Reference Databases and Helpful Links

Access to databases requires a valid library card. If you do not have a library card or are having trouble logging into a database call the library at (608)873-6281 or email us at storef [at]

Ancestry Library
Genealogy information, including census data, passenger lists and more. (Accessible only inside the library building.)
Archive of Wisconsin NewspapersDaily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin, starting in 2005 to the present, with an embargo delay of 60 days. Formerly Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site.
Auto Repair SourceCurrently unavailable. We are working on a replacement for this database as of July 2024. Authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. See below for Small Engine Repair.
BadgerLinkWisconsin's online library of books, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, etc. Provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (Here are a guide to some of the most popular BadgerLink resources, as well as an Intro to BadgerLink video)
Britannica Library and Britannica Escolar OnlineEncyclopedias, dictionary, thesaurus and related learning materials in English and Spanish.
Consumer Health CompleteConsumer-oriented health content, from mainstream to holistic medicine. For high school students, college-level, and adult researchers.
Consumer ReportsProduct reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more.
CreativeBugAccess to more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
DigitalLearnTools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.
EBSCOhostArticle databases.
Fuel Economy GuideEnvironmental Protection Agency's guide to fuel efficiency for different years, makes, and models of vehicles.
HeritageQuestGenealogy records and books, including census data, local histories, tax rolls, etc.
hooplaDigital audiobooks, ebooks, comics, movies, television series, and music that can be instantly streamed or downloaded on a variety of devices for at-home or on-the-go entertainment. 
KanopyOver 30,000 films always available for free. No holds, no waiting! Stream from any computer, TV, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.  A valid Stoughton Public Library card is required to access Kanopy.
Literary Reference Center PlusCollection of literary criticism and reference works. Library Edition - World CollectionHistorical newspapers archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.
NextReads NewslettersSign up for monthly newsletters about a variety of genres, featuring new titles with direct links to the library catalog.
NoveList Plus and
Novelist K-8
Book reviews, annotations, etc., for over 200,000 titles.
Office 365 Training CenterMicrosoft tutorials (including Word and Excel).
OverDriveE-books, digital audio books and more. Use the OverDrive link to access from a computer, or download the Libby app to a mobile device. Click here for more information and help.
Poetry & Short Story Reference CenterFull-text classic and contemporary poems, short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides
Resources for Job SeekersFrom the South Central Library System. Find help in the areas of resumes, printable job applications, unemployment claims, overcoming barriers to employment, computer basics, and social services.
Small Engine RepairDetailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.
TechBoomersHelpful tutorials for popular Internet sites like Facebook, Instagram and more.
Transparent LanguageTransparent Language Online is a language-learning system including over 70 languages.
US NewsstreamCurrent and archival to 1980s U.S. news featuring key national and regional sources including The Wisconsin State Journal, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, and Chicago Tribune as well as over 80 Gannett titles.
WorldCatFind items not available in LINKcat that can be requested through
Outer-Library Loan.