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.

Food America: contains recipes in all course categories (appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages) for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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