on the pictures to get more information or to view videos. 

World Languages

Practice your vocab and conjugations in French, Spanish, Latin, German, Italian, or Portuguese with free, fun activities and games.

French News
A list of currently published French-language newspapers and news sites in France, including Le Figaro, Le Monde, France Soir, and La Croix.

News In Slow podcasts
Learn any language by listening to the news in these daily podcasts designed for students.  Podcasts are available for free in two different dialects of Spanish, French, Italian, and German.  

Perseus Digital Library
Ready to read the Aeneid in Virgil's Latin?  See full description under "Social Studies & Geography."

Prensa Escrita
List currently published Spanish-language newspapers from around the globe.

RFI | Journal en français facile podcast
Daily podcast of news in simple French designed for language learners.  Podcasts are also available in Spanish and other world languages.

No Longer Available:

Gale InfoTrac:
InfoBase Source Reference
 - trial ended 12/16/19
Looking for a topic?  Need to learn more about your topic so you can find better resources?  Start your research for every class here.  This comprehensive database contains over 1.5 million full text articles, 440+ reference books, 156,000 images and, 1500+ videos, including tutorials and how-to videos that simplify the research process for you.