Online Resources

BadgerLink is supported by the Department of Public Instruction to provide Wisconsin residents access to quality online information in cooperation with the state’s library community.

  • Access NewspaperARCHIVE: contains millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s, presented in a PDF format that preserves the original context and format of content.
  • Encyclopædia Britannica: English and Spanish language encyclopedias for K12 students and teachers. Resources include articles, images, videos, “how to” guides, maps as well as lesson plans and activities. Access is organized by curriculum standards, reading level, and subject.
  • EBSCO: provides access to 36 databases of magazines, journals, newspapers, images and reference resources covering education, health, business and general areas of interest. Includes:
  • LitFINDER: contains a wealth of primary literature content, including citations and full text of hundreds of thousands of poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays.
  • TeachingBooks: provides original, in studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of book readings, guides to thousands of titles and multimedia resources on children’s and young adult literature.
EbscoHost Find full text magazine and journal articles in this online index. Over 4100 Titles.
Heritage Quest Find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of US Federal Cenus Records 1790-1930. Also, find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local histories.
HeritageQuest Online Barcode Authentication
Ancestry With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; and passenger lists. (In Library Use Only)
You have questions, we have answers!

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is a personal, instant “Antiques Road Show” that provides a sophisticated, up-to-date, easy-to-use resource — whether the user is a professional art appraiser or a budding collector.

How do you go about hiring an appraiser for your antiques and collectibles? How do you spot a fake antique piece of furniture? What is the history behind one of the most collectible toys in America — the “Barbie”?

The answers to these and other interesting collectibles questions are now included in Price It! Antiques & Collectibles online resource.

Find information on: Pottery, Furniture, Toys, Jewelry, Art and other antiques & collectible categories of interest.

With new subjects and content monthly, there will always be topics of interest for your library patrons to read when they are searching the online resource to value their antiques and collectibles.

More than 60 million images let them see exactly what they’re looking for:
A picture can be worth a thousand words when your patrons need that extra help identifying an item. In addition, seeing the condition of an item leads to more accurate pricing. So whether they’re serious collectors, antiques dealers or just trying to determine the value of something found in the attic, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles can save time and money with a fast and accurate value determination.

Key features that set Price It! Antiques & Collectibles apart from other online appraising sources:

  • We provide an online resource of collectibles-related articles where researchers and collectors alike can find current and past stories that complement the pricing information they receive
  • We cover collectibles, not just high-end antiques. This makes us more appealing to a wider range of users because we include categories such as Bakelite, comic books and Coca Cola® collectibles
  • Our data sources include online auction sources (eBay®), online retail (GoAntiques, TIAS.com) and brick-and-mortar auction houses. This is unlike other online resources that offer information from auction houses only. So patrons can feel confident that they’re getting a more accurate price representation
  • We’re adding more than 2 million records a month to the 41 million+ already in our files. Other online resources offer as few as 350,000 records
  • A directory of more than 6,000 collecting clubs from around the world — join a club on a collectibles topic that interests you! This easy-to-search resource delivers club descriptions, membership information and Web links
  • Unlike online resources that source only brick-and-mortar auction houses, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles adds results from online auction sites and online retail sites. Patrons get a much wider perspective on collectibles and a more accurate, real-world price representation.
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  • Is current and complete so you can find the newest title by your favorite author or spot a title that you may have missed
  • Lists the most popular series so you can discover a new author or rediscover an enjoyable series of years past
  • Indexes character, location, and subject as well as author and title so you can identify a series that you may recall only vaguely
  • Lists the novels in the correct reading sequence so you can begin at the beginning rather than blunder into the middle of act III
NoveList Plus NoveList Plus is an easy to use database with a single search bar that makes finding books quick and simple. It includes over 200,000 fiction and nonfiction titles with subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as

  • Author Read-alikes
  • What We’re Reading
  • Book Discussion Guides
  • BookTalks
  • Annotated Book Lists
  • Lists of award-winning books
NoveList K-8 Plus NoveList K-8 Plus allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in your classroom. The NoveList Learning Center provides a complete introduction to the product and shows you how to use NoveList to meet the reading needs of your students. You can access the Learning Center by clicking on its link in the left hand column of your screen.