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ABC Mouse (Login required - click here)
    Check out ABC Mouse for award-winning educational games, puzzles, books and other fun interactive learning activities for kids age 2 to 6. It’s free to use in the Ames Public Library!

    For in- library use only. Click here to access ABC Mouse

Academic OneFile
    Academic OneFile offers access to millions of peer-reviewed, full text articles for a variety of academic subjects.

Academic Search Elite (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    This multi-disciplinary database offers full text for nearly 1,850 scholarly journals, including more than 1,250 peer-reviewed titles dating back to 1985. Updated daily.

America's News/Ames Tribune from NewsBank (Login required - click here)
    Search local job fairs, companies in the news, state and national business, economic and employment trends. Find diverse perspectives on topics related to job searching, consumer spending and the housing market. Updated daily.

Ancestry Library Edition
    ProQuest has partnered with to create Ancestry Library, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online.

    For in- library use only. Click here to access Ancestry Library Edition

Auto Repair Reference Center (Login required - click here)
    Is your vehicle giving you trouble? The Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) has you covered from Acura to Yugo! There’s over 150 easy-to-read, illustrated manuals for almost 26,000 vehicles new and vintage; approximately 70,000 Technical Service Bulletins; 100,000 enhanced wiring diagrams; over 150,000 factory drawings and step-by-step photographs; labor time guide and estimates; and all printible in PDF or GIF!

    Stuck on a tough homework assignment? Need writing assistance for that class paper? Want someone to proof read a rough draft? Upload it in the writing lab and their experts will get back to you within 24 hours. Braiunfuse offers virtual live tutoring, study groups, flashcards, and can even help create a study plan.There are even resources for lifelong learners, too.

BrainHQ (Login required - click here)
    Make brain health a priority. BrainHQ has online exercises designed to stretch your brain in new ways to help you think faster, focus better and remember more. Get started by creating an account with BrainHQ, and light up your brain!

Britannica Library (Login required - click here)
    Conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects, or explore your interests. Britannica Library includes special sections for children, young adults, and adults.

Business Insights: Essentials
    This business-focused database lets you easily find information, news, stats, and in-depth reports on companies, industries, and more.

Business Source Elite (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    This business database provides full text for more than 1,100 scholarly business journals, including more than 450 peer-reviewed business publications dating back to 1985. Updated daily.

Chilton Library
    Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Chilton Library has maintenance and spec tables, step by step service and repair procedures, a labor estimating tool, diagrams, illustrations, and photos for a wide range of vehicles. You can even prep for the ASE test and certification exams. (Login required - click here)
    Have a major purchase coming up? Feel confident in your decisions after using to check reviews, recommendations, and ratings for everything from food and baby products to cars.

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Digital Learn
    If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, this site has the tools to help tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

E-Info (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    This is the full listing of the available EBSCOhost products. This link is useful if you are interested in searching multiple files. If you want to use EBSCOhost from a remote location that is subscribing to other EBSCOhost products, please use this link.

EBSCOhost (Login required - click here)
    EBSCOhost has a variety or services, including full text articles, reader advisory, car repair reference materials, and more!

Educator’s Reference Complete
    This database is a great resource for educators interested in research on topcis such as administration, bilingual education, child development, funding, technology, testing, and more through scholarly journals, reports, and educational references.

ERIC (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 980 educational and education-related journals.

Explora Educator's Edition (Login required - click here)
    Lesson plans, student tools, curriculum standards, STEM activities, and more, all full text to support the classroom.

    Click on the link and select 'Explora Educator's Edition' from the database list.

Explora Public Library (Login required - click here)
    An easy to use, one stop database for all your information needs. Check out the full text articles and videos or just browse through different subjects to discover something new. There’s information from everything from the ancient Egyptians to current events.

    Click on the link and select 'Explora Public Library' from the database list.

Explora Primary School (Login required - click here)
    An easy to use database for all your school research and projects. There are full text articles from magazines, newspapers, books, encyclopedias, and even videos. Be sure to check it out!

    Click on the link and select 'Explora Primary School' from the database list.

Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive
    The images in this unique photo archive are from Farwell T. Brown’s lifetime collection of original photographs, postcards, advertisements, and news articles which chronicle the history of Ames, Iowa.
The dates of the photographs range from the 1860s through the 1990s, with the majority from the 1900s through the 1930s. Click here to browse the Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive.

FirstSearch Online Database
    FirstSearch is a great place to start if you're looking for a specific book or for full-text articles. You can search for books and e-books at libraries across the world and access millions of full-text, full-image articles from thousands of journals.

GCF LearnFree
    If you need a quick brush up on your Microsoft Office or other technolgoy skills GCF LearnFree is the place to start. Check out their more than 125 self-paced tutorials for math, career, reading, every day life skills, and more.

General OneFile
    This is your one-stop source for news, magazines, and journal articles on a wide range of academic and general topics. Get access to millions of full-text articles for a wide variety of users

Health Reference Center Academic
    Health Reference Center Academic gives you access to medical and professional journals, health and fitness magazines, reference books, and pamphlets on a variety of nursing and allied health topics, perfect for professional research.

Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    Research all your health and nutrition questions with Health Source Consumer Edition. Access over 80 consumer health magazines such as Fit Pregnancy, Prevention, Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Health, and Vegetarian Times. Need information on a specific health-related topic? Check out their reference books and pamphlets on popular topics like diabetes, aging, fitness, women’s health, cancer, and more.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    This database provides nearly 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. Updated daily.

Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Check out Health and Wellness Resource Center to find information on a whole host of topics from nutrition, diseases, public health, pregnancy, herbal remedies, and more. There’s access to alternative medicine-focused magazines, journals, newspapers, and over 700 videos.

Heritage Quest Online
    Find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of the U.S. Federal Census Records from 1790-1930. Also find information on people and places in over 25,000 family and local histories.

    Click here to access Heritage Quest Online

Infotrac Newstand
    Get access to newspapers and search by headline, date, newspaper for current and archived articles.

InfoTrac Student Edition
    InfoTrac Student Edition has great resources for high school students doing research on current events, the arts, science, pop culture, health, government, history, sports, and more.

    Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina.

Khan Academy
    Khan Academy's mission is to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and they’ve partnered with institutions like NASA and the Museum of Modern Art to do so. Create an account and you'll have access to videos, exercises, and your own learning dashboard as you study at your own pace.

Kids InfoBits
    If you're in grades K-5 and doing research start here! Kids InfoBits is easy to search and has lots of articles and pictures on current events, art, science, health, government, history, sports, and more.

Learning Express (Login required - click here)
    Your one stop test prep shop to help you get ready for the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, PCAT, AP exams, or GED. Learning Express even has study guides for the US citizenship test and occupational tests like firefighting, law enforcement, or commercial driver’s license. There’s a career center with interview and job searching tips, a section for improving computer skills and software (like Microsoft Office) training, and subject specific help for elementary through high school. Learning Express lives up to its name and can help you with anything you may need to learn in a hurry!

List of Ames Public Library's Geneaolgy Resources
    This PDF file lists resources that are available through Ames Public Library, either online or in the Library.

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Little Pim (Login required - click here)
    Little Pim is the fun, easy way for kids ages 0-6 to learn a new language. Come explore with Little Pim, the adorable cartoon panda, as you discover a new language!

To access Little Pim log in and select 'KIDS' under the 72 Languages header.

    Note: download the Mango app to use it on your iPad. Works best on Firefox and IE.

Mango Premier (Login required - click here)
    Watch your language (literally) with Mango Premier, the first and only language learning resource to teach through film. Language learning has never been this much fun.

    Note: download the Mango app to use it on your iPad. Works best on Firefox and IE

Masterfile Premier (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    Wondering what Consumer Reports recommends for new grills? Want to read all the articles Sports Illustrated has written about the Cyclones? Traveling to Sweden and need to learn more about it? MasterFILE Premier can help answer all your questions with over 1,700 magazines, 1.5 million pics, maps, flags, speeches, bios, and many more primary source documents.

Newspaper Source (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    Newspaper Source provides selected full text for over 180 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns and other sources as well as indexing and abstracts for national newspapers. Updated daily.

Novelist Plus (Login required - click here)
    NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

Primary School Resources (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    Primary Search contains full text for more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines dating back to 1989. Full text is also available for over 100 student pamphlets. This database also has an Image Collection of 116,000 photos, maps and flags.

Professional Development Collection (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of over 500 full text journals, including more than 300 peer-reviewed titles. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

ReferenceUSA (Login required - click here)
    Lost your great-aunt's address and need to write her a thank you for that doily she knit you? Looking for an internship? Wondering how many businesses in Iowa have the word Cyclone in their name? ReferenceUSA can help answer those questions and more!

Research in Context
    Middle-schoolers, you have your very own database for research right here. Start your online search right here with info on science, social studies, government, history, literature, and more.

Regional Business News (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    This database provides comprehensive coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Topic Search (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    Want up to the minute info on the latest political news, economic information, science discoveries and current events? Explore TOPICsearch and get results from international newspapers, journals, government publications and more.

TumbleBookLibrary (Login required - click here)
    Want a fun, 21st century alternative to print picture books? TumbleBookLibrary has a great interactive collection of stories with sound, music, animation, and narration. Have your favorite book read as you follow along and enjoy the story. Be sure to check out their book of the day here

Value Line Investment Survey (Login required - click here)
    The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks in 97 industries, the stock market, and the economy. It contains information on 8,000 stocks, 13,000 mutual funds, 80,000 options and other securities.

Vocational and Career Collection (EBSCOhost) (Login required - click here)
    This collection provides full text coverage for nearly 400 trade and industry-related periodicals.

Zinio E-Magazines (Login required - click here)
    Checkout electronic magazines and download them to your computer or mobile device!