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  • Super Search

    The new Super Search is here!

    Last Updated: 07/01/15

    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


  • laptop outside

    Prevent Summer Learning Loss

    Last Updated: 07/01/15

    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: 07/01/15

    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

    The Library of the Month: Waupaca Area Public Library

    Last Updated: 06/17/15

    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


  • girl reading outside

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.


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    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


  • Image courtesy of ECASD North High School Library

    Library of the Month: Eau Claire Area School District North High School

    Last Updated: 05/11/15

    In 2014, the Eau Claire Area School District had the second highest clicks to the BadgerLink website! In this month’s issue of the Library of the Month, we will be spotlighting ECASD’s North High School.


    To increase reading interest at North High School’s media, the library is set up like a book store. There are areas for local interest, post-secondary readiness, classics, an exceptional collection of Sci Fi and Fantasy, as well as a newly expanded graphic novels collection. The library even has a “Bloodsuckers” for vampire enthusiasts. To grab readers’ attention, rather than shelving books spine out, many books are displayed face out try to let the books speak for themselves. For even more reading appeal North HS uses shelf-talkers to share kid reviews and summaries. 


    Recently North HS received grants for some fun technology projects including a 3D printer, a 3D digitizer, 2 Makey Makey boards, 2 Power Up flight sets, and a Hummingbird Duo Controller robotics kit. These STEM projects engage students in problem solving, critical thinking, and useful applications for science. The plan is to create a dedicated area in the library for ongoing maker projects.


    North HS also spends time working on research projects. As part of their digital citizenship curriculum, North HS uses Badgerlink and other databases to instruct the kids in finding and using credible information. Throughout the second semester, library staff conduct trainings on using databases to find information in hopes of breaking the “Wikipedia/Google crutch” that kids develop. The sheer volume of material of dubious validity is too much to wade through when very little sorting can be done. Steve Olinger, librarian at North HS says “With databases/Badgerlink we can use limiters to sort the articles by source type, Lexile score, and get help to pursue other topics that pop up as part of the search returns on the databases.” By using note taking tools, permalinks, and citation tools, we make the databases so much easier to use than the Google searches. After a while, the kids start to go to the databases FIRST!


    Steve Olinger likes showing his students how to use the Super Search, which searches multiple BadgerLink resources simultaneously, and then showing kids how to narrow their results. “I like the Super Search because it gets info from all of the Badgerlink databases at once. There’s just too many of them to introduce the kids to each one, so they get to see what sources are out there.” The search looks through most of the BadgerLink resources and returns results that you can narrow to find relevant information.


    As innovative as this school library already is, they have plans for the future, like creating a “bookmobile” so library staff can do book talks and check out books anywhere in the school. Another project will be to have STEM and Makerspace summer programs. Active and innovative school libraries create active and innovative students! 


    Tags: Library of the Month


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    What you need to know about Explora

    Last Updated: 04/20/15

    Introducing Explora
    Explora is a new EBSCO resource! Each Explora interface features an attractive, user-friendly design that is easily viewed on mobile devices. A single search box on the homepage helps to simplify the search process and increase student success. Easy-to-browse categories are organized by popular topics, and topic overviews provide users with a starting point for research. 
    Explora will be available in BadgerLink by June 30, 2015. At that time the following EBSCO interfaces will be phased out: Kids Search, Searchasaurus, and Student Research Center.
    Here's a what Explora will look like:
    screenshot of Explora
    BadgerLink is working with EBSCO to manage the transition to Explora. As a user, you don’t need to do anything.
    If you manage a website with links to BadgerLink resources, you may need to change your links to Kids Search, Searchasaurus, and Student Research Center. We will be posting more information through the Badger BulletinBadgerLink email listFacebook, and TwitterContact Us for more information
    EBSCO is phasing out Kids Search, Searchasaurus, and Student Research Center. If you manage a website with links to BadgerLink resources, you may need to change your links to Kids Search, Searchasaurus, and Student Research Center. We will be posting more information through the Badger Bulletin, BadgerLink email list, Facebook, and TwitterContact Us for more information
    On April 2, BadgerLink held a webinar lead by EBSCO Training Specialist, Lisa Dennis, about the Explora interface. View the recording
    Created by EBSCO, this short video describes how you will be able to easily use Explora:
    Ask a Librarian if you would like to set up personalized training at no cost to your Wisconsin organization!  

    Tags: Update


  • BadgerLink Research Guide Update

    Last Updated: 04/01/15

    The Project

    Several years ago the BadgerLink team created research guides aimed to help students conduct research. This spring and summer we are revising and updating our guides and we’d like your input!


    Get Involved

    If you would like to provide feedback about the BadgerLink research guides, please attend one of the following webinars and fill out a short survey.

    • WEBINAR: Kara Ripley, the BadgerLink Training Librarian will lead webinars on April 21st at 10:00-11:00 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM. If you can’t attend either session, don’t worry, they will be recorded and posted to the Badger Bulletin
    • SURVEY: The link to the short survey will be provided during the webinar. 

    More Information

    BadgerLink Research Guide: Current Version | DRAFT Version

    Loosely based on the Big 6, this guide walks students (grades 5-12) through the research process, and includes helpful educator resources for teaching the research process.


    BadgerLink Super 3 Research Guide: Current Website | DRAFT Version

    Based on Super 3, this guide walks students (grades K-5) through the research process, and also includes educator resources for teaching the research process.


    Ask a Librarian if you have any questions!

    Tags: Update