Research

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

The Library has many resources, such as subscription databases, that can help you to research a variety of topics. Some databases have more than articles - they have practice tests for occupations, practical guides for entrepreneurs, and consumer guides for fixing cars.

Please ask a librarian for help exploring the Library's books, films, and databases.

Popular databases

New databases

  • Westlaw
    Available only at Central

    One user at a time.

    Find legal and law related materials and services, including searches of US and international legal materials, journals, cases, statutes, forms, verdicts, and proposed and enacted legislation and regulations.

  • Library card required from home

    Current issue of the USA Today - available for reading on Nook devices or the Nook app.

  • Library card required from home

    Popular magazines online, including back issues. Entertainment Weekly, Essence, Newsweek, People & People en Español, Rolling Stone. Read in your browser or on your mobile device with the Flipster app. Brought to you by EBSCO.

  • Library card required from home

    The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political and economic conditions of the United States, from 2013 through the present.

    For Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. from 2012 and before, visit the Census Bureau's website.

  • Library card required from home

    Current issue of the Wall Street Journal - available for reading on Nook devices or the Nook app.

Genealogy

Would you like to learn more about your family history? Start with the resources below or visit the Missouri Valley Room at the Central Library, 14. W. 10th Street, or more assistance.

Genealogy Resources for Beginners

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