Research & Learning

Research databases, apps, and suggested resources provided by WRLS, 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 WRLS

Reference Solutions

(Formerly ReferenceUSA)

Search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more.

Gale Courses

Access hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, GED test preparation and much more. Gale Courses are developed by expert instructors and run for six weeks.

Access training tools here.

Mango Languages

Mango offers over 70 world language courses expertly designed to adapt to a diverse range of learning needs, styles, and backgrounds.

ATTENTION! WRLS will be dropping Mango Languages and adding a new digital database, Creativebug, starting January 1, 2021. Although statistics showed a decline in use of Mango, we’re sorry for the inconvenience. For free and/or low-cost alternatives to Mango Languages, please click here.

ECHO

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.

Creativebug

Creativebug inspires you to create and then teaches you how! 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.

Statewide Resources

WISCAT

Can’t find it? Search all Wisconsin library holdings with Wiscat, then contact your library to place a request.

Novelist

A reader’s advisory database recommendations, author biographies, articles and lists for fiction and nonfiction books.

BadgerLink

Free, completely online resources for everything from personal interest to educational research to lifelong learning. Most resources listed on this page can be found within BadgerLink.

Find training, access, and how-to resources for BadgerLink here

U.S. Newsstream

U.S. news featuring key national and regional sources including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, and Chicago Tribune as well as over 80 Gannett titles. Content is updated daily.

Auto Repair Source

Authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

Consumer Reports

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. 

Newspapers.com

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.

HeritageQuest Online

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.

Consumer Health Complete

A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. Consumer Health Complete is designed to support patients’ information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

MEDLINE

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. 

For access to additional e-resources and for help with online research, please contact your local library or visit your library’s website.
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Language Learning Apps and Tutorials

For Youth & Students

PBS Wisconsin Education

Videos, interactive resources, Wisconsin biographies, and more! 

Novelist K-8

Children’s fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more

Explora

Encyclopedia entries, videos, images, dictionary entries, and more. Appropriate for researchers of all ages.

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.

Science Friday

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.

MakeCode

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.

Scratch

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.

Code.org

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)

https://www.duolingo.com/abc  

Designed by education experts to help your child learn to read English – 100% free! 

 

LearnEnglishKids

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/ 

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

https://wisconsin.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/oh-noah/  

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. 

 

Cambridge English

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/parents-and-children/ 


Hmong Language Classes (Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency, La Crosse)

http://www.hmoobagency.org/hmong-language-class/