Cooperative Purchasing

Cooperative Purchasing Membership

A Cooperative Purchasing Member is any academic institution in Wisconsin that contracts for purchasing services with the WISPALS Consortium for a specified fee. Cooperative Purchasing Members shall be assessed a negotiated surcharge for each purchased service as determined by the Executive Committee.

For example, Wisconsin academic institution X chooses to purchase database subscription Y through WISPALS. X will then be able to take advantage of WISPALS’ discounted consortia pricing. WISPALS will handle the billing by paying the invoice. WISPALS will then charge X back the discounted Y price and a previously negotiated surcharge for handling the paperwork and utilizing the pre-established vendor relationship.

Current WISPALS Database Subscriptions

This is a current list of all the electronic database subscriptions WISPALS handles for its members. We are always exploring new resources and are open to suggestions from members, prospective members and vendors. Please contact WISPALS with any questions.


  • Associates Programs Source Plus
  • Engineering Source
  • Nursing Reference Center
  • Omnifile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson)
  • Scientific & Medical ART Imagebase
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center


  • Facts on File Reference Suite
  • Films on Demand
  • Films on Demand – Nursing Collection
  • Issues & Controversies
  • World Almanac
  • Today’s Science
  • World News Digest


  • Business Insights: Essentials
  • Demographics Now
  • Gale Business Collection Bundle
  • General Business File ASAP
  • Health Reference Center Academic


  • Reference USA Businesses
  • Reference USA Residential


  • WI Selectory
  • Million Dollar Database


  • Business NewsBank
  • Global NewsBank
  • NewsFile Collection

Ovid Technologies

  • Ovid Nursing Community College Extended Journal Collection
  • Ovid Nursing Full Text PLUS


  • Agriculture Journals
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Career and Technology Database
  • CultureGrams Online
  • Nursing and Allied Health Source