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Online Reference Library

This list is meant to provide patrons of the General N.B. Baker Library with quick access to a wealth of information.  Inclusion however on the list does not indicate endorsement of the website or the products contained therein.  

If there is a website you would like to see included on the list, please feel free to contact us.

General Reference

Sutherland & O'Brien County Reference

Iowa Reference

Government & Politics

The Office of the Governor of Iowa - Terry Branstad

Senator Chuck Grassley (R)

Senator Joni Ernst (R)

Congressman Steve King (R)

Iowa Courts Online

The Iowa State Legislature 

*Senator David Johnson (I) - District 1

*Senator Randy Feenstra (R) - District 2

*Representative Megan Jones (R) - District 2

*Representative Dan Huseman (R) - District 3

Politics1 - An excellent directory of Iowa federal and statewide candidates.

The Iowa Democratic Party

The Iowa Republican Party

The Iowa Librertarian Party

* Your representation in the State Senate and House is determined by your address and zip code.  Those listed above represent portions of the 51058 zip code.  To determine your legislators visit the Iowa State Legislature Link above.

History & Genealogy

The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa - Hosted by the University of Iowa Press.

Iowa Genweb - A website focused on Iowa history and genealogy.

Iowa Genealogical Society

State Historical Society of Iowa

Directory of Digitized Iowa Newspapers - Hosted by Rod Library at UNI.  A great directory of online, digitized Iowa newspaper archives.

Iowa Geographic Map Server - Aerial Photos from the 1930's to 1990's,Elevation Maps and a variety of Historical Maps.

Iowa DNR Historical Aerial Photo Project


The Iowa Center for the Book - An exceptional directory of books by Iowa authors.

Iowa Library Association

State Library of Iowa

Crime & Law Enforcement

Iowa Sex Offender Registry - A Searchable Database

Iowa State Patrol Crash Reports - A Database Searchable by Various Criteria

State of Iowa Amber Alert 


Iowa Workforce Development - Resources for Job-hunters and the Unemployed

State Data Center - A wealth of information about the State of Iowa.

General Reference

Dictionaries and Thesauruses - Also includes a Thesaurus

Cambridge Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Also includes a Thesaurus


A Dictionary of Units of Measurement - Hosted by the University of North Carolina.


Encyclopedia Britannica


Old Farmer's Almanac - Almanac & Reference for Children


Iowa Transportation Map

Iowa Digital Map Collection - University of Iowa


IMDB - The Internet Movie Database is easily the internet's best reference stop for information about movies, television and performers.

The Law

The Legal Information Institute - Hosted by the Cornell University Law School.  Includes:  U.S. Code, U.S. Supreme Court opinions, Uniform Commercial Code, the US Code of Federal Regulations, and many others.


Health Information Library - Hosted by Johns Hopkins University.

MedlinePlus - Health Information from the National Library of Medicine


The Encyclopedia of Life - Global access to information about life on Earth.


National Weather Service - Just Type in Your Zip Code for Local Weather


The Internet Archive -  A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

The CIA World Factbook - An excellent resource for when researching other countries. - The official guide to U.S. government information and services.

The Library of Congress Digital Collections & Services