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On-site Services

A variety of helpful equipment, archives and services are available at your local Marathon County Public Library! Some resources are only available at certain MCPL locations, as noted below.

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Suggest a Purchase

If you can't find an item in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and you think we should have it, let us know! You may use the online form below, or paper Purchase Suggestion forms are available at all MCPL locations. We can't promise that we will acquire the item, but we will investigate its suitability for our collections. We will... (read more) MCPL Online On-site Reading Advice Collection Catalog

Online Resources

The following are databases to which the library has subscribed and websites that are affiliated with the library or host library-owned content. For an A-Z listing of all online resources, click here.

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Library Catalog (V-Cat)

Browse the collections of all MCPL locations, plus the collections of other public libraries in the Wisconsin Valley Library Service. Suggest a Purchase -- Use this form to recommend items or subject areas that are not currently part of the library's collection. Checkout Policies / FAQ -- Questions? Check out... (read more) WVLS MCPL Online Catalog
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Contact Us

Before contacting us, please review our frequently asked questions. For 24/7 account access, call 715-261-7209 or log in online. To contact a specific MCPL location by phone or mail, visit our locations page. For immediate assistance, call MCPL Wausau at 715-261-7200 during our hours of operation, or use the "live chat"... (read more) MCPL Online

Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive® / Libby®)

Wisconsin's Digital Library is a catalog of free e-books, audio books and videos that you can download and enjoy for limited periods of time. All you need is a library card and special software to facilitate the download process.  Help topics / resources: First-time Users: Getting Started Tech Time: One-to-one assistance... (read more) WPLC Online Catalog E-books Audiobooks
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Suggest a Purchase

If you can't find an item in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and you think we should have it, let us know! You may use the online form below, or paper Purchase Suggestion forms are available at all MCPL locations. We can't promise that we will acquire the item, but we will investigate its suitability for our collections. We will place the item on hold and... (read more) MCPL Online On-site Reading Advice Collection Catalog

Interlibrary Loan (WISCAT)

Browse the WISCAT interlibrary loan catalog to find and request items that are not available in the regular library catalog (V-Cat). Borrowing limits: Requests for interlibrary loan items borrowed via WISCAT will be limited to five requests per patron per month for a total of 60 requests per year. For interlibrary loan assistance,... (read more) MCPL WVLS Online Catalog

ReferenceUSA

A phone and address directory. Find current business and residential phone numbers and addresses, as well as neighborhood information, business profiles and additional corporate information. Also includes databases of healthcare professionals, jobs postings, consumer profiles and more. Please note: Use of this resource is limited to patrons of MCPL;... (read more) MCPL Online Phone and Address Small Business Job-Search

Marathon County Land Records

Access Marathon County's geographic information system (GIS) to view a wide array of information about county properties, including aerial photographs, topography, soil types, natural features and shoreland, land ownership information, property lines and descriptions (similar to what you'll find in plat books), school and voting district... (read more) Government Marathon County MCPL Online
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Newspapers.com: Library Edition

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s onward, containing thousands of well-known regional, state and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Note: This resource replaced Access Newspaper Archive in 2018. Newspapers and Magazines BadgerLink Genealogy Online

Value Line

Provides regularly-updated investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles. Rates most stocks and funds according to a proprietary formula and assigns a "Value Line" score. Please note: Use of this resource is limited to patrons of MCPL; it is not available to patrons of other V-Cat libraries. Finance and Investment MCPL Online

TumbleBooks

An online collection of animated, talking picture books that teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. Includes a section with teacher resources. Please note: Use of this resource is limited to patrons of MCPL; it is not available to patrons of other V-Cat libraries. For Children E-books MCPL Online
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NoveList

A reader's advisory service designed to help you find information about authors, specific books, series information, "read-a-likes" (books similar to ones you enjoy), book and author reviews, book lists, teaching guides and more! BadgerLink Reading Advice WVLS Online
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U.S. Newsstream

This online archive contains U.S. news from the 1980s to the present day, featuring key national and regional sources including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday and Chicago Tribune, as well as over 80 Gannett titles, including the Wausau Daily Herald (... (read more) BadgerLink Online Newspapers and Magazines Local History Genealogy

Ancestry: Library Edition

Only accessible while at the library. With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, Ancestry is a comprehensive online source of information available for conducting genealogical and local history research. (Note: There may be occasions when this resource is temporarily unavailable due to a limit of four simultaneous connections within... (read more) Genealogy WVLS Online
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Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.  As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Gale Courses is well-suited for people who want a self-paced learning... (read more) WVLS Online Computers and Technology Job-Search Online Courses

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Full-text daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s. Each newspaper is available cover to cover in a searchable PDF format. For a complete list of titles, click here. Newspapers and Magazines BadgerLink Genealogy Online
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Mango Languages

Mango’s software teaches real conversations in more than 70 languages with engaging grammar, culture, vocabulary and pronunciation lessons. You’ll learn to speak new languages and meet new cultures through authentic experiences, like overhearing a conversation between native speakers, watching a suspense-ridden action flick or singing along with a romantic... (read more) Language Learning Online MCPL Online Courses

EBSCO All Databases

Access point for all BadgerLink EBSCO databases. Includes databases of magazines, journals, newspapers, images and reference resources covering education, health, business and general areas of interest. BadgerLink Newspapers and Magazines Small Business Online
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Popular Magazines in BadgerLink

A variety of current, popular magazines are available for free online viewing via EBSCOhost! Use the links below to access these resources. (Please note the "availability" date rage; not all issues will be immediately available after publication in print.) If you encounter an error, visit https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/resource/masterfile-complete and click... (read more) Online Newspapers and Magazines BadgerLink E-books
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AutoMate

Authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Details From the automotive experts at MOTOR All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Includes: service and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, technical service bulletins and recalls, maintenance schedules,... (read more) BadgerLink Automobiles Online

LearningExpress Library

Practice tests, tutorials, and e-books to help you succeed at work, school, or while searching for a job. Offers test preparation resources for the ACT, AP, CLEP, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, GED, U.S. Citizenship, and more. Also, offers tutorials for all ages in the subject areas of reading, writing and math. BadgerLink For Teens For Children Job-Search Online Small Business College Prep Online Courses

Consumer Reports

Find reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services from "Consumer Reports" magazines and guidebooks, including articles from 1991 to the current issue​. IMPORTANT: Once you select the "access" link above: To view a specific issue, use the "all issues" menu on the right. To search multiple issues at once, select "search within... (read more) BadgerLink Newspapers and Magazines Online
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Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus includes over 1,500 full-text newspapers and newswires, providing more than 27 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 583,100 television and radio news transcripts, videos and podcasts. Nine Wisconsin newspapers are included. BadgerLink Newspapers and Magazines Online
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Staff Reviews

Book reviews written by the staff of the Marathon County Public Library, featuring reviews of fiction and nonfiction for adults, children and teens! These book reviews also are published at Goodreads.com; follow us for the latest updates. Reading Advice MCPL Online
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Personalized Reading Suggestions

Are you looking for books to add to the top of your must-read list? Let the staff at the Marathon County Public Library help! We are eager to use our expertise to find great reads just for you. Complete the form below, and we'll send you three personalized reading recommendations within four days. Contact information... (read more) MCPL Online Reading Advice
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HeritageQuest

Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources.  Collection of genealogical and historical sources. U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records and more. Unique primary sources, local and family histories. BadgerLink Genealogy Online
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Marathon County Government

Whether you are passing through the area or looking to relocate here, we want you to enjoy Marathon County to the fullest. Browsing this web-site is a great start to discovering all the resources our beautiful and diverse county has to offer. (The Marathon County Public Library is a department of Marathon County Government.)   Online MCPL Government Marathon County
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Core Collections Complete

Reliable guides for collection development and maintenance, curriculum support, readers' advisory and general reference. BadgerLink Online For Educators Reading Advice
Marathon County Local History

Marathon County Local History

An online archive of the rich local history of the towns, villages, and cities in Marathon County, including centennial histories written by local residents, with many illustrations documenting family life and economic development in central Wisconsin. History Local History Marathon County MCPL Online
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Marathon County Uniform Addressing

In February 2016, the Marathon County Board adopted policy to implement a uniform addressing system. What this means is that instead of the current ten address grids, there will be a uniform grid. Uniform addressing will enable public agencies, especially emergency services, to provide the right service to the right place at the right time. Visit www.... (read more) MCPL Online Marathon County
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Home Improvement Reference Center

An online tool for home improvement assistance, including: maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating home and garden, etc. WVLS Home and Garden Online
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NoveList K-8

A reader's advisory service for children, designed to help you find information about authors, specific books, series information, "read-a-likes" (books similar to ones you enjoy), book and author reviews, book lists, teaching guides, and more! BadgerLink For Children Reading Advice Online
Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer-oriented health content, from mainstream to holistic medicine.  Full text for more than 560 magazines and journals.  230 full-text health reference books and encyclopedias.  Hundreds of medical images and diagrams.  BadgerLink Health Online
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The Teen Review

Check out these book reviews written by Marathon County teens! Also includes reviews for games, movies, graphic novels, and magazines. Feel free to add comments and contribute your own reviews! For Teens MCPL Reading Advice Online

Explora for Middle & High Schools

An interface designed specifically for students in middle school and high school with an emphasis on topical browsing for age-appropriate EBSCOhost articles. For Teens For Children BadgerLink Online
Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center

Provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content, including science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, technology and wildlife. BadgerLink For Teens For Children Online
Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Maintenance and repair documentation for ATVs, commercial mowers, lawn tractors, generators, motorcycles, boats, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft/jet skis, snowblowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines. Home and Garden WVLS Online

Foundations in Wisconsin

Searchable profiles of active grant-issuing foundations in Wisconsin for use by local grant-writers. Please ask a library staff-member for access; the password to this database is not shared with the public.   (Staff access: https://goo.gl/mmYtzG) Grants and Scholarships Small Business WVLS Online
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Wisconsin's Digital Library for Kids

An online catalog of free e-books, audiobooks, music and videos available for checkout! These files may be downloaded to e-readers, computers, MP3 players and other compatible devices. This link filters the WDL collection to items intended for children. E-books Audiobooks For Children WPLC Online

Wisconsin Talking Book & Braille Library

As part of a national network cooperating with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides braille materials, audio books and audio-described DVDs to Wisconsin residents who cannot see regular print or handle print materials. WTTBL patrons receive and... (read more) Audiobooks Blindness and Low Vision MCPL Online
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Explora for Elementary Schools

An interface designed specifically for elementary students with an emphasis on topical browsing for age-appropriate EBSCOhost articles. For Children BadgerLink Online

Wisconsin Media Lab

Collections of high-quality digital media for Wisconsin's K-12 students and teachers. Includes video, sound and image collections organized by subject area. (Includes ECB VideoLink.) BadgerLink Online For Children For Educators For Teens
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Britannica School

Access point for Britannica's encyclopedia content for children in elementary, middle and high school. Details: Every article and image have a citation.  Double-click on a word for definitions, pronunciations, and Spanish translation.  Switch between levels to find appropriately challenging articles.  Encyclopedia BadgerLink For Children For Teens Online
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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Wisconsin Communities

Meticulously detailed, color-keyed street maps created for all sizes of cities and villages, Sanborn Maps helped insurance agents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries determine the degree of fire hazard associated with a particular property. Most maps date between 1883 and 1930. Physical maps are held at MCPL Wausau, but online versions are accessible... (read more) Local History History Marathon County Wisconsin MCPL Online
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MasterFILE Complete

 Popular full-text magazines, reference books and other sources from world's leading publishers.  Details:  Covers topics including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion More than 2,300 full-text magazines and journals More than 870 full-... (read more) BadgerLink Newspapers and Magazines Online
Wisconsin's Digital Library for Teens

Wisconsin's Digital Library for Teens

An online catalog of free e-books, audiobooks, music and videos available for checkout! These files may be downloaded to e-readers, computers, MP3 players and other compatible devices. This link filters the WDL collection to items intended for teens. E-books Audiobooks For Teens WPLC Online
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Britannica Learning Zone

Engaging and developmentally-appropriate activities for young learners, including an interactive atlas, learning games, audio and video, and vocabulary builders. Teaches geography, time, shapes, numbers, and relevant vocabulary, all in a fun and safe online environment. For Children BadgerLink Online

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Provides how-to information for many popular hobbies and crafts, including arts and crafts; collecting; games and electronics; model building; home and leisure; needlework; outdoors and nature; and scrapbooking and papercraft. WVLS Hobbies and Crafts Online Food and Cooking

Alt HealthWatch

Alternative and holistic approaches to health care and wellness. Full-text articles for more than 190 international, and often peer-reviewed journals. Subjects include acupuncture, aromatherapy, childbirth, Chinese medicine, chiropractic, creative therapies, cross-cultural therapies, energy medicine, herbalism, homeopathy, mind-body medicine... (read more) Health BadgerLink Online
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LitFinder

Contains a wealth of primary literature content, including citations and full text of hundreds of thousands of poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays. BadgerLink Reading Advice Online
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Central Wisconsin Digitization Project

Digitized original sources and historical artifacts published online by a consortium of Wisconsin libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies and museums committed to preserving the history of Marathon County and Lincoln County. History Wisconsin Marathon County MCPL Online
Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier

Full-text journal and peer-reviewed articles covering all disciplines of business.  Covers all business disciplines including marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics. More than 2,000 full-text journals. Explore company profiles, industry reports, market research and SWOT analyses. BadgerLink Finance and Investment Small Business Online
Explora for Everyone

Explora for Everyone

An interface designed for the general public with an emphasis on topical browsing for EBSCOhost articles. BadgerLink Online
History Reference Center

History Reference Center

The world's most comprehensive full text history reference database suitable for high school and college-level research. Features over 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers, plus articles from more than 150 leading history periodicals. BadgerLink History Online

Library E-book Accessibility Program (LEAP)

LEAP is a program that allows visually impaired patrons to access special e-book content thanks to a partnership between OverDrive and BookShare. Eligibility requirements must be satisfied to access this free service: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/bookshare-me/who-qualifies. Blindness and Low Vision E-books WPLC Online
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SoundzAbound

A collection of royalty-free music and sound effects for use by students and educators. Ensures copyright compliance without the hassle of verifying licensing or paying for access. BadgerLink Music Online

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

Broad resource for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish.  Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Drug information books, written for the average person. Includes "how to" information for administering different types of medications. Identifies medications that... (read more) Health BadgerLink Online
Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center

Information on thousands of authors and their works, including summaries, literary criticism, biographies, reviews, interviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, full-text access to classic works of literature, and much more. BadgerLink Reading Advice Online

Regional Business News

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. BadgerLink Newspapers and Magazines Online

Newswires

Provides near real-time access to top world-wide news via Associated Press, United Press International, and others. BadgerLink Newspapers and Magazines Online
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TeachingBooks

Provides audio excerpts of book readings, movies of authors and illustrators, and guides to thousands of titles and multimedia resources on children's and young adult literature. BadgerLink For Educators Reading Advice Online
GreenFILE

GreenFILE

Articles covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.  Includes scholarly, government and general-interest titles. Content covers global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable practices, renewable energy and recycling. Key journals include: Agriculture, ecosystems & Environment, Conservation... (read more) Nature and the Environment BadgerLink Online
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BiblioBoard Library

BiblioBoard is a catalog of e-books by self-published authors. A number of curations are included: "Indie Wisconsin" features content by self-published Wisconsin Authors. "Library Journal's Top Indie Reads" features indie e-books selected by Library Journal. "Popup Picks" is a rotating collection that includes award-... (read more) WPLC Online E-books Catalog Collection

Climate Wisconsin

Multimedia educational resource featuring stories of climate change by Wisconsin Public Television.   Details 10 short videos and two animations. Includes background essays and online interactives. Great for grades 6-12. BadgerLink Online For Children Teens For Educators
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Marathon County Pulse

Marathon County Pulse exists as a result of community partners seeing the value of having easily accessible and accurate data that describes the health and community conditions of Marathon County. Through funding from organizations in our area, Marathon County was able to create Marathon County Pulse, a platform that aids in making informed decisions... (read more) MCPL Online Health Marathon County Government

Academic Search Premier

Academic journals for scholarly research. For college-level and adult researchers, this comprehensive database includes articles from 4,700+ full-text publications in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, religion & theology, psychology and more. Includes over 4,000 peer-reviewed journals, and indexing and abstracts are... (read more) BadgerLink Online

OpenDissertations

OpenDissertations is an open-access database built to assist researchers in locating both historic and contemporary dissertations and theses. Created with the generous support of the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, it incorporates EBSCO’s previously released American Doctoral Dissertations, and features... (read more) BadgerLink Online
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Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political and economic conditions of the United States. Please note: Use of this resource is limited to patrons of MCPL; it is not available to patrons of other V-Cat libraries 2019-04-17: "Home access" for this new... (read more) MCPL Online Computers and Technology Animals and Pets Nature and the Environment Finance and Investment Government
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Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

The largest, most comprehensive American dictionary. BadgerLink Online

Websites

The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration. Use at your own risk; these sites are not controlled or monitored by the library.

Coursera

Offers free college-level courses from major U.S. universities, including a wide range of topics: the humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, and others. Earn certificates of completion for your resume. Web For Teens Online Computers and Technology Online Courses

Covering Wisconsin

This group's mission is to connect Wisconsin residents with appropriate insurance coverage and other programs that support health, and to promote effective use of these programs. A federally certified and state licensed navigator entity. Online Web Health

DigitalLearn.org

If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, these online tutorials are for you. Web Computers and Technology Online Online Courses

Driving-Tests.org

This is a free driver education program that includes online driver's manuals and  practice tests for the car and motorcycle as well as the Commercial Driver's License. It includes a "Read Aloud" toolbar in the footer of every page that will read each page, transfer the audio to MP3 files, and can translate the text into other languages. Web For Teens Online Online Courses

Internet Safety

This site provides a compilation of resources, tools, and information to empower all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, and administrators) to make safe, smart and ethical decisions about technology use. Created by The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ). For Children For Teens For Educators Computers and Technology Online Web

Khan Academy

A non-profit website offering free access to over 3,000 educational videos that cover math, science, biology, chemistry, physics, finance, history, and more. Intended for learners of all ages, including K-12 students and adults. Learners (and parents/educators) may also track lesson progress using this website. Web For Children For Teens Online Online Courses

Microsoft Office Training Center

Free video courses and tutorials for Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more. Covers the most recent Office suite as well as previous versions from several years ago. Web Computers and Technology Online Job-Search Online Courses

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Web For Teens Online Computers and Technology Online Courses

TechBoomers

Provides a wide range of online tutorials intended for users age 50 and over, though others may find the site helpful too. It includes tutorials on popular websites, social media, and internet-based applications. Web Computers and Technology Online Online Courses

Wisc-Online

A digital library of Web-based learning resources called "learning objects." The digital library of objects has been developed primarily by faculty from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Web Online For Teens College Prep Computers and Technology Online Courses

Wisc-Online: Basic Computer Skills

This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) created by the Wisconsin Technical College System that provides instructional videos for basic computer skills. Web Computers and Technology Online Job-Search Online Courses

Wisconsin First Nations: American Indian Studies in Wisconsin

This collection of resources provides educators and pre-service teachers accurate and authentic educational materials for teaching about the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin. It also assists educators in fulfilling Wisconsin Education Act 31, the statutory requirement that all school districts provide instruction in the history, culture, and... Online Web History Wisconsin For Educators