Library Databases

Unless otherwise noted, resources are available at every Wichita Public Library location and through this website. For off-site access, most require login with a Wichita Public Library card or USD 259 student ID. Additional resources are offered by the State Library of Kansas.


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American Ancestors

Provides access to more than 400 million records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Emphasis on English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.

Available inside the Advanced Learning Library only
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Ancestry Library Edition

With more than three billion names and four thousand searchable databases, is the number one online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records. Your family story is waiting.

Available inside Wichita Public Library locations only
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Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls and more.

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Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Primary source documents including historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

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Bloom's Literature

Bloom's Literature includes thousands of critical essays and discussion questions, plus author biographies and character analyses, full-length poems, the full text of hundreds of reference books, full-length videos of classic plays and films, and more.

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Britannica - Public Library

Four complete encyclopedias, Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Quotations, News, World Atlas, and more.

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Business Source Premier

Coverage of the leading scholarly business journals dating back as far as 1886. Full text for non-journal content, including financial data, books, industry & market reports, company profiles and more.

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Continually updated, this database offers detailed information you need to tackle preventative vehicle maintenance and repairs. Contains information on more than 18,000 vehicles from the 1940s to current year. Search by make, model, and year to find repair and maintenance information for your vehicle. You can also use the VIN search tool to discover any safety recalls for your vehicle.

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Consumer Health Complete

This full-text database provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Topics covered include aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, and men & women's health.

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Consumer Reports Online

Consumer Reports is the world's largest nonprofit product-testing organization and has been helping subscribers find better, safer products for 80+ years. Consumer Reports accepts no outside advertising and no free test samples, and employs shoppers and experts to buy and test the products reviewed.

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Coronavirus Research Database

Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available, authoritative content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world's leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv.

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CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher provides in-depth coverage of current issues. Its reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.

Available inside Wichita Public Library locations only
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EBSCOhost Research Databases

More than 40 research databases are available. Search one or many at once to find information about your topic.

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A simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents. Topic overviews that provide a starting point for research. Includes more than 60,000 videos from the Associated Press. Use the full version of Explora or pick the one best for you:

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Explora Educator's Edition

Allows teachers and librarians to more easily find relevant support materials. Includes an English Curriculum Standards Module to correlate content quickly and easily to Common Core or state-specific curriculum standards.

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The Edward & Elizabeth Burns Historical Research Pavilion at the Advanced Learning Library is a designated FamilySearch Center, which allows us to provide access to FamilySearch's restricted digital records. You will need to log in with a free personal FamilySearch account.

Available inside the Advanced Learning Library only
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Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

A comprehensive resource for career exploration and planning, whether it's industry and professions articles, school planning resources, or skills and career advice. The material draws from a range of authoritative sources, including Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance.

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Fold3 Library Edition

Provides convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Includes content from the Revolutionary War onward.

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Foundation Directory Online

Updated weekly, a database of over 100,000 U.S foundations and corporate donors, over 2.4 million recent grants, and over half a million key decision makers. Search grantmakers, companies, grants, and 990s, plus RFPs, philanthropy news, nonprofit literature and jobs. An excellent tool for persons associated with a non-profit organization looking for grant funding, it includes a wealth of information for first time grantseekers and two categories of funders—direct corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities. Many free online training courses and tutorials are also available. Part of the Nazar Foundation Collection.

Available inside the Advanced Learning Library only
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Genealogy Connect

Collection of nearly 600 genealogy research and reference publications in searchable PDF format.

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Grants to Individuals

Geared toward individuals, this database includes over 10,000 foundation profiles for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards, and other financial support as sources of funding for individuals and small organizations seeking grant money. It is the only extensive online resource devoted exclusively to foundations that fund individuals. Part of the Nazar Foundation Collection.

Available inside the Advanced Learning Library only
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Health Reference Center

Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors. The up-to-date information comes from hundreds of authoritative sources, plus there are thousands of videos, illustrations, and journal articles.

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A growing collection of research materials for genealogists and historians.

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Hispanic Life in America

The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today. From NewsBank.

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History Reference Center

Features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias, and nonfiction books. Content includes nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 80,000 biographies of historical figures, nearly 46,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

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Issues and Controversies

Explore hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. Presented in a balanced, pro/con format, each article presents the key facts, arguments, history, and current context – an ideal resource for research papers, debate preparation, and persuasive writing assignments.

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Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854-1865

Provides a core of primary source documents for the study of Kansas history, packaged with an engaging user interface that provides students and researchers multiple ways of accessing the content. With state and regional histories, travel guides, biographies, speeches and more, the collection provides a range of primary documents.

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LearningExpress Library

Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

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LinkedIn Learning

Formerly known as Lynda, LinkedIn Learning lets you learn at your own pace. With more than 16,000 online courses to choose from, you can develop your business, technology, or creative skills. New courses are added regularly.

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Literary Reference Center

Content includes more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; more than 86,000 articles and essays of literary criticism; more than 253,000 author biographies; more than 800,000 book reviews; and more than 91,000 poems.

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The Mailbox Plus

A classroom and activity resource for teachers of pre-kindergarten through grade 6. Make learning fun while teaching core skills with more than 52,000 fun and engaging ideas, activities, and worksheets to help inspire imagination while teaching essential skills. All content is created by teachers for teachers and is editor-reviewed, and new content is added regularly.

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Learn a language online at your own pace! Use on your computer or, once you set up an account with your library card, use Mango on the go with smartphone and tablet apps.

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The New York Times

Understand the world. Navigate life. The original, quality journalism of The New York Times helps you make sense of this moment — and make everyday life better. Includes access to the New York Times Audio app for iOS. A free account is required to log in to the New York Times website and apps.

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The New York Times Games

Enjoy access to The New York Times Games, courtesy of the Wichita Public Library. Times Games have captivated solvers since the launch of the Crossword in 1942. Times Games experts create engaging word and visual games that stimulate and keep the mind sharp. All Games are available on the web and NYT App; Crossword and Spelling Bee are available in the Crossword App. A free account is required.

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Access world news with NewsBank. More than 10,000 sources from the United States and beyond include audio, magazines, and newspapers. Library Edition logo Library Edition

This database provides online access to nearly 20,000 historical newspapers, offering full-page images with searchable full text dating from the early 1700s into the early 2000s. It contains full runs and portions of runs of known, regional, and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

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NoveList Plus

Just looking for a good book? Try NoveList Plus. This resource includes reviews of print fiction and nonfiction as well as audiobooks. Find recommendations for what to read next!

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Nursing & Allied Health Premium

Provides reliable healthcare information that covers nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and more. Includes more than 715 full-text publications with more than 12,000 full-text articles.

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OCLC FirstSearch

Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Available inside Wichita Public Library locations only
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ParentTV for Libraries

ParentTV offers thousands of on-demand vdeos and courses with content designed to support those who care for children, from infancy to teenage years. More than 40 experts provide research-based advice that is easy to understand via short, smart videos for busy teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

Access with Wichita Public Library card only
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Read It!

Read It! was created for anyone who has a good foundation in English grammar and reading skills. Articles are short and written to support your reading skills as you learn about topics in English that you need for school and everyday life. Find articles about a variety of topics, learn new vocabulary, listen to articles read aloud, sharpen your study skills, and more!

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Reference Solutions

Formerly known as Reference USA, Data Axle Reference Solutions has data on both businesses and individuals, tailored to the needs of small business owners, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, and job seekers. Use it to create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, secure funding, and locate individuals. This platform offers detailed profiles of more than 50 million U.S. businesses, 150 million U.S. residents, 7+ million job postings, internships, historical business data, and healthcare listings.

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Scholastic BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix pairs animated stories from Weston Woods with best-selling nonfiction Scholastic e-books for an interactive reading experience. BookFlix builds vocabulary, fluency, and early literacy skills in your beginning and developing readers while cultivating real-world language. For grades Pre-K through 3.

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Small Business Reference Center

This database covers common business types, a help and advice section, and how-to’s for creating business plans that lead to successful funding. Includes nearly 300 full-text periodicals and dozens of full-text reference books in addition to resources specific to each U.S. state.

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Today's Science

Bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries by leading scientists—giving comprehensive and in-depth explanations of some of the most important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. Each article includes vivid images and groundbreaking videos that help make difficult concepts understandable.

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US Newsstream

Access news sources from 1980-current including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Wall Street Journal.

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Value Line

Value Line provides investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. Its data include a vast array of financial measures for more than 6,000 stocks, 18,000 mutual funds, 200,000 options, and other securities.

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Wichita Eagle (Image Edition)

Full-text Wichita Eagle articles are available through NewsBank. The image edition, which appears like printed newspaper pages, is available for articles from 2018 to present.

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Wichita Eagle (Text Edition)

Full-text Wichita Eagle articles are available through NewsBank. The text edition is available for articles from October 1984 to present.

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Wichita Journalism Collaborative

The Wichita Journalism Collaborative is a coalition of newsrooms and community partners focused on local and state topics. Their stories are freely available to read at

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Wichita Public Library Digital Archives

Curated by your local librarians, the Wichita Public Library Digital Archives website is the online home of some of our rarest materials as well as the Tell Your COVID Story project.

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World Almanac for Kids

For intermediate-level students. Its resources for student reports and research include extensive, up-to-date articles; videos; interactive games; science projects; and Homework Help. Also includes Teacher Resources with lesson plans. Kids can explore age-appropriate subjects while developing online research skills with a trusted source.

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World Almanac for Kids Elementary

Provides trustworthy, kid-friendly reference specifically for elementary grades. Includes illustrated articles, videos, interactives, Fun Facts, and more. The Teacher Support section includes printable handouts, class forms, graphic organizers, and more.

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World News Digest

For more than 75 years, World News Digest has been a go-to resource for context and background on key issues of both historical events and breaking news. With more than 300,000 original articles and a vast archive covering every major event since its inception, this database offers concise summaries of current events and clearly written essays on the top issues of the day.

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