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Research Databases & Digital Collections

Find library databases and digital collections that will help you in your research.

During the COVID-19 pandemic many publishers are offering trial access to their online resources. The library may set up limited trial access for some of these resources. Each trial is established with the understanding that due to budget considerations, access will end when the free trial period is over. ~Brad Schaffner, College Librarian


New / Trial Databases

The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
Africa Commons: Black South African Magazines This link opens in a new window
Digital collection of magazines created for Black audiences in Africa from 1937 to 1973. Find over 50,000 pages of extremely rare, yet historically significant magazines, written for Black African audiences.
Africa Commons: History and Culture This link opens in a new window
African materials from 1500 to today. It indexes African organizations, collections, and documents from archives around the world. Includes books, magazines, newspapers, historical journals, government documents, oral history, photographs, art, music, videos.
With content spanning the 1900s to present, includes streaming access to more than a century of African history, politics, and culture. Propaganda films from South Africa’s Information Service and newsreels from African Mirror, showing life under apartheid and major historical events. Documentaries and interviews, sociopolitical documentary films and feature films.
Black Life in America This link opens in a new window
Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century. Sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications. From Black-owned newspapers to mainstream publications, this primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture and daily life as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent.
Series 1: 1704-1877: Arrival in America through Reconstruction
Series 2: 1878-1975: Jim Crow through the Civil Rights Movement
Dialnet This link opens in a new window
Bibliographic citation database from the Universidad de La Rioja.
Digital Library of the Middle East This link opens in a new window
The Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) offers free and open access to the rich cultural legacy of the Middle East and North Africa by bringing together collections from a wide range of cultural heritage institutions. Developed by an engineering team from CLIR and Stanford Libraries, the platform federates and makes accessible data about collections from around the world.
HeinOnline National Survey of State Laws This link opens in a new window
Alternate Name(s): National Survey of State Laws; NSSL
Overall view of some of the most-asked about and controversial legal topics in the United States. Derived from Richard Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws print editions. Presented in chart format, NSSL allows users to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The database is updated regularly as new laws are passed or as legislation changes.
Hispanic Life in America This link opens in a new window
Comprehensive coverage of the Hispanic American experience, as it was written. This primary source collection offers an expansive window into Hispanic American history, culture, and daily life. Series 1: 1704-1492; Series 2: 1943-2009
Showcases two radio programs via digitized audio with transcripts. Latinx issues related to politics, sociology, human rights, the arts and more with interviews of key figures and news reporting by a new generation of Latino/a journalists at the time.
Music Online: The Qwest TV Collection This link opens in a new window
Live performances, covering the evolution of jazz and beyond — representing funk, soul, hip-hop, folk, indie, electronic, blues, and other eclectic world genres. Co-created by Quincy Jones & Reza Ackbaraly, this unique collection of highly curated 150 titles makes timeless concerts and global music.
South Asia Archive This link opens in a new window
Alternate Name(s): South Asia Commons
From across the Indian subcontinent from 1700 to 1953, originally collected by the South Asian Research Foundation (SARF). It’s the largest collection of books, journals and documents from the region, covering India, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.