Resource Audience: High School

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.

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.

Access World News

New look! Now easier to read on mobile devices.

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

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.

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."

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.


Explore the culture, history and people of each U.S. state and country of the world.

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.

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.

Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition

Encyclopedia articles from the general and the kid-friendly encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia Britannica School

Articles for all ages: elementary, middle and high school students.


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.

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online reference books on a variety of topics: business plans, travel, kids reference books and more!


Covers the relationship between humans and the environment.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Health information especially for consumers.

History Reference Center

Comprehensive historical resource.

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 Obituary Index

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

Kansas City and Regional Newspapers

New look! Now easier to read on mobile devices.

Full articles from many Kansas City and regional newspapers.

Kansas City Star Image Edition

New look! Now easier to read on mobile devices.

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.

Literary Reference Center

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

MAS Ultra - School Edition

Articles from popular magazines and journals for high school students.

MasterFILE Complete

Our largest collection of articles, magazines and journals.


The best source of health information for patients, their families and friends.

Middle Search Plus

Popular magazines for middle and junior high school students. 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.

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.


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

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.

Shawnee Mission Post (Library Use Only)

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

Something About the Author Online

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


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

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.