General Research


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.



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

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

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.


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

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


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


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

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.


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.


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


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


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).

News content from local, regional and national news sources.


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.


Contact information for millions of U.S. and Canadian companies as well as residential directory information. Generate reports by searching businesses by name, location, industry, or size.