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Online Resources - Reference/Research

Databases to help with research and to answer reference questions on general information, debate topics, antiques & collectibles, and local & Missouri 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 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.
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Descriptive information and values for antiques, fine art, and collectibles from over 190 U.S. and regional auction houses.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library 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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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.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library 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 via 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.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library eBook Collection (Ebscohost)
eBooks are digital editions of 6000+ books including many general interest, reference, technical, and how-to titles that can be viewed on any device connected to the Internet. Titles in the Sharpe Global History & Culture collection are now accessed here. These titles 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. To use eBooks from a device outside the library you must have a Joplin Public Library card.
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The Education Resource Information Center provides citations to education literature and resources.
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General interest encyclopedia containing over 25,000 articles on various subjects.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library Connect via 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.
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. Alcohol Information for Teens
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Eating Disorders Sourcebook
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behaviors
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Healthy Living
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Sexual Health for Teens
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Gale Encyclopedia of Diets
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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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
part of Gale Virtural Reference Library
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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 from computers outside Joplin Public Library 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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(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.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library 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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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.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library 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 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.
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.
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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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Professional Development Collection™ includes full text for nearly 520 high-quality education journals.
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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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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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A search interface designed specifically for secondary school students, according to their needs and search abilities.

 

Web Sites

Bartleby.com: Great Books Online
Provides students, researchers, and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on literature, reference, and poetry.

Digital Public Library of America
This digital library is a network of comprehensive online resources that draw on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in current and future ¬generations.

Internet Public Library
Web site created and maintained by library science students to provide library services to internet users including digital reference.  Users can ask a librarian for help and information.

Missouri Census Data Center
Resources and information on the United States census and other statistical resources.

Online Encyclopedias
A collection of online encyclopedias including general and subject encyclopedias.

YourDictionary
A collection of dictionaries and thesauri on English and other languages offering definitions, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology.