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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.


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


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.

Librarians and Magic


Zan Zig performing with rabbit and roses, including hat trick and levitation. 1899. Magic Poster Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

In the Spring semester I received many e-mails from students who needed help with research, and several asked of me: “work your magic.”  My first reaction was, “Aw!!! They value what I do.”  Next, I thought, “Magic?! I wish.”  Research can be a complex, mysterious and messy process.  Students may think librarians have magic tricks up their sleeves (well, sometimes we do) but oftentimes helping students takes work and lots of time.  I worry when responding to student e-mails with suggestions that they think I just whipped up some magic answers.  I sometimes have to spend hours of searching to steer students in the right direction, or I have to reach out to my colleagues in the field.  If students think research is magically easy, they may not persist in their own searches when they do not succeed right away.

Behind the Magic: Librarians and Professors Reveal their Secrets for Successful Research

That title, or something to that effect, is my idea for a series of videos that would include interviews and other content from librarians, archivists, and professors that demystify the research process.  While I do get a kick out of hearing students call what I do “magic”, I want students to understand what goes into the research process, and a lengthy e-mail to them that explains what I do will not suffice.  This idea for a video series first came to me when I started working with students in a Historiography class.  Putting together a historiography can be a complex process and explaining the various methods students can use to find appropriate sources can be difficult to explain.  The same can be true for finding primary sources.  It would be great to collaborate with some History faculty on a series of videos that explain what it takes to do research in this field.  It could include interviews with historians and have them explain what process they went through to conduct their own professional research.  I could also see this working for political science students with finding data.  What I would most want to expose would be the messiness of research – a realistic portrait of what goes into the process (and not just how it should work but how it actually works), from Google, to librarians and other information networks, to library resources and beyond.  The more we talk about and share what we actually do, the better we can help students, and honestly, help each other as professionals.

Prepare for Summer 2013

Now is a good time to begin thinking about the library resources you will need to support your courses for the Summer (and even Fall) sessions.

Course Reserves – The library offers print and electronic reserves to support your coursework.  Submit your request(s) online.  Send questions to

Requesting New Materials – Each department at UNCC is allocated funds to support their coursework.  Contact your library representative to request new materials for the library collection.  Indicate if you need the materials for the summer so that the library representative can submit a RUSH request.

Research Guides – Work with your librarian to create customized online research guides for your classes. Research guides can include links to library databases, websites, and other instructional materials, such as tutorials (ex.

Library Instruction – Schedule a library instruction session to support your students as they prepare for research assignments.  It is best to schedule these sessions for a time in the semester when students will have already chosen a topic and are ready to get started with their research.  Library instruction can be offered in-class or online and can range from 15 minutes to an entire class period.

Follow the blog this summer to learn more about best practices for library instruction and updates to the library collection.

PhotoFeel free to contact me with any questions!  I am the subject librarian for Anthropology, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy and Latin American Studies at UNC Charlotte.  Not in one of those departments?  Contact your subject librarian; there is one assigned to every department.

New Streaming Media

Atkins Library recently acquired several streaming media collections from Alexander Street Press that you can incorporate into your classes.

Ethnographic Video Online (Volume I)
LGBT Studies in Video
Dance in Video

We also have access to the PBS streaming video collection through NC LIVE.

Ethnographic Video OnlineFeatured Resource: Ethnographic Video Online

A comprehensive online resource for the visual study of human culture and behavior and the largest streaming video collection of its kind, Ethnographic Video Online contains more than 500 hours of classic and contemporary documentaries produced by leading video producers in the discipline; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films. The collection will grow to 750 hours by completion. Wherever possible, videos include accompanying field notes, liner notes, filmmaker biographies, related articles, study guides, and other context-enhancing, full-text materials. Publishing partners include Documentary Educational Resources (DER), Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and other leading video content providers in the discipline.

Sharing Videos with Students

As with the library databases, your students can watch these videos from anywhere but they will need to login with their NinerNET username and password when trying to access them from off-campus. Below are several options for sharing these videos with your students:

  1. Copy the permalink for the specific video. Paste it in Moodle or an e-mail.

    Screenshot of Ethnographic Video Online

    Screenshot of Ethnographic Video Online. Click on “Permalink” to share with students.

  2. Clip selection from the video. Make clips and copy permalink.

If you want to learn more about clipping selections from these videos, please contact me or your subject librarian and we can assist you. Embedding videos into Moodle is currently not an option.

Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound – Gale Digital Collections

Atkins Library recently acquired four primary source digital collections from Archives Unbound that are relevant to the study of Latin American political history.

Colección Revolución, 1910 – 1921
This collection was formed by members of the Historical Research Commission of the Mexican Revolution, under the direction of Isidro Fabela in 1958, in preparation for publication of the Historical Documents of the Mexican Revolution. This publication reproduces documents from various files, under guard of the General Archive of the Nation.

Foreign Relations between Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944
This collection consists of materials pertaining to political relations of states, including diplomatic and consular representation and bilateral treaties, conventions and agreements for the following countries/regions: Argentine Republic, Bolivia, Brazil, Central America, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and the West Indian Republics.

Foreign Relations between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944
During the 1930s, U.S. relations with Latin America and the Caribbean Growing war clouds in Europe and Asia predicated the need for securing resources and allies in the Western Hemisphere. Giving up unpopular military intervention, the U.S. shifted to other methods to maintain its influence in Latin America: Pan-Americanism, support for strong local leaders, the training of national guards, economic and cultural penetration, Export-Import Bank loans, financial supervision, and political persuasion.

Revolution in Mexico, the 1917 Constitution, and Its Aftermath: Records of the U.S. State Department
Documents provide insight into the political and military activities surrounding the Mexican Revolution. This collection comprises U.S. State Department documents related to the Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910 and continued sporadically until the new Constitution was adopted in 1917 through to, and including, the election of Calles. This collection includes accounts of major military and political events.

Other Archives Unbound collections accessible through Atkins Library include:

Evangelism in Africa: correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1835-1910 
Liberation movement in Africa and African America
“We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death:” Freedom Riders in the South

ICPSR Summer Program

Registration for the 2013 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is now open!

Founded in 1963, the ICPSR Summer Program is recognized throughout the world as the preeminent forum for basic and advanced training in the methodologies and technologies of social science research. We serve a diverse multidisciplinary and international constituency. Our general instructional philosophy emphasizes the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive social issues. The ICPSR Summer Program also creates a unique and supportive social environment that facilitates professional networking and encourages the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of social science research.

Note that some of the 3-5 Day Workshops will be held at Chapel Hill.  UNC Charlotte is a member of ICPSR and therefore you will be able to register at the discounted member rate.

Currently, this year’s Program lists 71 courses, 41 in the two four-week sessions, and 29 short workshops. Additional short courses will be added to the schedule over the next few weeks. Further detailed information about the 2013 ICPSR Summer Program, including course descriptions, schedule, faculty, registration instructions, and fee structure, is available on our website:

Scholarships are available to graduate students that are working in the areas of political science, public policy, public administration, sociology, psychology, education, and history.  Unless stated otherwise, the deadline for applying for these scholarships is April 30, 2013.