Research Tools: Alphabetically Listed

Access these premium online Research Tools for free using your MRSPL card number. Available content includes full-text newspapers, magazines, journals, and reference material on a wide range of subjects.

Some of the Research Tools below may require both your MRSPL card number and PIN/password to log on. MRSPL cards by default use your phone number on record as your password. However, you can personalized your PIN/password anytime by logging into your account through our online catalog. If you have questions about your card or PIN/password, please Contact Us by email or call our Circulation Desk at 703-248-5031 (TTY 711). 

Consumer Reports

Access 1000+ ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, and more from Consumer Reports. Also, view articles published in Consumer Reports magazine from January 2009-present.

Credo Literati

View detailed overviews of over 10,000+ topics, with a picture archive and 400+  reference dictionaries and encyclopedia. Also offers live online Homework Help.


Search full-text magazine and newspaper articles, maps, pictures, and transcripts from TV and radio programs.

FindIt Virginia

Access an array of resources including national and regional newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, as well as encyclopedias.

Gale Power Search

Search millions of full-text articles from popular, scholarly, and even peer-reviewed publications.

George Mason High School (City of Falls Church) Yearbooks

Search and view The Mustang, George Mason High School's yearbook, from 1952-1977. Also includes The Jeffersonian, Jefferson High School's yearbook, from 1935, 1937, 1939, and 1945.


Search census, military, immigration, and grave records, as well as city directories and genealogical books.

Infotrac Junior Edition

Search and view full-text titles supporting junior high and middle school students, including major magazines, newspaper, and reference works.

Infotrac Student Edition

Search and view full-text periodical and reference book content supporting high school student research.

Kids Info Bits

Browse easy-to-read, curriculum-based content on a wide range of topics for elementary school students.

Local History Digital Collection & Index

Access our growing collection of historic photos and death notices from the Mary Riley Styles Public Library's Local History Room, along with searchable indexes to Falls Church related newspapers, newsletters, and clipping files.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

View reports and analysis on mutual funds, stocks, and industries. (Using Morningstar in the library? Click here for faster access without having to enter your card and PIN.)

National Geographic Kids

Browse and read articles from National Geographic Kids and explore topics relating to animals, the environment, history, people & cultures, places, and science & technology. Also features educational games, videos, and other activities, centered mostly on animals and the natural world. For ages 6-14.

Novelist Plus

Browse fiction suggestions by genre, subject, or reading level. Includes "read-alkes" recommending other authors similar to ones you already like!

Proquest Newspaper Core

Search and read full-text articles (often with full digital reproductions of the actual newspaper page) from The Washington Post (1877-present), The New York Times (1980-present), The Wall Street Journal (1889-present), the Los Angeles Times (1881-present), and The Christian Science Monitor (1908-present), and The Chicago Tribune (1985-present).

Washington Consumer Checkbook

 (Available in Library Only)
Research rankings, reviews, and tips for a wide variety of local services and products.

World Book Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning, World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts.  With read-aloud across all functions, the 60 stories in “World of Reading” and “Trek’s Travels” tie learning together through videos, games, and printable activities.  

Other Downloadable Resources

ComicsPlus Library Edition

Unlimited access to over 16,000 digital graphic novels and comic books from more than 90 publishers, App associated with service includes parental control options.


Download and read up to 6 ebooks a week! In addition to fiction, nonfiction, biographies, self-help, comics, and romance, includes Lonely Planet Travel Guides, SparkNotes Study Guides, and over 1000 titles in Spanish. Titles are always available and can be checked out for up to 2 weeks.

Freegal Music

Download and keep 5 free songs each week. Choose from over 13 million songs in MP3 format. Also includes over 50,000 downloadable music videos!

Overdrive eBooks & eAudiobooks

Download books and audiobooks to read on your tablet, e-reader, tablet, or computer.

RB Digital (formerly Zinio)

Popular magazine titles – like The New Yorker, The Economist, and Rolling Stone – available to download and read (even offline) on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Also includes access to a variety of downloadable ebooks and eaudiobooks.