Wauwatosa Public Library Reference Databases

ResearcherThe Wauwatosa Public Library has a wide range of materials in various formats to serve patrons’ research, educational and recreational needs, including the databases listed below.

Other resources are available through Wisconsin’s online library, Badgerlink.

Please Note: To use the following databases from a location outside of the library, you must be a Wauwatosa resident and have a Wauwatosa Public Library Card.

Databases By Subject

| Adult Learning | Arts & Crafts |  Business & Finance | Consumer Information |
| Homework Help | Languages | Newspapers |

Adult Learning

Gale Courses

The Gale courses are six-week online interactive courses for personal enrichment and professional development.  Courses include a variety of topics such as genealogy basics, computer skills for the workplace and sign language, to name a few.  The courses are instructor-led and sessions begin every month.

Brainfuse JobNow

Adult Learning Center is the adult learners version of HelpNow where patrons access GED prep, U.S citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources which lists popular job search links. Microsoft Office support allows patrons to ask questions about Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The Writing Lab, Send Question and the Skills Building are also included in the Adult Learning Center suite. Tutors are available every day from 2:00 pm to 1:00 am.

Salem Press Careers Resources

These exceptional resources help students, undergraduates and adult job seekers learn about today’s cutting-edge careers from real professionals.  Salem’s Career-In series provides a wide range of information on career opportunities to give job-seekers a true inside look at their career options in a wide range of in-demand fields.

LearningExpress Library     (Provided by Badgerlink)

LearningExpress provides a number of online resources to support you in achieving your personal and professional goals. Provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners.

Arts & Crafts


Jo-Ann Fabric’s Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Business & Finance

Business Source Premier  (Provided by Badgerlink)

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text back to 1886 and searchable cited references back to 1998.

Value Line

Value Line Research Center includes online access to Value Line’s leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.  ValueLine delivers reliable information to help you make better informed financial decisions.

Morningstar Library Edition

Morningstar Investment Research Center is an easy to navigate database to help both novice and veteran investors reach their investment goals.  It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary.

Click here for remote access outside the library.

Reference Solutions   (Formerly Reference USA)

Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents.  Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

Consumer Information

Consumer Reports Online

Consumer Reports provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.  Information is updated frequently, providing reliable data and unbiased information enabling customers to make better purchasing decisions.

Consumer Health Complete   (Provided by Badgerlink)

Consumer Health Complete provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.


Ancestry Library Edition  (available at home until December 31, 2020)

A source for family history. Census, military records, immigration records, etc.

HeritageQuest Online  (Provided by Badgerlink)

HeritageQuest Online is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

Homework Help


Brainfuse is one of the nation’s leading online tutoring providers for students and adults.  Brainfuse users receive personalized tutoring via a versatile and user-friendly online classroom.


Transparent Language

Transparent Language provides a fun, effective and engaging way for individuals to learn a foreign language. It is intended for all levels of learners looking to build their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in a foreign language. In addition to a course, there are supplemental vocabulary and grammar resources and a mobile app. It offers over 100 languages to choose from. There is enhanced support for Android tablets and iPads.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

OED Online, the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary, is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.  It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words, past and present-from across the English-speaking world.

Newspapers & Magazines

MasterFILE Complete  (Provided by Badgerlink)

MasterFILE Complete features more than 2,300 full text magazines and journals. It covers topics such as business, health, education, fitness, leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issue, DIY and fashion. The database offers photos, maps and flags. It features over 73,000 full text primary source documents as well and videos from the Associated Press.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online provides full-text articles from 1990 to present on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections of the paper.

Don’t miss a thing!  The Wauwatosa Public Library gives you 24/7 access to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel with articles range from 1990 all the way to today’s edition.  Best of all, NewsBank provides an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly interface that allows saving, emailing and sharing articles!  Use your library card today to take a look! 

Newspapers World Collection

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.

Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research   (Provided by Badgerlink)

Produced by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, this site offers access to its 235 daily and weekly member newspapers. Newspaper content is available beginning with April 2005 and recent issues are included following a three month embargo period. Each edition is provided in full, cover to cover, in a PDF, searchable format.

Wauwatosa Now  Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from archived issues of Wauwatosa Now (August 2009-August 2017). This resource is available remotely 24/7 on any device.

West Now  Search full-text articles on Wauwatosa news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of West Now (August 2017 – Present).  This resource is available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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