Monday, September 29, 2014

TRIAL: Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War

Atkins library is currently running a trial for ProQuests Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War.

Rare magazines published by service personnel of the First World War are now searchable online in Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War, providing scholars with a unique resource from which to research alternative perspectives on the conflict.

Published by every type of military and support service unit, from every involved nation, trench journals were a means of expression through which men and women engaged in all aspects of World War I could share their thoughts and experiences. By making these magazine discoverable online, Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War opens up new opportunities for research in multiple fields: literature, history, war studies, cultural studies, and gender studies.

Over 1,500 periodicals, drawn from the holdings of major libraries and research collections, including the Imperial War Museums and the British Library, make this resource the most comprehensive collection of trench journals available to scholars anywhere in one place.”(source)

You can access the trial here:

Per Atkins Library Trial Policy, trials are only available for access on campus.  The trial will run until October 29.

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ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collections

The United States Congress holds separate “meetings or sessions of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest." (source).  The transcripts from these meetings are open to the public, but the ability to compressively search the thousands of documents produced by the US Congress is not easily come by.

Fortunately for UNC Charlotte Students and Faculty, Atkins Library subscribes to ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection which provides full-text indexing and access to congressional publications, public laws and other research materials.   The database also provides finding aids including a bill tracking system and committee and member information.  In addition to the most current documents available to the public, the database provides access to a historical archive from 1824-2003.

The US Congress studies a wide range of topics, so this database is an effective source for a wide range of topics.  

Take a look, and see if the ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection can assist you in your research!

Related Disciplines: Political Science, History, Social Sciences, and more!

Monday, September 22, 2014


Roper Center Public Opinion Archives, providing access to the world's voice since 1947Are you interested in knowing what the American people think about the war in Syria, climate change, or the economy?  Or how people felt about education, civil rights, and or the President in the 60s?   If you are looking for opinion based research in the US, the Roper Centers IPOLL Databank is a one stop shop for this information from the top polling organizations in the country.

The iPOLL Databank is the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource for US public opinion poll data AND the best finding aid to locate US national opinion poll questions rich in a particular subject, with direct links into the catalog of datasets and survey questionnaires. 

iPOLL is a one-stop comprehensive source for opinion polling question data.

  • Every major US survey firm – over 150 organizations
  • Academic, commercial, and media polls
  • More than 600,000 questions and answers
  • Opinions and behaviors
  • Topical coverage from crime to politics to diplomacy to social behavior
  • 1935 to yesterday
  • Question-level retrieval with links to full results
  • Links from questions to study abstracts and questionnaires
  • Features include
    • Search for questions by keyword, topic, organization and dates
    • Search within a set of question results
    • Sorting options
    • Session history  (source)

If you are looking for this kind of qualitative research, iPOLL can you help!  Take a look!

Related Disciplines:  Social Science, Political Science, History, Anthropology