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Check out ABC Mouse for award-winning educational games, puzzles, books and other fun interactive learning activities for kids age 2 to 6. It’s free to use in the Ames Public Library! In Library Use Only

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Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile offers access to millions of peer-reviewed, full text articles for a variety of academic subjects.

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America's News/Ames Tribune from NewsBank

Search local job fairs, companies in the news, state and national business, economic and employment trends. Find diverse perspectives on topics related to job searching, consumer spending and the housing market. Updated daily. 

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Ancestry Library Edition

ProQuest has partnered with to create Ancestry Library, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online. In Library Use Only

Now temporarily available for access outside the library until December! Click here, select 'Login required-click here,' enter your username and PIN, and select Ancestry Library Edition to start researching.

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Brainfuse Help Now

Stuck on a tough homework assignment? Looking for test prep resources? Brainfuse offers virtual live tutoring, a 24-hour writing assignment review, study groups, flashcards, and can even help create a study plan. Find test prep for college entrance exams and ASVAB. Adult learners will find tutoring and study guides just for adults, as well as computer training courses, and study guides for the U.S. Citizenship Test, TABE, TOEFL, GED, and more. 

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Brainfuse Job Now & Vet Now

Looking for your dream job? Start here with free expert online resources including Resume Lab for virtual resume review services, and daily virtual live job coaching. Special services for veterans include Veteran Navigator to connect veterans to VA services and community resources, and a focus on transitioning from military to civilian careers. Connect to adult learning resources like live virtual tutoring, computer training courses, and study guides for college entrance exams.

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Browse, borrow, and enjoy e-audiobooks, e-books, and videos on your computer or tablet. 

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Chilton Library

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. You can even prep for the ASE test and certification exams. 

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Digital Learn

If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, this site has the tools to help tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed. 

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Educator’s Reference Complete

This database is a great resource for educators interested in research on topics such as administration, bilingual education, child development, funding, technology, testing, and more through scholarly journals, reports, and educational references.

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Family Search

Discover your family’s story through historical records.​ With Family Search's collection of billions of records, you can piece together your ancestors’ history and bring their stories to life.​

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Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive

The images in this unique photo archive are from Farwell T. Brown’s lifetime collection of original photographs, postcards, advertisements, and news articles which chronicle the history of Ames, Iowa. The dates of the photographs range from the 1860s through the 1990s, with the majority from the 1900s through the 1930s. 

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FirstSearch Online Database

FirstSearch is a great place to start if you're looking for a specific book or for full-text articles. You can search for books and e-books at libraries across the world and access millions of full-text, full-image articles from thousands of serials.

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Foundation Directory Online

Philanthropic research needs? FDO is your best resource. Tap into an ever-growing database of 140,000-plus grantmakers and 14 million-plus grants. In Library Use Only

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GCF LearnFree

If you need a quick brush up on your Microsoft Office or other technology skills GCF LearnFree is the place to start. Check out their more than 125 self-paced tutorials for math, career, reading, every day life skills, and more. 

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Health and Wellness Resource Center

Check out Health and Wellness Resource Center to find information on a whole host of topics from nutrition, diseases, public health, pregnancy, herbal remedies, and more. There’s access to alternative medicine-focused magazines, journals, newspapers, and over 700 videos. 

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Health Reference Center Academic

Health Reference Center Academic gives you access to medical and professional journals, health and fitness magazines, reference books, and pamphlets on a variety of nursing and allied health topics, perfect for professional research. 

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Download e-audiobooks, graphic novels, e-books, movies, music, and television, all with no holds queue.

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Stream or download over 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy's mission is to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and they’ve partnered with institutions like NASA and the Museum of Modern Art to do so. Create an account and you'll have access to videos, exercises, and your own learning dashboard as you study at your own pace. 

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Mango Languages

Powered by intelligent technology and an adaptive algorithm, Mango empowers you to communicate with confidence, preparing you for uncharted experiences with language and culture. Challenge yourself to discover something new. Start the conversation.

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New York Times

Enjoy unlimited Access to and the New York Times mobile app. All APL card holders may use The New York Times online. When the 72 hour license expires, return to this page to checkout another one. You may renew your license as many times as you like.

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Novelist Plus

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles. 

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints is the perfect resource for anyone wanting information on today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. It offers pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. Informed, differing views help you develop critical-thinking skills and draw your own conclusions.

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Lost your great-aunt's address and need to write her a thank you for that doily she knit you? Looking for an internship? Wondering how many businesses in Iowa have the word Cyclone in their name? ReferenceUSA can help answer those questions and more! 

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Transparent Language

Express yourself in over 100 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu, with Transparent Language, the scientifically proven method to learning a new language. Flexible learning paths allow you to choose your own adventure in an easy to use interface. Touchscreen friendly with mobile apps for language learning on the go! 

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Want a fun, 21st century alternative to print picture books? TumbleBookLibrary has a great interactive collection of stories with sound, music, animation, and narration. Have your favorite book read as you follow along and enjoy the story. Be sure to check out their book of the day!

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Value Line Investment Survey

The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks in 97 industries, the stock market, and the economy. It contains information on 8,000 stocks, 13,000 mutual funds, 80,000 options and other securities. 

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Wall Street Journal

Access the Wall Street Journal anywhere! Follow the link to create an account for access for the following three days. After three days simply come back and click the above link and log in as an existing user with the same username and password.

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