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Help for your research project

Posted October 15, 2013 in Community Featured, Downtown

If you’re writing a research paper, the Des Moines Public Library has new and old resources to help.

EBSCO Host online research database is a long and clunky name that essentially means articles, at your fingertips to help with whatever topic you’re researching. This ginormous database gives you access to hundreds of thousands of articles, new and old, from thousands of magazines, periodicals, reference books, scholarly journals and primary source documents. There are also hundreds of thousands of images, including photos, maps and flags.

The DMPL also offers an electronic reference library featuring nearly 300 books. The Gale Virtual Reference Library collection covers topics like art, biographies, business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, science and social sciences. In-depth reference books and dozens of encyclopedias are all there, ready with the information you need to write your research paper.

Finally, offering you the research experience from days of old, Central Library has microfilm. If your professor demands primary sources, newspapers are a fantastic resource. We’ve got The Des Moines Register from 1871 to present and The New York Times from 1851 to present. Even groovier, we’ve got Rolling Stone magazine on microfilm from 1967 to present. Far out, right?

You’ll find our electronic resources online at; access them using your library card and PIN. To research on microfilm, stop by the second floor reference desk, and we’ll show you how it works. We’re also offering paid reference services if you want to hire our staff to search the microfilm for you. Give us a call if you’ve got questions; 283-4152.

Central Library events
Find the complete schedule online at

Author Visit: James Autry and Sally Pederson
Monday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Meeting Room Wing
The authors will discuss their new book, “Choosing Gratitude 365 Days a Year.”

Writers’ Workshop
Monday, Nov. 4, 5 – 7 p.m.
Meeting Room One
Speakers include Jay Kozel and Nate Brown, co-editors of Spoilage, a Des Moines Literary Magazine. Please preregister.

Retro Des Moines Photo Tour
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Room One
Local researcher Archie Cook leads a photo tour of the city’s earliest days.

Tracking Down Your Family History
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
Meeting Room One
Leighton Christiansen shares advice on gathering and recording written and oral family stories.

Central Library
1000 Grand Ave. • 283-4152
Mon. – Wed.: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thur. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Pick-up window hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 4 – 6 p.m.

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