Research Databases

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A to Z databases

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This business database is ideal for identifying sales leads, creating mailing lists, doing market research, and much more. With over 30 million business and executive profiles, AtoZdatabases is one of the most comprehensive business databases on the market, offering the latest business and financial information for researchers at all levels.

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online resource for family history. Search 7 billion historical records, millions of family trees, and 65 million photos.

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Britannica Library

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Multi-media encyclopedias and dictionaries for all ages. Includes thousands of images, videos, and links to reliable internet resources.

Business Source Elite

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Business Source Elite offers full text access for more than 1,100 business publications in the areas of business, management, and economics.

Chilton Library Online

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This 24-hour on-call "mechanic" provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today.

ConsumerReports.org

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Unlimited access to ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips for over 7,000 products including electronics, appliances, home & garden, cars, baby gear, and food prodcuts.

Council Bluffs Library Digital Archive

The Library’s Digital Archive contains digital editions of materials from our Special Collections. Browse hundreds of local historic photographs, documents, yearbooks and more. New materials are added regularly, so check back often to be sure you are not missing out on anything!

Daily Nonpareil (Full Text 1857-1983 and 2002-Current)

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Explore local history with full-text articles of the Daily Nonpareil from 1857-1983 and from 2002-present. Read about community issues and events, business, education, government, sports and more.

Digital Sanborn Maps

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Browse historic maps of Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Sanborn fire insurance maps are valuable historical tools for anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

EBSCO Explora

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A suite of databases providing access to thousands of periodical titles and millions of articles. These databases cover general and special interest magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers. Full text is available for many of the periodicals in most databases.

EBSCO Explora for kids

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Explora for Kids is a great place for students to do research on current and popular topics.

EBSCO Explora for teens

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Database interface and content designed specifically for students in grades 6-12.

EBSCO Host Databases – Complete List

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A suite of databases providing access to thousands of periodical titles and millions of articles. These databases cover general and special interest magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers. Full text is available for many of the periodicals in most databases.

First Search

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FirstSearch provides electronic access to many databases covering a wide range of topics and formats. Underlying FirstSearch is the WorldCat database, used for locating materials from libraries around the world.

Foundation Directory

For non-profits and grant seekers, this database includes millions of records related to foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking charities

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hoopla digital

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Digital movies, television shows, music albums, graphic novels, and audiobooks. Download the free hoopla digital app on your device to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios and record companies available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary download to your smartphone, tablet, computer, or Apple TV.

Learning Express Library

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A web-based learning solution that provides access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools.

Medline Plus

MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

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The largest, most comprehensive American dictionary in print or online.

New Book Alerts

Be the first to know when new titles arrive at the library. Browse and discover new materials at the library. Book Descriptions, reviews, and direct links to the library catalog make finding and reserving new books easier than ever.

Novelist Plus

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Discover new books with Novelist, a reader advisory service that provides access to information on thousands of fiction titles and offers a wide range of featured content to serve fiction readers of all ages.

OneClickdigital Audiobooks

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Browse thousands of digital audiobooks and download to your computer, smartphone, media player, or other devices.

Overdrive

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Browse thousands of e-Books and digital audiobooks and download to your smartphone or digital device. Read today's most popular titles without leaving the house!

Select Reads

Sign up to receive book recommendations sent directly to your inbox. Just pick a favorite subject or genre, and we will send you a new list of recommendations each month.

Small Business Reference Center

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Small Business Reference Center provides up-to-date information on topics related to starting a company, operations management, sales, and growing or rescuing a business.

Value Line

Investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles. Value Line is an investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions using in-depth financial information.

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Zinio

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Download digital editions of todays most popular magazines! The convenient way to read brand new magazines on your tablet, smart phone, or other digital device.