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Sioux Center Public Library Resources

1. Catalog

2. Encyclopedia Britannicaencyclopediabritannica


3.Gale Research & Databases

  • Research in Context – middle school database
    • You will need to enter a 14 digit SCPL library card number
    • Find articles, videos, newspapers, magazines, & primary sources
    • You can limit your search to specific topics (African History, Explorers, World War II, etc.)
    • You can also limit your search by reading level
    • It includes articles, newspapers, magazines, photos, videos, and more.
    • It also has a helpful Topic Finder to help you narrow down your topic and find resources.

4. Credo Reference

  • Enter with your 14 digit library card number.
  • Full text reference books and articles for middle school students, high school students, college students, and adults.
  • Full text encyclopedias and DK Eyewitness books are available.
  • It also includes a mindmap brainstorming tool to help develop and define research topics.
  • This resource also includes images and some short videos that can be used for educational and research purposes.


5. Newspaper archives

6. Genealogy website/resources (or click on resources tab at the top of SCPL’s homepage)

    • Census records, Family histories, veterans information and obituaries
    • *More resources and family histories available on at the library


Resources from the Library of Congress

Go to and click on “digital collections”

Or directly

1. American History and Culture—American Memory

2. Historic Newspapers—Chronicling America

3. US Newspaper Directory (click on historic newspapers first)

4. Prints and photographs



Other valuable web resources

1. New York Times Archives

 2. Teaching American History

3. American Heritage

4. History Net

    • First person accounts from the Vietnam war, Civil War photos and artifacts, aviation history, the wild west and more.

5. Iowa Heritage Digital Collections

    • Iowa Heritage Digital Collections is a resource for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else interested in the people, places and institutions of Iowa. The site provides free access to digital collections from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions. MANY primary sources including diaries! Browse by war/conflict, people, places, organizations, music, maps, events, etc. or do a search.

Visit the Sioux Center Public Library for books, newspapers, microfilm, and librarian assistance. Your SCPL library card also gives you access to Dordt College’s library if you need more books on specific topics.

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