Resources

Niche Academy

Learn about library resources and more with step-by-step tutorials and videos.

EBSCOhost

Search for information from a wide variety of databases.

LearningExpress Library

Use video tutorials to learn job skills and complete your education.

Ancestry (In-Library Only)

Genealogical database with a variety of records.

HeritageQuest

A genealogical database featuring primary documents.

Missouri Digital Heritage

Browse resources from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office about Missouri history.

Resources for Kids

OverDrive Kids

Electronic picture books and chapter books for kids.

Tumblebooks

An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

Explora

Ebsco search interface for grades K-12. Get topic overviews, browse by category and more.

Ebsco Nonfiction Grades 1-4

Search high interest abstracts and full text for more than 1,290 popular elementary nonfiction books.

ABC Mouse (In-Library Only)

ABCmouse is designed to help young children with 5,000+ learning activities (books, puzzles, educational games, art activities, songs, etc.).

Beanstack

Beanstack is an online reading program for readers of all ages. Join a reading challenge or just keep track of what and how often you read!

Browse Resources by Subject

Consumer Health Complete

A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

DigitalLearn.org

Created by the Public Library Association, DigitalLearn.org is a repository for introductory instruction materials for frequently sought after computer skills, from computer basics to email to online job searches.

EBSCO eBook Collection – Fiction and Nonfiction

This collection offers full text titles with unlimited access designed specifically for public libraries. Featuring fiction and nonfiction titles for adults and juveniles as well as containing a wide range of subjects and topics to meet research and recreational needs.

ERIC

ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and research. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. Content includes journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books dating back to 1966.

ETS HiSET Resources

ETS provides several practical test preparation tools to help candidates get ready for test day.

GCF Learn Free

GCF Learn Free is a project of the Goodwill Community Foundation. From their site: “GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.”

Government Documents Round Table – Missouri

According to the site, “This is an annotated list of databases produced by Missouri state government departments, divisions, or agencies.”

Learning Express Library

Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you. Taking a standardized test? We’ve got prep material for ACT, SAT, ASVAB, GED, GRE as well as professional certifications like EMT, Law Enforcement, Real Estate, trade licensing and many more!

MasterFile Premiere

Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.

MEDLINE

MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical citations on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

Missouri Digital Heritage

More than 6.8 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state.

Missouri Family Courts – Self-Representation Guide

Guide from the Missouri Family Court on how to represent yourself. Included on this site are guides for specific family court matters such as marriage, divorce, child custody and others as well as approved legal forms for use in Missouri courts.

Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source™ provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc. The database also contains selective full text for more than 370 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.

Project Gutenberg

Massive collection of public domain works available in multiple formats.

Resources for Students with Disabilities

BestColleges.com has various guides for students with disabilities, including college resources, financial aid and scholarships, networking and careers.

FuelEconomy.gov

This website created by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency contains an electronic version of the Fuel Economy Guide and features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips. The website also contains vehicle-specific air pollution emissions information and safety ratings and provides links to car buying websites.

Ancestry Online Library Edition

A genealogical database featured primary documents such as census, birth, marriage and death records as well as guides for genealogists. This resource can only be used in one of our branches. Find the nearest branch.

Archives.com

Archives.com helps everyday people and advanced genealogists trace their family trees.

Census.gov

Government site designed for displaying census data.

Cyndi’s List

A categorized and cross-referenced index of genealogy resources on the internet.

Federation of Genealogical Societies

FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies.

GENUKI

Provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

HeritageQuest

A genealogical database featuring primary documents such as census records, books, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records and the United States Serials Set.

Midwest Genealogy Center

Just a short drive to the west, Mid-Continent Public Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center is a dedicated genealogy library with excellent resources, staff, and materials like family history charts and forms to help you organize your research.

Missouri Digital Heritage

More than 9 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state.

USGenWeb Project

The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.

Windy Prairie Cemetery Search

Search family plots in a variety of cemeteries. One notable local inclusion is Machpelah Cemetery, Memorial Park and Memory Gardens in Lexington, MO.

Groups

West Central Missouri Genealogical Society

Consumer Health Complete

A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Help.org

A comprehensive set of guides that provide information on many of the prevailing substance abuses that are affecting communities today, various care options, and many free resources. Topics include addiction, rehabilitation, and recovery.

MasterFile Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.

MEDLINE

MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical citations on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

WebMD

A repository of a wide variety of information regarding diagnosis, drug information, healthy living, family planning and health news.

County Health Ratings

Compare the overall  health of Johnson and Lafayette Counties with the health of other counties in the state and compare the factors that contribute to health, such as obesity rates, the quality of health care, or high school graduation rates.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

Johnson County Missouri Government
Lafayette County Missouri Government
Johnson County Historical Society
City of Odessa
City of Warrensburg
City of Lexington
Windy Prairie Cemetery Search

Search family plots in a variety of cemeteries. One notable local inclusion is Machpelah Cemetery, Memorial Park and Memory Gardens in Lexington, MO.

County Health Ratings

Compare the overall  health of Johnson and Lafayette Counties with the health of other counties in the state and compare the factors that contribute to health, such as obesity rates, the quality of healthcare, or high school graduation rates.

Academic Search Elite

Academic institutions worldwide depend on this database as their core resource of scholarly information. Academic Search Elite contains full text for more than 2,100 journals, Nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.

Consumer Health Complete

A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

ERIC

ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and research. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. Content includes journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books dating back to 1966.

Explora – Elementary

This is an Ebsco search interface for grades K-5. Get topic overviews, browse by category and more.

Explora – Secondary Schools

This is an Ebsco search interface for grades 6-12. Get topic overviews, browse by category and more.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

MAS Ultra – School Edition

This database is designed specifically for high school libraries and contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines including America’s Civil War, American Heritage, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers & Colleges, Civil War Times, Congressional Digest, Discover, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, etc. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents and more than 360 reference books (including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book and World Almanac & Book of Facts); an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs; and expanded full-text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

MasterFile Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.

MEDLINE

MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical citations on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

Middle Search Plus

Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags

Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source™ provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc. The database also contains selective full text for more than 370 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.

Primary Search

Primary Search®, designed specifically for elementary school students contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Additionally, Primary Search includes the Encyclopedia of Animals™, and features Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, providing students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. The database also provides the American Heritage® Children’s Dictionary, 3rd Edition from Houghton Mifflin and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.

Professional Development Collection

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum.

Internal Revenue Service

Official page of the Internal Revenue Service with information regarding federal tax laws, forms, procedures, etc.

Missouri Department of Revenue

This official site features information and forms regarding Missouri state taxes including income and property taxes.

State Tax Form Directory

This directory features links for forms and information regarding taxes for all 50 states.

MOTax

Contact for assistance with tax inquiries through the Taxpayer Assistance Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Tax Counseling for the Elderly and other resources) as well as family financial planning and other educational programs. A service of the University of Missouri Extension.

For more information, visit our Tax Information page.