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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.
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.
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."
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.
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
- American Folklife Center: Library of Congress
- Center for Immigration Studies Nonprofit organization which studies the economic, social, demographic, and fiscal impacts of population movements.
- CEO-Center for Equal Opportunity CEO is a project of the Equal Opportunity Foundation, a non-profit research institution.
- Ellis Island "Peopling of America"
- Ethnic Studies Database Provides lists of visual artists, films, writers and musicians for ethnic groups in the U.S.
- Ethnographic Resources Related to Folklore, Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, and the Humanities from the Library of Congress
- Indigenous Studies Virtual Library From the Center for World Indigenous Studies and the Chief George Manuel Library
- Institute on Race and Ethnicity University of Wisconsin System
- Interracial Voice "Monthly newsletter dealing with transcending the bodily concept of identity..."
- Migration Information Source From the Migration Policy Institute, this site offers information and links for research on immigration, both in the U.S. and abroad.
- Minority Affairs Forum Maintained by Dr. Norman Matloff from the University of California at Davis. This site is devoted to education about minority-related issues.
- Mirror of Race The Mirror of Race Project is called "a place for reflection on the meaning of race in America — its past, as well as its present and future". Included are Early American photographs, photos on specific topics, and critical commentaries on essays and films. The creators of the project invite visitors to "come inside and take the opportunity to think about how you see others -- and yourself".
- NARA: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
- Population Profile of the United States U.S. Census Bureau
- Public History Resource Center "The Public History Resource Center exists to support, promote, and disseminate the scholarly and professional work of public historians."
- STANDARDS: The International Journal of Multicultural Studies
- Voices of Civil Rights Providing personal accounts of modern Civil Rights movements participants, this web site is a collaborative effort of the American Association of Retired Persons, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the Library of Congress.
- Voice of the Shuttle: Minority Studies Page Covers general minority studies issues. Maintained by Alan Liu at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
- World Heritage Committee The committee is dedicated to "preserving the cultural and natural heritage of Earth for future generations".
African American Sites
- The 1964 Freedom Summer Project The 1964 Freedom Summer Project "was an effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi's segregated political system. Northern volunteers and black Mississippians risked their lives to overturn racist institutions." Free access to 25,000 archived documents (including key documents for teachers) is provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
- 1964 Freedom Summer Project From the Wisconsin Historical Society, this site includes 25,000 archival documents and a downloadable Powerpoint about Freedom Summer.
- Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
- Africa: South of the Sahara Stanford University
- African American/Black History and Civil Rights Movement Websites This extensive site is an alphabetic list with links to many Black history and Civil Rights Movement research sites.
- The African American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920 Ohio Historical Society
- African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship Library of Congress
- African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907 Library of Congress
- African American Sheet Music: 1850-1920 Library of Congress
- African American Studies Temple University
- African American Theses and Dissertations University of California, Berkeley
- African American Women Writers of the 19th Century New York Public Library Digital Library Collections
- African Americans and National Identities in Central America Mount Holyoke College
- African Americans in Visual Arts: A Historical Perspective B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, Long Island University
- The African Presence in the Americas, 1492-1992 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
- African Studies Columbia University Libraries
- Africana Studies and Research Center Cornell University
- Africans in America This site features America's journey through slavery, 1450-1865 from PBS, including primary source documents, visuals, and biographies.
- American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
- American Visionaries: Fredrick Douglas This site is from the National Park Service and contains abolitionist Douglass's writings, visuals, and a virtual tour of the Douglass historic site in Washington, D.C.
- Black Abolitionist Archive From the University of Detroit Mercy, "The Black Abolitionist Digital Archive is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period. These important documents provide a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement; scans of these documents are provided as images and PDF files."
- Black Members of the United States Congress, 1870-2008 This site is from the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
- Black Past Black Past "is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history in the United States and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. It includes an online encyclopedia of thousands of famous and lesser known figures in African American history, Global African history, and the history of African Americans in the West. BlackPast.org also has full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present. There are links to hundreds of websites that address the global history of people of African ancestry including major black museums and archival research centers in the United States and Canada."
- Black Voices Web site which reflects the diverse concerns of people of African descent.
- BlackPast.org: Remembered and Reclaimed Online reference guide to African American history.
- Booker T. Washington Papers Complete contents, text, and illustrations, published by the University of Illinois Press and scholar Louis R. Harlan.
- California Digital Newspaper Collection Visit this site to read historical newspapers from California, including two African American titles: Daily Alta California (San Francisco, 1878), Elevator (San Francisco, 1865-1898) – African American, Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, 1882-1904), Marin Journal (San Rafael, 1861-1920), Mariposa Gazette (Mariposa, 1861-1873), Marysville Daily Herald (Marysville, 1855-1858), Pacific Appeal (San Francisco, 1862-1880) – African American
- Celebrating Black History Visit this site to find profiles and biographies on current and historic African Americans and black history topics from Time magazine.
- Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive This site provides access to written and audiovisual primary resources.
- Civil Rights Movement Veterans Including a "roll call of veterans" with updated contact information, memories, reflections, and even poetry, this web site promises to be "of, by, and for Civil Rights Movement Veterans".
- Documenting the American South By the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic Affairs Library
- 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Historical essay by the Criminal Defense Partners at Aizman and Shiffman with additional links to information on equal protection and civil rights.
- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
- Harlem History From Columbia University and its 250th anniversary celebration, this extensive web site highlights American and African American culture, history, political activism, and artistic endeavors that have and continue to spring from and thrive in Harlem.
- Historical African American Newspapers Available Online his site is organized by staff at Marist College's James A. Cannavino Library. It provides a list of historical African American newspapers available free online as part of digitization projects at libraries, historical societies, and Google.
- History Makers: The Nation's Largest African American Video Oral History Collection By recording, preserving and sharing the life stories of thousands of African Americans, from President Barack Obama to the oldest living black cowboy, The HistoryMakers is a leader in helping to educate and enlighten millions worldwide through refashioning a more inclusive record of American history. Founder, Julieanna L. Richardson, had a dream to create a unique and timeless archive.
- History of Jim Crow Explore the complex African- American experience of segregation from the 1870s-1950s.
- Information Resources on Africa American Studies from Stanford University
- "I Will Be Heard": Abolitionism in America This website offers primary sources, historical antislavery archival materials in the Cornell University Library.
- Javanoir Select guide to African American Resources on the Internet.
- Malcolm X Project at Columbia University Site promotes study of the impact of Malcolm X on the U.S.
- Marian Anderson: A Life in Song From the University of Pennsylvania, this site offers information and interview clips on the renowned opera singer who lived 1897-1993.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Center Archive Sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase and Co., this digital archive is aimed at giving viewers a starting point from which to view online materials from the collection of the King Library and Archives, located in Atlanta. The Archives consists of Martin Luther King's papers and those of the organization he co-founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It also holds "the records of 8 major civil rights organizations and the records of several individuals active in the civil rights movement."
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute Stanford University offers information on the life and accomplishments of the eminent civil rights activist.
- Milestones in Black History This site offers a chronologic list (with links) of many events that shaped Black history including information about the brave men and women who led the way.
- Minority Links: Facts on the Black or African American Population
- Mississippi Freedom Summer Project 1964 Digital Collection This site is sponsored by the Miami University and includes photos and sound.
- Powerful Days in Black and White From the Kodak corporation, this site offers scenes and portraits that photojournalist Charles Moore captured during the civil rights movement.
- Roadmap to African-American and Diversity Resources (ARAADR)
- Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History Guide to the Web From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this site is a searchable guide to hundreds of web sites, organized by 30 subjects.
- Virginia Black History Archives The VBHA Project documents the history of African Americans in the Richmond Virginia area.
- We Shall Overcome For the virtual or actual traveler, this web site offers an itinerary of historic places of the Civil Rights Movement.
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
- Hmong Homepage
Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement: A Digital Archive
The University of California Berkeley's Bancroft Library offers access to 100,000 original manuscripts from the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study that was initiated in 1942 at the university. "The research project sought to document the mass internment of Japanese Americans by embedding Nisei social science students recruited from the Berkeley campus into selected internment sites." Included are daily journals, field reports, life histories, correspondence, maps, and suggestions for further reading.
- Minority Links: Facts on the Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander Populations
- More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
Belgian American Site
- Belgian-American Research Collection University of Wisconsin Digital Collection
- 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.
- Arte Publico Press Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literacy Heritage, University of Houston
- Barahona Center / Centro Barhona For the study of books in Spanish for children and adolescents.
- Benson Latin American Collection: Biblio Noticias Series University of Texas at Austin
- Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos, Hunter College Study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the U.S.
- Chicano Studies Collections, Ethnic Studies Library, UC Berkeley
- Dominican Studies Institute, CUNY
- Hispanic Heritage Foundation Identifies, inspires, and promotes Latino leaders
- Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University
- HLAS Online (Handbook of Latin American Studies) List of works on Latin America selected and annotated by scholars each year. Continuously published since 1935, the Handbook is an essential guide to available resources.
- IUPLR: Inter-University Program for Latino Research
- Julian Samora Research Institute
- Latin American Video Archives (LAVA)
- LatinoWeb Many helpful links, including scholarship opportunities and employers seeking bilingual Latino candidates
- Minority Links: Facts on the Hispanic or Latino Population
- NALEO Educational Fund (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials)
- Tomas Rivera Policy Center Focuses on key issues affecting Latino Communities.
- UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library: Chicano Online Document Index
Jewish American Sites
Related Sites from the UW System
- CUWL Diversity Task Force Final Report from the University of Wisconsin System's Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL)
- Multicultural Educational Resource Center at UW-Platteville
- Sociology Resources
- Women and Gender Studies Resources
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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