Education & Online Learning

Adult Education Guide

Local Resources

  • Adult Learning Center–Boone County
    (573) 214-3803
    Adult Learning Center provides adult education and literary services, including English Language Learning (ELL) instruction, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prep courses, civics/citizenship, money management and workforce skills training.
  • Center for English Language Learning
    The University of Missouri offers high quality English language instruction to non-native speakers of English through the Center for English Language Learning (CELL).
  • Conversation Partner Program
    The Conversation Partner Program is part of the Asian Affairs Center at MU. It pairs Americans with visiting government officials, scholars and undergraduate students from Asia.
  • Language Partners
    Language Partners is a program offered by the Women’s Center at MU. The purpose is to assist a non-native English speaker with conversational English, awareness of North American culture and knowledge of living in Columbia.
  • Moberly Area Community College (MACC)  Adult Education & Literacy
    1-800-622-2070
    MACC’s Adult Education and Literacy program is free to students. It offers individualized learning assistance for a variety of interests, including preparation for the HiSET.

Electronic Resources Available through DBRL

  • Brainfuse Adult Learning Center
    Provides live, online tutoring and skill-building sessions for adult learners in a variety of subjects, including writing and test prep.
  • LearningExpress Library
    Learning Express provides test preparation materials for elementary through adult level. Tests include the ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Cosmetology, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, HiSET, Law Enforcement, Paramedic, PPST, Real Estate, SAT, TOEFL,United States Citizenship and more.
  • Lynda.com
    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.
  • Transparent Language Online
    Transparent Language Online gives you the tools to learn any of 100+ languages as well as English for non-native speakers. (Must create a username and password to access learning tools.)
  • Universal Class
    Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education courses taught by real instructors with remote, 24/7 access so you can study on your schedule. (Must create a username and password to access.)

Other Online Courses and Tutorials

  • HiSET Preparation from ETS
    Free test preparation materials and practice tests for the HiSET. In 2014 the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) began using the HiSET test as its high school equivalency test, replacing the GED.
  • MOLearns – High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing
    314-415-4935
    In 2014, the HiSET test replaced the GED. MOLearns offers free HiSET preparation to Missouri residents. Participants need to be 17 years of age or older, have access to a computer with the Internet, have an email account, and be able to get to an onsite class to take placement tests.
  • ProLiteracy Education Network
    This nonprofit organization provides free resources for people of all ages to build their math, reading, writing and English skills. HiSET/GED and US citizenship test preparation is available as well.

Other Programs in Missouri

  • Missouri Adult Education and Literacy Program
    573-751-1249
    The Adult Education and Literacy Program has sites located throughout Missouri. Courses taught vary by site, but most provide HiSET preparation courses, English as a Second Language courses, as well as math, reading and writing instruction.
  • Adult Education Transition Program–Ozarks Technical Community College
    417-447-8860
    This program provides specialized instruction to help students build or refresh basic academic skills necessary for success. It is offered free of charge on OTC’s Springfield, Richwood Valley, Table Rock, Lebanon and coming soon to Republic. Waynesville classes are through the Waynesville School District and online classes are through MOLearns.org.

Personal Enrichment

  • Columbia Area Career Center
    Browse and register for a variety of programs for personal enrichment ranging from fitness and hobbies to crafts and food.
  • University of Missouri Extension
    Offers several noncredit programs including Master Naturalist, Master Pollinator Steward, Master Gardener and Missouri Woodland Steward programs. Registration fees vary depending on the program.
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Missouri offers a variety of classes for adults 50 years of age or older. Please check the brochure and enrollment form available through the link above for current fees.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides live, online tutoring and skill-building sessions for adult learners in a variety of subjects, including writing and test prep.

Brainfuse HelpNow

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides live, online tutoring for elementary through college students in a variety of subjects, including writing and test prep.

ERIC

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.

Homeschooling Guide

Library Resources

  • Brainfuse HelpNow
    Provides live, online tutoring for elementary through college students in a variety of subjects, including writing and test prep.
  • LearningExpress Library
    Provides test preparation materials for elementary through adult level, as well as math, reading comprehension and writing courses.
  • Universal Class
    Offers online continuing education courses taught by real instructors in subjects like language arts, math, science and history. (Must create a username and password to access.)
  • Homework Help Databases
    A list of our best subscription resources to help with schoolwork on subjects ranging from history and literature to science and math. Just use your DBRL library card to gain access.
  • Books and magazines on homeschooling available through the library. (See more at call number 371.042 in Adult Nonfiction.)

State and Local Resources

Associations, Groups and Homeschooling Information
Curriculum Support and Classes
Things to Do

National Resources

Associations, Groups and Homeschooling Information
Curriculum Support

Homework Help Guide


These online learning tools and research websites are all off-site resources available for free with your library card.

Authors & Books

Books & Authors
Find a new author or a whole new series tailored to your reading taste. Can limit search to young adults or children.

Book Collection: Nonfiction – Middle School Edition
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.

Book Collection: Nonfiction – Elementary Edition
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.

Literature Resource Center
Critical essays and biographical information on more than 120,000 authors. Can limit search by “target audience” (including children).

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
Online collection of 22,500 e-books. (Formerly NetLibrary.)

Novelist
Search for works by a favorite author, readalikes and book discussion guides.

General Research

AccessScience
McGraw-Hill’s Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

Biography in Context
Biographies on more than 5,021 people.

CultureGrams Online
CultureGrams Online offers World, Kids, Canadian Provinces and U.S. States editions in which you’ll find maps, statistics, photo galleries, famous people and recipe collections.

MAS Ultra – School Edition
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, career exploration and more.

Middle Search Plus
Designed for junior high and middle school students, this database features full text for magazines, biographies and historical essays; primary source documents; the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia; American Heritage Dictionary; and photos, maps and flags.

World Book Online Reference Center
Every article from the print encyclopedia enhanced with state-of-the-art multimedia, maps, and more. Includes Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids and World Book Reference Center.

History & Geography

A to Z the USA
Information about each state and U.S. territory, including climate, weather, demographics, geography, history and historical images.

African-American History Online
Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.

American History Online
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.

American Indian History Online
Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.

American Women’s History Online
Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.

Ancient and Medieval History Online
Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

Issues and Controversies in American History
Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.

Modern World History Online
Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history–from mid-15th century to the present.

U.S. Government Online
Presents in-depth information on the structure and function of the U.S. government and its everyday role in the lives of citizens.

Magazines & Newspapers

MasterFILE Premier
Provides full text and images from a wide range of general interest magazines.

NewsBank
Full-text articles from the Fulton Sun and other American newspapers.

Newspaper Source
Cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national and international newspapers as well as selective full text for more than 389 regional papers, including the Columbia Daily Tribune.

SIRS Issues Researcher
General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues.

Practice Tests, Exercises, & Tutoring

Brainfuse HelpNow
Provides live, online tutoring for elementary through college students in a variety of subjects, including writing and test prep.

Learning Express Library
Learning Express provides test preparation materials for elementary through adult level. Also includes sections useful for elementary school, middle school, and high school skills improvement, with diagnostic tests and practice exercises as well as math, reading comprehension and writing courses.

LearningExpress Library

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.

Lynda.com

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.

Niche Academy

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. View online video tutorials on how to use digital collections and services such as OverDrive, Hoopla, Consumer Reports, Morningstar and Universal Class.

Read It!

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Designed for middle and high school students and English Language Learners that need background knowledge in a variety of subjects. Topics covered include: history, civics & culture, life skills, literature and science. Each article is short and includes photos, diagrams and maps. A “Listen” feature highlights words as they are read. A “Translate” feature offers translation into 34 different languages.