Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


If you are researching local history or genealogy, please visit our Newspapers page to find back issues covering the Easton area. You may also find helpful books in our Historical Collection.

For other research needs, the Ames Free Library offers over 60 different databases to help you find the information you need! No pay walls or pop-ups, just reliable information. Below, you will find our most frequently used databases. To see ALL of our databases as well as a category overview, visit our full database listing HERE

Are you working on a high school project? Our Teen Homepage will show you some really useful databases under the "Teen Homework Help" section. If you are an elementary or middle school student, our Kids Homepage lists databases designed just for you!

For tips on using these databases, you can access individual tutorials on the Gale Support site.


Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source of peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive.

Ancestry Library Edition


In library use only.  Through Ancestry Library Edition, you may access Census records, immigration lists, vital statistics and military records. For an introduction and tutorial about Ancestry, visit our Tutorials page.

Biography in Context

Biography in Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that you will have access to the very latest information.

Boston Globe 1980 - Current

The Boston Globe's detailed indexing helps users quickly find the news information they need. Each issue is indexed thoroughly, so you have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the paper. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information, but also companies, people, products, etc.

Business Collection

Business Collection provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Business Economics and Theory Collection

Business Economics and Theory Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics and related fields. The database has an emphasis on titles indexed in the American Economic Association's EconLit bibliography.

Complete Encyclopedia of African-American History, 2019 Edition


Offers digital access to the four volumes of this encyclopedia series. Includes profiles of over 700 influential African Americans as well as details on places and events pivotal to the Civil Rights movement.

Easton Journal

In Library use only. The Easton Journal database allows you to search all 2017 and 2018 issues by keywords such as people, places, or events.

Educator's Reference Complete

Educator's Reference Complete provides access to academic journals, reports, and many premier reference sources in the field of education. The database includes content in key subject areas including administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing. The majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database.

Fine Arts and Music Collection

Fine Arts and Music Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. The database emphasizes full-text content for publications included in the Wilson Art Index and RILM bibliography.

General OneFile

General OneFile is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.

Information Science and Library Issues

Information Science and Library Issues provides access to scholarly journals and trade publications essential for information professionals and other knowledge workers. The database offers coverage of topics including information infrastructure, metadata architecture, publishing, and more.

Infotrac Newsstand

InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields. The database offers a one-stop source for current news and searchable archives. is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. For an introduction and tutorial about, visit our Tutorials page.

Mango Languages


With over 70 world languages for you to learn at your own pace (including English), Mango will prepare you for realistic conversations and strengthen everyday communication skills. For an introduction and instructions on Mango Languages, visit our Tutorials page.

NoveList Plus


Looking for your next book? NoveList Plus will help you find expert read-alike recommendations when you search for books by title, author, genre, appeal, or award winners. For an introduction and instructions on using NoveList, visit our Tutorials page.

Psychology Collection

Psychology Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines that cover the study of emotions, personality, and the human mind. The database offers content of interest to both researchers and general users.

Religion & Philosophy Collection

Religion and Philosophy Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines of interest to both researchers and general users. The database offers balanced content that covers topics across a wide range of philosophies and religions.

Science in Context

Science in Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.