Research Databases and Recommended Websites
Project Gutenberg - Over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.
epubBooks.com - Better-formatted epub versions of titles available through Project Gutenberg.
Manybooks.net - 29,000 free ebook titles.
Automotive Repair, Buying and Selling
Auto Repair Reference Center *
Repair manuals and information for many vehicles, domestic and imported, from 1945 to the present. Library card number required to login.
Automotive repair information for popular and specialty vehicles from 1940 to the present. Library card number required to login.
Free consumer website for researching new and used cars. Get buying and selling tips, car reviews, safety ratings, insurance information, maintenance costs and more.
Kelley Blue Book
Free online resource for car values, reviews and buying advice. Also includes calculators, photos, videos, and rebate information.
Consumer Information and Reviews
Better Business Bureau
Research local businesses, file complaints against businesses, and read advice and articles from the BBB.
Product reviews on cars, appliances, electronics, and more from Consumer Reports. Library card number required to log in.
Unbiased reviews on a wide variety of consumer products including electronics, autos, computers, home appliances, baby gear and more.
Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal office charged with protecting consumers from fraud. Practical information on a variety of consumer topics including automobiles, computers, credit and loans, health, ID theft, telemarketing services and more. Consumers can also file complaints with the FTC.
Kiplinger - Personal finance advice and business forecasts. Includes online tools, reports and guides in the areas of investing, taxes, insurance, personal finance, retirement, and small business.
Morningstar - Mutual fund database with information on 8,000 funds available to U.S. and international investors. Includes performance data, risk measures, fees and expenses, management bios, investment advice, etc.
Yahoo! Finance - Ticker symbol lookup, stock quotes, and market activity for U.S. and international indices.
Value Line - Investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles.
Genealogy information such as census data, passenger lists and more. Available for in-library use only.
A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. A good starting point for beginning genealogical research.
Genealogy resources including census data, local histories, tax rolls, cemetery lists, etc.
Free online genealogical community. Primary purpose is to connect people to share genealogical research. Includes family trees uploaded by Rootsweb members, and genealogy database indexes.
Wisconsin Historical Society - Genealogy Tools
Links to the WHS genealogy databases and services. Includes searchable database of pre-1907 records, historical images, Civil War rosters, local biographies, etc.
Health and Wellness
Consumer Health Complete * - Health and wellness reference books, encyclopedias, reports, fact sheets, images and videos.
Health Source Consumer Edition * - Full text consumer health magazines including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others.
Lexi-PALS Drug Guide * - Contains over 1,450 medication and natural product pamphlets. Information is presented in an easy to understand question-and-answer format.
MedlinePlus - Free medical dictionary, health related news, medical encyclopedia, drug information and more. A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
Mayo Clinic - Information about diseases and conditions, medications and supplements, tests and procedures, and healthy living.
WebMD - Popular consumer health website with information about health conditions, medications. Site also offers information and tools for diet and exercise, and general wellness.
Eresumes.com - Helpful tips, articles and templates to get you started on writing your resume and cover letter.
Job Center of Wisconsin - Job seeker tools include job opening search, resume builder, career exploration, and Veteran services. Also includes tools for employers to post new openings, find job candidates, learn about unemployment insurance and more.
JobsInMadison.com - Local job postings in all fields.
LearningExpress Library * - Practice tests and skill building tutorials for adults, children and teens. Includes software tutorials, GED preparation, job search and workplace skills, career exploration tools, U.S. citizenship study guides, resources in Spanish, and more. New users must create an account, returning users login (no fee required).
The Riley Guide - Information on how to write resumes, cover letters, and other job search correspondence.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development - Learn about job openings, filing for disability, gaining work skills, vocational rehabilitation, unemployment insurance, worker's compensation, and labor standards.
Wisconsin's WORKnet - Job seeker resources from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Search for job openings, explore career options, learn about local wages and more.
News and Current Events
Newspaper Source Plus * - National and international news publications through EBSCOhost.
Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site * - Daily and weekly newspapers for most Wisconsin communities. Covers 2005 through 60 days ago.
* Resource provided by BadgerLink, a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning.
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