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Reference and Research: Online Resources
Resources marked with require an Iowa City Public Library card when accessed from outside the Library, and licensing restrictions limit access to residents of Iowa City and to areas covered by contracts for library service: rural Johnson County and the cities of Hills and University Heights.
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Business & Consumer Information
- Better Business Bureau - Includes business reliability reports, online complaint forms, and their popular charity reports.
- Chilton Library - Automobile and light truck repair and maintenance.
- Consumer Price Index - Inflation statistics and price data.
- County Business Patterns - Economic statistics on a county level.
- Encyclopedia of Associations - Detailed information on over 135,000 nonprofit membership organizations worldwide.
- Historical Quotes - Historical stock prices.
- Kelley Blue Book - Car prices and reviews.
- Learning Express - Over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks. Find practice tests for the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Graduate School admissions, Civil Service, Law Enforcement, Nursing and more.
- LexisNexis Library Express - Access to over 9,500 news, business, and legal sources. News and business resources can be accessed remotely from LexisNexis. Legal resources are only available in the library.
- Morningstar Investment Research Center - includes mutual funds, stocks, and electronically traded funds. Please note that electronic use is limited to one user at a time. You will receive a message if the site is being utilized. Please try accessing again later.
- NADA Blue Book - NADA Blue Books Prices and product reviews for new and used cars, motorcycles and more.
- Reference USA - Includes Business Database, with information on 12 million U.S. businesses, and Residential Database, with information on 120 million U.S. households.
- Small Business Administration - Lists resources by region, addresses of local offices and calendars of events.
- Thomas Register - Search ThomasNet to find manufacturers, distributors and service providers.
- Value Line Investment Survey Online - The service includes full-page reports and analyst commentaries as well as Timeliness™ and Safety™ ranks on the approximately 1,700 stocks covered by The Value Line Investment Survey Standard Edition. Also includes the Small and Mid Cap Edition.
- Ward's Business Directory of U.S. and Private Companies - Information on small to mid-sized private companies.
- Tax Information - Look here for answers to basic tax filing questions and sources for tax assistance.