Research & Study

What are you looking for?

Start your research here, compliments of the Library!

  • – study state manuals and take free DMV practice tests
  • EBSCOhost – find magazine articles and Auto Repair Reference Center (Chilton’s auto and truck manuals)
  • HeritageQuest – research your family genealogy

    Ancestry Library Edition – provides more than 7,000 available databases containing billions of records in census data, vital records, photos, family histories, immigration records, family histories, court and legal documents, directories, military records, maps and more. Ongoing updates and new content is always being added. This is a wonderful resource for continual genealogical and historical information searching. *This resource is only available within the Library on one of the Library computers.

  • LearningExpress Library – search this rich learning resource’s Learning Centers that are dedicated to helping you get the job that’s right for you, brushing up on your math and statistical learning new software skills such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and others)
  • p4A Antiques Reference – search for your antiques and find out what they brought at auction
  • HealthInfoIowa – start your search for health information
  • Iowa Heritage Project – view collections of Iowa libraries and museums
  • Iowa Publications Online – dig deep into all things Iowa
  • Subject guides – find information on travel, sports, consumer goods and more
  • Iowa Locator – locate books and other items in libraries throughout Iowa
  • WorldCat – locate books and other items in libraries throughout the world
  • Quick Searches in the Library’s Catalog – find lists of all of the audio, DVD, or music CDs, etc. the Library has
  • Winterset Newspapers, 1871-1977 – A digitized version of The Winterset Madisonian and all it’s title variations, and also the various years of The Winterset News, The Winterset Reporter, The Winterset Review, The Madison County Reporter, and all their title variations are now available. This is a new free online historical research tool.

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.” — Samuel Johnson