Library Databases

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.


Advanced Learning
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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.
In-Library Use Only
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.
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 Source
Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most 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.
Britannica - Public Library
Four complete encyclopedias, Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Quotations, News, World Atlas, 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.
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.
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 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.
Explora Elementary Schools
A version of the Explora database with resources for elementary age children.
Explora High Schools
A version of the Explora database with resources for grades 9-12.
Explora Middle Schools
A version of the Explora database with resources for grades 6-8.
Advanced Learning
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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.
Advanced Learning
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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.
Access world news with NewsBank. More than 10,000 sources from the United States and beyond include audio, magazines, and newspapers.

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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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OCLC FirstSearch
Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.
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.
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.
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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