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ACLS Humanities eBooks

Includes eBooks in the Humanities fields (e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology) from common authors and titles to the more obscure.

America: History and Life

The definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Focuses on academic journals but also includes citations and links to book and media reviews.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

Search here for federal publications, including historical and current publications, and find direct links to those which are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, and more. (United States Census Bureau) (NEW)

Gain access to the wide breadth of quality data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Look under the Topics or Data categories to jump into pre-collected/sorted data (Topics) or the raw data itself (Data).

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs, with a wide range of resources including papers, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals articles, and policy briefs.


Provides up-to-date information and news on the countries of the world in a concise and useful form. Includes cultural, political, economic, and business information and maps.

Decades, The (Salem History Search)

The Decades collection details American history and culture from 1920 - 2000, covering both the United States and Canada. It includes the following individually searchable reference works.

To search just one of the individual decade reference works, use the links below:

  • The Thirties in America
    • Comprehensive coverage of the years 1930-1939, paying special attention to the impact of the Great Depression on North America in particular and the world in general.
  • The Forties in America
    • Comprehensive coverage of the years 1940-1949, paying special attention to World War II, including the essential military details of the war — major campaigns, selected battles, important weapons, and principal military commanders — while placing considerable emphasis on how those and other aspects of the war affected government, business, culture, and daily lives.
  • The Fifties in America
    • Comprehensive coverage of the impact of the 1950's with topics such as rock and roll, Elvis Presley, and the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.
  • The Sixties in America
    • Comprehensive coverage of the impact of the 1960's, including in-depth coverage of all aspects of the three major events of the 1960's that give the decade its distinctive character — the Civil Rights movement, the social revolution, and the Vietnam War — while also surveying important developments in the arts, science and technology, business and the economy, government and politics, and gender issues.
  • The Seventies in America
    • Comprehensive coverage of the impact of the 1970's, including Watergate, the Vietnam War, the environmental movement, the energy crisis, the women's movement, and even disco.
  • The Eighties in America
    • Focuses on the events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, sports, science, technology, economics, and politics during the 1980's.
  • The Nineties in America
    • Highlights the important events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, sports, science, technology, economics, and politics during the 1990's.
  • The 2000's in America
    • Highlights the important events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, sports, science, technology, economics, and politics during the 2000's.

Films on Demand (NEW)

Includes over 30,000 films of newsreels from the Films on Demand Master Academic collection and FMG Archival Films & Newsreels collection. The Master Academic collection includes films from many of the best producers including A&E, PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, ABC News, NBC News, CNBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HBO Documentary Films, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Open University, Bill Moyers, California Newsreel, Annenberg Learner, TED, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and more. The Archival films and Newsreels collection includes films relating to U.S. cultural and social history and the evolution of everyday life in America, more than 2,800 clips and newsreels from the late 1800s onward, the series of newsreels produced by the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II, a series of seven- to 10-minute newsreels produced by Universal Studios that were released twice per week between 1929 and 1967, and many other historic recordings from multiple sources.

Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives (Salem History Search)

This Salem History reference resource includes more than 600 biographies of notorious personages, covering worldwide figures from ancient times to the present with an emphasis on North America and the West (e.g. Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Idi Amin, Ted Bundy, and Osama Bin Laden).


Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment, including scholarly, government and general-interest titles on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

History Reference Center (NEW)

Brings together content from books, journals, magazines, biographies, historical documents, photos, maps, and videos covering historical topics.

Hoosier State Chronicles (NEW)

Hoosier State Chronicles is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. It aims to provide free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana's historic newspapers by digitizing the ISL collection, and assisting other organizations in making their collections digitally available.

Humanities Full Text (H.W. Wilson) (NEW)

Incorporates scholarly content from hundreds of journals along with reviews of many kinds of books, performances, and events.

Indiana History Online (NEW)

A digital archive of primary source materials from Indiana's history. Includes  a wide variety of old documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises, books, and children's books.

Indiana Memory (NEW)

Represents aspects of collections from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions from the state of Indiana, through digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media.


Provides searchable full text of the complete back files for hundreds of important scholarly journals in a broad spectrum of topics and disciplines. Coverage generally includes the first volume through issues published prior to the most recent 3-5 years (current issues are not available in JSTOR).

Mango Languages

Offers 65 language courses and ESL instruction in 17 languages, including Spanish, Koine Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and several versions of Arabic. This is an effective and multi-learning style approach to learning language both for the casual traveler and the serious cross-lingual speaker.

Milestone Documents in World History (Salem History Search)

Combines in-depth analysis with iconic primary source documents from ancient times to the present and from virtually every geographical region.

Milestone Documents in World Religions (Salem History Search)

Explores primary sources and sacred texts of the world's major religious traditions from ancient times to the present and all geographic regions.

Military and Government Collection

Offers news and scholarly articles pertaining to all branches of the military and government.

Military and Intelligence Collection

Covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs through journal literature.

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