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Enhancing Community Life in Northeast Wisconsin 

The Fond du Lac Area Foundation strives to enhance community life in the region by promoting philanthropy, awarding grants, and fostering sustainable leadership initiatives throughout northeast Wisconsin. Their grants program favors projects that 

  • Propose practical solutions to current community problems;
  • Promote cooperation among agencies without duplicating services;
  • Stimulate others to participate in problem solving;
  • Promote volunteer involvement;
  • Strengthen an agency’s effectiveness or stability; and
  • Address themselves to prevention as well as remediation” https://fdlareafoundation.com/whatwefund.html 

To see what kinds of projects have recently received funding, visit the foundation’s “Community Grants” page: https://fdlareafoundation.com/communitygrants.html.

We challenge your group to identify a significant community problem in the Fond du Lac area and write a grant proposal to address it. To secure the grant, you must conduct intensive research on the problem, analyze its various components, and propose innovative solutions to improve them. Make sure to contact several stakeholders and interested parties so you can incorporate their insights into your project. 

Getting Started

Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and more in one place. Below is a sample of keyword searches in Credo Reference related to this topic.

Call Numbers and Subject Headings

You can use the list of call numbers and subject headings below as keyword searches in our catalog and databases, or you can go to these sections of the library to find books on these topics.

  • HV40s – Social Services
  • RC500-600 – Drug Addiction


Books from Lane Library

All books in this list are located either in the Franzen Center on Floor 3A or are e-books.

Discovery Search: Search Lane Library’s books, ebooks, and articles in one place.

Books from other libraries

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from other libraries for free through interlibrary loan.



The following databases are useful places to search for articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.

  • Academic Search Complete: Wide range of academic disciplines, including for scholarly and popular journals.
  • JSTOR– Full-text archive of scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Issues from the past three to five years may not be available.
  • New York Times: Access to news and archival content from NY Times. If you run into a paywall, here is more information on how to sign up.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.

Get articles from other libraries

If you cannot find a full-text version of the article you need, request it through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service that allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries. Find answers to frequently asked questions about ILL here.

Government Sources, Statistics, and Websites

Government sources


Peter Conlon

Conlon, Peter

Assistant Librarian - Access Services

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