Reference & Research: Fiction and Non-Fiction Databases
Links to the following databases are grouped on this page:

Fiction Categories:

Nonfiction Categories:

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"Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider."

                     ~ Francis Bacon

If you access any of these resources from OUTSIDE of the library, you will be prompted for your barcode number! From inside the library, you should be able to enter the database directly.

Fiction Databases

The following resource is provided by the Wisconsin Valley Library Service, of which APL is a member.

NoveList Plus

Now for both fiction and nonfiction titles!

A copy of the user's brochure for NoveList Plus is available here in PDF format

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive online readers’ advisory tool. Using NoveList Plus, you can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more. All of this rich editorial content is crafted by librarians and reading authorities who are experts in the field -- making NoveList Plus the premier readers’ advisory resource.

Please note! This link will direct you to EBSCOhost first, where you must enter your barcode number if you are outside the library.

Non-Fiction Databases

Academic Search Premier covers the expansive academic disciplines offered in colleges and universities. It provides comprehensive content, including PDF backfiles to 1975 for more than 120 journals and searchable cited references for more than 1,000 titles.

Business Source Premier

When you click the link above, you will be prompted for your library barcode number.

The Business Source Premier is designed to help users research items such as economic or country analyses, investigate market trends or potential, and find current competitive information or landscape analysis information.

Highlights include:

  • Company profiles
  • Industry profiles
  • Country reports
  • Market Research reports

Career Library

Career Library offers a comprehensive information resource for career and college research. Five user-friendly components help users match their interests to occupations, education prospects, and more. This database was created for patrons, researchers and career/education technology professionals.

The link will take you to a page which further explains this resource.

Literary Reference Center

The Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a highly graphical interface intended for public, academic and high school libraries. The primary goal of LRC is to assist high school and undergraduate English and Humanities students with homework and research assignments of a literary nature.

The link will take you to a page which further explains this resource.

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

For Teachers

The following resource is provided by Badgerlink. BadgerLink, provided by Wisconsin's Dept. of Public Instruction, is funded through the Public Service Commission, Universal Service Fund. Link



Note! This link takes you directly to the web site. is a time-saving portal to thousands of online resources to explore children's and young adult books and their authors. We provide immediate access to useful materials and exciting programs (short movies, audio book readings, book discussion guides, and more) that add a multimedia dimension to reading in the classroom, library, and home.

These resources are also perfect for lesson planning, author studies, and professional development to support the many ways books can be integrated into all subject areas in the K–12 curriculum.