Monday, October 2, 2017

Check Out The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance For Some Frightful Inspiration

Looking to put a macabre spin on your October research papers or wanting to create your own display of terror for your Halloween entertainment?  Take a peek inside The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance to get some spooktacular ideas on performances in playhouses, dance, opera, radio, film, and television.  Plus, you’ll find award-winning information on popular performances, including carnivals, circus, and public executions (a gruesome performance, incorporating all the elements of staging, costume, text, actors, and audience).
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, edited by Dennis Kennedy, was the winner of the 2004 Reference Reviews Top Ten Print Reference Source and the 2004 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.  Where can you find authoritative and up-to-date information about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe?  Inside the pages of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, of course!
This electronic database offers online, search capabilities with entries ranging from brief, term definitions to in-depth genres and movements descriptions.  Did you know the famous stage illusion, known as Pepper’s Ghost, was invented by Professor John Henry Pepper and first demonstrated in London in 1862?  Interested in learning how French playwrights used special effects to create melodrama back in the late 1700s – early 1800s?  Read this spine-tingling discourse on Pixérécourt, René-Charles Guilbert de (1773-1844).
Search The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance entries by city, regions, and place performances in its social and political context.  It combines an international cast of over 300 specialist contributors.  Needing a fresh idea for that special Halloween costume?  Did you know that the mask occurs in virtually every culture?  Search The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance using the search terms, mask and masking, to learn more about this potent force in theatrical performance.  
Speaking of Halloween, read about the ingenious use of the radio by Orson Welles to broadcast the War of the Worlds as a Hallowe'en programme ( 30 October 1938 ).  Read cautiously or you may find yourself bewitched, like the characters in Peter Barnes’, most notable, 1974 theatrical performance, The Bewitched, featuring Gothic horror, dance, and popular song, performed in RSC, Aldwych Theatre, London.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month
To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month Atkins library will be featuring three resources. These resources will aid you in examining the significant events that have forged the rich history of Hispanic Heritage and culture.
Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980, represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. The distinctive collection features hundreds of Hispanic American newspapers, including many long scattered and forgotten titles published in the 19th century. It is based on the “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project,” a national research effort directed by Nicolás Kanellos, Brown Foundation Professor of  Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston.
  • Features hundreds of fully searchable newspapers published in the United States by Hispanics
  • Based on the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project,” a national research effort
  • Offers unabridged voices, ranging from intellectuals and literary notables to politicians, union organizers and grassroots figures
Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922, offer unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this vital region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and a dozen other countries, these resources provide a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures. Together, both series of Latin American Newspaperschronicles the evolution of Latin America over two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other items.
  • Online access to more than 280 newspapers published between 1805 and 1922
  • From Argentina to Venezuela—titles from more than 20 countries in the region
  • Created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries and its contributing members

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SPIE.Digital Library

Looking for extensive resources on optics and photonics?  Check out the SPIE. Digital Library.  It’s your one-stop shop for getting the latest news and research updates on optics and photonics.  What makes SPIE Digital Library so great?  It gives you access to more than 230,000 technical papers from SPIE journals and conference proceedings from 1990 to the present.  The SPIE Digital Library has over 17,000 new research papers added annually.
You can find the SPIE Digital Library on the J. Murrey Atkins Library webpage by searching the A-Z databases: S directory, using the library search engine portal on the Atkins Library homepage.  Take some time to explore the great features on the SPIE.Digital Library dashboard, which provides quick links to proceedings, journals, eBooks, and topic collections.  On the left side of the homepage, you’ll discover more quick links under the heading, Top Downloads from SPIE Journals and Proceedings.  Some of the topic headings include quick links to resources on Astronomy, Biomedical Optics; Medical Imaging, Communications; Information Technology, Defense and Security, Energy, Lasers, Lithography and Microelectronics, and more.
Look to the right of the SPIE Digital Library webpage to find links to the featured video, conference presentations, SPIE Spotlights on new eBooks, the most cited proceedings articles, and author profiles.  You can create a personal account to receive email alerts on new journal articles and new papers by Topic Collection.   If you need good ideas for a research topic for your next class assignment, browse some of the newsworthy science and technology articles from the SPIE Digital Library.   

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

HeritageQuest Online
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If celebrating our nation's Independence Day prompts interest in your family’s history, UNC Charlotte Atkins library has a great e-resource for you. HeritageQuest Online offers novice and experienced genealogists the opportunity to search census records, military records, cemeteries, immigration records, Freedman’s bank, U.S. Serials Set, and books on local or family histories. It also includes maps, a variety of research aids, and tips of the day.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. With a robust search interface, thumbnail images, hit highlighting, easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access through the library portal, it’s easy to see why HeritageQuest continues to be one of the most recommended resources by family history publications and genealogists.
The clues are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest Online help you to find them. (

Thursday, June 1, 2017

World Cinema Video Collection

What could be better than watching a great movie during those lazy days of summer?  Having access to over 485 feature films from the best directors in the world!  The World Cinema Video Collection gives you access to a unique video collection.  Films on Demand, an Infobase Learning Company affiliate, provides the streaming video subscription.
This database includes films from the silent era, American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century, and contemporary films featured by Global Lens.  If you are interested in broadening your cultural horizons or interested in learning about the history of cinema, check out the World Cinema Video Collection.  
Featuring films from every nationality, the World Cinema Video Collection includes German; French, Japanese, Soviet, Eastern European and Central Asia; American; African; Italian; Chinese-language; Latin American; Turkish and Middle Eastern; British; Indian; and Caribbean films.  Here are a few of the collection highlights:
German Films: G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl
French Films: Jean Renoir’s Rules of the Game and Diary of a Chambermaid
American Films: Films from Hollywood’s Golden Age including Buster Keaton’s The General
British Films: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and The 39 Steps
Click here to download the free fact sheet with more information about the World Cinema Video Collection.  You can search the collection in the UNC Charlotte streaming video database.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Charlotte Observer!

Extra! Extra!  Atkins Library Now has the Full Digital Archive of the Charlotte Observer!
For the city of Charlotte and the surrounding areas, the Charlotte Observer holds its history through its stories, editorials, advertisements and so much more.  In the past, to mine this rich history, researches needed to visit the library and painstakingly search the microfilm but now Atkins Library has access and ownership of the entire Charlotte Observer Digital Archives from 1892-present.  
The digital archives are hosted on Newsbank’s Access World News platform, and can be searched across the entire span of the paper using keyword or targeted searching with the advanced search options.  The pages of the newspaper have been scanned and can be downloaded as a PDF so users can see the pages as they were originally published.  
We invite you take a trip into the past with the Charlotte Observer and rediscover the city where you live, work and learn!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month Atkins Library would like to shine the spotlight on three e-Resources this month.
These resources will help you study the important historical events that have shaped the history of African American’s and put into the context what we celebrate during Black History Month.
Provides historical and current information on African American history, society, and culture in 28 topical chapters. Includes a chronology, a chapter of important primary documents, directories of organizations and businesses, a bibliography of recently-published works, annotated lists of crucial court cases, a filmography, hundreds of brief biographies, and more than 650 photographs, illustrations, maps, and statistical charts within the text.(source)

A century and a half of the African American experience

A richly detailed record of the African American past
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, offers researchers invaluable primary sou
rces for such diverse disciplines as cultural, literary and social history; ethnic studies; and more. Users can compare and contrast African American views on practically every major theme of the American past.
Coverage spans life in the Antebellum South; the spread of abolitionism; growth of the Black church; the Emancipation Proclamation; the Jim Crow Era; the Great Migration to northern cities, the West and Midwest in search of greater opportunity; rise of the NAACP; the Harlem Renaissance; the civil rights movement; political and economic empowerment; and more. Teachers and students will find firsthand perspectives on notable Americans from Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington to W.E.B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as obituaries, advertisements, editorials and illustrations. (source)

The National Negro Business League was a business organization founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1900 by Booker T. Washington, with the support of Andrew Carnegie. The mission and main goal of the National Negro Business League was “to promote the commercial and financial development of the Negro.” The organization was formally incorporated in 1901 in New York, and established 320 chapters across the United States. 
An intuitive platform makes it all cross-searchable by subject or collection.
Date Range: 1901-1928
Content: 15,779 pages
Source Library: Library of Congress
Comprised of correspondence and memoranda, itineraries, lists, form letters, reports, press releases, speeches, programs and enrollment forms, Black Economic Empowerment: The National Negro Business League supports research and course work in African American studies, business and economic history, social history, and cultural studies. (source)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Atkins Library now has a 6 month trial subscription to HeinOnline.

HeinOnline is William S. Hein & Co.'s premier online product with more than 138 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format. It bridges the gap in legal history by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,300 law and law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, it also contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, famous world trials dating back to the early 1700’s, legal classics from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the United Nations and League of Nations Treaty Series, all United States treaties, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938, and much more.

HeinOnline is the world’s largest image-based legal research collection and contains more than nine centuries of legal history. (source)

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Oxford Music Online

Needing information on music, composers or culture? To help with those and much more Atkins library now has Oxford Music Online.

“Oxford Music Online has been the leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001, a comprehensive compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera(1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2002), as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations. Including more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world, Oxford Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.” (

Monday, August 15, 2016


As we look forward to the Olympic Games Atkins library would like commemorate them by highlighting SPORTDiscus with Full Text database.

This database is the premier source of literature for sports and sports medicine journals, providing full-text content from many well known and respected sources. It is an essential resource for any health professional looking for literature in their profession and area of research including: sports and athletic trainers, exercise and fitness instructors, nutritionists, occupational therapists, health educators and more.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Chronicle of Higher Education

Looking for the latest news, trends or information in the field of Higher Education? Start that search with The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.

Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's website features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; an archive of previously published content; vibrant discussion forums; and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more.

TheChronicle is a nine-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, and one of its columnists was a finalist for a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. The Chronicle has also received honors from the Education Writers Association, the Society of News Design, the EPpy Awards, and the Webby Awards, among others. (Click here fora complete listing.) In 2007 The Chronicle was ranked in the 10 most credible news sources by Erdos & Morgan, a widely used survey of thought leaders in the United States. The Utne Reader that year named The Chronicle for "best political coverage" among independent newspapers.” (Source

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Punch Historical Archive

Think today’s politics are crazy? Enjoy watching the satire of our political figures? Well before The Daily Show there was Punch, Britain’s magazine of humor and satire.

From 1841 to 1992, Punch was the world's most celebrated magazine of humor and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into national icon, Punch played a central role in the formation of British identity – and how the rest of the world saw the British. The full-text searchable online archive of Punch ─ Punch Historical Archive, 1841–1992 ─ is now available for scholars, students, and researchers to explore. The archive is an unrivaled resource for researching and teaching 19th and 20th century political and social history on key themes such as World War I and World War II; wars and conflicts; colonialism, imperialism, the impact of new technology; public health, conservation, and environmentalism; social change; and the role of women." (Source)

Atkins Library encourage you to check out the Punch Historical Archive today!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Database

In honor of Earth Day (April 24th) Atkins library would like to feature Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management.

This multidisciplinary database provides unparalleled and comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 10,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications. ProQuest Deep Indexing: Environmental Science supplements the database with access to over a million indexed charts, figures, graphs, maps, photographs, and tables from the scholarly research and technical literature for selected records. (

Subject coverage

  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Air quality
  • Aquatic pollution
  • Bacteriology
  • Ecology
  • Energy resources
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental impact statements (U.S.)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Microbiology related to industrial & environmental issues
  • Pollution: land, air, water, noise, solid waste, radioactive
  • Risk assessment
  • Safety science
  • Toxicology & toxic emissions
  • Water pollution
  • Waste management
  • Water resource issues

Monday, March 14, 2016

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in History

As part of Women’s History Month Atkins library would like to encourage you explore The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in History to learn more about the women who shape our world.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, edited by Bonnie G. Smith, captures the experiences of women throughout history in a far-reaching, four-volume work. Although there has been extensive research on women in history by region, no other text or reference work has comprehensively covered the role women have played throughout world history. With over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies, Women in World History is the definitive reference work in the field.

In the past thirty years there has been an explosion of research and an effort to present the experiences and contributions of women not only in the Western world, but across the globe. Scholars have investigated women’s daily lives in virtually every area and researched the leadership roles women have filled across times and regions. They have found that there is virtually no historical, social, or demographic change in which women have not been involved and by which their lives have not been affected. Women in World History helps tell this story, illuminating how women worldwide have influenced and been influenced by these historical, social, and demographic changes. (Source). 

Happy Women's History Month!

Monday, January 11, 2016

60 Minutes: 1997-2014

Atkins Library is excited to announce we have recently received a free one year subscription to the 60 Minutes: 1997-2014 streaming video package from Alexander Street Press. 

“60 MINUTES is one of the most successful television programs in American history. On top of more than 100 Emmy wins and 20 Peabody Awards, it holds the record for the longest continuously running primetime program in the history of television. With as many as 25 million viewers tuning in for its Sunday night broadcasts, 60 MINUTES remains among the most respected, influential TV journalism programs in the world.

This online collection provides 350 hours of video from 17 years of broadcasts, including hundreds of segments not available anywhere else in the world. True to 60 MINUTES’ iconic style, each news segment within the collection serves as a standalone short documentary on a specific news topic. The broad range of content offers boundless applications for students and researchers.” (source

60 Minutes : 1997-2014 is an absolutely amazing collection that we hope users will take advantage of while we enjoy a free year of access.