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  • Academic Search Complete
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.
  • African American Music Reference 
    50,000 pages of text reference, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. A comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.
  • America: History and Life 
    More than 2,000 international journals covering U.S. and Canadian history. Includes some journals dealing with the history of a few foreign countries.
  • American History in Video 
    This collection allows researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and documentaries, providing more than 6,000 titles in more than 1,600 hours.
  • Black Drama 1850 to Present 
    1200 plays by 201 playwrites, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.
  • Black Studies in Video 
    This collection features documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the videos provide access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations. This current release includes 145 videos totaling 141 hours.
  • Congressional Publications 
    Offers access to congressional publications dealing with the wide variety of topics addressed by Congress. 1789 to Present Day
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Online
    "Featuring comprehensive literary biographies written by recognized literary scholars and critics, you'll find profiles of more than 143,000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights. The biographies discuss the lives and careers of the literary figures profiled, along with the critical response to their works."
  • Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures and the Environment 
    More than 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.
  • Education Full Text 
    "Provides full text of articles from over 350 journals as far back as 1996, in addition to indexing of over 770 periodicals dating back to 1983. Content includes in-depth coverage of special education, with over 50 journals dedicated to this important topic, and more than 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests. Subject coverage includes adult education, continuing education, literacy standards, multicultural/ethnic education, teaching methods and much more."
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online 
    Provides access to the digital images of every page of 150,000 English-language books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.
  • Ethnographic Video Online 
    This collection offers streaming videos, written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the collection contains more than 1,800 documentary films and over 100,000 pages of full-text material, including tens of thou-sands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives.
  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 -1750
    A valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. EBSCO Publishing, in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, has created this resource from “European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750,” The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.
  • Global Perspectives on Design and Culture 
    This database was designed to support classes taught in the areas of living environments, including landscape; interiors; furniture; textiles and household objects within a global outlook.
  • Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 
    "Publishes original, peer-reviewed papers that report innovative ideas and programs for classroom teachers, scientific studies, and formulation of concepts related to the education, recruitment, and retention of under-represented groups in science and engineering."
    NOTE: Full text access begins with Vol. 14, Issue 1 (2008). Only the table of contents are accessible from older issues.
  • JSTOR: Arts and Sciences Collections I through XII; Biological Sciences collection 
    Archives of scholarly electronic journals in sociology, political science, economics, mathematics and statistics, history; law, asian studies, ecology, botony, evolutionary biology, plant and animal sciences, paleontology, and conservation. 
    NOTE: you may limit your results to show only the content you have access to through UW-Platteville's subscription. At the top of the results list, choose Content I can access from the drop down menu.
  • LexisNexis Academic 
    Provides access to 6,000 news, business, legal and reference information. Some full text.
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals 
    "Offers detailed information on over 7,100 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the International Bibliography. The detailed entries include editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines."
  • MLA International Bibliography 
    "A bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers."
  • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories 
    "Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950."
  • PsycArticles 
    Provides full text articles on current issues in psychology from respected sources, spanning from 1987 to the present. Includes more than 34,000 full-text articles from 43 journals published by American Psychological Association and allied organizations. All journals included in this database are indexed in PsycINFO.
  • PsycINFO 
    Abstracts from over 1300 psychology journals.
  • SAGE Journals Online 
    SAGE publishes over 470 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology and Medicine. 
    Full-Text is available for articles that have been published SINCE 1999.
  • Social Sciences Full Text 
    "Provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language journals published in the social sciences. This resource provides detailed indexing for over 625 periodicals dating back as far as 1983—nearly 400 of which are peer-reviewed. "
  • Social Sciences Citation Index 
    A citation index which can be searched by author, topic or citation.
  • Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex, and the Family 
    "The collection provides a window into American social history by bringing together the instructional, prescriptive, behavioral, and etiquette literature that defined standards of personal conduct for millions of Americans and reflected the prevailing social mores across the twentieth century."
  • General Electronic Databases

Comprehensive Sites on Ethnic Studies

African American Sites

American Indian Sites

  • Aboriginal Canada Portal From directories of services and organizations to employment and cultural history, this website is available in English and French.
  • Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge This website by the Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institution is a model of best practices for virtual museum exhibits, making vast collections accessible from two museums: The National Museum of Natural History and The National Museum of the American Indian.
  • Alaska's Digital Archives A wealth of historical photographs and oral histories from libraries, museums, and institutions throughout Alaska.
  • American Indian Health From the National Library of Medicine, this website is organized into four categories: Health Topics (such as cancer, influenza, diabetes); People and Traditions (tribal information, traditional healing); Programs and Services (healthcare access, organizations and links); Research and Data (statistics, resources).
  • American Indian Library Association (AILA) The AILA website offers many links, such as "American Indian Youth Literature Award", scholarship information, and grant applications.
  • American Indians of the Pacific Northwest from the University of Washington Libraries and the Library of Congress
  • Center for Native American Health From the University of New Mexico, this website provides resources and media that aid in researching health topics specific to Native Americans, focusing on the tribes in New Mexico.
  • Chief George Manuel Memorial Library and the Fourth World Documentation Archive From the Center for World Indigenous Studies, this web site offers searching and downloading of 30 years of archived documents which record the struggles of indigenous peoples to regain their rightful place in the international community. Documents address legal, social, economic, cultural, and human rights issues.
  • Current List of Tribal Entities This notice publishes the current list of 566 tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes. The list is updated from the notice published on October 1, 2010 (75 FR 60810) and the October 27, 2010 (75 FR 66124--Supplemental).
  • Federal Websites for Native Americans From the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, this web site is loaded with useful links to web pages from government information to museum exhibits.
  • From Warrior to Saint: The Journey of David Pendleton Oakerhater This site is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and by the National Endowment for the Humanities "We the People" project. It tells the story of Making Medicine, a Cheyenne warrior who became the first Oklahoman to be added to the Episcopal Church's calendar of saints.
  • Impacts of Resource Development on Native American Lands Sponsored by the Science Education Resource Center at Carlton College, this site links researchers to information on the impacts of mining uranium, gold, or coal on Native American lands or of finding and using water resources on Native American lands.
  • Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
  • Indian Affairs: US Department of the Interior Updated and expanded in 2010, this website provides news from the bureau, budget information, how to verify Indian ancestry, access to handbooks, and much more.
  • Indian Converts Collection First published in 1727, the remarkable book "Indian Converts, or Some account of the lives and dying speeches of a considerable number of the Christianized Indians of Martha's Vineyard" is now available in full online. Written by Experience Mayhew, the book provides remarkable insights into the lives and culture of four generations of Native Americans in colonial America. This digitized version was created at Reed College and includes 600 images and study guides for classroom use.
  • Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains
  • indianz.com News and collaboration web site.
  • Indigenous Film and Video of the Americas/In Review Created by a collection development librarian at City College of New York, this site offers brief reviews of film and videos of the Americas.
  • Menominee Clans Story Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Minority Links: Facts on the American Indian and Alaska Native Population by the U.S. Census Bureau
  • National Congress of American Indians The NCAI is a forum for more than 250 tribal governments from all regions in the United States.
  • National Tribal Justice Resource Center Comprehensive site dedicated to tribal justice systems, personnel, and tribal law. Project of the National American Indian Court Judges Association.
  • Native American Documents Project The California State University, San Marcos provides nearly 200 documents, indexes, and explanatory articles relating to the Rogue River War.
  • NativeWeb Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the world
  • Ojibwe People's Dictionary "The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary was established by faculty and students in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.  This dictionary draws on the superb collections of the Minnesota Historical Society to create a virtual museum.  As a result, instead of the simple line drawings typical of a print dictionary, the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary features beautiful illustrations of Ojibwe material culture and activities, to narrate the rich cultural heritage and present-day lives of Ojibwe people from the Great Lakes."
  • Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) and the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office partnered to digitize and index Oklahoma and Indian Territories incorporation records to make searching for historical documents easier.
  • We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States: Census 2000 Special Reports

Asian American and Pacific Islander Sites

Belgian American Site

Canadian Site

  • Our Roots Canadian libraries and universities collaborate with many organizations to digitize Canadian local history books in English and French. Full text searching is available for each book.

Hispanic/Latino Sites

Jewish American Sites

Related Sites from the UW System

Ethnic Studies at UW-Platteville

  • The Ethnic Studies Office is located in 315 Warner Hall, and the contact person is Rosalyn Broussard. For a listing of courses or for more information on this program, call 608.342.1805.
  • Kay Young is the Karrmann Library's liaison to the Ethnic Studies program. Contact Kay at 608.342.1134 for individualized consultations and/or library instruction sessions in ethnic studies. Her E-mail address is young@uwplatt.edu.

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