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  1. This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

  2. Full-text journals and magazines for high school students enrolled in various Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses


    • High School Student


    • More than 4,200 full-text academic journals and magazines
    • More than 1.9 million photos, maps and flags
    • Full text dating back to 1985
  3. Formerly titled "Lexi-PALS Drug Guide," AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. This content is updated monthly.

  4. This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

  5. Use for Genealogy

    Remote access is available through December 31, 2020. After that, this resource will only be accessible inside the Library.  

    This resource relies on referring URLs for authentication. This means you can only access Ancestry from the InfoSoup page that our link takes you to, and then only after you enter your library card number on the InfoSoup page. If you bookmark the Ancestry page that you ultimately land on, you will be missing the referral info. 

    Browser security settings , anti-virus programs, browser caches, etc. can all get in the way of sending a referring URL. Trying different browsers, private windows, clearing cache etc. are all things you can try if you are having trouble accessing Ancestry remotely. 


    One of the most important genealogical collections available today with coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection, and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest™ Online.

    The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Ancestry Library Edition updates continually, with more indexes and original images added all the time.

  6. Use for Business
  7. The Appleton Memory Project is hosted by Milwaukee Public Library and contains digitized local history resources that are in the public domain or for which APL has copyright permission.

  8. The journals of the American Physical Society embody the mission "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of Physics." They strive to produce journals of the highest quality, and at the same time, to keep journals accessible to researchers and students at institutions of all types and sizes, everywhere in the world.

  9. Full-text daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s. Learn more on the Badgerlink website.

    • Beginning to advanced lessons for instruments, voice, and physical art through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals.
    • Beginner to advanced music instruction for the most popular string and band instruments
    • Video based with bookmarking features
    • Browser-based, 24/7 learning.

    APL Staff Intro to ArtistWorks


  10. If you have used ReferenceUSA, try AtoZdatabases for the same kind of information. "We are the ultimate search tool for jobs, businesses, mailing lists, & background searching available at libraries & government institutions."  Take a look at their introduction videos to help you get started with different tasks. Allows 1000 downloads at a time.


    You will not be able to bookmark the AtoZdatabases page itself, b/c part of the authentication process is that you arrive at their site from our site (we must be the refererer). So, if you bookmark that page and go directly there, rather than prompting you for your library card number, it will ask you to sign up as a paying user. You can bookmark any of our eLibrary pages to take you to AtoZdatabases for it to work correctly. 

  11. Use for Repair Manuals

    Authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and international vehicles.

    • From the automotive experts at MOTOR
    • All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)
    • Includes: service and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, technical service bulletins and recalls, maintenance schedules, specifications, diagnostic trouble codes, labor estimates, parts pricing, and component locations


  12. Use for Songbooks

    The Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library has a large collection of songbooks and sheet music that can be requested. The Badgerlink Songbook Database has been developed to help you easily locate songs.

  13. "The goal of BioMedSearch.com is to provide free access to a massive collection of authoritative documents relating to the biomedical field. Our mission is to make these important works available to the community in a way that is fast and easy, while still offering the advanced features demanded by power users such as portfolios, collaboration features, bibliographical citation export, alerts, and more.

    Our search engine contains all the data in PubMed/MedLine, including some data not normally shown in the PubMed listings, plus additional data from other sources including proprietary full-text documents, and a large database of theses and dissertations, making it the most comprehensive biomedical search engine available. All completely free!

    Besides free-form search, users can search based on Author, Journal Title, Publication Date, the Language in which the article was published (many non-English articles have English language abstracts), MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and more.

    Whether you are doctor, scientist, or someone interested in researching a medical topic out of personal interest, BioMedSearch aggregates a vast number of authoritative documents in one place to make finding medical information easy, fast and free."

  14. Use for Business

    Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.

  15. Use for History, Newspapers

    This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

  16. Full-text database covering computing, technology and engineering disciplines


    • General Public
    • Higher Ed Student


    • 409 active full-text, non-open access journals and magazines
    • 301 active, full-text, peer-reviewed, non-open access journals
    • 114 active, full-text, peer-reviewed, non-open access journals with no embargo
    • 289 active, full-text, non-open access journals indexed in Web of Science or Scopus
  17. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.

  18. Search for reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services. Content is based on reporting and results from Consumer Reports' in-house testing laboratory and survey research center.  View articles by most recently published.


    Finding a product review (the charts)

    1. Connect to Consumer Reports with the link above

    2. Click "Search within this Publication"

    3. Click "Advanced Search" (JN: "Consumer Reports" will be in the top search box)

    4. Enter "evaluation" into the second search box, selecting "SU Subject Terms" in the dropdown

    5. Enter a keyword for whatever you are looking for in the remaining box and click SEARCH

    6. In the results, change the SORT from "Relevance" to "Date Newest" to see the most recent articles first.


    Finding the month you want

    1. Connect to Consumer Reports with the link above

    2. In the right column on your computer screen, click the Year that you want to expand: it will show you all the months

    3. Click on the month you want to see the articles from that volume listed in order


    Overview for Online Access


  19. Use for Lexile

    Reliable guides to help librarians with collection development and maintenance, curriculum support, readers’ advisory and general reference for preschool-6th grade.

    • For libraries and educators serving readers in preschool through sixth grade 
    • Book recommendations to assist with collection development and weeding
    • More than 49,000 fiction and nonfiction, story collections and picture books
    • Professional literature for children's librarians
  20. Use for Lexile

    Reliable guides to help librarians with collection development and maintenance, curriculum support, readers’ advisory and general reference for grades 5-9.

    • For libraries and educators serving readers in grades five through nine
    • Book recommendations to assist with collection development and weeding
    • More than 30,000 fiction and nonficton titles
  21. Use for Lexile

    Reliable guides to help librarians with collection development and maintenance, curriculum support, readers’ advisory and general reference for grades 9-12.

    • For libraries and educators serving readers in grades 9 through 12
    • Book recommendations to assist with collection development and weeding
    • More than 30,000 fiction and nonfiction titles
  22. Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

    APL Staff's Intro to Using CreativeBug


  23. Historic photos of Appleton and the Fox Valley.
    Includes items submitted to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections project, Fox Valley Memory, and various galleries compiled by Appleton Public Library Reference Staff in CONTENTdm (CONTENTdm license is funded by OWLS).

  24. This Driver Education program contains the following Wisconsin-specific information:

    • 10 car practice tests
    • 6 motorcycle practice tests
    • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
    • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
    • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions
  25. Use for Downloads, eBooks

    Formerly NetLibrary, eBook Collection by EBSCOhost gives you online access to select titles. However, unlike NetLibrary, titles can be downloaded and moved to an eReader; the collection also includes audiobooks (similar to Overdrive)

  26. Use for Education, Music, Video

    The Educational Communications Board serves as a resource for the Wisconsin education community by providing educational media, classroom resources, and professional development training opportunities in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, and the University of Wisconsin Extension. As an agency of the State of Wisconsin, the mission of the ECB is to provide a statewide telecommunications system and assistance in the diffusion of advanced technologies in support of education.

  27. Education Research Complete is the definitive online resource for education research. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,150 journals, as well as full text for nearly 1,200 journals, and includes full text for more than 500 books and monographs, and for numerous education-related conference papers.

  28. Use for Education

    Educational Administration Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains 60,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

  29. Britannica Online School Edition K12 offers encyclopedias, dictionary, thesaurus, illustrations, maps, biographies, educational activities, exercises, study guides, and related material for students and teachers (Kindergarten through 12th grade). Included are the Wisconsin state curriculum standards with links to supporting articles and learning materials. There are separate interfaces for elementary, middle, and high school, as well as for teachers.

    Access sub-groups of this resource through the following links

  30. Use for Education

    ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, is a "digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. ERIC's mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for educators, researchers, and the general public."

    "ERIC partners with publishers and organizations across the world to provide education research to users. ERIC takes the publisher provided content and adds metadata to make the information searchable. We then make the PDF and/or link to purchase the article available whenever possible."

    What's in the collection?

    The ERIC collection includes bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) for 1.6 million items indexed since 1966, including:

    • journal articles
    • books
    • research syntheses
    • conference papers
    • technical reports
    • policy papers, and
    • other education-related materials

    Currently, over 1,000 journals are indexed in ERIC. Almost all of these journals are indexed comprehensively—every article in each issue is included in ERIC. A small number are indexed selectively—only those articles that are education-related are selected for indexing. In addition, authors and publishers have given ERIC permission to display more than 350,000 full-text materials available—at no charge. Many of these materials are "grey literature" such as conference papers and reports, but there are a growing number of journal articles and books freely available in ERIC as well. Most materials published 2004 and forward include links to other sources, including publishers' websites.

  31. Use for Academic, History

    This bibliographic database is a valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. EBSCO Publishing, in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, has created this resource from “European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750,” the authoritative bibliography that is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery. The original bibliography was co-developed by John Alden and Dennis Landis, Curator of European Books at The John Carter Brown Library. The John Carter Brown Library, founded in 1846 is a foremost repository of rare books and materials and is a center for advanced research in history and the humanities.

  32. For elementary school students and educators, an interface designed especially for elementary school students with an emphasis on topical browsing. Browse by Animals, Arts & Music, Biographies, Geography, Language Arts, Math, Science & Health, and Social Studies.

    Searches American Heritage® Children's Dictionary, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, and Primary Search.

  33. For the general public, an interface designed especially for the general public with an emphasis on topical browsing. Browse by Arts & Literature, Biography, Business & Careers, Current Events, Geography & Culture, Health, History & Social Science, and Science & Math.

    Searches Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, Consumer Health Complete, Education Research Complete, ERIC, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, GreenFILE, Health Source: Consumer Edition, History Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, MAS Ultra: School Edition, MasterFILE Complete, Middle Search Plus, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source Plus, Professional Development Collection, Science Reference Center, and Teacher Reference Center.

  34. 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 Consumer Health Complete, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, GreenFILE, Health Source: Consumer Edition, History Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, MAS Ultra: School Edition, MasterFILE Complete, Middle Search Plus, Newspaper Source Plus, and Science Reference Center.

  35. Use for Genealogy

    For over 100 years, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide.

    Access to unrestricted FamilySearch records is freely available from any web-enabled device. As a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, Appleton Public Library is able to provide access to around 400 million restricted FamilySearch records while using the site in the library. To determine if a record is only viewable in the library, look for the records that contain a camera and a key above it. A camera with a key icon indicates that access to an image is restricted, and is a record that can be seen only at an affiliate library or a family history center. To view these restricted records, you will need to access them on a library computer terminal.

    For the best user experience, it is recommended that you create a FREE account through FamilySearch. Please see this detailed user guide for even more help.

  36. APL's FlipSide is an online platform that showcases and shares local music. With your Appleton Public Library card number, you can stream or download music.

    Anyone with a tie to the Fox Cities (Appleton, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Menasha, and Neenah) can submit to the FlipSide project - whether that means you live here, regularly perform here, grew up here, etc. During open submission periods, 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.


    APL Staff Intro to FlipSide


    Using FlipSide


  37. Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

    The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

    The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

  38. 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)

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

  40. 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.


  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. Use for Genealogy
    • Collection of genealogical and historical sources
    • Unique primary sources, local, and family histories
    • U.S. Federal Censuses, books, cemetery records, city directories, military records and more
  45. 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.

  46. Use for APL Kids, History

    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.

  47. 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.

  48. Download or stream 7 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 www.hoopladigital.com/help and click on Supported Devices.

    Getting Started

    1) w w w . h o o p l a d i g i t a l . c o m

    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.



  49. 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.

  50. Find tests, tutorials, ebooks, and more related to Career Prep; High School Equivalency; College Admissions Prep; Building Skills for School Age, College Students, and Adults; Recursos Para Hispanohablantes.


    • Career Prep
      • Learn More About a Career (Allied Health, Caseworker, Culinary Arts, Police Officer, Legal Mediator, Paralegal, Nurse, Teacher)
      • Entrance Exam Prep (Allied Health and Nursing)
      • Occupation Exam Prep
        • Allied Health
        • Air Traffic Controller AT-SAT
        • Civil Service
        • CDL
        • Cosmetology
        • Culinary Arts
        • Electrical
        • EMT & Paramedic
        • Firefighting
        • Homeland Security
        • Law Enforcement: Corrections, Court Officer, Police Sergeant, Probation/Parole, State Trooper/Highway Patrol, RCMP Police Aptitude, Law Enforcement Exam Skills Practice eBooks
        • Nursing: NCLEX-RN, Nursing Assitant, Nurse Aide Certification
        • Radiography
        • Real Estate
        • PANCE Practice Exam 1 & 2
        • Plumbing
        • Postal Worker
        • Social Work ASWB
        • Teaching: CBEST, CSET, FTCE, GACE, MTEL, NES, ParaPro, Praxis Core, Praxis II, TExES
      • Join the Military or Become an Officer
        • ASVAB Prep
        • Military Flight Aptitude Prep: SIFT, AFOQT, ASTB, flight aptitude test eBooks
        • Officer Canditate
        • CFAT Prep
      • Job Search and Workplace Skills
        • Change Careers
        • Conduct a Successful Job Search
        • Create Great Resumes and Cover Letters
        • Interview with Confidence
        • Job Offers & Salary Negotiation
        • Learn Important Social Networking Skills
        • Military to College
        • Strengthen Your Business Writing Skills
        • Succeed on the Job
      • WorkKeys Assessments and TOEIC Prep
        • Applied Math practice tests
        • Applied Technology practice tests
        • Business Writing practice tests
        • Graphic Literacy practice tests
        • Workplace Documents practice tests
        • TOEIC practice tests and eBooks
    • H.S. Equivalency
      • Are You Ready?
      • Build Your Basic Skills
      • GED Prep
      • GED en Español
      • HiSET Prep
      • Skills Check (TABE 11/12) for Reading 1 & 2; Math 1 & 2; Language 1 & 2
      • TASC Test Assesing Secondary Completion Prep
    • College Admissions Test Prep
      • ACT Prep
      • SAT Prep
      • PSAT/NMSQT Prep
      • AP Prep
      • TOEFL iBT and IELTS Prep
      • College Admissions Essay Writing
    • School Center
      • Skill-building resources for classroom and homework success: Elementary, Middle, and High School
    • College Students
      • Math Skills Review
      • Reading Skills Review
      • Grammar and Writing Skills Review
      • Prepare for Grad School Admissions Exams
      • Prepare for College Placement Exams
      • Prepare for the CLEP Exams
    • Adult Core Skills
      • Build Your Math Skills
      • Become a Better Reader
      • Improve Your Writing, Speaking, and Grammar
      • Become a U.S. Citizen
    • Recursos Para Hispanohablantes
      • Mejore sus habilidades escritas, orales y gramaticales
      • Sea mejor lector
      • Desarrolle sus habilidades matemáticas
      • Prepárese para el examen de GED
      • Sea ciudadano estadounidense


    Staff Intro to Using Learning Express Library


  51. 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
  52. Use for Academic

    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
  53. Collection of literary criticism and reference works


    • General Public
    • High School Student
    • Higher Ed Student
    • Educator


    • More than 160,000 classic and contemporary poems
    • More than 37,000 classic and contemporary short stories
    • More than 8,000 classic novels
    • More than 36,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
    • More than 86,000 articles/essays of literary criticism
  54. 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.

  55. 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.

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

  56. Use for Business, Money

    This resource can be used in place of our previous subscription to MorningStar Mutual Funds which had only been accessible inside the Library building. A paper version of MorningStar Mutual Funds is no longer issued. MarketWatch is a free alternative which includes a mutual fund screener and a search box at the top-right of each page that allows you to enter symbols or keywords.

    "MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones & Co., tracks the pulse of markets for engaged investors with more than 16 million visitors per month. The site is a leading innovator in business news, personal finance information, real-time commentary and investment tools and data, with dedicated journalists generating hundreds of headlines, stories, videos and market briefs a day from 10 bureaus in the U.S., Europe and Asia."
    -- from www.marketwatch.com/companyinfo

  57. Designed specifically for high school libraries, a collection of popular magazines, books, and multimedia covering a wide-range of subject areas. 

    • More than 560 full-text popular high school magazines
    • More than 210 full-text reference books
    • More than 100,000 full-text biographies
    • More than 55,000 primary source documents
    • An image collection of more than 1.9 million photos, maps, flags and color PDFs


  58. Popular full-text magazines, reference books and other sources from the world’s leading publishers.

    • Covers topics including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion
    • More than 2,300 full-text magazines and journals
    • More than 870 full-text reference books
    • More than 73,000 full-text primary source documents
    • More than 1.6 million photos, maps and flags
    • More than 70,000 videos from the Associated Press (AP)
  59. MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing
    with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

  60. Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text
    is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags.

  61. Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.
  62. Use for Money

    Information on mutual funds, ETFs, market analysis, and portfolios. Investors can search for a specific company or fund using its ticker symbol, or use screeners to sort through thousands of stocks and funds. Build your investment knowledge through access to Morningstar's ratings, analyst reports, online classes, and live webinars.

    "Our resources can help individuals reach their financial goals, whether they’re seasoned investors or just starting out. We offer one of the industry’s broadest securities databases, along with portfolio tracking and reporting capabilities and up-to-date financial news and insights."

    Click HERE for Remote Access

      ...username is Appleton Public

      ...password is the first 5 digits of your library card number

    Click HERE if you're in the Library


  63. Use for Newspapers

    Free online index to all 11.6 million articles of the NYT from 1851 to the present. Some access is available to old, PDF articles.

  64. Use for Newspapers

    You can now access unlimited New York Times articles remotely and at the Appleton Public Library.

    1. Click the link to go to this resource and then click REDEEM
    Animated GIF: click the link to go to this resource; then click REDEEM


    2. Click LOGIN (if you already have created an account; if you haven't, create your account at this step)
    Animated GIF: click LOGIN


    3. LOGIN
    Animated GIF: login with the email and password used for your New York Times account


    4. Click the New York Times LOGO at the top, center of the screen to go to the site
    Animated GIF: click on the NY Times logo


    After creating your account/logging in, you will have access for 3 days (72 hours).

    Once the 72 hours passes, you will need to come back to our site to connect and login again.



    Here's the entire process:

  65. A gateway to searching and reading Wisconsin historical newspapers online. Please note that our subscription, courtesy of OWLSnet, covers WISCONSIN titles but does not include the rest of the USA.

    Dates of coverage for Appleton newspapers:

    • Appleton Daily Post 1920
    • Appleton Motor 1859-1866
    • Appleton Post Crescent 1853-1858, 1860-1866, 1920-1932, 1937-1940, 1958-1976

    Reproduced text from the Post-Crescent from 1999+ is available through the US Newsstream resource.


  66. Use for Business, Newspapers

    Newspaper Source Plus includes 1,520 full-text newspapers, providing more than 28 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 601,300 television and radio news transcripts, videos & podcasts.

  67. Use for Newspapers

    Newspapers.com Library Edition - World Collection is an historical newspaper archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. 


    • Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink Title List (includes titles from U.S. Newsstream, Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers, and Newspapers.com Library Edition World Collection)
    • Contains United States, Canada, United Kingdom & Ireland, Australia, and Panama titles
    • At least 150 Wisconsin titles
    • Ongoing updates and new content continually added

  68. Quick video tutorials for many of the resources you’ll find in APL's eLibrary, as well as some popular online and social media platforms.

  69. NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles. For school media specialists and teachers there are Standards-Based Thematic Units and Picture Book Extenders, as well as specific teaching guides for using fiction in the classroom.


    Finding Books Similar to Another Book I Like


    Finding Books With Similar Elements


    APL Staff Intro to Novelist


    APL Staff: Using Themes in Novelist


  70. Designed especially for elementary and middle school students, NoveList K-8 is an online database with fiction and nonfiction titles chosen specifically to support the school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students.

  71. Partial index to obituaries and death notices from Appleton newspapers. This index is a work in progress.

  72. Use for Academic

    For college-level and adult researchers: full page images of the original print index Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities. Nearly 100,000 dissertations from 1933-1955, searchable by dissertation title, author, and school.

  73. Covers social issues, such as Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism. Consists of viewpoint articles, contextual topic overviews, government and organizational statistics and infographics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government agencies and special interest groups, newspaper and magazines articles, as well as links to more than 1,800 reviewed and subject-indexed web sites.


    Intro to Opposing Viewpoints


  74. Downloadable audiobooks, music, eBooks, and videos. A total of 10 items may be checked out and 10 additional items placed on hold for a single account. You will likely encounter Hold Lists for some digital titles; we do not have unlimited access to digital titles. 

     HELP with OverDrive

    • The OverDrive app is called Libby by OverDrive
    • Kindle users may want to point their browser to libbyapp.com since you cannot use the app (OverDrive only codes for compatibility with iOS, Android, and Microsoft).
    • Choosing your Library when setting up/logging into your account
      • On a computer, use InfoSoup Libraries in the selection list to select your Library. Do not choose the Appleton Public Library in Minnesota as it will not work for you.
      • On the Libby app with a zip code search, select Wisconsin Public Library Consortium as your library. If you are using the "Choose Your Location" link, use InfoSoup Libraries in the selection list.
    • Getting Started with OverDrive | OverDrive Help
    • Transfer OverDrive holds to your new library card number. In the “describe your problem” section put in NEW card number (labeled as new) and old card number (labeled as OLD).


    About OverDrive & the Libby App


    Libby App Doesn't Work on Your Device?


    Setting Your Default Due Date Lengths

    When you first sign up for OverDrive, typically it assigns you the shortest checkout period for items (EX: one week for an audiobook or book rather than 2 or 3 weeks). You can set your preferred, default checkout durations by logging into the site (this cannot be done in the app).


    Returning Items Early


    Submitting a Support Ticket

    If you are having technical issues with a title not downloading properly and you are given an error message, library staff can submit a support ticket to OverDrive on your behalf. Here is the info we will need you to provide to us so we can pass it on to OverDrive.

    Support Ticket Info

  75. Use for Genealogy

    Passenger and Immigration Lists Index covers more than 5 million names of persons who immigrated to North American between the late 1500s and mid 20th Century.

  76. Name index to four plat books for Outagamie County: Platbook of Outagamie County, WI (1889), Platbook of Outagamie, WI (ca. 1910) Standard Atlas of Outagamie County (1917) and Atlas of Outagamie County (1942). The originals are shelved in the Wisconsin Collection at the Appleton Public Library. This index is a work in progress.

  77. Use for Literature

    Full-text classic and contemporary poems,short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides


    • General Public
    • High School Student
    • Higher Ed Student
    • Educator


    • More than 370,000 full-text poems, both classic and contemporary
    • More than 56,000 full-text short stories, both classic and contemporary
    • More than 4,000 full-text dramatic works
    • More than 2,600 audio recordings of poets reading their own works from the Academy of American Poets, poets reading works of other poets and podcasts from The Poetry Foundation
    • High-quality videos provided by the Academy of American Poets and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
  78. Citations to articles on local events from the The Post-Crescent newspaper, with some entries dating to the 1850s. The Library owns microfilm for most Appleton newspapers going back to 1853.

  79. Full-text content (1999-current) of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.

  80. Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

  81. Use for Academic, Education

    Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

  82. Overdrive has acquired RBdigital and will be importing the RBdigital titles into the Overdrive collection in the Fall of 2020.

    The Appleton Public Library will be moving our digital ebooks and audiobooks from RBdigital to the Libby app as part of our OverDrive collection. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great ebooks and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby.

    If you have already been enjoying the Libby app, there will be no change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow.

    Transition from RBdigital

    If you currently have a book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. Holds will not be moved, but you may export your Transaction History from the RBdigital websites by accessing My Account > Profiles. You can place holds on those titles again in Libby.

    RBdigital Audiobooks provides access to thousands of downloadable audiobook titles published by Recorded Books. For most all titles, there will be no waiting: if you see it, you can get it. The exception to this are "Coming Soon" titles, and "Single Use" titles. "Coming Soon" titles are audiobooks that aren't yet released to the platform, but are scheduled to soon be available per an agreed upon release date with the publisher. "Single Use" titles are additional titles APL purchases that only allow one user at a time; in those cases, you will need to place a Hold to be added to the list.

    Helpful Hints & Links
    Get the correct App
    • The name of the library is Outagamie Waupaca Library System - Owlsnet; if you just start out by typing 'out' it will appear as a dropdown.

    Having technical difficulties with downloading or opening titles? Please contact them directly at yoursupport@recordedbooks.com


  83. Overdrive has acquired RBdigital and will be importing the RBdigital titles into the Overdrive collection in the Fall of 2020.

    The Appleton Public Library will be moving our digital ebooks and audiobooks from RBdigital to the Libby app as part of our OverDrive collection. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great ebooks and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby.

    If you have already been enjoying the Libby app, there will be no change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow.

    Transition from RBdigital

    If you currently have a book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. Holds will not be moved, but you may export your Transaction History from the RBdigital websites by accessing My Account > Profiles. You can place holds on those titles again in Libby.

    For the time being, you can continue to use the RBdigital app to access magazines through ZINIO.

    Read magazines on your digital device -- many popular and specialty titles available. You will need to create an account with your InfoSoup library card number, an email address, and a password for the site. Once your account is created, you can download the app to your device and use that information to sign in. 

    How to Sign Up

    How to Use It

  84. (Formerly known as "Wisconsin Heritage Online")
    An expanding digital collection featuring documentary sources and material culture from Wisconsin libraries, archives, and museums. The collections in this exhibition project are contributed by cultural heritage organizations throughout Wisconsin.

  85. This comprehensive Spanish-language database offers content from a variety of sources including thousands of encyclopedia entries, an inclusive collection of images, an atlas, health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.

    Content Includes:

    • 49,000 encyclopedia entries
    • Spanish-English dictionary
    • More than 2,500 health reports
    • Over 100 multidisciplinary reference books 
    • Dozens of general interest magazines in a variety of subject areas
    • More than 100,000 images with captions in Spanish
    • An atlas consisting of 330 Spanish-language maps
    • Reputable, regional Spanish language newspapers: Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries such as:

      • El Comercio (Perú)
      • El Mercurio (Chile)
      • El Tiempo (Colombia)

      • El Universal (México)
      • El País (Uruguay)
      • El Nacional (Venezuela)
      • La Nación (Argentina)
      • La Nación (Costa Rica)
      In addition, prominent full-text magazines include Automundo, People en Español,Entrepreneur México, Contenido and Impacto Latin News.

      Referencia Latina's intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to non-English users with limited online research experience.

  86. Use for Business

    This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.

  87. Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

  88. Use for Business

    Access the much more user-friendly interface by connecting through EBSCOhost and then scrolling down to click on "Small Business Reference Center."

    This database offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

    Content/Features Include:

    • Nearly 400 full-text periodicals
    • Nearly 500 full-text reference books
    • Hundreds of business videos
    • State-specific resources
    • Unique, user-friendly interface
    • Business Basics
    • Start-up Kit & Business Plans
    • General Business Areas
    • Industry Information by Small Business Type
  89. Use for Repair Manuals

    Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers. PDF full text is available for all documents.

  90. Use for

    Unfortunately, PBS Wisconsin Education no longer maintains this resource and it is no longer available.

  91. Use for Education

    Research database for teachers providing indexing and abstracts for more than 220 peer-reviewed journals.

    Covering subjects such as Assessment, Best practices, Continuing education, Instructional media, School administration, and Teacher education.

  92. Original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of professional book readings, guides to thousands of titles, and a wealth of multimedia resources on children's and young adult literature.

  93. Gives access to covers and the beginning of articles all the way back to the start of the magazine (March 3, 1923).

  94. Animated, talking picture books that have been created from existing picture books from well-known publishers and authors and converted to the TumbleBook format.
    * NOTE: TumbleBooks and TumbleQuizzes are created in Flash animation and require the Flash plug-in to view and hear the animation. The great majority of computers and operating systems are already pre-loaded with Flash, however, if you are unable to view the books you can download the Flash plug-in for free from Adobe.

  95. U.S. Newsstream contains current and archival United States news coverage dating back to the 1980s. This resource features key national and regional sources including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune and over 80 Gannett titles like the Appleton Post-Crescent and the Green Bay Press Gazette. Content is updated daily, with same-day publication access to over 250 titles. U.S. Newsstream includes newswires, news journals, television and radio transcripts, blogs, podcasts, and digital-only websites.

    Scanned copies of the Post-Crescent are available online, with gaps in coverage, from 1853-1976 through the Newspaper ARCHIVE resource.

  96. Selected local history resources, including four historical Outagamie County plat maps, five city directories from the late 1800s, two historic building surveys and two compilations of early pioneer biographies. There are also two historical overviews, one from Appleton's 75th Anniversary celebration in 1932, and one marking the 100 year period of 1857 - 1957. Click here for a partial index of the plat maps.

  97. Use for Money

    Information on stocks and investment research. The tab for “Investment Education” contains tutorials for using the site and improving money making and financial skills.

    "Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line."

  98. "The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war."

  99. Information on over 500 Fox River area deceased veterans from the War of 1812 to World War I.

  100. Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


    • Arts and Humanities Through the Eras 5v, 2005
    • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990 2v, 2004
    • Contemporary Fashion 2nd ed., 2002
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers 4th ed., 4v, 2001


    • Business Leader Profiles for Students 2v, 2002
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography Vol. 24, 2nd ed., 2005
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography 2nd ed., 23v, 2004
    • Notable Sports Figures 4v, 2004
    • Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: The 1960s 2v, 2003


    • Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans 24th ed., 2008

    Environment & Animals

    • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia 2nd ed., 17v, 2004


    • Contemporary Novelists 7th ed., 2001
    • Contemporary Poets 7th ed., 2001
    • Modern American Literature 5th ed., 3v, 1999
    • Nonfiction Classics for Students 5v, 2001
    • Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature 2002
    • Reference Guide to Short Fiction 2nd ed., 1999
    • Reference Guide to World Literature 3rd ed., 2v, 2003
    • Writers Directory 2005 ed., 2v, 2004

  101. Legal research. Includes forms, case law, and much more. Please note there is a daily limit on Westlaw use: Daily Document Limit = 150; Session Document Limit = 20. Both email and download requests count toward these limits.

  102. The Wisconsin Catalog is the statewide bibliographic database. It contains 5.2 million bibliographic records with local holdings statements for 1116 libraries of all types throughout Wisconsin.

  103. The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a growing collection of documents about the activities, functions, and policies of Wisconsin State Government. The collection contains documents from 2001 to current published by the Executive and Judicial branches of Wisconsin State Government, state government task forces, initiatives, boards, commissions, councils and special study groups. Most of the government documents were born-digital.

  104. Use for Newspapers

    Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site is a service of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. It provides access to the daily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin, starting in 2005 to the present, with an embargo delay of 60 days. The BadgerLink team has worked with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) to improve Wisconsin newspapers in BadgerLink. Through this new partnership, WNA’s Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site will provide access to its 235 daily and weekly member-newspapers. Each addition is covered cover to cover in a PDF, searchable format. This service is available onsite in libraries of all types (except for corporate libraries) and through entry of a library card number. It is not available statewide through IP address authentication as are other BadgerLink resources.

    By their request, this database does not include Gannett newspaper publications, which includes The Post-Crescent in Appleton, The Reporter in Fond du Lac, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Herald Times Reporter in Manitowoc, Marshfield News-Herald, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sheboygan Press, Stevens Point Journal, Wausau Daily Herald, and The Daily Tribune in Wisconsin Rapids.

  105. Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, maps and other items owned by libraries throughout the U.S. and more than 80 countries.