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Organize Your Reading
  • GoodReads is a free website for book lovers. Catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read. Also, browse other people's bookshelves and reviews.
  • Library Elf is an internet-based tool for keeping track of what's due, overdue, and ready for pick-up. Keep track of library accounts and receive reminders before items are due.
  • LibraryThing is an online service to help you catalog your books. It also connects people with the same books and comes up with suggestions for what to read next.
  • Shelfari makes it easy to see what your friends are reading, what others with similar tastes have enjoyed, and even get book recommendations.
Reviews & Recommendations 
  • BookBrowse recommends the best recently published books and provides you with everything you need to decide which are right for you.
  • BookSpot is a free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the internet. Featured sites are hand-selected by editors.
  • Fantastic Fiction 
  • Fresh Fiction is a good source for books that have been on NPR, Oprah, Today Show and more. 
  • What Should I Read Next? will analyze their database of readers' favorite books and suggest what to read next based on a title or author that you enter.
  • Which Book allows you to choose th exact type of book you are looking for.

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  • BigCharts - A comprehensive and easy-to-use investment research website providing access to professional-level research tools, including historical stock prices back to 1970.
  • Blue Ridge Business Journal - The Blue Ridge Business Journal is one of Virginia's oldest and most respected business publications.
  • Hoovers - This site features company bios, web pages, and news stories.
  • Minority Business Development Agency - This is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses.
  • National Women's Business Council - This bipartisan federal advisory council promotes policies and programs designed to support women's business enterprises.
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) - The NAICS is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
  • Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce - Established in 1890, the Roanoke Regional Chamber remains dedicated to serving members by working to create an environment that's good for business. 
  • The Roanoke Times - is the online version of the Roanoke Times newspaper.
  • Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission - The commission promotes the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social, and economic elements of the district by planning and assisting localities to plan for the future.
  • Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership (RVEDP) - Founded in 1983, the RVEDP markets the region to new and expanding companies worldwide. The website includes links to businesses, governments, and schools.
  • The Roanoker Magazine - The magazine's website and  annual almanac includes dining guides, reviews, a wedding guide, arts, entertainment, health, fitness, a calendar of events, and a relocation guide.
  • Small Business Administration - The administration is an independent federal agency created to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns; preserve free enterprise; and strengthen the national economy.
  • Thomas Register - The register helps industrial sellers target their marketing investment to reach to most qualified industrial buyers online and convert them into customers. Buyers use it to find suppliers.
  • Virginia Business Magazine - The magazine provides business intelligence for / about Virginia's business community.
  • Virginia Department of Business Assistance - The department is an organization that promotes economic growth by helping Virginia businesses prosper.
  • Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service - Part of the University of Virginia, the center's areas of expertise include business and economic policy, demographics, leadership, minority issues, and the Virginia Statistical Abstract.
  • WDBJ7 - Access the local CBS affiliate's website.
  • WSLS - Access the local NBC affiliate's website.

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Local Government Jobs
Local & State Jobs
Local School Jobs
Online Job Services
  • CareerBuilder - List of jobs worldwide
  • - Single search access to millions of jobs
  • - Employer overview gives background information into companies (products, services, and employee benefits
  • The Riley Guide - Annotated links for job resources, career fields, salary surveys, and help with resumes, cover letters, and more 
  • ZipRecruiter - Job seekers can one-click apply to as many jobs as they want. Job seekers who apply to a job using ZipRecruiter gets notified when their application is viewed and when it's rejected or accepted.

  • Cypress Resume - A quick, easy résumé builder that helps you create a professional-quality résumé. A library card is required for access.

Free online searches of local jobs are available at the South County Library. 

Employment Resource Guide
Take a look at this Employment Resource Guide for assistance with your job search.

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  • Better Business Bureau (BBB) - The BBB reports provide information on more than 2 million organizations.
  • - Resource for consumer information from the federal government.
  • Consumer Guide - Since 1970, the FCIC in Pueblo, Colorado, has been a trusted one-stop shop for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. A trusted resource for consumers for more than 30 years.
  • Federal Trade Commission - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides publications with advice on avoiding scams, as well as tips on other consumer topics.
  • Annual Credit Report - The FTC's brochure explaining your rights and how to order a free annual credit report.
  • Get Human - This database of company phone numbers that reach human customer service representatives features customer service reviews and a blog.
  • Recalls - Online resource for government recalls.
  • Wise Giving Alliance Charity Reports - This list reports on charities and organizations that solicit nationally and is updated on a regular basis.
  • Trulia - A way to search for housing to rent or buy.
  • Consumer Resources for Car Buyers / Sellers

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Government & Law
Government Law

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Health & Medicine
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - The CDC is recognized as the leading federal agency for protecting the health / safety of people, providing credible information, and promoting health.
  • is a comprehensive resource about dangerous side effects and complications from commonly prescribed drugs and oft-used medical devices. Our mission is to educate people about medications they take and the devices that are in their bodies and then to provide resources to help people evaluate whether they have a legal case because of life-changing side effects or complications.
  • FamilyDoctor - All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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People Finders
  • Switchboard - This site is a leading provider of local online advertising solutions and internet-based yellow pages.
  • AnyWho - These residential and business listings are public information obtained from published telephone listings. They range from 3-6 months old and are updated every three months.
  • InfoSpace - This site uses metasearch technology to give users the power to search up to 50% more of the internet than any single engine.
  • ReferenceUSA - Search for a person by name or phone. A library card is required for access.

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Local Colleges & Universities  

  • Public School Review - The site evaluates schools relative to each other and to state-wide averages for several key criteria like teacher:student ratios.

CEEB Codes

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Seniors' Issues

Computers & Internet



Living Will

Long-Term Care



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Flights, Hotels, etc. 

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Tutorials / Translators
Online Tutorials Language Translators
  • Free Translation - Machine translation just provides a  basic comprehension of text or web pages.
  • LiveMocha - This site blends self-paced lessons, a vibrant community, and interactive tools to help you learn a new language and talk with the world.
  • Prompt Online - Machine translation just provides a  basic comprehension of text or web pages.

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