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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.
  • ABI/INFORM Complete
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    Articles from leading business journals, magazines, trade publications and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. Available through ProQuest Articles from leading business journals, magazines, trade publications and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. Available through ProQuest.
  • Access World News Research Collection
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    The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as full-text content of key international sources -- all in one easy-to-search database with a world map. Over 4,500 news sources are included. Each provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community, as well as a distinctive focus offering a variety of viewpoints on local and world issues. Paid ads are excluded.
  • African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
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    African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Newly digitized, these newspapers published by African Americans can now be browsed and searched as never before
  • American Rhetoric
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    American Rhetoric contains over 5,000 public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, etc. in such categories as speeches by Pres. Obama, movie speeches, and the top 100 American political speeches of the 20th century. Most are available in audio and/or video plus their transcripts. Those addresses given prior to 1900 have transcripts only.The site includes a list of major journals in communication, with links to their websites.As this is a commerical site, the ads can be annoying.
  • Audit Bureau of Circulations e-data
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    eCirc is a quick, concise online source for ABC top-line circulation (based on the latest released FAS-FAX report) information. eCirc lets you sort and search summarized circulation data by Publication Title, State/Province, U.S. SRDS or Canadian CARD classifications. Circulation statistics for newspapers, journals, magazines, business publications and web publications.
  • BBC Country Profiles
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    This site supplies information on the history, economy, and politics ofcountries and territories. Each profile includes an overview, map,facts, and current leaders. A media overview provides information on thepress, television, radio, news agencies, and number of Internet users.Links provided on the side of the profile connect to the latest news andkey stories, BBC links, background articles, related Internet sites andvideo and audio clips from the BBC archives. Additional features includetimelines, recent news links, background articles, Internet sites, andBBC archive video and audio clips. Information on over 20 keyinternational organizations is also included.
  • Early American Newspapers, 1690-1900
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    Includes access to Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876, Series 2, 1758-1900, and 12 ERA collections covering 1690-1815 and 1866-1889. Overall, this collection includes over 1,100 newspapers.
  • Eighteenth Century Journals
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    The purpose of Eighteenth Century Journals: A Portal for Newspapers and Periodicals, c1685-1835 is to make available digitally for the first time unique or extremely rare eighteenth century periodicals. The primary aim of the portal is to promote a truly broad representation of the culture of print journalism in the eighteenth century, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. Topics covered are extremely wide-ranging and include: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion.
  • Factiva
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    Articles from leading business journals, magazines, trade publications and newspapers with a broad selection of international content plus company and market data.
  • Facts On File World News Digest
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    World News Digest brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print. This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.
  • Gartner
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    Research from Gartner, Inc., an information technology research and advisory company. Gartner works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT.Not all documents are available in full-text form. Use the "Advanced Search" feature to locate full-text articles available to USC users.
  • Guardian (1821-2003) and Observer (1791-2003)
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    The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • Harper's Weekly 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
  • Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980)
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    USC's holdings of the American ethnic press are significantly enhanced with the addition of this collection from Readex Newsbank covering Hispanic American newspapers from 22 U.S. states published in the period 1808-1980. Searchable by dates and "eras", article types, languages, place of publication, and newspaper title.
  • Historical Newspapers Online
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    Historical Newspapers contains four major historical resources:
    • Palmer's Index to the Times which covers the period from 1790 to 1905 in The Times
    • The Official Index to the Times which takes the coverage forward from 1906 to 1980
    • The Historical Index to the New York Times which covers The New York Times from 1851 to September 1922
    • Palmer's Full Text Online, 1785-1870, providing access to the full articles referenced in Palmer's index to the Times
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
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    Historical Statistics of the United States has long been the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history.This is the fourth edition of Historical Statistics of the United States. The U.S. Bureau of the Census published the prior editions in 1949, 1960, and 1975, the last known as the Bicentennial Edition. Cambridge University Press publishes this, the Millennial Edition, with the permission of the Census Bureau. Some of the data and table documentation presented here are used without explicit quotation, but with permission, from the earlier editions. The Census Bureau takes no responsibility for the design of this edition or the accuracy of its content, which rests solely with the contributors, the editors, and Cambridge University Press.
  • International Historical Statistics
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    International Historical Statistics provides access to 490 tables, covering data on 211 countries and territories collected between 1750-2010. Includes data on the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania as well as on countries whose borders have changed and are now difficult to source (e.g. Czechoslovakia and Zaire). Within each region are chapters on population and vital statistics, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport & communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. Each section has a full description of the sources used to compile the statistics; all statistical tables can be downloaded as ePDFs and/or Excel files with the ability to remove sections and merge tables.N.B. As with all statistical sources, the frequency and completeness of the data will vary by country and source.
  • International Newsstand
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    ProQuest International Newsstand provides information from the world's top news resources. The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the BBC Monitoring series of publications are just a few of the sources in ProQuest Newsstand International. Each issue of every newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also detailed information on sports, business, and the arts around the world. Citations and abstracts are available for all articles.
  • Issues & Controversies
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    Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
  • Life Magazine
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    The entire run of the preeminent U.S. photojournal, /Life /Magazine, has now been ditigized and indexed. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, and covered all aspects of American life, as well as important overseas events. Many important photographers, such as Margaret Bourke-White, Karsh, and Gordon Parks, contributed images, some of which have since become icons. Search is by keyword only.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
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    LLBA (Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts) provides non-evaluative abstracts of articles from approximately 2,000 serials published worldwide, coverage of monographs, recent books, technical reports, occasional papers, enhanced dissertation listings from Dissertation Abstracts International, and bibliographic citations for book reviews that appear in journals abstracted for LLBA.
  • Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991
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    This digital archive includes the complete 62-year run of BBC's periodical which was the intellectual counterpart to BBC's magazine, Radio Times. Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcast talks – initially on radio, but in later years television as well - The Listener is one of the few records and means of accessing the content of early BBC broadcasts. As well as commenting on and expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, The Listener also previewed major literary and musical programs and regularly reviewed new books.
  • Media Newswire
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    Media Newswire is a press release distribution service. Small, medium and corporate communications use the service to distribute their latest press releases to journalists, editors, news portals and also news search engines.
  • MediaMark MRI+
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    In order to access the Report, all users must register using their usc.edu email address. Once an account has been registered and validated, you can login to www.mriplus.com and click on the Mediamark Reporter button to start using the program.
    Access is limited to 11 concurrent users.
  • Polling the Nations
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    Database of public opinion polls taken on a variety of subjects. Although the database contains polls from all over the world, the majority were conducted in the United States. Each record in the database consists of one poll question and the participants' responses. Also includes source of poll, contact information, sample size, and notes on the sample population. Records are searchable by subject, publication year, general and specific location of poll and survey method.
  • ProCon.org
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    The web site’s mission is to promote “critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.” Topics such as Sex and Gender, Religion, and Media and Entertainment have at least one pro/con issue. The "for" and "against" text is in two columns, preceded by a “Did you know” and followed by a background essay. Footnotes are embedded in the text with many live links.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Atlanta Daily World
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    Atlanta Daily World offers full page and article images with searchable full text. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue, beginning December 1931.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender
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    Robert Sengstacke Abbott founded the Defender in May 1905, and by the outbreak of the First World War it had become the most widely-read African American newspaper in the country, with more than two thirds of its readership based outside Chicago. When Abbott died in 1940, his nephew John Sengstacke became editor and publisher of the Defender, which began publishing on a daily basis in 1956. Full text of this newspaper is available in both the Black Studies Center and ProQuest Historical Newspapers databases.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune
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    The Chicago Tribune offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (April 23, 1849). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Christian Science Monitor
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    The Christian Science Monitor offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (Nov. 25, 1908). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Hartford Courant
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    The Hartford Courant offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (May 24, 1764). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Sentinel
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    The Historic Los Angeles Sentinel provides full-text access to the most important African-American newspaper published in Los Angeles, from its founding in 1934 through 2005.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times
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    The Los Angeles Times offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (Dec. 4, 1881). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times
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    The New York Times offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (September 18, 1851). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: San Francisco Chronicle
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    Historical full-text backfiles of The San Francisco Chronicle from ProQuest supplement USC's already rich holdings of historical newspapers. Founded by two teenage brothers in 1865 when the West was still wild, this newspaper lets researchers travel back in time to experience the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the Klondike gold rush, the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, America's entry into World War I, and many other events that shaped both the City by the Bay and the United States. As part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers(TM) program, the San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922) has been digitized from cover to cover. It can be cross-searched with the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and other important historical newspaper titles, letting researchers track the news as it travelled across the country and around the globe.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Wall Street Journal
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    The Wall Street Journal offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (July 8, 1889). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Washington Post
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    The Washington Post offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue (Dec. 12, 1877). The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • Roper Center Public Opinion Archives (with iPOLL)
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    The Roper Center maintains an archive of public opinion survey data. And allows users to search a database of survey questions (iPoll) or download data files directly (RoperExpress). Users will need to enter their USC email address to access data. For quick polling statistics by subject, check out the link to “Topics at a glance”.
  • SAGE eReference
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    Sage e-Reference is a full-text collection of over 80 online specialized encyclopedias in the social sciences, including communications, gender studies, social work, history, psychology, etc. Search one encyclopedia, or all of them simultaneously.
  • Times Digital Archive
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    Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching. Coverage is from 1785-2008.
  • UNESCO databases
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    List and description of about 69 Information services and Documentation centres located at Headquarters and field offices, as well as virtual Clearing Houses. The database gives access to website, online databases and publications of the service.
  • 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.
  • World Bank Worldwide Development Indicators
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    The World Bank's World Development Indicators provides direct access to more than 700 development indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to present. A subset of these data can be viewed graphically within the World Bank's Data Visualizer.

    Also, check out the World Banks new open-data initiative.

  • World Press Photo
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    Sponsor of an annual contest for the best in photojournalism, and now in multimedia as well, this site includes the images of the winners of the most recent 2-3 years of the awards.See the World Press Photo Contest Archive for previous years (http://www.archive.worldpressphoto.org)