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Arts & Literature

BIR Entertainment - Provides information on about 450,000 music titles and 200,000 DVD/video titles. Search by artist, title, or genre.

Creativebug - Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Literary Sources - Search across the following resources from a single platform:

Dictionary of Literary Biography - Provides reliable information on authors and their works in an easy to understand, engaging format.

GVRL Non-Fiction eBooks - eBooks on a variety of topics in an easy to navigate collection. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Literature Criticism Online - Literary analysis—spanning all time periods, genres, and regions of the world.

Literature Resource Center - Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, literary criticism and reviews on writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world

Scribner Writers Online- Provides original, scholar signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods.

Twaynes Authors Online - In-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.

Related Resources

National Jukebox - Includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

WikiArt: Visual Art Encyclopedia - Online home for visual arts from all around the world, featuring some 150,000 artworks by 2,500 artists, localized on 5 languages.

See also Books & Reading

Automotive

ALLDATA - Online access to OEM repair information, a continually updated listing of TSBs, industry parts and labor information, shop operation information and technical reference information. (ALLDATA is only available at the Corporate Parkway, Kathryn Linnemann, Middendorf-Kredell, and Spencer Road Branches.)

Chilton Library - Find step-by-step auto repair instructions, maintenance schedules, recalls, diagrams, and more. Search by specific year, make, and model. ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Consumer Reports - Digital magazine - including Consumer Reports Buying Guide and Consumer Reports on Health.

ConsumerReports.orgIn addition to product ratings and reviews, users will find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Biography

Biography in Context - People throughout history, around the world, across disciplines and subjects. Search by birth, death, place, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, or gender.

Dictionary of Literary Biography - Provides reliable information on authors and their works in an easy to understand, engaging format.

World Book Timelines - Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history. (Optimized for tablets.)

 

Books & Reading

Book Collection: Nonfiction - Elementary - Searchable full text for more than 1,300 nonfiction titles on animals, weather, holidays, adventure, sports and more.

Book Collection: Nonfiction - High School - Searchable full text for more than 2,700 nonfiction titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics, and more.

Book Index with Reviews - Provides information on over 5 million book titles, in a wide range of formats, includes 800,000 full-text reviews from sources like Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and others.

EBSCO Public Library Collection - 33,000 downloadable eBooks that includes fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and kids. A wide range of subjects and topics are covered including Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Games, Crafts & Hobbies, Cooking, Family, Marriage and Religion.

GVRL Non-Fiction eBooks - eBooks on a variety of topics in an easy to navigate collection. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Hoopla - Instantly borrow digital ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more, 24/7 with your library card. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

NextReads Newsletters - Sign up for a NextReads newsletter to stay informed about new books in your favorite genre.

NoveList K-8 Plus - Browse hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels and look for award-winning titles. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

NoveList Plus - Find recommendations of fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and teens. Has helpful features to aid with series information, read-alikes and other book lists.  Links directly to the library catalog. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Odilo - Libros electrónicos, y ¡más! Ahora están disponibles en tu dispositivo móvil o computadora con tu tajeta de la bilblioteca.

OverDrive - Fiction and nonfiction titles to download or stream to your device. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Tumblebook Library - Animated, talking picture books for kids. Connect on any device that has an internet connection. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

WorldCat - Can’t find what you’re looking for? Search other American libraries and request it via interlibrary loan!

See also Arts & Literature

 

Business

Business Collection - Research a company or make better investment decisions with full-text access to nearly 4,000 leading business and trade publications, updated daily.

Business Source Premier - More than 2,300 full text magazines and journals covering every area of business. Search by NAICS/Industry Code, Duns Number and more.

Computer Database - Information on computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.

CultureGrams - Concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world, written and reviewed by in-country experts and are updated as new information becomes available.

D&B Hoovers - Provides comprehensive, updated, global business & contact information. Find US private businesses; North American residents; global corporate family trees; details on executives including contact information; and job search information for US and Canadian employers. Note: Access to this database will end in September.

DemographicsNow -  Provides a wealth of highly detailed demographic data that spans the entire United States--making it ideal for gaining consumer and market insight for opening a business, finding an untapped audience for products/services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and much more. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

First Research - Industry Profiles, Call Prep Sheets, State & Province Profiles. 

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship - Covers aspects of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources and franchising.

Gale Courses - Available 24/7, Gale Courses provides more than 360 six-week long, online programs taught by college instructors free with your Library card. New courses begin each month, and lessons are assigned twice a week. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory - Content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.

Lynda.com - Leading online learning company that helps anyone develop the business, software, technology and creative skills needed to achieve personal and professional goals. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Optimal Resume - Find a variety of career tools to help you CREATE, PRESENT, MANAGE and SHARE your professional credentials.

ReferenceUSA - Provides profiles of public and private company and individual residence information, including information on 675,000 doctors and 180,000 dentists. Combines the power of the premier business reference and research tool with the world’s #1 job site, indeed.com. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Regional Business News - Comprehensive full-text coverage of regional business publications.

Small Business Builder - Take a step-by-step approach to completing your business plan, and position yourself for success. Learn the elements you need to know to write bylaws, secure funding, and build your non-profit.

Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition) - U.S. business-focused daily newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company.

Related Resources

EDC - EDC Business and Community Partners helps foster the growth of business in St. Charles County.

Missouri Business Development Program - A statewide network which helps businesses succeed in every stage from concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession through a variety of programs.

 

Current Issues & Topics

Explora Elementary - Complete articles from dozens of the most popular elementary school magazines. You’ll also find easy-to-read encyclopedia entries written specifically for kids and more than one million images of photos, maps and flags!

Explora Teens - Discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Collection - Nearly 40 full-text journals cover gender studies, family and marital issues and health. Coverage from 1980.

GreenFILE - Focused entirely on environmental topics, GreenFILE is an ideal place to begin any research that is concerned with renewable energy or materials, or with sustainability.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Covers today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues.

Related Resources

ProCon.org - ProCon.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan public charity, provides professionally-researched pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy.

Encyclopedias & Facts

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - Excelente contenido del World Book editorial, medios ricos, y las características interactivas en español para niños y jóvenes.

Explora Quick Search - Easy-to-browse categories are organized by popular topics, and topic overviews provide users with a starting point for research.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - A general encyclopedia containing over 25,000 information segments appropriate for the research needs of elementary and middle school students.

GVRL Non-Fiction eBooks - eBooks on a variety of topics in an easy to navigate collection. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Student Edition - Access to a variety of magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, arts, science, popular culture, health, people,  government, history, sports and more.

World Book Online - A suite of research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

Related Resources

American FactFinder - Find popular facts (population, income, etc.) and frequently requested data about your community.

Entertainment

BIR Entertainment - Provides information on about 450,000 music titles and 200,000 DVD/video titles. Search by artist, title, or genre.

Hoopla - Instantly borrow digital movies, music and more, 24/7 with your library card. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Kanopy showcases more than 30,000  of the world’s best films,  including award-winning documentaries,  rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival  favorites, indie and classic films, and world  cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that inspire and inform. Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media™ to provide developmentally appropriate age ratings on Kanopy Kids. Parents can also choose to implement parental controls for additional security. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Foreign Language & ESL

BiblioEnfants  - (Pour l'accès à domicile, cliquez ici) Une collection de livres animés et parlants, ainsi que des jeux, des outils pédagogiques et plus encore!

Biblioteca Tumble - ¡Una colección de libros parlantes y animadas, además de juegos, herramientas educativas y más!

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - Excelente contenido del World Book editorial, medios ricos, y las características interactivas en español para niños y jóvenes.

Mango Languages - Learn 70+ languages online and on-the-go. Includes ESL for speakers of 20+ languages. (For access from home click HERE.) (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Odilo - Libros electrónicos, y ¡más! Ahora están disponibles en tu dispositivo móvil o computadora con tu tajeta de la bilblioteca.

Read It! - Read It! ELL content covers a wide range of subject areas including science, math, history, culture, civics, literature and life skills. ELL articles are written specifically for English Language Learners.

Related Resources

Duolingo - Duolingo's adaptive experience has gamified elements to make language learning more fun and effective. 100 million students are learning a language with Duolingo.

Genealogy & Local History

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices - Largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.

Ancestry Library Edition - Online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research. The database includes the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, and Passenger and Immigration Lists Index. (Ancestry is only available inside the library.) (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Digitized Newspapers: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Recent (2008 - 90 days ago) - Scanned archives of the Post-Dispatch back to 2008.

Family Search - Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide. Digital images may have contractual, data privacy, or other restrictions. Family Search restricts access to some materials to inside the library only.

Fold3 Library Edition - Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

HeritageQuest Online - A collection of research materials for tracing family lineage and American culture, beginning with the 13 original colonies.

MyHeritage Library Edition - Access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

 Newspaper Archive  - Contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as 1607.  

Oak Grove Cemetery Database - Burials at St Charles City Cemetery, called Oak Grove Cemetery, compiled by the St Charles City Clerk. Sources include cemetery registers, internment orders and receipts, obituaries, headstones, birth and death registers and Council proceedings.

St. Charles Banner News Clipping File - Published under varying titles since 1903, the St. Charles Banner was one of the principle newspapers serving St. Charles County. Located in the Reading Room of the Kathryn Linnemann Library, this clipping file, created and maintained by the newspaper from 1974-1978, is organized by subject.

St. Charles Local Newspaper Index - When complete, this database will be an online index to the St. Charles Post for the years 1988-1998 and the St. Charles Journal from 1988 forward.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Historical (1874-2003) - The complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format.

Related Resources

FamilySearchOnline Film Ordering - Your gateway to a vast collection of genealogical and historical records.

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

Government

CultureGrams - Concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world, written and reviewed by in-country experts and are updated as new information becomes available.

DemographicsNow -  Provides a wealth of highly detailed demographic data that spans the entire United States--making it ideal for gaining consumer and market insight for opening a business, finding an untapped audience for products/services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and much more.

Gale Military and Intelligence - Comprehensive periodical collection supporting state and military affairs. 

Related Resources

Congress.gov - The official website for U.S. federal legislative information.

Missouri State Agency Databases Libguide - A guide from the State Library to over 200 databases.

St. Charles County Government - Links to county government sites and offices.

Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete - Patron-centered information covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Consumer Reports - Digital magazine - including Consumer Reports Buying Guide and Consumer Reports on Health.

ConsumerReports.org - In addition to product ratings and reviews, users will find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Gale Health and Wellness - Consumer health resource providing authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.

Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine - For students, consumers and health professionals alike, Health and Medicine provides up-to-date information on a variety of health care topics.

Gale OneFile: Psychology - More than 6 million articles in a comprehensive collection of periodicals supporting all aspects of psychology.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Collection - Nearly 40 full-text journals cover gender studies, family and marital issues and health. Coverage from 1980.

MEDLINE - Provides citations and abstracts for biomedical and health journals covering a wide range of subjects from more than 5,600 journals dating back to 1809.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database - Find evidence-based Safety and Effectiveness Ratings on any natural ingredient, commercially available product, or alternative treatment modality.

ReferenceUSA - Provides profiles of public and private company and individual residence information, including information on 675,000 doctors and 180,000 dentists. Combines the power of the premier business reference and research tool with the world’s #1 job site, indeed.com. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Related Resources

KidsHealth.org - Four sites in one: with sections for parents, kids, teens and educators, KidsHealth provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.

MedlinePlus - The National Institutes of Health's Website for patients and their families and friends, brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.

History

Biography in Context - People throughout history, around the world, across disciplines and subjects. Search by birth, death, place, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, or gender.

Fold3 Library Edition - Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Gale OneFile: World History - This collection of journals provides balanced coverage of both current thought and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field; useful both to the novice historian and the advanced academic researcher.

History Reference Center - Covering both U.S. and world history topics, the database features reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and history periodicals as well as thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, and over 80 hours of historical video.

Newspaper Archive  - Contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as 1607.

World Book Timelines - Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history. (Optimized for tablets.)

Related Resources

BlackPast.org - 13,000 page reference center is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.

Telling All Americans' Stories - A celebration of history and culture across the United States. Discover national parks, heritage areas, historic places and more along with guides to plan your travel and lesson plans to teach and learn.

World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples: United States of America - Directory of minorities and indigenous peoples of the United States.

Legal

Missouri Legal Forms - Official, state specific, federal, business, personal, real estate and general legal forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues specific to the State of Missouri. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

NOLO eBooks - Downloadable, self-help legal books.

Related Resources

Missouri Bar Association Public Resources - Find an attorney online or download one of over 50 publications on topics ranging from family law to living wills.

Missouri Self-Represent for Family Law Cases - Provides information and resources for those involved in family law matters in the state of Missouri.

Magazines & Periodicals

Academic Search Elite - Full-text for more than 2,100 journals. Nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.

Consumer Reports - Digital magazine - including Consumer Reports Buying Guide and Consumer Reports on Health.

Flipster - Full color, interactive digital magazines with no holds and no checkout periods. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Gale General OneFile - General interest periodicals and news, including travel guides, NPR programs, and reference sets on a variety of topics.

Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines - Provides a strong focus on current events, sports, science and health. Titles include Consumer Reports (1976-Current); Cosmopolitan (1977-Current); Esquire (1980-Current); Golf Digest (1998-Current); Time (1923-Current) and more.

General Reference Center Gold - Magazine & newspaper, children's magazine, almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary and reference book articles on current events, business and industry trends, arts and sciences, popular culture, sports, hobbies, and more.

MasterFILE Premier - Full text for general reference magazines and publications covering a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues dating back to 1917.

National Geographic KidsThe complete run of the magazine from 2009 to the present, as well as books, videos, and images. High-quality informational texts are available for primary, upper elementary, and middle school English Language Arts, social studies, and science classrooms.

National Geographic People Animals and the World - Unlimited access to National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 to the present, full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples & cultures. Readers will also find videos, full color maps, and hundreds of National Geographic images.

PressReader - Provides online access to today’s newspapers and magazines from around the world in full-color, full-page format, including Maxim; Newsweek; Numero; Reforma; Washington Post; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times; Los Angeles Times; Dallas Morning News; Houston Chronicle; Denver Post; and Orlando Sentinel and more. Coverage dates vary. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Student Edition - Access to a variety of magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, arts, science, popular culture, health, people,  government, history, sports and more.

Newspapers

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices - Largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.

Digitized Newspapers: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Recent (2008 - 90 days ago) - Scanned archives of the Post-Dispatch back to 2008.

Newspaper Archive - Contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as 1607. 

Newspaper Source - Provides selected full text for nearly 30 national and international newspapers, including Toronto Star (1085-Current) and Christian Science Monitor (1995-Current).

PressReader - Provides online access to today’s newspapers and magazines from around the world in full-color, full-page format, including Maxim; Newsweek; Numero; Reforma; Washington Post; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times; Los Angeles Times; Dallas Morning News; Houston Chronicle; Denver Post; and Orlando Sentinel and more. Coverage dates vary. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

St. Charles Local Newspaper Index - When complete, this database will be an online index to the St. Charles Post for the years 1988-1998 and the St. Charles Journal from 1988 forward.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (ProQuest Dec 4, 1996 - present) - searchable content back to 1996.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Historical (1874-2003) - The complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format.

US Newsstream (1980-current) - The most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s.

Related Resources

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers - Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-Current. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Nonprofit

Foundation Directory Online Professional - 140,000+ expanded grantmaker profiles. 500,000+ key decision makers and leaders. Keyword Search 990s and 990-PFs. (Foundation Directory Online Professional is only available inside the library.)

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online Provides access to Foundation Center resources for individual grant seekers. (Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is only available inside the library.)

GuideStar Charity Check - 100% compliant with all IRS requirements for determining a nonprofit’s eligibility to receive tax-deductible contributions. (Ask Spencer Road Branch staff for access.)

GuideStar Premium - Advanced Search and Analysis Tools for Professionals in the Nonprofit Sector. (Ask Spencer Road Branch staff for access.)

Nonprofit Organization Reference Center - Specifically designed to support the ongoing functional and information needs of the nonprofit sector, the collection includes grant writing, fundraising, volunteering, charitable and philanthropic issues, social entrepreneurship and more.

ReferenceUSA - Provides profiles of public and private company and individual residence information, including information on 675,000 doctors and 180,000 dentists. Combines the power of the premier business reference and research tool with the world’s #1 job site, indeed.com. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Small Business Builder - Take a step-by-step approach to completing your business plan, and position yourself for success. Learn the elements you need to know to write bylaws, secure funding, and build your non-profit.

VeriGift - Search across charitable giving history, board affiliations, political contributions and foundation grant information. (Ask Spencer Road Branch staff for access.)

Related Resources

2-1-1 Counts - 2-1-1 Counts is the first tool to provide real-time, searchable and visual presentations of data from 2-1-1 call centers across the nation.

IRS Stay Exempt - A series of dynamic and comprehensive tax courses that can help your tax-exempt organization maintain its exempt status and meet its filing requirements.

Online Learning & Careers

Chilton Library - Find step-by-step auto repair instructions, maintenance schedules, recalls, diagrams, and more. Search by specific year, make, and model. ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Creativebug - Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Driving-Tests.org - Free practice tests for MO Department of Revenue’s written examinations.

Early World of Learning - Interactive online resource for preschoolers and children in early elementary grades. Includes child’s first encyclopedia; stories in English and Spanish; early reading skills practice; vocabulary and comprehension; fun and educational games; videos; and print & do worksheets.

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) - Authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources.

Explora Educator’s Edition - Highlights content relevant to teachers including lesson plans, student tools, curriculum standards, and links to valuable education websites.

Gale OneFile: Agriculture  - With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of a growing body of knowledge, from practical aspects of farming to cutting-edge scientific research in horticulture.

Gale OneFile: Information Science - Provides access to content essential for information professionals and other knowledge workers with topics covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology, including usability, metadata architecture, publishing, business information, and more.

Gale Courses - Available 24/7, Gale Courses provides more than 360 six-week long, online programs taught by college instructors free with your Library card. New courses begin each month, and lessons are assigned twice a week. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

LearningExpress Library - Provides elementary students to adult learners with instant access to the most comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources available.  (For access from home click HERE.) (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) - Provides indexing and abstracting coverage of topics that include librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management, among others.

Lynda.com - Leading online learning company that helps anyone develop the business, software, technology and creative skills needed to achieve personal and professional goals. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Optimal Resume - Find a variety of career tools to help you CREATE, PRESENT, MANAGE and SHARE your professional credentials.

Professional Development Collection (Education) - Full text for nearly 520 high-quality education journals including Booklist, Education, Education Digest, Education Week, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal and more.

Read It! - Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading materials for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills. Content includes research guides, a "read out loud" text to speech tool, and lexile measures that indicate level of reading difficulty.

ReferenceUSA - Provides profiles of public and private company and individual residence information, including information on 675,000 doctors and 180,000 dentists. Combines the power of the premier business reference and research tool with the world’s #1 job site, indeed.com. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Resume and Cover Letter Builder - These step-by-step builders will help users create effective cover letters and resumes that get them noticed.

Science Reference Center - Search magazine & reference articles, experiments, biographies, images & videos on various science topics, including more than 275,000 high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA and Nature Picture Library.

Tutor.com -  Hundreds of resources to help you with every step in your job search, including exploring new career paths, putting together your resume, writing a cover letter, finding job listings near you and preparing for interviews.

Teacher Reference Center - Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 220 peer-reviewed journals.

Related Resources

CareerOneStop - Your source for career exploration, training & jobs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

College Navigator - Find the right college for you - find financial aid; build a list of schools to compare; explore careers; and more.

Personal Finance

Consumer Reports - Digital magazine - including Consumer Reports Buying Guide and Consumer Reports on Health.

ConsumerReports.org - In addition to product ratings and reviews, users will find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Gale Courses - Available 24/7, Gale Courses provides more than 360 six-week long, online programs taught by college instructors free with your Library card. New courses begin each month, and lessons are assigned twice a week. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Lynda.com - Leading online learning company that helps anyone develop the business, software, technology and creative skills needed to achieve personal and professional goals. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Morningstar Investment Research Center - The Morningstar Investment Research Center provides information on 7,500 publicly traded stocks, 23,000 mutual funds, 750 Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and industry information on 12 sectors of the economy. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson

Value Line Research Center - Accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. Comprehensive information on 1,700 stocks, 1,800 small and mid-cap stocks, and 15,000 mutual funds. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson

Wall Street Journal - U.S. business-focused daily newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company.

Related Resources

Wirecutter - A list of the best gear and gadgets for people who want to save the time and stress of figuring out what to buy. Recommendations are made through a combination of vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers independent of commissions or other revenue.

 

Science

Gale OneFile Agriculture Collection - With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of a growing body of knowledge, from practical aspects of farming to cutting-edge scientific research in horticulture.

GreenFILE - Focused entirely on environmental topics, GreenFILE is an ideal place to begin any research that is concerned with renewable energy or materials, or with sustainability.

PowerKnowledge Earth & Space - Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6, informs about earth cycles, ecosystems and biomes, rocks, environmental issues, space and more.

PowerKnowledge Life Science - Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6, topics include animals, endangered and extinct species, food chains, green living, habitats, human body, plants and more.

PowerKnowledge Physical Science - Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6, topics include atoms, molecules, elements and the periodic table, energy and matter, force and motion and temperature and measurement.

Science Reference Center - Search magazine & reference articles, experiments, biographies, images & videos on various science topics, including more than 275,000 high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA and Nature Picture Library.

Student Resources for Kids

BiblioEnfants  - (Pour l'accès à domicile, cliquez ici) Une collection de livres animés et parlants, ainsi que des jeux, des outils pédagogiques et plus encore!

Biblioteca Tumble - ¡Una colección de libros parlantes y animadas, además de juegos, herramientas educativas y más!

Book Collection: Nonfiction - Elementary - Searchable full text for more than 1,300 nonfiction titles on animals, weather, holidays, adventure, sports and more.

CultureGrams - Concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world, written and reviewed by in-country experts and are updated as new information becomes available.

Early World of Learning - Interactive online resource for preschoolers and children in early elementary grades. Includes child’s first encyclopedia; stories in English and Spanish; early reading skills practice; vocabulary and comprehension; fun and educational games; videos; and print & do worksheets.

Explora Elementary - Complete articles from dozens of the most popular elementary school magazines. You’ll also find easy-to-read encyclopedia entries written specifically for kids and more than one million images of photos, maps and flags!

Flipster - Full color, interactive digital magazines with no holds and no checkout periods. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - A general encyclopedia containing over 25,000 information segments appropriate for the research needs of elementary and middle school students.

General Reference Center Gold - Magazine & newspaper, children's magazine, almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary and reference book articles on current events, business and industry trends, arts and sciences, popular culture, sports, hobbies, and more.

Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that inspire and inform. Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media™ to provide developmentally appropriate age ratings on Kanopy Kids. Parents can also choose to implement parental controls for additional security. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Kids Infobits Through newspaper and magazine articles, videos, images, and graphics, elementary students can learn about everything from animals and outer space to famous artists and favorite athletes. 

LearningExpress Library - Provides elementary students to adult learners with instant access to the most comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources available. (For access from home click HERE.) (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

National Geographic Kids - The complete run of the magazine from 2009 to the present, as well as books, videos, and images. High-quality informational texts are available for primary, upper elementary, and middle school English Language Arts, social studies, and science classrooms.

National Geographic People Animals and the World - Unlimited access to National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 to the present, full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples & cultures. Readers will also find videos, full color maps, and hundreds of National Geographic images.

NoveList K-8 Plus - Browse hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels and look for award-winning titles. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

OverDrive for Kids - Popular, classic, fiction and nonfiction books that kids want to listen to or read. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

PowerKnowledge Earth & Space - Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6, informs about earth cycles, ecosystems and biomes, rocks, environmental issues, space and more.

PowerKnowledge Life Science - Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6, topics include animals, endangered and extinct species, food chains, green living, habitats, human body, plants and more.

PowerKnowledge Physical Science - Designed for learners in grades 3 to 6, topics include atoms, molecules, elements and the periodic table, energy and matter, force and motion and temperature and measurement.

Tumblebook Library - Animated, talking picture books for kids. Connect on any device that has an internet connection. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Tutor.com -  Get free homework help at home, school, or library from certified tutors online.

World Book Kids - Engaging content, features, and tools developed especially for young students. (Optimized for tablets.)

World Book Student - Meets the research needs of students in primary/elementary and middle school with thousands of articles and multimedia. (Optimized for tablets.)

World Book Timelines - Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history. (Optimized for tablets.)

World Book World Resources - World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, and Compare Places.

Related Resources

AR Bookfinder - Accelerated Reader Bookfinder allows you to search in English or Spanish by book level, Lexile™ measure, interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, award winners, state lists, CCSS Exemplars, and more.

Student Resources for Teens

Academic Search Elite - Full-text for more than 2,100 journals. Nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.

Biography in Context - People throughout history, around the world, across disciplines and subjects. Search by birth, death, place, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, or gender.

Book Collection: Nonfiction - Middle School - Searchable full text for more than 2,700 nonfiction titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics, and more.

Consumer Health Complete - Patron-centered information covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

CultureGrams - Concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world, written and reviewed by in-country experts and are updated as new information becomes available.

Dictionary of Literary Biography - Provides reliable information on authors and their works in an easy to understand, engaging format.

Driving-Tests.org - Free practice tests for MO Department of Revenue’s written examinations.

Explora Teens - Discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.

Flipster - Full color, interactive digital magazines with no holds and no checkout periods. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - A general encyclopedia containing over 25,000 information segments appropriate for the research needs of elementary and middle school students.

GVRL Non-Fiction eBooks - eBooks on a variety of topics in an easy to navigate collection. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Gale Health and Wellness - Consumer health resource providing authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.

Gale General OneFile - General interest periodicals and news, including travel guides, NPR programs, and reference sets on a variety of topics.

Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory - Content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.

Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine - For students, consumers and health professionals alike, Health and Medicine provides up-to-date information on a variety of health care topics.

General Reference Center Gold - Magazine & newspaper, children's magazine, almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary and reference book articles on current events, business and industry trends, arts and sciences, popular culture, sports, hobbies, and more.

History Reference Center - Covering both U.S. and world history topics, the database features reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and history periodicals as well as thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, and over 80 hours of historical video.

LearningExpress Library - Provides elementary students to adult learners with instant access to the most comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources available. (For access from home click HERE.) (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Mango Languages - Learn 70+ languages online and on-the-go. Includes ESL for speakers of 20+ languages. (For access from home click HERE.) (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

MasterFILE Premier - Full text for general reference magazines and publications covering a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues dating back to 1917.

National Geographic People Animals and the World - Unlimited access to National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 to the present, full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples & cultures. Readers will also find videos, full color maps, and hundreds of National Geographic images.

Niche Academy Research Essentials - Short lessons in Research including Authoring Research Questions, Better Search Techniques, Finding the Right Sources, In-Text Citations, and Paraphrasing and Summarizing.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Covers today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues.

OverDrive Teens - Download eBooks and audiobooks to your computer or device with OverDrive. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Read It! - Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading materials for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills. Content includes research guides, a "read out loud" text to speech tool, and lexile measures that indicate level of reading difficulty.

Science Reference Center - Search magazine & reference articles, experiments, biographies, images & videos on various science topics, including more than 275,000 high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA and Nature Picture Library.

Student Edition - Access to a variety of magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, arts, science, popular culture, health, people,  government, history, sports and more.

Tutor.com - Get free homework help at home, school, or library from certified tutors online. Have your papers reviewed. Practice for tests and college boards.

World Book Advanced - A powerful reference tool designed for high school students and adults. (Optimized for tablets)

World Book Student - Meets the research needs of students in primary/elementary and middle school with thousands of articles and multimedia. (Optimized for tablets.)

World Book Timelines - Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history. (Optimized for tablets)

World Book World Resources - World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, and Compare Places.

Technology

Computer Database - Information on computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.

Computer Skills Center - LearningExpress Computer Skills are dynamic, online, multimedia tutorials that help students learn the fundamentals of the computer, the internet and popular software from Adobe, Microsoft and Windows.

Gale Courses - Available 24/7, Gale Courses provides more than 360 six-week long, online programs taught by college instructors free with your Library card. New courses begin each month, and lessons are assigned twice a week. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Gale OneFile: Information Science - Provides access to content essential for information professionals and other knowledge workers with topics covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology, including usability, metadata architecture, publishing, business information, and more.

LearningExpress Library - Provides elementary students to adult learners with instant access to the most comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources available. (For access from home click HERE.) (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) - Provides indexing and abstracting coverage of topics that include librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management, among others.

Lynda.com - Leading online learning company that helps anyone develop the business, software, technology and creative skills needed to achieve personal and professional goals. (Get Started with a Quick Lesson)

Niche Academy -  Niche Academy is an online learning platform that  includes ready-to-use tutorials for common library services like OverDrive, Hoopla, Flipster, and more!

Related Resources

DigitalLearn.org - If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while or are a little unsure and uncomfortable, DigitalLearn has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

GFCLearnFree - Self-paced tutorials in technology (including Microsoft Office), reading, math, and career skills.

Travel and Geography

CultureGrams - Concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world, written and reviewed by in-country experts and updated as new information becomes available.

National Geographic People Animals and the World - Unlimited access to National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 to the present, full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples & cultures. Readers will also find videos, full color maps, and hundreds of National Geographic images.