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

  • The library catalog identifies the books, movies, music, magazines, and newspapers you can find at the library.

  • There are many different ways to find magazine and newspaper articles at the library. Besides providing many indexes to articles from magazines and newspapers, our databases often provide the full-text of the article and our Central Library has vast holdings of articles in print and on microfilm.

  • The Kansas City Public Library has many resources to help with your research. Where you begin depends a lot on what you already know and how much you want to find on your topic. Here are some suggestions to get started.

  • Learn how to find obituaries in the Kansas City Star and other newspapers or check out more genealogy resources.

  • What kind of help does the library have for homework, tutoring, and for exams like the GED, ESL, citizenship, GRE, ASVAB, etc.?

  • WorldCat is a database for finding books and other materials in libraries around the world. Here are the required and suggested fields to complete a search.

  • ProQuest offers full text magazine and newspaper listings on a variety of subjects. Try finding information by keyword searching for your subject in the ProQuest database. Here are some suggested search tips: