Online Resources

Find the information and answers you need with these librarian-selected resources. Your library card gives you 24/7 access to many databases, archives, and periodicals in a variety of topics.

Click the category name below to view a list of our resources and links on that topic. Highlighted items are research databases that Cass County Public Library subscribes to.

To view an A-Z listing of all of CCPL’s subscription databases, click here.

Books & Reading

ABC Mouse: With more than 8,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-8+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Library Use Only

Book Club Information: Click here to see when and where book clubs meet and their upcoming selections.

eBooks on EBSCOHost: Search EBSCOhost's extensive collection of eBooks and download to your computer or eReader. Library & Home Use

Missouri Libraries 2 Go: Download eAudiobooks and eBooks to your computer, eReader, or mp3 player. Be sure to check out OverDrive's new app, Libby, for Android and iOS devices. Library & Home Use

TumbleBooks: Animated storybooks that kids can read along with, educational games, and teacher resources. Library & Home Use

WorldCat: Contains all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries for books, web resources, and other materials. Library & Home Use

aNobii: An online reading community allowing you to shelve, find and share books.

BookBrowse: Reading guides, discussion guides and book club guides for books.

Book Insider: A blog of book lists, news, tips and deals for book lovers.

Book Page: Book reviews, author interviews, and book blogs. Pick up the latest paper edition of BookPage in any Cass County library branch.

Book Reporter: Book reviews, excerpts, author interviews, current book news, contests and a variety of other features.

Goodreads: A social network for avid readers. Select and rate the books you've read and get recommendations.

Juvenile Series and Sequels: This resource, compiled and maintained by Mid-Continent Public Library, contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series, classified by audience.

Lexile Book Database: Enter a child's Lexile range to select reading materials at the appropriate level.

New York Times Bestsellers List

Project Gutenberg: The first and largest single collection of free electronic books.

What's Next?: Information about books in series. Find out what books are in series, what comes next, and who the author is. Searchable by name, series title, and book title.

Missouri Libraries 2 Go: Download audiobooks and eBooks to your computer, eReader, or mp3 player. Library & Home Use

Business & Investment

Professional Development Collection: The Professional Development Collection™ includes full-text for nearly 520 high-quality education journals. Library & Home Use

Bplans - Business Plans: Free sample business plans.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA): The BEA produces economic accounts statistics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Provides statistics on inflation and consumer spending; wages, earnings, and benefits; productivity; safety and health; occupations; employment and unemployment; and more.

Business Services - Missouri Secretary of State: Provides information for business owners in Missouri.

EDGAR - SEC Filings and Forms: All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms through EDGAR, provided by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Entrepreneurship.org: Contains original articles, written by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, and collects "the best of the best" content on the Web related to starting and running high-impact companies.

Financial Calculators: Calculate your housing affordability, mortgage size, savings, credit card balance duration, business ratios, and more.

Kansas City Business Journal: Get local business news from the online edition of the Kansas City Business Journal.

Market Watch: A resource of market news, commentary, and opinion. Right from their homepage you will be lead into a wide variety of stories that are big in today’s Wall Street news.

Missouri Business Development Program: The University of Missouri Extension's Business Development Program (BDP) exists to help Missouri’s entrepreneurs succeed in private enterprise and to promote the economic development of the state of Missouri.

Missouri Business Portal: The single point of entry for doing business in Missouri, including registrations, filings, licenses, and permits.

Missouri Census Data Center: Census data for the state of Missouri with links to United States census web sites.

Missouri Department of Economic Development: The Department of Economic Development administers a wide array of programs designed to enhance Missouri's economy.

Missouri Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis: OSEDA at the University of Missouri Extension strives to transform public data into useful information.

NAICS - North American Industry Classification System: System for classifying business establishments.

SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business: SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.

Small Business Administration: Information for you to start, grow, and succeed in business ownership.

Careers & Employment

Learning Express Library Adult Core Skills: Access interactive tools to improve your math, reading, and writing skills. Library & Home Use

Learning Express Library Career Preparation: Interactive resource has over 300 online professional licensing practice tests including Nursing, Fire Fighter and Police. Library & Home Use

Professional Development Collection: The Professional Development Collection™ includes full-text for nearly 520 high-quality education journals. Library & Home Use

Work at the Library: Click here to see if there are any job openings at Cass County Public Library.

CareerOneStop: Find out about occupational licensing requirements in each state, job training, career information, and tools to improve your resume and interview skills.

DigitalLearn: Free online computer courses to improve your skills.

Full Employment Council (FEC): Agency that provides job searching assistance, career preparation and job/career training.

GCFLearnFree: Technology and online skills tutorials.

Glassdoor: Glassdoor has millions of jobs plus salary information, company reviews, and interview questions from people on the inside making it easy to find a job that’s right for you.

Hloom Resume Guide: Provides 250+ resume templates

Indeed.com: Search and capture jobs collated from all the major job boards, professional associations, newspapers, and the employment pages of major corporations.

Kansas City Job Seekers Blog: Track job fairs and get information about how to network professionally in the region.

Neuvoo: Looking for a job? You will find on neuvoo all the jobs available in your region. Your job search starts here.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: For hundreds of different types of jobs, learn the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions.

RealMatch: Fill in the title of the job you want, enter your search radius, and upload your resume, all for free. You can block youself from being searched by your current employer.

Resumes: Creative Job Search: Short guide to writing a resume from the Creative Job Search guide provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Resume-Help: General info with examples & tips

Simply Hired: Use this job search engine to scour the web for classifieds.

Writing the Basic Business Letter: Learn how to write a business letter, from Purdue's Online Writing Lab.

Cars & Driving

Edmunds: Research new and used cars including car prices. View incentives and dealer inventory listings. Compare vehicles and get car buying advice and reviews.

FuelEconomy.gov: Gas mileage (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, for new and used cars and trucks.

Kelly Blue Book: New car prices and used car values.

Missouri Commercial Driver License Manual: Guide to get a commercial driver license in Missouri.

Missouri Driver Guide: Learn the rules of the road and how to get a driver license in Missouri.

Motor Vehicle Recalls - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Find motor vehicle recalls, child safety seat recalls, tire recalls, and more.

NADA Guides: New prices and used values for cars, motorcycles, boats, and recreation vehicles.

Citizenship

Learning Express Library Adult Core Skills: Prepare for your citizenship exam with sample tests and eBooks. Access tools to improve your math, reading, and writing skills, too. Recursos para HispanohablantesLibrary & Home Use

ProCitizen: Are you or someone you know preparing to become a United States citizen? If so, ProCitizen has the help you need. Learn all about democracy, how the U.S. government works, American history and geography, and brush up your English reading and writing skills at the same time. Learn by watching videos, practice with drills and take quizzes to help you know when you are ready to take the exam. En Español. Library & Home Use

How to Become a US Citizen: Citizenship requirements, forms, resources, and more.

Ciudadanía y naturalización: Información sobre el proceso de naturalización para convertirse en ciudadano.

USCIS Citizenship Resource Center: Resources, practice tests, information for individuals, teachers, and organizations.

Recursos para la naturalización: Recursos para ayudarle a través del proceso de ciudadanía.

Apply for Citizenship: Steps to naturalization and resources.

Computers, Apps, & Technology

Online Self Defense: This Online Self Defense course is designed to teach online security to everyday users. It starts with basics like anti-virus and good passwords, and progresses all the way to using the TOR browser.

Animoto: Create slideshows from images, video clips and music.

Apple Support: Having trouble with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other Apple device? Troubleshoot your issues here.

CNET: Tech product reviews, news, price comparisons, free software downloads, daily videos, and podcasts.

Code.org: The website includes free coding lessons, and the initiative also targets schools in an attempt to encourage them to include more computer science classes in the curriculum.

DigitalLearn: Free online computer courses.

DistroWatch: News and feature lists of Linux and BSD distributions.

Factcheck.org: The tools you need to avoid viral deceptions.

Free Email Services: The top free email services according to Ask.com.

GameFAQs: Founded in 1995, GameFAQs has over 40000 video game FAQs, Guides and Walkthroughs, over 250000 cheat codes, and over 100000 reviews

GCFLearnFree: Technology and online skills tutorials.

GitHub: Search millions of user-created projects and software with coding examples, and find articles related to coding, internet security, and much more.

Gizmodo: The Gadget Guide.

How to Spot Fake News: A short video that includes tips to spotting fake news.

IGN: site for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS, PSP & iPhone games with expert reviews, news, previews, trailers, cheat codes and strategy guides

Meet the Computer: An easy tutorial to help guide new computer users through the basics.

Raspberry Pi Resources: Free resources to teach, learn, and make with Raspberry Pi.

Safe Kid Games: Age-appropriate arcade games, learning games, and more for children. Every game is free and reviewed to ensure it's safe for children from Kindergarten to 7th Grade.

Tucows: Download freeware, shareware, and demos. Maintains over 45000 software titles that are tested, rated, reviewed and ready to download.

W3 Schools Online Web Tutorials: Find tutorials, references, and examples for HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, XSL, ASP, SQL, ADO, VBScript, and much more.

Education & Test Preparation

ERIC: The Education Resource Information Center provides citations to education literature and resources. Library & Home Use

Explora Educator's Edition: The Educator’s Edition of Explora highlights content relevant to teachers, including lessons plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources. Library & Home Use

Learning Express Library: Interactive resource has over 300 online practice tests including SAT, ACT, GED, HiSET, GMAT, Nursing, Fire Fighter, Police, and Middle School & High School Math & Reading. Many tests are available in Spanish. Library & Home Use

Learning Express Library High School Equivalency Center: Prepare to get your high school equivalency credential with complete resources for the GED test, HiSET, and TASC. Library & Home Use

American Education Services: This financial aid organization provides information on financial aid, planning for college, managing your loans, and more.

Annenberg Media: Provides educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.

The Association of Boarding Schools: Learn about academic programs, sports, arts, and activities at college-prep boarding schools throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.

BrainTrack: Find universities, polytechnics, colleges and other higher educational institutions around the world.

CampusTours: Find facts and virtual tours for colleges and universities.

Center for Public Education: Provides research, data, and analysis on current education issues and explores ways to improve student achievement and engage public support for elementary and secondary public schools.

College Scorecard: Find the college that's the best fit for you!

CollegeView: Find colleges, learn about financial aid and the application process, and more.

Education Center Online: Online degrees, distance learning, and continuing education program information.

FastWeb: Find scholarships and financial aid.

Federal Student Aid: Source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance—from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid.

FinAid: Guide to student financial aid information, advice and tools.

GradSchools.com: Online resource for graduate schools and graduate program information. Choose from more than 60,000 masters and PhD degree program listings by field of study, subject, graduate school or metropolitan location. Also offered are online graduate programs.

Homeschooling in Missouri: Home schooling information from the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Provides information about schools (K-12) and education in Missouri.

National Center for Education Statistics: Find statistics related to education, including school data.

Peterson's: Search for colleges and universities, graduate schools, online degrees, private schools, and more.

U.S. Department of Education: Education information from the federal government.

TESTING RESOURCES

4Tests.com: Free, online practice tests (GED, ACT, SAT, TOEFL, GRE, and more).

ACT: Find information about the ACT test.

America's Literacy Directory: Find literacy programs in your area.

COMPASS for Students: Sample test questions, Test-taking tips, and calculator tests for the ACT college placement test for freshman.

ETS -Educational Testing Service: Provides resources for test takers.

Missouri Division of Professional Registration: Get information about licensing and tests for over 200 different trades and professions regulated in Missouri.

Princeton Review: Information on test preparation.

SAT Preparation Center: Review practice questions, take a practice test, and more.

SparkNotes: SparkNote guides, no fear Shakespeare, test prep, flashcards, study tips, and much more.

Test Prep Review: Free, online practice tests (GED, HiSET, ACT, SAT, TOEFL, GRE, and more).

WorkKeys Assessment: ACT WorkKeys® Assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace, and help measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance.

Genealogy

Ancestry: Research your family history with this enhanced library version of Ancestry.com. Contains over one billion names. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, the Social Security Death Index, and more. A detailed, step-by-step guide to navigating the database and searching its record collections can be viewed here. Library Use Only

Heritage Quest: Research materials for tracing family history and American culture containing over 25,000 books, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI™, and other expanding collections. Library & Home Use

Chronicling America: Search over 5 million digitized newspaper pages from more than 2,000 newspaper titles from all across the country with this database provided by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) in partnership with the Library of Congress. Chronicling America also provides a directory of US newspapers from 1690 to the present including the location of repositories that have each title in their holdings.

FamilySearch: Operated by the LDS Church, FamilySearch’s resources include transcriptions and indexes of records held at the Family History Library, an ongoing digitization project of books from repositories across the country, educational videos and an in-depth wiki covering a wide variety of genealogy and history topics. For a step by step guide on using FamilySeach can be viewed here.

Find A Grave: Research your ancestors with over 150 million international and US grave records, including memorial pages, headstone photos, relatives and obituaries. Because the database is based on user-contribution, it is recommended that you create a free account of your own to get the most out of Find A Grave.

Missouri Digital Heritage: Explore over 9 million records from repositories across the state of Missouri, including those held at the Missouri State Archives, Missouri State Library, and many other libraries and historical societies. Collections include Missouri birth and death records prior to 1910, digitized death certificates from 1910 to 1965, state and county maps and histories, military service records, and more.

RootsWeb: Search user-contributed family trees containing more than 700 million names and the more than one million entries in the Rootsweb Surname List. This database also provides access to a variety of mailing lists, message boards, and user-created websites. It is recommended that you create a free personal account in order to contribute your own family history to RootsWeb.

The Stern Visitations of War: Exploring the story of the Civil War in Cass County, this 18-panel exhibit was a joint project between the Cass County Public Library, the Cass County Historical Society, and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA). Panel topics cover the full breadth of what it was like to live in Cass County and the surrounding area through the harrowing gauntlet of war.

General Reference

Explora General Research: This graphically-rich interface is designed specifically for general research, and provides access to a wide range of materials. Includes topic overviews that provide a starting point for research and 60,000 top videos from the Associated Press. Library & Home Use

Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia: Online encyclopedia covering more than 25,000 topics including biographies.

Answers.com: Get answers from quality reference works about the arts, business, entertainment, food, government, health, legal, leisure, military, people, religion, science, sports, travel, words, and zoology.

Bartleby.com Reference: Search encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, English usage, religion and mythology, literary history and literature, and more.

Digital Public Library of America: A collection of online accessible collections, archives and exhibits of libraries around the country.

InfoPlease: Find information about almost any general topic. Results come from dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, map collections, and feature articles.

Interfaith Calendar: This calendar site has events and times for world religions.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus: Online dictionary and thesaurus.

Old Farmers Almanac: Contains quick facts, calendars, and more.

Online Conversions: Convert length, temperature, speed, volume, weight, cooking measurements, area, fuel economy, currency, and more.

RefDesk.com: A comprehesive index of general reference resources available on the Internet.

Time and Date: Contains a world clock, calendar tools, and calculators for time zones, the sun and moon, dates, and more.

The Time Now: Accessible website that contains a world clock, calendar tools, a time zone converter, dates, and more.

Universal Currency Converter: Convert from one currency to another. Contains 85 currencies sorted by country name.

What is a Dollar Worth?: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) calculator lets you see how prices have changed over time.

Wolfram|Alpha: An "answer engine" that collects information from websites to answer queries.

Health & Medicine

Consumer Health Complete: A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Library & Home Use

MEDLINE: MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical citations on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. Library & Home Use

Alzheimer's Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

American Diabetes Association: The American Diabetes Association is a nonprofit health organization that provides diabetes research, information and advocacy.

American Heart Association: The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Provides information on health and safety topics for consumers, data and statistics, and more.

Caregiver.org: The website of the Family Caregiver Alliance offers several fact sheets and publications covering caregiving issues and strategies.

Caregiving.org: Tools, tips, and training for caregivers.

Cass County Health Rankings: Compare the overall health of Cass County with the health of other counties in the state and compare the factors that contribute to health, such as obesity rates, the quality of health care, or high school graduation rates.

DailyMed: DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts).

Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City: The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City provides support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

FamilyDoctor.org: Health information from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Food and Nutrition Information Center: Food and human nutrition information from the National Agricultural Library.

HealthFinder.gov: Health information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products: Includes a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems. From the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Hospital Directory: The U.S. News/American Hospital Association Directory provides key information on over 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

MayoClinic.com: Medical and health information from the Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical practice.

National Cancer Institute: This site provides cancer-related information on a wide range of topics as well as comprehensive descriptions of our research programs and clinical trials.

National Center for Health Statistics FastStats: Provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): The NIH is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

National Women's Health Information Center: Federal government source for women's health information.

NIH MedlinePlus: Health and medical information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Nutrition.gov: Provides government information on food and human nutrition.

RxList: Provides detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs.

WebMD: Health and drug information.

Homework Help & Research

Book Collection: Nonfiction - Elementary Edition: A searchable collection of non-fiction eBooks on popular school subjects for elementary school students. Subjects include careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more. Library & Home Use

Book Collection: Nonfiction - Middle School Edition: A searchable collection of full-text non-fiction eBooks on a wide range of subjects for middle school students. Subjects include careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more. Library & Home Use

Book Collection: Nonfiction - High School EditionA searchable collection of full-text non-fiction eBooks on popular school subjects for high school students.
Subjects include careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more. Library & Home Use

Explora Elementary: Explora Elementary is for elementary school students, with many graphics and access to age-appropriate materials. Includes topic overviews and  over 60,000 videos. Library & Home Use

Explora Middle School: Explora Middle School provides age-appropriate content and topic overviews for students in middle school in an easy-to-use interface. Library & Home Use

Explora High School: Explora High School searches across multiple resources to provide in-depth results in an easy-to-use interface. Library & Home Use

Learning Express Library School Center: Perfect for elementary, middle, and high school students. Prepare for tests, get help with assignments, and boost skills in core subjects. Library & Home Use

MAS Ultra School Edition: This database is designed specifically for high school libraries and contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines including America's Civil War, American Heritage, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers & Colleges, Civil War Times, Congressional Digest, Discover, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, etc. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents and more than 360 reference books (including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book and World Almanac & Book of Facts); an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs; and expanded full-text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines. Library & Home Use

Middle Search Plus: Middle Search® Plus contains full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia; American Heritage® Dictionary, 4th Edition from Houghton Mifflin; Encyclopedia of Animals™; and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags. Library & Home Use

Primary Search: Primary Search®, designed specifically for elementary school students contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Additionally, Primary Search includes the Encyclopedia of Animals™, and features Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, providing students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. The database also provides the American Heritage® Children's Dictionary, 3rd Edition from Houghton Mifflin and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags. Library & Home Use

Algebra Help: This site covers both basic and advanced algebraic concepts. Worksheets and calculators are also provided.

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper: B.J. Pinchbeck, a Pennsylvania teen, created this site with his father in 1996. You'll find over 700 excellent homework web links here.

CliffsNotes.com: Book summaries and critical essays from the well-known and much loved by students publisher of Cliffs Notes.

CoolMath: CoolMath is designed for the pure enjoyment of Math. Lessons on tesselations, polyhedra, fractals, etc. Also, super-cool demos. and brain-benders.

Create a Graph: Using this source enables students and others to quickly devise printable bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, or area charts using the colors and values of their choosing. Straightforward instructions and a simple interface make this an easy way to illustrate and expand reports or assignments.

EasyBib: Create bibliographic citations formatted in MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

Homework/Study Tips: Explore homework and study tips to help you get through high school and beyond.

HomeworkSpot: HomeworkSpot.com simplifies the search for homework help, with online resources for English, math, science, social studies, art, music, technology, foreign language, health, and more. Site is organized by grade level.

SparkNotes: SparkNote guides, no fear Shakespeare, test prep, flashcards, study tips, and much more.

Study Guides and Strategies: You'll find online tips and advice on improving your study skills and test-taking abilities. Make the most of your study time by checking this site out before your next test!

StudyStack: Using the StudyStack web site, you use your computer to display a stack of "virtual cards" which contain information about a certain subject. Just like flashcards, you can review the information at your own pace discarding the cards you've learned and keeping the ones you still need to review.

Language

Pronunciator: Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. En Español. Library & Home Use

Activities for ESL Students: Simple, plain quizzes and exercises offered by teachers to improve the skills of English learners.

Advanced English Lessons: Those who wish to sharpen their grammatical skills in English can take tests and read tutorials on the finer points of gerunds and conditionals.

American Sign Language University: This resource site for ASL students and teachers has free, in-depth ASL video lessons. You will also find information and resources to help you improve your signing.

English Club: Portal for English-language learners. There are resources for teachers as well as students.

ESL Cafe: For Students: Helpful links for students of English, including tests, a site that helps with pronunciation, and a forum.

Interesting Things for ESL Students: Interactive learning for English as a Second Language students.

LiveMocha: Graphical language courses in return for free registration, along with the opportunity to pair up with native speakers online.

Law

FindForms: Find legal forms and documents.

FindLaw: Legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make legal decisions.

FindLaw Legal Forms: Legal forms for common consumer and small business needs including wills, real estate transactions, divorce, bankruptcy, business incorporation, LLC formation, landlord & tenant issues, and more.

HG.org: Find law firms, legal jobs, expert witnesses, court reporters, process servers, and more.

ILRG Legal Forms Archive: Thousands of free personal and business legal forms.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri - Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMo) provides essential legal services to low-income citizens.

Martindale Lawyer Locator: Find a lawyer or law firm.

Missouri Case Law: Search a database of judicial opinions from Missouri courts

Missouri Courts Forms: Downloadable forms from the Missouri Courts.

National Women's Law Center: The Center uses the law in all its forms: getting new laws on the books and enforced; litigating ground-breaking cases in state and federal courts all the way to the Supreme Court; and educating the public about ways to make the law and public policies work for women and their families.

Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia: Contains articles on all types of legal information.

SelfRepresent.Mo.Gov: This website created by the Missouri Judicial Courts provides advise and forms for representing yourself in Missouri courts. Included in court approved and Missouri-specific forms are those for divorce, child custody and name change.

Local Information

All About Missouri: Questions and answers on Missouri symbols and history from the Missouri State Archives.

Cass County Web Site: Office holders, voting and elections, taxes and assessments, and other county information.

Cass County Corporation of Economic Development: CCCED is a private/public partnership devoted to improving the economic well-being of residents and businesses in Cass County.

Cass County Fair: Information about the annual Cass County Fair held in Pleasant Hill, MO.

Cass County Historical Society: Information about the society's sponsored events, the Margaret Wade Archives, the Sharp-Hopper Cabin and other historical sites, and an index of Cass County obituaries.

Cass County, Missouri School Districts: A directory of school districts in Cass County.

Cass County QuickFacts: Information about the demographics of Cass County, Missouri from the U.S Census Bureau.

Cass County Records: Information and links about available county records including cemetery records, land records and marriage and divorce records.

Cass County Sustainability Committee: A volunteer organization working to provide information and to address ways to promote environmental sustainability in Cass County.

Full Employment Council (FEC) in Cass County: Agency that provides job searching assistance, career preparation and job/career training.

Missouri Digital Heritage: Collections of documents, photographs, maps and other materials of enduring historical value from institutions throughout the state of Missouri.

Missouri Sales Tax Rates: Current rates for all counties and incorporated as well as unincorporated areas.

Mo.gov: The State of Missouri's official web site.

Missouri Travel Council: Missouri Travel Council is MO’s oldest grassroots tourism organization; a vital asset to Missouri’s travel industry.

Resource Directory of Services for Cass County Residents: A project of the Cass County Community Health Assessment Resource Team (CHART)

Visit Missouri: Taking a road trip? Going on vacation? Looking for fun things to do on the weekends? Check VisitMO.com for travel ideas in Missouri.

Magazines, Journals, & Newspapers

Academic Search Elite: Provides core resource of scholarly information for academic Institutions. Academic Search Elite contains full text for more than 2,100 journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals. Library & Home Use

GreenFILE: GreenFILE covers the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. This free research database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 850,000 records and open access full text for nearly 13,000 records. Library & Home Use

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA): Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 600 core journals and more than 120 selective and priority journals. Coverage in this free research database extends as far back as 1960. LISTA also includes author profiles and a robust thesaurus. Library & Home Use

MasterFILE Premier: Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags. Library & Home Use

Newspaper Source: Newspaper Source™ provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc. The database also contains selective full text for more than 370 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc. Library & Home Use

Professional Development Collection: The Professional Development Collection™ includes full-text for nearly 520 high-quality education journals. Library & Home Use

All You Can Read: Directory of magazines and newspapers around the world.

Cass County Democrat Missourian

Coffee News

Drexel Star

Harrisonville Star

Kansas City Star

Lee's Summit Journal

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GreenFILE: GreenFILE covers the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. This free research database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 850,000 records and open access full text for nearly 13,000 records. Library & Home Use

Science Reference Center: Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. Library & Home Use

Extreme Science: This site has world records in natural sciences including earth science and the plant and animal kingdom.

How Stuff Works: This site show how all types of things work, from satellites to swimming pools.

NASA: This government site has information on space exploration, our solar system, space shuttles, space stations, astronauts, and much more.

National Geographic: This respected site has information on animals, people and places, science and space, news, and more.

Science.gov: Science.gov is a gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results.

Science World: This site provides astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics information.

Visible Earth: This is a catalog of NASA images and animations of planet Earth.

Windows to the Universe: This site includes documents, images, movies, animations, and data sets that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience.

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