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Ideal for supporting discussions and research around diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, Black Life in America presents the broad sweep of African American history in ways no textbook or other online resource can match. This primary source collection offers an expansive window into over 300 years of African American history and illustrates the significant impacts African Americans have had on culture, the arts, science, politics, religion and more. Content from more than 19,000 U.S. and global news sources, including over 400 African American publications, this unique digital archive, helps users gain multiple perspectives on the people, issues and events that shaped and continue to influence America’s conversations.

Hispanic history and American history are inextricably bound together. Hispanic Life in America is the single most comprehensive digital archive of primary source documents related to Hispanic American life. Replete with material unavailable elsewhere, this collection is sourced from more than 17,000 global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications, dating from 1704 to today. Combining deep historical content with current sources, Hispanic Life in America is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in examining the full spectrum of American history and culture.

  • ProQuest One Literature
    • ProQuest One is for scholars who must engage with an exhaustive and diverse set of scholarly resources around a given literary topic for research and course planning. It contains 5 million literature citations from thousands of journals, monographs, dissertations, and more than 500,000 primary works – including rare and obscure texts, multiple versions, and non-traditional sources like comics, theatre performances, and author readings.

Users will have access to an expansive set of content to support literary studies including: 

  • Multi-format Sources: video, eBooks, dissertations and more offers various interpretations of works to challenge student assumptions about authors and texts
  • Curated Author and Movement Pages:  contextualize an author or movement and serve as jumping off points for course discussion and student projects
  • Diverse Primary Collections:  rare and hard-to-find texts are represented alongside the traditional Western canon to support greater diversity in scholarship
  • Expansive Journal Coverage: provides contemporary, diverse criticism from a wide array of publications from around the world in fields such as literary studies, humanities and history
  • Continuous Developments: collaboration with library and faculty advisory groups make this a product of the community and for the community
  • HistoryMakers' Digital Archive 
    • The HistoryMakers, established in 1999, is a non-profit institution whose purpose is to record, preserve and disseminate the content of video oral history interviews highlighting the accomplishments of individual African Americans and African-American-led groups and movements. Its aim is to provide a unique scholarly and educational resource for exploring African American history and culture. It is unique among collections of African American heritage because of its large and varied scope, with interviewees from across the United States, from a variety of fields, and with memories stretching from the 1890s to the present. Rather than focus on one particular part of a person’s life or a single subject, such as a career or participation in the civil rights movement, the interviews are life oral histories covering the person’s entire span of memories as well as his or her own family’s oral history.

      Interviews were first conducted in 1993, and continue to the present. The archive continues to grow, so that queries saved today may have new results tomorrow based on new interviews added into the archive.

Some people in the collection may be interviewed again, so that content for a particular person may grow as well. All of the appropriate metadata for the interviews is shown when you drill down to a particular person or a particular story.

The HistoryMakers retains high-quality versions of all interviews.

  • History Vault: Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Law and Order in the 19th Century America, 1636-1880 
    • This module documents the international and domestic traffic in slaves in Britain’s New World colonies and the United States, providing important primary source material on the business aspect of the slave trade. Collections in this module are sourced from the Rhode Island Historical Society, Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the U.S. National Archives. In addition to records on the slave trade, this module also includes a series of letters received by the Attorney General. These letters cover the slave trade, runaway slaves, Reconstruction Acts and other key 19th century legal issues such as land claims, military affairs, piracy, and mail theft.
  • Nursing and Mental Health in Video: A Symptom Media Collection
    • A nurse’s responsibility extends beyond addressing just physical ailments.  Nurses now must understand, assess and manage mental health issues that often present themselves alongside physical conditions. Prepare your students to do that with our exclusive new collection, Nursing and Mental Health in Video.
  • AccessScience 
    • AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material covering all major scientific disciplines. More than 7,000 articles from McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, including 115,000+ definitions from the Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms.
    • Faculty Resources
  • Black Male Archives 
    • To access the publication archives, please contact us through Ask a Librarian
    • The Black Male Archives was started to highlight the many characteristics, professions, and perspectives of Black men. Their mission is to capture, curate, and promote positive stories about Black men across the world while inspiring and informing younger generations. Their vision is to change the narrative of Black men displayed in the news and the general media around the globe.
    • Suggested use of the Archives:
      • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
        Enhance the research experience for all users by demonstrating that they are represented in the community as well as in the database content and curated collections in your library.
      • Research
        Reliable scholarly, peer-reviewed content to bring awareness and perspective to research. Deliver high-quality, targeted information specifically curated by librarians
      • Genealogy
        Genealogy research allows one a chance to reach into their family’s past and learn about their history, previous ways of life, religion, traditions, dishes, and even events that have shaped a family’s past and present.
  • Drama Online - Critical Studies & Performance Practice  
    • This scholarly collection brings together 370 research monographs, critical studies and practitioner texts, and reference works, as well as 60 dynamic physical acting training videos. The collection provides users with invaluable critical, contextual and pedagogic content to enhance their study of theatre, performance and Shakespeare studies. Titles are grouped under “Context and Criticism” or “Theatre Craft” and can be discovered by browsing these categories or by searching by title, subject, period or theme. 

    • Methuen Drama titles in critical studies and performance practice provide companions to theatrical movements, theatre histories, geographies, playwrights, and research into emerging fields such as applied theatre and seminal works from practitioners such as Brecht. Performance Practice titles cover acting techniques, voice, and movement, as well as guides to working in the industry. 

    • Arden Shakespeare titles provide historical, critical, and theoretical background to the study of Shakespeare’s life and work. From literary theory, to textual analysis, performance practice or Elizabethan history, The Arden Shakespeare studies list presents the work of the world’s preeminent Shakespeare scholar

  • MLA Handbook Plus
    • Content: The cornerstone of MLA Handbook Plus is the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook, released in print in spring 2021. The ninth edition was created in direct, sustained dialogue with the instructors, librarians, and students around the world who use the handbook every day. A comprehensive reference work and textbook, the new handbook features:

    • Interactive and Easy-to-Use
      • Cross-linking of related content provides a broader context for use.
      • Spilt-View Feature to allow students to see figures and illustrations while reading corresponding content
      • Same numbering of sections as the print handbook, so students and instructors can easily go back and forth between MLA Handbook Plus and the print and e-book editions, but presented in more comprehensible sections.
      • Included learning paths: for example, a learner’s tour gives students new to MLA style access to the most critical information to help them get started.
      • Search functionality allows students to quickly find the most relevant information and the hundreds of works-cited-list examples listed by format in the handbook’s appendix.
      • Option to personalize experience: users can create a free personal account to save searches and manage searches for quick reference.
    • Accessible:

      • MLA Handbook Plus meets WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards.
      • A VPAT for MLA Handbook Plus is available upon request.
    • Evolving: MLA Handbook Plus will expand with new resources and assets, becoming an even more valuable resource to libraries, faculty and students. Planned work includes:

      • New titles to be added, include:  MLA Guide to Digital Literacy and the MLA Guide to Undergraduate Research in Literature.
      • Video course series—with quizzes and assessments—that will make teaching MLA style easier than it’s ever been.
  • Oxford English Dictionary 
    • The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

      As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

      The OED started life more than 150 years ago. Today, the dictionary is in the process of its first major revision. Updates revise and extend the OED at regular intervals, each time subtly adjusting our image of the English language.

  • Polling the Nations
    • Polling the Nations is a critically acclaimed online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of more than 700,000 questions and responses from more than 18,000 surveys and 1,700 polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
  • Music and Dance Online
    • Music and Dance Online currently includes over 11 million audio tracks*2,500 hours of video1.3 million pages of scores, and 500,000+ pages of reference, archival primary sources, and periodicals, comprising the largest and most comprehensive online offering of in-copyright audio and video performances and scores available anywhere.

      Broad-ranging materials include video of live performances, audio recordings, instructional films, previously unpublished works from acclaimed playwrights, performance posters and playbills, video interviews, and choreography not seen since the time of its original performance.

      See an overview of the database with links to guides, tutorials, and more. Visit the Libguide.

    • Platform and learning tools include:
      • Controlled vocabularies and semantic facet browsing allow users to discover new materials and find exactly what they need.
      • Bonus resources include 400,000+ playlists and hundreds of clips created by faculty and subject matter experts, including playlists matched to popular course syllabi.
      • A unique playlist tool and clip-making feature gives faculty and students the power to create, select, and share content aligned to course topics.
      • Searchable transcripts, annotation tools, and an instant citation exporter all empower users to make new connections and share what they have discovered with each other.
      • Embed features allow for easy integration with your learning management system.
  • Nursing: Current Concepts and Practices Video Collection
    • The Nursing: Current Concepts and Practices Video Collection is a tightly curated collection to help nursing students excel in their studies, pass licensure exams, and prepare for long-term job success in an increasingly complex health care system. Titles in this collection feature copyrights only within the past five years and are from trusted producers such as Classroom Productions, Inc.; Medcom-Trainex; Elsevier; Cambridge Educational; Medivision; Nevco Educational Video Inc.; and others.
  • Visible Body Physiology & Pathology
    • An interactive guide to core processes and common diseases of the human body.  Understanding normal and abnormal anatomy and pathophysiology is the basis of clinical practice and building a strong foundation is requirement in most curricula.  Visible Body Physiology & Pathology works through interactive lessons that explain the step-by-step breakdown of common cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal processes.  This is the ideal product to support online learning.

      The Visible Body Physiology & Pathology App covers 48 critical physiology topics and 57 conditions, with 50 lessons, more than 5,800 3D models, 38 animations, 16 illustrations, and 26 quizzes.

  • AtoZDatabases (AtoZAcademics)
    • AtoZacademics is the premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. The database includes 30 million business & executive profiles, over 240 million residents with interests, hobbies and lifestyles information, over 7 million real-time job listings, 2 Million new businesses, over 12 million healthcare professionals, over 12 million new movers, 2 million new homeowners, and much more. The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends, relatives, and a whole lot of other possibilities.
  • Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.
    • The Black Freedom Struggle website features expertly selected open primary source documents, including historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

      This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. These reliable, easily discoverable materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S.
  • Teaching Channel
    • Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.
  • Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep
    • Learn about careers, receive personalized career recommendations, create resumes and cover letters, search for jobs, explore schools and training programs, and get advice to help find a job or advance your career.
  • AHFS Consumer Medication Information 
    • AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug informatio
  • Southeast Collection
    • Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s-2000s. Thousands of news titles from the Southeast United States.

  • AHFS Consumer Medication Information 
    • AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. This content is updated monthly.
  • Coronavirus Research Database
    • Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.
  • Swank Digital Campus 
    • Swank Digital Campus provides a customizable academic streaming library of over 25,000 feature films, documentaries and foreign films from the largest movie studios, including Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, NBCUniversal, Columbia Pictures, Lions Gate, MGM, Miramax and many more.
  • OpenEdition 
    • OpenEdition is a portal of French-language books and journals in human and social sciences. Open access content is only available in HTML format.
  • Open Math Notes 
    • A repository of freely downloadable mathematical works in progress hosted by the American Mathematical Society as a service to researchers, teachers and students. These draft works include course notes, textbooks, and research expositions in progress. They have not been published elsewhere, and, as works in progress, are subject to significant revision.