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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SAE International Technical Papers

SAE Technical Papers are written and peer-reviewed by experts in the automotive, aerospace, and   commercial vehicle industries. In the SAE Digital Library UNCC students and faculty can access the more than 92,000 technical papers on the latest advances in technical research and applied technical engineering information. (source)

The SAE Technical Papers cover many topics including:
  • Bodies and Structures
  • Chassis
  • Design Engineering and Styling
  • Electrical, Electronics and Avionics
  • Environment
  • Fuels and Energy Sources
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Interiors, Cabins and Cockpits
  • Maintenance and Aftermarket
  • Management and Product Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness
  • Parts and Components
  • Power and Propulsion
  • Quality, Reliability and Durability
  • Safety
  • Tests and Testing
  • Transportation Systems
  • Vehicles and Performance

The depth of automotive information in these papers is stagger and must read for anyone interested in trains, planes and automobiles.

Note:  SAE is upgrading their security.  If you run into problems accessing the database, see more information here.

Monday, October 26, 2015


Are you looking for information on periodical?  Are you not sure where to look?  Atkin’s Library has the resources that can help!  We are pleased to announce that we have recently started a subscription to ProQuest UlrichsWeb!

What is Ulrichsweb?

Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.
What does it include?

Ulrichsweb covers more than 900 subject areas. Ulrich's records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage, tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians.
What are the linking options?

If your organization has enabled linking options, you can also use UlrichsWeb to explore your library's catalog or other locations where your library subscribes to serials resources.(source)

If you need help gathering information on specific journal title please check out UlrichsWeb!

Thursday, October 8, 2015


PhilPapers uses advanced trawling techniques and large-scale crowd-sourcing to monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, personal pages, and open access archives. Our index currently includes 1,798,467 research books and articles. Over 5,000 individuals have contributed content to our index.” (Source)

PhilPapers' index and its archive are integrated with the largest structured bibliography in the field. PhilPapers' structured bibliography organizes half a million entries into 5,111 topics at different levels of generality. Classification is maintained by a combination of automatic classification, crowd-sourcing, and curation work done by approximately 400 appointed academics.” (Source)

PhilPapers is an Open Access Archive, however, UNCC Atkins library recently became an institutional subscriber which allows our users to link out from the database to the library collection to find the full-text or, if the library does not have, request it through Inter-library Loan.

We invite you to start exploring this comprehensive database!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

TRIAL : Swank Digital Campus

Atkins Library is currently running a trial of Swank Motion Pictures Digital Campus!

"Digital Campus by Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.® allows students the flexibility to legally view course-assigned films outside the classroom. Providing digital access to course-related films allows educators to enhance the learning experience without taking up valuable class time.

Digital Campus provides a flexible and custom solution to fit your campus’ needs by distributing films through your Learning Management System. Select and pay only for the films you need! We have exclusive distribution of thousands of films, making us the largest repository of digital film content to complement the curriculum of any course." (source)

The trial includes 100 popular films selected by Swank including:

A Beautiful Mind
Double Indemnity
Good Will Hunting
Groundhog Day
The Matrix
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shining
The Social Network
and much more...

You can access the trial here: 

The platform is not compatible with the Google Chrome interface, so we encourage you to use FireFox, Safari, or IE.  The trial is not available from off campus at this time.

The trial ends September 30th!  Enjoy and please leave any feedback in the comments section.   

Monday, August 24, 2015


To effectively and efficiently manage your research, you may consider EndNote, a citation management software available free to UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff.  With EndNote you can create a customized library of all your references, organize your references into groups, and export references and PDFs from Atkins Library's databases.  EndNote allows you to insert your references into Microsoft Word, automatically creating citations and a bibliography to match the requirements of your style manual or selected journal. You may also annotate, sync across computers and share your references with up to 14 colleagues.  The premium edition of EndNote desktop is available to download from IT Services:  EndNote download
For more detailed information, visit the Atkins Library's EndNote research guide:  EndNote Research Guide
Atkins Library is also offering EndNote classes throughout the semester.  For a calendar of classes, go to Atkins Library's Workshop and Tour calendar:  Workshop and Tour calendar

To schedule a different time, contact Beth Scarborough at 704 687-0496 or

Monday, July 27, 2015

Archives Unbound : Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life

Archives Unbound :  Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life
When working on historical research, obtaining access to primary source material is important.  In many cases, finding this material can be difficult and time consuming.  In an effort to bring some of this rare primary source material together in a cross-searchable digital format, Gale has created the Archives Unbound collection. Archives Unbound is a vast new resource of topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students. Specifically developed to address the needs of libraries, Archives Unbound is unique not only for its expansive, multi-use content but also for the distinct new intuitive search platform by which you access it. (source)
Atkins Library has invested in several of these collections to meet the university’s research need.  We would like highlight one of these collections: 
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“The bombing of Pearl Harbor and the war that followed were well covered by the national press; however, little was known of the actions this nation took in regard to the Japanese-American minority population living on the West Coast. In the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government was besieged with demands that action be taken against the Japanese in the form of removal from "sensitive areas" and incarceration in camps, preferably located in the interior of the U.S. These demands and subsequent actions were motivated by the fear that Japanese-Americans would become a fifth column for the Japanese military command and spy against the U.S. By April 1942, more than 100,000 Japanese persons - aliens and American citizens - were housed in what came to be known as relocation centers run by the War Relocation Authority. This abrupt uprooting not only violated the civil rights of Japanese-Americans, but also caused great financial sacrifice, since much property was sold at distress prices. Every person was allowed to take only what could be carried.” (source)

Date Range: 1942-1945
Content: 24,838 Images
Source Library: Library of Congress

We encourage you to browse and search the collection.