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Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century

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VCU Libraries offers The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, a landmark digital collection for African-American studies. With this resource, researchers have access to historical analysis and context, original newspaper accounts and crucial first-person records of the experiences of those seeking greater political and cultural freedom in the turbulent 20th century.

Records reveal not only the efforts of those in power to oppose the civil rights movement, but the organizational efforts and everyday protests of individuals and groups united to end widespread restrictions to freedom for blacks in the United States.

The wealth of sources includes government records from the FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and H. W. Bush presidencies, as well as the activities of the FBI on civil rights leaders and participants. The records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) are available.

From the founding of the NACWC in the last decade of the 19th century to the riots that followed the verdict in the Rodney King trial in the 1990s, researchers will discover how these momentous events were experienced by those who lived them, and continue to influence American life, culture and politics today.

Of particular importance is the inclusion of vast records that describe events that may be less known now, but were crucial milestones in the struggles against oppression and toward equality. These include: the fight against forced labor in the first half of the 20th century (documented in the Peonage Files of the U.S. Department of Justice, 1901-1945); the migration of African-Americans to urban areas in search of work and equality; the East St. Louis Riot of 1917; the Scottsboro case and the passage of the anti-lynching laws; the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II; the FBI actions against the Black Panther Party, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. These detailed and multi-layered perspectives on history await discovery in The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century and will create innovative teaching and research for VCU.

Additional online scholarship available through VCU Libraries includes Black Historical Newspapers, Black Studies Center, Black Studies in Video, and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive.

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By Kevin Farley, humanities collections librarian

Image:  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. “William L. Patterson, executive director of the Civil Rights Congress, addressing the Bill of Rights Conference, circa 1940s.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1940 – 1949. 

Fiction Connection: Fiction and select nonfiction resource

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Fiction Connection allows users to bring out their inner bookworm.

Fiction Connection allows users to search through works of fiction and select nonfiction books all around the United States. Discover books like Andree Cuenod’s “Awakening” and Nicholas Irving’s “The Reaper.”

Browse through some of the thousands of books that the database has to offer. Users can search through popular tags based on various topics, genres, characters, settings, time frames and locations. There are tags on mothers and daughters, satire and New Orleans. Use the popular tags to get introduced to new works that may not have been found otherwise.

Within a particular book result, there are overviews, publisher information and similar titles. Users can use the database to find the lowest price for a particular book that they are looking for.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Coloribus: Advertising archive from 1969 to today

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Coloribus Advertising Archive is the largest global archive of commercial advertising around. It contains over 2 million historic advertisements and continuously adds more than 1,000 in addition each day. Coloribus allows users to go through advertisements all around the world to reference.

Browse through advertisements released by companies ranging from Ikea to Adidas. You will find all media and advertising modes, from bill boards, print ads, TV, radio, cinema, public promotion, to viral social media and online. When matched with a specific ad, users are able to download high resolution media files with an unlimited number of views and downloads. Find and search the full credits and description for the advertisement.

It allows users to learn advertising brands and styles without having to sort through hundreds of thousands of ads. With one click, anyone can find a particular ad in just seconds. There are advertisements dating back to 1969.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Naxos: Streaming classical music

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VCU Libraries’ subscription to Naxos Music Library offers more than 1,750,000 streaming tracks from 120,000 albums. Classical music is the heart of the Naxos Music Library, but you will also find Broadway musicals, soundtracks, jazz, classic rock and world music. Check out new releases, with about 800 albums added each month.

Listen to music from today’s top artists such as Lang Lang or classic artists like Arthur Rubinstein. Explore composers through eras from Johann Pachabel to John Zorn. Relax to Brahms’ Clarinet Trio in A Minor performed by VCU’s Charles West. Stream on your laptop, your iPad or phone. Create playlists of favorites or enjoy the monthly Naxos selections.

Naxos is comprised of preeminent classical recording labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, RCA and Sony Classical as well as many smaller, specialty labels. You will not find music from these core labels on consumer services such as Pandora.

Try these music connoisseur features:

  • Search by artist, composer, instrument, genre, period or song duration.
  • Find liner notes, cover art and detailed performer, instrumentation and publisher information.
  • Review biographies of composers and artists, a glossary, musical terms, pronunciation guide and analysis of core classical works.
  • The opera section has more than 700 libretti and synopses.
  • For music educators, find a junior listening section and K-12 curriculum and teaching materials.

Naxos Music Library and Music Online  will become your home for deeper music exploration and research.

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USA Counties: County data and statistics

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USA Counties allows users to collect information pertaining to a particular county in the United States from a variety of sources.

With more than 6,600 data items, researchers are given a vast amount of information about various topics. Find data on resident total population or school enrollment just by clicking on a particular state in the United States.

Use the database to select tables, such as age, manufacturers and retail trade. Users can discover personal income, civilian labor force and private housing units authorized by building permits by using USA Counties.

The information provided contains data from the U.S. Census Bureau and  other federal agencies, which include, but are not limited to the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Counseling and Therapy in Video: Therapeutic methods

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Learn the role therapy plays in people’s lives with Counseling and Therapy in Video.

Counseling and Therapy in Video provides users with more than 700 hours of video about the challenges and steps associated with working with various clients. Search through various titles, therapeutic approaches and therapists to figure out what methods work with particular people and why.

Get in-depth explanations on various topics from well-established therapists. The database offers insight into working with specific populations such as veterans or teens. There are videos for users to get a firsthand look into putting methods to use.

Watch videos from therapists like Jon Carlson, Kevin Nadal and Irvin Yalom. Learn from the best by watching videos such as “Poverty as Social Exclusion” or “Crisis Counseling: The ABC Model and Live Demonstration With Two PTSD Clients.”

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Gene: Known and predicted gene information

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Gene provides users with comprehensive information on known and predicted genes.

There is gene-specific information on species ranging from bees to orangutans. Within the results for a particular gene, users are given information on everything such as the lineage, gene type and scientific name of the organism. There are more than 14 million entries based on major taxonomic groups.

Use the search bar to browse by free text, chromosomes and symbols and much more. Within gene results, users are given the gene’s gene type, organism and brief summary of what it is and it’s affect on the species. Use Gene to find out how muscular dystrophy affects the human body of learn the official full name for breast cancer metastasis.

The database allows users to acquire more information from different databases such as PubMed and Map Viewer.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Find it is a non-commercial website that provides electronic copies of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiries. The documents on the website were obtained legally, following the FOIA rules. Each document has an identified source. The site is funded by the site owners, and receives no outside funding. is organized into 11 categories, including Department of Justice documents, FBI documents, Legislative Agencies, Government Corporations and State Records. From the FBI records regarding Ike Turner and alleged check passing to files regarding electronic surveillance at the Department of Justice, there is something to interest everyone.

If you are curious about how many requests are fulfilled and denied, you might be interested in the data from  This site also explains the process for filing a FOIA request.

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By Stephani Rodgers, Liaison for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Contemporary Women’s Issues: Topics on Women

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Research on women’s issues has never been so easy with Contemporary Women’s Issues that allows users to find in-depth, scholarly information on topics that pertain to various women’s issues from around the globe.

It allows users to read up on articles such as recipes from Haiti or beauty standards in Namibia. There are hundreds of thousands of scholarly resources to get information from.

Contemporary Women’s Issues allows users to refine their search by various subject areas, geographical regions and article types. Subjects focus on everything from activism to sex roles. Information provided dates back to the early 20th century and information is regularly updated for users to have informative and recent information for their research.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Mergent Archives: Historical Company and Industry Reports

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Mergent Archives is an online database featuring a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents, containing hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries. It uses a reliable and easy-to-navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs. The archive includes the following collections:

The Moody’/Mergent Historical Corporate Manual Collection provides every Moody’s corporate manual back to 1909.  This collection provides a comprehensive and in-depth insight into the history of corporate America. The online Manuals collection gives you access to corporate history, business descriptions and detailed financial statements. The set includes the:

  • Industrial Manual since 1920
  • OTC Unlisted Manual since 1986
  • Public Utility Manual since 1914
  • International Manual since 1981
  • OTC Industrial Manual since 1970
  • Bank & Finance Manual since 1928
  • Transportation Manual since 1909.

The Moody’s/Mergent Municipal Manual Collection provides every Moody’s manual back to inception in 1918.  They include approximately 16,500 issuers of municipal securities and the Special Features section in each volume includes:

  • Moody’s Municipal Bond Yield Averages (with charts)
  • Average Yields of U.S. Government Bonds (with charts)
  • Chart showing Comparative Yields on Municipals, Treasure Bonds and Corporate Bonds • Chart showing State Bonds compared with U.S. Treasuries
  • Analysis of State Highway Fund Operations
  • Income Statistics by State.

The Hoover’s Historical Manual Collection covering over 20 years of the various Hoover’s handbooks. The Hoovers products include:

  • Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies
  • Hoover’s Handbook of World Business
  • Hoover’s Handbook of Emerging Companies
  • Hoover’s Handbook of American Business
  • Hoover’s MasterList of World Business

You can also use Hoover’s and Mergent Online for the most recent company data.

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by: Patricia Dillon Sobczak, assistant professor and collections librarian

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BCC Research: Global market intelligence

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Research global markets with current and in depth market intelligence. Reports include forecasts, statistical data, major players, market share and more. BCC Research covers 20 industries with a focus on science and technology:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Advanced Transportation Technologies
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Energy and Resources
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Food And Beverage
  • Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Instrumentation and Sensors
  • Manufacturing
  • Membrane and Separation Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Photonics
  • Plastics
  • Safety and Security
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing

Under each broad category, individual reports explore specific areas. For example, Food and Beverage includes reports on intelligent packaging, high energy supplements, organic food and food safety. Healthcare includes cancer testing and treatment technology, self-monitoring, medical devices and information technology. These are just a few examples of the full text reports available through BCC Research. Subscribe to their blog for up to date news and more market insight.

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By Bettina Peacemaker, assistant head, academic outreach and business research librarian

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Music Online: Audio and video music reference

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Music Online is the best place for music lovers to get access to more than 7 million tracks from all over the world. From bluegrass to indie, Music Online makes all genres of music available for users everywhere.

Users can browse through various people, titles and instruments to find everything that they may be looking for. It contains notable works from artists such as Etta James and Jean-Philippe Rameau to stream through.

The database provides users with information on particular tracks, including the release date, catalog number and duration. Music Online also includes the appropriate citation for various formats.

With more than 1,000 videos and 20,000 books and documents to browse through, everyone’s music-related inquires can be answered right in one spot.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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