Online Resources

Gale, Testing and Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing and Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  • Over 300 practice tests and courses Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  • Information on over 4,000 accredited schools Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
  • Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations.

Visit the Testing and Education Reference Center Website.


Ancestry Library Edition

7 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees (Only available inside the library). View the Ancestry Library Edition Website 

  • Family trees
  • Helpful tools
  • Historical records
  • Support

HeritageQuest Online

Access genealogical resources including:

  • Freedman’s Bank Records
  • PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • Revolutionary War Pension Records
  • United States Census
  • United States Congressional Serial Set

Visit the HeritageQuest Online.

Find It Virginia

Find It Virginia

Find It Virginia


  • Charts
  • Diagrams and illustrations
  • Encyclopedias and other reference works
  • Homework help
  • Magazine and newspaper articles
  • Maps
  • Photos
  • TV and radio transcripts

Visit the Find It Virginia Website

Portsmouth Yearbooks


The Portsmouth Public Library Yearbook Collection includes a variety of schools and institutions among 157 volumes dating from 1926 to 1977. These yearbooks were digitized through a project with the Library of Virginia and are made available via the Internet Archive. 

The yearbooks were donated to our Local History Room, and we do not have every year for every school, but if you are interested in donating yearbooks to the permanent history collection, please call us at 393-8501, ext. 6521.

Visit the Yearbooks Section of the Portsmouth Library Archives Website.

Reference Research


Credo Reference has a host of resources, such as educational content for K to 12 students and adults, informational videos and tutorials, and interactive discovery tools as well as Homework Help. Visit the Credo Reference website.