If you’re looking for current, reliable information from a wide variety of resources, including research in specialized subject areas, then try using these Library databases.

A database is an indexed collection of articles and data from sources that include encyclopedias, newspapers, professional & trade journals, popular magazines, and specialty publications.  Each one offers a different set of titles, features, and date range of publication.  Some articles are provided in full-text, along with images such as photographs or tables; in some cases only a citation is provided.

Select the following links for online access; these resources are available to all De Soto Public Library card holders and are accessible from home, work or in the Library (some databases are accessible in the library only). Please enter your card number (without spaces) when prompted.


Resources for students and teachers including magazines, online books, encyclopedias, images, videos and much more!

Explora – Elementary 

Designed specifically for elementary school students. Find age appropriate magazine articles, encyclopedias, online books and topic overviews.

Explora – Middle School 

Find magazines, newspapers, science information, online books and topic overviews appropriate for the Middle School level.

Explora – High School & College 

A wide range of materials to support the high school student research needs. Find online books, magazines, newspapers, Peer Reviewed journals, science related materials and eBooks.

LearningExpress Library

Free, online practice tests for ESL and basic skills improvement practice tests for elementary, middle and high school in reading, writing and math.  Also find SAT, ACT Advanced Placement, HiSET and ASVAB among hundreds more.

 Adult Learning Center


 Career Center


 College Center


 College Preparation Center


 High School Equivalency Center 


Recursos para Hispanohablantes  (Resources for Spanish Speakers)


 School Center

Genealogy & History


Delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources to help you research your family tree.

 Missouri Digital Heritage 

Access a rich archive of information about the history of Missouri and local communities.  Included are educational resources like classroom curricula accessible through this website.


 Consumer Health Complete

CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Job & Career


Over 300 free, online practice tests for academic and job certification. Find ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement, ASVAB, HiSET, LSAT, GRE, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Nursing Assistant and many more!

Learn the essential skills needed in the 21st century from Microsoft Office, computer basics and email to reading, math and more. This site offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos and interactives, completely free. Includes resources for educators like curriculum guides and other tools.


Locate career centers across the state that offer job search assistance, career exploration tools, personal assistance with developing a resume and assistance with training programs to gain new skills.

My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers.

Newspapers and Magazines

Explora – General Research 

Find the latest news articles and consumer information like Consumer Reports and top news magazines like…




Practice Driving Tests

We partnered with to give you access to 11 Car Tests, 9 Motorcycle Tests, 10 CDL Tests, 3 handbooks, and Missouri Driver’s License FAQ’s. We also have some practice tests in Spanish.

Tax Forms and Credit Report


Tax Information

A limited quantity of tax forms will be available at the Library in 2017. Library staff will help you find forms or information, however, we cannot help you fill out forms or provide tax advice. For help finding forms, please visit the Library or call the Reference Desk at (314) 821-5770 ext. 1012.

Federal Tax Information

Internal Revenue Service

Tax assistance 800-829-1040
TTY/TDD Help 800-829-4059

Missouri Tax Information

The MO Department of Revenue is no longer providing paper forms for libraries to distribute. Missouri forms can be downloaded and printed using the resources below.

Missouri Department of Revenue

Missouri Department of Revenue Tax Assistance Center
Truman Building, 301 W. High St., Room 330, Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-7191

Where’s My Refund

Local Taxpayer Assistance

Click on the links below to find tax help locations around the St. Louis area.

AARP Tax Aide
Gateway EITC Tax Sites

Credit Report

Annual Credit Report

Jefferson County Links

3-4-67 – Health and Wellness for Jefferson County
  Health related programs and events sponsored by Jefferson County Libraries/Jefferson County Health Department funded with a grant from Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation.


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