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Information for Students and Teachers

These online information resources can help you find the reliable answers you need. All you need is a library card to access most of them from home because they’re made available by your public library, the South Central Library System, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) through the BadgerLink project, and LSTA funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. As an added bonus you also can turn to a librarian for additional help at your public library.

What are you looking for?

Q -- “I need some recent articles on how the Internet is influencing marketing decisions and impacting sales patterns as they relate to consumer goods.”

A -- Use EBSCOHost's powerful "Advanced Search" to look for magazine and newspaper articles about marketing and sales trends. Books in eBooks on EBSCOhost or OverDrive (audiobooks) also may be useful.

Q -- “Do you have an online encyclopedia?”

A -- EBSCOHost includes the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia as one of its many databases. BadgerLink also provides access to Britannica Online (see list at right).

Q -- “I’m planning a class discussion on government emergency response and need current and authoritative information on Hurricane Katrina. Can you help?”

A -- Use EBSCOHost to search for magazine and newspaper articles on current issues. For longer analyses, books included in eBooks on EBSCOhost or OverDrive (audiobooks) may be useful.

Q -- “Can you help me find some research and anecdotal information by tomorrow about the Red Panda?”

A -- EBSCOHost has articles from many magazines, and may include newspaper articles on Red Pandas.

Q -- “I'm going to take the SAT and ACT and need some resources to help prepare. What are my best options?”

A -- LearningExpress Library is a test preparation website that offers comprehensive courses in math, reading and writing, and more than 300 online practice tests for students and adults of all ages.

Education Resources

  • Soundzabound, a collection of royalty-free music and sound effects designed specifically for K-12 school use.
  • Regional and national newspapers are available through Newspaper Source Plus. Access to Newspaper Source Plus is provided as part of the BadgerLink project.
  • Practice tests and tutorial courses are available in LearningExpress Library.
  • Find information about authors and their works with Literature Resource Center and Literary Reference Center.
  • For fiction reviews and annotations, Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists, turn to NoveList or NoveList K-8.
  • Digital Audio Books are available through OverDrive.
  • A searchable collection of more than 6,000 books is available through eBooks on EBSCOhost.
  • For original, up-close profiles of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of book readings, guides to thousands of titles, and a wealth of resources on children's and young adult literature, use  Access to is provided as part of the BadgerLink project.
  • Access a database of millions of records describing books and other library materials from around the world using Worldcat. Use it to find items you are unable to find in LINKcat, then ask your library to request it for you. Please read the FAQ first. WorldCat is a registered trademark of OCLC Inc. 
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