Research Databases

Find what you need with free, online research resources. With accurate information and accessible 24/7 from the library or from home. You only need your library card to get started.

America’s News: Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Journal-Sentinel. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.

Waukesha Freeman: full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Freeman. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.

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Business & Consumer Information

Business Source Premier: Full-text journal and peer-reviewed articles covering all disciplines of business including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics. Available through BadgerLink.

Consumer Reports:  Access to product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics, and more.

Free Business Sources: Find a full list of local and national free business resources on this curated list.

Morningstar Investment Research Center:  Find quality investment information on stocks or mutual funds, and research current or prospective holdings. 

Small Engine Repair: Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. Available through Badgerlink. 

Genealogy, History, & Newspapers

AncestryLibrary:  Comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research. 

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers:  Access to 235 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers. Content includes historical newspapers as well as recent papers. Includes Waukesha Freeman, Daily Jefferson County Union, Cambridge News, Lake Mills Leader, Oconomowoc Enterprise, Palmyra Enterprise, Waterloo Courier, Watertown Daily Times, and Whitewater Register. Available through BadgerLink.

Ebscohost:  Magazines, journals, newspapers, images and reference resources covering education, health, business, science, history and general areas of interest. Available through BadgerLink. 

HeritageQuest:  U.S. federal census information, family genealogies, local histories, genealogical and local history serials, and more. Available through BadgerLink.

History Reference Center:  Full text reference books, encyclopedias, periodicals, and non-fiction books. Also includes historical documents; biographies of historical figures; historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical videos. Available through BadgerLink. 

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. Available through BadgerLink.

Newspaper Source Plus:  Includes 1,570 full-text newspapers, providing more than 27 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 583,100 television and radio news transcripts, videos & podcasts.  Available through BadgerLink.

U.S. Newsstream: Search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s, featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. Coverage: 1980 – current. Available through BadgerLink.

Health & Science

Consumer Health Complete:  Content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Available through BadgerLink.

Science Reference Center:  Full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Available through BadgerLink.

Homework Help

Britannica Online- Elementary School: Level-appropriate reference articles, journals and magazines, the websites, multimedia, and curriculum content. Available through BadgerLink.

Britannica Online- Middle School:  Level-appropriate reference articles, journals and magazines, the websites, multimedia, and curriculum content. Available through BadgerLink.

Britannica Online- High School:  Level-appropriate reference articles, journals and magazines, the websites, multimedia, and curriculum content. Available through BadgerLink.

Explora:  Magazines, journals, newspapers, images and reference resources covering education, health, business, science, history and general areas of interest. Available through BadgerLink.

HelpNow: A free, online tutoring and study tool with live online tutoring, a writing lab, test preparation, online meeting spaces, curated lessons and tutorials, customizable teaching tools, and more.

LearningExpress:  Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and information needed to achieve results—at school, at work, or in life. Available through BadgerLink.

Literary Reference Center Plus:  Full text of plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, and much more. Available through BadgerLink.

NoveList K-8:  Reading recommendations that helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers. Available through BadgerLink. 

TeachingBooks.net:  Includes 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. Available through BadgerLink.

Job Search Help

Cypress Resume:  Online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps. 

LearningExpress:  Looking to land a job? An entire Learning Center is dedicated to help job seekers.  Practice tests include SAT and ACT. The Computer Skills Learning Center includes interactive courses on Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. Available through BadgerLink.

Gale Courses:  Over 350 interactive, instructor-led courses in a variety of topics. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Online Classes

LearningExpress:  The Computer Skills Learning Center includes interactive courses on Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. Available through BadgerLink.

Gale Courses:  Over 350 interactive, instructor-led courses in a variety of topics. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Reading & Entertainment

Ebsco Ebooks:  Electronic book collection of nonfiction titles.  Titles can be checked-out, downloaded, and read on your computer or device. Available through BadgerLink.

Flipster: Read your favorite magazines on your tablet, phone, or computer. There are over 90 magazines to choose from, with current and past issues.  You can also download the Flipster app for your device.

Hoopla: Digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! 

Literary Reference Center Plus:  Full text of plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, and much more. Available through BadgerLink.

NoveList K-8:  Reading recommendations that helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers. Available through BadgerLink. 

NoveListPlus:  Book recommendations for over 200,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles, plus lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, book talks, recommended reads and more. Available through BadgerLink.

TeachingBooks.net:  Includes 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. Available through BadgerLink.

WISCAT: Search for library materials in Wisconsin libraries outside of the Bridges Library System. 

Wisconsin’s Digital Library:  Check out and read ebooks and digital audiobooks on your computer or device. The Libby app makes reading on-the-go even easier. Click and enjoy!