Research

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

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

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    hoopla is an innovative new service that partners with your library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet. Designed specifically for libraries by Midwest Tape.

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    Search issues of The Wall Street Journal from 1984 to present.

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    Locate articles from the New York Times from 1980 to present.

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    Search issues of the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to present.

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    Grolier Online is engineered to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. It offers the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up, with separate interfaces for Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult Patrons. A distinct interface caters to the unique needs of Librarians and Educators. These customized interfaces meet the specialized needs and reading and interest levels of the user.

    Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic Inc.

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