Research Databases

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Academic One-File

Academic OneFile is the premier source of peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive.

America’s News (Newsbank)

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America's News provides access to information on people, issues and events in the local area and around the country. This comprehensive resource offers hundreds of millions of current and archived full-text articles from news sources nationwide in a single, fully searchable online database. It includes the electronic editions of more than 3,000 U.S. news sources.

Ancestry Library Edition

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Ancestry is the world's largest online resource for family history.  Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.  To access Ancestry Library Edition outside of the library, click here.

Books & Authors

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Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun! By leveraging our entire award-winning What Do I Read Next? collection, patrons and students alike can be sure that their next big read comes with a BIG recommendation.

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow

JobNow/VetNow features skill-building practice tests including the GED, HiSet, GRE, and nursing exams. Online job coaches are ready to help you with all your job research needs from resume writing to job interview skills.

Brainfuse Learning Library

Jump right into Brainfuse's Learning Library, where you can connect to live tutors and find study material for high school subjects and beyond.  You can also access skill-building practice tests including the GED, HiSet, college entrance exams, GRE, and nursing exams.

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 Insights

Easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports.

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.

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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!

Council Bluffs Public Library Card Catalog

Search our online catalog for materials we hold in our collection.

Credo Reference

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Credo provides reference sources for learners of all types. This diverse collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, atlases, and more.

Daily Nonpareil (Full Text 1857 – Current)

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

Digital Sandborn Maps

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Browse historic maps of Council Bluffs and other Iowa cities and towns. Sanborn fire insurance maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.


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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.

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 Online

FDO makes it easy to turn foundations into funders. It’s the only resource you need to search for the foundations most likely to give you grants and manage your prospects through to funding.

Gale Databases

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Search thousands of magazines, journals, and articles all in one place. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, Gale Databases are both authoritative and comprehensive.

Gale in Context│Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits)

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Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

General One-File

General OneFile is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.

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.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly

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Learn new business, software, creative, and tech skills with expert-led online video tutorials. Expert teachers will help you acquire new skills or advance your career. Topics include software, coding, design, IT, animation, and more.

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.

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.

Omaha World-Herald (1983-Current)

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Explore the Omaha World-Herald with full-text articles from 1983 to present. Read about community issues and events, business, education, government, sports and more.

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints is an premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.


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

Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)

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This business database is ideal for identifying sales leads, creating mailing lists, doing market research, and much more. With accurate data on 52 million businesses and 290 consumers, reference solutions is one of the most comprehensive business databases on the market, offering the latest business and financial information for researchers at all levels.

Research In Context

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Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

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.

Transparent Language

Learn a new language using Transparent Language, a free service of your public library! Choose from over 100 languages. Transparent Language is a fun and easy way to learn a new language.

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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