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  • America: History & Life

    Allows six users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    America: History & Life provides a robust source of information focusing on the history and life of the United States and Canada. Selective indexing includes over a thousand journals dating back over 55 years.  [Details]

  • Historical Abstracts

    Allows six users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) focusing on the 15th century forward, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

    Digital archive for the New York Times dating back to 1851. For online access to recent New York Times articles, use InfoTrac Newsstand.  [Details]

  • The Times Digital Archive

    The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2006 makes 221 years of this highly regarded resource available for students and researchers of 19th-, 20th-, and early 21st-century history, literature, culture, business, art and architecture, and more. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement.  [Details]

  • ARTstor Digital Library

    Registered users can download individual images from the ARTstor Digital Library so remember to register for a free user account.

    The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.   [Details]

    Tutorial:   Teaching and Studying with ARTstor

  • HeinOnline

    Contains more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. Retrieve articles by citation, browse, or search across nearly 50 million pages of content. HeinOnline also contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938, a library of U.S. Congressional documents, U.S. Federal legislative history and much more.  [Details]

  • Archives Unbound

    Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. Collections are chosen for Archives Unbound based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.  [Details]

  • Project MUSE

    Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Project Muse Advanced Search

  • Iter: gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    Contains electronic resources for the study and teaching of Medieval and Renaissance studies.  [Details]

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

    Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective offers a broad range of subject coverage in the humanities and social sciences—including anthropology, archaeology, art, family studies, law, music, performing arts and much more.  [Details]

  • Historical Statistics of the United States

    This five-volume reference work reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.  [Details]

  • WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]

    Starting June 30, 2015 this database will no longer be available. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.  [Details]

  • American Slavery

    "American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography" is a collection of the life histories of former slaves in the United States complied from nearly 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.  [Details]

  • ARTFL

    ARTFL consists of over 3000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing.  [Details]

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index

    Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities.  [Details]

  • Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers

    NewspaperCat is an online database providing links to over 1000 full-text digital newspapers in the United States and Caribbean.  [Details]

  • ClasePeriodica

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will no longer be available. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities. PERIODICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. Contains bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages.   [Details]

  • CQ Political Reference Suite

    CQ Press Political Reference Suite of Online Editions integrates many of CQ Press's acclaimed reference titles on government and politics into a user-friendly, electronic format  [Details]

  • CQ Press Library

    The definitive reference resource for research in American government, current affairs, history, politics, public policy, and data analysis for the social sciences. Search or browse across all CQ Press Library collections: CQ Almanac Online, CQ Researcher Online, CQ Weekly, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, and Supreme Court Yearbook.

       [Details]

  • Current Digest of the Russian Press

    The Current Digest provides comprehensive coverage of national news, current events, economic developments and cultural events in Russia.  [Details]

  • Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)

    It is a collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies, which describe the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from the 4th century BC to the 21st century.  [Details]

  • Digital Library on American Slavery

    The Digital Library offers a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.  [Details]

  • Digital National Security Archive - (DNSA)

     

    The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available.  [Details]

  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

    European Views of the Americas is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. The database contains more than 32,000 records, and covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples.  [Details]

  • HarpWeek

    Harper's Weekly;  the Civil War Era and Reconstruction I and II  [Details]

  • HeritageQuest

    HeritageQuest presents a varied and in-depth set of data for genealogists and historians. Includes data from all of the U.S. Censuses until 1940, an index of 6,500 local history and genealogy periodicals (PERSI), a database of Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant, plus the full text of 25,000 local histories and family histories.  [Details]

  • National Security Archive

    DNSA offers the most powerful research and teaching tool available in the area of U.S. foreign policy, intelligence and security issues since 1945. Over 55,000 of the most important, declassified primary documents – totaling more than 420,000 pages – are included in the database.

       [Details]

  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries

    Full text of letters and diaries. The collection includes bibliographies of women's diaries and letters yet published. It lists over 7,000 published and unpublished items from a variety of sources.  [Details]

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

    Allows one user access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    57,000+ biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.
    From the earliest times to the year 2000.  [Details]

  • Pennsylvania Gazette

    Published in Philadelphia The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century. It provides the reader with a first hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the New Republic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectives of each of the periods.  [Details]

  • Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

    Readers' Guide Retrospective is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.This resource offers a wide range of researchers access to information about history, culture, science and seminal developments across nearly a century.  [Details]

  • America: History & Life

    Allows six users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    America: History & Life provides a robust source of information focusing on the history and life of the United States and Canada. Selective indexing includes over a thousand journals dating back over 55 years.  [Details]

  • Historical Abstracts

    Allows six users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) focusing on the 15th century forward, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

    Digital archive for the New York Times dating back to 1851. For online access to recent New York Times articles, use InfoTrac Newsstand.  [Details]

  • The Times Digital Archive

    The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2006 makes 221 years of this highly regarded resource available for students and researchers of 19th-, 20th-, and early 21st-century history, literature, culture, business, art and architecture, and more. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement.  [Details]

  • ARTstor Digital Library

    Registered users can download individual images from the ARTstor Digital Library so remember to register for a free user account.

    The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.   [Details]

    Tutorial:   Teaching and Studying with ARTstor

  • HeinOnline

    Contains more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. Retrieve articles by citation, browse, or search across nearly 50 million pages of content. HeinOnline also contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938, a library of U.S. Congressional documents, U.S. Federal legislative history and much more.  [Details]

  • Archives Unbound

    Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. Collections are chosen for Archives Unbound based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.  [Details]

  • Project MUSE

    Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Project Muse Advanced Search

  • Iter: gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    Contains electronic resources for the study and teaching of Medieval and Renaissance studies.  [Details]

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

    Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective offers a broad range of subject coverage in the humanities and social sciences—including anthropology, archaeology, art, family studies, law, music, performing arts and much more.  [Details]

  • Historical Statistics of the United States

    This five-volume reference work reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.  [Details]

  • WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]

    Starting June 30, 2015 this database will no longer be available. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.  [Details]

  • American Slavery

    "American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography" is a collection of the life histories of former slaves in the United States complied from nearly 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.  [Details]

  • ARTFL

    ARTFL consists of over 3000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing.  [Details]

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index

    Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities.  [Details]

  • Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers

    NewspaperCat is an online database providing links to over 1000 full-text digital newspapers in the United States and Caribbean.  [Details]

  • ClasePeriodica

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will no longer be available. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities. PERIODICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. Contains bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages.   [Details]

  • CQ Political Reference Suite

    CQ Press Political Reference Suite of Online Editions integrates many of CQ Press's acclaimed reference titles on government and politics into a user-friendly, electronic format  [Details]

  • CQ Press Library

    The definitive reference resource for research in American government, current affairs, history, politics, public policy, and data analysis for the social sciences. Search or browse across all CQ Press Library collections: CQ Almanac Online, CQ Researcher Online, CQ Weekly, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, and Supreme Court Yearbook.

       [Details]

  • Current Digest of the Russian Press

    The Current Digest provides comprehensive coverage of national news, current events, economic developments and cultural events in Russia.  [Details]

  • Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)

    It is a collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies, which describe the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from the 4th century BC to the 21st century.  [Details]

  • Digital Library on American Slavery

    The Digital Library offers a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.  [Details]

  • Digital National Security Archive - (DNSA)

     

    The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available.  [Details]

  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

    European Views of the Americas is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. The database contains more than 32,000 records, and covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples.  [Details]

  • HarpWeek

    Harper's Weekly;  the Civil War Era and Reconstruction I and II  [Details]

  • HeritageQuest

    HeritageQuest presents a varied and in-depth set of data for genealogists and historians. Includes data from all of the U.S. Censuses until 1940, an index of 6,500 local history and genealogy periodicals (PERSI), a database of Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant, plus the full text of 25,000 local histories and family histories.  [Details]

  • National Security Archive

    DNSA offers the most powerful research and teaching tool available in the area of U.S. foreign policy, intelligence and security issues since 1945. Over 55,000 of the most important, declassified primary documents – totaling more than 420,000 pages – are included in the database.

       [Details]

  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries

    Full text of letters and diaries. The collection includes bibliographies of women's diaries and letters yet published. It lists over 7,000 published and unpublished items from a variety of sources.  [Details]

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

    Allows one user access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    57,000+ biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.
    From the earliest times to the year 2000.  [Details]

  • Pennsylvania Gazette

    Published in Philadelphia The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century. It provides the reader with a first hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the New Republic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectives of each of the periods.  [Details]

  • Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

    Readers' Guide Retrospective is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.This resource offers a wide range of researchers access to information about history, culture, science and seminal developments across nearly a century.  [Details]

  • ABC-CLIO E-book Collection

    Offers access to over 6,000 titiles, including the following publications: American Foreign Relations Since 1600;American Slavery; Daily Life Through History;Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Authors; Historic Events of the 20th Century; Literature in Context.

       [Details]

  • ArchiveGrid

    ArchiveGrid is a collection of over two million archival material descriptions, providing access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials. It also provides contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept. Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives are represented in ArchiveGrid.  [Details]

  • Books In Print

    No longer subscribed. Please ask for assistance in locating similar resources.

       [Details]

  • Cambridge Journals Online

    Cambridge Journals Online is the online Cambridge University Press’s collection of several journals across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.   [Details]

  • CenStats

    CenStats provides access to several popular Census Bureau databases, including: Building Permits, Census Tract Street Locator, County Business Patterns, International Trade Data, Detailed Occupation by Race, Hispanic Origin and Sex, USA Counties, and 1990 Public Law 94-171 Data.  [Details]

  • Choice Reviews Online

    Allows two users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    CHOICE reviews significant current books and electronic resources of interest to those in higher education. Each year CHOICE publishes more than 6,500 reviews by subject experts.  [Details]

  • Congress.gov

    Congress.gov is the updated replacement to THOMAS.gov. The new Congress.gov platform enhances access through features such as videos explaining the legislative process, compatibility with mobile devices, and a user-friendly presentation.

    Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.  [Details]

  • Electronic Journal Service (EJS)

    Search through EBSCO's database of scholarly e-journals.  [Details]

  • English Reports, Full Reprint

    The English Reports, Full Reprint (1220-1865) online edition delivers exact page-images of the original bound reprint edition, containing more than 100,000 cases, together with the Indexes and Book of Charts.  [Details]

  • Federal Surveillance of African Americans

    Black Americans of all political persuasions were subject to federal scrutiny, harassment, and prosecution. The FBI enlisted black "confidential special informants" to infiltrate a variety of organizations. Hundreds of documents in this collection were originated by such operatives. The reports provide a wealth of detail on "Negro" radicals and their organizations that can be found nowhere else.  [Details]

  • In the First Person

    An in-depth index of more than 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. The index contains approximately 20,500 months of diary entries, 63,000 letter entries, and 17,000 oral history entries.

       [Details]

  • Legal Classics Library

    The Legal Classics library offers more than 1,800 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history, including Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Frederick William Maitland, Frederick Pollock, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Edwardo Coke and many more!  [Details]

  • MasterFILE Complete

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ ProQuest CentralProQuest Newsstand, and InfoTrac Newsstand. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    This multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full-text information dating as far back as 1922.  [Details]

  • NCpedia

    Encyclopedia of North Carolina - short entries  [Details]

  • North Carolina City Directories

    Visit the website to search and browse more than 300 directories from cities and towns across North Carolina from the 1860s to the 1930s.  [Details]

  • North Carolina Periodicals Index

    Selective index of articles in North Carolina periodicals.  [Details]

  • Oxford Journals

    Collections cover Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Law, and include some of the most authoritative journals in their fields.  [Details]

  • PBS Video Collection

    You can now view nearly 250 quality PBS programs covering a wide variety of topics. These videos are viewable from any computer running Flash Player version 9 or higher with a relatively good Internet connection (at least 175 Kbps). Unfortunately, it will not be possible to view the videos over a dial-up Internet line.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Central

    This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Research Library

    A multidisciplinary, general reference database covering covering over 150 academic disciplines. Consists of a diversified mix of over 6,000 titles - over 75% in full text - from 1971 forward, including scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines. Part of ProQuest Central.  [Details]

  • Public Affairs Information Services (PAIS)

    The Public Affairs Information Services database provides information on public affairs, public and social policies and international relations. PAIS includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world.  [Details]

  • Treaties and Agreements Library - United States

    This library includes all U.S. treaties, whether currently in-force, expired, or not-yet officially published.  [Details]

  • Wiley Online Library

    A multidiscipinary collection of academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, psychology, law and criminology, life sciences, and business.  [Details]

  • Women and Social Movements in the United States - Scholar's Edition

    Women and Social Movements in the United States brings together primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women’s activism in public life.  [Details]

  • World Almanacs (OCLC)

    Includes the full text of all of the Almanac titles: The World Almanac and Book of Facts; The World Almanac of the U.S.A.; The World Almanac of US Politics; The World Almanac for Kids; and the Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia.  [Details]

  • World FactBook

    Database of country profiles produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.  [Details]

  • WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
    This database contains records for over 5 million items cataloged as dissertations, theses, or published materials based on theses or dissertations, in WorldCat, including titles provided by NetLibrary. The database allows users to quickly and efficiently retrieve records for theses and dissertations.
     [Details]


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