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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.

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.

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Research Resources

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.

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

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.

Blue Valley Post

The Blue Valley Post is now the Johnson County Post, combined with the Shawnee Mission Post and expanded coverage to include Olathe.

Books and Authors (Gale)

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

Britannica Academic

Online encyclopedia for college students and adults.

Britannica Escolar

Provee acceso rápido a múltiples recursos como artículos, diccionarios, recursos multimedia, sitios web y mucho más. Los niveles de escolaridad: primaria y secundaria. Spanish language database.

Quick access to multiple resources such as articles, dictionaries, multimedia resources, websites and much more. School levels: primary and secondary.

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.

Britannica School

Encyclopedia style articles for all ages: elementary, middle and high school students.

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.

CultureGrams

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

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.

Fold3 Library Edition

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

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 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 
•    FamilySearch.com 
•    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 info@jcgsks.org or visit their website.

Grants to Individuals (In-Library Use Only)

Grants to Individuals includes profiles of grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants and a wide range of financial support to individuals, especially students.

GreenFILE

Covers the relationship between humans and the environment.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

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

HeritageHub

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.

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

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 Post

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

Now the Johnson County Post! In January 2024, the Shawnee Mission Post and the Blue Valley Post combined and expanded coverage to include Olathe.

Kansas City and Regional Newspapers

Full articles from many Kansas City and regional newspapers.

Kansas City Star Image Edition

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

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 Memory

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

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.

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.

Lightbox

Bring learning to life with hundreds of interactive nonfiction books that integrate multimedia into each page. Enjoy online, no downloads required. For grades K-12.

Literary Reference Center

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

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.

MAS Ultra - School Edition

Articles from popular magazines and journals for high school students.

MedlinePlus

The National Library of Medicine's online 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.

Middle Search Plus

Popular magazines for middle and junior high school students.

MoneyGeek.com

MoneyGeek.com 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.

National Geographic Virtual Library

Firsthand accounts of global exploration captured in full magazine articles, images, videos and more from the National Geographic Society. Archives date back to 1888.

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.

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 NYTimes.com account to read unlimited articles.

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.

PubMed

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.

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.

Shawnee Mission Post

The Shawnee Mission Post is now the Johnson County Post, combined with the Blue Valley Post and expanded coverage to include Olathe.

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.

The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991

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

TOPICsearch

Articles from a variety of national and international newspapers, magazines, biographies, book reviews, polls, government information and more.

Udemy

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.

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

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.