A-Z Databases


1950 U.S. Census

Accessible anywhere! This website provides full access to the 1950 census images, including population schedules, enumeration district maps, and enumeration district descriptions.

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211 of Kansas

Call 211 or search for assistance by location. Mentoring, after-school programs, senior care, counseling, food pantries, disability services and much more. A service of United Way.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website provides data resources, publications, research findings and reports, and other resources in an effort to improve safety and quality in healthcare. Información en español.

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Alternative HealthWatch

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.

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American Indian and Alaska Native Health

American Indian and Alaska Native Health is a central source for information about the health and well-being of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. It is freely available, and offers access to evaluated and authoritative resources for individuals, health educators, and healthcare professionals.

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Ancestry Library Edition

This database of genealogical resources includes the complete U.S. Census, a multitude of city directories, Find-A-Grave records, military records such as draft registration cards and muster rolls, immigration records such as passenger lists and naturalization records, the Social Security Death Index, and birth, marriage, and death records (coverage varies by state). You must be in the library to access this resource. 

Through the Kansas State Historical Society, Kansas residents can access a variety of Kansas records available on Ancestry.com for free by verifying their Kansas driver's license or state ID here

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Find out where candidates stand on the issues and who has endorsed them. Create a personalized voting guide to take with you to the polls!

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Designed to help citizens find out what government benefits they may be eligible to receive, with access to information from across 17 Federal agencies. Links to benefit programs for all types of people: elderly, veterans, low-income citizens, students, farmers, parents, disaster victims and many more.

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Bloom’s Literature

Bloom’s Literature offers a wealth of relevant content on the authors and works most studied in the high school curriculum, multicultural classics, contemporary literature, and more. Content includes literary criticism, author information, and writing help. 

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Burroughs Creek Trail Hike Through History

This series of National Park Service-quality panels are the first of their kind on the Lawrence Loop trail and serve as an outdoor museum. They feature original historic narratives written and researched by academics and local historians. Vintage photographs, maps and other images from local, state and national archives enhance the exhibits. Installed along the paved 1.7-mile Burroughs Creek Trail and Linear Park path running from 11th Street to 23rd Street, the panels provide insight to Lawrence’s unique history and cultural identity.

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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this resource provides tools for exploring career options, finding training, and searching for a job.

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Catholic Charities General Employment Program

Catholic Charities of Lawrence offers help with resume building, interview preparation, career exploration, and coaching for employment retention, as well as limited direct support funding for things like purchasing work uniforms or bus passes to help you on your career journey. The Lawrence Catholic Charities office is located at 1525 West 6th Street Lawrence, KS 66044; the phone number is 785.856.2694. 

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Catholic Charities St. Rita Employment Program

Catholic Charities' St. Rita Program offers support for those looking to go back to school for certification in the areas of IT, skilled trades, healthcare or life sciences by providing person-centered case management, financial coaching, goal setting, career development resources, and direct financial assistance. This program is appropriate for those who have a level of stabilization (i.e., stable housing) and are hoping to increase current income to sustainable wages. The Lawrence Catholic Charities office is located at 1525 West 6th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044; the phone number is 785.856.2694.  

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Chronicling America

The Chronicling America project offers a searchable U.S. Newspaper Directory which can be narrowed by geographic coverage, date, language, ethnicity, and labor press (i.e., published for readers of a particular occupation or political philosophy, such as coal miners, dairy farmers, and/or socialists). Chronicling America also offers free access to a handful of digitized Kansas newspapers (such as the Kansas Herald of Freedom).

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A National Institutes of Health database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

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Common Sense Media

Looking for guidance in the search for books, movies and other media for your family? Get expert information from this extensive site!

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This federal agency provides a wide variety of resources to help consumers make informed financial decisions, including guides to choosing and managing credit cards, buying a car or house, managing student loans, and preparing for retirement. You can also submit complaints about financial products or services here.

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Cottonwood Inc. MAP Program

MAP (Manufacturing, Assembly and Production) is a workforce program offered through Cottonwood Inc that offers employment services for individuals with any kind of medical or mental health disabilities. Case Management & Job Skills Training are included with employment service. Accommodations that are needed to maintain employment will be provided. Call 785-842-0550 to speak with Alyson Wingert, Program Manager for the MAP Program. 

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The National Library of Medicine(NLM)’s DailyMed searchable database provides the most recent labeling submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by companies and currently in use.

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Data Axle Library Card Required.

This powerful tool is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and business researchers, offering industry research and consumer and demographic data, as well as white pages and job listings. Formerly known as Reference USA. Available in the library or remotely with your Lawrence Public Library card and PIN.

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Computers are an essential tool for all types of tasks. Learn how to use them via easy to digest online courses.
Las computadoras son un herramiento esencial para hacer todo tipo de tareas. Aprende como usarlas en una manera sencilla.

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A “nonpartisan, non-profit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters…[that monitors] the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players.” (FactCheck.org is funded by the Annenburg Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, and by public donation.)

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Fair Opportunity Project

Fair Opportunity Project is an education nonprofit of top college advisors & admissions officers, offering a free college application and financial aid guide, essay advice, scholarship coaching, and one-on-one connection to financial aid mentors who can help you file the FAFSA.

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Family Caregiver Alliance Websites

Information, services, and support for family caregivers of adults with physical and cognitive impairments, such as Parkinson’s, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Includes fact sheets on specific health conditions, statistics, public policy information, and reports. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. 

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Family Financial Transformations, Catholic Charities

The Family Financial Transformations is offered through Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas' Family Support Centers. The program is a one year commitment. Participants will partake in 3 online financial classes, in addition to meeting with a Financial Empowerment Specialist twice a month. Upon completion of the 3 online classes, participants will receive a $200.00 stipend. Participants will outline financial goals, complete a monthly budget, and will work to decrease debt, increase savings, and improve their overall credit scores. Upon completion of the one year commitment to the program, individuals will receive another $200.00 stipend. Call 785-856-2694 to enroll or hear more about this program. 

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Fantastic Fiction

A comprehensive reader’s advisory resources, containing bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books.

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to stop deceptive and unfair business practices and scams, and to help consumers recognize and recover from them. The FTC has a dedicated webpage for consumers offering advice on buying a new or used car, and on understanding warranties, maintenance, and repossession. 

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Five Wishes

From non-profit agency, Aging With Dignity, this resource provides simple, straight-forward approach to designate end-of-life choices. Información en español.

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Accessible at home or at the library. Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. 

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Fuente Academica Kansas State Library Resource

Fuente Académica es una colección de revistas académicas de América Latina, Portugal y España. Todas las áreas temáticas principales están cubiertas con énfasis particular en agricultura, ciencias biológicas, economía, historia, derecho, literatura, filosofía, psicología, administración pública, religión y sociología.

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Search thousands of easy-to-read, up-to-date grantmaker profiles to identify funding sources for your organization or project. You must be in the library or connected to the library's Wifi to use this resource. 

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GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.  Multidisciplinary by nature, GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. 

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Health Reference Center

An essential resource for your health curriculum, guidance department, and general student use, Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors.

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Heartland Community Health Center

Provides health care on a sliding fee scale for residents of Douglas County and certain portions of Jefferson, Franklin, Leavenworth, Shawnee, and Osage counties. Includes primary care, dental care, pediatrics, and mental and behavioral health. 

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Heritage Quest Kansas State Library Resource

Accessible at home or at the library. HeritageQuest offers access to federal census records and city directories, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, slave schedules and Freedman’s Bank records, mortality schedules, agricultural and industrial schedules, and a variety of published family and local histories.

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Issues and Controversies

To help students, researchers, and readers understand the critical issues we face today, Issues & Controversies explores and analyzes hundreds of hot topics in politics, business, government, crime, law, energy, education, health, family, science, foreign policy, race, rights, society, and culture. Updated weekly, with a wire-service newsfeed providing the latest headline stories, Issues & Controversies offers in-depth articles designed to inspire thought-provoking debates and research papers. 

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Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF)

The DCF offers a number of services to support employment, including assistance with job training, work clothing, and work-related transportation. The Lawrence DCF office is located at 1901 Delaware Street; the phone number is (785) 832-3700/TDD: 1-800-766-3777.

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Kansas Free Legal Answers

A virtual legal advice clinic hosted by the American Bar Association. Kansans who meet eligibility guidelines can submit up to three questions per year. Those
questions are answered by volunteer attorneys on a range of legal topics, including family law, divorce, child custody, housing, evictions, consumer rights, employment, unemployment, and civil rights.

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Kansas Legal Services — Tenant Forms

Kansas Legal Services has a section on its website dedicated to landlord tenant issues. This document contains a list of forms that a tenant may use to communicate with their landlord. These forms were created by attorneys at Kansas Legal Services. 

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Kansas Library Catalog

Search materials held at libraries across Kansas. If you are interested in borrowing an item found in this catalog, please contact Lawrence Public Library for Interlibrary loan.

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Kansas Loan Pool Project, Catholic Charities (KLPP)

The Kansas Loan Pool Project (KLPP) is designed to help eliminate high-interest title or payday loans by issuing participants a new, low-interest loan. Each participant is enrolled in a financial education series to help develop a long-term financial plan and budget. They are also assigned a Catholic Charities case manager specialist to provide ongoing monthly support. For more information or to enroll, please contact: 785.856.2694 or email FFT@catholiccharitiesks.org 

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Kansas ScholarShop

Kansas ScholarShop connects Kansas students with educational scholarships through the Sallie Mae Scholarship Search engine. Scholarship Search is a database of over 5 million nationally offered scholarships sponsored by a wide variety of private groups, organizations, and non-profits.

This ScholarShop initiative is a partnership between the Office of the Kansas State Treasurer and Sallie Mae, a nationwide consumer banking company specializing in student loans.

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Kansas State Library: Databases

This is a grouping of all of the online databases offered to Kansas residents through the Kansas State Library. A Kansas State Library eCard is required to access these databases.

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Khan Academy

We’re a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

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Websites are extensively reviewed before they are included on kidsites. Presentation, content, and subject matter are all considered when reviewing the sites.

KU Libraries Resources for Kansas Residents

You don't have to be a KU student or staff member to use the KU Libraries! Use this guide to find out about the resources that are available to Kansas residents, as well as information about how to get to campus and find the library you need.

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Lawrence Workforce Center

The Lawrence Workforce Center connects career seekers with employers. Whether you’re looking for your first job or looking to change careers, the Lawrence Workforce Center can help you on your career journey.

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Lawrence-Douglas County Community Resource Guide

Lawrence Public Library staff gather and update information about community resources and services available in Lawrence, Kansas, and across Douglas County. Need help paying your bills, finding healthcare or transportation, or getting assistance with food, clothing, or shelter? Check our guide! It's available as both a printable PDF and a mobile-friendly database.  

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LMH Health

Formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital. A 174-bed hospital located in Lawrence, Kansas, as well as a number of primary and specialty care clinics throughout Lawrence, Douglas County, Jefferson County and Leavenworth County.

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Mango Idiomas

Un sistema de aprendizaje de idiomas en línea que incluye inglés, español, francés, japonés, chino mandarín, griego, italiano, ruso y más. Úselo en su computadora en casa o como una aplicación en su celular.

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Medic Latina Kansas State Library Resource

Información sobre la medicina, la enfermería, la odontología, la medicina veterinario, la sistema de cuidado la salud, y más. Creado por la National Library of Medicine (Biblioteca Nacional de la Medicina).

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Medline Plus

The National Library of Medicine’s user-friendly health database created for consumers. It includes information about health topics, medicine, and supplements, as well as a collection of videos and health tools.

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Medline Plus en Español Kansas State Library Resource

Una base de datos sobre la salud hecho por la National Library of Medicine (Biblioteca Nacional de la Medicina) por el uso de los consumidores. Incluye información sobre tópicos de salud, la medicina y suplementos, y también una colección de videos y herramientos de salud.

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Mirror, Inc. Work for Success

Work for Success is a personal professional development program that serves unemployed and/or underemployed adults as well as youth ages 18-24 who have been justice involved or have been in foster care. Services include, but are not limited to, work readiness, case management, parenting skills, financial education, and family violence prevention. The program is an intensive four-week training which teaches skills to build healthy relationships, strengthen families, and obtain employment. The program provides ongoing support with job leads, barrier resolution, child support issues, community resources, and financial management. Visit https://www.mirrorinc.org/work-for-success  for more information, or call (785)-261-3175. 

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myStrength offers highly interactive, individually-tailored applications to address depression, anxiety, stress, substance use, chronic pain and sleep challenges, while also supporting the physical and spiritual aspects of whole-person health. Available free to Douglas County residents. To sign up for myStrength, visit https://mystrength.com and use access code: DouglasCounty

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National Geographic Kids

Explore the world through amazing videos, games and articles created by the amazing  Nat Geo team!

NetWork Kansas

Statewide network of non-profit business-building resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners startup and grow successful businesses. NetWork Kansas provides a variety of capital loan programs, a referral center to help you access business-building resources, and more! 

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Check safety ratings and recalls for specific makes and models of automobiles on this lookup tool from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Older Kansans Employment Program

Program of Heartland Works helping older Kansans find & secure employment. To be eligible for services, you must be a US Citizen and 55+. This program offers four key services:  

  • Resume Building: helping create a resume focusing on unique skills and experience to help meet employer needs 
  • Job Searching: assistance with the job search and finding open positions for experienced workers 
  • Career Guidance helping you figure out your next move into a new career field 
  • Job Coaching/Training & Interview Assistance: assisting with interview questions and offering support throughout the interview process 

www.kansasworks.org | gshatto@heartlandworks.org | 785-235-5627 

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A project of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan and nonprofit research group that “tracks money in U.S. politics and its effects on elections and public policy.”

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Latest eBooks and eAudiobooks, including Kindle titles.


Peaslee Tech

Technical training school with programs in a variety of vocations, as well as workplace and academic skills.

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A fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. (PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.)

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Read It!

Read It! was created for English language learners and those who are building their reading skills. It is a place to find reading material about many subjects. Articles are short, and written to support your reading skills as you learn about topics in English that you need for school and everyday life.

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Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free counseling to start-up companies, existing small businesses, and those who wish to sell or purchase a small business on topics including the startup process, business planning, financing and funding, marketing, accounting, human resources and taxes.

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Soldiers and Sailors Database

Accessible anywhere. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records.

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Teen Home Page

The main page for the Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone.


U.S. Newsstream

U.S. Newsstream enables users to search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. For academic and public libraries, U.S. Newsstream offers exclusive access to the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and co-exclusive access (with Factiva) to The Wall Street Journal. 

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Unite for Literacy

Nonfiction kids’ books read aloud! You can choose from 18 different languages. Made available by the State Library of Kansas.


Van Go’s The Arts Train Program

The Arts Train (TAT) is Van Go’s year-round, transitional employment program for young adults, ages 18-24. TAT serves young people who have barriers to employment and educational attainment. The Arts Train provides employability skills training, comprehensive wraparound services and nine months of paid, on-site job training followed by a paid, community-based internship to help young adults successfully transition to independence. Van Go is located at 715 New Jersey Street; the phone number is 785-842-3797. 

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Vocational and Career Collection Kansas State Library Resource

This collection provides full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry related periodicals including American Machinist, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Hotel and Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, plus indexing and abstracts for hundreds more. Available from any computer with a Kansas IP address, or with your Kansas Library eCard. 

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