Library & Literature

Oxford English Dictionary

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.

PapersFirst

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

PressReader

PressReader offers unlimited access to over 6,000+ newspapers and magazines from around the world, in 60+ languages. Titles include the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Popular Science.

Press Reader also offers a mobile app on a variety of platforms.

ProceedingsFirst

Find references to conference proceedings that have been published worldwide since 1993.

Project Gutenberg offers over 59,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

Project MUSE

Project MUSE – a development of Johns-Hopkins and other major U.S. Universities. E-books in the classics, history and literature, now totaling more than 10,000 titles.

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

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

Twentieth Century African American Poetry

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

WorldCat (new interface)

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

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.

Book reviews from the American Library Association

Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

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.

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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