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  • Provides information about jury duty, divisions, departments, orders and rules, court records, and more.

  • Free, online practice tests (GED, ACT, SAT, TOEFL, GRE, and more).

  • Includes a searchable database of all Academy Award winners and nominees.

  • Are you using the Accelerated Reader program at your school? This web site provides the book level of over 100,000 books. Just type in the title of a book, topic, or author that you want to read, click go, and you will see the book level (BL) and the points (AR pts) for the book. If you want to look at a list of books to read, go to the advanced search and choose an Interest Level and an ATOS Book Level range.

    The Independence Public Schools and some of the area private and parochial schools have access to all of the tests offered on the AR BookFinder web site. Please check with your school librarian to make sure that your school offers the test for the book you’ve selected.

  • ACT

    Find information about the ACT test.

  • Information and technical assistance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care. Includes information for prospective and adoptive parents; information about searching for birth relatives; and resources for adoption professionals.

  • Private, non-profit adoption placement agency that provides all those involved in adoption with support and counseling, before, during, and after placement.

  • This portal includes online collections of primary sources from the Library of Congress that include photographs, music, manuscripts, plays, books, and more.

  • This is a directory of online resources concerning the subjects of African-American archaeology, history and cultures, and broader subjects of African diaspora archaeology.

  • Site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also features a mail list, message boards and genealogy chats.

  • The Department of Aging Services functions as the Area Agency on Aging for Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.

  • Buy used books, used textbooks, rare and out-of-print books.

  • This site has information about Missouri history from the Missouri State Archives.

  • Look up U.S. and Canadian area codes.

  • Find and book hotels around the world.

  • This site provides details about video games for all types of platforms, including reviews, controls, credits, system requirements, screenshot images, and more.

  • Includes movie overviews, reviews, cast details, production credits, awards, and more.

  • All genres and styles of music are covered here, ranging from the commercially popular to the obscure. It includes critiques of albums and artists within the context of their own genres, as well as pertinent facts.

  • Directory of magazines and newspapers around the world.

  • The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

  • DoctorFinder contains basic professional information on more than 690,000 licensed physicians in the United States. Provided by the American Medical Association.

  • Find literacy programs in your area.

  • This is a directory of websites about the American Civil War. Topics include the Secession Crisis, Images of Wartime, Documentary Records, State/Local Studies, Battles & Campaigns, Rosters & Regimental Histories, Other Military Information, Civil War Reenactors, Civil War Round Tables, and Fictional Accounts of Wartime

  • The American Diabetes Association is a nonprofit health organization that provides diabetes research, information and advocacy.

  • This financial aid organization provides information on financial aid, planning for college, managing your loans, and more.

  • Population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau

  • Part of the U.S. Census web site, American FactFinder offers detailed data sets on population, housing, economics, industry and geography of the United States. Access may be confusing at first, but the FactFinder provides excellent video tutorials with attached written transcripts.

  • The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

  • A recreation-based non-profit organization, American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds partnerships, and provides critical resources to plan, fund and develop foot trails.

  • This organization provides relief services to Indian people nationwide and builds bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people.

  • The Library of Congress has online collections of written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience through history.

  • This is a comprehensive collection of material about the Presidents of the United States and the history of the presidency. This web site features essays about the President's life before, during, and after each presidential term. It also provides information about the First Lady and cabinet officials of each administration.

  • View secular U.S. holidays by year

  • This is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology. Information may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds.

  • Provides educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.

  • Get answers from quality reference works about the arts, business, entertainment, food, government, health, legal, leisure, military, people, religion, science, sports, travel, words, and zoology.

  • Find phone numbers for people and businesses or do a reverse lookup to find a business or person by their phone number.

  • This is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.

  • This site contains photographs taken in Egypt and Mesopotamia between 1973 and 1990 on archeaological sites.

  • Provides links to art history information online from prehistoric to contemporary art.

  • This site includes information on artists, artworks, movements, mediums, subjects and nationalities.

  • ARTINFO.com offers breaking news, profiles of top and emerging artists, stories about collectors and collecting, gallery round-ups from around the world, the best of student art, market trends and analysis, and detailed coverage of art fairs.

  • Over 120,000 artists - painters, sculptors, and illustrators - are listed in this searchable resource.

  • This stie provides statistics about religions worldwide, religious beliefs and behaviors, U.S. congregational membership, U.S. denominations, and more.

  • Search the online edition of the Yellow and White pages for cities all across the United States.

  • Translate text or an entire webpage with this online tool.

  • Back to College describes its site as an all-in-one resource for adults who want to update their professional skills by returning to college. Some of its major sections focus on financial aid, career planning, degree programs, internships, and online degrees.

  • This site provides facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty provided by the U.S. Department of State.

  • Search encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, English usage, religion and mythology, literary history and literature, and more.

  • Compilation of over 1,250 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. View by movie title, movie release year, book title, or book author.

  • Research charities and read in-depth evaluative reports on national charities from the Better Business Bureau.

  • This reputable news sources has information about conflicts in the Middle East.

  • This site has news about the current conflict in Iraq.

  • Guide to finding and building a career.

  • Online tool for creating a resume.

  • Beliefnet has a wide variety of resources on various faiths and spiritual traditions -- articles, quizzes, devotionals, sacred text searches, message boards, prayer circles, photo galleries and more. It is an independent site and not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement.

  • Provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers that teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access.

  • Research and find ethical businesses.

  • Research and find ethical businesses in the Kansas City area.

  • This web site allows searches of the Bible online in 50 versions and 35 languages.

  • Buy rare, used, and out-of-print books through Amazon.com.

  • This investment research site provides access to interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners, as well as market news and commentary.

  • Billboard.com is the website for Billboard magazine.

  • This site contains biographies of over 25,000 people.

  • The Black Archives of Mid-America, located in Kansas City, Missouri, is a center for learning and research into the African American experience in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and the Midwest at large. They house a large collection of manuscripts and artifacts including photographs, personal correspondence, oral histories, and rare books.

  • This is an online community for people of African descent and others interested in the African and African American Christian experience.

  • BlackMissouri.com is a website dedicated to telling the story of African Americans, Africans, Carribeans, and other melanated people in the State of Missouri.

  • Financial news, market data, investment tools, and more.

  • Free sample business plans.

  • Find universities, polytechnics, colleges and other higher educational institutions around the world.

  • This site contains information about Buddhist teachings, history and culture; worldwide Buddhist directory; e-book Buddhist library; BuddhaZine magazine; and more.

  • The BEA produces economic accounts statistics.

  • Statistics on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

  • Provides statistics on inflation and consumer spending; wages, earnings, and benefits; productivity; safety and health; occupations; employment and unemployment; and more.

  • Provides information for business owners in Missouri.

  • Business news, stock market and financial advice.

  • Calculate domestic, international, and business postage.

  • Contains calendars on many topics.

  • Guide to calendars

  • CampusCompare is an interactive site that allows you to compare individual colleges as well as finding the best match for your own interests and qualifications. With data from over 3,000 colleges, this is a user-friendly site for researching your academic future.

  • Find facts and virtual tours for colleges and universities.

  • This link will calculate how much annual carbon dioxide results from your day-to-day activities.

  • Provides rules and information about card and tile games from all parts of the world.

  • This website guides you through the necessary steps to finding a career.

  • Provides information on high growth, in-demand occupations along with the skills and education needed to attain those jobs.

  • Online form that will help you generate a resume.

  • Find out about occupational licensing requirements in each state.

  • For residents of Cass County, Missouri. Get information on voter registration, upcoming elections, polling locations, and more.

  • Free service that allows you to decide what catalogs you get in your mailbox to reduce the number of repeat and unwanted catalog mailings.

  • Provides information on assistance available from the U.S. government, including grants, surplus equipment, training, and guaranteed loans.

  • Get instant access to census statistics about any location in the United States. Information available includes: Building Permits Data; County Business Patterns; International Trade Data; Public Law 94-171 Data; Census Tract Street Locator; USA Counties; Detailed Occupation by Race, Hispanic Origin and Sex Data.

  • Provides research, data, and analysis on current education issues and explores ways to improve student achievement and engage public support for elementary and secondary public schools.

  • Provides information on health and safety topics for consumers, data and statistics, and more.

  • This independent charity evaluator evaluates the financial health of over 5,300 of America's largest charities.

  • Provided by the Missouri Attorney General's Office, this site lets consumers research charities.

  • Directory of world leaders provided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

  • This is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books.

  • This is a timeline of significant documents from the pre-colonial era to the present.

  • This has facts and data about countries around the world. Each country profile includes a map, flag image, a general introduction, and information about its geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

  • Download statistics and raw numbers relating to Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. The site also includes a robust mapping feature, allowing for the display of color-coded, data-driven maps. The foundation of this database is parcel level surveys of housing conditions in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.

  • This site provides information about 444 important classical music composers, including style/period, genre profile, quantity of work produced, type of music best known for, notable works, musical influences, and composers influenced.

  • For residents of Clay County, Missouri. Get information on voter registration, upcoming elections, polling locations, and more.

  • Machine-readable pronunciation dictionary for North American English from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Directory of college and university rankings.

  • An invaluable resource for those researching college majors and career paths, College Majors 101 is primarily aimed at high school and undergraduate college students. In addition to the usual descriptive information about the various fields of interest, each major has listings of related student/professional associations and corresponding trade publications. Another unique feature is that much of the content is presented via videos.

  • Created by the U.S. Department of Education, this site provides information about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational or career schools).

  • Find colleges, learn about financial aid and the application process, and more.

  • Sixth edition (2001-2007) contains nearly 51,000 entries.

  • This site lists many common errors in English usage.

  • Congress.org allows users to: identify and contact elected leaders in Congress, the White House, and state legislatures; post letters online to elected officials; have your representative's votes sent to you weekly via e-mail; and more.

  • Organization of African-American members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Official directory of the U.S. Congress. It contains short biographies of each member of the Senate and House and additional data, such as committee memberships, room and telephone numbers, and more. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies.

  • Resource for consumer information from the federal government.

  • Find printable coupons, online coupons and more.

  • Calculate how far your salary will go in another city.

  • Organized list of online resources on costume history, theatrical costume, making and wearing costumes, Halloween costumes, and more.

  • Online resource for all things costume related.

  • International organization concerned about issues related to students with learning disabilities.

  • This site provides training and networking opportunities for the nonprofit sector in greater Kansas City.

  • Annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses.

  • Find coupons by store or category.

  • Job listings for the Kansas City area on craigslist.org.

  • This site provides commentaries, concordances, encyclopedias, lexicons, sermon helps and more on the Holy Bible.

  • Cruises, cruise ship reviews, ratings, cruise deals, cruise forums.

  • View current and historic exchange rates for currency around the world.

  • Find coupon codes, promotional codes, and discounts for online stores.

  • This site includes over 6,900 Christian hymns and Gospel songs from many denominations. It includes lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures, history, and more.

  • Online index to genealogy websites organized by category.

  • Lists relevant genealogy websites for Kansas.

  • DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts).

  • This site provides reviews of Missouri backpacking and hiking trails. The information provided is primarily first hand but does include reports from others and information from trail brochures.

  • This site contains current and historical data about presidential, gubernatorial, and senatorial elections.

  • Find free coupons, printable coupons, and coupon codes.

  • Anyone interested in information on the death penalty or capital punishment issues will find this website fascinating. Here is a wealth of statistics on every aspect imaginable. There's an "execution database" that's current up and into 2009; a state-by-state section that lists such statistics such as if the state has the death penalty, its current death row population, and its total number of executions; and a huge section on murder rates. Recent legislation, sentencing and the U.S. Supreme Court also warrant their own areas.

    Note: Be aware that the nonfactual sections of this website reflect an anti-death penalty viewpoint.

  • Free online dictionary.

  • Provides help in getting off mailing lists.

  • Lists and describes the different political parties in the United States.

  • Information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits from the federal government.

  • Resources on antiques, collectibles, crafts, gifts, regional events and history.

  • This site allows users to locate and learn about nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City area.

  • Kansas City's Spanish/English bilingual newspaper.

  • DrugWatch.com has as its focus the education of the public about the thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications sold in this country. It's continually updated with the latest drug recalls, FDA approvals, drug side effects, and drug interactions.

  • This site promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide.

  • The Economic Census profiles American business every 5 years, from the national to the local level.

  • Nice place to start for current Federal economic indicators. Sections include: Employment, Income, International, Money, Output, Prices, Production, and Transportation.

  • All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms through EDGAR, provided by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Online degrees, distance learning, and continuing education program information.

  • Find lesson plans, links to online education information, and question archive responses.

  • ElectionGuide provides information on: National elections around the world; Political parties and candidates; News on election-related laws and political developments around the world; Governmental and electoral structures; Election results and voter turnout; and more.

  • Find information about the foreign embassies in Washington, DC.

  • Provided by the Downtown Kansas City Council.

  • This is an encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. The mythology section is divided into six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, and folktales from many lands.

  • This site provides education about endangered species in the United States.

  • Free English pronouncing dictionary with sound.

  • Entrepreneurial and small business resources, articles, tools, and more.

  • This is a nonprofit environmental organization.

  • This provides environmental news on wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, energy, business, climate, pollution, green building, sci/tech, lifestyle, and health.

  • This site provides astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics information.

  • Ethical Traveler educates travelers about the social and environmental impact of their decisions, showing how travel can be a form of diplomacy.

  • Provides resources for test takers.

  • Contains original articles, written by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, and collects "the best of the best" content on the Web related to starting and running high-impact companies

  • Travel information for Branson, MO.

  • Travel information for St. Louis, MO.

  • This site explores ancient histories of the Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe.

  • This site has world records in natural sciences including earth science and the plant and animal kingdom.

  • Directory of ezines and email newsletters.

  • Directory of ezines and email newsletters.

  • Health information from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

  • Learn how to do genealogy research. Search for genealogy records and family history. FamilySearch.org is a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Provides biographies of famous Missourians throughout history.

  • Contains 690 content rich, illustrated pages of fashion history, costume history, clothing, fashions and social history.

  • This digital collection contains 417 historical images covering many stylistic periods in French and English history.

  • Find scholarships and financial aid.

  • FBI

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation website contains reports on crime, information about the agency, crime statistics, and more.

  • Official information from all three branches of the Federal Government provided by the U.S. Government Printing Office. The Federal Digital System, FDsys, was formerly known as GPO Access.

  • Information about cell phones from the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance—from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid.

  • Practical information on a variety of consumer topics, such as automobiles, computers, the Internet, credit, loans, health, education, identity theft, privacy, and more.

  • Provides access to data and trend information from more than 100 federal agencies on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.

  • FedWorld, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, provides full text of Supreme Court case decisions issued between 1937 and 1975. You can search by case name or full text.

  • Gateway to federal government information.

  • Freely available public domain ebooks that never expire and don’t count against your library checkout limit.

  • Organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.

  • Organization where movie lovers can gather to watch films, talk about them, and learn more about the film industry, both past and present.

  • Guide to student financial aid information, advice and tools.

  • Calculate your housing affordability, mortgage size, savings, credit card balance duration, business ratios and more.

  • World business, finance and political news from The Financial Times newspaper.

  • Find legal forms and documents.

  • Legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make legal decisions.

  • International legal information.

  • Legal forms for common consumer and small business needs including wills, real estate transactions, divorce, bankruptcy, business incorporation, LLC formation, landlord & tenant issues, and more.

  • Findlaw's Supreme Court opinions covers cases from 1893 forward. You can browse by year and U.S. Reports volume number. You can search by citation, case title, and full text.

  • Sponsored by the American Bar Association, FindLegalHelp.org directs to you to state consumer resources for free or low-cost legal help in areas such as disability, bankruptcy, forclosures and attorney services.

  • Sponsored by the American Bar Association, findlegalhelp.org directs you to state consumer resources for free or low-cost legal help in various areas such as disability and bankruptcy in the Self-Help section, foreclosures and attorney services. You can also check to see if a lawyer is licensed in your state and what to do if you have a problem with your lawyer.

  • Find out where to fish in the Kansas City area on the Kansas side.

  • Food and human nutrition information from the National Agricultural Library.

  • A must for anyone doing culinary research or just interested in the history of food, recipes and food-related subjects. The main time line is updated frequently, and each entry provides links to other sites for additional information.

  • Investing, stock market, personal finance, and retirement advice.

  • Forbes magazine online with business news and market information.