Automotive & Home Repair

For repair information on cars and trucks use the Auto Repair Reference Center. If you are buying or selling a vehicle or just want to know what it is worth try the web sites for the Kelley Blue Book or the NADA price guides.

Auto Repair Reference Center
This resource is no longer available. Please use Auto Repair Source.

Auto Repair Source
For mechanics and DIYers, information to help diagnosis, repair and maintain cars and trucks. Coverage is from 1974 to current vehicles as released by the manufacturer.

Home Improvement Reference Center
Full text database designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects including plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical, and decorating projects.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Information about small engine machinery maintenance and repair from maintenance and repair manuals for hundreds of small engine machines including motorcycles, ATVs, and lawn and garden equipment.

Websites

Kelley Blue Book Blue book trade in, retail, and private party values for new and used cars, trucks, motorcycles, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles as well as reviews, ratings, and advice on vehicle purchases.

NADA Guides Value guides for cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and manufactured homes.

Biography

Biographies of both past and contemporary figures in history, science, entertainment, politics, and more are found in these databases.

Ebsco Discovery Service
Access multiple resources with one search (results include materials in the library collection, magazine/journal articles, and information from electronic resources).

Gale in Context: Biography
Learn about the challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of more than 500,000 of history’s most notable people. Biographies are from authoritative sources and some include multimedia.

Ebsco eBook Collection
eBooks are digital editions of 50,000+ printed books for all ages including many fiction, general interest, reference, technical, and how-to titles. They can be viewed on any device connected to the Internet or downloaded to a computer or device.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full digital access to over 700 nonfiction ebooks covering a variety of subjects including biographies, health, science, business plans, authors, and much more.

Salem Press Online
Digital access to the full content of the Health, History, Science, and Literature Salem Press titles owned by the library. Titles include Magill’s Encyclopedia of ​Medicine, Great Events, Great Lives, and Defining Documents of History, the Solar System, Masterplots and many more.

Business

Information on researching businesses; business, legal and government forms; addresses & phone numbers of businesses in both the United States and Canada; and government resources for starting and running your own business.

AtoZdatabases
Business database with over 30 million U.S. businesses and executive profiles. Includes residential listings with lifestyle information, healthcare professionals, and job listings with the ability to create mailing lists and email blasts.

Ebsco Discovery Service
Access multiple resources with one search (results include materials in the library collection, magazine/journal articles, and information from electronic resources).

Ebsco eBook Collection
eBooks are digital editions of 50,000+ printed books for all ages including many fiction, general interest, reference, technical, and how-to titles. They can be viewed on any device connected to the Internet or downloaded to a computer or device.

Gale Directory Library
Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media: newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, and other media around the world.
Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S.: organizations in the U.S.
American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory: wholesalers and distributors in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans: education-related financial aid.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full digital access to over 700 nonfiction ebooks covering a variety of subjects including biographies, health, science, business plans, authors, and much more.

Global Road Warrior
Information on 175 nations and territories including geography, demographics, culture, society, and religion. The database also contains information business travelers would need such as money, security, health, technical and electrical connections, internet, women in business, and essential terms.

Mango
Language learning software for over 70 languages with ESL courses for over 20 languages. Learn the most asked for languages such as Spanish, French and German as well as Hungarian, Yiddish and how to talk like a pirate.

Value Line
Investment research, data, expert analysis, and unbiased commentary on ~3500 stocks covered in The Value Line Investment Survey and Value Line Investment Survey–Small and Mid-Cap. Limited to 3 users at one time; if you cannot get in, please try again later.

Websites

Dollar Times Financial calculators for loans, investments and savings, and personal finance.

Missouri Business Portal The single port of entry for doing business in Missouri, including registrations, filings, licenses, and permits.

Missouri Census Data Center Census data for the state of Missouri with links to United States census web sites.

U.S. Small Business Administration Information for you to start, grow, and succeed in business ownership.

Directories / Telephone

Directory information for the United States and Canadian including addresses, telephone numbers, and zip code information.

AtoZdatabases
Find phone numbers, addresses and much more for over 220 million residents and 30 million businesses in the U.S. Find New Homeowners and New Businesses as well as Healthcare Professionals and Job listings.

Gale Directory Library 
Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media: newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, and other media around the world.
Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S.: organizations in the U.S.
American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory: wholesalers and distributors in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans: education-related financial aid.

Websites

Zip-Code Lookup: Zip code information from the United States Postal Service searchable by address, city, company, or zip code.

Genealogy

Search for family histories, historical census records, birth and death records, and other genealogical information using resources from these databases and web sites.

Ancestry Library Edition
A genealogy research tool that provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research including more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, records from the United States Census, military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more. This database can only be accessed on computers in the Joplin Public Library.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 – Missouri
Detailed property and land-use records from towns and cities in Missouri. To use this database from home, please call the Joplin Public Library Reference Desk, 624-5465, for the username and password.

HeritageQuest
This online database is an essential collection of unique material including the U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940, more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories, in addition to more than 250 primary source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.

Newspaper Archive
Online access to digital copies of select newspapers from the United States and around the world. The Joplin newspapers are covered from 1898 to the present with some gaps in coverage. This database can only be accessed on computers in the Joplin Public Library.

Websites

Access Genealogy An index to genealogy sites on the internet including links to military and Native American records.

Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records Land and title records from the Bureau of Land Management.

FamilySearch Genealogical records from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with information on how to get started researching your family history and guides to help with the search.

Find A Grave Search for graves and cemeteries from around the world. The information is member input so not all graves and cemeteries are recorded on this website.

Missouri Birth & Death Records Database Search the Missouri Archives for birth and death records before 1910 and death certificates from 1910-1961.

Missouri State Archives Historical information found in the Missouri State Archives with information available on birth, death, land, military, and naturalization records.

Rootsweb An index to family history sites and research available on the internet.

Social Security Death Index Death records copied from the records of the Social Security Administration searchable by name, social security number, place, and year.

U.S. National Archives Online records from the National Archives of the United States with a link for Genealogists/Family Historians taking users to specific information on family research.

Health

Information on health-related topics, diseases, surgery, and nutrition.

AtoZdatabases
Find Healthcare Professionals plus phone numbers, addresses and much more for over 220 million residents and 30 million businesses in the U.S. Find New Homeowners and New Businesses as well as Job listings.

Ebsco Discovery Service
Access multiple resources with one search (results include materials in the library collection, magazine/journal articles, and information from electronic resources).

Consumer Health Complete
A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Content covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Ebsco eBook Collection
eBooks are digital editions of 50,000+ printed books for all ages including many fiction, general interest, reference, technical, and how-to titles. They can be viewed on any device connected to the Internet or downloaded to a computer or device.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full digital access to over 700 nonfiction eBooks covering a variety of reading levels (elementary – adult) and subjects including biographies, health, science, business plans, authors, and much more.

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (part of Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer (part of Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Gale Encyclopedia of Diets (part of Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine (part of Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (part of Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders (part of Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Gale Encyclopedia of Prescription Drugs (part of Gale Virtual Reference Library)

UXL Encyclopedia of Diseases and Disorders (part of Gale Virtual Reference Library)

MEDLINE
MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical citations on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

Salem Press Online
Digital access to the full content of the Health, History, Science, and Literature Salem Press titles owned by the library. Titles include Magill’s Encyclopedia of Medicine, Great Events, Great Lives, and Defining Documents of History, the Solar System, Masterplots and many more.

Websites

Administration on Aging
Provides information and links such as the Eldercare Locator, Medicare, and Long-term care.

Benefits Check Up
To connect those 55 and older to services and benefit programs that may help with prescriptions, health care, utitlites, and other basic needs.

National Council on the Aging
A nonprofit service and advocacy organization for seniors that provides information for seniors, caregivers, and advocates.

Medline Plus
Information to help answer health questions from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other health related agencies and organizations.

Merck Manuals
Medical information from one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. Both professional and consumer editions are included.

Healthfinder
Resource developed by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to help find government and non-profit health and human services information.

Lab Tests Online
Information on both screening and diagnostic laboratory tests and how they are performed.

Nutrition.gov
Government information on food and nutrition for consumers including weight management, menu planning, supplements, and food programs.

National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
Information on health, research, clinical trials, and training in the fields of complimentary and alternative medicine.

History

Information on historical topics including Joplin and Missouri information, biographies, archival news stories, the United States and world history.

Ebsco Discovery Service
Access multiple resources with one search (results include materials in the library collection, magazine/journal articles, and information from electronic resources).

Ebsco eBook Collection
eBooks are digital editions of 50,000+ printed books for all ages including many fiction, general interest, reference, technical, and how-to titles. They can be viewed on any device connected to the Internet or downloaded to a computer or device.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full digital access to over 700 nonfiction eBooks covering a variety of subjects including biographies, health, science, business plans, authors, and much more.

HeritageQuest
This online database is an essential collection of unique material including the U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940, more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories, in addition to more than 250 primary source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.

Newspaper Archive
Online access to digital copies of select newspapers in the United States and around the world. The Joplin newspapers are covered from 1898 to the present with some gaps in coverage. This database can only be accessed on computers in the Joplin Public Library.

Salem Press Online
Digital access to the full content of the Health, History, Science, and Literature Salem Press titles owned by the library. Titles include Magill’s Encyclopedia of Medicine, Great Events, Great Lives, and Defining Documents of History, the Solar System, Masterplots and many more.

Websites

Missouri Digital Heritage (formerly Virtually Missouri)
The web site for the Missouri Digitization Planning Project (MDPP). MDPP coordinates access to digital collections and exhibits created by Missouri libraries, archives, historical societies and museums.

Jobs & Careers

Career and job search information including career tests, company information for job seekers, business research and employment listings.

AtoZdatabases
Find 2.3 million Job Listings plus phone numbers, addresses and much more for over 220 million residents and 30 million businesses in the U.S. Find New Homeowners and New Businesses as well as Healthcare Professionals. Includes information and help for job searching, resume building, and interviewing.

Career Cruising
A comprehensive resource for career development offering assessments for career matching, information on jobs/careers, resumes, job searching, and a national database of colleges and universities.

Computer Skills Center
100+ self-directed video tutorials for getting started a using a computer and for commonly used software applications from Adobe, Microsoft and the Windows operating system.

Learning Express Library
A library of test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests including the HiSet, GED, ACT, and ASVAB, Occupation Practice Tests, College prep and U.S. Citizenship.

Mango
Language learning software for over 70 languages with ESL courses for more than 20 languages. Learn the most asked for languages such as Spanish, French and German as well as Hungarian, Yiddish and how to talk like a pirate.

Resume and Cover Letter Builder
Contains more than 200 expert-developed resumes covering a range of occupations and preparation levels. Users can also build their own resumes and cover letters.

Websites

JobsMoGov (Missouri Division of Workforce Development)
The official workforce resource web site for the State of Missouri, includes job listings, job seekers, and unemployment insurance claim reporting.

Joplin Globe Classifieds
Classifieds from the Joplin Globe newspaper.

CareerOneStop
Sponsored by the Department of Labor this site provides national, state, and local career, labor market, and workforce information.

Glassdoor
A comprehensive career resource with information on 28,000+ companies.

Legal & Government

Laws and codes, legal forms and research, lawyer referrals and directories, state and federal representatives, and world leaders.

Ebsco eBook Collection
eBooks are digital editions of 50,000+ printed books for all ages including many fiction, general interest, reference, technical, and how-to titles. They can be viewed on any device connected to the Internet or downloaded to a computer or device.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
A guide dealing with the law and its everyday effects on citizens. Includes: brief descriptions on each issue’s historical background, covering important statutes and cases; profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations; and details of how laws and regulations vary from state to state.

Global Road Warrior
Information on 175 nations and territories including government, geography, demographics, culture, society, and religion. The database also contains information travelers would need such as money, security, health, technical and electrical connections, and essential terms.

Lawchek
Basic law information database covering the 50 states. The database includes legal forms, information on federal agencies and lawyers, and selected form letters. This database can only be accessed on computers in the Joplin Public Library.

Gale Legal Forms
Provides a wide selection of Missouri-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in layman’s language.

Websites

Missouri Revised Statutes
Statutes for the State of Missouri.

Missouri Revised Statutes Search
Search page for the Missouri Revised Statutes

Missouri Code of State Regulations
Code of Regulations for the State of Missouri.

Representing Yourself in Missouri Courts
Provides access to many resources available for those considering representing themselves in court including standardized forms (divorce included), legal resources, and legal information.

Attorneys in the Martindale Directory
Search for lawyers by name, firm, or area of practice; legal articles; and experts and legal services.

Law Firms in Martindale Directory
Search for law firms by area of practice or by geographic location.

United States Code
U.S. Code collection from Cornell University Law Library

Missouri State Government
Official web site for the state of Missouri

United States Government
Official web site for the United States.

Legislator Look-Up
Use your zip code to find the names and contact information for your state and federal representatives.

Libraries

Local, state, and national library web sites and catalogs.

Joplin Library Catalog

Carthage Public Library
Web site for the Carthage (Missouri) Public Library including a link to their catalog.

Firstsearch (Show-Me-the-World)
Connecting you to a world of information online with WorldCat (a database of over 45,000,000 books, periodicals, and other materials held in libraries around the world).

Library of Congress
Web site for the Library of Congress (the world’s largest library) with a link to their catalog and the many digital collections available online.

Missouri State Library
The state library for Missouri including information on service to the blind and physically handicapped in Missouri.

Neosho/Newton County Library
Web site for the Neosho (Missouri) Public Library including a link to their catalog.

Swan (Southwest Academic Network)
Catalog of library materials for the Southwest Missouri Academic Network including Missouri Southern State University, Crowder College, and Missouri State University.

Webb City Public Library
Web site for the Webb City (Missouri) Public Library including a link to their catalog.