Online Resources

Online Databases & Resources

The Government and Heritage Library subscribes to several online databases, many of which are available outside the library with your library card.  We also provide access to databases available from NC LIVE.  See the subjects below for access to these databases and other useful websites.  You may also search the library's classic catalog, or Search Everything, our new option to search books, online resources, and more in one search box.  Use the search box below to Search Everything.

   
Newspapers

Newspapers

  • 19th Century U.S. Newspapers icon in the shape of North Carolina

    Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers provides an as-it-happened window on events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America that is of interest to both professional and general researchers.

  • Black Historical Newspapers (Baltimore, Norfolk only) icon in the shape of North Carolina

    These historical newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.  Our subscription includes the Baltimore and Norfolk newspapers.

  • Chronicling America FREE icon

    Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

  • Genealogical Indexes and Abstracts of Newspapers  FREE icon

    An indexed guide to print resources located in the Government & Heritage Library.  This guide is a resource for finding indexes to genealogical information in contemporary and historical newspapers. These indexes are located in print in the N.C. Government & Heritage Library unless otherwise indicated.

  • Global Breaking Newswires NC LIVE icon

    Global Breaking Newswires provides timely access to newswire content from around the globe as well as a growing archive of news.

  • Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection (Newspapers.com) NC LIVE icon

    Newspapers.com North Carolina Collection. 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.

  • New York Times NC LIVE icon

    Full articles from the New York Times (1980-current).

  • News & Observer Index FREE icon

    Librarians from the State Library of North Carolina indexed important topics and personal names from articles and selected obituaries that appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer from 1926 to 1992 (some years are currently missing from the index, namely 1978-1981).

  • NewsBank America's News icon in the shape of North Carolina

    Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts, and videos.

  • NewspaperARCHIVE icon in the shape of North Carolina

    NewspaperARCHIVE is a digital image archive which contains an extensive number of newspaper issues from both large and small newspapers around the world, spanning more than 400 years. It is a resource for historical and genealogical information.

  • Newspapers.com icon of a library building (full text for UNC digitized papers only)

    This collection contains the full text of newspapers digitized by UNC for Newspapers.com.

  • North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project FREE icon

    View and search North Carolina’s early (1752-1890s) newspapers digitized as part of the 2009 North Carolina Digitization Project.

  • North Carolina Newspaper Index - List of newspapers by county, last updated 2002 FREE icon

    The North Carolina Newspaper Index was created to assist patrons in locating North Carolina newspapers for research and/or genealogical purposes.

  • North Carolina Newspaper Locator FREE icon

    This database contains newspaper microfilm housed at the Government & Heritage Library. It is not a complete list of all newspapers published in North Carolina.

  • North Carolina Periodicals Index FREE icon

    The index provides access to articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics, including the arts, business, culture, history, law, natural resources, public policy, tourism, and travel.

  • Union List of North Carolina Newspapers, 1751-1900 FREE icon

    Catalogs the locations of newspaper holdings for North Carolina newspapers published between 1751-1900.

  • US Newsstream NC LIVE icon

    News content from many national and international newspapers, newswires and selected news magazines.

  • Wall Street Journal NC LIVE icon

    Full articles from the Wall Street Journal (1981-current).

Genealogy & History

Genealogy & History

  • African American Biographical Database icon in the shape of North Carolina

    The largest electronic collection of biographical information, including photographs and illustrations, on African Americans (1790-1950). Contact the Reference Desk at 919-814-6790 for login credentials.

  • American Ancestors (NEHGS) icon of a library building

    AmericanAncestors.org is an online repository for more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond.

  • Ancestry Library Edition icon of a library building

    The world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource. Delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

  • Ancestry Library Edition icon in the shape of North Carolina

    The world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource. Delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. (Temporary remote access is available through July 31, 2020.)

  • ANCHOR (A North Carolina History Online Resource) FREE icon

    This online textbook is designed for grade 8 and up and covers all of North Carolina history, from the arrival of the first people some 12,000 years ago to the 21st century. (formerly LEARN NC Digital History Textbook)

  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (National Parks) FREE icon

    The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

  • Colonial and State Records of North Carolina (UNC) FREE icon

    The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina includes documents and materials from throughout the country and from several European repositories covering the earliest days of North Carolina's settlement by Europeans through the ratification of the United States Constitution.

  • Digital Library on American Slavery (UNCG) FREE icon

    The Digital Library on American Slavery is a resource compiling various independent online collections focused upon race and slavery in the American South. While the current focus is NC, it contains data relating to all 15 slave states and Washington, D.C., including detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.

  • Digital Public Library of America FREE icon

    DPLA provides access to millions of materials held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in a one-stop discovery experience.

  • Digital Public Library of America - Family Research Guide to DPLA FREE icon

    A research guide to using DPLA for genealogical research.  Genealogists can use DPLA's search tools to find free materials for their family history research projects.

  • DigitalNC - North Carolina Digital Heritage Center FREE icon

    The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is a statewide digitization and digital publishing program that works with cultural heritage institutions of all sizes across North Carolina to digitize and publish historic materials online. The collection includes yearbooks, newspapers, city directories, and more.

  • Discover Online Catalog (DOC) (State Archives) FREE icon

    DOC allows researchers to search the public holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina, Outer Banks History Center, and Western Regional Archives in order to identify materials for research and to request copies.

  • Documenting The American South - Collections (UNC) FREE icon

    Documenting the American South (DocSouth) includes sixteen thematic collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture. It includes slave narratives, Civil War, oral histories, personal manuscript collections, and more.

  • Fold3icon in the shape of North Carolina

    Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

  • Getting Started in Genealogy FREE icon

    Tips from the librarians at the Government & Heritage Library on how to get started with genealogical research.

  • Guide to Tracing American Indian Ancestry (PDF) FREE icon

    A document provided by the U.S. Department of Interior which includes tips for tracing your American Indian & Alaska Native Ancestry.

  • HeritageQuest NC LIVE icon

    Treasury of American genealogical sources: unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Includes historical census, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, and more.

  • Journal of Genetic Genealogy FREE icon

    The Journal of Genetic Genealogy (JoGG) is an independent online journal that publishes original work involving genealogical applications of genetic test results.

  • JSTOR icon in the shape of North Carolina

    JSTOR is a digital library for scholars, researchers, and students, providing access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.

  • JSTOR for Genealogists FREE icon

    A guide to using JSTOR for genealogical research. Use the rich JSTOR library to build out your family tree’s historical, cultural, and social contexts.

  • Microfilm FREE icon

    The genealogy librarians at the GHL have compiled a list of microfilm resources that researchers often find useful.

  • Native American Heritage (NARA) FREE icon

    Among the billions of historical records housed at the National Archives throughout the country, researchers can find information relating to American Indians from as early as 1774 through the mid 1990s within this database.

  • NCpedia FREE icon

    NCpedia is an online encyclopedia which contains articles covering a broad spectrum of topics and resources about North Carolina. It is coordinated and managed by the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library.

  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries NC LIVE icon

    Women's writings from the Colonial period to 1950. Includes writings by Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Dorothea L. Dix, Julia Ward Howe, and more.

  • North Carolina Digital Collections FREE icon

    The North Carolina Digital Collections contain over 90,000 historic and recent photographs, state government publications, manuscripts, and other resources on topics related to North Carolina.

  • North Carolina Family Records Collection FREE icon

    The Family Records Collection is comprised of North Carolina family history materials from the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina and State Library of North Carolina.

  • North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data FREE icon

    Searchable data plus 160,000 images for 216,000 land grants issued by the State of North Carolina from 1663 to 1960.

  • North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster Cumulative Index FREE icon

    The NC Historical Publications Section has made a cumulative master index of the first 18 volumes of "North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster" available online. This index, which contains about 115,000 names of North Carolinians who served in the Civil War, can help you discover more about your Tar Heel ancestors who fought in that conflict.

  • Our State Magazine FREE icon

    Explore past issues of Our State, one of North Carolina's longest running and most popular magazines. First published in 1933, it features stories about North Carolina's people, places, and history.

  • PERSI FREE icon

    The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) enables you to easily locate key information about people and places. It contains over 2.5 million entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications, making it an invaluable, comprehensive family history resource.

  • RootsMOOC FREE icon

    RootsMOOC online genealogy course from the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University and the Government and Heritage Library of the State Library of North Carolina. The course introduces some of the best sources and strategies for conducting an organized and efficient search for your family's history. The course has ended, but videos and other resources are still available.

  • State Archives of North Carolina FREE icon

    Collects, preserves, and provides public access to historically significant archival materials from NC, as well as providing guidance on preservation and management of government records.

Geographic Info

Geographic Info

  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries FREE icon

    The Atlas presents in maps and text complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. It is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like returns of elections and censuses, and for people working on state and local history projects.

  • Digital Sanborn Maps (1867-1970) for North Carolina NC LIVE icon

    Digital Sanborn Maps (1867-1970) for North Carolina delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in 158 North Carolina towns and cities across a century of change.

  • NC OneMap FREE icon

    NC OneMap is a managed web application which provides data discoverability and access to NC geospatial data.

  • North Carolina County Formation Maps FREE icon

    Are you researching your family history? Historical maps can be an exceptional tool when you are beginning a genealogy research project. Because maps can give you important details about business and property ownership, they can be a significant source of information. The goal is to help you discover important historical information to get started.

  • North Carolina Gazetteer (NCpedia) FREE icon

    The North Carolina Gazetteer is a geographical dictionary in which an attempt has been made to list all of the geographic features of the state in one alphabet. It is current, and it is historical as well. Many features and places that no longer exist are included.

  • North Carolina Maps FREE icon

    North Carolina Maps is a comprehensive, online collection of historic maps of the Tar Heel State. It contains more than 3,000 maps, ranging in date from the late 1500s to 2000.

  • USGS Geographic Names Information System FREE icon

    The GNIS contains information about physical and cultural geographic features of all types in the United States, associated areas, and Antarctica, current and historical, but not including roads and highways. The database holds the Federally recognized name of each feature and defines the feature location by state, county, USGS topographic map, and geographic coordinates.

Data, Demographics, Business

Data, Demographics, Business

(Visit Statistics Sites by Subject for more resources.)

  • ABI/INFORM (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Business research from journals, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers.

  • AccessNC FREE icon

    AccessNC (formerly EDIS) from the NC Department of Commerce is a place where you can search the unemployment rate, current NC public employment, businesses in NC, private NC employment, quarterly census information, and more.

  • Business Market Research Collection (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    This database contains company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research from three sources, including Hoover's Company Profiles, OxResearch from Oxford Analytica, and Snapshots.

  • Data Resources Guide FREE icon

    The Data Resources Guide is where the State Library of North Carolina answers all of your data-related questions regarding the state of North Carolina.  Includes links to frequently used databases, tutorials, and archived webinars.

  • Entrepreneurship Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Information for entrepreneurs and researchers that includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.

  • LINC (NC State Data Center) FREE icon

    Log Into North Carolina (LINC) is an interactive data retrieval service containing historical information for over 900 data items and a variety of geographic areas within the state.

  • QuickFacts (US Census Bureau) FREE icon

    QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.

  • ReferenceUSA NC LIVE icon

    Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

  • SimplyAnalytics (formerly SimplyMap) NC LIVE icon

    Web-based mapping application that lets you create professional-quality maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data.

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States NC LIVE icon

    An authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

  • US Census Bureau - Explore Census Data FREE icon

    Data.census.gov is the new platform to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.

Ebooks & Video

Ebooks & Video

  • ABC-CLIO eBook Collection NC LIVE icon

    History and literature ebooks, including the series Daily Life, Critical Companions, Literature in Context, as well as American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography.

  • Digital Public Library of America Open Bookshelf FREE icon

    Open Bookshelf is a digital library collection of popular books free to download, formatted for modern devices, and handpicked by librarians from across the US.

  • Ebook Central (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Scholarly titles supporting student and faculty research, and general nonfiction on topics such as school & studying, career development, arts & leisure, and practical life skills.

  • Ebook Central Guide FREE icon

    A guide to using Ebook Central.

  • Ebooks on EBSCOhost NC LIVE icon

    Over 26,000 fiction, reference, scholarly, and professional books online.

  • Films on Demand Video Collection NC LIVE icon

    Thousands of high quality videos on business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances. Includes Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels. Also includes content formerly in the NC LIVE Video Collection.

  • Gale eBooks NC LIVE icon

    Searchable collection of online reference titles and test prep ebooks.

  • HomeGrown Ebooks Collection NC LIVE icon

    A collection of more than 3,700 ebooks from a variety of North Carolina publishers. Includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry.

  • National Emergency Library (through June 30, 2020) FREE icon

    A temporary collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

  • NoveList Plus  NC LIVE icon

    A readers’ advisory resource that uses appeal factors and expert reviews to offer read-alike and listen-alike recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks.

  • Open Library FREE icon

    A downloadable ebook collection with books contributed from libraries across the country. Create a username and password to borrow up to five books at a time. This collection currently contains approximately 21,000 works.

  • RBdigital NC LIVE icon

    Downloadable audio and ebooks on a variety of topics, including language learning, history, biography, classic literature, and more. Compatible with most iPods and WMA compatible MP3 players.

Need help? Visit the NC LIVE help page and check their help topics under Ebooks or Videos.

Reference

Reference

  • Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications.

  • Agricultural & Environmental Science Collection (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Articles plus searchable charts, figures, graphs, maps, photographs and tables representing all major environment topics.

  • Arts & Humanities Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theater and Cultural Studies.

  • Biography Reference Center NC LIVE icon

    A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies on popular and heavily-researched figures. Users can locate biographies of interest by browsing key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication and more than 30 genre categories including actors, artists, athletes, authors, current world leaders, explorers, scientists and many others.

  • Biological Science Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Research on animal behavior, aquatic life and fisheries, biochemistry, ecology, plant science, toxicology, virology, microbiology, health and safety science, entomology, and more.

  • BioOne icon in the shape of North Carolina

    BioOne Complete is a database of more than 200 subscribed and open-access titles in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.

  • Bouvier's Law Dictionary FREE icon

    Online reproduction of Bouvier's Law Dictionary, 1856 edition.

  • Computer Science Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Scholarly journals, trade publications, and consumer titles covering topics such as artificial intelligence, automation, gaming, graphics, networking, security, database management, systems administration, information science and hardware.

  • Coronavirus Research Database (ProQuest) icon in the shape of North Carolina

    Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.

  • CQ Magazine NC LIVE icon

    News and analysis on how legislation is shaped. Coverage of bills, votes, amendments, committees, and more.

  • CQ Researcher NC LIVE icon

    Reports on issues shaping our world, with in-depth coverage of political and social issues, such as health, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy.

  • Criminal Justice Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends.

  • Digital Public Library of America FREE icon

    DPLA provides access to millions of materials held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in a one-stop discovery experience.

  • Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Contains full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications.

  • Education Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Research on primary, secondary, and higher education, as well as special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.

  • Engineering Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    This database provides discipline-specific coverage of engineering, spanning thousands of publications, many in full text.

  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center, from the US Dept. of Ed.) FREE icon

    The Education Resources Information Center is a database that contains content selected from journal publishers, grey literature and book sources, as well as grantees and individuals submitting materials through ERIC’s Online Submission System.

  • GHL Research Guides FREE icon

    Research guides and tools created by Government and Heritage Library staff to help you through the research process.

  • Government and Heritage Library Academy FREE icon

    Training resources from the GHL Library, housed on NicheAcademy.

  • JSTOR icon in the shape of North Carolina

    JSTOR is a digital library for scholars, researchers, and students, providing access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.

  • Library Science Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    This database allows you to search the full-text of leading library and information science journals. This collection provides full-text coverage of 125+ core titles.

  • NC LIVE NC LIVE icon

    NC LIVE is North Carolina’s statewide library cooperative, supporting 205 public and academic libraries across North Carolina. All North Carolinians may use NC LIVE resources through their local library. Online resources are designed for at-home use and are available from any internet connection via library websites, and through nclive.org.

  • NC State Government Web Site Archives and Access Program FREE icon

    The North Carolina State Government Web Site Archives and Access Program archives and provides access to websites and social media content produced by North Carolina state agencies.

  • NCpedia FREE icon

    NCpedia is an online encyclopedia which contains articles covering a broad spectrum of topics and resources about North Carolina. It is coordinated and managed by the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library.

  • Personal Digital Archiving FREE icon

    Tips from the librarians at the Government & Heritage Library on how to maintain and preserve your personal digital archive.

  • ProQuest Central NC LIVE icon

    General reference database for over 175 subjects from magazines, journals and newspapers, including peer-reviewed and scholarly works.

  • Public Health Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    This database allows you to search the core literature in the field of public health.

  • Research Library (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    General reference database from business and political science to literature and psychology scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and daily news content, accessible to readers and researchers at every level.

  • Science Database (ProQuest) NC LIVE icon

    Applied and general science articles covering topics such as global warming, alternative energy sources, robotic engineering, genetically modified food, and more.

Trials

Trials

The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) has online access for specific trial periods with the following databases. These trials are available on a temporary basis only. GHL will decide whether to subscribe to these resources based on need, quality, interest, cost, funding, content, and usability. Please explore these databases and provide us with your valuable feedback.

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The Government and Heritage Library is pleased to offer Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law as a trial for our patrons.

 

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law: A collection of legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. 

 

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

 

Username: ncdcr

Password: n2qb3vz

 

**Please note, both username and password are case sensitive**

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The Government and Heritage Library is pleased to offer NewsBank Raleigh News & Observer Historic and Current Collection and Charlotte Observer Historic and Current Collection as a trial for our patrons. These resources will be available through July 2020 for GHL patrons.

 

Raleigh News & Observer Historical and Current Collection: Access to this collection includes News & Observer Historical Archives with full access to dates 1879-1999 in text format, The News & Observer Current Collection that provides access to 1991-current in text format, and News & Observer Recent Issue Collection (2018- current) with full access to recent newspaper editions including today’s paper in full image files.  

 

Charlotte Observer Historical and Current Collection: Access to this collection includes Charlotte Observer Historical Archives with full access to dates 1886-1984 in text format, The Charlotte Observer Current Collection that provides access to 1985-current in text format, and Charlotte Observer Recent Issue Collection (2018-current) with full access to recent newspaper editions including today’s paper in full image files.  

 

Access: GHL patrons can access these collections using a password. When prompted enter ncd16267 as BOTH the username and password. ***If regular NewsBank product offered through GHL was recently used, the browser to that product must be closed first.