Database List

Database Collections

The Urbandale Public Library subscribes to numerous databases to assist you in your research. You will need a library card to access these databases. If you need to obtain a user ID or password for any of the databases, or you have problems accessing the databases using your library barcode, please contact the reference desk staff at (515) 331-4488.

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Ancestry Library Edition* Heritage Quest Online Standard and Poor’s Outlook
Biography in Context LearningExpress Library  Reference USA
Consumer Reports* Mango Languages Valueline
Ebsco Host Morningstar
Firstsearch Novelist & Novelist K-8
*Available in library ONLY: Staff must provide password for Consumer Reports

Articles from Newspapers and Magazines

Consumer Reports – Provides ratings and consumer information on a variety of products. Ask at the reference desk for a staff member to assist with the password. *In-library use only. (http://www.consumerreports.org/)

EbscoHost - Search a number of databases which cover a wide range of topics and contain full-text articles, citations and abstracts from sources such as magazines, journals and newspapers. EbscoHost is also available in a number of languages. This database is accessible from within the library and outside the library with a user ID and password, available by contacting the library. (http://search.ebscohost.com/)
EBSCOhost List of Indexed Titles- An alphabetical listing of the periodicals indexed in the EBSCOhost databases. (http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/databases/ebsco/title-list)

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/)

Biographies

Biography in Context – Discover fascinating facts about world famous people throughout history. 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

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition – Includes immigration, vital, census, court, military records and more. *In-library use only. (http://ancestrylibrary.proquest.com/)

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)

Investment Research

Morningstar Investment Research Center (inside of library usage) – This service provides financial imformation on mutual funds, stocks and ETFs. (http://library.morningstar.com)

Morningstar Investment Research Center (outside of library usage) - The first 13 digits of the library barcode are required for remote access. (http://library.morningstar.com/Membership/Authenticate.html?stat=2&Name=Urbandale)

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. (http://www.outlook.standardandpoors.com)

Valueline - This service provides information and advice on stocks and industries. Contact the reference desk for user name and password. (http://www.valueline.com/)

Languages

Mango Languages - Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for real communication. It’s the fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Library card barcode number required for remote access. (http://libraries.mangolanguages.com/urbandale/start)

*To use Mango on your mobile device, click here: http://www.mangolanguages.com/libraries/products-overview/mango-mobile/

Learning Center

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)

Reading Suggestions

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/)