Tutorials & guides

Learn how to do research, find helpful tips on databases, and much more with these tutorials and guides created by librarians. For tutorials and guides on Kansas City history, genealogy and more, please see Local History.

Recent tutorials & guides

  • Get more information about the Affordable Care Act and how to obtain health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov).

  • This guide provides information on how to become a U.S. citizen, how to learn English as a second language, where immigrants can get legal assistance, and local resources for immigrants.

  • Looking for a job? This tutorial includes the best places to look for job openings in Kansas City, lists helpful local agencies, identifies job clubs for networking and support, and suggests some books to help you in your search.

  • Learn more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in this guide. The purpose of this Act is to “jumpstart the economy” and “create or save millions of jobs.” Introduced as House Bill H.R. 1, it was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009.

  • This article highlights various resources which can help you learn a language.

  • List of resources regarding the current economic crisis.

  • The AARP Tax-Aid program provides free tax preparation and assistance services to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) provides assistance to those with a low income ($57K and less).

  • The Kansas City Public Library can point you to a variety of resources that can help with tax preparation assistance.

  • These websites provides tips, tools, articles, resources and more on living green in Kansas City.

  • All of the Library’s online article and research databases can be found on the Databases page, found under Research Resources on the main menu of the library's website.