Databases

Welcome to our Electronic Resources page! The following list enables access to several online resources that are provided, free of charge, to our patrons. Most of the resources are available via remote access although some may only be accessed in the library. See each resource for more information.

AtoZ The USA

Bringing the diversity and history of the USA to life in a beautifully illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. Covering 50 States, 5 Territories, & Washington, DC.

Available in the library on public computers, personal devices and at home from the library website.

AtoZ World Travel

Travel broadens our horizons, boosts our confidence, increases our ability to handle uncertainty, connects us to humanity, helps us understand ourselves, and creates memories that last a lifetime.

AtoZ World Travel is a comprehensive travel resource containing 202 Travel Guides covering 75 topics for each of 202 world cities. Topics include travel essentials, security, neighborhoods, excursions, food and restaurants, culture, language, and more.

Ancestry.com (In-house use only)

With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition is the most comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research available.

Brainfuse: Adult Learning Center, JobNow, & Vet Now

Provides test preparation resources for adult learners, including GED, HiSet, TASC, and US Citizenship practice tests. Live job coaching available Monday-Sunday from 12:00-10:00 p.m. Live veteran support available Monday-Friday from 1:00-9:00 p.m.

Duolingo

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world, with more than 170 million users. The company’s mission is to make education free, fun and accessible to all. Duolingo is designed to feel like a game and scientifically proven to be effective. In addition to its core platform, the company created the Duolingo English Test (DET), an affordable and convenient language certification option that is accepted by over 60 universities.

Get Duolingo’s app for Apple iOS devices or Android devices!

Apple iTunes Store

Android/Google Play

freegal Music

Freegal Music is a free music service from Musser Public Library. All you need is your library card number. Freegal Music offers access to over 16 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000+ labels with music that originate in over 100 countries. Stream 3 hours of music each day and download up to 5 songs each week – yours to keep for your personal use.

Gale Legal Forms

Create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle. Gale Legal Forms provides free access to editable, Iowa-specific legal forms and is updated on a regular basis.

HeritageQuest

With HeritageQuest online you can find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of US Federal Census records from 1790-1920. You can also find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local history books all online!

Have your library barcode number ready.

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

Get Khan Academy’s app for Apple iOS or Android devices!

Apple iTunes Store

Android Google Play

The New York Times

Enjoy free, unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism on nytimes.com

Newspaper Archive

NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Our unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. Explore your family tree and discover your history at NewspaperARCHIVE, the world’s largest online newspaper archive.

To access this resource click here.

Newspapers.com

Through the Newspapers.com website, inside the library, you can access the entire Muscatine Journal from its inception date in 1873 until approximately 1 month from the current date. There are also several variations of the Journal that are available. This resource is keyword searchable and can be accessed on your digital device while inside the library or by using the library’s public access computers.

It is recommended that you create a free account in order to utilize the full site. You can download entire pages or selected areas to save as a file or print and you can share via email, pages and clippings.

For more information please see staff at the Service Desk.

This resource cannot be accessed remotely.

Niche Academy

Niche Academy is the simpler way to learn online! This service allows you to access a variety of tutorials covering library resources and materials, along with tutorials on how to become more familiar with different software and technology tools.

Do you want to learn how to use our online resources like OverDrive, Valueline, Transparent Languages, and more? Niche Academy tutorials include video instruction AND printable, step-by-step guides. Watch from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Check out Niche Academy’s quick and easy tutorials for straightforward steps and get started.

NoveList

NoveList is your personal guide to deciding what to read next. Try it out – search by author, title, series or plot. In addition to the reviews of over 200,000+ fiction titles, you’ll also find lists of award-winning books, discussion guides, and recommended reads.

OverDrive eMagazines

OverDrive eMagazines for Musser Public Library offers access to your favorite magazines for instant browser streaming and app-driven offline viewing.

Over 3,000 popular magazines are now available to download and read on any device 24/7. Users with a library card can read digital magazines alongside ebooks and audiobooks on Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive

Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. Reference Solutions offers the most up-to-date data available in the market. The database offers library patrons accurate data on 45 million businesses and 270 million consumers.

“Please note: If unable to access Reference Solutions remotely using Google Chrome™, please try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues.”

Rivershare Digital Libraries from OverDrive

All you need to access eAudiobooks and eBooks is your Musser Library card. Content can be downloaded to your computer and/or transferred to a portable device. You may need to download the OverDrive media software – available within the site.

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors.

Spanish Language Resources

A collection of Spanish language resources available online and through Musser Public Library & HNI Community Center.

Transparent Languages Online

This language-learning resource offers instructional courses for over 100 languages. Begin to develop or build upon your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in one or more foreign languages. Includes ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for over 26 languages.

ValueLine

Value Line is the most trusted and prestigious name in the investment field. For more than seventy-five years Value Line has been synonymous with trust, reliability, objectivity, independence, accurate information and proven performance for investors.

The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal provides the latest coverage of business, politics, news of the world, entertainment, arts, sports and more.

IN-LIBRARY ACCESS 

The library provides access inside the library for all visitors, on your computer or device or on ours.

REMOTE ACCESS

  • Musser Public library card required.
  • Contact us via phone, email, or in -person to receive a special link that provides 3 days of access.
  • This special link will be sent by email.
  • Click on the link and create a personal account using your email and password of your choice.
  • At the end of the 3 days, use the same link for another 3 days of access and login as an existing user with the email and password created previously.
  • Link may be used repeatedly!