Explore a range of free online resources to help you with your learning, research and information needs, as well as curated guides linking you to materials in our collection and relevant websites on topics like genealogy, elections, health, business, investing and employment.
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Articles & Newspapers
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. This scholarly collection provides full-text journal articles for most academic areas, including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language, arts & literature and more.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides full text for nearly 1,750 general reference publications, 500 full-text reference books, 86,017 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an image collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Search more than 25 years of Missouri history with the Kansas City Star Collection. Coverage from 1991-today, including full-text, web-only content and full-color image edition.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. The New York Times Recent includes full-page images of this digitized newspaper. Coverage: 2008-recent (3-month embargo). US Major Dailies provides access to article text from The New York Times (1980-current), The Wall Street Journal (1984-current), The Washington Post (1987-current) Los Angeles Times (1985-current), Chicago Tribune (1985-current).
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Full text articles and archives from the Columbia Daily Tribune, Boone County Journal, Fulton Sun, Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Cover-to-cover full-text articles for more than 40 national and international newspapers, as well as selective full text for more than 370 regional papers.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Search archives of New York Times (1851-2013), Chicago Tribune (1849-1993), St. Louis Post Dispatch (1874-2003), Wall Street Journal (1889-2000), and Washington Post (1877-2000). Includes ability to view articles on a specific date or range of dates.
Books & Reading
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Find a new author or a whole new series tailored to your reading tastes.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Online collection of 22,500 (non-downloadable) eBooks to read in your web browser.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Critical essays and biographical/bibliographical information on more than 120,000 authors.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Find your next great read. Search for books by a favorite author, read-alikes and book discussion guides.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Search for books and other materials in libraries worldwide.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides both entrepreneurs and established business owners how-to information on growing and improving their business. Topics include: demographics, consumer patterns, emerging trends, utilizing the media environment, leadership and organizational skills.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Get information on millions of US businesses, searchable by a variety of criteria including business type, employee size, sales figures and geographic location.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Includes information on starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, taxes, business plans and more.
Cars & Driving
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Car and truck maintenance and repair for vehicles 1945 to the present. Includes wiring diagrams, service bulletins and recall information.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Free practice tests for Missouri Department of Revenue written examinations. Includes car, motorcycle and commercial driver license tests.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Find assistance with maintaining and repairing motorcycles, boats, mowers, tractors, tillers, generators and other small engines with the help of more than 410 reference texts with original photos and illustrations.
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Education & Online Learning
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. The Education Resource Information Center provides bibliographic records of education-related journal articles and materials from other sources such as scholarly organizations, professional associations, research centers, and state and federal agencies.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Access test preparation materials for elementary through adult level. Includes the ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, Paramedic, PPST, Real Estate, SAT, United States Citizenship and more.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Lynda.com offers video tutorials on technology skills, creative techniques, business strategies and other subject areas. Classes are taught by top experts and are set up so you can learn at your own pace.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Offers over 500 free online continuing education courses taught by real instructors with remote, 24/7 access so you can study on your schedule.
Encyclopedias, Directories & General Research
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online provides the most accurate details available on U.S. funders and their grants. (Due to license restrictions, this resource is only available for use within the library, is limited to one user at a time and requires a password. Please ask a staff member to log you in to this database.)
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Contains over 25,000 records on an array of topics. It also contains various images and brief biographies.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Every article from the print encyclopedia enhanced with state-of-the-art multimedia, maps, editor-reviewed web sites and more. Includes Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids and World Book Reference Center.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Billions of genealogy records, including census, SSDI and military service data. (Due to license restrictions, this resource is only available for use within the library using library computers or your computer or device connected to the library wireless network.)
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Search the US census 1790-1940, selected Revolutionary War records, a variety of local and family histories plus articles of interest to genealogy researchers.
Government & Law
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Search for and download a wide selection of Missouri legal forms by category or title. Provides an attorney directory and a dictionary of legal definitions.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Presents in-depth information on the structure and function of the U.S. government and its everyday role in the lives of citizens.
Health & Medicine
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides information to patients from periodicals, pamphlets and reference works covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides authoritative citations from over 4,800 journals on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and much more.
History & Geography
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Information about each state and U.S. territory, including history, climate, weather, demographics, geography, history and historical images.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of American culture, history and heritage. Includes texts, images and primary sources.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Biographies of more than 340,000 people from key reference sources plus full-text articles from magazines and newspapers.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Covers the people, places and events in the broad expanse of history from the mid-15th century to the present.
Investing, Finance & Taxes
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Analyst reports and ratings for over 40,000 investments including stocks, mutual funds and ETFs. Articles and videos on investing and personal finance. (Due to license restrictions, there is a limit of four simultaneous library users.)
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. See full-page reports, analyst commentaries and Value Line’s trademark rankings of all stocks covered by the print edition.
Jobs & Career
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Explore different occupations, search local and national job postings, create professional resumes and cover letters, improve interviewing skills and conveniently organize and track your job-search progress.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Includes full text for nearly 520 high-quality education journals.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Contains full-text content from encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources on topics from biology and chemistry to environmental science and technology.
Social Justice Resources
In 2018, the Matters of Social Justice Committee launched a program inviting our community to participate in eight months of experiences designed to help individuals cultivate an inclusive mindset. The objectives of this journey are to:
- Develop self-awareness of our biases and their roles in both personal and professional settings.
- Recognize privilege and oppression and their impact on our community.
- Learn how to create a community where all feel valued and can thrive.
- Commit to changing the systems that oppress others personally and professionally.
Information about how to participate in this Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence, upcoming events and more can be found at www.inclusivejourney.org. We recommend the following library resources to further explore issues surrounding diversity, inclusion and social justice.
Reading lists: adults
Reading lists: kids
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Search the full text of more than 1,300 popular nonfiction books for elementary school students on subjects like animals, weather, holidays, sports, Native Americans and more.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Search the full text of more than 2,450 popular nonfiction books for high school students on subjects like careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, sports, technology, history, science and more.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Search the full text of more than 3,100 popular nonfiction books for middle school students on subjects like health, life skills, ethnicity, sports, adventure, technology, history, science and more.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. CultureGrams Online offers World, Kids, Canadian Provinces and U.S. States editions in which you’ll find maps, statistics, photos, famous people and recipe collections. Plus, you can create customizable data tables to help put dozens of facts into perspective.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Through narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games and reference material, young learners can build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics and reading fluency.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Find articles and facts for research papers, class projects, or homework from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Designed for high school students, this database contains full-text articles, biographies. primary source documents, reference books and images on topics ranging from science, history and literature to political science and more.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues.
Our librarians have compiled these topic guides with recommended websites, reference databases and materials from our collection.
- Adoption Guide
- Adult Education Guide
- Automotive Guide
- Black Culture & History Guide
- Business Information Guide
- Consumer Information Guide
- Elections & Voting Guide
- Employment Guide
- Events & Festivals Guide
- Genealogy Guide
- Government Guide
- Health & Medicine Guide
- Health Insurance Marketplace Guide
- Historic Yearbooks & Directories Guide
- Homeschooling Guide
- Homework Help Guide
- Immigration and Refugee Services Guide
- Law & Legal Information Guide
- Local & Historic Newspapers Guide
- Local Arts Guide
- Mental Health Guide
- Nonprofit Organizations Guide
- Parenting Resources Guide
- Personal Finance and Investing Guide
- Recycling & Reusing Guide
- Shelters & Emergency Services Guide
- Taxpayer Assistance and Information Guide
- Test Prep Guide
- Volunteering Guide
- Utility Bill Assistance & Energy Saving Guide
- Women’s History Guide