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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a new at my organization and want to get my library or school set up.

Welcome! Most schools and libraries are already set up to access the resources, however we may need some information from you such as your network's external IP address(es) or identifiers to set up a login. Check out the For Library Staff page and contact us if you still have questions!

I'm being asked to Log In to continue but I don't know which option to choose.

Users have 3 options to log in if prompted: 

  1. Find your city or town and your public library, then enter your public library barcode.
  2. Find your city or town and your school / school district, then enter your school's BadgerLink barcode (usually referred to as your login). Your school librarian can help if you don't know the barcode.
  3. Find Wisconsin, then enter your 5-digit zip code. 

If you're having trouble logging in, clear your browser's cookies and cache and start over.

I am getting a "Data ID & Term Parameters are missing or empty" message.

Clear your browser's cookies and cache and access the resource from the Resources page instead. Log in if prompted.

I am getting an Auto-Graphics "Page No Longer Supported" error message.

The link you were using to access the BadgerLink resource is incorrect. Access from the Resources page instead and/or update your website links using the BadgerLink Resource URLs Google sheet if applicable. Log in if prompted.

I am getting another error message or prompt to log in.

If the error or login prompt is not on the BadgerLink website, the message is likely happening because of incorrect links (bookmarked pages are the biggest culprit.) Clear your browser's cookies and cache and access from the Resources page instead. Log in if prompted.

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?

BadgerLink resources are selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, however we welcome feedback 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?

If you are looking for an obituary published in a Wisconsin newspaper, BadgerLink provides access to multiple newspaper resources with Wisconsin newspapers available in them. The Wisconsin Newspapers in BadgerLink Title List shows which newspapers we currently have access to, the date range, and a link to the resource where you can find that title. 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.

For obituaries published in other states, try Newspapers.com Library Edition World Collection

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!