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Resources at Springfield-Greene County Libraries

All Springfield-Greene County Library branches are equipped with free high-speed wireless Internet access. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled laptop, bring it to the Library for use anywhere in our comfortable, quiet surroundings and enjoy the convenience of having our expert staff and other research materials a step away. There's no port to connect to, no fee and no wait for a Library computer station to come available.

Improve your career and personal skills with free computer and Internet classes at the Edge Community Technology Center located at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. Classes are availble to learn Microsoft Office Programs, Photoshop 7.0, or WebSite Design. For more information or to register, call 837-5011. 

For those last minute cram sessions, private study rooms are available at the Library Center and the Library Station branches. Call the Library Center at 882-0714 or the Library Station at 865-1340 for availability. 

The library has state-of-the-art reference technology. The following databases are a small sampling of resources available.

Academic OneFile* provides millions of authoritative and comprehensive articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text. Updated daily.

Gale Virtual Reference Library* is a collection of printed reference resources that you can search online. The collection covers business, science, history and social issues.

Learning Express Library* is an online resource for academic and employment test preparation. Some practice tests include GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and the MCAT.

The Local History and Genealogy Departments at the Library Center and the Library Station provide research materials including microfilm of Missouri 1830-1930 census information, Missouri civil war materials, Missouri government documents, microfilm of various newspapers, and more.


Special Collections in Springfield

Drury University's F.W. Olin Library Special Collections and Archives consists of the Rare Book Room, collections such as the Robert H. and Sally A. Gibbons Collection on the Kennedy Assassination, and Drury University Archives. The library also maintains the Education Curriculum collection. These materials are in library use only. Phone (417) 873-7337.

The John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library located at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield currently contains approximately 6,500 volumes concentrating on the Civil War period and the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi Theater. All of the library's volumes are non-circulating, but are available for use by serious scholars. Phone (417) 732-2662.

The Missouri State Libraries Special Collections and University Archives provides a plethora of resources including the Center for Ozarks Studies, Rare Books, the Harry E. Appleby Veterans Oral History Project, and more. Phone (417) 836-5428.

The Springfield Art Museum's Reference Library has thousands of books and journals related to the visual arts available for research and study. The museum regularly subscribes to 15 periodicals as well as the Art Index. The library is open to the public during regular business hours and is a free public wifi hotspot ; its holdings are non-circulating. Phone (417) 837-5700.

Van K. Smith Community Health Library serves patients, family members and members of the community in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. The Community Health Library's services and resources are directed toward the health consumer and general public to enable them to make informed health decisions and become active participants in their health care and total well being.  Phone (417) 820-2539.



A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers / Kate L. Turabian is a classic reference revised for a new age. It is tailored to a new generation of writers using tools its original author could not have imagined--while retaining the clarity and authority that generations of scholars have come to associate with the name Turabian.

The guide to online research : navigate the Web--from RSS and the invisible Web to multimedia and the blogosphere discusses how to choose the right search engine, Google like a pro, evaluate sites for accuracy, dig deeper with the invisible Web, revolutionize searches using RSS, and find relevant multimedia.

Cite it right : the SourceAid guide to citation, research, and avoiding plagiarism provides a step-by-step process for research. This easy-to-follow overview of the research process simplifies citation in MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and Council of Science Editors styles. It also discusses writing ethics including "plagiarism lessons from real life" to illustrate the importance of citing sources.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences. This updated manual provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias.

MLA handbook for writers of research papers is the new edition of the Modern Language Association's handbook.

Schaum's quick guide to writing great research papers offers critical advice on how to conduct research online and continues to give you all the essential information you need to produce superior papers on any subject.



Drury University Writing Center provides help at all stages of the writing process. Phone (417) 873-7224.

KnightCite is a web based citation generator hosted by the Calvin College Hekman Library that formats bibliographic information per academic standards for use in research papers and scholarly works.

The Missouri State University Writing Center is where undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty use this free academic support service to workshop papers for their academic courses, creative writing, speeches, presentations, course syllabi, and articles intended for publication. Phone (417) 836-6398.

The OWL at Purdue has free writing help including citation information and grammar.

Ozarks Technical Community College Writing Center provides free assistance in person or online. Phone (417) 447-8225


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