Research Help

Online Library Databases

Downloadable Books and Magazines

  • OverDrive -Wisconsin's Digital Library – Over 50,000 digital ebooks and audiobooks that can be accessed on mobile devices, computers, MP3 players and ereaders. 
  • Flipster -Digital magazines that can be downloaded to your mobile device or computer.  Titles include Good Housekeeping, People, Sports Illustrated, Time, Cosmopolitan and more!
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost -Searchable full text downloadable ebooks for use with computers and ereaders (mostly non-fiction).

Books and Literature

Genealogy and History

  • Ancestry Library Edition -Contains over 11 billion records for genealogy research including census, passenger lists, family trees, city directories and more. Only available for use within the library.
  • HeritageQuest* -Genealogy records including census, cemeteries, city directories, family history books, military records and immigration records
  • Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers* -Daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 60 days ago, including the Portage County Gazette and the Central Wisconsin Sunday.
  • Local Genealogy and History -Digitized material and indexes relating to Portage County history and genealogy.

Students and Teachers

  • EBSCOhost* -A database on general, business, health, and other topics comprised of magazine, academic journals, trade publications and more.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica* and Britannica Escolar (Espanol)* -Encyclopedias, dictionary, thesaurus, and related learning materials for students and teachers (K-12).
  • LearningExpress Library* -Practice exams for standardized tests and career certifications, self-guided courses for computer skills, citizenship and more.
  • Newspaper Source Plus* -Full-text newspapers and articles, plus television and radio news transcripts, videos & podcasts.
  • Wisconsin Media Lab* -Video programs for Wisconsin's K-12 students and teachers, available via streaming or download.
  • Soundzabound* -Music and sound effects that are copyright compliant, content safe and royalty free for K-12 school use.


  • Transparent Languages Online -offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities.


  • AtoZdatabases -Search millions of business and resident listings in the United States for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and more.
  • Business Source Premier* -Business journals and reports on marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.

Auto Repair

Health and Wellness

  • Consumer Health Complete* -Information on diseases, treatments (including drugs and herbs), alternative medicine, fitness, nutrition and wellness.

Other Resources

  • GreenFILE* -Scholarly, government and general-interest titles on the human impact on the environment.
  • LISTA* -Index to librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, etc.
  • Consumer Reports -Reviews and consumer information for a variety of products.

* Access to this resource is provided as part of the BadgerLink project.