Library Catalogs and Databases
Merlin Local Library Catalog
Merlin is the shared catalog of NWLS member libraries. With a library card patrons can directly request, renew, and can check the status of items either checked out or on hold.
OverDrive Digital Media Catalog
The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) offers an OverDrive catalog of downloadable ebooks, videos, music and audiobooks that can be reserved and/or checked out on your library card. To get started, click on the WPLC Help link at the top of the catalog.
WisCat State Library Catalog
WisCat is the Wisconsin library catalog that can be browsed when the Merlin catalog doesn't have what you're looking for. Contact your librarian to request items from WisCat.
WordCat Global Catalog
WorldCat is a worldwide catalog of library collections that includes more than 67 million bibliographic records with items in many different formats. Patrons can access this database at any library or at home with a user-friendly search page.
Ancestry Genealogy Database
Ancestry Library Edition is an extensive library genealogy research tool. Access is limited to in-library use. Promotional and training materials are available.
BadgerLink Discovery Databases
BadgerLink contains thousands of newspaper and periodical titles, image files, and other reference materials. EBSCO (BadgerLink) offers over 6,000 magazine and journal titles, over half of which are available in full-text, and an online support center. BadgerLink, available to everyone in Wisconsin without a password, is a project of the Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning for the citizens of Wisconsin. Funding is provided through the Public Service Commission Universal Service Fund. BadgerLink promotional materials are available.
Job & Career Database
Job & Career Accelerator is a database for exploring careers, finding jobs, and getting help with resumes, cover letters, interviews and keeping track of your job search progress. To access Job & Career Accelerator, set up an account by going to"New User Registration" at http://jca.learnatest.com/lel/ or by going to "New Users" on the LearningExpress Library home page at http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/. A Quick Start Guide is available to help you get started.
Learning Skills Database
LearningExpress Library is a learning center for people of all ages and education levels interested in learning extra skills for school or work. People in the NWLS service area can create an account from a library or from home using a library card. Visit the Help Center for help to get started. Featured lists of LearningExpress tests, courses and ebooks are available from the Merlin catalog.
A large variety of materials
In the Irma Stein Memorial Children's Area, we have Preschool, Easy Readers, Juvenil, and Young Adult Fiction Books. We also offer Juvenile Books on CD and Cassette. There are Kids Time Kits; meant to be checked out and used with an older person. (Great for babysitters.) There is a selection of Toddler Board Books. There are puzzles, and games, paper and crayons, and a beautiful Doll House donated by Sadie Weber.
We have a shelf designated for Large Print Fiction and Nonfiction.
There is a large Adult Fiction Area, and a Paperback Collection. At the end of the Adult Fiction, you will find the Adult Fiction Books on CD and cassette.
Our Nonfiction Area consists of multi media. This means that you will find Adult books, juvenile books, audio books, DVDs, and VHS. This makes it very easy to search by subject, and see all that we have to offer on that subject in one area. Our patrons appreciate this.
We have over 4000 VHS and DVDs.
We have a large selection of periodicals, and subscribe to local papers.
Almanacs | Automotive | Biographies | Calculation and Measurement | Calendars/Time Zones | Countries | Dictionaries/Language | Encyclopedias | Etiquette | General Reference | GED/Education | Health Care | History | Law/Legal | Maps and Locators | States and Cities | Statistics and Profiles | Stock Quotes| Translators | Weather Forecasts/History/Road Conditions
Chilton Automotive Repair Database: Step-by-step procedures, photos, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting guides and spec tables can be accessed. A password is required which can be obtained from a librarian.
Wisconsin History: The dictionary gives brief lives of more than 2,000 famous Wisconsin people (and many not so famous).
Biographical Dictionary: This biographical dictionary covering 28,000+ personalities has advanced search capabilities.
Virtual Reference-Science & Technology- Biographical Sources: A directory of biographical information about scientists and mathematicians.
Calorie And Fat Gram Chart For 1000 Foods: Includes fat, calorie, and cholesterol counts for common foods.
Fast Food Facts: For fast food products.
Financial Planning Toolkit: Financial Calculators: Calculators for loan rates, mortgages, refinancing comparisons, amortization, debt consolidation, and more.
The Inflation Calculator:
What is a Dollar Worth?:
Calendar Zone: Links to hundreds of calendars, including celestial, event, cultural, daily, and interactive.
Virtual Perpetual Calendars: Includes calendars for every year in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as holiday dates, leap year information, and more.
TimeandDate.com: Offers a variety of calendars and clocks for reference or personal use.
World Time Server: See current time and deviation from GMT for all countries and many large cities.
Global Road Warrior: The Ultimate Guide to the World. Use Library card number for access.
Flags of the World: Each country's flag is pictured in color, with a description of the significance of the colors and symbols, and a brief history.
Nationmaster.com: NationMaster is a central data source to graphically compare facts about nations.
Nations of the World : Provides links to each country's constitution and selected legal guides along with access to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
Library of Congress American Historical Information: Profiles of books on American politics, arts, culture, architecture, etc..
FSI Language Courses: This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format.
BBC Language Courses: Audio and video courses for beginners and intermediates in 36 languages.
Bartleby.com: Find quotations, poetry, English language style and usage, thesauri, encyclopedias and much more in this comprehensive reference resource.
Merriam Webster's Dictionary: This easy-to-use dictionary includes multiple meanings (including British usage), as well as etymology and pronunciation of words.
On-line Medical Dictionary:
Quotations: Key word, author, title and subject access to a number of major quotation sources in the public domain, including Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the King James Bible, Roget's Thesaurus and others.
Wordsmyth: A dictionary/thesaurus with exceptional searching capabilities for hard-to-spell or frequently misspelled words and over 50,000 entries.
YourDictionary.com: Links to 1,500 dictionaries covering 230 separate languages, from Afrikaans to Xhosa, plus specialized dictionaries, multilingual dictionaries, verb conjugators, translators, thesauri, synonyms and homonyms, quotations, etymology, and more.
Encyclopedia Britannica: Links to Encyclopedia Britannica articles and similar web sites, by general category or specific search topic.
The Knot: Wedding etiquette.
Comcourse GED program: The Comcourse's GED program is available for free for students seeking to enter college. The system provides a complete course of study in all of the subject areas. It is self-paced and requires only an Internet connection. It is open to anyone.
On-line Medical Dictionary:
Health Finder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsored source for reliable health information.
Medicine Plus: Trusted health information sponsored by U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
Medscape Medical Search: Articles, News, Conference coverage, Clinical overviews and drug reference.
Clinical Trials: ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.
Marshfield Clinic Health Information Center:
Eldercare Planning / Long Term Care: Contained here are 34 in-depth chapters, totaling over 690 printable pages, from 9 experts and covering all areas of long-term care planning, or as it's more commonly called, elder care planning.
National Archives Footnote: For genealogists, history buffs, and even the average Web passerby.
Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ): This resource is designed to assist you with information covering all aspects of the role of the Department – from legal services to consumer help for seniors to crime prevention and law enforcement services, victims rights and environmental enforcement.
Wisconsin Court System for the Public: Wisconsin Court System designed this web site for use by people representing themselves in divorce/separation, complaints against judges, complaints against interpreters, lawyer regulation, and more.
Google Street Maps: Physical and geographic country maps.
Atlapedia Online: Physical and geographic country maps, complete with statistics and factoids.
How Far Is It?: This easy-to-use site calculates distance (as the crow flies) between any two points in the world and includes a map for further reference.
MapQuest!: Interactive street atlases of the continental United States gives you mileage, door-to-door or city-to-city, and street maps with driving directions.
National Atlas: Create your own maps based on information such as agricultural production, crime, geographic features, population, and more.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: Historical, countries and world.
TerraServer-USA: Free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States."
Topozone: Every USGS topographic 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map for the entire United States.
Topographic Map Symbols: Help in interpreting the maps.
United States Geography: USGS geographers monitor the changes on the land surface by observing the Earth with remote sensing satellites, studying the connections between people and those changes with careful geographic analysis, and providing society with relevant science information they can use to manage the consequences of those changes.
Google Earth: Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information. Free program that must be downloaded but worth the effort. High speed internet access and a monitor resolution of at least 1024 by 768 is needed.
Wisconsin State Government: Links to Wisconsin State offices, public services, state facts and more.
50 States and Capitals: Information for all fifty states and seven territories, including state flags (picture and description), state symbols, political and geographical information, and a direct link to the state's official web page.
Official City Sites: Links to official state and city web pages in the U.S. and several European countries.
Sperling's Best Places: Compare over 3,000 U.S. cities in housing, costs of living, crime, education, economy, health and climate.
Townhunter: Compare over facts about U.S. cities.
United States Gazetteer: Locate a city, township or county by name or zip code. Brief data includes 1990 population, as well as an interactive map of the area.
Consumer Price Index: Get the most current CPI press release, or look at an overview of CPIs from 1913-present.
Wisconsin Labor Market Information: Access statistics about the Wisconsin work force, including the county snapshots,
Wisconsin Office of Economic Advisors: The Office assists economic data users to better understand the relationships between labor markets and other economic and demographic specifics.
FedStats: Statistics from 70 U.S. government agencies, searchable by keyword and agency.
United States Census Bureau: Searchable site with many statistics for the U.S.
State and Metropolitan Data Book:
Fact Finder: Contains, under "Other Official Statistics," links to state and international data centers, and the department of commerce. For the latest 1990 census reports see:
Census 2000 Gateway:
U.S. State Fact Sheets: Basic and agricultural statistics on every state in the U.S., compiled by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wisconsin Blue Book: The Blue Book contains facts and statistics on Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Health Statistics: Statistics on Cancer, Health Care Providers, Health Surveys, Health Insurance, Population, and Vital Statistics (Births, Deaths, Marriages, Divorces, Life Expectancy).
Altavista's Babelfish translator:
WorldLingo: (Translation, Localization, Globalization)
Symbols.com: Common symbols from a variety of cultures are searchable by graphic element or meaning.
National Weather Service Point Forecast:
National Weather Service Radar Image:
Historical Climate Summaries: (Midwest Regional Climate Center) Historical highs, lows, and precipitation records from weather stations around the Midwest.
Wisconsin State Climatology Office:
Wisconsin Road Conditions: From the Dept. of Transportation. Not updated during the summer.
Wisconsin Construction and Detours: