Ames Free Library

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If you are researching local history or genealogy, please visit our Newspapers page to find back issues covering the Easton area. We also have many books in our Historical Collection. And here in Easton, we are lucky to have a very rich historical resource, The Easton Historical Society and Museum.

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 (Gale)

Academic OneFile (Gale) 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


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.

You may also want to visit Ancestry & the National Archives, which has over 500 million historical documents and images. Searching is free!

In-library use only. Access to is available via the public computers located on the middle floor of the library, or by using a laptop in Queset House. Remote access to Ancestry Library Edition is no longer available as of January 1, 2022.

Biography (Gale in Context)

Biography (Gale 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.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow offers on-demand, personalized tutoring for K-12 students and adult learners! All free with your Ames Free Library card. Get high-quality help from tutors in core subjects (math, reading, science, and social studies), academic and standardized test prep (including the new GED and the new SAT), and career-related topics such as resume and cover letter-writing, and Microsoft Office training. College-bound students can get help filling out the FAFSA. In the Writing Lab, you can submit your papers for review and feedback. U.S. Citizenship Test prep and Spanish-speaking support are also available!


Britannica Moderna

Britannica Moderna

Spanish encyclopedia for older students and educators.

Business (Gale OneFile)

Business (Gale OneFile) 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.

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.

Consumer Reports can help you make the best choice for your time and money. Covering a variety of categories such as electronics, home and garden, babies and kids and more, contains ratings and reviews for thousands of products from shoppers and experts, money-saving advice and tips, buying guides, videos and more. 



Creativebug offers thousands of video courses on a wide variety of art and craft topics. Learn to doodle or paint, level up your knitting skills, or find a craft to keep the kids busy for the afternoon. There are courses for every skill level.


Easton Journal

In Library use only. The Easton Journal database allows you to search July 2015 through December 2018 issues by keywords such as people, places, or events.

Economics and Theory (Gale OneFile)

Economics and Theory (Gale OneFile) 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.

Environmental Studies (Gale in Context)

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Environmental Studies (Gale In Context) provides detailed information on current environmental issues and processes from both a scientific and a social standpoint suitable for high school, undergrad, and graduate students. Reference works, case studies, multimedia materials, newspapers, and magazines provide a wide range of content to support all learners. 

Fine Arts (Gale OneFile)

Fine Arts (Gale OneFile) 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 (Gale)

General OneFile (Gale) 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 (Gale OneFile)

Information Science (Gale OneFile) 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.

Leadership and Management (Gale OneFile)

 Leadership and Management (Gale OneFile) provides access to authoritative periodical content covering topics such as 21st-century skills, organizational dynamics and leadership, adult learning and continuing education, and more.

Legal Forms (Gale) - Mass

LegalForms (Gale) provides professionally written legal documents used by attorneys and law firms. You’ll find downloadable forms covering real estate, wills, power of attorney, bankruptcy, small business—practically any area of law—alongside helpful tools like a Law Digest and Attorney Directory.


Lightbox is a dynamic, interactive non-fiction resource for preK and elementary aged students. Books for younger students include read-aloud options, or you can skip the read-aloud and advance pages at your own pace. These books also include interactive maps, videos, and links to related websites embedded right into each book. You can also check your reading with reflection or comprehension questions, a quiz or worksheet activities throughout the book. If you like experiencing stories on Tumblebooks, you'll love learning facts with Lightbox!

LinkedIn Learning (formerly


LinkedIn Learning (formerly 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 LinkedIn Learning, visit our Niche Academy 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 Niche Academy Tutorials page.

News (Gale OneFile)

News (Gale OneFile) 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.

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 Niche Academy Tutorials page.




 An easily accessible, kid-friendly database for the littlest researchers.

Peterson's Career Prep

A comprehensive resource offering personalized assessments focused on a user's interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences. Also includes career videos, an occupational database and career library, military crosswalks, VisualCV Resume Creator, and job search powered by Indeed.

Peterson's Test Prep

Peterson`s Test Prep includes full-length practice tests for GED, SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. citizenship, and more. It offers information on undergraduate and graduate programs and tuition and scholarship assistance, as well as a resume builder and interviewing advice. Whether you’re a student planning for college or a professional embarking on a new career path, Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep can help you along the way.

Psychology (Gale OneFile)

Psychology (Gale OneFile) 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 (Gale OneFile)

Religion and Philosophy (Gale OneFile) 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.

Salem Press & Grey House Publishing


Quickly and easily connect to the Ames Free Library's Grey House, Salem Press and Reference Shelf titles, which span multiple subjects: literature, history, and health (including resource guides for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities).  

Science (Gale in Context)

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

Science (Gale interactive)

Gale Interactive: Science provides engaging, interactive models that bring science to life. 

 Transparent Languages for Libraries

Transparent Language


Transparent Language Online for Libraries empowers anyone to learn 110+ languages anytime, anywhere, on any device — with unlimited simultaneous usage.