Research

The Library has many resources, such as subscription databases, that can help you to research a variety of topics. Some databases have more than articles - they have practice tests for occupations, practical guides for entrepreneurs, and consumer guides for fixing cars.

Please ask a librarian for help exploring the Library's books, films, and databases.

Popular databases

New databases

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    The Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature archive includes a myriad of maps representing the long nineteenth century and an extensive collection of European travel accounts which provide a sweeping glance of the travel narrative genre.

    This is a part of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    As a collection and archive of writing representative of British Romantic and early Victorian writing and of Continental Romanticism, the Corvey Collection is unmatched. The Corvey Collection is especially strong in prose fiction, including Gothic and romance fiction issued by influential popular publishers like the Minerva Press (London).

    This is a part of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    Nineteenth Century Collections Online focuses on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century. These collections include:

    Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.

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    LGBT Studies in Video is a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community. This first-of-its-kind collection features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics.

    Access to this resource is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

Genealogy

Would you like to learn more about your family history? Start with the resources below or visit the Missouri Valley Room at the Central Library, 14. W. 10th Street, or more assistance.

Genealogy Resources for Beginners