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).

AtoZ The USA
A to Z the USA provides comprehensive articles about the USA plus the 50 states, the 5 US territories, and the District of Columbia. This resource will help students and researchers find information about the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, and culture.

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.

Fold3 Library Edition

Powered by Ancestry, this database of military records, photos, and personal documents has content from many county, state, national, and international archives, providing more than 470 million searchable records.

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.

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 central region of the United States. The Joplin newspapers are covered 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.


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.