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Online Resources - History

Information on historical topics including Joplin and Missouri information, biographies, archival news stories, the United States and world history.

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Reference Librarian

Patty Crane

Reference Desk Telephone

417-624-5465

Reference Databases

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Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Biography Reference Center
A comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 biographies of notable people. Sources for the biographies include American National Biography, Biography Today, Biography, Encyclopedia Britannica, the Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, and many more.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Discovering Collection
Reference works, primary source materials, creative works, and audio and video clips covering the core curriculum subjects including history, science, literature, and social studies.
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Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library eBook Collection
eBooks are digital editions of 6000+ books including many general interest, reference, technical, and how-to titles that can be viewed on any device connected to the Internet. Titles in the Sharpe Global History & Culture collection are now accessed here. These titles include Booms and Busts, Global History, World Terrorism, Civilizations and Societies, World Monarchies and Dynasties, Global Social Issues, World Food, World Trade, World Clothing & Fashion, Conflicts Since World War II, and Native Peoples of the World. To use eBooks from a device outside the library you must have a Joplin Public Library card.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. HeritageQuest
This online database is an essential collection of unique material including the U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, 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.
Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Newspaper Archive
Online access to digital copies of select newspapers in Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. The Joplin newspapers are covered from 1898 to the present with some gaps in coverage. This database can only be accessed on computers in the Joplin Public Library.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library. Connect from computers inside Joplin Public Library. Salem History 
Online access to Milestone Documents, Defining Documents, Great Events, Great Lives from History, American Industry & Careers, and Great Athletes containing primary source documents, accounts of events that have shaped history, and biographies from ancient times through the twentieth century. Each entry includes the full-text of the document, expert analysis and commentary.

 

Web Sites

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.