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Research Tools

Unless otherwise noted, resources are available at every Wichita Public Library location and through this website. Wichita Public Library card required. Additional resources are offered by the Kansas State Library.

Databases

Central Library Only
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.
In-Library Use Only
Ancestry Library Edition
With more than three billion names and four thousand searchable databases, Ancestry.com is the number one online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records. Your family story is waiting.
AtoZdatabases
Search 30 million business profiles and 200 million residents in this power directory. Find friends and relatives, employment opportunities, sales leads, and more.
Auto Repair Reference Center
Includes repair information on thousands of domestic and imported vehicles from 1954 to present. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.
Britannica - Public Library
Four complete encyclopedias, Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Quotations, News, World Atlas, and more. If you are inside the Library, you can use this Quick Link.
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.
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.
EBSCOhost Research Databases
More than 40 research databases are available. Search one or many at once.
Explora General Research - Public Library Edition
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.
Explora High School
A version of the Explora database with resources for grades 9-12.
Explora Kids
A version of the Explora database with resources for elementary age children.
Explora Middle School
A version of the Explora database with resources for grades 6-8.
Explora Teacher Resources
Allows educators 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.
Central Library Only
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.
Central Library Only
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
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.
Gale Power Search
Gale PowerSearch is a search platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information.
Genealogy Connect
Collection of nearly 600 genealogy research and reference publications in searchable PDF format.
In-Library Use Only
Heritage Quest Online
A growing collection of research materials for genealogists and historians.
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.
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.
LearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks 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.
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.
Mango Languages
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.
NewsBank
Full-text articles from the Wichita Eagle. Archives are available from 1984 to present.
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!
In-Library Use Only
OCLC FirstSearch
Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.
Central Library Only
Philanthropy In/Sight
This interactive mapping tool uses aggregated data and demographic maps to reveal patterns of foundation giving and funding relationships, both locally and worldwide. It uses maps to show where grants have made an impact and areas where opportunities still exist to fill critical needs. Part of the Nazar Foundation Collection.
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
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.
In-Library Use Only
SAMS Technical Publishing
Photofact® repair manuals have long been the standard in the repair industry for TVs, VCRs, radios, etc. Since 1946, SAMS has produced manuals for electronics repair - the database now covers almost 200,000 models of consumer electronics devices and is updated monthly.
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.

Business & Foundation

AtoZdatabases
Search 30 million business profiles and 200 million residents in this power directory. Find friends and relatives, employment opportunities, sales leads, and more.
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.
Central Library Only
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.
Central Library Only
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
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.
Central Library Only
Philanthropy In/Sight
This interactive mapping tool uses aggregated data and demographic maps to reveal patterns of foundation giving and funding relationships, both locally and worldwide. It uses maps to show where grants have made an impact and areas where opportunities still exist to fill critical needs. Part of the Nazar Foundation Collection.
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.

Genealogy

Central Library Only
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.
In-Library Use Only
Ancestry Library Edition
With more than three billion names and four thousand searchable databases, Ancestry.com is the number one online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records. Your family story is waiting.
Genealogy Connect
Collection of nearly 600 genealogy research and reference publications in searchable PDF format.
In-Library Use Only
Heritage Quest Online
A growing collection of research materials for genealogists and historians.

General Research

Britannica - Public Library
Four complete encyclopedias, Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Quotations, News, World Atlas, and more. If you are inside the Library, you can use this Quick Link.
EBSCOhost Research Databases
More than 40 research databases are available. Search one or many at once.
Explora General Research - Public Library Edition
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.
Explora High School
A version of the Explora database with resources for grades 9-12.
Explora Kids
A version of the Explora database with resources for elementary age children.
Explora Middle School
A version of the Explora database with resources for grades 6-8.
Explora Teacher Resources
Allows educators 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.
Gale Power Search
Gale PowerSearch is a search platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information.
NewsBank
Full-text articles from the Wichita Eagle. Archives are available from 1984 to present.

Health

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.
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
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.

History

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.
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.

Learning & Education

LearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks 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.
Mango Languages
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.

Literature & Reading

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.
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!
In-Library Use Only
OCLC FirstSearch
Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Repair

Auto Repair Reference Center
Includes repair information on thousands of domestic and imported vehicles from 1954 to present. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.
In-Library Use Only
SAMS Technical Publishing
Photofact® repair manuals have long been the standard in the repair industry for TVs, VCRs, radios, etc. Since 1946, SAMS has produced manuals for electronics repair - the database now covers almost 200,000 models of consumer electronics devices and is updated monthly.