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Ancestry Library Edition


Ancestry Library covers the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.  Note:  Due to our license agreement, Ancestry Library is ONLY available INSIDE the Library building, at our Internet stations or on your laptop via our wi-fi.
New to Ancestry Library? Here’s a Great Help Site



Heritage Quest Online provides you access to census records, family and local histories, genealogy articles and more!  Unlike Ancestry, Heritage Quest can also be searched from HOME with your WDM Library card. In-libraryFrom Home


Auto Repair Reference Center


A  browseable database covering vehicles back to 1945!  Includes repair procedures, wiring diagrams, maintenance intervals, general troubleshooting and more for most models, both domestic and imports. Most information can be easily printed out for use in the garage. In-libraryFrom Home

Small Engine Repair Reference Center


For many models of small engines (mowers, blowers, small boats, etc.), find repair procedures, diagrams, etc.  Print out for use in the shop. In-libraryFrom Home

Address/Phone Lookup



Business and residential address and phone lookup. In-libraryFrom Home


Business and residential information for market research and contact lists. Data on 45 million businesses and 271 million consumers. In-libraryFrom Home

Magazine/Newspaper Search

Des Moines Register (ProQuest)

Access to Des Moines Register articles and content from 2005 to the present only. Some data, such as advertisements, paid obituaries and so forth is not included. In-libraryFrom Home

DSM Newspaper and Obituary Index from PLDM

The Newspaper and Obituary Index for The Des Moines Register created by the Public Library of Des Moines.  NOTE:  the WDM Library does not have a microfilm collection of old Registers – you need to go to the Des Moines library for access to these resources.  They can be reached at 515-283-4152 or via their website . In-libraryFrom Home



A group of databases covering periodicals (magazines, newspapers) on a variety of topics. Searchable and available mostly in full-text. Can be searched and saved or printed. You can also have articles emailed to your home or school email address. In-libraryFrom Home

Flipster – eMagazines

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Flipster is a digital magazine service. You can use your computer or mobile device browser to read magazines in your browser via the Internet. You can also get the Flipster app, connect to the WDM Library’s Flipster Page and download magazines for offline reading! In-libraryFrom Home

World News Digest (Facts on File)


This archival record covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940, domestic and international news is updated weekly. In-libraryFrom Home

Investing and Business

Morningstar Investment Research Center


The Morningstar Investment Research Center is an online investment database with information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds.  It provides independent analysis, industry information, stock charts, portfolio building tools, and web-based educational tutorials. In-libraryFrom Home

Value Line Research Center


The Value Line Research Center includes on-line access to Value Line’s leading research publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks. In-libraryFrom Home

Weiss Financial Ratings Series Online

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Weiss Ratings includes the following databases:
Financial Strength Ratings: Banking & Insurance
Financial Strength Ratings: Stocks & Mutual Funds
Customized Medigap Buyer’s Guide & Premium Calculator.
Great resources for the beginning or advanced investor!
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Small Business Reference Center


Information on relevant topics from writing a business plan, starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. Business videos provide interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos help foster success in all aspects of managing a business. State-specific resources provide demographic data and other local information. In-libraryFrom Home

Find a Book to Read

Novelist Plus


A reader’s advisory tool for finding a great book to read! You can search by title, author, genre (mystery, sci-fi, romance) or series.  Includes both Fiction and Non-Fiction (you can limit your search to either or both). In-libraryFrom Home

Novelist Plus K-8


NoveList K-8 Plus helps parents, teachers, librarians and young readers ensure successful reading by discovering titles that students will understand, read, and enjoy, and then find more books like those. In-libraryFrom Home

Homework Help

Literary Reference Center


Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a massive, easily searchable and browseable database of literary criticism, reviews, author biographies and more.  Learn more about your favorite authors and find authoritative literature reviews. In-libraryFrom Home

Learning Express

Do practice tests on a wide variety of skills: SAT, ACT (college prep), civil service, postal, AP tests, general skills, elementary and middle school skills, real estate, and more. Create a free login, which allows you to stop and start your tests at your convenience and keep a record of what you’ve done, and how you scored. In-libraryFrom Home

Travel and Country Info

AtoZ The USA


AtoZ the USA offers in-depth e-content in 156 data categories with 50+ maps for each state. It has thousands of U.S. state reports and articles ready to download, royalty-free image collections of flags (antique and modern), vintage postcards, panoramic photos, license plates, and much more. In-libraryFrom Home

AtoZ The World

Travel resources including culture, language, foodways and more, around the world.  Great for school reports, travel planning and more. In-libraryFrom Home

AtoZ Maps Online

AtoZ Maps Online database of 1000’s of royalty-free, downloadable maps for academic and business (non-commercial) use. Royalty-free maps you can view, download and print. Also includes specialty resources like Flags of the World and Teaching Tools for educational use. In-libraryFrom Home

AtoZ World Travel


An easy to use e-travel guide. City Facts, Attractions and Excursions, Hospitality and Entertainment, Shopping, Travel Resources and more In-libraryFrom Home

General Interest

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center


Hobbies and Crafts –  Detailed “how-to” and ideas for virtually every hobby enthusiast.  Full text from leading hobby and craft magazines, over 700 “how to” videos, 3000+ recipes, even game cheats! In-libraryFrom Home

Transparent Language (Byki) Online


Transparent Language (formerly Byki Online) is a personal language-learning system that uses a multi-format learning process called “Before You Know It (BYKI)” which speeds learning and comprehension of foreign languages. In-libraryFrom Home

For Younger Searchers

Explora Primary Schools


Highly-visual, simple search interface for younger users. In-libraryFrom Home

Explora Public Libraries


Graphical, topic-focused search on all curriculum areas, with faceted searching and results. In-libraryFrom Home

Explora – Educator’s Edition


Lessons, curriculum standards, articles and helpful links for educators and home schoolers.  For more on Explora, check out this video tutorial. In-libraryFrom Home