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BadgerLink Summer Recap

Monday, October 3, 2016

The BadgerLink team was busy this summer. Read more about what we were up to, and be sure to click the links to read the full Badger Bulletin articles:

Changes to EBSCO’s Whitelist for Firewalls & Proxy Servers

EBSCO made some changes on their end that may have an effect on how schools and organizations access BadgerLink resources.

New Content in Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

The Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers added a collection of historical content.

New Resource: Wisconsin Historical Society Family History Records

The Wisconsin Historical Society is now offering access to Wisconsin family history records through Ancestry, with authentication provided by BadgerLink.

New content in LearningExpress Library

New resources are available for continuing education, test preparation, and more.

New & Coming Soon: MLA 8 Citations

MLA 8 was released in April, and BadgerLink vendors are adjusting their citation features.

Back to School with Google Classroom in EBSCO and LitFinder

Google Classroom functionality is now available in EBSCO and LitFinder.

Office Hours are back

Virtual drop-in Office Hours are back for the new school year. Check the article for the schedule and directions for joining.

New & Improved BadgerLink Lesson Plans

See new lesson plans and updates to the existing ones in this Badger Bulletin article.

URL Changes

Some of BadgerLink’s authenticated resource URLs have changed. Make sure yours are up to date!

BadgerLink Health Class

BadgerLink held a series of Health Classes for those looking to use BadgerLink for health research or preparing for health-related careers.

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New & Coming Soon: MLA 8 Citations

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The 8th edition of the MLA (Modern Language Association) Handbook was published in late spring of this year, and BadgerLink's vendors have been working to update their citation tools to provide MLA 8 citations.

See below for a list of vendors and their timelines for MLA 8 citation availability:

Britannica Digital Learning: Currently available!
EBSCO: Currently available!
LitFinder: Currently available! Currently available!

As always, please contact the BadgerLink team with any questions!


BadgerLink URL Changes

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall is just around the corner. Time for apple picking, raking leaves, and helping students get back on track! BadgerLink plays a big role in students’ lives by providing reliable online information that isn’t available through free search engines. Educators and librarians are welcome to link to the BadgerLink website or directly to any of our resources on your website!

To better serve your users, it’s important to have the correct BadgerLink URLs. We use special authenticated URLs to our resources, to ensure that only Wisconsin residents are using our resources. If you aren’t using the correct link, you and your students won’t have access!

If you already link to BadgerLink resources on your website, you should know that some URLs have changed. But don’t worry, the updated URLs are easy to find! In the blue menu bar at the top of the BadgerLink website, click on Get the Word Out!. Then select, BadgerLink on your Website. On the BadgerLink on Your Website page, you can find a Google sheet for all of our current direct links. You can go ahead and bookmark this Google sheet so you can always access the most current URLs.

Changes to our resources:

Contact Us if you have any questions!


New Content in LearningExpress Library

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
All Wisconsin residents can access LearningExpress Library resources through BadgerLink! Go to to get started. More than 50 new resources have been added to LearningExpress Library since January 2016. Here are some highlights:
SAT® and ACT® Test Prep
25 new resources were added for 2016 SAT® test preparation, including complete, full-length practice tests in a test-simulation mode that helps students become confident with the format, timing, and content of the official exam. Complete practice tests and 2 writing practice tests were also added for the ACT® test.

New eBooks
The eBook collection includes new eBooks for GED® test prep, time management, communication skills, and Praxis II test prep, plus new editions of Nursing School Entrance Exams, Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide Exam, Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators, ASVAB Core Review, and Border Patrol Exam.

New School Center Resources
High School Math Skills Improvement has grown, with 5 new practice tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

CLEP® Test Practice 
2 practice tests for the CLEP® College Mathematics exam have been updated to match the latest CLEP® test specifications.

New Career Center Practice Tests
Test prep for military exams increased with the addition of practice tests for the SIFT, ASTB-E: OAR, and ASTB-E: Aviation and Nautical Information tests.

Send any questions to the BadgerLink team. Happy learning!


Back to School with Google Classroom in EBSCO and LitFinder

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
EBSCO and LitFinder now offer one-click Google Classroom functionality, making it easier than ever for educators to share reputable content with their students.

Image of chalkboard and chalk with Google Classroom logo

Google Classroom is a free web-based platform that allows educators to integrate their Google Apps for Education account with other Google Apps services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom provides educators with an easy way to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.

The BadgerLink team, in cooperation with the content vendors, have put together some tip sheets  to help educators use this valuable resource:

Are you already using BadgerLink resources with Google Classroom? Do you have other ideas for using BadgerLink in the classroom? Share your success stories with us!


BadgerLink Office Hours are back!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Join the BadgerLink librarians on the last Tuesday of each month at 10am for a 30 minute, agenda-less, virtual meeting. Stop in and ask any questions you have about BadgerLink, and see what others are curious about! These sessions are free and open to all.

Mark your calendars!

Tuesday, August 30th at 10am
Tuesday, September 27th at 10am
Tuesday, October 25th at 10am​
Tuesday, November 29th at 10am
There will be no office hours in December! 

Ask questions like...
How can I make virtual "clippings" of newspaper articles in Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers?
Where can I find information on auto repair?
How can I save my favorite articles to view later?

Interested? Here's how to join!

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Ask a Librarian if you have any questions!

New & Improved BadgerLink Lesson Plans

Monday, August 15, 2016

One of the most common feedback BadgerLink staff get from educators is that it takes too much prep time to begin using BadgerLink in the classroom. In response, the BadgerLink team created lesson plans that allow educators to easily incorporate BadgerLink into their curriculum. The lesson plans cite national and state standards for a variety of subject areas and use ideas and concepts that teachers already teach.

Presented in a Google Docs format, you can now access 6 BadgerLink Lesson Plans from the BadgerLink website.

UPDATED Lesson Plans

Back in 2014, the BadgerLink team presented 4 lesson plans at the WEMTA conference. In this new release, we decided to nix a lesson plan that was no longer relevant and update the existing plans.

Analyze and Respond to Novels

In this lesson plan, students will use BadgerLink to analyze and respond to a novel.

Supporting Materials:


Scavenger Hunt

In this lesson plan, students will use BadgerLink to complete a the BadgerLink Scavenger Hunt.

Supporting Materials:


Wikipedia Vs. Encyclopedia

In this lesson plan students compare Wikipedia to Britannica School (available through BadgerLink).

Supporting Materials:

Evaluating Website Google Slides


NEW Lesson Plans

We wanted educators to know that BadgerLink seamlessly can be incorporated into every subject, not just the English Language Arts classroom.

Persuasive Letter

In this lesson plan, students gather information about a controversial topic, develop a stance on the topic, and then write a persuasive communication (letter, email, etc).

Supporting Materials:


Practice ACT Tests

In this lesson plan, students will use practice tests and ebooks to learn content and test taking skills for the ACT test by using LearningExpress Library College Preparation Center, available through BadgerLink.

Supporting Materials:

ACT Practice Test Improvement Spreadsheet

Time Travel Tribune

In this lesson plan, students are contributing columnists to the Time Travel Tribune.

Supporting Materials:



All of our supplemental materials (lesson plans, research guide, Google Slides) were created because an educator suggested it. Please let us know how we can help you!

Do you have a lesson plan that incorporates BadgerLink? Do you have an idea for using BadgerLink in the classroom? Share your successes with us!