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Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I access BadgerLink? 

BadgerLink is licensed for Wisconsin residents and only registered Wisconsin networks have automatic access.

If you're seeing the Whoops page, your current network is not registered with us. For immediate access, log in with a Wisconsin library card or school barcode. If neither of those options work, you can instead select Wisconsin from the top of the list in the dropdown menu, and enter your Wisconsin zip code to login.

Feel free to contact us to see if we can get you automatic access in the future. Learn more about how to access BadgerLink.

 

I keep getting odd error messages or login screens when trying to access the resources. What's going on?

You may be accessing the resources through incorrect links (bookmarked pages and timed-out sessions are the biggest culprits). Clear your browser's cache (as described above) and try again through our Resources page (https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/resources), or if you place links on your own website to our resources, make sure to use our official, authenticated URLs. These can be found in column E on this Google Spreadsheet. More info on BadgerLink on your Website.

 

I don’t live in Wisconsin. Can I use BadgerLink?

Nope, sorry! The BadgerLink contracts stipulate that access is given only to Wisconsin residents. See what resources your state provides.

 

Where can I recommend a resource?

We welcome feedback on BadgerLink resources at any time! Send us an email or call 888-542-5542, toll-free in Wisconsin. For additional details about our resource selection process, see the About page.

 

How do I find an obituary in BadgerLink resources?

BadgerLink provides access to multiple newspaper resources with historic Wisconsin newspapers available in them. The Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink Title List provides a link to the BadgerLink resource, listed by Wisconsin city and newspaper titles available within that city. Once you have identified the resource with the paper coverage you seek, you can do a search for names within that resource to find newspaper articles and obituaries.

However, BadgerLink newspaper resources are not the only means to access certain Wisconsin newspapers: Wisconsin Historical Society has an excellent online guide to Wisconsin newspapers available, including Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers 1833-2004. Wisconsin Historical Society also has an obituary and article request service, and can work with genealogists outside of Wisconsin, whereas our collection is to be used by current Wisconsin residents. You can contact their library and archives directly by email address: asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org or askarchives@wisconsinhistory.org.

 

What are the copyright restrictions of BadgerLink resources?

Content is licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. 

  • Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers is owned by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and its contents are protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws. You may use the site and its contents for personal research and educational purposes only

  • Britannica School is licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. Go to the Britannica Terms of Use page for more copyright information.

  • EBSCO resources are licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. Go to the EBSCO License Agreement page for more information. 

  • LearningExpress Library is licensed for educational or personal use by Wisconsin residents. Please contact support@ebsco.com for all content permissions inquiries.

  • ProQuest: HeritageQuest Online, Newspapers.com Library Edition World Collection and U.S. Newsstream are licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. Go to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions page for more information.

  • TeachingBooks.net's resources are licensed for personal and educational use by Wisconsin residents. Go to the TeachingBooks.net Policies page for more information.

If you have any questions about using BadgerLink resources, Ask a Librarian!