Digital Databases

Book Reviews & Recommendations

Gale Books and Authors

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A great reader’s advisory resource that will help you pick the perfect book whether you like fantasy, romance, non-fiction, graphic novels or anything else! Books and Authors also lets you look at lists of great books chosen by librarians and experts in their fields. You can also create reading lists for yourself, join online book clubs, and write your own book reviews! 

Goodreads

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Discover authors and books of all genres plus keep track of the books you want to read. Connect with friends to see what they’re reading or follow along with virtual book clubs. Join book lovers from across the globe on Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.

NoveList Plus

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A helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them. This database contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books. It covers fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages. It also has extra content like professional reviews and reader reviews, book discussion guides, curriculum guides, and other book-oriented articles. 

Brainfuse

Brainfuse HelpNow

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Brainfuse HelpNow provides live tutoring in all core academic subjects, including math, science, social studies, writing, English, and language arts. All live tutoring content is aligned to your state’s standards.

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow

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Online resources for job seekers, veterans, and their families, including personalized resume review, live job interview coaching, veteran benefit resources, and live help for VA benefits eligibility.

Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

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*This resource is only available for in-library use.
Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogical collection with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world.

HeritageQuest

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*You will need your library card number to access HeritageQuest outside of the library.
HeritageQuest is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Supplementary sources provide paths for discovering family history.

General Resources

Chilton Auto Repair

Comprehensive automotive manuals have complete and detailed repair information on thousands of cars, trucks, and SUVs by year, make, and model combinations. Please use your library card number to login to this resource. 

Credo Reference

Full-text articles of over a thousand different encyclopedias, from over 70 different publishers, searchable with a user-friendly search page. Please use your library card number to login to this resource. 

Foundation Directory Online

*This resource is only available for in-library use.
The Foundation Directory Online is a great digital tool to help nonprofits find grants and other funding opportunities and is provided to us by the State Library of Iowa.

Transparent Language

Learn over 100 languages (including English) through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Mobile apps are available for learning on-the-go. Please use your library card number to login and create a user account.

Visit Gale, a Cengage Company to access a wide variety of databases made available through the State Library of Iowa.

The following tutorials are not library databases, but are included to assist with learning publicly available programs such as Google applications, Microsoft applications, and popular social media platforms.

Zoom

Zoom has become a very popular means of communication in 2020, as it enables all sizes of groups to gather and meet in a socially distanced manner. This tutorial can help you learn how to use Zoom based on the type of device you select (desktop or mobile).

Google Applications

Microsoft Applications

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Teams

Social Media Platforms