Databases and Other Resources

We at the Portage Public Library recognize more than ever the value of accessible and accurate digital resources. If a link is out-of-date or needs to be updated, please contact us at info [at]

SCLS System-Wide Resources

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Wisconsin's Digital Library
Digital audio books and ebooks for use with computers, MP3 players, and ebook readers. Patrons who live outside the SCLS service area cannot have access through their SCLS member library card and must access this resource through a library in their home county.

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WorldCat FirstSearch and
Records describing books and other library materials from around the world. Find items you are unable to find in your library's catalog.

BadgerLink Selected Resources

  • BadgerLink provides Wisconsin residents with licensed trustworthy content not available from free search engines.
  • Contact BadgerLink or your local library for assistance or information about these databases.
  • More databases are available from BadgerLink.

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers (BadgerLink). Full-text daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s.
Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers Full Details & Training


Auto Repair Source (BadgerLink). Service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.
Auto Repair Source Full Details & Training

Britannica Library

Britannica Library and Britannica Escolar Online (BadgerLink). Reference and learning resource for children and adults. 
Britannica Library Full Details & Training
Britannica Escolar Full Details & Training

Core Collections

Core Collections Complete (BadgerLink). Reliable guides to help librarians with collection development and maintenance, curriculum support, readers' advisory and general reference.
Core Collections Complete Full Details & Training


EBSCOhost (BadgerLink). Article databases on general, business, health topics and more.
EBSCO All Resources Full Details & Training


HeritageQuest (BadgerLink). American genealogical sources.
HeritageQuest Online Full Details & Training

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library (BadgerLink). Web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials.
LearningExpress Library Full Details & Training

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center (BadgerLink). Literary criticism and reference works.
Literary Reference Center Full Details & Training

Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus (BadgerLink). Full-text coverage of today's major newspapers.
Newspaper Source Plus Full Details & Training Library Edition Library Edition (BadgerLink). Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Library Edition - World Collection Full Details & Training (BadgerLink). Multimedia on K-12 fiction and non-fiction books. Full Details & Training

U.S. Newsstream

U.S. Newsstream (BadgerLink). Current and archival to 1980s 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.
U.S. Newsstream Full Details & Training


Can't find the right resource?
Visit BadgerLink to find more resources on a variety of topics.

Columbia County HHS Resources

The Columbia County Health and Human Service's Resource Page is an excellent place to visit for information regarding benefits, needs, and assistance options of all types. There is both a comprehensive and condensed resource guide available at the top of the page.

∙ Columbia County HHS Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: Columbia County

∙ Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine in Columbia County

∙ Click here to learn more about the Columbia County HHS COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Library Catalog

∙ LINKcat

Job Seeker Resources

∙ Department of Public Instruction Job Resources

Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program

∙ Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance to help with current and/or overdue bills. Click here for a link to the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program website.

Digitized Portage Newspaper Collection (In-library only)

∙ Click here to search digitized versions of all Portage newspapers dating back to 1855!

Are you, or is someone you know, dealing with addiction/substance abuse troubles?

From their website: "Our mission is to provide support for people who are dealing with substance abuse and addiction. We do this through our comprehensive resources and guides, and connecting people with the right treatment programs."

Other Useful Resources

Ancestry Library (Available in-library only.)
Genealogy information, including census data, passenger lists, and more.

Transparent Language (SCLS)
Learn a language from home with Transparent online. You'll need your SCLS library card number to create an account.

Connect to Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete (BadgerLink)
Consumer-oriented health content, from mainstream to holistic medicine. For high school students, college-level, and adult researchers.

eBooks on EBSCOhost
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Ebooks for use with computers and ebook readers.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Includes encyclopedias and specialized reference resources for multi-disciplinary research. Hundreds of volumes are accessible from home 24/7.
NoveList (BadgerLink)
Book recommendations, reviews, book discussion guides, etc., for over 200,000 titles.
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NoveList Plus (BadgerLink)
Book reviews, annotations, etc., for over 250,000 fiction and nonfiction titles.

Connect to NoveList K-8
NoveList K-8 (BadgerLink)
Book recommendations, reviews, booktalks, book discussion guides, etc., for kids (0-18).
Wisconsin's Digital Library - OverDrive
OverDrive / Wisconsin's Digital Library
Free downloadable audio books, music, and videos for use with computers & mobile devices.

Wisconsin Digital Archives
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.

What's Next in a Series?
What's Next in a Series?
What's Next™: Books in Series database from Kent District Library helps you search series fiction.

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