Research Tools

The library provides dozens of research databases and digital content platforms for free use by library cardholders.

  • Most of these tools can be used from your home. A few only work within the library — these are specially marked.
  • You may be required to enter your library card number and/or create an account.
  • Check out the “Tutorials” button on the right side of your screen — you can find help with many of our research tools.
  • Questions? Contact a librarian. We’re here to help!


A to Z The USA
Education, History, Kids, Reference
Prepare reports on U.S. states and research detailed information about the U.S. and individual states. Research culture, people, history, geography and government. Explore 127 feature articles for every state and territory, 103 feature articles about the United States, video dictionaries to help learn geography, thousands of royalty-free images, and study plans for teachers.

A to Z World Culture
Education, History, Kids, Teens, Languages, References
Comprehensive, easy-to-navigate information on 175 countries including culture, language, history, national symbols, geography, and more.

A to Z World Food
Education, How-To
Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. It’s a movable feast in a digital cookbook.

A to Z World Travel
Education, Languages, Reference
Find essential travel information on 202 world cities--culture, attractions, food, transportation, security, and more.

Academic Search Elite
A multidisciplinary database for academic institutions powered by EBSCOhost, providing thousands of full-text, peer-reviewed journals to support scholarly research in key areas of study.

Access Video on Demand
Education, How-To
Access more than 21,000 films - watch a Bob Dylan concert, go on a trip with Rick Steves, learn to bake with Julia Child, enjoy an award-winning indie film, work out with Jeanette Jenkins, and much more. Includes documentaries, award-winning educational films, independent movies, and helpful instructional videos on a wide variety of topics.

More than 200 billion images in 7,000 unique databases, including census records, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, and more.

Author Check
Create a list of your favorite authors that are currently available in your library’s catalog, and receive an email notice as soon as the library receives one of their new titles, with a link into the catalog to place your own hold.

Books, Teens, Kids
Use Beanstack to participate in reading challenges like the library’s Summer and Winter Reading Challenges, keep track of the books you read all year, and receive personalized book recommendations for you and your kids by email.

Chilton Library
Find step-by-step auto repair instructions, maintenance schedules, recalls, diagrams and more. Search by specific year, make and model.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Genealogy, History, News
Browse America’s historical newspapers from 1777 to 1963 with this searchable database of descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Computer Skills Center
Business, Education, Employment, How-To
Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design and more.

Consumer Health Complete
Convenient access to understandable health and medical information powered by EBSCOhost. Browse medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

Consumer Reports
Education, Magazines
Consumer Reports offers complete access to rating information from the Consumer Reports Magazine, Buying Guides, and more. Access rating information and product testing made available by the Consumers Union, an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Books, Education, Genealogy, Reference
Discover and search the millions of images, texts, videos and sounds pulled from libraries, archives, and museums from all across the Unites States. Explore your favorite topic or find a new favorite! No library card is required.

EBSCO eBooks
Read fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, with more than 33,000 titles, unlimited downloads, and no waiting.

EBSCOhost Integrated Search
Leading research databases and discovery service providing scholarly journals, full-text articles, magazines, e-books, and more.

An authoritative database of indexed and full-text educational literature and resources. Essential for education researchers of all kinds, it features journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.

A reader’s guide to novels in series.

Explora Elementary
Designed for the needs and search abilities of elementary school students, this EBSCOhost research database contains age-appropriate materials, lots of images and videos, and topic overviews to provide students with a starting point for research.

Explora High School
Designed for the needs and search abilities of high school students, this EBSCOhost research database contains age-appropriate materials, lots of images and videos, and topic overviews to provide students with a starting point for research.

Explore Middle School
Designed for the needs and search abilities of middle school students, this EBSCOhost research database contains age-appropriate materials, lots of images and videos, and topic overviews to provide students with a starting point for research.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
For students and adults alike, provides over 25,000 records consisting of images, brief biographies and information on a variety of subject areas.

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
Business, Reference
Access thousands of articles, videos, and other resources--all sorted by topic. Learn about subjects of interest to small business owners such as venture capital, marketing, and managing employees.

GCF Learn Free
Education, Employment, How-To
More than 1,000 lessons in technology, math, reading, and more—all free.

Heritage Quest Online
Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, and audiobooks with your library card.
This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Learning Express Library
Education, Employment, Teens
Achieve educational and career goals by taking practice tests with complete answer explanations. Offers tutorial courses and eBooks to help with High School equivalency exam prep, ACT and SAT prep, career-specific tests, and more.

Mango Languages
Ph.D.-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 70 languages and makes it fun. Free mobile apps, plus learning through film available.

Medline Plus
Education, Health
MedlinePlus is an online health information resource provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, and a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). No library card is required.

Missouri Digital Newspaper Project
Genealogy, History, News
Access hundreds of digitized historical newspapers from the state of Missouri and are easily keyword-searchable. Provided by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Library of Congress.

Missouri Libraries 2 Go
Books, Magazines
Download digital audiobooks or eBooks. Powered by Overdrive.

New Book Alerts
New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by your library. Receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click “check catalog” to place a hold on the item right away.

Newspaper Source
Searchable full-text for hundreds of national, international and regional newspapers as well as complete television and radio news transcripts from major networks.

NoveList Plus
The premiere database of reading recommendations, with comprehensive information about books including expert recommendations, read-alike recommendations, reviews, and more.

Professional Development Collection
Comprehensive research database especially for educators powered by EBSCOhost, with full-text access to education journals.

Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)
Business, Directory, Employment, Reference
Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 million). Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

Resume and Cover Letter Builder
Business, Employment
More than 200 expert-developed resumes covering a range of occupations and preparation levels. Build your own or filter templates.

Science Reference Center
Designed to meet every student’s science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Select Reads
Find your next favorite book! Select your favorites categories like fiction, mystery, romance, and many more, then sign up to receive emails to learn about the newest books in those categories that have been added to your library’s collection.

Small Engine Repair
Small Engine Repair Reference Center is a database of detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all kinds of small engines.

The Reference Shelf
Reference, History
Get full-text online access to many of our print reference titles from Salem Press and Grey House Publishing. These are the same books you find on the reference shelf at our library.

TumbleBook Library
Books, Kids
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform to improve work-related skills or further develop a personal interest. Users can search through more than 14,000 on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more taught by world-class instructors.
This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.