Category: Collections

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.

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.

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.

ICPSR Summer Program

Registration for the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) 2015 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is now open.

The ICPSR Summer Program offers lectures and workshops in a wide variety of topics in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing. Many of these courses are presented in two four-week sessions held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first session runs from June 22-July 17, 2015. The second session runs from July 20-August 14, 2015.

From May through August, the ICPSR Summer Program also offers more than 45 three- to five-day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics. Many of these short workshops take place in Ann Arbor, but several are held in other locations, including Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Manhattan, NY; and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Several noteworthy features of the 2015 Summer Program include:

  • A 15% discount on registration fees for returning Summer Program participants*
  • A 15% discount on total registration fees when you register for two or more 3- to 5-day statistical workshops*
  • New workshop offerings on Methodological Issues in the Study of Biopolitics, Regression Discontinuity Designs, Designing and Conducting Experiments in the Laboratory, Advanced Data Analytics, and Qualitative Research Methods

*See Discounts for further details.

Below is a list of workshops offered at UNC Chapel Hill:

  • Latent Growth Curve Models (LGCM): A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (May 18-22)
  • Growth Mixture Models: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (May 27-29)
  • Introduction to Spatial Regression Analysis (June 8-10)
  • An Applied Introduction to Bayesian Methods (August 3-5)
  • Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (August 5-7)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (August 10-12) (NEW!)
  • Analyzing Social Networks: An Introduction (August 10-14)

Registration is now open! You can find the course list, schedule and registration fees at UNC Charlotte is a member of ICPSR and therefore you can register at the member rate.

Several scholarships are available for graduate students and pre-tenure scholars to attend the four-week sessions (but not the workshops). Additional funding opportunities may be available by individual departments or colleges on campus.  Please inform your graduate students about these opportunities.

Living Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Atkins Library was awarded a grant to continue a large-scale digitization project.  Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City, 1944-1987 will provide free, online access to many materials found in the UNC Charlotte Special Collections and other local library collections.  Some of the digitized content and more information about the project are now available at the Living Charlotte website.

living charlotte

Partnering with Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Memorial Library and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Atkins Library is leading a project to digitize oral history recordings; bound print materials; and pages/images of manuscript materials, including photographs and oversized items such as maps, aerial photographs and scrapbooks. The objective is to make accessible to researchers and the general public materials documenting the enormous economic and social changes in the Charlotte region from approximately 1944 to 1987. This era was chosen for the project because of the rich collections held by Atkins and its partner institutions representing this time of unprecedented and interrelated economic, political, and social change. Digital surrogates and high quality, shareable, standards-compliant metadata will be made available through UNC Charlotte’s Digital Collections at Atkins Library and shared with aggregators including the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

2014 ICPSR Data Fair

The 2014 ICPSR Data Fair is open for registration!

Link to webinar registration page:  Webinars are FREE and registration is required.

The theme for this year’s fair is Powering Sustainable Data Access.  Webinars will be held October 6-9, 2014.

The call for public sharing/public access to scientific research data continues to grow. Initially there seemed to be little recognition of the need to finance public access to research data, but fortunately funding-sustained public access is making its way into the conversation.

For many years, ICPSR has hosted several public-access research data archives that are sustained by federal and foundation funding. ICPSR’s 2014 Data Fair will feature webinars about many of these archives and collections, including an introduction to the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture; the R-DAS collection at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive; two Gates Foundation-funded collections at the Resource Center for Minority Data; an orientation to the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program; and a Q & A about the Gates Foundation-funded Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database.

You will find descriptions of these webinars in the Data Fair program. Other offerings will include a presentation about ICPSR’s current efforts to fund and achieve sustainable public-access data sharing models, including its newly launched collection known as openICPSR.

Also of note, ICPSR will launch the Data Fair with an orientation webinar focused on our membership archive – composed of a data collection and related teaching resources that have been sustained successfully for over 52 years. Membership matters, and this webinar titled, “Understanding ICPSR,” will provide members – and those exploring membership – with in-depth tours of ICPSR’s research data services education resources, and the benefits of membership.

We invite you to join us for one or all fourteen webinars airing October 6-9, 2014!

Recordings and slide decks (when available) will be placed on ICPSR’s YouTube Channel. Look for the playlist titled, “2014 Data Fair.”

Independent Voices

UNC Charlotte Atkins Library is one of the funding libraries of the Independent Voices project which is digitizing over 1 million pages from 20th century magazines, journals and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating libraries.

Independent Voices is a collection that chronicles the transformative decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the lens of an independent alternative press. The collection includes serials “produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBTs, anarchists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines.”

Through January 2017 Reveal Digital will release seven series on the alternative press.  You can already access publications in the Feminist, LGBT, and GI Press series.  When completed, the collection will represent the largest digital collection of alternative press titles, with complete runs of over 1,000 titles and 1,000,000 pages.


Browse the target title lists and access the collection through the regular channels: direct link, Databases tab on the library home page, and History Research Guide.  Due to a unique funding model established by Reveal Digital, Independent Voices will become an open access collection in January 2019.

Journal BrowZine

BrowZine “On Campus” Video from Third Iron on Vimeo.

BrowZine is a free app for your iPad or Android-based tablet that enables UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students to browse, read and monitor many of Atkins Library’s scholarly journals. The app replicates the experience of browsing journals in the stacks, inspiring serendipitous discovery, as though the stacks were curated just for you.

BrowZine delivers top journals from publishers like Oxford, SAGE, Springer, Wiley and Elsevier and many more. Readers can locate journals by name or subject, then read a single issue or create a bookshelf to store favorite titles. The journals are identical to their print versions, including a table of contents and images, making it simple to browse and flip through the pages.

BrowZine’s interface is simple and intuitive so with little guidance, readers can start reading their journal of choice right away. Users have the option to personalize BrowZine and receive push notifications when new issues of favorite titles are published.

To start using BrowZine, search for it in the Apple App, Google Play or Amazon App store and download it for free. When initially launching BrowZine, select UNC Charlotte from the drop down list. Enter your UNCC login and password and then start exploring.


Get a full online tour of BrowZine at