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Kansas Day - January 29   (or, Kansas History Database)            

On January 29, 1861, Kansas became the 34th state.  Explore this period of our history with the Gale Kansas History database, which covers 1854-1865.  You’ll find everything from personal letters to our first state geological report.  Use the browse to go through all topics, search, or click through the green-tabbed homepage presentation for an overview of the Bleeding Kansas years.  Educators, this area includes notes on using primary source documents.

Learn Online with Universal Class

Universal Class is the newest addition to the State Library’s online resources, offering over 500 online courses in more than 30 areas of study. Take full courses with instructors to earn Continuing Education Units or just audit a class by viewing its videos.  Since Universal Class offers everything from Microsoft Excel to parenting skills, you’ll be sure to find something of interest to learn.

Auto Repair Reference Center
The Auto Repair Reference Center is a comprehensive collection of auto repair reference resources, with repair, maintenance, service, recall, and diagnostic information on most major domestic and imported vehicles. The content is created by ASE certified technicians and includes drawings, photos, videos, and step-by-step guides.

Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete covers all areas of health and wellness. Did your doctor prescribe a new medication? Recently diagnosed with diabetes? Interested in knowing more about the Zika virus? Look it up here. You will find popular reference books, medical encyclopedias, fact sheets, and magazine articles.


Needing to do some research, but don’t know where to start?  Or wanting information on a topic from reliable sources?  EBSCO’s Explora multi-search database may be exactly what you’re looking for.  Explora has a simple search bar, but searches multiple EBSCO databases at once, giving you full text results from academic journals, magazines, books, and more.  And the articles can be saved, printed, emailed, or shared on social media sites.  Explora also has browseable topic categories, citation tools, AP photos and videos, and hundreds of Topic Overviews – like an encyclopedia or Wiki-entry.  Plus, there are multiple versions of Explora, making it a great resource for kids, middle or high school students, and adults.  There’s even an Explora for educators. 

Explora MultiSearch (general research, adult):

Explora for Kids:

Explora for High School Students:

Mango Languages

With Mango Languages, you can learn over 70 languages right from your own computer (or smartphone!).  Mango has courses in Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, even Biblical Hebrew, plus many more – and not only will you learn the language, you’ll learn about the culture, too.  Mango also has courses for learning English in 19 foreign languages.   To go with the Mango Language courses, there are 25 foreign language films with learning modes and subtitle options to help with language comprehension and learning.

Small Business Reference Center

Download startup kits (with pre-made Excel files), watch Harvard Business School lecture videos, and read up on business basics (including human resources). The article search also lets you limit to "forms" - so if you are a landlord, for example, and need a sample lease agreement, it is easy to find. 


NoveList will help you find your next book.  This resource has book recommendations for all ages and genres, with book lists and book and author read-alikes to help anyone find a book they will enjoy.  Read book summaries and reviews, author web pages and book discussion guides.

Genealogy Resources

The State Library has two online resources for Genealogy research.  HeritageQuest is powered by and has a vast collection of genealogical and historical sources including maps, U.S. Federal Censuses, Military records, Immigration records, Revolutionary War Pensions, Freedman’s Bank records, PERSI archive, and U.S. Serial Set records.  HeritageQuest also has research aids with tips and tricks to using HeritageQuest and doing genealogy research.

Genealogy Connect is a collection of eBooks covering topics in genealogy best practices, Native American ancestry, colonial and revolutionary ancestry resources, immigration, royal and noble ancestry resources and more.  These resources can be easily searched and emailed, printed, downloaded, and saved.

HeritageQuest :

Genealogy Connect:

Resources En Español

Hay tres recursos solamente in Español (genérica y médica información). Mango Languages incluye aprender Inglés, y Learning Express una sección para hispanhablantes.  EBSCO productos puede traducer páginas. Freading eBooks tiene libros in Español.

There are 3 databases only in Spanish (general & medical), Mango has a section for learning English, and Learning Express a Spanish section.  EBSCO databases can be set to translate pages.

Digital Books eLending
Did you know that the State Library has audiobooks, ebooks, and digital storybooks that are available to all Kansas residents? Most will need a Kansas Library eCard, which you may get at any public, school, or academic library in Kansas.

Since there is more than one option and some services may not work for all devices, we would recommend clicking into the “Instructions & Devices” section off the main page. Choose your device, and you’ll see which services work for it along with an instructions link.