Caribbean and Latin American Newspapers

Two historical newspaper collections were recently added to Atkins Library.  They can be accessed from the library home page by clicking on the Databases tab.  Links have also been added to the History, Latin American Studies and Africana Studies research guides.

Caribbean Newspapers, Series I, 1718-1876

The largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in this region—will provide a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands.  This unique resource will prove essential for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, New World slavery and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century.

Caribbean Newspapers: Series I: Title List

Latin American Newspapers, Series II, 1822-1922

An essential complement to Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922, this second series dramatically expands the number of titles available from this region, including from some countries and cities not represented in the inaugural collection. Latin American Newspapers, Series 2 features important titles from Argentina (Buenos Aires); Belize (Belize City); Bolivia (Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Potosi, Sucre); Brazil (Amazonas, Belem, Rio de Janeiro); Chile (Santiago, Valparaiso); Colombia (Bogotá, Popayán); Costa Rica (San José); Cuba (Havana); Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo); Ecuador (Guayaquil, Machala); El Salvador (Cojutepeque, San Salvador, San Vicente); Guatemala (Antigua, Guatemala, Quetzaltenango); Haiti (Port-au-Prince); Honduras (Comayagua, Juticalpa, Tegucigalpa); México (Matamoros, México City, Monterrey, Morelia, Puebla de Zaragoza, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Veracruz, Toluca de Lerdo); Nicaragua (Granada, León, Managua, Masaya, San Juan del Norte); Panamá (Panamá, Penonomé, Santiago de Veraguas); Paraguay (Asunción); Peru (Lima); and Venezuela (Caracas, Ciudad Bolivar, Cumaná).

Latin American Newspapers, Series II: Notable Titles

Latin American Newspapers, Series II: Title List



Save citations in JSTOR

You can once again save citations in JSTOR using the newly released “My Lists” feature.  You will first need to create a free MyJSTOR account.  Next, you can either start by creating lists (under MyJSTOR) or begin a search and click on “Add to My Lists”.  You can create lists for specific projects, classes, or topics, and then easily export your citations to citation management programs such as EndNote (free to UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students) and Zotero, among other tools. For more information, view these  step-by-step instructions from the JSTOR Support Team.

CQ Weekly: new name

CQ Weekly is now CQ Magazine.  Same great reporting and analysis, just with a new name.  This seemed like a good opportunity to promote it!

What is CQ Magazine?

A weekly news magazine featuring in-depth reporting on public policy, politics, congressional legislation, and elections extending back to 1983, including: a complete wrap-up of news on Congress, the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates, and all roll-call votes.

You can search by topic, page number, committee, “exact phrases or words,” bill number, byline, or reporter, and by Boolean full-text and date searches. You can also create e-mail alerts to follow specific topics.


Library Block in Moodle is Back!

You may have noticed when you login to Moodle 2 that there is a “Library Resources” block on the right side of the screen.

You can also add this block to your Moodle course(s); benefits include:

Library Resources Block in Moodle

  • Easy access to course reserves; library catalog, account, and databases; and other library services
  • If you have worked with me (or another subject librarian) to create a research guide for your course, students will have direct access to them
  • You can easily direct students to library resources without having to find and add additional links in Moodle

Try it out this semester and let us know how it works for you! Make sure to contact your subject librarian if you want your course research guide to link to the Library block in your Moodle course(s).

Adding the block to Moodle:

Once you login to Moodle 2, and switch to edit mode, scroll down the left column until you see a box for “Add a Block”.  Simply select “Library Resources” from the drop-down menu.  From there, you can move the box to anywhere on the page.

Library resources for course development

Below are opportunities to learn more about new library resources that can help you develop content for your future courses.

Webinar: Atkins Library Streaming Video Search

Atkins Library’s diverse collection of streaming videos is meant to assist students with research and learning and provide faculty with supplementary materials for teaching. The library has created a separate search site for our streaming videos to highlight the collection and give our users a one stop shop for discovery and access to these unique collections.

This webinar will provide an overview of the different streaming media collections the library offers, a demonstration of our new video search site, and tips and tricks to optimally use these videos for research and teaching.

Webinar hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

November 12 from 12:30-1:00 online
Register for the webinar and Browse the streaming video site

Workshop: Making the Most of Campus Access to

Learn how the special features of our campus subscription to The New York Times in Education can enrich your curriculum and help foster students’ critical thinking, civic engagement, and global awareness. Users will find a variety of topics covered in depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features, as well as case studies, critical thinking discussion prompts, and other teaching tools you can adapt for use in class. The workshop will introduce these features and offer suggestions for making the most of this resource in class activities and assignments.

Workshop hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

November 16 from 11:30-12:45 in Kennedy 221
Register for the workshop and Read about our campus subscription

Webinar: Atkins Library eTextbooks Program (recording)

Atkins Library understands the financial burden purchasing several textbooks for each semester can be for students. To help ease this burden, the Library has created the eTextbook program. This program allows professors to search the Library’s extensive list of unlimited user, DRM-free ebooks that are part of our collection, or could be purchased, for use as course adoption titles.

In this Webinar, you’ll find out about the program, see how to request these titles, and gain insight in how you can incorporate these titles in your classes. Andrew Harver, Department of Public Health Sciences, will also talk about his experience using the eTextbook program and using the library materials as part of his course readings.

Webinar was hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Listen to 30-minute webinar recording by clicking on “Webinar Playback”
Search the eTextbook Database and Watch a quick video to learn how it works

JSTOR Update

Please note that JSTOR has discontinued the Save Citation, Save Search, Track Citations, and Search Alert features.  If you are accustomed to saving articles to your MyJSTOR account, you can contact JSTOR Support through the end of 2015 to request an e-mail with your previously saved citations.

Going forward, JSTOR will allow you to keep track of your citations through other features.  You can continue to e-mail, print, download and save the PDF of articles.  You can also copy preformatted citations, or export your citations to major citation management programs, including EndNote (free to UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students) and Zotero, among other tools.  You can learn more about changes to JSTOR at the JSTOR Platform Updates page.

Click on “Cite this Item” to copy or export a citation from JSTOR.

JSTOR citation feature

If you would like to learn more about how to use EndNote or Zotero to manage your citations, feel free to contact your Subject Librarian, or attend a free EndNote workshop in the library.

Library how-to videos

Atkins Library has created quick how-to videos to demonstrate how to use the library catalog to find books, request materials through Interlibrary Loan, and more.  You can easily embed or share a link to these videos in Moodle when students are preparing for specific research assignments.

Below are just a few of the videos.  You can find more on the Atkins Library YouTube Channel and at the new Library Instruction Program page.

1. How to identify whether or not the library owns a book.

2. How to request materials that are unavailable at Atkins Library.

3. Finding a book on the shelf.

Google Scholar button

ICYMI: You can now add the Google Scholar button to your Firefox or Chrome toolbar. If you are a frequent user of Google Scholar, you might enjoy this new add-on that integrates with your browser to easily search for articles referenced in your online reading (among other things).

Lookup scholarly articles as you browse the web.

This extension adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Click the Scholar button to:

– Find full text on the web or in your university library. Select the title of the paper on the page you’re reading, and click the Scholar button to find it.

– Transfer your query from web search to Scholar. Press the Scholar button to see top three results; click “full screen” in the lower left of the popup to see them all.

– Format references in widely used citation styles. Press the quote button in the popup to see a formatted reference and copy it into the paper you’re writing.

Library links work best when you’re on campus. To configure them for off-campus use, visit Google Scholar Settings at or simply click on the Settings icon from the new Google Scholar search in your toolbar, and click on “Library Links” to add/save university affiliations (ex. search for University of North Carolina at Charlotte and UNCC). Otherwise, you might be asked to pay for access to library materials that are included in library subscriptions.

Configure Google Scholar button to access Atkins Library resources


Data Series – Chapel Hill

Data Matter Course SeriesSponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the “Data Matters: Data Science Short Course Series” is a week-long series of classes for researchers, data analysts, and other individuals who wish to increase their skills in data studies and integrate data science methods into their research designs and skill sets. Scholars, analysts, and researchers from all disciplines and industries are welcome. Both one- and two-day courses will be offered; participants are welcome to register for one, two, or three classes.

The Data Matters Short Course Series is structured in three blocks: June 22-23, June 24, and June 25-26.The schedule for each day will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Three courses are offered concurrently in each block. You can choose just one course from each block. Courses are independent of each other; there is no predetermined sequence.

Courses will be offered on Information Visualization, R, Internet of Things Data, Data Curation, Data Sharing, Data Mining, Big Data and more. You can find course descriptions and the schedule at  Courses will be held at the Friday Center at UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC Charlotte is a member of NCDS (National Consortium for Data Science) and therefore you can register at the discounted rate.


New HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest Online is now powered by!  With the new interface comes improved search functionality and display.  If you have used Ancestry for genealogical or other historical research, the new HeritageQuest interface should look and feel familiar to you.

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

New HeritageQuest Online

The content of HeritageQuest has also expanded.

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
  • Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
  • Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
  • Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
  • Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
  • U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
  • All-new research aids
  • Interactive census maps
  • And more


If you would like to ask questions about the new HeritageQuest, I recommend registering for one of the live half-hour webinars. You can also scroll down the webinars page to “Event Recordings” to watch the webinar at your convenience, or read about these changes on the research guide for HeritageQuest.

You can access HeritageQuest Online from the Databases tab on the Atkins Library home page and the History Databases Research Guide.