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Online Resources - History

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

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Reference Librarian

Patty Crane

Reference Desk Telephone

417-624-5465

Reference Databases

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Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Biography in Context
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.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Ebsco eBook Collection
Change the description to: 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 dowloaded to a computer or device. Titles in the Sharpe Global History & Culture collection are now accessed here. To use eBooks from a device outside the library you must have a Joplin Public Library card. See Reference Staff.​
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. 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.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from 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.
Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Newspaper Archive
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.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside 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.

 

Web Sites

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.