Research & Learning

Research databases, apps, and suggested resources provided by Winding Rivers Library System, the State of Wisconsin, and others. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find tools and resources for youth and students. 

Online Databases– Provided by WRLS

Reference Solutions

(Formerly ReferenceUSA)

Search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more.

Gale Courses

Hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, GED test preparation and  more. Gale Courses are developed by expert instructors and run for six weeks. Join any time.

Access training tools here.


Enjoy unlimited access to over 1,000 online art and craft classes, plus patterns, templates, and recipes. Topics include art & design, sewing, quilting, paper, knitting, crochet, food & home, jewelry, holiday & party, and classes for kids.

NoveList Plus

Find your next book here with expert reading recommendations and book lists. NoveList Plus includes audiobook recommendations, nonfiction recommendations, and reviews on 70% more titles than in basic NoveList.


With an extensive collection of narrative and documentary films, as well as TV series, The Great Courses, and kids content,
Kanopy is an excellent way to extend your streaming video options.

Statewide Resources


Can’t find it? Search all Wisconsin library holdings with Wiscat, then contact your library to place a request.


A reader’s advisory database of recommendations, author biographies, articles and lists for fiction and nonfiction books.


Free, completely online resources: Fix your car, read the newspaper, research health and wellness issues, or find videos, articles, and encyclopedia entries about almost anything!

Find training, access, and how-to resources for BadgerLink here

U.S. Newsstream

U.S. news featuring key national and regional sources including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, and Chicago Tribune as well as over 80 Gannett titles. Content is updated daily.

Consumer Reports

Testing results and comprehensive reviews for a wide variety of products.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

The largest, most comprehensive American dictionary with more than 700,000 definitions.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia for students and adults.

History Reference Center

Full-text books, magazines, historical documents, biographies, and multimedia as well as nearly 57,000 historical documents, 40,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 1,990 full-text reference books.

Auto Repair Source

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

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines, including those found in watercraft, lawn mowers, motorcycles, and more.

Learning Express Library

Practice tests, exercises, and skill-building courses to help you achieve success at school, at work or in life.

Recursos para Hispanohablantes

Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español.

A collection of web-based skill building and test preparation materials in Spanish.

Wisconsin State Law Library

The Wisconsin State Law Library is the oldest library in the state. By law the Wisconsin State Law Library serves officers of the court, government employees, attorneys and the public. (WI Statutes s. 758.01Supreme Court Rule 82.01). 

How do I find a local notary public? | WI State Law Library

Job Seeker Resources

Sign up for an account with the Job Center of Wisconsin to search for jobs, find resouces, and to create a resume that you can print, update, and that saves to your account so you don’t have to worry about losing your work!

MyVote Wisconsin

Find your polling location, ballot information, find out who’s on your ballot and more. 

History & Geneaology

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Full-text Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s.

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s-2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

HeritageQuest Online

Access genealogical research including all U.S. Federal Census records, family and local histories, and access to PERSI PERiodical Source Index.

Wisconsin Historical Society Family History Records

Family history research records from the Wisconsin Historical Society records available on

A The National Archives

Immigrant & Passenger Lists from England

Take a look at the National Archives of England!

Family Search

“Find your family. Discover yourself.”


Norwegian Digital Archives

Digitized photographs and recordings, full-text print outs, pictures, and videos.


Consumer Health Complete

A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. Consumer Health Complete is designed to support patients’ information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.


MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for patients and their families and friends. Find reliable, up-to-date information about diseases, conditions, and wellness topics. This trusted resource is available anytime, anywhere, on any device:

En español:



MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. 

Vernon County Health DepartmentVernon County Health Department


For More Information or to Schedule an Appointment Contact:

Vernon County Health Department
318 Fairlane Drive (County HWY BB)
PO BOX 209
Viroqua, WI 54665

ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin

Vernon County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Vernon County is the first place to go for accurate, unbiased information on aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. 

Free & Low-Cost Resources For Language Learners

Wisconsin’s Digital Library/Overdrive eBooks

Multilingual and language learning eBooks and digital audiobooks– free with your library card!

Audiolibros en Español

Foreign Language Study eBooks and Audiobooks

Cambridge English (Free) 

Coursera (Free) 

Choose from hundreds of free Language Learning courses or pay to earn a Course or Specialization Certificate. 

EdX (Free)  

Take free online language courses in English, French, Mandarin and more. Courses include English Grammar and Essay Writing from UC Berkeley, Chinese Language: Learn Basic Mandarin from MandarinX and Conversational English from Tsinghua University. 

Babble (Freemium for Android/iOS)  

Babbel has been compared, by some, to a college-level language course.  

Babbel is free, or you can subscribe to a package. Monthly subscriptions are $13, a three-month subscription is $27, six months costs $45, and one year is $84.

Duolingo (Free for Android/iOS) 

Unique features and a clear structure make it a reliable place to learn new languages or sharpen your skills.  

The Premium version (not required) of Duolingo is $10 per month and includes an ad-free experience, downloadable lessons, and unlimited “health.” 

Gale Courses (Free with your library card)

Gale Courses is another option, with classes like Speed SpanishConversational FrenchSpanish for Medical ProfessionalsItalianConversational Japanese, and sign language. 

These classes are a good option if you want a more traditional classroom structure since the courses are taught by instructors and include assignments and homework, and classes last six weeks, with new sections opening each month. You can look at the syllabus before enrolling. 

Memrise (Freemium for Android/iOS) 

Learn as fast as humanly possible. 

A few lessons are available for free daily, but the full program unlocks if you subscribe to Memrise Pro. There are three plans — one month for $9, a year for $30 or three months for $18. 

For Youth & Students


BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s online library. Here you can find everything from videos to newspapers, author interviews, encyclopedias, and more!

Click here for instructions on how to access BadgerLink at home:


Encyclopedia entries, videos, images, dictionary entries, and more. Appropriate for researchers of all ages.

PBS Wisconsin Education

Videos, interactive resources, Wisconsin biographies, and more!

Novelist K-8

Children’s fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more

BadgerLink (By Grade Level)

Making and STEM Resources

CoBuild At Home

The CoBuild website and Facebook group offers a wealth of online maker activities. All ages.

The Community Science Workshop Network

This resource is low in technology, but high in engagement and reliability. All the projects can be made with low cost or recycled materials. Upper elementary through middle school.

Science Friday

Everything from “The Many Types of Mucus” to a “Fossilize Me” card game is available here. Key vocabulary words are bolded, and the clear instructions are written with students in mind. Upper elementary and up.


Microsoft’s MakeCode program includes both physical computing with the Micro Bit and virtual coding and app development. Easy to use with limitless possibilities, it’s a great block coding interface. It even has Minecraft coding! Upper elementary through middle school.


Now in partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education, the site includes an archive of activities for Scratch that includes 323 math activities, 302 visual arts ones, plus examples and stories to help build classroom community and support curricular content. Elementary through middle school.

Learn computer science at home. Limited internet and smart phone options too. Elementary through high school.

Recommended Free Language Learning Resources For Kids

Duolingo ABC (Free for Android/iOS)  

Designed by education experts to help your child learn to read English – 100% free! 



This site from the British Council has games, stories, and videos to help native speakers of Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French and Spanish learn English. The site includes resources for parents and teachers. 


PBS Kids Wisconsin  

Oh Noah!, (formerly known as Noah Comprende) is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure. 


Cambridge English 

Hmong Language Classes (Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency, La Crosse)