3520 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322      Phone: 515-278-3945

Databases & Learning Tools

Database Collections

The Urbandale Public Library subscribes to numerous databases to assist you in your research. You will need a library card to access some of 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 us at (515) 278-3945.

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Ancestry Library Edition* Gale Databases Reference USA
Biography in Context Heritage Quest Online Standard and Poor’s Outlook
Consumer Reports LearningExpress Library  Transparent Language
Credo Reference Morningstar Valueline
Firstsearch Novelist & Novelist K-8
*Available in library ONLY

Articles from Newspapers and Magazines

 

Consumer Reports – Provides ratings and consumer information on a variety of products. This database is available from EBSCO and 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/)

*To use Consumer Reports outside the library, please use this link: search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid

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)

Gale Databases – New searchable databases from the State Library, containing full text articles, popular magazines, and other research tools. (http://www.galepages.com/urbandalepl)  View our tutorial

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

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/) View our tutorial

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 (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. (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/)  View our tutorial

Languages

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

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)  View our tutorial

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/) View our tutorial

*To use Novelist outside the library, please use this link: search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid