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17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

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Early English newspapers from London, the British Isles, and British colonies. Also included are newsbooks, acts of Parliament, addresses, broadsides, pamphlets, and proclamations.
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History, History of Africa, History of Europe, United States History, World History, Historical Newspapers, International Newspapers
English

19th Century British Newspapers

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Full runs of 48 newspapers, 17 national and 29 regional, selected by the British Library.  Includes newspapers covering political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule, as well as penny papers targeting working and clerical class readers. 
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World History, Language and Literature, Historical Newspapers, International Newspapers, Area and Cultural Studies
The Topic Guide includes essays and biographical information about people, events, and the newspaper industry in Britain during the nineteenth century. For additional background on a specific publication, select "Browse Publications by Location," or click "About this Publication" from your results list after running a search.
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19th Century UK Periodicals. Series I & II

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An online collection of British magazines, journals and specialty newspapers from the collections of the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of South Africa, and others. 
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Historical Newspapers, International Newspapers
English

Academic One File (Gale)

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This article database includes full-text and abstracts of scholarly, trade, and general-interest periodicals covering topics in the areas of current events, general sciences and technology, social sciences, arts, and humanities.  
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Art, Business, Health and Medicine, History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Dance, Philosophy, Science, Reference, Homework Help, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Religion, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, Economics, Technology
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Academic Search Premier

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A multi-disciplinary database of more than 4,600 magazines and journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for 8,470 journals. 
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Business, Health and Medicine, History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Dance, Reference, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science, Psychology
English

ACLS Humanities E-Book Project

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Provides online access to a fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars.
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Language and Literature
The American Council of Learned Societies is converting over 1500 backlist titles of major importance to humanities and area studies to electronic format, and also publishing new electronic titles.
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ACLU American Civil Liberties Union Papers 1912-1995

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This archive includes more than 2 million pages of primary resource materials from the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The records focus on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. The collection includes: legal briefs, newspapers, internal memoranda, client correspondence, and committee reports. Topics covered include: the rise of the Ku Klux Clan, the Civil Rights movement, and ACLU's involvement in the Vietnam War.  
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Government and Law, Social Services, Law, Vietnam War, Civil Rights
English

African America, Communists, and the National Negro Congress, 1933-1947

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Digitized archives and manuscripts collection of the National Negro Congress, which organization was established in 1936 to "secure the right of the Negro people to be free from Jim Crowism, segregation, discrimination, lynching, and mob violence" and "to promote the spirit of unity and cooperation between Negro and white people." 98,600 images dated 1933-1947. Part of Archives Unbound.
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Government and Law, United States History, Manuscripts and Rare Books, African American Studies, Political Science
English

African American Experience

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Full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of African Americans, as well as the greater Black Diaspora. Great resource for middle school, high school, and undergraduate users. Browse by type of content and by era. 
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History, United States History, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, Area and Cultural Studies, African American Studies
Also included are timelines dating from the 15th century to present, primary and landmark documents, slave narratives, audio and image files, and classic texts, some dating from the 19th century. The classroom resources site includes lesson plans which include a subject index and glossary.
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African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 (Readex)

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Hundreds of U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience from more than 35 states. A collection feature of America's Historical Newspapers. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to NYPL cardholders working from home, courtesy of Readex/Newsbank.
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All Branch LibrariesSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business Center
New York City History, United States History, Historical Newspapers, U.S. Newspapers, African American Studies
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