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Criticism & essays | English as a second language | Fiction & drama | Folklore & proverbs | Languages | Style manuals & English grammar

Criticism & essays

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

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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.

  • The Kauffman Collection is intended to enhance the Library‚Äôs 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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    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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English as a second language

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Fiction & drama

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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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    Book reviews from the American Library Association

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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Folklore & proverbs

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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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Languages

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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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    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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    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.

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Style manuals & English grammar

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