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Online Reference Sources

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Unless otherwise noted, databases are available in all Wichita Public Library facilities. For access outside the Library, most databases require:

Access available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library card a Wichita Public Library card; or

Access available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card a Kansas Library Card.

Ancestry Library Edition

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. Available at Library stations only.

AtoZ Databases

AtoZ DatabasesAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library card
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

Auto Repair Reference CenterAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
Includes repair information on more than 33,800 domestic and imported vehicles, from 1945 to present.

Britannica - Public Library

Britannica - Public LibraryAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
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

Business Source PremierAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
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

Consumer Health CompleteAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
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

EBSCOhost Research DatabasesAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
More than 40 research databases are available. Search one or many at once.

Foundation Directory Online

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 at the Central Library only.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

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. Available at the Central Library only.

Genealogy Connect

Genealogy ConnectAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
Collection of nearly 600 genealogy research and reference publications in searchable PDF format.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest OnlineAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
A growing collection of research materials for genealogists and historians.

History Reference Center

History Reference CenterAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
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.

Kids Search

Kids SearchAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
Designed especially for grades K-8. Includes more than 80,000 biographies, more than 100,000 primary source documents, and images such as historical photos, maps, and flags.

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress LibraryAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library card
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

Literary Reference CenterAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
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

Mango LanguagesAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
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

NewsBankAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library card
Full-text articles from the Wichita Eagle. Archives are available from 1984 to present.

NoveList Plus

NoveList PlusAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
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!

OCLC WorldCat

OCLC WorldCatAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in ContextAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library card
Researching controversial topics? Get multiple opinions about hot-button issues all in one place. Read newspaper, magazine and journal articles, court cases, and more.

Philanthropy In/Sight

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. Available at the Central Library only.

Sams Photofact® repair manuals

Sams Photofact® repair manuals
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.

Searchasaurus

SearchasaurusAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
Research for elementary school level. Includes dictionary, encyclopedia, pictures, and visual search.

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference CenterAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
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.

Student Research Center

Student Research CenterAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Wichita Public Library cardAccess available from any Internet-connected device with a Kansas Library Card
Research database for high school students. Sources include magazines, newspapers, books, encyclopedias, biographies, primary source documents, photos, video, and more.

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