Education & Online Learning
Adult Education Guide
- Adult Learning Center–Boone County
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
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 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
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
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
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.
- 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.
LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides live, online tutoring for elementary through college students in a variety of subjects, including writing and test prep.
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.
- 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
- Columbia Homeschooling Resource Group
CHRG is an organization for mid-Missouri homeschoolers offering supplemental educational and social activities.
- Jefferson City Home Educators (JCHE)
A Christian-based group offering support, activities and homeschooling information for mid-Missouri families.
- Jefferson City Secular Homeschooling Group (JCSHG)
An “inclusive, secular group” providing support for homeschooling families. JCSHG also maintains a blog.
- Mid-Missouri Co-op of Home Educators
- A2Z Home’s Cool Homeschooling – Missouri
A listing of associations, events, publications, etc. centered in Missouri.
- Families for Home Education
Represents and lobbies for home educators in Missouri.
Curriculum Support and Classes
- Columbia Area Career Center
Offers many classes for high schoolers, some of which can be taken for credit.
- Garden Gate School of Mid-Missouri
Garden Gate School uses the Waldorf Education method and offers once-weekly parent/child sessions as well as two, three, or five-day programs for children 3 to 6 years of age.
- Heritage Academy
University-model school offering K-12 classes, designed to supplement homeschooling.
- Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative
List of digitized collections specific to our state, as well as educational programs and curricula.
- Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP)
MOCAP offers online courses for K – 12 students statewide.
Things to Do
- Enns Entomology Museum
Located at the University of Missouri, this museum holds approximately 6 million specimens of insects, arachnids, and fossils.
- Leisure Times
Online edition of Parks and Recreation’s activity guide, listing recreational classes and activities available for all ages.
- Museum of Art and Archaeology
This museum frequently has special exhibitions, offers many options for tours, and has a number of education materials on its website.
- National History Day in Missouri
A yearlong educational competition that provides opportunity for young people grades 6 – 12 to explore history and present their findings in a range of formats.
- PACE (Performing Arts in Children’s Education)
Youth theater company offering children’s productions year-round.
- Tribune in Education
Offers curriculum guides and project ideas aimed at incorporating newspapers in education.
- TRYPS (Theater Reaching Young People and Schools)
Community children’s theater company with a year-round production season.
Associations, Groups and Homeschooling Information
- Finding Dulcinea: Homeschooling Web Guide
Offers resources covering different kinds of home-based schooling, legal aspects, teaching and test-prep resources, online homeschool communities and news.
- Home School Legal Defense Association
Nonprofit home school advocacy organization providing legal information, including a summary analysis of the homeschooling law in Missouri. While many resources are free, legal advice, courses and some other tools are limited to paying members.
- New York Times “Times Topics”: Home Schooling
Current news about home schooling, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
- National Home Education Research Institute
NHERI conducts research and collects and analyzes statistics, facts and findings about home-based education.
- American Library Association Book Lists – Children
- American Library Association Book Lists – Young Adults
Offers free online courses from partner universities and educational organizations on topics spanning the humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, and many others. Many courses are suitable for high school students.
- Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature
Use this fully-searchable database to create a tailored reading list of quality children’s literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards.
- Enchanted Learning
Curriculum support items, including coloring pages, unit studies, science fair projects and more. Click free sample pages for resources available to non-members.
- iCivics: The Democracy Lab
Georgetown Law’s web-based education project uses games and simulations to teach civics to students. Includes curriculum units for teachers.
- Khan Academy
A free online collection of over 2,800 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, etc. for all ages.
- Library of Congress Digital Collections
Provides free and open access to written and spoken word, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
- The World Fact Book
From the CIA, information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Homework Help Guide
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.)
Search for works by a favorite author, readalikes and book discussion guides.
McGraw-Hill’s Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
Biography in Context
Biographies on more than 5,021 people.
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
Provides full text and images from a wide range of general interest magazines.
Full-text articles from the Fulton Sun and other American newspapers.
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
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.
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. View online video tutorials on how to use digital collections and services such as OverDrive, Hoopla, Consumer Reports, Morningstar and Universal Class.
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.