Research Tools

Database Type

Ancestry Library Edition

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In-Library Use Only. Ancestry Library Edition covers the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.

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AtoZ Food America

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The world's largest database of American food, culture, and recipes. Includes historical information and how-to videos. Library card required for access.

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AtoZ World Culture

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Satisfy your curiosity about the world with information on world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more. Great for school reports, travel planning, and more. Library card required for access.

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BookBrowse logo

Your guide to exceptional books, providing you with all you need to know about the books that matter.

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Brainfuse HelpNow

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Brainfuse HelpNow offers LIVE tutoring help, skill building, and more for students in K-12 and college, including tutoring done in Spanish and extensive test prep.

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Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow

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A multi-faceted resource, offering Skill Building, Job and Resume Coaching, College Skills and more. Includes special resources for Veterans.

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Chilton Library

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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. Library card required for access.

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Consumer Reports

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Have a major purchase coming up? Feel confident in your decisions after using to check recommendations, reviews, and ratings for everything from food and baby products to cars. Contact the Library for login information.

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Digital Public Library of America logo

Making millions of materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country available to all in a one-stop discovery experience.

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Educate Station

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Learning plans, worksheets, and activities for students to do at home or at school created by educators from across the country. Log in with your library card.

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Fold3 logo

Provides access to military records from the US Civil War through the Vietnam War. Library card required for access.

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Foundation Directory Online

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Research grants and foundations to find funding for your organization. Only available inside the library.

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Gale LegalForms

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Access a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms and resources across the most popular legal areas. Library card required for access.

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HeritageQuest logo

Find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of the U.S. Federal Census Records from 1790-1940. Also find information on people and places in over 25,000 family and local histories. Library card required for access.

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Local Newspaper Digital Archives

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Digital archives of newspapers from Fort Dodge and surrounding Webster county towns for the years 1856 to 1934. Years available depend on the newspaper.

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Niche Academy

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Tutorials, including short videos, show how to use many of our online resources. Also includes tutorials on computer, internet and social media basics, research essentials, job skills and resume writing, and CDC zombie preparedness information.

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Novelist logo

Access fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations for readers of all ages, browse genres, and discover new authors and read-alike titles. Contact the Library for login information.

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