Library Resources

Library Catalogs
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Merlin is the shared catalog of NWLS libraries. With a library card patrons can directly request, renew, and check the status of items either checked out or on hold.

WISCAT is the Wisconsin library catalog that can be browsed when the Merlin catalog doesn't have what you're looking for. Contact your librarian to request items from WISCAT.

Wisconsin's Digital Library offers a catalog (and one for youth) of downloadable ebooks, videos, music and audio books that can be reserved and/or check out on your library card.

Discovery Databases

BadgerLink offers Wisconsin residents access to business, health, literature, magazines, newspapers, auto repair, and science and technology resources, an many are available full text.

Periodical Databases

EbscoHost offers a collection of specially designed comprehensive full-text databases. (BadgerLink)

Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary full-text database of newspapers, magazines and journals of ethnic, minority, and Native presses.

JSTOR is an archive of scholarly journals and books geared at the social sciences.

Genealogy (Library Edition) is an extensive library genealogical tool.

Heritage Quest Research Ancestors and historical sources dating back to the 1700’s. (BadgerLink)

US GenWeb Project is being developed by a group of volunteers working together to provide free online genealogical help and information.

Native Resources

American Mosaic: The American Indian Experience is a full-text digital resource exploring the histories and contemporary cultures of the Indigenous people of the United States.

American Indians in Children’s literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis in Indigenous children’s and young books.

Digital Commons is the repository of research and scholarly output compiled by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties. Charles Kappler compiled this seven volume set of Indian laws and treaties. The work was first published in 1903-1904 by the Government Printing Office and was digitized by the Oklahoma State University Library.

Ojibwe People’s Dictionary is a searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary.  It features language help, cultural galleries, and photographs.

Tribal College is the journal of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Wisconsin Act 31

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The Ways features stories on culture and language from Native communities around the central Great Lakes.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction offers an overview of the American Indian Studies Program.

Wisconsin First Nations provides a rich collection of educational videos, teacher professional development resources, lesson plans for all grades, and learning tools for the classroom and library.

Wisconsin Librarians and Teachers supporting Act 31 provides a tiered purchasing plan for supporting Act 31 in your classroom or library.

Learning Resources

Gale Courses offer a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that can be taken entirely online.  All you need is a library card to register.

LearningExpress Library offers access to collections of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials.

OWL is an online writing lab provided through Purdue University.

Pathfinders are topical finding aids to the LCO Library collections.