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.


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 News Magazines

Find full articles from popular lifestyle, entertainment, sports and news magazines.

America's Newspapers

Articles from U.S. news sources including local newspapers.

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.

Ancestry Library Edition (Library Use Only)

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.

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 Reference Center

Do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most domestic and imported vehicles.

Biography in Context

Comprehensive biographies including things that "they probably didn't want you to know."

Business Insights: Global

Research and analyze companies, industries, and economies around the world.

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.

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 Health Complete

Convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information.

Consumer Reports

Full access to the website free through the Library’s subscription. Be an informed consumer!

D & B Million Dollar Database

Directory listings for both public and private companies.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

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

The best 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.

Family Search

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.

FirstSearch Databases (Library Use Only)

A collection of databases from OCLC.

Foundation Directory Online (Central Resource Library Use Only)

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

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Library Use Only)

This searchable database for individual grant seekers such as artists, students, writers and researchers from the Foundation Center. Find scholarships and funding for your personal projects.

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.

Gale Literary Sources

This combination search is the easiest way to find biographies, criticism, primary source material, reviews and overviews and includes Literature Criticism Online. Formerly Gale Artemis Literary Resources.
Funded by the Johnson County Library Foundation.

Genealogy Connect

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.

Information Science and Library Issues

Covers all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology.

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

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.

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

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

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

Primary source documents from Kansas history from 1854 - 1865.

Kansas Memory

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

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, economics and finance and programming.

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.

Legal Forms

Printable and customizable legal forms for Kansas and Missouri.

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.

Live Resume Help from™

Get personal assistance from an online tutor with creating, updating, critiquing and proofing your resume and cover letters.

Many thanks to the Johnson County Library Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for supporting access to

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. Watch. Learn. Create! helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Find in-depth online courses on techie topics alongside business, marketing and software. Learn at your own pace in your own place.

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper List

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

Mango Languages

Learn a language online from the comfort of home, office or classroom! Follow the lessons at your own speed.

MasterFILE Complete

Our largest collection of articles, magazines and journals.


Articles from medical journals from Latin American and Spanish publishers.


Authoritative medical and health sciences articles.


The best source of 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 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 (Firefox Recommended) - Library Use Only

Online repair manuals for all types of automobiles and trucks. Firefox recommended. To get started click on “Login” at the top left.

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

Newspaper Source Plus includes articles from more than 860 newspapers, providing more than 35 million articles. In addition, also find 857,000 television and radio news transcripts. Newspaper titles covered include USA Today, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and San Diego Union-Tribune along with many smaller newspapers.


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

Professional Development Collection

Articles from professional education journals.

ProQuest Databases

Search across all 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.

Small Business Reference Center

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

Something About the Author Online

Explore the lives and works of authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

Teacher Reference Center

Citations for peer-reviewed articles in education.


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

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. 

WorldCat Discovery

Services provides access to 1.9 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of WorldCat. It's the best place to start your Interlibrary Loan requests from other libraries. 

WorldCat through FirstSearch

Search the world's libraries all at once! Over 2 billion items from libraries around the world can be found in WorldCat.