Online Resources - Subject List

These reference databases are available through the Internet everywhere. For some databases, you will need your Coralville Public Library card barcode number to log in.
Please contact the Reference Librarians if you have any questions about using the databases.
Telephone: 319.248.1850
Email: reference@coralville.lib.ia.us.

Databases are arranged by subject:

General Reference
Automotive
Biography
Business/Job Search
Consumer Information
Education/Library
Espanol
Genealogy
Health Information
Kids
Legal Information
Local Information
Magazines/Newspapers

General Reference

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Automotive

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Biography

  • Gale Biography in Context 
    Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.

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Business / Job Search

  • Business Insights: Essentials (Gale)
  • Career Transitions
    Career Transitions helps with all aspects of job and career searching: walks you through discovering interests, exploring careers, preparing a resume, and gives tips for job searching and the interview process.
  • Learning Express - remote users use barcode as username, and make your own password.
    Interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center - internal access (In Library Access)
    (Access outside the library)
  • Newsbank: Jobs & Careers
    Find information on Job and Career searches include interviewing, job fairs, using social media, trends and issues and more.
  • Reference USA
    Online directory of businesses, residences, and healthcare providers in the U.S.
  • Thomas Register
    Company and product information for manufacturers and services
  • Small Business Reference Center
    Offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.
  • Business Source Elite
    Provides full text for over 1,000 business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. More than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor are also included. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.
  • Regional Business News
    Provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
  • Corporate ResourceNet
    Corporate ResourceNet is designed to meet the diverse information needs of today’s companies. This database contains full text articles from nearly 1,200 quality magazines and journals.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Value Line - Smart research. Smarter investing.

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Consumer Information

  • Consumer Reports
    ConsumerReports.org features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and travel.
  • Better Business Bureau

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Education / Library

  • Books & Authors (Gale)
  • Iowa Center for the Book
    ICB's mission is to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries.
  • Explora Educator's Edition (EBSCO)
  • Explora Public Libraries (EBSCO)
  • Learning Express Library
    Interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.
  • Little Pim - Language learning database for young children
  • Newsbank: Find A Topic
    Find information on topics related to Business, Education, Environment, International Issues, Health, Politics and Government, Social Issues and Technology.
  • NovelistPlus
    NoveList is a fiction and nonfiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction and nonfiction titles.
  • Novelist K-8
    NoveList K-8 allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers.
  • OED - Oxford English Dictionary
  • State Library of Iowa
  • WorldCat
    Catalog of the world's libraries
  • SILO
    Find materials in Iowa Libraries
  • ERIC
    The Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966
  • Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts
    (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s
  • Mango Languages
    Language-learning database
  • Public Library Core Collection: NonFiction
    Non-Fiction recommends reference and nonfiction books for the general adult audience. Acquisitions librarians, reference librarians and catalogers can all use this reliable guide to building and maintaining a well-rounded collection of the most highly recommended reference and non-fiction books for adults.
  • Tumble books
    Online library of animated picture books

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Espanol

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Genealogy

  • Ancestry.com - for use within the library only
  • FamilySearch 
    FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. Patrons may freely access our resources and service online at FamilySearch.org, or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Heritage Quest 
    US Census data, family records and local histories to use for genealogy research.
  • Iowa Heritage Collection
    The Iowa Heritage Digital Collections is an online repository of Iowa history and culture, maintained by the State Library of Iowa, which brings together digital resources of Iowa libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions to enhance access to and preserve long–term accessibility of these valuable materials.
  • Library of Congress's American Memory Collection
    American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
  • ProQuest's Obituary Search
    Obituary search of the Iowa City Press Citizen and Des Moines Register
  • University of Iowa Digital Library Collection
    The Iowa Digital Library features more than 600,000 digital objects created from the holdings of The University of Iowa Libraries and its campus partners.

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Health Information

  • Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
    Supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.
  • Health Source - Consumer Edition
    This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
  • Health Source - Nursing / Academic Edition
    This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center (Gale)
  • HealthCare.gov
    Designed to help citizens understand and prepare for the Health Insurance Marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, which launches on October 1.
  • HealthInfo Iowa
    Health information for Iowans by the State Library of Iowa
  • MedlinePlus
    Consumer health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Newsbank: Health
    Find information related to diseases and conditions, fitness and wellness, elder care, mental health and nutrition.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov
    Index of upcoming and completed clinical trials, by the National Institute of Health
  • Reference USA
    Online directory of businesses, residences, and healthcare providers in the U.S.

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Especially for Kids

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Legal Information

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Local Information

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Magazines and Newspapers

  • Proquest
    Index of the Iowa City Press Citizen Coverage starts Nov 13, 2002 & Des Moines Register Coverage starts Jan 1, 1999
  • America's Newspapers
    The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--all in one easy-to-search database. Includes access to Cedar Rapids Gazette Coverage starts Jan 1, 1992 & Quad City Times Coverage starts Dec 31, 2002
  • Iowa City Public Library's Local News Index
    Produced by the Iowa City Public Library, provides indexing for local information in newspapers and magazines.
  • Ebscohost
    Full text of magazine and newspaper articles, great general source of information.
  • Infotrac Newstand (Gale)
  • Newspaper Source Plus
    Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.
  • AP NewsMonitor Collection
    Near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press on a continuous basis. This content is monitored by EBSCO and relevant results are provided when users enter searches in EBSCOhost. This collection includes AP Top News, WorldStream, Financial News, AP Online, U.S. Politics & Government and 50 State Reports. End users can immediately access the full text of the NewsMonitor-delivered web content, by following the link in the record. The index to the full text content in AP News is held for a rolling 30-day archive by EBSCO, so users can enjoy the previous 30 days of news relating to their search interests.
  • TOPICSearch
    Contains full text for over 150,961 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO's unparalleled collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.
  • Masterfile Premier
    Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
  • Primary Search
    Full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.
  • Academic Search Elite
    Academic institutions worldwide depend on this database as their core resource of scholarly information. Academic Search Elite contains full text for more than 2,100 journals, Nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.
  • Ebscohost Espanol

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