Research Tools

The Scott County Library provides cardholders access to a variety of databases and online resources for research and general interest.

An alphabetical listing is below or click on a category to find a more focused list.


Please call 563-285-4794 extension 2224 to speak to our Information Desk if you have questions.

If you are asked for a password, it is usually the number on the back of your library card.

Academic One File (Gale): Peer-reviewed articles covering many academic disciplines.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO): Full-text academic journals covering the major areas of academic research.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder: Search for books by AR level, Lexile level and more.

Agriculture Collection (Gale): Titles covering agriculture and related fields.

Ancestry Library (in library only): Records from the United States census, U.S. Military, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, passenger lists and more.

Biography Reference Center (EBSCO): Includes biographies from American National Biography, Biographies Today, Encyclopedia Britannica and more.

Books & Authors (Gale): Find your next book using this database of recommendations and reviews.

Brainfuse: A comprehensive resource for job seekers including resume builder and live resume/interview help via chat.  Also includes practice tests for college students and adult learners.

Business Economics and Theory Collection (Gale): Academic journals and magazines supporting economics studies.

Business Insights Essentials (Gale): News, stats and reports provide in-depth coverage of companies and industries.

Chilton Library (Gale): Automotive repair covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years. : Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a government run agency providing health information to the public.

Communication & Mass Media Collection: Current, accurate information covers advertising, literature, linguistics and more.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO): Information on health issues for the public and professionals.

Consumer Reports (EBSCO): Search within the archives of Consumer Reports from 1985 to the present.

Credo Reference Center: Includes full-text reference books on a variety of topics plus the ability to “mind map” topics for researchers.

Criminal Justice Collection: Search criminal justice topics.

Culinary Arts Collection: Find thousands of recipes, plus restaurant reviews and industry information.

Directory of Open Access Journals : DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Diversity Studies Collection: Explorations of cultural differences, contributions and influences.

Driver’s Education: Free DMV practice tests tailored to the state of Iowa.

EBSCOhost Research Databases (EBSCO): Search across all EBSCO databases provided by the Scott County Library System. You will need to select your databases after clicking the link.

Educator’s Reference (Gale): Titles covering child development, best practices and more.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (Gale): Coverage of environmental policies and perspectives.

Fine Arts & Music Collection (Gale): Wilson Art Index and RILM are among the resources in this collection.

Foundation Directory Online (in library only): Search for grants and find grant-makers.

Freegal: Download or stream music.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture collection (Gale): Nearly 50 journals cover topics from scientific and practical standpoints.

Gender Studies Collection:(Gale): Coverage of gender studies, family/martital issues, health and more.

General One File (Gale): Millions of articles cover a full range of academic and general-interest topics

General Science Collection (Gale): Updated daily, this collection includes 1.6 million articles and 200 journals.

Health Reference Academic (Gale): Find reliable information on fitness, pregnancy, nutrition and much more.

Health Reference General (Gale): Alternative-focused newspapers, directories, videos and references.

Heritage Quest Online: Collection of research materials for tracing family history.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (EBSCO): Help for arts & crafts, collection, gardening and more.

Home Improvement Collection (Gale): Titles for hobbyists and professional carpenters.

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection (Gale): Focused study of the leisure industry.

Information Science and Library Issues (Gale): Content for information professionals and students.

Informe Academico (Gale): Una coleccion de revistas hispanicas con textos completos.

InfoTrac Student Edition (Gale): Supports high school research in core subjects, pop culture, sports and more.

Insurance & Liability Collection (Gale): Information on labor relations, mortgages, legal issues and more.

Iowa History Resources: A collection of websites and online collections for those interested in local history.

Kids Info Bits (Gale): Appropriate K-5 content is presented in a visual interface.

Lexile: This website explains the Lexile measurement used by some public schools and allows you to search for titles within a specific Lexile range.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO): Full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. Includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

Medline Plus: Free health information from the National Library of Medicine.

Military & Intelligence Database (Gale): Past and current state of military affairs.

Newsstand (Gale): Search full-text articles by headline, date, newspaper section and more.

North Scott Shield Yearbooks: The Shield began publication in 1959 with the founding of the North Scott School District and has been published annually since.

North Scott Press: Search the archives of the North Scott Press online.

Nursing & Allied Health Collection (Gale): Helps nursing professionals and students.

Olive Tree Genealogy: A great place for beginners to learn how to research and also includes links to various sites with free information.

Optimal Resume: A suite of online career tools helps job seekers build a better resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills, and develop a personal brand online.

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine (Gale): Content covers treatment and research.

Pop Culture Collection (Gale): Supports coursework and general interests in pop culture.

Popular Magazines (Gale): Full-text access to the most searched magazines on the InfoTrac platform.

Professional Collection (Gale): A custom selection of full-text journals for educators is updated daily.

Psychology Collection (Gale): Access to full-text periodicals in the field.

Purdue OWL: Find APA and MLA style guides along with writing guides and more from Purdue University.

Quad City Times archives: Newspaper archives from the Quad City Times and previous QCA publications.

RB Digital Magazines: Access digital magazines.

RB Digital Ebooks & Eaudio: Access digital ebooks and eaudio.

Religion & Philosophy Collection (Gale): Covers categories in religion and philosophy from around the world.

Research in Context (Gale): A cross-curricular resource created for middle school assignment needs.

RiverShare Catalog: Find books, movies, music and more from area libraries part of the RiverShare system.

RiverShare Overdrive: Check out ebooks and eaudiobooks.

RiverShare Overdrive (Academic): Check out ebooks on academic topics including nursing and vet tech.

Rock Island County records: Vital records from Rock Island County Illinois including birth, marriage, and death records.

Roots Web: Search Family trees or build your own and get links to free information.

Rural Assistance Center: Designed to provide health information to rural America. Call 1-800-270-1898 for assistance.

Scott County Cemetery Search: A growing index of names in rural Scott County cemeteries. Search by name, date, cemetery and/or military service.

Scott County Gen Web: The Scott County segment of the U.S. Gen Web project. Includes information on local cemeteries, obituaries, newspapers, marriage records, biographies and more.

Small Business Collection (Gale): Tips and strategies for students and entrepreneurs.

Transparent Language: Dozens of languages in a mobile friendly platform. You will need to sign up for an account and choose a username and password before getting started.

Tumblebook Library: TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that have been created from existing picture books from well-known publishers and authors. This resource also includes a collection of Large Print chapter books and classic children’s books, audio books, puzzles and games. No device is needed – you only need to be online.

University of Iowa Consumer Health Guide: A comprehensive free listing of health and wellness resources.

University of Iowa Patient Wellness: Free, quality health information compiled by health sciences librarians at the University of Iowa.

U.S. Gen Web Project: A volunteer run site that provides websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

U.S. History Collection (Gale): Coverage for novice historians and advanced researchers.

Vocations & Careers Collections (Gale): Includes general career guides and industry journals.

War & Terrorism Collection (Gale): Periodicals for analysts, risk management professionals and students.

World Book Online: An online encyclopedia that includes videos, images, maps and articles.

World Food: Recipes and food culture from around the world.

World History Collection (Gale): Coverage of current thinking and scholarly work.

World Travel: a comprehensive travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and recipes, culture, language, and more