Research databases, apps, and suggested resources provided by Winding Rivers Library System, the State of Wisconsin, and others. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find tools and resources for youth and students.
Online Databases– Provided by Winding Rivers Library System
(Some may require access with your library card.)
Search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more.
Hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, GED test preparation and more. Gale Courses are developed by expert instructors and run for six weeks. Join any time.
Access training tools here.
An online archive of historical materials representing western Wisconsin history and culture. This project and collection was made possible through a 2014 Library Services and Technology Act grant.
Enjoy unlimited access to over 1,000 online art and craft classes, plus patterns, templates, and recipes. Topics include art & design, sewing, quilting, paper, knitting, crochet, food & home, jewelry, holiday & party, and classes for kids.
Find your next book here with expert reading recommendations and book lists. NoveList Plus includes audiobook recommendations, nonfiction recommendations, and reviews on 70% more titles than in basic NoveList.
(Access with your library card.)
Can’t find it? Search all Wisconsin library holdings with Wiscat, then contact your library to place a request.
A reader’s advisory database of recommendations, author biographies, articles and lists for fiction and nonfiction books.
Free, completely online resources: Fix your car, read the newspaper, research health and wellness issues, or find videos, articles, and encyclopedia entries about almost anything!
Find training, access, and how-to resources for BadgerLink here.
Auto Repair Source
Authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.
Consumer Reports (Library Edition)
Testing results and comprehensive reviews for a wide variety of products.
Learning Express Library
Practice tests, exercises, and skill-building courses to help you achieve success at school, at work or in life.
Recursos para Hispanohablantes
Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español.
A collection of web-based skill building and test preparation materials in Spanish.
Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
Full-text Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s.
Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s-2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.
Access genealogical research including all U.S. Federal Census records, family and local histories, and access to PERSI PERiodical Source Index.
Wisconsin Historical Society Family History Records
Family history research records from the Wisconsin Historical Society records available on Ancestry.com.
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
Job Seeker Resources
Statewide and online tools for anyone seeking a job or career, skills training, or services/support.
For Youth & Students
BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s online library. Here you can find everything from videos to newspapers, author interviews, encyclopedias, and more!
Click here for instructions on how to access BadgerLink at home: https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/sites/bl/files/imce/documents/educator_librarian_guide_accessing_badgerlink_at_school_and_home_v1.pdf
Bringing books to life!
- Meet authors and illustrators with exclusive movies and recordings
- Experience 12,204 read-along audiobook performances
- Hear authors pronounce and tell the stories of their names
- Enjoy 1,456 complete book readings
- Explore book trailers, Meet-the-Author recordings, and more
- Support assignments about books and author studies
- Find the right book for you (Reader’s Advisory)
Encyclopedia entries, videos, images, dictionary entries, and more. Appropriate for researchers of all ages.
Children’s fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more
BadgerLink (By Grade Level)
Making and STEM Resources
CoBuild At Home
The CoBuild website and Facebook group offers a wealth of online maker activities. All ages.
The Community Science Workshop Network
This resource is low in technology, but high in engagement and reliability. All the projects can be made with low cost or recycled materials. Upper elementary through middle school.
Everything from “The Many Types of Mucus” to a “Fossilize Me” card game is available here. Key vocabulary words are bolded, and the clear instructions are written with students in mind. Upper elementary and up.
Microsoft’s MakeCode program includes both physical computing with the Micro Bit and virtual coding and app development. Easy to use with limitless possibilities, it’s a great block coding interface. It even has Minecraft coding! Upper elementary through middle school.
Now in partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education, the site includes an archive of activities for Scratch that includes 323 math activities, 302 visual arts ones, plus examples and stories to help build classroom community and support curricular content. Elementary through middle school.
Learn computer science at home. Limited internet and smart phone options too. Elementary through high school.
Recommended Free Language Learning Resources For Kids
Duolingo ABC (Free for Android/iOS)
Designed by education experts to help your child learn to read English – 100% free!
This site from the British Council has games, stories, and videos to help native speakers of Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French and Spanish learn English. The site includes resources for parents and teachers.
PBS Kids Wisconsin
Oh Noah!, (formerly known as Noah Comprende) is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure.