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Research Guides

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, including the FDLP Basic Collection: Core U.S. Government Resources.

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: 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: Local Legal Help Resources

Free or Low- Cost Civil Legal Help Resources for the Kansas City Area.

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 and links to federal, state and city forms.

Guide from Our Librarians: Training and Certification Programs

Check out these free in-person training and certification programs and JCL’s online test prep and certification resources!

Lists from our Librarians

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

Lists from our Librarians

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

State and Local Government

This Local Government Guide provides links to Kansas State Government. You will find quick access to the executive, legislative and judicial branches as well as Johnson County Government. We have also collected links to Municipal Governments in Johnson County, Kansas. Find mayor and city council information, governing bodies, meeting agendas and minutes, municipal ordinances and more. 


Research Resources

Academic Search Premier

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

Acceda Noticias (Access News in Spanish)

Ofrece artículos de más de 100 fuentes de noticias en español de los Estados Unidos y el mundo.

Current articles from more than 100 Spanish-language news sources published in the U.S. and around the world.

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.


Database containing millions of citations covering a wide range of agricultural topics.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

Broad resource for patient drug information published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and updated monthly.

Alt HealthWatch

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

American Ancestors (Central Resource Library Only)

Genealogy research and resources provided by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Primary coverage of the Northeast through historical journals, birth and death records and more.

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 (In-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 and Technology Abstracts

Abstracts and indexing of 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

Full-text articles from art journals and references to art reproductions.

Associated Press Collections Online

Associated Press archives from various U.S. city bureaus covering events, people and trends from the mid-1900s and early 2000s

Auto Repair Source

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

Black Life in America

Collection of articles and multimedia focused on the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, including current and historical Black publications.

Books and Authors (Gale)

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

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center

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.

Britannica Academic

Online encyclopedia for college students and adults.

Britannica Library

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

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.

Business Plans Handbooks

Samples of actual business plans for almost every type of business

Business Source Databases

Company profiles, case studies, SWOT reports, interviews and articles from respected peer-reviewed business 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.

Community Matters Events

Check out our Community Matters events for community problem-solving and local politics.

Computer Skills

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

Computer Source

Full-text articles and abstracts 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

Health and wellness information ranging from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Consumer Reports

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

Also explore the annual Consumer Reports Buying Guide on Flipster.

Data Axle Reference Solutions

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

eBooks from EBSCO

Collection of eBooks across a wide range of topics for kids and adults.

eBooks from Gale

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

EBSCOhost Research Databases

Choose the EBSCOhost databases you would like to cross-search concurrently.

Education Abstracts

Abstracts only for education-related publications.


Education Resources Information Center: Links to thousands of authoritative full-text education literature and resources.

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

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


Historical records and images for genealogy research, maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Publicly searchable from anywhere. Some collections have access limitations.

Additional in-library use: Johnson County Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library! Visit any Library location for expanded access to FamilySearch records and images not available from home. User account required. Some collections are still restricted.

Fold3 Library Edition

Millions of military records, photos and personal documents spanning hundreds of years.

Foundation Directory Professional (In-Library Use Only)

Candid's extensive information on funders of scholarships, fellowships and grants for nonprofits and individuals.

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 Literature

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.

Gale Research Databases

Search across all Gale resources and eBooks.

Genealogy Connect (Gale)

Informative genealogy research guides and online books about genealogy and history

Genealogy Special Interest Groups

To learn more about a specific genealogy topic or area of interest, consider joining one of these special interest groups which meet regularly via Zoom and are free to the public.

•    Family Tree Maker Software
•    Roots Magic Software
•    Legacy Family Tree Software 
•    DNA & Genetic Genealogy
•    Writing Your Family History
•    Digital Scrapbooking

For questions or more information on the Johnson County Genealogical Society and items listed above, or to sign up for notifications, email or visit their website.

Grants to Individuals (In-Library Use Only)

Update! Grants to Individuals is now part of Foundation Directory. Learn how to find scholarships, fellowships and grants in this updated resource.


Covers the relationship between humans and the environment.

GuideStar (In-Library Use Only)

Candid's detailed directory of local nonprofits. Discover opportunities to donate, work, volunteer and connect to resources.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Health and wellness articles covering topics of interest for the general health information consumer.

Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition

Nursing and allied health articles from scholarly journals for health care professionals.


A collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 to today.

This is NewsBank's upgraded obituary database that replaces America's Obituaries and Death Notices.

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.

Hispanic Life in America

Collection of articles and multimedia focused on the experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, including Spanish-language and bilingual publications.

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.

JoCoHistory Collections

Historical photographs, newspapers, maps and more documenting the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas, from the 19th century to the present.

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.

Johnson County Post

Local news covering schools, government, business, events and more in Johnson County, Kansas.

Kansas City and Regional Newspapers

Full articles from many Kansas City and regional newspapers.

Kansas City Business Journal

A leading source for business news in the Kansas City area. Full issues and the latest articles available online.

Kansas City Star Image Edition

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


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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.

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, forms and contracts with step-by-step guidance.

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, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

Index of articles on librarianship and information science.

Library Literature & Information Science Index

Citations for articles in Library and Information Science journals.

Literary Reference Center

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

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 physical and online magazines, journals and newspapers to which the library subscribes. Everything from People magazine to the Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated to Supreme Court debates.

Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers

ACLU records from 1912-1990 on free speech, citizenship, race, discrimination and more, plus mid-20th century files from the Southern Regional Office

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

Foreign and international legal literature including treatises and monographs

Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources

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

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 from magazines, journals, reference books and primary sources.


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 health information for patients, their families and friends. Includes access to the online NIH MedlinePlus Magazine.

MedlinePlus en español

MedlinePlus es un servicio informativo de salud para pacientes, familiares y amigos. Es producido por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de Estados Unidos. Este sitio web incluye artículos de NIH MedlinePlus Revista.

A health information resource for patients and their family and friends, produced by the National Library of Medicine. Includes access to the online NIH MedlinePlus Magazine in Spanish.

Memory Lab

Presented by Johnson County Genealogical Society, the Memory Lab provides equipment for the public to digitize photos, negatives, slides, movies, VHS,  and documents and to transfer them to digital formats. The Memory Lab is located in the Genealogy area of the Central Resource Library.

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. 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.

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.

Morningstar Investing Center

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

National Geographic Virtual Library

Firsthand accounts of global exploration captured in National Geographic Magazine articles dating back to 1888.

Find additional National Geographic eMagazines on Libby.

NewsBank Hot Topics

The month's major news topics, summarized in just a few sentences with links to the latest relevant articles, blogs, videos and more.

Newspaper Source Plus

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


Full-text access to near real-time news stories published by top world-wide news agencies.

New York Times

Enjoy the highly reputed reporting and interactive storytelling of The New York Times online. By using our daily Group Pass, you get unlimited articles, breaking news, multimedia and more! If you are already at the Library, simply log into your account to read unlimited articles.

Olathe News

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

Political Extremism and Radicalism Archive

Campaign materials, periodicals and propaganda from U.S. and global fringe political movements during the 20th century

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 Nursing & Allied Health Source

Articles and dissertations on nursing and related sciences.

ProQuest Research Databases

Search across multiple ProQuest databases concurrently.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Articles from psychology and psychiatry journals.


More than 30 million citations and abstracts of biomedical and life sciences literature. Includes some links to free full-text articles. Maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Read It!

Nonfiction articles and texts adapted for English language learners. Covers a variety of topics and includes short comprehension quizzes.

Artículos y textos de no ficción adaptados para estudiantes de inglés. Cubre una variedad de temas e incluye pruebas breves de comprensión. Este recurso está solamente en inglés.

Regional Business News

Business publications from throughout the U.S.

Religion and Philosophy Collection

Articles from magazines and peer-reviewed scholarly theology and philosophy journals.

Religions of America

Materials documenting religious movements that originated in or were re-shaped by the U.S. and Canada during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

Primary source content and research guides related to the history of slavery including legal issues, Atlantic slave trade, race and the American Civil War, modes of resistance, emancipation and more.

Small Business Source

New look! Information for starting and growing a business from top small business reference books and magazines covering operations, management, sales, legal, marketing and more.

S&P Global NetAdvantage

Company profiles, stock reports, industry surveys and newsletters. Includes S&P credit ratings and CFRA research with buy/hold/sell ratings from equity analysts.

Teacher Reference Center

Abstracts and citations for peer-reviewed articles for the education field.

The Economist

New! Digital replica of The Economist weekly magazine available through the PressReader website and app.

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, magazines, biographies, book reviews, polls, government information and more.


Gale presents: Udemy, offering thousands of on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors. Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and personal interests. Powered by Udemy Business plus an international collection.

Intended for use within Johnson County, otherwise a login error may result. Currently only accessible with a traditional library card, not an eCard. Learn how to get your Library card »

U.K. National Theatre Collection

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

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. 

Web News

Searchable database of recent headlines from around the globe. Covers thousands of news feeds and includes links out to full-text content on the web.

Weiss Financial Ratings

Independent financial ratings and consumer guides for stocks, banks, insurance companies and more from Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing.

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

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.