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Patty Crane

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Reference Databases

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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Academic Search Elite
Provides core resource of scholarly information for academic Institutions containing full text for more than 2,100 journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals.
  Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. American National Biography
Offers portraits of more than 18,700 deceased men and women - from all eras and walks of life - whose lives have shaped the nation.
Available only on computers in the Joplin Public Library 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.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Antiques Reference (P4A Antiques Reference)
Descriptive information and values for antiques, fine art, and collectibles from over 190 U.S. and regional auction houses.
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Database of automobile repair information with coverage on some vehicles dating back to 1954
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Biography Reference Bank
A biography database of in-depth, original profiles of over 500,000 people with 36,000 images including the content from Junior Authors & Illustrators. It includes full-text articles, page images and abstracts from today's leading magazines and journals.
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A comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 biographies of notable people. Sources for the biographies include American National Biography, Biography Today, Biography, Encyclopedia Britannica, the Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, and many more.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Book Collection Nonfiction - High School Edition
A research database for students containing searchable full text for more than 2,450 popular nonfiction books including high interest titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Book Collection Nonfiction - Middle School Edition
A research database for students containing searchable full text for more than 3,100 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, history, science, women, civics and more.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Book Collection Nonfiction - Elementary Edition
A research database for students containing searchable full text for more than 1,300 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on animals, weather, holidays, adventure, sports, Native Americans, United States, Canada, biographies, nature, civics and more.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Business Insights: Essentials
Detailed company and industry news and information from company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals.
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Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. 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.
  Connect via computers inside 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 outside the library please contact the Reference Staff at the Joplin Public Library  417-624-5465.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Discovering Collection
Reference works, primary source materials, creative works, and audio and video clips covering the core curriculum subjects including history, science, literature, and social studies.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library eBook Collection (Ebscohost) formerly NetLibrary
eBooks are electronic versions of 6000+ printed books including many general interest, reference, technical, and how-to books that can be viewed online on any PC connected to the Internet.
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The Education Resource Information Center provides citations to education literature and resources.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
General interest encyclopedia containing over 25,000 articles on various subjects.
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Gale Directory Library
Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media: newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations, and other media from 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.
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. 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.
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Connect from computers inside 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 laymen's language.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Health and medical e-books with teen-friendly titles including the following:
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Adolescent Health Sourcebook
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Healthy Living
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. UXL Encyclopedia of Diseases and Disorders
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Global Road Warrior
Information on 175 nations and territories including geography, demographics, culture, society, and religion. The database also contains information travelers would need such as money, security, health, technical & electrical connections, and essential terms.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library HeritageQuest
This online database is an essential collection of unique material including the U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, 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.
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. 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.
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  Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. 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.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Learning Express Library
A library of test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests including the GED, ACT, and ASVAB, Occupation Practice Tests, Popular Software Tutorials, Computer & Internet Basics, and U.S. Citizenship. Also included is Job & Career Accelerator. This database has moved to a new platform that requires a new registration. Any tests or courses you are currently using will not transfer to the new platform. Current users can use the link on the left to access the database until June 30, 2014. If you are a new user or are starting a new test/course, please use the following link to register and access your test/course: www.learningexpresslibrary3.com
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Litfinder
(Includes Poemfinder and Storyfinder)
LitFinder is international in scope, covers all time periods, and contains primary literature content, including more than 126,500 full-text poems, 850,000 poem citations and excerpts, 5,000 full-text short stories, 2,800 full-text essays, 1,800 full-text speeches, and 1,000 full-text plays.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Mango
Language learning software for over 50 languages with ESL courses for 15 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.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library MAS Ultra - School Edition
Specifically designed for high school students incudes full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, more than 360 reference books, and an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library MasterFILE Premier
Designed for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more; full text more than 500 reference books; over 107,000 primary source documents; and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. MEDLINE
MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical citations on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Middle Search Plus
Middle Search® Plus contains full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines, primary source documents, reference books, and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.
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Online access to digital copies of select newspapers in Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. 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.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Newspaper Source
Provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, selective full text for more than 370 regional (U.S.) newspapers, and full-text television & radio news.
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A reader's advisory tool for children and teens that allows you to search for novels and readable nonfiction titles by author, subject, plot, etc. Find biographies, Award Winners, Grab and Go Book Lists, and much more.
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A reader's advisory tool that allows you to search for novels and readable nonfiction titles by author, subject, plot, etc., as well as finding similar titles to a specific title or author.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Primary Search
Primary Search®, designed specifically for elementary school students contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines, the Encyclopedia of Animals™, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the American Heritage® Children's Dictionary, and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Professional Development Collection
Professional Development Collection™ includes full text for nearly 520 high-quality education journals.
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Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. ReferenceUSA Canadian Businesses
Information on 1.5 million Canadian businesses. Listings include address, telephone numbers, line of business, owner/executives, and financial information.
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Directory information on 12 million Canadian households searchable by name, address, phone number or geographic location.
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Information for market research on 262 million U.S. consumers and households searchable by 19 categories and numerous sub-categories.
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Information on over 4,000,000 new businesses. Search for businesses added last week or up to two years ago. 50,000 businesses added each week.
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Information on 810,000 physicians and dentists from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. ReferenceUSA U.S. Businesses
Information on 14 million U.S. businesses. Listings include address, telephone numbers, web site addresses, line of business, owner/executives, financial information, competitor’s report, and more.
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Directory and demographic information on 210 million residents of the United States.
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Combining the resources of ReferenceUSA and Indeed.com, search for job and internships opportunities across the United States.
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Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Salem Health
An authoritative resource for information on health, genetics, and cancer topics including diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures and anatomy.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Salem History
Online access to Milestone Documents, Defining Documents, Great Events, Great Lives from History, American Industry & Careers, and Great Athletes containing primary source documents, accounts of events that shaped history, and biographies from ancient times through the 20th century. Each entry includes the full-text of the document with expert analysis and commentary.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Salem Literature  
Online access to the reference books Masterplots, Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes, and Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga.
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Online access to the content of the reference books The Solar System, Encyclopedia of Energy, and Environmental Issues.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Science Reference Center
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Sharpe Global History & Culture  
Provides multidisciplinary perspectives on world history and the origins of human society to the present day. Titles in the collection include Booms and Busts, Global History, World Terrorism, Civilizations and Societies, World Monarchies and Dynasties, Global Social Issues, World Food, World Trade, World Clothing & Fashion, Conflicts Since World War II, and Native Peoples of the World.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Show-Me the-World (Firstsearch)
A database of over 45,000,000 books, periodicals, and other materials held in libraries around the world.
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. 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.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Student Research Center
A search interface designed specifically for secondary school students, according to their needs and search abilities.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. TumbleBooks
A collection of animated, talking picture books. Included in the collection are puzzles, games, language learning, readables, and audioboooks.  To use from home contact the Library (417-623-7953 or 417-623-2184) for username and password.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Workplace Skills for 21st Century Success
Training and resources to boost basic workplace and job search skills as well as prepare job seekers for advanced occupational training.
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