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  • 19th Century Masterfile
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    19th Century Masterfile is a vast "Index of Indexes", and is the largest resource for historical research prior to 1925. 19th Century Masterfile brings together over 60 subject indexes to: Periodicals; Newspapers; Books; US Congressional Record; US and UK Government Documents;US Patents. You can query over 11 million citations in 19th Century Masterfile in a single search.
  • America: History & Life with Full Text
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    This bibliographic database covers the history of the United States and Canada. It includes key English-language historic journals, selected historic journals from major countries, state and local history journals, and selected relevant journals in the social sciences and humanities. America: History & Life with Full Text also provides full-text coverage of more than 200 journals and nearly 100 books.
  • American State Papers, 1789-1838
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    Part of the Archive of Americana, this collection contains legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817. The collection enables students and scholars to easily search and browse every legislative and executive document of the first fourteen U.S. Congresses, and more.
  • Anthropological Index Online
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    Index of current periodicals in the Museum of Mankind Library. Covers physical and cultural anthropology, archeology and linguistics from 1970-present.
  • AnthroSource
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    Anthropology index for many of the American Antropological Association's most critical peer-reviewed publications, including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Anthropology and Humanism, Archaeological Publications of the American Anthropological Association, Cultural Anthropology, and Ethos.
  • Archive of Americana
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    This family of historical collections contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries.
  • Archives Unbound
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    This Gale database includes the following digitized archival collections: 1) Correspondence from German Concentration Camps and Prisons; 2) County and Regional Histories & Atlases: California; 3) Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life; 4) Jewish Underground Resistance: The David Diamant Collection; 5) Nuremburg Laws and Nazi Annulment of German Jewish Nationality.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
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    The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains over 737,175 records (as of July 9, 2009) on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Through the 1991 printed version, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992 have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases (RLIN, OCLC, etc.). The online BAS offers users various methods for seeking citations. A separate screen allows users to set their preferences for displaying and downloading data in different formats and character encodings. The BAS is updated regularly, with batch posting of thousands of new entries in each upload.
  • China-Latin America Finance Database
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    The Inter-American Dialogue’s new online China-Latin America Finance Database is the most up-to-date source of information on Chinese lending activity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based on original findings from the Dialogue report “The New Banks in Town: China Finance in Latin America,” the database includes upwards of $87 billion in loan commitments to Latin American and Caribbean countries, searchable by country, lender, sector and year. Chinese lending to the region reached an all time high of $37 billion in 2010 -- more than World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and U.S. Export-Import Bank lending combined.
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
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    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 20,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens, and manuscript maps. Some examples are United States map, maps New York, California map, Arizona map, America map, New York City map, Chicago map, and Colorado map. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.
  • DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music)
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    DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing educational communitieswith on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio, complete original linernotes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives.Continuing in the tradition of DRAM's sister company New World Records, oneof DRAM's primary focuses is the preservation and dissemination of importantrecordings that have been neglected by the commercial marketplace,recordings that may otherwise become lost or forgotten.
  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
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    Resource for information about every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America
  • Empire Online
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    Empire Online is a powerful and interactive digital resource, enabling undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonialhistory, politics, culture and society. it has been designed specifically to encourage the use of primary sources in teaching. It features: a thematic layout with sections covering Cultural Contacts, Literature of Empire, the Visible Empire, Religion, Race, Class and Imperialism; thousands of images of unique source material including maps, manuscripts,pamphlets, paintings, drawings and rare books. All items are included in their entirety and the sources encourage multiple viewpoints; interactive data maps, visually representing the history of world empires between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • Everyday Life and Women in America Online, c.1820-1920
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    This new online collection documents in compelling detail the social and cultural forces that shaped the everyday lives of men and women in America from 1800 to 1920, addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home life, health and popular pastimes.
  • Gerritsen Collection
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    In the late 1800's, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights. The Gerritsen Collection has since become the greatest single source for the study of women's history in the world.
  • HarpWeek 1857-1912
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    The HarpWeek Database contains scanned images of Harper's Weekly, a prominent 19th- and 20th-century American magazine that began publication in 1857. Harper's was aimed at the middle and upper socio-economic classes, and tried not to print anything that it considered unfit for the entire family to read. In addition to the importance of illustrations and cartoons by artists like Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast, the paper's editorials played a significant role in shaping and reflecting public opinion from the start of the Civil War to the end of the century. The database currently has all issues from 1857-1912, covering the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age periods.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text
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    This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes half a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. IIPA covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
  • Issues & Controversies
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    Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
  • JSTOR
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    A growing full text collection of core social science, humanities, and science journals. Some backfiles date back to the early 1800s. Fields covered include: anthropology, ecology, economics, education, finance, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology, literature, biology.

    For a complete list of periodicals available in full text, see http://www.jstor.org.libproxy.usc.edu/action/showJournals?browseType=title.

  • Literature Criticism Online
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    LCO is comprised of 10 collections of English-language scholarly and popular commentary on literary works in most languages ranging from the classical to Shakespeare to contemporary publications. Covers not only novels but also poetry, short stories, and drama. Entries are in-depth and include bibliographies. Search by key words, author, title, or browse by works, authors, and topics.
  • Pennsylvania Gazette
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    The Pennsylvania Gazette, published from 1728-1800, was one of the mostprominent and successful newspapers in the American colonies and EarlyRepublic. Published in Philadelphia, the newspaper was purchased by BenjaminFranklin and Hugh Meredith in 1729. Franklin not only printed the paper butalso contributed pieces under aliases. This newspaper was the first to printa political cartoon in America, "Join, or Die," authored by Franklinhimself. This digital version of The Pennsylvania Gazette provides afirst-hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the NewRepublic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectivesof each of these periods. Also included is the full-text of such importantwritings as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Letters froma Farmer, Thomas Payne's Common Sense, The Federalist Papers and much more.
  • ProQuest History Vault: Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930
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    The files in this primary source collection cover Asian immigration, especially Japanese and Chinese migration, to California, Hawaii, and other states; Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906-1930, and European immigration. There are also extensive files on the INS’s regulation of prostitution and white slavery and on suppression of radical aliens.
  • Proquest Statistical Abstract of the United States
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    The Proquest Statistical Abstract of the United States is an annual summary publication of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
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    Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more. With over 6 million pages from 29,000 works, this collection is a cornerstone in the study of the western hemisphere.
  • U.S. History In Context
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    History Resource Center: U.S. provides integrated access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present. The material also includes citations from over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Citation Index, as well as the entire "American Journey Online" series.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • Vanderbilt Television News Archive
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    This TV news archive provides access to broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968. The core collection is comprised of evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (since 1968), an hour per day of CNN (since 1995) and Fox News (since 2004). Special news broadcasts found in the Archive include political conventions, presidential speeches and press conferences, Watergate hearings, coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the events of September 11, 2001, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq.