Resource Audience: College & Adult

About the Selective Federal Depository at the Johnson County Library

The Central Resource Library is a selective federal depository library and offers a large collection of federal documents and Kansas state documents. Many are also available online through government websites.

From our Genealogy Experts: Johnson County, Kansas

Explore Johnson County marriage records, cemetery information, a local obituary index, collections of digitized photos and newspapers and links to much more.

From our Genealogy Experts: Online Genealogy Resources

A selection of our favorite resources focusing on Kansas and Missouri records, cemeteries and death indexes, immigration records and more.

Guía de servicios para la comunidad: Aprendizaje

Incluye recursos educativos disponibles en la comunidad y en línea. En las áreas de GED, computación, inglés, tareas escolares, tutores y plazas comunitarias.

Guía de servicios para la comunidad: Legalización y inmigración

Incluye servicios relacionados a inmigración.

Guía de servicios para la comunidad: Organizaciones Latinas

Organizaciones que presten servicios a la comunidad Latina. Incluye iglesias, bibliotecas, asociaciones de países y organizaciones.

Guía de servicios para la comunidad: Salud

Servicios de atención médica, seguro médico y vacunas

Guía de servicios para la comunidad: Servicios sociales

Incluye recursos que dan soporte y apoyo a la familia: asuntos relacionados a interacción entre padres y la escuela, padres como maestros, consejería, guarderías para niños, necesidades básicas y traducciones.

Guía de servicios para la comunidad: Trabajo y economía

Recursos relacionados a trabajos, cómo empezar su propio negocio y finanzas personales.

Guide from our Librarians: Explore Career Options

When choosing a career, assess first your interests, personality, and skills. Then match that information with occupations. These are tools to help you do that.

Guide from our Librarians: Find Local Jobs

Some of the best websites to find jobs in Johnson County and Kansas City.

Guide from our Librarians: Job Search Help

Get help with your resume and cover letters and see networking tips.

Guide from our Librarians: Research Johnson County

Research Johnson County with these helpful resources including info about local properties and homes, local news and statistics about Kansas and Johnson County.

Guide from our Librarians: Tax Help and Forms

Tax preparation assistance at Library locations and links to federal, state and city forms.

Lists from our Librarians

Find lists of books and other resources related to specific career topics.

Lists from our Librarians

Find lists of books and other resources related to specific personal finance topics.

Academic Search Premier

Articles from thousands of scholarly and academic journals, many full text.

Access World News

Full-text articles from nearly 6,000 news sources covering more than 170 countries. Search for specific terms or explore by topic.


Agricultural OnLine Access: In-depth coverage of agricultural topics.

Alt HealthWatch

Covers the perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

America's Obituaries & Death Notices

A collection of obituaries and death notices from hundreds of U.S. newspapers and the Social Security Death Index (dates vary) through NewsBank.

American Ancestors (Central Resource Library Only)

From the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Genealogy research of the Northeast through historical journals, birth and death records and more. Formerly called: New England Ancestors.

American Physical Society Journals (Library Use Only)

The latest peer-reviewed research published in the Physical Review journals from the American Physical Society.

Ancestry Library Edition

Billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, photos and more.

Available from home, now extended through August 31, 2020! Normally only available for in-library use, Ancestry has expanded access during the COVID-19 response. Login with your Library card number and PIN/password to get started.

Kansas residents: The Kansas State Archives partners with to make some records available online, free for Kansas residents with a verified Kansas driver's license. Research at the Library or from home. Learn more about for Kansans »

Applied Science & Technology Abstracts

Core scientific and technical publications back to 1983.

Art Abstracts

Abstracts of articles from respected journals on fine, decorative and commercial art, folk art, photography, film and architecture.

Art Full Text

Find articles in art journals and references to art reproductions.

Auto Repair Source

Do-it-yourself auto repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

Biography (Gale In Context)

Comprehensive biographies on the world's most influential people with related content from periodicals and multimedia to provide context.

Formerly named Biography in Context.

Books and Authors (Gale)

Explore endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center

New! The Brainfuse Adult Learning Center offers study resources for high school equivalency, U.S. citizenship, Microsoft Office help and more, plus live online tutoring 2 - 11 p.m. daily.

Business Plans Handbooks

Samples of actual business plans for almost every type of business

Business Source Complete

Articles and SWOT reports from respected peer-reviewed, business related journals.

Chilton Library

Step-by-step repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as many new vehicles.

Computer Skills

Free interactive tutorials on popular computer software including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, Project and Word. 

Computer Source

Full articles about computers, telecommunications, electronics and the internet from technical journals and consumer magazines.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

"The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly."

Consumer Health Complete

Convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information.

Consumer Reports

Full access to the website including product ratings, recommendations and buying guides.

eBooks from Gale

Online reference books on a variety of topics such as business plans, health, travel and kids reference books

EBSCO Databases

Choose the EBSCO databases you would like to search concurrently.

Education Abstracts

Abstracts only for education-related publications.

Enciclopedia Britannica Moderna

Este portal ofrece diferentes herramientas — que incluyen miles de artículos, imágenes, mapas, diccionarios otros materiales de consulta — para sus investigaciones.

This portal offers different tools — including thousands of articles, images, maps, dictionaries, other reference materials — for your research.

Encyclopedia Britannica Academic

Online encyclopedia for college students and adults.


The indispensable source for education-related research: Education Resource Information Center.

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

Abstracts for documents covering the exploration and settlement of the Americas.


Articles and multimedia covering a wide variety of subjects like biography, business, current events, health, history, literature, science and more. Easy to browse new topics or search for specific information.


Developed by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, search their full library catalog, collection of databases and more. Create personal FamilySearch account free of charge for expanded access to the site.

Foundation Directory Online

This searchable database for grant seekers and fundraisers provides details, contact information and histories of giving for grantmaking organizations and listings of available grants.

Available from home for a limited time! Normally only available for use at our Central Resource Library, Foundation Directory Online has expanded access during the COVID-19 related building closures.

Fuente Académica

Revistas a texto completo en español y portugués para la investigación académica de América Latina, Portugal y España.

A collection of scholarly journals in Spanish and Portuguese from Latin America, Portugal and Spain.

Gale Databases

Search across all Gale resources and eBooks.

Genealogy Connect (Gale)

Informative genealogy research guides and online books about genealogy and history


Covers the relationship between humans and the environment.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Health information especially for consumers.

Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition

Articles from journals for health care professionals. 

HeritageQuest Online

Search through this database rich in American history including U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records and more.

Highwire Press, Inc.

The largest archive of free full-text science articles on the Web including 71 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals.

History Reference Center

Comprehensive historical resource drawing from reference books, encyclopedias, journals and more.

Indigenous Peoples of North America

Cultural, political and social history of American and Canadian Indigenous Peoples from the 17th-20th centuries

Information Science (Gale OneFile)

Covers all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology.

Formerly Information Science and Library Issues Collection.

Job and Career Accelerator

Job search tools including resume and cover letter builder, details about thousands of occupations and guidance in your job search.

JoCoHistory Collections

Explore more than 40,000 historical photographs and maps documenting the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present.

JoCoHistory Digital Cemetery

The JoCoHistory Digital Cemetery is currently unavailable. Please contact us with your research questions.

Transcriptions and photos of gravestones from most cemeteries in Johnson County and some in Douglas and Franklin County. Searchable by surname, the site also features detailed information about each cemetery, selected family trees and a list of veterans buried throughout the county.

JoCoHistory Obituary Index

Citations for obituaries from local newspapers dating from the late 19th century to the present.

Johnson County AIMS Online Mapping

Johnson County's Automated Information Mapping System (AIMS) Online Mapping integrates a variety of data compiled from public deeds, plats, tax records and other public records into a map interface.

Johnson County District Court Forms

Kansas Court Forms curated by the Johnson County Law Library covering divorce, name change and more.

Kansas City and Regional Newspapers

Full articles from many Kansas City and regional newspapers.

Kansas City Business Journal

The premier source for Kansas City business articles. Full issues available online.

Kansas City Star Image Edition

Flip through full-page images of The Kansas City Star.

Note: Availability of the current day's issue may be delayed. If you notice today's paper is unavailable after 8 a.m., please contact us and note the time of day so we can report it to the vendor.

Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854-1865

Primary source documents from Kansas history from 1854 - 1865.

Kansas Judicial Council Forms

Selection of Kansas Court Forms curated by Kansas Judicial Council including coverage on divorce, child support, civil actions, juvenile offender, probate and more.

Kansas Memory

Explore digitized primary sources covering a wide range of topics from the Kansas Historical Society.

Kansas Statutes

The laws of the State of Kansas.

Swing by this "one-stop-shop for financial education" to learn about how to manage and protect your money, brought to you by state agencies providing consumer information from the State of Kansas.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy provides a free world-class education for anyone everywhere on topics like math, science, history, economics, humanities, programming and test prep.

LawDepot Legal Forms

Customizable legal documents with step-by-step guidance.

First time users: Create a RBdigital account using your Johnson County Library card number.
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LearningExpress Library

Practice tests and tutorials for students in elementary, high school, college and graduate school and occupational practice tests such as GED, firefighter exam and more.

Legal Collection

Articles from scholarly law journals and legal news.

Library Literature & Information Science Index

Citations for articles in Library and Information Science journals.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

Articles on librarianship and information science.

Literary Reference Center

Literary criticism, author biographies, plot summaries and book reviews.

Literature (Gale)

Biographies, criticism, primary source material, reviews and overviews plus access to full-text short stories, plays, speeches and poems. Search across content from Literature Criticism OnlineSomething About the Author and more.

Local Help: KC Health Resource

KC Health Resource is the easiest way to find healthcare options for the uninsured and underinsured.

Local Help: Link for Care

Directory of local service providers focusing on care for seniors, caregiver resources and mental health.

Local Help: My Resource Connection

The purpose of My Resource Connection is to connect individuals needing assistance with local resources.

Local Help: Workforce Partnership

Free job search assistance services ranging from resume writing assistance and improving your interviewing skills to helping you focus on a career path.

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper List

A full list of all the online magazines, journals and newspapers to which the library subscribes. 

Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources

Historical legal codes, statutes, regulations and commentaries on codes from various European countries

Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926

Foreign and international legal literature including treatises and monographs

Mango Languages

Online language-learning teaching conversation skills for more than 70 different languages ranging from Arabic to Yiddish! Follow the lessons at your own speed.

MasterFILE Complete

Our largest collection of articles, magazines and journals.


Es una colección en español de revistas de investigación médica y de investigación publicada por renombrados editores médicos latinoamericanos.

Articles from medical journals from Latin American and Spanish publishers.


Authoritative medical and health sciences articles.


The National Library of Medicine's online health information for patients, their families and friends.

Mergent Archives

Locate U.S. and international company equity reports, corporate and municipal manuals, industry reports and company profiles.

Mergent Intellect

Research public and private company data plus access residential, consumer and demographic information.

Mergent Key Business Ratios (D&B Key Business Ratios)

Key business ratios for public and private companies in 800 lines of businesses plus 30 key business ratios online.

Mergent Online

Find detailed financial data, reports, histories and news for U.S. and international companies. 

Military & Government Collection

Articles from academic journals related to the military and government.

Mitchell ProDemand (Library Use Only)

Online repair manuals for all types of automobiles and trucks. 

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Money Smart KC

Money Smart KC offers comprehensive website with information on a wealth of financial topics. Find links to local and national experts as well as live support and events in and around Kansas City. draws from the knowledge of multiple finance experts on a variety of topics: mortgages, education and careers, business loans, credit cards, insurance, financial planning, family and living and more.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Explore stocks, funds and analyst opinions with Morningstar. Read detailed financial information, portfolio analysis and news.

New York Times

Enjoy the highly reputed reporting and interactive storytelling of The New York Times online. Your Library card gets you free access to unlimited articles, breaking news, multimedia and more.

NewsBank Retrospective

Articles from major U.S. newspapers from 1970 to 1991.

Newspaper Source Plus

Millions of articles from the world's major newspapers, newswires and news magazines, plus television and radio transcripts.


For readers! Reading recommendations, reading group guides, book reviews, plot summaries and articles about authors.

Olathe News

Full-text coverage of the Olathe News from December 2006 to 2015.

Primary Sources (Gale)

Digital historical documents including books, manuscripts, letters, newspapers, photographs, maps and more ranging across topics of national and global relevance.

Professional Development Collection

Articles from professional education journals.

ProQuest Databases

Search across multiple ProQuest databases concurrently.

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source

Articles and dissertations on nursing and related sciences.

Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection

Articles from psychology and psychiatry journals.


Directory of businesses and residences in the U.S. and Canada. Create lists of businesses and households that meet specific criteria for business development.

Regional Business News

Business publications from throughout the U.S.

Religion and Philosophy Collection

Articles from magazines and peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Rosetta Stone

Learn to listen, read, write and speak a new language! The Rosetta Stone Library Solution teaches by context clues and interactive feedback through your computer, tablet or mobile device.

S&P Global NetAdvantage

Handy stock reports, company reports, industry surveys and fund reports along with many S&P newsletters and reports.

Shawnee Mission Post (Library Use Only)

New! Local news covering schools, government, events and business inside the I-435 loop in Johnson County, Kansas.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

Primary source content and research guides related to the history of slavery including legal issues, the Caribbean, children and women under slavery, modes of resistance and more.

Small Business Reference Center

Up-to-date information related to starting and growing a business along with operations, management and sales.

Smart About Money

In-depth personal finance courses, articles, calculators and tips

Teacher Reference Center

Citations for peer-reviewed articles in education.

The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991

Archive of the weekly newspaper The Listener published 1929-1991 by the BBC covering news, arts and more


Articles from a variety of national and international newspapers and magazines.

U.K. National Theatre Collection

New! Selected video recordings of the U.K.’s National Theatre productions and behind-the-scenes archive material for some performances.


New! Udemy, presented by Gale, offers on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors. Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and personal interests. Powered by the Udemy for Business collection.

Universal Class

Learn from expert instructors at your own pace. With over 500 online classes from accounting and bookkeeping to yoga and babysitting, you are sure to find something to pique your interest.

First time users: Create an account using your Johnson County Library card number.
Returning users: Login using your email address and password you created.

Value Line

Value Line provides stock reports, mutual fund reports and investment information. The popular Value Line Investment Surveys contain ratings for timeliness, safety and financial strength for many stocks. Industry reports are updated frequently.

Vocational & Career Collection

Articles from trade and industry-related periodicals.

Wall Street Journal

Updated daily, read articles from the world's leading financial newspaper online. 

Women's Studies Archive

Documents presenting the roles, experiences and achievements of women in 19th and 20th century society

Women: Transnational Networks

An archive in Nineteenth Century Collections Online database covering North American, European and other regional suffrage movements, culture, immigration, health and other gender and class issues