Online Resources


All resources are available for use within the Library. Resources marked with require a Resident* Library Card.

*Resident areas include Iowa City, Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, and rural Johnson County.


Flash-based video describing the basics of scanning.


A Gale resource for peer-reviewed articles from research journals across every field.

General tutorials about using this software to create optimized video for any screen size and resolution.

General tutorials on using the user experience design software application

General tutorials creating digital visual effects and motion graphics. It is also a compositing application.

Licensing background and disciplinary information of physicians and other health care practitioners.

Data and statistics about more than 7,000 hospitals nationwide.

Collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the United States published since 1980 (exact dates covered vary by newspaper).

In-Library Use Only

Search the US Federal Census from 1790 to 1940 as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, the Social Security Death Index, and more. Please note that the content in the Library Edition of this resource may differ from the personal subscription edition.

General tutorials about designing vector graphics and animation for publication on television programs, online videoes, websites, web applications, rich internet applications, and video games.

A FirstSearch Index to journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture.


Biographical information on 650,000+ people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines.

Create your own personalized reading room with Books & Authors. Write reviews, share booklists, and learn more about the authors you love to read.

Adults receive live online help from trained adult education specialists in areas such as resume and cover letter writing assistance, MS Office skill-building, core subject education in math, science, social studies, and English/language arts, in both English or Spanish. The Adult Learning Center also provides US Citizenship testing, and high school equivalency testing.

Brainfuse includes: Additional modules just for veterans Live Help: Choose the subject to get a live tutor. Skill Surfer: Browse through a collection of skills-specific review modules. Writing Lab: Upload and submit essays, short paragraphs, or any form of writing for feedback from Brainfuse tutors. 24/7 Center: Ask math, science and other academic questions for feedback from Brainfuse tutors. Adult Learning Center: Receive live tutoring in GED, resume assistance, and ask MS Office questions. Language Lab: Learn Spanish from a live tutor. Office Hours: Allows faculty/college instructors to schedule virtual office hours with students. LEAP: Receive intensive college readiness tutoring through practice quizzes and live tutoring. Tutor Match: Schedule sessions with favorite tutors.

Skill Surfer offers a collection of skills-specific review modules. *Users need to set up a personal account with a Username and Password to access the practice tests found in the Skill Surfer section or to upload a document to the Writing Lab for some feedback.


Automobile and light truck repair and maintenance

Reviews, ratings, recommendations, video clips and buying advice for thousands of products and services. Also includes health content from Consumer Reports Online Health.

Job opportunities in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.

Provides full-text online access to hundreds of multidisciplinary reference book collections, including art, history, law, medicine, psychology, technology, bilingual dictionaries and encyclopedias


The largest circulation newspaper in the state of Iowa. Coverage from 1999 - present

Get started in learning how to use Dream Weaver's interface to write and edit code


Encyclopedia entries, magazine articles, images and videos for all ages.


Describes the process of doing oral history including interview techniques and project ideas. Does not include digital tools or software.


News coverage for Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and 24 counties in Eastern Iowa from 1992 to present.

Search the archives of the Gazette newspapers from 1857-2010.

A one-stop source for news, periodical articles and transcripts on a wide range of topics with coverage back to 1980 and millions of full-text articles.

U.S. government publications of all types (including monographs, journals, bulletins, annual reports, technical reports, congressional materials, etc.) and all formats (paper, microfiche, and electronic) with links to full-text when available.


Quick start guide for digital video transcoder

A source for U.S. census records, books, periodicals, Revolutionary War service records, and Freedman's Bank deposit or records.

NEW! This archive covers historical newspapers in the Iowa City area from 1840 to 1929, previously only available within the library on microfilm. Titles include the Iowa City Daily Press, the Iowa City Republican, and the Iowa City Press Citizen. Visit the resource for a full list of searchable titles.

1878 to 2012 by the U.S. Federal Government. The Statistical Abstract is a 1-volume overview (or abstract) of information about the U.S.


General tutorials for the vector graphics editor and creator perfect for logos

General tutorials for desktop publishing software application that can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and ebooks.

Selected content from many newspapers.

Iowa City's local newspaper with coverage from January 13, 2002 until present.

Research and access Iowa court records. Information, including case titles and filings, case disposition, child support payments, fine payments and criminal charges, is free of charge. Individuals may also pay a monthly registration fee of $25 to gain access to advanced search tools and additional information, including case schedules, lien index, judgment index, exhibit lists, service returns and bonds.

Legal information for low-income Iowan, including answers to questions about legal rights and forms.

Comprehensive site of Iowa legislative and legal resources.

Find books and other resources in Iowa libraries.

Largest listing of jobs in Iowa

Full-text access to Irving Weber's 850 Iowa City Press Citizen articles on Iowa City and Johnson County history.


Easy-to-use tools that can help you tell better stories like StoryMap or Timeline which you can use online for free to create your own digital projects.


Interactive online learning platform featuring 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, high school equivalency exam preparation (HiSET in Iowa), and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages.. The Learning Express Library also includes Popular Software Tutorials and Basic Computer Instruction.

For kids, Little Pim is a child-focused foreign language learning program. It's an extension of Mango Languages.

Index to information in newspapers and magazines. It currently goes back to 1962 and continues retrospectively.


Lessons in 70-plus languages, including English. Includes specialty courses, such as medical Spanish, and full-length theatrical movies with subtitles and enhanced instruction. Download the Mango Languages app to use on mobile devices.

A FirstSearch resource. Index to periodical articles covering biomedical research and the clinical sciences including nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health, and pre-clinical sciences.

Information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues from the National Institutes of Health.

Investment analysis and ratings for stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and markets.Please note that electronic use is limited to one user at a time.

Get started with Adobe Muse, a website builder, that allows designers to create fixed, fluid, and adaptive websites without having to write any code.


Search the National Archives for genealogy resources by topic or type of record.

Full-text articles from 1980 to the present from the country’s newspaper of record. For coverage from 1851 to 1993 use the Historical New York Times.

Search full image of articles published in the New York Times from its first issue in 1851. It is searchable by keyword, author, article title, and first paragraph (abstract).

Get free and full access to The New York Times anytime, anywhere from the New York Times website.

New York Times expanded bestseller lists

News content from local, regional and national news sources.

Historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present.

Wiki to use this FREE text editor and source code editor for use with Microsoft Windows

Recommendations and reviews for adult and teen fiction and nonfiction based on your favorite titles, authors, and genres.


Comprehensive website on every aspect of digital oral history. This leans a little more toward professionals but an amazing resource.


Video describing general techniques and strategies for archiving.

Provides video and written tutorials on scanning, timelines of how long digital storage lasts, cost effective ways of creating a personal archive, and other helpful tips and tools

General tutorias for using the time-line based video editing and creation software. Us Premiere to compile video files, sound, images, transitions, and more for a professional production.

Indexing and full-text access to newspapers from across the nation including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times as well as Iowa newspaper the Iowa City Press Citizen and the Des Moines Register.

Tutorials for using the entry-level desktop publishing application which functions much like word but makes moving text and images around the page much easier


Digital Sanborn Maps provide digital access to 1450 large - scale maps of 329 Iowa towns and cities. Sanborn Fire Maps were initially created to estimate fire insurance risks. The company's maps are frequently used for historical research, and for preservation and restoration efforts. Iowa City fire maps in this collection are for the following dates: September 1883, July 1888, April 1892, June 1899, April 1906, January 1912, July 1920, February 1926, and February 1933 through April 1946.

Small business collection provides insights, tips, strategies, and success stories. Users find more than 500 subject-appropriate, active, full-text periodicals,

In-Library Use Only

Index to anyone who has been reported dead to the Social Security Administration from 1962 onwards or who had died prior to 1962 but still had active Social Security accounts in 1962.


Personal language-learning system that uses a multi-format process for learning foreign languages.


The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities. View, print, and download research reports from the various Value Line publications.

Where to find birth, death, marriage and divorce records from all 50 states and territories.


Quick start tutorial for the media player that plays almost all video content even if it's damaged, incomplete, or unfinished. VLC uses a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries, avoiding the need for finding/calibrating proprietary plugins.


Daily newspaper published by the Dow Jones & Company that focuses on business and financial news.

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