Databases & Learning Tools
Link UP UPConnect to a world of knowledge—access/explore/visit/use the Library’s numerous databases. All databases, except Ancestry Library Addition, may be accessed at anytime, from anywhere, on any device.
Articles from Newspapers and Magazines
Consumer Reports – information, ratings, reviews, and product comparisons for thousands of products and services.
Remote access: Contact the Library for the required user ID and password.
search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid. User generated ID and password are required.
Credo Reference – Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Gather background information on your topic from over one thousand full-text encyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos. (http://search.credoreference.com/?institutionId=9272)
FirstSearch – FirstSearch includes eight databases: WorldCat (a catalog of over 53 million records of books and other materials in OCLC libraries worldwide), ArticleFirst, ERIC, GPO, MEDLINE, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst and UnionList. FirstSearch is accessible from within the library and from outside the library with a user name and password, available by contacting the reference desk. (http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip)
Address and Telephone Directories
Reference USA – Business and residential telephone and address directories, nationwide. Users must enter their 14 digit Urbandale Library barcode number from the back of their library card. (http://www.referenceusa.com/) View our tutorial
Biography in Context has detailed information on over 24 million U.S. companies, organizations and agencies and white page listings for over 89 million U.S. households. Search by company name, sales volume, SIC codes, number of employees, product lines, and more.
For usage outside of the library, users must enter the first 13 digits of their Urbandale Library barcode from the back of their library card. (http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/urbandalepl?db=BIC1) *To use Biography in Context on your mobile device, click here: http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/aml/PublicPatron
HeritageQuest (inside of library usage) – Includes images and indexing of the 1790-1930 U. S. federal censuses, 8,000 family histories, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) which covers 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals, and a number of other databases. (http://www.heritagequestonline.com/)
HeritageQuest (outside of library usage) – Use this link when using a computer outside of the library. Users must enter their 14 digit Urbandale Library barcode number from the back of their library card. (http://www.heritagequestonline.com/barcode?aid=13687)
Morningstar Investment Research Center (outside of library usage) – The first 13 digits of the library barcode (all letters must be capitalized) are required for remote access. (http://library.morningstar.com/Membership/Authenticate.html?stat=2&Name=Urbandale) View our tutorial
Standard and Poor’s Outlook – Research service published weekly, includes investment strategies, analytical research, and stock and fund ideas. Contact the Reference desk for user name and password. (https://advisor.marketscope.com/#/home)
Transparent Language – Combining extensive courses and supplemental resources for over 100 languages, including English, Transparent Language Online is a complete language-learning system. You will need to create an account to use this database. (https://library.transparent.com/urbandaleia/) View our tutorial
LearningExpress Library 3.0 – LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, HiSet (formally GED) exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. (http://www.learningexpresshub.com/learningexpresslibrary) View our tutorial
Novelist and Novelist K-8 – Advice on good fiction for adults and youth. These databases are accessible from within the library from all public access computers, as well as outside the library with a user ID and password, available by contacting the library. (http://search.ebscohost.com/) View our tutorial
*To use Novelist outside the library, please use this link: search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid