Research


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

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Business & Consumer Information

Automate: Accurate, authoritative, and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Available through BadgerLink.

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. Available through BadgerLink.

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

Reference USA: Information on U.S. companies & consumers. Free ReferenceUSA webinars available!

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

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 is available from April 2005 through 90 days ago. Includes Waukesha Freeman, 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 Also includes historical documents; biographies of historical figures; historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical videos.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.

Learning Express: Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and information needed to achieve results—at school, at work, or in life. The Computer Skills Learning Center includes interactive courses on Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. Available through BadgerLink.

Literary Reference Center: 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.

Learning Express: 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.

Literature & Reading

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.

Literary Reference Center: 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!


Online Classes

Learning Express: 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.