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Frequently Used:  EBSCOhost,  LearningExpress Library,  ReferenceUSA

Academic Search Premier

This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

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EBSCO
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AHFS Consumer Medication Information

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yes

Formerly titled "Lexi-PALS Drug Guide," AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. This content is updated monthly.

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EBSCO
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ALLDATA Car Repair

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no

Comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information.

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ALLDATA
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Alt HealthWatch

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

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EBSCO
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Ancestry Library Edition

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no

One of the most important genealogical collections available today with coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection, and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest™ Online.

The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Ancestry Library Edition updates continually, with more indexes and original images added all the time.

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ProQuest
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APS Physics

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no

The journals of the American Physical Society embody the mission "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of Physics." They strive to produce journals of the highest quality, and at the same time, to keep journals accessible to researchers and students at institutions of all types and sizes, everywhere in the world.

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American Physical Society
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Auto Repair Reference Center

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yes

Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945.

Database content includes more than 33,800 vehicles covered from 1945 to present, nearly 800,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 83,200 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, over 99,800 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing, specifications & maintenance schedules, Labor Time Guide & Estimator; AutoIQ, Quick Tips, a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance, unlimited remote access and much more. New repair procedures and updates are continually added to the product. All of the content in Auto Repair Reference Center has been created by ASE certified technicians.

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EBSCO
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BadgerLink Songbook Database

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yes

The Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library has a large collection of songbooks and sheet music that can be requested. The Badgerlink Songbook Database has been developed to help you easily locate songs.

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WI Reference and Loan
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BioMedSearch.com

"The goal of BioMedSearch.com is to provide free access to a massive collection of authoritative documents relating to the biomedical field. Our mission is to make these important works available to the community in a way that is fast and easy, while still offering the advanced features demanded by power users such as portfolios, collaboration features, bibliographical citation export, alerts, and more.

Our search engine contains all the data in PubMed/MedLine, including some data not normally shown in the PubMed listings, plus additional data from other sources including proprietary full-text documents, and a large database of theses and dissertations, making it the most comprehensive biomedical search engine available. All completely free!

Besides free-form search, users can search based on Author, Journal Title, Publication Date, the Language in which the article was published (many non-English articles have English language abstracts), MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and more.

Whether you are doctor, scientist, or someone interested in researching a medical topic out of personal interest, BioMedSearch aggregates a vast number of authoritative documents in one place to make finding medical information easy, fast and free."

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BioMedSearch.com
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Book Collection Nonfiction: Elementary School Edition

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yes

A rich research database for school and public libraries. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for 1,290 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on animals, weather, holidays, Native Americans, United States, Canada, biographies, civics and more.

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EBSCO
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Book Collection Nonfiction: High School Edition

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yes

A rich research database for school and public libraries. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for 2,448 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, ethnicity, disabilities, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more.

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EBSCO
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Book Collection Nonfiction: Middle School Edition

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yes

A rich research database for school and public libraries. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for 3,089 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, ethnicity, disabilities, technology, biographies, history, science, women, civics and more.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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Business Source Premier

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yes

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.

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EBSCO
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Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Created by: 
Library of Congress
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Consumer Health Complete

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yes

CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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Consumer Reports

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yes

Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.

Created by: 
EBSCOhost
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Digital Image Collections

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yes

Historic photos of Appleton and the Fox Valley.
Includes items submitted to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections project, Fox Valley Memory, and various galleries compiled by Appleton Public Library Reference Staff in CONTENTdm (CONTENTdm license is funded by OWLS).

Created by: 
APL
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eBook Collection (by EBSCOhost)

Formerly NetLibrary, eBook Collection by EBSCOhost gives you online access to select titles. However, unlike NetLibrary, titles can be downloaded and moved to an eReader; the collection also includes audiobooks (similar to Overdrive)

Created by: 
NetLibary (transitioning to EBSCO)
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ECB: Educational Communications Board

The Educational Communications Board serves as a resource for the Wisconsin education community by providing educational media, classroom resources, and professional development training opportunities in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, and the University of Wisconsin Extension. As an agency of the State of Wisconsin, the mission of the ECB is to provide a statewide telecommunications system and assistance in the diffusion of advanced technologies in support of education. Includes the Soundzabound Music Library, royalty free music library that meets all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education.

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Educational Communications Board
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Education Research Complete

Education Research Complete is the definitive online resource for education research. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,150 journals, as well as full text for nearly 1,200 journals, and includes full text for more than 500 books and monographs, and for numerous education-related conference papers.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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Educational Administration Abstracts

Educational Administration Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains 60,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

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EBSCO
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Encyclopædia Britannica

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yes

Britannica Online School Edition K12 offers encyclopedias, dictionary, thesaurus, illustrations, maps, biographies, educational activities, exercises, study guides, and related material for students and teachers (Kindergarten through 12th grade). Included are the Wisconsin state curriculum standards with links to supporting articles and learning materials. There are separate interfaces for elementary, middle, and high school, as well as for teachers.

Access sub-groups of this resource through the following links

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Encyclopædia Britannica Online
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ERIC

ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, contains more than 1,243,000 records and links to more than 224,000 full-text documents from ERIC.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

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yes

This bibliographic database is a valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. EBSCO Publishing, in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, has created this resource from “European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750,” the authoritative bibliography that is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery. The original bibliography was co-developed by John Alden and Dennis Landis, Curator of European Books at The John Carter Brown Library. The John Carter Brown Library, founded in 1846 is a foremost repository of rare books and materials and is a center for advanced research in history and the humanities.

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EBSCO
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Fox Valley Memory

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yes

Digital library of local history. Contains text and images, as well as links to other local history
resources. (managed by APL and the Outagamie County Historical Society)

Created by: 
APL
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Funk and Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia

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yes

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

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EBSCO
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GreenFILE

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yes

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

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EBSCO
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Health Source: Consumer Edition

This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

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EBSCO
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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

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EBSCO
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Heritage Quest

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yes

HeritageQuest Online™ combines digital, searchable images of U.S.federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images, and extensive
indexing, from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more
than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and
over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250
primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.

Many other distinctive and invaluable sources of information can be found within HeritageQuest Online.
These include Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a widely recognized
resource guide, updated annually, that covers more than 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. There are other valuable collections such as the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, which identifies more than 80,000 American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men. The forthcoming Freedman’s Bank Records is a database that documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and their dependants and heirs. The Freedman’s Bank Records
is considered one of the most important resources for African-American
genealogical research. All of these resources are fully searchable
through HeritageQuest Online’s easy-to-use Web interface.

Take a look at Wisconsin DPI's YouTube channel for a video on using HeritageQuest to find Census Records.

Created by: 
ProQuest
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Historic Photos Index

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yes

Partial index to photos from books in the Wisconsin Collection, generally scenes from Appleton history. The photos may be viewed in the library or requested as photocopies. Photos are not available online. Other historic photos are in Fox Valley Memory.

Created by: 
APL
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History Matters

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yes

Designed for high school and college teachers and students of U.S. history survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence.

We emphasize materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence. We welcome your participation in expanding and improving the site.

For a guide to over 2600 sites on the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, visit ECHO Science and Technology Virtual Center.

Created by: 
George Mason University, Center for History and New Media (CHNM)
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History Reference Center

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yes

History Reference Center offers full text from more than 2,500 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for nearly 170 leading history periodicals, more than 112,000 historical documents, 113,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 112,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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Humanities International Complete

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yes

Humanities International Complete provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,100 journals and 2.47 million records) plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 890 journals.

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EBSCO
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IndieFlix

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yes

IndieFlix allows anyone with a current, InfoSoup library card to stream thousands of award winning films from more than 2,000 festivals worldwide. Titles include films from festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca. IndieFlix also includes selections from more than 50 foreign countries, including documentaries and shorts.

Films may be sorted by genre, film length, award, intended audience and more.

IndieFlix is available 24 hours a day on any computer, tablet, or device with an Internet connection.

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Recorded Books
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InfoSoup Memory Project

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yes

The InfoSoup Memory Project is an online effort to provide access to the wealth of historical resources available in OWLSnet member libraries. The InfoSoup Memory Project is still in its early stages and will continue to grow.

Created by: 
APL & OWLS
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Kids Search

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yes

Kids Search is designed especially for youth in grades K-8, offering an easy-to-use search screen that finds information in several Databases funded by BadgerLink and housed in EBSCO: Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Middle Search Plus, Primary Search, Newspaper Source Plus, History Reference Center, Book Collection Nonfiction: Middle School Edition, and Science Reference Center.

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EBSCO
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LearningExpress Library

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yes

(formerly known as 'Learn-a-Test')   Practice tests and study aides on a variety of topics. Also includes basic reading, writing, and math skills improvement for school children and adults. You will need your Library card number.

  1. LearningExpress Adult Learning Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools for the GED® and U.S. citizenship tests as well as skill-building materials for adults, covering subjects like math, reading, writing, and public speaking.
  2. LearningExpress Career Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials for adults, covering subjects like learning about a career and preparing for an entrance or occupational exam
  3. LearningExpress College Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials for reviewing key college skills.
  4. LearningExpress College Preparation Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools for the ACT, PSAT, and SAT as well as skill-building materials, including how to write a college admissions essay.
  5. LearningExpress High School Equivalency Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools for the GED, HiSET, and TASC tests as well as skill-building materials, covering subjects like math, reading, and writing.
  6. LearningExpress Library: a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials for children, teens, and adults.
  7. LearningExpress Popular Software Skills Center: a collection of web-based skill-building materials on today’s popular computer programs including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Windows and Mac operating systems.
  8. LearningExpress Recursos para Hispanohablantes: recursos para mejorar sus habilidades escritas, matemáticas, de leer, de ser ciudadano estadounidense, y más.
  9. LearningExpress School Center: a collection of web-based skill-building materials for K-12 students, including how to prepare for tests, boost current skills, and learn new ones.
Created by: 
Learning Express
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Legal Information Reference Center

Can I use this from home?: 
yes

Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis.

Content Includes:

  • Over 13,300 state-specific legal forms
  • More than 250 full-text publications
  • Thousands of legal forms
  • Unique, user-friendly interface

Subjects Include:

  • Business Law
  • Financial Planning
  • Family Law
  • Property & Real Estate
  • Rights & Disputes
  • And much more
Created by: 
EBSCOhost
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Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

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yes

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

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EBSCO
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Literary Reference Center

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yes

Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. LRC is a comprehensive database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else. LRC contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works and is an essential resource for public, academic and high school libraries.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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Literature Resources from Gale

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yes

Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across several major Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.

Created by: 
Gale Cengage
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LitFinder

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yes

International in scope, covers all time periods, and contains primary literature content including poem citations and excerpts, as well as full-text poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays. Also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary.

Created by: 
Gale Cengage
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Local Services Directory

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yes

Find which City Department to call for certain issues. This database includes all the City of Appleton Departments as well as other selected government agencies and community organizations.

Created by: 
APL
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Mango Languages

Can I use this from home?: 
yes

Mango Languages is an easy to use and effective language learning tool focusing on everyday conversation. This program provides step by step lesson plans for many different languages (including English). Mango is easy to use and can work on any operating system and with any web browser.

Foreign Languages for English Speakers
  1. Arabic (Levantine)
  2. Chinese (Cantonese)
  3. Chinese (Mandarin)
  4. Croatian
  5. Czech
  6. Danish
  7. Dari
  8. Dutch
  9. Farsi (Persian)
  10. Finnish
  11. French
  12. French (Canadian)
  13. German
  14. Greek
  15. Greek (Ancient)
  16. Greek (Koine)
  17. Haitian Creole
  18. Hawaiian
  19. Hebrew
  20. Biblical Hebrew
  21. Hindi
  22. Icelandic
  23. Indonesian
  24. Irish
  25. Italian
  26. Japanese
  27. Korean
  28. Latin
  29. Norwegian
  30. Pashto
  31. Pirate
  32. Polish
  33. Portuguese (Brazil)
  34. Russian
  35. Slovak
  36. Spanish (Latin America)
  37. Spanish (Spain)
  38. Swedish
  39. Tagalog
  40. Tamil
  41. Thai
  42. Turkish
  43. Ukrainian
  44. Urdu
  45. Vietnamese
English as a Second Language

Mango currently has 15 ESL programs for learning English.

  1. English for Arabic (Egyptian) speakers
  2. English for Chinese (Cantonese) speakers
  3. English for Chinese (Mandarin) speakers
  4. English for French speakers
  5. English for German speakers
  6. English for Greek speakers
  7. English for Italian speakers
  8. English for Japanese speakers
  9. English for Korean speakers
  10. English for Polish speakers
  11. English for Portuguese (Brazil) speakers
  12. English for Russian speakers
  13. English for Spanish (Latin America) speakers
  14. English for Turkish speakers
  15. English for Vietnamese speakers
Created by: 
Mango Languages
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MarketWatch.com

Can I use this from home?: 
yes

This resource can be used in place of our previous subscription to MorningStar Mutual Funds, which had only been accessible inside the Library building (we also no longer receive the paper version of MorningStar Mutual Funds which used to be shelved with the Business Collection). The MarketWatch site includes a mutual fund screener, as well as a search box at the top-right of each page that allows you to enter symbols or keywords.

"MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones & Co., tracks the pulse of markets for engaged investors with more than 16 million visitors per month. The site is a leading innovator in business news, personal finance information, real-time commentary and investment tools and data, with dedicated journalists generating hundreds of headlines, stories, videos and market briefs a day from 10 bureaus in the U.S., Europe and Asia."
-- from www.marketwatch.com/companyinfo

Created by: 
Dow Jones & Co
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MAS Ultra - School Edition

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yes

Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines. MAS Ultra – School Edition also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975.
Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, full text from 86,017 biographies, 105,786 full text primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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MEDLINE

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing
with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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Middle Search Plus

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yes

Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text
is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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Military & Government Collection

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yes
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.
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EBSCO
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New York Times Index

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yes

Free online index to all 11.6 million articles of the NYT from 1851 to the present. Some access is available to old, PDF articles.

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New York Times
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Newspaper ARCHIVE

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yes

Tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s. A gateway to searching and reading historical newspapers online.  Dates of coverage for Appleton newspapers includes 1853 – 1863, 1920-1932, 1937-1940, and 1958-1976.

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Newspaper ARCHIVE
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Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus includes 1,520 full-text newspapers, providing more than 28 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 601,300 television and radio news transcripts, videos & podcasts.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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NoveList

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yes

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles. For school media specialists and teachers there are Standards-Based Thematic Units and Picture Book Extenders, as well as specific teaching guides for using fiction in the classroom.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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NoveList K-8

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yes

Designed especially for elementary and middle school students, NoveList K-8 is an online database with fiction and nonfiction titles chosen specifically to support the school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students.

Created by: 
EBSCO
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Obituary Index

Partial index to obituaries and death notices from Appleton newspapers. This index is a work in progress.

Created by: 
APL
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OneClickDigital Audiobooks

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yes

OneClickdigital is a new audiobook download service offered to InfoSoup library card holders, providing access to more than 3400 audiobook titles published by Recorded Books.

Created by: 
Recorded Books
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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yes

Covers social issues, such as Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered
Species, and Terrorism. Consists of viewpoint articles, contextual topic overviews, government
and organizational statistics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government
agencies and special interest groups, newspaper and magazines articles, as well as links to more
than 1,800 reviewed and subject-indexed web sites.

Created by: 
Gale Cengage
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Overdrive WI Digital Library

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yes

Browse and search for hundreds of downloadable audiobooks, music, eBooks, and videos. A total of 10 items may be checked out and 10 additional items placed on hold for a single account. (The Overdrive URL will contain '10/355' for the regular site; to force yourself to the Mobile Overdrive site, replace those numbers with '40/20'.)

 HELP with Overdrive

  • See InfoSoup's informational/search page on using eBooks in Overdrive.
  • Overdrive Help: includes MyHelp, customized help for your computer or device in the form of a step-by-step wizard/tutorial to get you going with Overdrive Digital Download Center. The Device Resource Center will let you know if yours is compatible with Overdrive's ebooks, audiobooks, music, or videos. You can also take a look at some of the helpful videos in the Digital Books Tour.
  • WI Digital Book Center FAQ (WPLC)... very frequently updated, includes extensive info with screen shots.
  • APL has handouts to help you with your eReader, with specific instructions for a Kindle. (See links at bottom of this content area.)
  • Transfer Overdrive holds to your new library card number. In the “describe your problem” section put in NEW card number (labeled as new) and old card number (labeled as OLD).
  • Still having trouble with Overdrive? You can contact Support with a description of your situation.

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OverDrive
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Platbook Index

Name index to four plat books for Outagamie County: Platbook of Outagamie County, WI (1889), Platbook of Outagamie, WI (ca. 1910) Standard Atlas of Outagamie County (1917) and Atlas of Outagamie County (1942). The originals are shelved in the Wisconsin Collection at the Appleton Public Library. This index is a work in progress.

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APL
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Post-Crescent Index - APL

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yes

Citations to articles on local events from the The Post-Crescent newspaper, with some entries dating to the 1850s. The Library owns microfilm for most Appleton newspapers going back to 1853.

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APL
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Post-Crescent Online (Proquest Newspapers)

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yes

Full-text content (1999-current) of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.

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Proquest
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Primary Search

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yes

Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

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EBSCO
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Professional Development Collection

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yes

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

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EBSCO
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Recollection Wisconsin

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yes

(Formerly known as "Wisconsin Heritage Online")
An expanding digital collection featuring documentary sources and material culture from Wisconsin libraries, archives, and museums. The collections in this exhibition project are contributed by cultural heritage organizations throughout Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS)
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Reference USA

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yes

"With over 14 Million U.S. Businesses and 89 Million U.S. Residents, ReferenceUSA provides you the power to find and study businesses, locate people, conduct market research, find addresses and phone numbers, search the hidden job market, and much more. ReferenceUSA is updated with millions of changes monthly, so you will get the most accurate information available."

* If you are asked for a login and password rather than just a library card number, on that very same page please click on "Help" in the upper-right corner and look at the second-last topic in the Help screen regarding this issue. If adjusting the anti-virus settings still does not resolve the problem, please read the fourth-last topic "Why can't I log in to ReferenceUSA?" If you still cannot connect, Reference USA asks that you contact their 1-800 number for trouble-shooting
assistance.

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InfoUSA
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Referencia Latina

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yes

This comprehensive Spanish-language database offers content from a variety of sources including thousands of encyclopedia entries, an inclusive collection of images, an atlas, health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.

Content Includes:

  • 49,000 encyclopedia entries
  • Spanish-English dictionary
  • More than 2,500 health reports
  • Over 100 multidisciplinary reference books 
  • Dozens of general interest magazines in a variety of subject areas
  • More than 100,000 images with captions in Spanish
  • An atlas consisting of 330 Spanish-language maps
  • Reputable, regional Spanish language newspapers: Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries such as:

    • El Comercio (Perú)
    • El Mercurio (Chile)
    • El Tiempo (Colombia)

    • El Universal (México)
    • El País (Uruguay)
    • El Nacional (Venezuela)
    • La Nación (Argentina)
    • La Nación (Costa Rica)
     
    In addition, prominent full-text magazines include Automundo, People en Español,Entrepreneur México, Contenido and Impacto Latin News.

    Referencia Latina's intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to non-English users with limited online research experience.

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EBSCOhost
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Regional Business News

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yes

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.

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EBSCO
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Science Reference Center

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yes

Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

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EBSCO
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Searchasaurus

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yes

A collection of resources designed for kids of all ages, including an encyclopedia of animals, a general encyclopedia, and two magazine databases, Middle Search Plus and Primary Search. (A kids' search interface for selected EBSCOhost databases)

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EBSCO
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Small Business Reference Center

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yes

This database offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

Content/Features Include:

  • Nearly 400 full-text periodicals
  • Nearly 500 full-text reference books
  • Hundreds of business videos
  • State-specific resources
  • Unique, user-friendly interface
  • Business Basics
  • Start-up Kit & Business Plans
  • General Business Areas
  • Industry Information by Small Business Type
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EBSCOhost
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Songbook Index

Index to approximately 600 songbooks owned by the Appleton Public Library. Only song titles are included in the index, but these may be searched by either phrase or keyword. You may also search by the title of the songbook. (See also Badgerlink Songbook Database)

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APL
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Songbook Index, Children's

This database is an index to over 150 songbooks owned by the Children's Services Section at the Appleton Public Library. To search for a particular song, use "search for song titles." To search for the title of a particular songbook, use "search for songbooks." This index will help you find a book that contains the words and music to a song, not a recording. On the results page, clicking on the book title will open a new window and connect you to the library catalog to tell you if the book is checked in or out. Please call the Family Readers' Advisory Desk at 832-6187 if you have questions about the Children's Songbook index or need help finding a song.

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APL
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Soundzabound Music Library

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yes

Royalty free music library that meets all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education. Offers a wide variety of music, audio themes and sound effects for grades K -12 and universities that ensures your copyright safety. Perfect for podcasts, PowerPoint™, videos, news shows, video yearbooks, digital storytelling, presentations, TV broadcasts, web design and more! Part of the ECB.

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Soundzabound Music Library
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Student Research Center

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yes

An easy-to-use search screen for secondary students to find information in the following BadgerLink funded database found within EBSCO: Health Source - Consumer Edition, MAS Ultra - School Edition, Middle Search Plus, Newspaper Source Plus, History Reference Center, Book Collection Nonfiction: High School Edition, and Science Reference Center.

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EBSCO
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Teaching Books

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yes

Original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of professional book readings, guides to thousands of titles, and a wealth of multimedia resources on children's and young adult literature.

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Teaching Books.net
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Time Archive

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yes

Gives access to covers and the beginning of articles all the way back to the start of the magazine (March 3, 1923).

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Time Magazine Archive
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Tumble Books

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yes

Animated, talking picture books that have been created from existing picture books from well-known publishers and authors and converted to the TumbleBook format.
* NOTE: TumbleBooks and TumbleQuizzes are created in Flash animation and require the Flash plug-in to view and hear the animation. The great majority of computers and operating systems are already pre-loaded with Flash, however, if you are unable to view the books you can download the Flash plug-in for free from Adobe.

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TumbleBooks
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University of WI Digital Collections (images provided by APL)

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yes

Selected local history resources, including four historical Outagamie County plat maps, five city directories from the late 1800s, two historic building surveys and two compilations of early pioneer biographies. There are also two historical overviews, one from Appleton's 75th Anniversary celebration in 1932, and one marking the 100 year period of 1857 - 1957. Click here for a partial index of the plat maps.

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UW Digital Collections
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Veterans History Project

"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war."

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Library of Congress
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Veterans' Grave Registration

Information on over 500 Fox River area deceased veterans from the War of 1812 to World War I.

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APL
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Virtual Reference Library

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yes

Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Arts

  • Arts and Humanities Through the Eras 5v, 2005
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990 2v, 2004
  • Contemporary Fashion 2nd ed., 2002
  • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers 4th ed., 4v, 2001

Biography

  • Business Leader Profiles for Students 2v, 2002
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography Vol. 24, 2nd ed., 2005
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography 2nd ed., 23v, 2004
  • Notable Sports Figures 4v, 2004
  • Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: The 1960s 2v, 2003

Education

  • Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans 24th ed., 2008

Environment & Animals

  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia 2nd ed., 17v, 2004

Literature

  • Contemporary Novelists 7th ed., 2001
  • Contemporary Poets 7th ed., 2001
  • Modern American Literature 5th ed., 3v, 1999
  • Nonfiction Classics for Students 5v, 2001
  • Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature 2002
  • Reference Guide to Short Fiction 2nd ed., 1999
  • Reference Guide to World Literature 3rd ed., 2v, 2003
  • Writers Directory 2005 ed., 2v, 2004

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Gale Cengage
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Westlaw Legal Research

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no

Legal research. Includes forms, case law, and much more. 

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Westlaw
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WISCAT

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yes

The Wisconsin Catalog is the statewide bibliographic database. It contains 5.2 million bibliographic records with local holdings statements for 1116 libraries of all types throughout Wisconsin.

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WISCAT
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Wisconsin Digital Archives

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yes

(Government documents, mostly born-digital.)  State government provides a wealth of information about all aspects of life in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a growing collection of electronic state documents that are intended to provide public perspective on state government programs

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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site

Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site is a service of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. It provides access to the daily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin, starting in 2005 to the present, with an embargo delay of 60 days. The BadgerLink team has worked with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) to improve Wisconsin newspapers in BadgerLink. Through this new partnership, WNA’s Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site will provide access to its 235 daily and weekly member-newspapers. Each addition is covered cover to cover in a PDF, searchable format. This service is available onsite in libraries of all types (except for corporate libraries) and through entry of a library card number. It is not available statewide through IP address authentication as are other BadgerLink resources.

By their request, this database does not include Gannett newspaper publications, which includes The Post-Crescent in Appleton, The Reporter in Fond du Lac, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Herald Times Reporter in Manitowoc, Marshfield News-Herald, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sheboygan Press, Stevens Point Journal, Wausau Daily Herald, and The Daily Tribune in Wisconsin Rapids.

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Wisconsin Newspaper Association
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World Vital Records (My Heritage)

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yes

A massive library with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and millions of family trees. Access key collections:

  • COMPLETE U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940
  • military records
  • enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records
  • millions of newspaper articles
  • unique, exclusive local and world collections

NEW records added regularly.

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My Heritage
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WorldCat

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yes

(formerly Badgercat) lists the books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, maps and other items owned by libraries throughout the U.S. and more than 80 countries.

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OCLC
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Zinio

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yes

Zinio provides a quick and easy way for Library patrons to read digital copies of some of their favorite magazines; access is available on any internet-enabled device -- just be sure to have your library card number ready. Zinio’s digital platform recreates a magazine page-for-page, including highly visual full-color pictures, while taking the reading experience even further through intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive rich media elements such as audio and video.

 HELP with Zinio

Zinio is extremely easy to use. You will need to login twice (technically, for 2 different accounts): the first is to access the magazine titles for which the Library has paid a subscription; the second is for the Zinio website which must be used to actually view the titles. You may find it easiest to use the same email and password for both logins (the Library portal and the Zinio.com website).

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Recorded Books
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