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  • Prepare Patrons for Success with LearningExpress

    Last Updated: 07/23/15

    Have you read the recent NPR story about free SAT study tools? Students can now tap into online SAT test prep tools via Khan Academy. But did you know that students in Wisconsin have always been able to access test prep materials via BadgerLink’s subscription to LearningExpress Library?


    LearningExpress Library is a powerful online learning resource available through BadgerLink. The various LearningExpress Library Centers organize ebooks, practice tests, and courses by audience and subject.


    Practice Tests

    Help students and adults prepare for a wide range of exams—such as the GED®, ACT®, and career certification tests.


    Take practice tests in one of 3 simulation modes where you can view answers during testing untimed, learn the material untimed, or practice your test skills in a timed mode.


    More Than 190 ebook Titles Available

    In addition to a wide range of interactive skill-building tutorials and instantly scored practice tests, LearningExpress also offers online access to electronic reference books. More than 190 eBook titles, perfect for students and adult learners.

    Here are just a few:

    • ACT® Essay Practice
    • ACT® Flash Review
    • ACT®: Power Practice 
    • ACT® Word Games
    • AP* Biology Flash Review
    • AP* U.S. History Flash Review
    • Aprenda Rápido: Escritura/Writing
    • Aprenda Rápido: Lectura/Reading
    • Aprenda Rápido: Vocabulario y Ortografia/ Vocabulary and Spelling
    • ASVAB Core Review
    • ASVAB Success
    • ASVAB
    • ASVAB Power Practice
    • CDL: Commercial Driver’s License Test Prep
    • GED® Test Skill Builder: Mathematics
    • GED® Test Power Practice
    • GED® Test Flash Review
    • GED® Test Skill Builder: Reasoning through Language Arts
    • GRE® Vocabulary Flash Review
    • Guía de Ciudadanía/Naturalización en U.S.A.
    • Job Interviews That Get You Hired
    • PraxisTM Praxis II® Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 and 5014)
    • Praxis II® Mathematics (0065 and 5161)
    • Praxis II® Power Practice Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 0011 and 501)
    • Praxis II®: ParaPro Test Prep (0755 & 1755)
    • Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712, 5722, 5732)
    • SAT* Math Essentials
    • SAT* Writing Essentials
    • SAT*/PSAT* Word Games
    • TOEFL iBT® Vocabulary Flash Review
    • Vocabulary for TOEFL iBT®
    • Write Your Way into College: College Admissions Essay
    • Write Your Way into College: SAT* Essay

    Tags: Resource Highlight


  • LearningExpress Library

    New Content in LearningExpress Library

    Last Updated: 07/23/15

    New ebooks, practice tests, and courses have been added to LearningExpress Library which provides skill building and test preparation materials!
    New Practice Tests 
    Eight (8) complete MCAT® practice tests are now available in the College Center to help students prepare for the new MCAT® 2015 test.
    New eBooks 
    We’ve added a new series that focuses on workplace skills. It includes Mastering Workplace Skills: Math Fundamentals, Mastering Workplace Skills: Grammar Fundamentals, and Mastering Workplace Skills: Writing Fundamentals. There are also new GED® test preparation eBooks in English and Spanish, a new edition of California Police Officer Exam, and a new “501” eBook—501 Questions to Master Everyday Grammar and Writing.
    New Common Core Resources
    Thirteen (13) new practice tests and a new tutorial are the latest additions to the Common Core State Standards resources. They feature technology-enhanced item types and interactivity, and are completely aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
    Coming Soon
    New and revised resources will be added for the PCAT®, PSAT/NMSQT*, AP*, ACT®, and the new 2016 SAT* test.
    Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!

    Tags: Update


  • Chippewa Falls Public Library

    Library of the Month: Chippewa Falls Public Library

    Last Updated: 07/23/15


    Chippewa Falls Public Library buildingChange is in the air at Chippewa Falls Public Library (CFPL). The entire library has refocused their programs and services and found fun and creative ways to reach their community. Library staff continues to serve the patron population with the mix of traditional library services with the latest trends in the field. There’s still story time and the microfilm reader, but now you can also check out iPads and access digital content from home! Library staff are in the midst of reorganizing and upgrading the archives and local history room, digitizing historic newspapers, and modernizing the audio-visual equipment in the large meeting room. It’s been a busy spring!


    The youth services' department has also seen innovation. New interactive materials have been introduced to the Imagination Station, the children’s learning through play space. Kids can be a pretend to be a chef and "cook" a pretend meal, or be an engineer and "build" a building with blocks, or try out the Art Cart, a re-purposed medical trolley that provides space and materials for open-ended, kid-driven creation. Additionally, the teen/young adult space is being expanded to include the entire mezzanine. The young adult area is called the YA Cafe and is a space where teens can hang out, do homework, and read.


    Doc McStuffins Program

    The summer is a great time to check out library programming, but the CFPL has great programming year round. Programming attendance has seen a sizeable increase as well, due in part to a new focus on partnering with others in the community. In January, a Doc McStuffins program with a visit from local veterinarians was a favorite. This summer, programming will follow the “Heros” theme with planned visits from the community’s new K9 officer and her partner, presentations from a local Peace Corp volunteer and an area falconer, as well as a field trip to the fire station. On August 22, the library will partner with Citizen Community Federal to bring a community movie night to an outdoor park in town complete with games, food, raffle, and music. Also in August, the Friends of the Library hosts its bi-annual book sale. And later this fall, the Friends of the Library will be hosting a fall author series, headlined by Nickolas Butler. Fun programs for children, teens and adults like the Teen Monster Ball, Dedicated Readers Society, and holiday Super Yule, make the library great place to find stuff to do.


    Chippewa Falls Public Library provides traditional library services but also serves the public with innovative technology and educational programming. The best part of Chippewa Falls Public Library to its community? “It’s all yours.”

    Tags: Library of the Month


  • Super Search

    The new Super Search is here!

    Last Updated: 07/08/15

    Now when you use the Super Search, you will use a more visually appealing interface, have more search options, and also search more BadgerLink resources!


    Watch this short video to learn about our new Super Search.


    Go to and start your search! Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions.

    Tags: Update


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    Prevent Summer Learning Loss

    Last Updated: 07/08/15

    It’s officially SUMMER! That means sunburns, mosquitoes, lemonade, and … summer learning loss?


    Summer learning loss, sometimes called summer slide, is a very real phenomenon and can affect all children. Studies show that students who do not engage in educational activities during the summer typically score lower on tests at the end of summer than they did at the beginning. It is estimated that two or three months of learning can be lost over summer vacation.


    It is very important that students participate in summer educational activities. One study indicated that reading as few as 4-6 books over the summer helps readers maintain their skills and reading 10-20 helps readers improve their skills. Your library offers a variety of fun programming, but there are also resources available to you online from BadgerLink ( Available to all Wisconsin residents, BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s Online Library and provides access to learning games, skill building activities, book recommendations, and more.


    Here are a few BadgerLink resources that you can use this summer to prevent summer slide.


    Britannica School includes encyclopedia articles on almost every topic imaginable as well as learning games.


    LearningExpress Library provides test preparation and skill building for children, teens, and adults. Kids can practice their math skills, learn about grammar, prepare for the SAT or ACT, practice for AP tests, and more!


    NoveList and NoveList K-8 provide book recommendations, book lists, and book discussion guides for fiction books. Find what book you want to read next!


    TeachingBooks provides multimedia for K-12 fiction and non-fiction books. Explore the realm of books with author interviews, book trailers, discussion guides, book lists, and more!


    Don’t let summer be a lost learning opportunity! Go to the BadgerLink Homepage at and let the games and fun begin!

    Tags: Training/Outreach


  • Hot Air Balloons

    Just a reminder...

    Last Updated: 07/08/15

    Just a reminder that after June 30th Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center will no longer be available.


    Instead of using these student interfaces, you can use the 3 new Explora interfaces (Explora for Elementary Schools, Explora for Middle and High Schools, and Explora for Everyone). Explora uses the same great EBSCO databases that you've used to, but with a new and improved interface. 


    Learn more about using Explora: 



    If you have questions about Explora, Contact Us

    Tags: Update


  • circuit board

    Maintenance Monday

    Last Updated: 06/23/15

    BadgerLink resources will be unavailable on Monday, June 22 for some time between 5-8 p.m. because of an update by BadgerLink’s authentication and federated search provider, Auto-Graphics


    We apologize for any inconvenience. Contact Us if you have any questions!


    Tags: Update


  • Waupaca Area Public Library

    Library of the Month: Waupaca Area Public Library

    Last Updated: 07/13/15

    The Waupaca Area Public Library provides innovative programs and activities for every chapter of your life!



    Computers and Internet Access 

    Waupaca Area Public Library Image from Waupaca Area Public Library Public computer stations are incredibly busy at the library. For many library users, having internet access at home is cost prohibitive. So having computers and internet available to the public provides the necessary access to live in the digital age. Also, if library users have a smartphone, like 75% of cellular users do (and forecasted to be 80% by the end of 2015), they can augment their data plan by using the library’s free wi-fi.


    Library users can book a study room, use their cell phone, and use the internet. In this way, the library acts as a hub for small business and some patrons essentially run their businesses from the library. Patrons can use the library’s computers to write and print resumes, do job searches, file taxes, and conduct online investing. Job applications are largely online and so are government forms and instructions and the library’s computers are essential for the community.


    A big project last summer was to increase bandwidth at the library to 10Mbps. Internet usage is high in the library and the library will probably need to double bandwidth again in order to have consistent headroom during peak usage this summer.



    Summer Library Program

    The library’s regular Summer Reading Program has been replaced with library programming that lasts all year long. The library has refocused how money is spent to support programming and in support of their mission to create life-long learners; the only prizes are books. Kids get excited about reading books and getting books as prizes and that’s the clear goal. Youth Services There is always something going on in the Teen Room, planned or otherwise. Because Minecraft is so huge right now, the library wanted to provide access to kids who want to play, but may not be able to afford a full-fledged Minecraft account. The Friends of the Library paid for MinecraftEdu for 12 computers that can be used by patrons while they are at the library. Minecraft is a game but also teaches cooperation, teamwork, and social skills while enhancing reading, writing, math, information technology skills. Teens just think that Minecraft is fun, without putting much thought into what skills they’re learning. The next project is to build and setup a Minecraft server, which will roll it out this summer. Book to Art Club Image from Waupaca Area Public Library



    Book to Art ClubAdult Programming

    In the early spring of 2015 a seed library opened. Gardeners are encouraged to borrow seeds, grow plants, and collect seed to return to the Library. The Seed Library was introduced with several programs that helped people know how and why to save seeds. At the kickoff of the program, the library hosted a Makerspace in the Lobby on a Saturday where we helped participants plant a few seeds.


    The library supports 12 area book clubs for adults! Two new book clubs premiered this year: Book to Art & Cook Book Club. The Book to Art Club meets monthly on a Saturday for a Makerspace-like program with art projects based on the book of the month. In May, participants were encouraged to read, "The Book of Stories" and created altered book art. The Cook Book Club meets monthly on a Thursday evening. Each month there is a different theme. (example: Picnic & Potluck Foods). There is a display of cookbooks to choose from and participants bring a dish to pass and the book where they found the recipe. 

    Tags: Library of the Month


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    More BadgerLink Updates

    Last Updated: 06/29/15

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    We’ve been busy making our website better! Here’s what we’ve done.


    Help Tab Changes

    Our popular Training and Contact Us links are now available from any page – users will no longer find these pages buried under the Help menu. Information on copyright and our FAQs are now listed under About BadgerLink.  


    New help menu


    Learn More Pages

    Find additional resource information such as the recommended audience, content highlights, key features, and any relevant how-to materials for each BadgerLink resource by clicking on Learn More. Bookmark these pages for quick access! 


    Learn More button


    Quickstart Guide

    Check out our updated Quickstart Guide on navigating our website, and find other BadgerLink how-to’s on our Training page. 


    Have questions? Contact BadgerLink!


    Tags: Update


  • reading with flashlight under the covers

    Get caught reading!

    Last Updated: 06/18/15

    Just in time for summer reading, we have re-stocked the popular “Get Caught Reading” BadgerLink bookmark!


    Request bookmarks for your Wisconsin organization from the BadgerLink website. Bookmarks will be mailed or sent through library delivery at no charge to your organization!


    Request Bookmarks and Posters


    Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!




    Tags: Training/Outreach


  • Magnifying Glass

    Super Search Makeover

    Last Updated: 07/01/15

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    BadgerLink’s Super Search will be getting a makeover later this month! BadgerLink’s Super Search allows you to search most of our resources simultaneously.


    Updates will include:

    • More visually appealing interface
    • Additional search options
    •  More searchable resources

    Here's the new Super Search Homepage.

    Super Search Homepage


    Check out new filtering options on the search results page.


    Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!



    Tags: Update


  • Flowering tree in spring

    Explora and Dissertations and Encyclopedia Britannica, oh my!

    Last Updated: 06/11/15

    BadgerLink has been busy this spring!



    Try the new Explora interfaces today!  With three interfaces designed especially for different age groups, Explora offers topical browsing and traditional searching to help users find full-text articles, images, videos, encyclopedia entries, and much more. Using the same great EBSCO databases you've come to trust, Explora promises a more enjoyable experience no matter your information need.

    Don't forget! The Explora interfaces are replacing Kids Search, Searchasaurus, and Student Research Center - these will no longer be available after June 30, 2015.


    EBSCO's American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955 includes nearly 100,000 dissertations from 1933 through 1955, and is a full image copy of the original print index Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities. The content in this database represents the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by U.S. universities during that period of time.


    Coming Soon!

    Libraries and schools will be able to link directly to age-appropriate image and video collections, interactive resources, and learning games from Britannica School.


    To request direct, authenticated URLs to these resources, or if you have any questions, please contact BadgerLink.

    Tags: Update


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    What is BadgerLink?

    Last Updated: 06/15/15

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    The "What is BadgerLink?" BadgerBite video is now available on YouTube! BadgerBites are 1-4 minute YouTube tutorials on BadgerLink searching tips and tricks.

    Here's the video!

    Tags: Training/Outreach


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    Learning at Home

    Last Updated: 06/01/15

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    NBC 15 recently ran a story about the importance of children continuing to learn over the summer. There are some easy things you can do to prevent brain drain like participating in a summer library program, fun projects, and using BadgerLink for ideas and resources.

    And while sitting in front of a computer might not be ideal for many families, taking advantage of Badgerlink can provide you with a treasure trove of ideas.

    Watch the story



    Tags: Training/Outreach


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    Webinar Recordings

    Last Updated: 06/04/15

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    Watch the recordings of recent webinars. You can also access these recordings on the Training page.  


    Take a short survey about these trainings.


    April 2 | EBSCO Explora

    View Recording

    EBSCO is releasing a new interface that will replace Student Research Center, Searchasaurus, and Kids Search. Learn about all the search features in Explora.


    April 9 | History Reference Center

    View Recording

    Connect with the past! Learn how to find information on history from magazines, newspapers, images, video, and book content.  


    April 16 | HeritageQuest Online

    View Recording

    Discover the interesting history of you! Learn how to find census records, family histories, and other genealogy materials in the new and improved HQO.


    April 23 | Business Source Premier

    View Recording

    Stay competitive in the marketplace. Learn how to find market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, & full-text articles.


    April 30 | Access NewspaperARCHIVE

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    Explore your roots. Learn how to find full-text PDFs of local and national historic newspapers in Access NewspaperARCHIVE. 


    May 7 | Newspaper Resources

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    Save time when you are searching for newspaper articles. Learn about about the newspaper resources available in BadgerLink.


    May 14 | Copyright

    View Recording

    Each BadgerLink resource is licensed for use by Wisconsin residents but still has copyright restrictions. Learn about the different ways you can use each of the BadgerLink resources. 


    Tags: Training/Outreach


  • New Images in Science Reference Center

    Last Updated: 05/14/15

    250,000 stunning, new images have been added to Science Reference Center's Science Image Collection. This brings the collection from just over 40,000 images to about 300,000 images of plants, animals, landscapes, fungi, geology, and other relevant science images. 


    bee visiting a flower prairie restoration penguins in a sunset


    Access Science Reference Center from the Science & Technology page.

    Tags: Update


  • Portage Public Library

    Library of the Month: Portage Public Library

    Last Updated: 06/15/15

    The Portage Public Library is doing amazing things in their community.


    children's activity with parachute

    New Children’s Department Focuses on Events and Education

    The Portage Public Library’s children's library department expanded in 2013 and is approximately 6200 square feet - plenty of space to host a variety of events without disturbing the traditional library user. Featuring expanded programming like after school book parties for Mo Willems, Dr. Seuss, and Magic Tree House, and seasonal events like "Marvelous Mustache Day" for 4th & 5th graders that included a mustache photo booth, decorate-your-own mustache sugar cookie station, tic-tac-tashe, and more, the children’s department is an exciting space bridging learning and fun.


    Another focus of the Children’s Department is hosting several educational programs each month. A perennial favorite is the drop-in DIY stations. Kids can participate at their own pace and explore different reading, writing, math, and art activities. Providing an alternative to even the youngest or most special of their patrons, the stations have proven a successful addition to the library.


    Working Together

    The Portage Public Library sponsors programming with organizations in the community such as the Columbia County Extension, Columbia County 4-H, Portage Center for the Arts, Columbia County Master Gardeners, and the local public and parochial schools. The first Saturday of the month is "Family Fun Event" and the topics run the gamut from educational to pure fun. A local high school science teacher presented an interactive program on planets, enthusiastic volunteers gave a hula hoop demonstration and organized games, and approximately 135 kids and their families attended a family sock hop - with a DJ and cool lights!


    Community Service

    storytime in the children's department

    In addition to serving the community with educational and recreational programming, the library goes above and beyond and does its part in giving back. Last spring Portage Public Library built and planted two garden beds, and the harvest was used in the community’s first attempt at providing free lunches through the USDA summer food service program. The library served lunches to more than 1,000 kids and plans on offering the program again this summer. Also, last summer the library began a "community charity challenge". Each time a child read two hours, they had a vote for one of three local charities. At the end of the summer, children presented the winning organization with an oversized check.


    Enthusiasm, passion, and creativity have driven this library to provide incredible resources to their community.

    Tags: Library of the Month


  • WAPL logo

    BadgerLink at WAPL 2015

    Last Updated: 05/11/15

    BadgerLink is excited to be presenting at the 2015 Wisconsin Association of Public Library's conference!


    Here's the information on our presentation at WAPL:

    Friday, May 8th at 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

    Room: Riverside A

    BadgerLink at the Reference Desk

    Kara Ripley, Department of Public Instruction

    Having trouble answering questions like: Where can I find wiring guides for my truck? Where can I find information on my prescriptions? Where are the ACT practice test books? Find answers to frequently asked question using BadgerLink!


    Hope to see you there!

    Tags: Conference


  • BadgerLink Research Guide Redesign

    Last Updated: 04/22/15

    The BadgerLink team is redesigning our Research Guides and we need your help!

    For those of you who missed yesterday’s webinar, here’s all the info you need to participate in the redesign.


    1. Review the guides

    BadgerLink Research Guide: Current Version | DRAFT Version

    BadgerLink Super 3 Research Guide: Current Version | DRAFT Version


    2. Watch this archived webinar:


    3. Take a survey:    


    Ask a Librarian if you have any questions!


    Tags: Update


  • hot air balloons

    Explora Now Available!

    Last Updated: 05/19/15

    Explora, EBSCO’s new interface, is now available through BadgerLink!


    By June 30th, Explora will replace Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center. The three new interfaces (Explora for Elementary Schools, Explora for Middle & High Schools, and Explora for Everyone) use the same great EBSCO databases you’ve come to enjoy, just displayed in a new and improved interface.


    Read more about Explora:   


    Test Drive Explora

    See what Explora has to offer! Until we have direct links, access Explora through the EBSCO All Resources List.


    To start using Explora

    1. Go to the EBSCO All Resources List. This list is also available on our All Resources page - under E.  

    2. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and select the Explora interface you want to view.


    What’s in Explora?

    Explora for Elementary Schools

    Explora for Elementary Schools is the replacement for Searchasaurus and Kids Search and features colorful pictures and school subject categories for easy browsing. Explora for Elementary Schools includes:

    • American Heritage® Children's Dictionary

    • Book Collection Nonfiction: Elementary School Edition

    • Book Collection Nonfiction: Middle School Edition

    • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

    • Health Source: Consumer Edition

    • History Reference Center

    • Middle Search Plus

    • Newspaper Source Plus

    • Primary Search

    • Science Reference Center


    Explora for Middle & High Schools

    Explora for Middle and High Schools is the replacement for Kids Search and Student Research Center and features an easy to use interface and updated functionality like the cite button. Explora for Middle & High Schools includes:

    • Academic Search Premier

    • Book Collection Nonfiction: Middle School Edition

    • Book Collection Nonfiction: High School Edition

    • 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

    • Science Reference Center


    Explora for Everyone

    Explora for Everyone is a new interface for the general public that simultaneously searches 20 EBSCO databases for an easy one stop search. Explora for Everyone includes:

    • Academic Search Premier

    • Book Collection: Nonfiction: Elementary School Edition

    • Book Collection: Nonfiction: High School Edition

    • Book Collection: Nonfiction: Middle School Edition

    • Business Source Premier

    • Columbia Encyclopedia

    • Consumer Health Complete

    • Education Research Complete

    • ERIC

    • 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

    • Professional Development Collection

    • Science Reference Center


    Tags: Update