Research Using our Databases

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) provides onsite and remote access to several great online databases. These are invaluable resources for historians, genealogists, researchers, state employees, state agencies, teachers, and students.

What is a Library Database?

A library database is an indexed collection of information and resources that have been checked for accuracy and reliability by publishers, then licensed for distribution in an online format. Databases provide access to information that is safe, current, validated, copyright-clear, and organized. Databases also deliver powerful search tools for narrowing results, making it quick to find the information you need. 

Featured Databases from Government and Heritage Library

The Government and Heritage Library subscribes to a variety of databases to help our patrons with their research needs. These databases provide access to resources topics such as newspapers, genealogy, geography, reference, and demographics.

Below are a few featured databases to which the Government and Heritage Library provides access:

  • JSTOR is a digital library of academic content with collections that include top peer-reviewed scholarly journals, literary journals, academic monographs, research reports, and primary sources. The GHL subscription includes all JSTOR Arts & Sciences and Thematic collections, the Business Collection, and all JSTOR archive content in subjects like History, Language & Literature, Religion, Art & Art History, Education, Law, Political Sciences, and Life Science.
  • Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  This continually growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives.
  • African American Biographical Database is the largest electronic collection of biographical information on African Americans. It is an excellent resource for biographical information, including photographs and illustrations, for African Americans. 

Additionally, we currently provide access to Newsbank America’s News, Ancestry Library Edition, BioOne,  NewspaperArchive, databases available from NC LIVE, and many others.

Database Trials

The Government and Heritage Library also frequently conducts database trials. These are databases we arrange and provide online access to for a specific trial period or on a temporary basis only. If you have suggestions for databases for us to trial, please let us know. Database trials can be located on our Trials website.  

How Do I access these Databases? 

State Library of North Carolina library cardholders can access many databases onsite and remotely through the GHL website. Check our Online Resources website to determine access availability as some databases are only available on-site.

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If you are a North Carolina resident or a state agency employee and want access to the databases from your home or office, apply for a library card. To get your library card, sign up here and email the form to With a library card, you open up a wide range of access to resources and information. 


Jennifer Blomberg, Collections Manager