Databases by topic

Use databases to discover and read articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Databases also include auto manuals, encyclopedias, and sample GED and GRE tests. Access these premium websites for free inside the library or from home with a library card.

 

Arts & entertainment | Business & economy | Careers & jobs | Consumer information | Directories & quick facts | Education & testing | Elections & politics | Genealogy | Government & legal | Health | History | Kansas City area | Kids & teens | Languages & literature | Newspapers & magazines | Philanthropy & nonprofits | Recreation & sports | Religion & philosophy | Science | Society & cultures | Travel

Arts & entertainment

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    Find high-quality, scholarly articles about academic subjects. This site contains full text articles for more than 2,100 journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals.

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    Freegal Music is an online music service that gives patrons access to download or stream about 7 million songs, and 12,000 music videos, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.

    For more information, read the Freegal FAQ.

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    Non-fiction ebooks. Humanities titles in this collection were purchased by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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    hoopla is an innovative new service that partners with your library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet. Designed specifically for libraries by Midwest Tape.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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    The Moving Picture World was a film trade publication which began on March 9, 1907, and appeared weekly until January 7, 1928. It set a standard for the broadest possible coverage, reviewed current releases and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry.

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

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Business & economy

  • As part of the U.S. Census site, American FactFinder offers a rich source of detailed data on population, housing, economics, geographic and industry statistics. It gives users the ability to create and customize maps, modify statistical tables, and save data in a presentation format. Because of the complexity of some of its capabilities, it also provides excellent video tutorials.

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    Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists

    2.3 million job listings, 30 million business profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

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    Find profiles, statistics, and articles about thousands of industries and companies worldwide.

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    Read scholarly articles about thousands of business topics. You can also locate industry profiles, market research reports, and SWOT analyses for individual companies.

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    Produce comprehensive business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports. Assess business viability, perform market and site location analysis, create sales leads and/or marketing mailing lists, find potential sponsors and donors to grow a non-profit, prepare a small business plan and much more.

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    Non-fiction ebooks. Humanities titles in this collection were purchased by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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    The latest edition of the most authoritative collection of statistics available. Updated to 2010 wherever possible, it provides key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years.

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    Get online access to the most recent issues of the Kansas City Business Journal, special publications, and the Book of Lists.

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    Access thousands of downloadable legal forms, including state, federal, business, real estate and personal forms. Also use an attorney directory, arranged by state and practice area. A new feature is their Law Digest -containing summaries of all 50 state statutory laws, arranged in easy-to-use alphabetical topics and subheadings. Note: This resource used to be called Thomson Gale Legal Forms.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

  • ReferenceUSA
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    We recently discontinued our subscription to ReferenceUSA. Please use AtoZdatabases as an alternative.

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    This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

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    Find profiles, statistics, and news articles about industries and specific companies.

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Careers & jobs

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    Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists

    2.3 million job listings, 30 million business profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

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    Create and save resumes and cover letters, research careers, and search for jobs.

    Job & Career Accelerator has upgraded to version 3.0.

    Users will NOT be able to access resumes, etc., saved in the previous Job & Career Accelerator through the new 3.0 platform.

    Existing Job & Career Accelerator 2.0 users will need to create new accounts in version 3.0. User accounts that have been created for Job & Career Accelerator 2.0 will not work in the 3.0 platform.

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    JobNow provides live help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including acing the interview, building a resume, and personality & career assessments.

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    Prepare for entrance exams and certification tests by taking practice tests and tutorials.

    LearningExpress Library has upgraded to version 3.0.

    Users will NOT be able to access practice tests or work saved in the previous LearningExpress Library through the new 3.0 platform.

    Existing LearningExpress Library 2.0 users will need to create new accounts in version 3.0. User accounts that have been created for LearningExpress Library 2.0 will not work in the 3.0 platform.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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    We recently discontinued our subscription to ReferenceUSA. Please use AtoZdatabases as an alternative.

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Consumer information

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    Find all the supporting information you need to fix automobiles and run a shop. Perfect for the knowledgeable amateur or professional mechanic.

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    Online automobile repair manuals provide instructions, diagrams, and pictures about fixing cars of any make and model.

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    Full text is available on articles from Jan. 1992 – present.

    Citations & Abstracts are available on articles from Jan. 1984 - present.

    This link takes you to all the Consumer Reports issues, listed chronolocially. You need to go to our MasterFILE Premier database, using the Advanced search, if you want to do an actual search for Consumer Reports articles.

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Directories & quick facts

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    Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists

    2.3 million job listings, 30 million business profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

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    Produce comprehensive business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports. Assess business viability, perform market and site location analysis, create sales leads and/or marketing mailing lists, find potential sponsors and donors to grow a non-profit, prepare a small business plan and much more.

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    Find high-quality information about almost any general topic. This online version has the same content as the regular print encyclopedias.

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    The latest edition of the most authoritative collection of statistics available. Updated to 2010 wherever possible, it provides key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years.

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    This noted authority on the English language supplements definitions with information about the origins and history of the words. To access: click "Sign in" on the right and enter your library card number in the appropriate field. Select "Kansas City Public Library" to access the full site.

  • ReferenceUSA
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    We recently discontinued our subscription to ReferenceUSA. Please use AtoZdatabases as an alternative.

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Education & testing

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    America the Beautiful Online offers information about the history and people of America. This resource is inspired by the book series published by Childrens Press®, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

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    Get live online homework help or writing assistance from expert tutors. Available every day from 2 - 11 p.m.

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    Search thousands of education related articles, studies, and reports. Many items are available online, some offer summaries only.

  • Gale Courses (formerly called Learn4Life) offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

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    Non-fiction ebooks. Humanities titles in this collection were purchased by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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    Grolier Online is engineered to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. It offers the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up, with separate interfaces for Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult Patrons. A distinct interface caters to the unique needs of Librarians and Educators. These customized interfaces meet the specialized needs and reading and interest levels of the user.

    Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic Inc.

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    Grolier Online is engineered to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. It offers the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up, with separate interfaces for Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult Patrons. A distinct interface caters to the unique needs of Librarians and Educators. These customized interfaces meet the specialized needs and reading and interest levels of the user.

    Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic Inc.

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    Grolier Online is engineered to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. It offers the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up, with separate interfaces for Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult Patrons. A distinct interface caters to the unique needs of Librarians and Educators. These customized interfaces meet the specialized needs and reading and interest levels of the user.

    Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic Inc.

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    Lands and Peoples Online offers information about the peoples, cultures, and countries of the world. This resource is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, Inc., from the Lands and Peoples database, a 1.1-million-word repository of text and images.

  • Learn4Life is now Gale Courses.

    Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

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    Prepare for entrance exams and certification tests by taking practice tests and tutorials.

    LearningExpress Library has upgraded to version 3.0.

    Users will NOT be able to access practice tests or work saved in the previous LearningExpress Library through the new 3.0 platform.

    Existing LearningExpress Library 2.0 users will need to create new accounts in version 3.0. User accounts that have been created for LearningExpress Library 2.0 will not work in the 3.0 platform.

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    Read entire magazine and encyclopedia articles online. Contains full text articles for popular high school magazines, biographies, primary source documents, and reference books. It also includes an image collection of photos, maps and flags. Ideal for high school students.

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    Ideal for middle school students: Find full text magazine articles, biographies, primary source documents, and historical essays.

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    The New Book of Popular Science Online features a wealth of information from across the sciences, as well as historical information and biographies of important scientists. This resource is published by Scholastic Inc., from The New Book of Popular Science database, a 2.5-million-word repository of text and images.

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    The Professional Development Collection includes full text articles for nearly 520 high-quality education journals.

  • Read articles from the most popular teaching and school administration magazines and journals.

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Elections & politics

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Genealogy

Find more genealogy resources on the Internet or check out additional genealogy information.

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Government & legal

  • As part of the U.S. Census site, American FactFinder offers a rich source of detailed data on population, housing, economics, geographic and industry statistics. It gives users the ability to create and customize maps, modify statistical tables, and save data in a presentation format. Because of the complexity of some of its capabilities, it also provides excellent video tutorials.

  • Search and locate all Federal publications from 1976 to the present. Many are available online, other documents can be located at a local library through the site.

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    Produce comprehensive business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports. Assess business viability, perform market and site location analysis, create sales leads and/or marketing mailing lists, find potential sponsors and donors to grow a non-profit, prepare a small business plan and much more.

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    Non-fiction ebooks. Humanities titles in this collection were purchased by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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    Access thousands of downloadable legal forms, including state, federal, business, real estate and personal forms. Also use an attorney directory, arranged by state and practice area. A new feature is their Law Digest -containing summaries of all 50 state statutory laws, arranged in easy-to-use alphabetical topics and subheadings. Note: This resource used to be called Thomson Gale Legal Forms.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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Health

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    Health information for patients covering mainstream medicine to holistic and integrated medicine.

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    Non-fiction ebooks. Humanities titles in this collection were purchased by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

  • Find references to high-quality, scholarly books and articles on the web. Generally, only summaries and excerpts of the articles are available for free, though sometimes the full text is available.

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    MEDLINE provides authoritative medical citations on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine.

  • Find summaries of professional and academic articles about medical topics.

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History

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    Find high-quality, scholarly articles about academic subjects. This site contains full text articles for more than 2,100 journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals.

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    American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

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

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    em>American Indian Correspondence is a collection of almost 14,000 letters written by those who served as Presbyterian missionaries to the American Indians during the years from 1833 to 1893.

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    Spanning four centuries and covering North and Central America, American Indian Histories and Cultures presents unique materials from one of the finest archival collections on American Indian history and culture available – the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago. From early contacts between European settlers and American Indians and the subsequent political, social and cultural effects of those encounters on American Indian life, these materials tell both the historical and the personal stories of the colonization of the Americas.

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    In the story of the American West, tales of frontier life, of Native Americans and of vigilantes and outlaws are of constant interest, and are matched by more recent interest in the growth of urban centres, the environmental impact of westward expansion and of life in the borderlands. The Graff Collection, from the Newberry Library in Chicago, is a unique resource which will allow scholars to explore all of these areas and more. Through a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources, this collection will act as a dynamic teaching and research resource.

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

  • Black Thought and Culture contains over 1,000 sources with over 1,000 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material.

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    Explore an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.

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    The Civil War in Words and Deeds offers regimental histories and personal narratives which constitute a source of great historical value. These first-person accounts, compiled in the postwar period and early 20th Century period, chronicle the highs and lows of army life from 1861 through 1865.

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

  • Discover the Civil War's legacy in the Greater Kansas City region. Search our collection of primary source materials from our from partner organizations, read exclusive analysis from contributing scholars, and explore interactive features to see relationships between events and historic artifacts.

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    Includes thousands of overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, primary sources, creative works and multimedia elements in five core subject areas: history, literature, biography, science and social studies.

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    • Over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes)
    • Includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more
    • Based on the English Short Title Catalogue
    • Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere

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

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    The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features.

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

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    Non-fiction ebooks. Humanities titles in this collection were purchased by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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    The latest edition of the most authoritative collection of statistics available. Updated to 2010 wherever possible, it provides key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years.

  • The Kauffman Collection is intended to enhance the Library’s collections with digital resources of high quality, both in content and construction. Principally falling within the humanities, the works embody classical ideas and ideals, or have made significant contributions to other eras. This collection also includes supporting materials that assess, critique, and examine the chosen works, to assist in advanced appreciation of the literature.

    The Kauffman Collection is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    Search the contents of National Geographic and all publications of the National Geographic Society, all the way back to 1888.

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    Content and commentary commissioned by Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito, and developed by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.

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    Find references to papers delivered at academic conferences worldwide since 1993.

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    E-book titles in history and classics made possible by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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    Browse historical maps for cities and towns in Missouri and Kansas.

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    Slavery & Anti-Slavery presents historical documents from several research collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.

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    The Moving Picture World was a film trade publication which began on March 9, 1907, and appeared weekly until January 7, 1928. It set a standard for the broadest possible coverage, reviewed current releases and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry.

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

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    The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features.

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

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Kansas City area

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    Get online access to the most recent issues of the Kansas City Business Journal, special publications, and the Book of Lists.

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    Read entire articles from the Kansas City Star newspaper. All issues since 1991 are available.

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    Browse historical maps for cities and towns in Missouri and Kansas.

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Kids & teens

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    America the Beautiful Online offers information about the history and people of America. This resource is inspired by the book series published by Childrens Press®, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

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    This resource for elementary school students contains searchable full text for popular nonfiction books on topics such as animals, weather, holidays, sports, Native Americans, United States, Canada, biographies, nature, and more.

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    This resource for high school students contains nonfiction books on topics such as careers, health, ethnicity, disabilities, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, and more.

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    This resource for middle school students contains popular nonfiction books on topics such as careers, health, ethnicity, disabilities, sports, technology, biographies, history, science, women, and more.

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    Get live online homework help or writing assistance from expert tutors. Available every day from 2 - 11 p.m.

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    Find high-quality information about almost any general topic. This online version has the same content as the regular print encyclopedias.

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    Grolier Online is engineered to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. It offers the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up, with separate interfaces for Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult Patrons. A distinct interface caters to the unique needs of Librarians and Educators. These customized interfaces meet the specialized needs and reading and interest levels of the user.

    Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic Inc.

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    Grolier Online is engineered to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. It offers the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up, with separate interfaces for Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult Patrons. A distinct interface caters to the unique needs of Librarians and Educators. These customized interfaces meet the specialized needs and reading and interest levels of the user.

    Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic Inc.

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    Grolier Online is engineered to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. It offers the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up, with separate interfaces for Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult Patrons. A distinct interface caters to the unique needs of Librarians and Educators. These customized interfaces meet the specialized needs and reading and interest levels of the user.

    Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic Inc.

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    Designed for students in grades K through 8, kids can read articles from children’s magazines and newspapers or search the online dictionary and encyclopedia.

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    Lands and Peoples Online offers information about the peoples, cultures, and countries of the world. This resource is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, Inc., from the Lands and Peoples database, a 1.1-million-word repository of text and images.

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    Prepare for entrance exams and certification tests by taking practice tests and tutorials.

    LearningExpress Library has upgraded to version 3.0.

    Users will NOT be able to access practice tests or work saved in the previous LearningExpress Library through the new 3.0 platform.

    Existing LearningExpress Library 2.0 users will need to create new accounts in version 3.0. User accounts that have been created for LearningExpress Library 2.0 will not work in the 3.0 platform.

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    Read entire magazine and encyclopedia articles online. Contains full text articles for popular high school magazines, biographies, primary source documents, and reference books. It also includes an image collection of photos, maps and flags. Ideal for high school students.

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    Ideal for middle school students: Find full text magazine articles, biographies, primary source documents, and historical essays.

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    The New Book of Popular Science Online features a wealth of information from across the sciences, as well as historical information and biographies of important scientists. This resource is published by Scholastic Inc., from The New Book of Popular Science database, a 2.5-million-word repository of text and images.

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    Pronunciator offers phrase tutorials for over 80 languages, including ESL. Courses are available for English speakers or for native speakers of 50 other languages. Learn on a desktop or access Pronunciator from your mobile device.

    En Español »

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    This science resource for students provides access to hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, articles, and other sources.

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    Kids can read articles from children’s magazines and newspapers or search the online dictionary and encyclopedia.

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    Designed just for students in grades 6-12, students can read articles from magazines and newspapers, search the online dictionary and encyclopedia, or locate photographs.

  • Read narrated children's books online, complete with sound and moving images. TumbleBooks features an optimized site for mobile and tablet users.

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Languages & literature

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    Find high-quality, scholarly articles about academic subjects. This site contains full text articles for more than 2,100 journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals.

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    African American Poetry contains nearly 3,000 poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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

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    Search the contents pages of more than 16,000 scholarly, academic journals.

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    Book reviews from the American Library Association

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    Get live online homework help or writing assistance from expert tutors. Available every day from 2 - 11 p.m.

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    Free e-comics through the Library! Titles includes Dilbert, Pearls Before Swine, The Oatmeal, and many more.

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    Includes thousands of overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, primary sources, creative works and multimedia elements in five core subject areas: history, literature, biography, science and social studies.

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    A collection of databases covering a wide range of subjects. Databases include Business Source Complete, NoveList, GreenFILE, Teacher Reference Center, and more.

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    Find and view over 7,000 eBooks online.

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    Non-fiction ebooks. Humanities titles in this collection were purchased by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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    hoopla is an innovative new service that partners with your library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet. Designed specifically for libraries by Midwest Tape.

    Learn more »

  • The Kauffman Collection is intended to enhance the Library’s collections with digital resources of high quality, both in content and construction. Principally falling within the humanities, the works embody classical ideas and ideals, or have made significant contributions to other eras. This collection also includes supporting materials that assess, critique, and examine the chosen works, to assist in advanced appreciation of the literature.

    The Kauffman Collection is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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    Find a good book to read.

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    Browse, checkout, and download eBooks and Digital Audiobooks – and stream video – using your library card. Once downloaded, you can transfer titles to a supported device or, if the publisher allows, burn them to CD to listen anywhere.

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    This noted authority on the English language supplements definitions with information about the origins and history of the words. To access: click "Sign in" on the right and enter your library card number in the appropriate field. Select "Kansas City Public Library" to access the full site.

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    E-book titles in history and classics made possible by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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

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    Pronunciator offers phrase tutorials for over 80 languages, including ESL. Courses are available for English speakers or for native speakers of 50 other languages. Learn on a desktop or access Pronunciator from your mobile device.

    En Español »

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    Read articles from newspapers, magazines, journals and trade publications.

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    Twentieth-Century African American Poetry is a collection of poetry written by the most important and influential African American poets of the twentieth century.

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    WorldCat allows you to search across thousands of library catalogs at once. It is the largest database of its kind in the world.

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Newspapers & magazines

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    Search issues of the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to present.

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    Full text is available on articles from Jan. 1992 – present.

    Citations & Abstracts are available on articles from Jan. 1984 - present.

    This link takes you to all the Consumer Reports issues, listed chronolocially. You need to go to our MasterFILE Premier database, using the Advanced search, if you want to do an actual search for Consumer Reports articles.

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    Get online access to the most recent issues of the Kansas City Business Journal, special publications, and the Book of Lists.

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    Read entire articles from the Kansas City Star newspaper. All issues since 1991 are available.

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    Read articles from popular magazines, newspapers, reference books, and biographies. This resource contains full text articles covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, and much more.

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    Locate articles from the New York Times from 1980 to present.

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    Full-image newspaper scans. 2008 - Present.

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    Access articles from popular magazines and newspapers on topics of current interest.

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    Read newspapers from all over the world. Papers can be searched individually or all at once. Radio and television news transcripts are also available.

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    Read articles from major newspapers all across the country.

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    Find references to articles in old issues of popular magazines like Newsweek, New Republic, or Good Housekeeping.

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    Read entire articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. All issues since 1993 are available as full text.

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    Search issues of The Wall Street Journal from 1984 to present.

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    Full-image newspaper scans. 2008 - Present.

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Recreation & sports

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Religion & philosophy

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    Find high-quality, scholarly articles about academic subjects. This site contains full text articles for more than 2,100 journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals.

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    Non-fiction ebooks. Humanities titles in this collection were purchased by the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund.

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    Content and commentary commissioned by Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito, and developed by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.

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Science

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    Find high-quality, scholarly articles about academic subjects. This site contains full text articles for more than 2,100 journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals.

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    From NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, access Monthly Climatic Data for the World, Storm Data and Local Climatological Data. The LCD summarizes temperature, precipitation, wind speed and more for several hundred U.S. cities. Print copies of this data for Kansas City are kept at the Central Reference desk, going back through the 1930’s.

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    Includes thousands of overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, primary sources, creative works and multimedia elements in five core subject areas: history, literature, biography, science and social studies.

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    A collection of databases covering a wide range of subjects. Databases include Business Source Complete, NoveList, GreenFILE, Teacher Reference Center, and more.

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    Search the contents pages of more than 5,000 scholarly, academic journals.

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  • The GreenFILE database focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling. It includes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.

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    Search the contents of National Geographic and all publications of the National Geographic Society, all the way back to 1888.

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    Access articles from popular magazines and newspapers on topics of current interest.

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    Find references to papers delivered at academic conferences worldwide since 1993.

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Society & cultures

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    African American Poetry contains nearly 3,000 poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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  • Black Thought and Culture contains over 1,000 sources with over 1,000 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material.

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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.

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    Search the contents of National Geographic and all publications of the National Geographic Society, all the way back to 1888.

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    Content and commentary commissioned by Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito, and developed by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.

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    Twentieth-Century African American Poetry is a collection of poetry written by the most important and influential African American poets of the twentieth century.

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Travel

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