In-Library Access Only

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

History Matters

Designed for high school and college teachers and students of U.S. history survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence.

We emphasize materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence. We welcome your participation in expanding and improving the site.

For a guide to over 2600 sites on the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, visit ECHO Science and Technology Virtual Center.

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History Reference Center

History Reference Center offers full text from more than 2,500 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for nearly 170 leading history periodicals, more than 112,000 historical documents, 113,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 112,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

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Download or stream 6 items each calendar month with no waiting lists. If you see it and you want it, you can have it. Hoopla gives you access to 500,000 movies, tv, music, books*, audiobooks*, and comics. Use Hoopla on your laptop or computer by logging in to the website, or use the Hoopla app on your mobile devices.

For a list of supported devices, go to and click on Supported Devices.

Getting Started

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2) Click the blue GET STARTED button… you’ll be prompted for the following steps:

3) Enter your email address and create a password

4) Search for and select APPLETON PUBLIC LIBRARY

5) Enter your Library Card Number and PIN

6) Click the blue SIGN ME UP button

Using It

1) Login to the site OR open the app
2) Find what you want and click Borrow. It's that easy. Movies, Audiobooks, and TV give you the option to Download to your device (rather than just stream by default) while Books and Comics download automatically.

Check Out Periods

21 days: audiobooks*, books*, & comics
07 days: music
03 days: movies & tv episodes (each episode counts as one download toward your total)
When your checkout period is up, the items will automatically return and be deleted from your device.


*Books & Audiobooks: aside from Harper Collins titles, you won’t find a lot of best sellers. Hoopla is actively working with the other big 4 publishers, so this may change in the future.


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Humanities International Complete

Humanities International Complete provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,100 journals and 2.47 million records) plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 890 journals.

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LearningExpress Library

Practice tests and study aides on a variety of topics. Also includes basic reading, writing, and math skills improvement for school children and adults. You will need your library card number.

  1. LearningExpress Adult Learning Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools for the GED® and U.S. citizenship tests as well as skill-building materials for adults, covering subjects like math, reading, writing, and public speaking.
  2. LearningExpress Career Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials for adults, covering subjects like learning about a career and preparing for an entrance or occupational exam
  3. LearningExpress College Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials for reviewing key college skills.
  4. LearningExpress College Preparation Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools for the ACT, PSAT, and SAT as well as skill-building materials, including how to write a college admissions essay.
  5. LearningExpress High School Equivalency Center: a collection of web-based test preparation tools for the GED, HiSET, and TASC tests as well as skill-building materials, covering subjects like math, reading, and writing.
  6. LearningExpress Recursos para Hispanohablantes: recursos para mejorar sus habilidades escritas, matemáticas, de leer, de ser ciudadano estadounidense, y más.
  7. LearningExpress School Center: a collection of web-based skill-building materials for K-12 students, including how to prepare for tests, boost current skills, and learn new ones.
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Legal Information Reference Center

Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis.

Content Includes:

  • Over 13,300 state-specific legal forms
  • More than 250 full-text publications
  • Thousands of legal forms
  • Unique, user-friendly interface

Subjects Include:

  • Business Law
  • Financial Planning
  • Family Law
  • Property & Real Estate
  • Rights & Disputes
  • And much more
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Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text

Database providing cover-to-cover indexing, abstracting and full-text for key library and information science periodicals.

  • Covering subjects such as classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, information literacy, metadata and more
  • More than 320 full-text journals
  • Indexing & abstracting for more than 730 journals
  • Conference proceedings, library school theses and pamphlets
  • Coverage dating back to 1960
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Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. LRC is a comprehensive database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else. LRC contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works and is an essential resource for public, academic and high school libraries.

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Local Services Directory

Find which City Department to call for certain issues. This database includes all the City of Appleton Departments as well as other selected government agencies and community organizations.

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Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an easy to use and effective language learning tool focusing on everyday conversation. This program provides step by step lesson plans for many different languages. Mango includes specialty, topical courses and non-English movies to help you practice comprehension.

Mango is easy to use and can work on any operating system and with any web browser; the Mango app is free.

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