When you’re researching a particular topic, don’t roll the dice with information you find on the Internet — consult one of our high quality, sourced databases first.

From repairing your car to learning more about a health concern to pondering how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, we’ve got you covered.


Britannica Online
 The online version of the world’s most prestigious and respected encyclopedia.

The World Almanac
Just the facts, in an easily searchable format.

MasterFILE Premier
Provides full-text magazines, reference books, primary source documents and an extensive collection of images.

Explore current events, scientific discoveries and other popular topics of interest to students and other researchers.

A connection to the collections of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

Newspaper Source Plus
A full text digital collection of the world’s major news content including daily updates from popular news sources.

Business Source Premier
Full-text articles with searchable content from journals in a variety of business disciplines.

Small Business Reference Center
A resource for entrepreneurs, offering small business reference books, periodicals, and business videos. 

Legal Collection
Full text from scholarly law journals with information on current issues, studies and thoughts of the legal field.

NoveList Plus 
Whether you want to explore books, authors, series, or get ideas for what to read next, this premier online resource is a favorite of book lovers.

Literary Reference Center
A wide range of content about thousands of authors and literary works for reference and research.

Art Full Text
Full text art journals and books in many disciplines.

Religion & Philosophy Collection
Full text journals and magazines Covering many religious and philosophical topics.

History Reference Center
Historical reference books, magazines, journals and primary source documents covering both U.S. and world history topics.

Kansas History:  Territorial Through Civil War Years
Digitized books and other information chronicling the early history of the state.

The McPherson Photo Album
A fully-searchable compilation of over 3,500 historic images and portraits from McPherson and McPherson County.  Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

The MPL Historical Business Database
Provides information about over 3,500 business and professional entities in McPherson, starting in 1872.  Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

SAGE Stats
An interactive, statistical platform that provides vetted, hard-to-find data for conducting social science research.

U.S. Political Stats
A tool to aid researchers in finding data on the three branches of the U.S. government by creating charts, graphs and maps.

Military & Government Collection
Full-text journals and periodicals pertaining to all branches of the military and government.

Provides full-text education resources and literature compiled by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

Vocational & Career Collection
Full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center
Choosing a career is a challenging decision. Many different professions can suit your skills, interests, and goals. Here you can learn about 140 different industries and career fields and thousands of professions to find the one right for you.

Computer Source
Full-text periodicals covering computers, telecommunications, electronics, and the internet for both professionals and consumers.

Applied Science and Technology Abstracts
Indexed peer-reviewed journals covering many applied science fields.

Green FILE
Open access records from scholarly, government and general interest sources covering the envoronment and environmental issues.

Auto Repair Source
Accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for many domestic and imported vehicles.

A database of life sciences and biomedical information from academic journals.

Health Source Consumer Edition
Access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books.

Alternative Health Watch
The latest information on holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Consumer Health Complete
Content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary and holistic medicine.

Infobase Health Reference Center
In-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information for all ages.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
Full-text psychology journals for professionals, counselors and students with strong coverage in child and adolescent psychology.

Ancestry.com World Deluxe Edition  (in library access only)
The largest genealogy datbase in the world, featuring an amazing variety of data and powerful search engines.  Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

A scaled down version of Ancestry.

Fold3  (in-library access)
Military service documents and information from the Revolutionary War to present time.  Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.  Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

Fold3  (remote access)
Search Fold3 from home with your McPherson Public Library card.  Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

MPL Genealogy Index
Contains over 40,000 entries, indexed by name and death date, of persons who lived and died in McPherson and McPherson County.  Made possible by The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund.

Genealogy Connect
Full text of a wide variety of family histories and genealogy books.

For additional genealogy and local history databases and digital
content, please visit our Genealogy & Local History Page

Britannica Online School Editions   
Three up-to-date and age appropriate resources  for elementary, middle school, and high school students from Encyclopaeda Brittanica.

The World Almanac for Kids
A fun an easy-to-search version of everyone’s basic book of facts.

Middle Search Plus
Full-text magazines and reference books for middle school students covering a variety of subjects and including biographies and primary source documents.

MAS Ultra – School Edition
Full-text magazines, reference books and primary sources in many subjects for high school students, including photos, maps and flags.

Explora Elementary
Explora Middle School
Explora High School
These three databases support both student research and classroom instruction for high schools, with reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Academic Search Premier
Full-text journals, magazines and other valuable multi-disciplinary resources.

For additional databases for children and students,
please visit our Youth Services page

Enciclopedia Britannica Moderna
La versión en línea de la enciclopedia más prestigiosa y respetada del mundo.

Britannica Escolar
Este recurso de Encyclopedia Britannica fue diseñado para estudiantes.

Fuente Academica
Revistas académicas de texto completo en todas las áreas temáticas principales.

Medic Latina
Revistas médicas revisadas por pares disponibles en formato PDF.

In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.
                                                              ~ Linton Weeks