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eResources

The Library subscribes to a number of Databases and has curated a collection of useful websites (eResources) that contain information across a wide variety of topics including genealogy, entrepreneurship, local history, consumer products, and language learning. You can find them here or browse our guides for Resources by Topic.

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Developed to meet the increasing demands of scholarly research, Academic Search Ultimate offers students an unprecedented collection of peer-reviewed, full-text journals, including many journals indexed in leading citation indexes. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Journals from the American Physical Society (APS) are available free of charge in all Madison Public Library locations courtesy of the APS. Titles include: Physical Review A Physical Review B Physical Review C Physical Review D Physical Review E Physical Review ST AB Physical Review ST PER Physical Review Letters Physical Review Focus Reviews of Modern Physics Virtual Journals PR/PRL Index PROLA Journal access goes back to the early issues of each journal and includes full text of all articles as well as comments and errata. | more info »
This resource is only available inside Madison Public Library locations.
Find out more about your family tree by searching Ancestry Library. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
A collection of more than 200 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers. Newspapers are searchable and are included cover to cover in PDF format. Titles include the Wisconsin State Journal, Capital Times, Badger Herald, Daily Cardinal, Isthmus, and Madison Times, among others. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
AudioBookCloud
An online audio book collection which includes a wide range of genres and classic as well as newer titles. Titles include biographies, romance, full-cast plays, and more. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
A multi-volume collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
Full-text (or abstracts) of articles from thousands of scholarly and professional publications, academic journals, and trade magazines. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Business Source Ultimate works for your students like a solid business plan – it offers an unprecedented wealth of peer-reviewed, full-text journals and other resources that provide historical information and current trends in business that spark discussion on future developments and changes in the business world. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Immediate online access to print issues of the well-respected Consumer Reports Magazine as well as special online-only content. Important information about choosing the best products and services available. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
The Collections include books that are published or distributed in the United States and Canada and in print when the current H.W. Wilson Core Collection volume went to press. Original paperback editions and paperback reprints of some essential titles unavailable in hardcover are included. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
A wide selection of academic e-books from top publishers and presses. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
EBSCOhost
EBSCOhost includes thousands of indexed magazines, many full-text, for over fifteen years. Magazine coverage ranges from the popular to the academic. Also includes electronic content on auto repair, medical information and much more. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
The EBSCOhost eBooks collection (formerly NetLibrary) includes the searchable full text of over 8,000 online books. Fiction and nonfiction are included. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Access age-appropriate reference articles, journals, magazines and more. Teacher resources are also available through this school edition of Encyclopedia Britannica for grades PreK-12. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
A Spanish elementary encyclopedia, containing images, Spanish-language videos, and learning materials specifically designed for younger students. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Access magazines just as you would on paper in this magazine database. Get the app to read magazines offline. Includes copies of Entertainment Weekly, People, Rolling Stone, and many, many more. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to users with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries. To use the app, you will need to login with your library's user ID and password. Check with your library for this information.
Access popular multi-volume reference books, including Business Plans Handbook; Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law; Reference Guide to World Literature; Small Business Sourcebook; and more. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
Use GreenFILE for timely, in-depth information about environmental issues facing our planet. Topics range from global warming to recycling, alternate fuel sources, and beyond. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Use EBSCOhost Health Resources to search the full text of nearly 300 consumer health periodicals. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
HeritageQuest provides access to genealogy records and books, including census data, local histories, tax rolls, cemetery lists, military rosters, and more. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Instant access to a full-text history reference database featuring reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and history periodicals as well as thousands of historical documents, including photos. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Civil service, high school and college prep & citizenship tests, and other information for career training. Create an account to test and track your progress. Includes TOEFL and some materials in Spanish. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
A subset of the EBSCO family of databases related to Library and Information Studies. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
A full-text database combining information from many sources in one unique location. Plot summaries, articles, author biographies, book reviews, novels, literary journals, short stories, poems, and much more. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
A perfect mix of accessibility and depth, providing general readers with an authoritative reference source that helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
An online language-learning system for help learning languages such as Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Chinese, Greek, Italian and Russian and more. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
Enciclopedia española para estudiantes mayores y educadores. Spanish encyclopedia for older students and educators. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Find current and historical quotes for over 90,000 investments, and in-depth analysis for nearly 9,000 mutual funds and stocks. Plus, company and industry information and financial education tutorials. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
New York Times
All the news that's fit to print. Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, etc... | more info »
This resource is available remotely to users with Madison Public Library as their home library. After using our link, you can create a free account for short term access. Use our link again as needed.
Historical newspapers from newspapers spanning over 200 years, including The Capital Times, Wisconsin State Journal and many other local papers. An invaluable primary resource for historical research and a unique tool for genealogists. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
Newspaper Source Plus includes more than 1,400 full-text newspapers, providing more than 55 million full-text articles. This database contains comprehensive full text for major newspapers. Videos and podcasts are coming soon. Newspaper Source Plus also brings critical news content with ongoing updates though out the day with its News View component. Updates throughout the day include popular sources: AP (Associated Press) Business Wire CNN Wire PR Wire UPI (United Press International) Xinhua (China) News View also includes more than 1,111,000 TV & Radio News Transcripts from top sources: ABC News (American) ABC (Australian) CBC (Canadian) CBS News CNBC CNN CNN International FOX News MSNBC National Public Radio PBS Newspapers Include: Christian Science Monitor Star Tribune (Minneapolis) The Times (UK) USA Today The Washington Post The Washington Times (DC) | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s, Newspapers.com contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and Panama. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Looking for something to read? NoveList has recommendations, reviews, plot summaries, and other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
NoveList K-8 meets all the fictional reading needs of kids (0-18) and includes picture books, chapter books, and young adult titles. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Powerful business and consumer research database, offering business and residential listings useful in searching for people, executives, creating marketing plans, conducting competitive analysis, fundraising and sales. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
RomanceBookCloud
A curated collection of romance ebooks Whether it be contemporary, historical, time travel, paranormal or inspirational, you will love to read about love at RomanceBookCloud. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
A custom Safari Books Online library that contains a specially-tailored subset of 200 titles from Safari Books Online's extensive library. Safari Books Online has many best-selling, top-rated computing and technology books. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
With Science Reference Center, you’ll find full text articles for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Generate enthusiasm for children's and young adult books with this multimedia-rich website full of book readings, author interviews, book reviews and more. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
TeenBookCloud
This online collection of eBooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books offers students and adults of all reading levels access to a range of content including fiction, nonfiction, classics, drama, and graphic novels. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
Transparent Language Online is a language-learning system including over 100 languages. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
Tumble Book Library
A collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, books, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which is used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
TumbleMath
Use TumbleMath to “hook” your children on math, and make connections across the different skills with these fun and educational math books! | more info »
This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.
US Newsstream enables users to search current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.
Value Line is an investment research company collecting data and analyzing performance of approximately 8,000 stocks, 15,000 mutual funds, and 80,000 options and other securities. Value Line is best known for their Investment Survey. | more info »
This resource is available only in Madison libraries and remotely to patrons with Madison Public Library as their home library.
Washington Post
Expert reporting and analysis from Washington and around the world, including award-winning investigative coverage and editorial commentary. Real-time Q&A Discussions providing a behind the scenes look at key stories. Live-streaming of Washington Post Live events, where top-level government and business leaders, emerging voices, and newsmakers discuss the most pressing national and global issues of the day. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to users with Madison Public Library as their home library. After using our link, you can create a free account for short term access. Use our link again as needed.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has partnered with Ancestry to provide free access to selected Wisconsin government records for family history research. | more info »
This resource is available to all library users.
Worldcat is a database of millions of records describing books and other library materials from around the world. Use it to find items you are unable to find in LINKcat. | more info »
This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.

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Tools for readers and educators
Research tools, community resources, and more for your business
Resources and information about the 2020 Census
Information about products, businesses, and consumer protection
Find info about your heritage with genealogy resources available at Madison Public Library
Information about local and federal government, voting, and more
Community health organizations and reputable resources for health and medical information
Links to community resources related to food, health, housing assistance, and shelter
Find out about library initiatives and resources for exploring Madison's history
Library services and online resources for job seekers
Resources for language learning
Information on finding a lawyer, immigrant rights, legal forms, and more
Stay informed through our free resources and help you reach your wellness goals through our workshops by the community, for the community
Find out about Madison's neighborhoods, community organizations, local history, and more
Resources for accessing newspapers and newspaper articles, including obituaries and historical archives
List of resources to promote racial equity and social justice in Madison
Find out about library services and other community resources for older adults
Information and resources for filing your taxes...
Find publicly-available contact information for businesses or individuals
Expand your knowledge base and prepare you to be the best volunteer you can be.
Job descriptions and requirements for working at Madison Public Library

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