Virtual Reference Collection

The Central Mississippi Regional Library System has an extensive digital library for your use.

Explore the services below, and click on any of them to be taken to that particular service,

or you can click on the name of the services in the column on the right.

Gale Virtual Reference Collection

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These are full text electronic books with book covers, tables, pictures, graphics, table of contents, indexes, and citations. Subjects include: Science, History, Animals, Food, Countries, Leaders, World Literature, Addiction, Holidays, Biography. 

Please ask a library staff member for the access code.

Initiated October 2005 with funds donated by The Rotary Club of Flowood, MS and Wal-Mart of Forest, MS.

Heritage Quest


Genealogy databases; includes census, books, Revolutionary War and Freedman’s Bank records, U. S. Serial Set, and PERSI.

Log on with your CMRLS library card number. Library Edition is available in all CMRLS Libraries.
There is no remote access.

Mississippi Digital Library


Mississippi’s rich abundance of cultural and historical resources is held by institutions and repositories all across the state. The MDL provides a unified portal to search and explore the wealth of materials available in Mississippi.

You can access the Mississippi Digital Library anywhere for free.



Freegal provides library patrons with 5 free LEGAL downloads per week. Also, create and stream playlists for 3 hours every day.

Log on with your CMRLS library card number and pin.

These Mississippi DMV practice tests are good for the permit test, driver’s license test, and the senior citizens’ refresher test. The written part of the tests at all Mississippi DMV locations is the same. There are practice tests for a car, motorcycle, and CDL. You may view handbooks for all 3 tests. Practice tests are also en Español.

Also available, VIN Decoder – a free tool handy for researching used cars.

The online version of the award-winning print encyclopedia published by the University Press of Mississippi.


ACT and Other Test Prep Resources

This is a collection of online sites with free test prep and study guides. These sites may require you to log in with a username and password to save your work.



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Click for basic search.

A large collection of journals, periodicals, newspapers, reference books, etc. May choose to search by subject, database, or by using these age appropriate portals (with dictionaries, encyclopedias, reference books, & journals). Includes citation builder.

Log on to these databases with your CMRLS library card number.


Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. A simple search and category browse quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos. Topic overviews provide users with a starting point for research. Password-protected personal folders and citation help are available. Log on to these databases with your CMRLS Library card number.

For research databases separated by grade levels:

  • Primary School – Grades K-5th
  • Secondary School – 6th-12th & beyond
  • Educators

    Translation is available in EBSCO products,
    several languages possible.
    Audio is also available, listen on computer or download as an MP3 file.



Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls and more. This user guide includes information on searching the AutoMate interface.

Log on with your CMRLS Library card number.

Free Legal Resources in Mississippi

Unless otherwise indicated, the organizations listed provide services to people living throughout Mississippi. None of these organizations represent individuals in criminal proceedings. For more information about how to access legal help in Mississippi, contact the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission at 601-960-9581 or visit The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission provides overarching, unifying support for the legal aid system in Mississippi.

Healthy Hometown Library

A list of database and internet links, as well as links to specific health topics found in your CMRLS Library. You will be prompted for a user ID, use your CMRLS Library card barcode number to access these

Job Resources

A list of internet links and books available in your CMRLS Library regarding job hunting, training, or career changes.

Local/State/National/International News & Weather

A. Cornelius Squirrel is the CMRLS mascot,
Acorn for short.
Click the squirrel and find a picture of
Acorn to print and color.


NoveList Plus


A comprehensive readers’ advisory solution for fiction lovers, linked to the CMRLS catalog.

World Book Online

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Dictionary, encyclopedia, biography; maps, timelines, eBooks. Computer & web tutorials; current events, pathfinders, science projects; research tools, & citation builder.

Entries may be translated or listened to as text is read aloud.

Log on with your CMRLS library card number.

Flipster Digital Magazines

Flipster®, the next-gen digital newsstand now offers content across all of your favorite devices. Click here for help getting started with Flipster.

Log in with your CMRLS barcode number.


Rocket Languages

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Learn 15 languages, including American Sign Language and ESL. 60 conversational lessons per language.

Log on with your CMRLS library card number.

Storyline Online

The free site is sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation; popular children’s books are read by members of SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Books also have activity guides.


Website Links by Dewey Decimal Classification

Handpicked website links organized in Dewey Decimal Classification order.


MAGNOLIA is partially funded by the Mississippi Legislature, University & Public Libraries; and by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered by the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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Brandon, MS 39043
Phone: 601-825-0100
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