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    AAS Historical Periodicals Collection, Series 1-5

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    Digital collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877 created from serials holdings belonging to one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society.

    Series 1 presents over 500 titles from 1684 through 1820, representing over two centuries of print culture from early colonial imports to titles published on American soil during the Revolution and early republic. The subject matter covered in Series 1 is broad in scope and covers all aspects of American society during this time period.

    Series 2 presents over 1000 titles dating from 1821 through 1837. The subject matter covered in Series 2 represents the Jacksonian Democracy era in history and is broad in scope and includes agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics.

    Series 3 presents over 1,800 titles dating from 1838 through 1852. The themes presented in Series 3 reveal a rapidly growing young nation, where industrialization, the railroads, regional political differences, and life on the western frontier were daily realities. Subjects covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

    Series 4 presents over 1,100 titles dating from 1853 through 1865. While the Civil War is a focal point of the collection, there is also a diverse record of the continuance of daily life for many Americans—both leading up to and during the war. News from the battlefront can be found, in addition to the usual breadth of subject matter found in previous collections that include science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

    Series 5 presents over 2,500 titles dating from 1866 through 1912. The themes presented in Series 5 reflect a nation that persevered through a most difficult set of circumstances: a bloody civil war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives; the incorporation of the recently-freed African Americans into American life; a population that rapidly expanded into the Western territories. Broad subject areas covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

    Service Provider: EBSCOhost

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    Academic Search Complete

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    Comprehensive scholarly, multidisciplinary database, featuring more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. This database also offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

    Information coverage spans a broad range of important areas of academic study such as anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women’s studies, zoology, and many other fields.

    Service Provider: EBSCOhost®

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    Academic Video Online (AVON)

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    Delivers more than 68,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

    It includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, demonstrations, and raw footage.

    Users can find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.

    Service Provider: Alexander Street Press / ProQuest

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    African American Newspapers Series 1

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    Collection of approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience.

    Coverage spans life in the Antebellum South; the spread of abolitionism; growth of the Black church; the Emancipation Proclamation; the Jim Crow Era; the Great Migration to northern cities, the West and Midwest in search of greater opportunity; rise of the N.A.A.C.P.; the Harlem Renaissance; the Civil Rights movement; political and economic empowerment and more.

    Service Provider: Readex (NewsBank)

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    American Memory

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    This digital record of American history and creativity provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

    Current Collections:

    • African American Odyssey
    • The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
    • American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States
    • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
    • The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
    • The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress
    • Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters, 1862-1912
    • Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
    • Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division’s First 100 Years

    Service Provider: U.S. Library of Congress

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    Archival Films & Newsreels Collection

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    A rare view of what rush hour in London looked like in 1897. The dramatic and suspenseful newsreel announcing the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin. President Ronald Reagan’s challenging speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Throughout modern history, cameras have recorded public events, wars, cultural phenomena, and government programs. This collection is a treasure trove of archival and historical films from various sources such as:

    • The Prelinger Archives – a collection of films relating to U.S. cultural and social history and the evolution of everyday life in America.
    • The WPA Film Library – more than 2,800 clips and newsreels from the late 1800s onward.
    • The United Newsreel collection – the series of newsreels produced by the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II.
    • The Universal Newsreel collection – a series of seven- to 10-minute newsreels produced by Universal Studios that were released twice per week between 1929 and 1967.
    • Recordings from the National Archives and Records Administration of historic speeches and events.

    Service Provider: Infobase

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    ArchiveGrid

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    Provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories and other archival materials held in archives throughout the world. It includes over a million descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide and enables researchers to learn about the contents of these collections, and contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials or order copies.

    Service Provider: OCLC

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    Britannica Academic Edition

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    Fully searchable and browsable collection of authoritative references including over 100,000 EB base articles and historical Britannica Year in Review supplemental articles, definitions from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary and Thesaurus, plus an expansive collection of multimedia including images, videos, audio, interactives, and infographics. journal and periodical content provided by EBSCO, hand-picked Web’s Best Sites links, and primary sources & e-books from multiple sources including the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School.

    Service Provider: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

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    Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS)

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    This website makes freely available to the general public a searchable database of the individuals who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. The CWSS database currently contains over 6.3 million soldier records from 44 states and territories.

    It also includes the histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records.

    CWSS is a cooperative effort by the National Park Service (NPS) and several other public and private partners, to make information about the Civil War publicly available.

    Service Provider: U.S. National Park Service

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    Data.census.gov

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    Leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.

    Basic data seekers can use the single search bar on the home page to search on a geography such as a state, county, or place, and see an overview of that area in a geographic profile with visualizations and infographics.

    Advanced data users, can select multiple topics and a variety of geographies through the filters found in the Advanced Search option. From here, data users can create maps based on these results or download these tables to dig deeper.

    Experienced data users can access tables by table name or search specific terms or phrases. They can also download individual tables or multiple data tables across several years at the same time.

    Service Provider: U.S. Census Bureau

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    Encyclopedia of World Biography

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    Multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

    Service Provider: Gale

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    Films on Demand

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    Web-based digital video delivery service that allows users to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Choose from thousands of high-quality educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow the ability to organize and bookmark clips, create and share playlists, personalize folders.

    Service Provider: Infobase

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    Gale In Context: Biography

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    Built on a foundation of more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study, this resource provides coverage of the most searched and studied people, including over 4,500 portal pages on contemporary and historical figures.

    It merges authoritative reference content with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

    Service Provider: Gale Cengage

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    Gale In Context: College

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    Offers interdisciplinary content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Learners can access news content including full-text newspapers and periodicals like The Economist, The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Science, Smithsonian, as well as hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and audio selections that include archival film clips, broadcast videos, BBC News, New York Times videos, and NPR.

    Service Provider: Gale Cengage

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    Gale Literature

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    Brings together Gale’s premier literary databases in a new digital environment. Research authors, their works, and literary movements and access full-text literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, and reviews. Use this platform to cross-search the following Gale literary databases: Literature Criticism, Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, and Something About the Author.

    Service Provider: Gale

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    Genealogy.com

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    This web site provides the tools, resources and community that empower users to uncover and share their unique family stories.

    Service Provider: Ancestry.com

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    Google Scholar

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    Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, dissertations, book citations, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from a variety of content providers. Sources of material include academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and open access publishers. Some content is available in full text.

    Accessing Angelo State University Library subscription content via Google Scholar:

    1. Click on Google Scholar > Settings
    2. From this page, click on “Library links”
    3. Type Angelo State in the ‘Library links’ box
    4. Check all boxes beginning with “Angelo State University…”
    5. Click the Save button

    Service Provider: Google

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    Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

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    Single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries, chronicling the daily life, cultural heritage and world views of Hispanic communities in the U.S.

    Reflecting a long tradition of Spanish-language press in the western hemisphere, these newspapers have played a vital role in the lives of immigrants, exiles and native Hispanic peoples alike. Often illustrated with photographic documentation, they reveal the rich history of a people who have long resided in and contributed to the American public sphere.

    For more than two centuries, they have united Spanish speakers and preserved their cultural heritage through news, editorials and literature as well as by providing leadership, solidifying communities and spearheading social movements. They have covered every major theme in American history and culture and reported on events in Spanish-speaking countries not always available in traditional U.S. newspapers.

    Service Provider: Readex (NewsBank)

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    Internet Archive

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    First time access to borrow and/or read eBooks requires the creation of a free personal account.

    Non-profit digital library providing free access to collections of native digital and digitized materials, including millions of books. Today this archive contains:

    • 735 billion web pages,
    • 41 million books and texts,
    • 14.7 million audio recordings (including 240,000 live concerts),
    • 8.4 million videos (including 2.4 million Television News programs),
    • 4.4 million images,
    • 890,000 software programs.

    Books published prior to 1927 are available to read online for free, and hundreds of thousands of modern books can be borrowed at 1-hour intervals, pending availability. More information is available on the Internet Archive’s “Books to Borrow” web page.

    One of the Internet Archive’s missions is to serve people who have difficulty interacting with physical books, so most of our digitized books are available to people with print disabilities (access information is available on the Internet Archive’s “Books for People with Disabilities” web page).

    Service Provider: Internet Archive

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    Internet Archive’s “Books to Borrow”

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    First time access to borrow and read eBooks from this collection requires the creation of a free personal account.

    Books in this collection may be borrowed by logged in patrons. You may read the books online in your browser or, in some cases, download them into Adobe Digital Editions, a free piece of software used for managing loans.

    Please note that works in this collection are protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code). Copying, redistribution or sale, whether or not for profit, by the borrower is not permitted unless authorized by the rights holder or by law.

    Service Provider: Internet Archive

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    Library of Congress Digital Collections

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    Formerly known as American Memory, this web site is a digital record of American history and creativity providing free and open access to historical materials such as manuscripts, prints, photographs, posters, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, books, pamphlets, and sheet music.

    Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, the site is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library. Collections may be browsed individually, searched individually (including full-text searching for many written items), or across multiple collections.

    Service Provider: U.S. Library of Congress

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    Los Angeles Times Historical Newspaper (1881-1997)

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    Delivers unique coverage of the development of Southern California and the American West. Follow reporter Charles Lummis as he walks from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, recording his travels and providing a unique glimpse into Native American life. Read the Annual Trade Number Edition (published 1886-1962), which promoted Southern California to prospective immigrants from the East and Midwest. Review the “Noticias en Español” news summary column (published 1922-1933), which served the Times’ Spanish-speaking audience.

    This digital archive offers searchable (by keywords, author’s names, articles, dates, etc.) full text, and is browsable by full page or issue. Includes photos, graphics and advertisements from the first issue published in 1881 to 1997.

    Service Provider: ProQuest

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    OAK Search

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    Use this search portal to locate quality online publications, reports, and books from a number of open access collections, including those listed below.

    • BioMed Cent
    • arXiv
    • DataCite
    • Directory of Open Access Journals
    • HathiTrust
    • Project Gutenberg
    • Public Library of Science (PLoS)
    • Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)
    • Institutional Repositories at Harvard, Iowa State, University of California system, and many others.

    Service Provider: Texas A&M University Libraries

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    Texas Reference Center

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    Texas-specific product comprised of periodicals, reference books, reports, and other content relevant to the state. It contains more than 75 full text periodicals, 150 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and much more covering history, ethnic and cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, home and gardening, sports, and leisure.

    Service Provider: EBSCOhost®

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    The Austin American-Statesman Historical Newspaper (1871-1989)

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    Provides unique insights into the political, economic, cultural, and social life of Texas as well as the southwest U.S. from the late 19th through the 20th century.

    Founded in 1871, the newspaper started out as the Democratic Statesman. Its political origins were based on the state’s Democratic Party. By 1873 the paper began daily morning publication, and in 1914 the Democratic Statesman took over the Austin Tribune. The newly consolidated paper began to publish each afternoon as the Austin Statesman and Tribune. And, in November 1973, the Austin American and the Austin Statesman were combined and became the Austin American Statesman.

    Service Provider: ProQuest

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    The Christian Science Monitor Historical Newspaper (1908-2008)

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    With the exception of publishing one religious article each day at the request of its pioneering founder, Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, this source provides secular, balanced coverage of international news and events, as a public service. For more than 100 years, its staff writers and correspondents around the world have reported on wars, scientific discoveries, human rights abuses, political campaigns, the arts, the environment, and people trying to make a positive difference.

    This service includes cover-to-cover reproductions of every page of every issue - of this source from the first issue published in 1908 to 2008. Full-text searching and browsing capabilities are available. Users may choose to display and download in PDF format either the full image of any page or just the individual article they need.

    Service Provider: ProQuest

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    The New York Times Historical Newspaper (1851-2018)

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    Witness the arrival of immigrants to America’s shores and follow the establishment of neighborhoods and businesses. Experience the rise and fall of financial markets, mark the introduction of the mass-produced automobile, television, space travel, and medical innovations.

    Gain insight into the causes and effects of the Civil War in the 1800s, the “war to end all wars” in the 1900s, and the war on terrorism in the 21st century.

    This digital archive offers full page and article images with searchable full text from the first issue published in 1851 to 2018. Fully integrated into this electronic database is The New York Times Index (1851-1993).  The Index retains the vocabulary and flavor of the time each article was indexed, enables researchers to narrow a topic based on search results using subject terms, and enhances research capabilities by providing five additional new search categories.

    Service Provider: ProQuest

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    The Wall Street Journal Historical Newspaper (1889-2010)

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    First published in 1889 by Dow Jones & Company as a markets-focused newspaper for the country’s then-fewer than 200,000 shareholders, its coverage expanded to include all aspects of global business, economics, consumer affairs, and trends and issues.

    The digital version of this newspaper provides access to more than 100 years of reporting, analysis, editorials, and controversial opinions. With this resource, users can study the development of industries and companies across decades, monitor the implementation and effects of fiscal policies on the global economy, study opposing viewpoints at critical times in the world’s history, and more.

    Service Provider: ProQuest

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    The Washington Post Historical Newspaper (1877-2005)

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    Known for its comprehensive political reporting, first-rate photo essays, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writing, and unmatched investigative reporting, the Post was the first newspaper in Washington to publish seven days a week.

    Early contributors included Joseph Pulitzer and a relatively unknown, un-bylined Theodore Roosevelt, who contributed stories about the West. Beginning in the 1940s, the newspaper featured editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block (“Herblock”), who used his drawings to express indignation with political leaders and to “raise hell.” He coined the term “McCarthyism” in the 1950s and was unrelenting in his graphic characterization of Richard Nixon.

    This newspaper is perhaps most famous for a series of stories that began with a break-in at the Watergate office complex in 1972. When it was all over, reporters Woodward and Bernstein were household names, and President Nixon had resigned in disgrace.

    Service Provider: ProQuest

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    WorldCat

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    Bibliographic database of all materials cataloged by OCLC member libraries including: books, manuscripts, websites and internet resources, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals and magazines, sound recordings, articles, chapters, papers, and videotapes.

    Service Provider: FirstSearch (OCLC)