In-Library Access Only

These databases can only be accessed inside the Appleton Public Library building.

Explora for Middle & High Schools

For middle and high school students and educators, an interface designed especially for middle and high school students with an emphasis on topical browsing. Browse by Arts & Literature, Biography, Business & Government, Current Issues, Geography, Health, History, and Science & Math.

Searches Academic Search Premier, Book Collection Nonfiction Middle & High School Editions, Consumer Health Complete, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, GreenFILE, Health Source: Consumer Edition, History Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, MAS Ultra: School Edition, MasterFILE Premier, Middle Search Plus, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source Plus, and Science Reference Center

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APL's FlipSide is an online platform that showcases and shares local music. With your Appleton Public Library card number, you can stream music from your friends and neighbors in the area.

Anyone with a tie to the Fox Cities can submit to the FlipSide project, whether that means you live here, regularly perform here, grew up here, etc. (Fox Cities is defined as Appleton, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Menasha, and Neenah).  During open submission periods (at least twice per year), upload a sample of your music using the online submission form. Artists must have at least 10 minutes worth of music available to be added to the collection. Our curators will review the music and consider it for inclusion in our collection based on a variety of criteria. You'll be informed via email whether your music was accepted or declined.

If you're a local musician with recordings you want to stream, check out the Submit page to learn when submission periods are open.

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Fox Valley Memory

Digital library of local history. Contains text and images, as well as links to other local history
resources. (managed by APL and the Outagamie County Historical Society)

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Funk and Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

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Gale Courses

Gale Courses, based off the popular ED2Go platform, offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses typically run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Record of Completion: if you complete 60% of the quizzes and get at least 80% on the final exam on your first try, you can print or save a certificate of completion. Certificates & Reports are always available in your “Previous Courses” list.

Need more help? See Gale Courses' Help Page.

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GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

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Health Source - Consumer Edition

This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

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Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest Online™ combines digital, searchable images of U.S.federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.

Many other distinctive and invaluable sources of information can be found within HeritageQuest Online. These include Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a widely recognized resource guide, updated annually, that covers more than 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. There are other valuable collections such as the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, which identifies more than 80,000 American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men. The forthcoming Freedman’s Bank Records is a database that documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and their dependants and heirs. The Freedman’s Bank Records is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research. All of these resources are fully searchable through HeritageQuest Online’s easy-to-use Web interface.

Take a look at Wisconsin DPI's YouTube channel for a video on using HeritageQuest to find Census Records.

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Historic Photos Index

Partial index to photos from books in the Wisconsin Collection, generally scenes from Appleton history. The photos may be viewed in the library or requested as photocopies. Photos are not available online. Other historic photos are in Fox Valley Memory.

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