"Chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience, African American Newspapers, Series 1, features 280 newspapers from 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles. These titles published for or by African Americans constitute valuable primary sources for researchers exploring such diverse disciplines as cultural, literary and social history; ethnic studies and more. Beginning with Freedom’s Journal (NY)—the first African American newspaper published in the United States—the titles in this groundbreaking series include The Colored Citizen (KS), Arkansas State Press, Rights of All (NY), Wisconsin Afro-American, New York Age, L'Union (LA), Northern Star and Freeman’s Advocate (NY), Richmond Planet, Cleveland Gazette, The Appeal (MN) and hundreds of others."
"This important primary source database is a collaboration between the American Antiquarian Society (founded 1812) and Gale. It contains the page images of more than 6,500 American magazines and journals.
"The periodicals focused on American concerns and were predominantly published in the United States or Canada, though some were published overseas by Americans living abroad. The collection offers multiple perspectives on the thought, culture, and society of North America through the eyes of those who lived it, showing how history affected citizens from all walks of life.” Topics covered in these periodicals include "colonial life and the growing tensions between colonists and their oversea rulers leading up to the American Revolution," as well as concerns such as rapid westward expansion, early industrialization, and regional differences reflected in the growing tension over slavery between North and South. "The Civil War and Reconstruction eras are well represented, documenting the conflict and its aftermath….
"Early twentieth century titles document the second Industrial Revolution, immigration, women’s rights, World War I, as well as fashion and music during the Roaring Twenties.”
Early American Newspapers (EAN), Series 1, 1690-1876 consists of 730 digitized historic American newspapers dating from the advent of the newspaper medium in 1690 through 1876. This critical primary source collection will be useful to anyone interested in researching, for example, the North American British colonies, the formation of the Atlantic World, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic including Antebellum slavery, among many other historical topics. Coverage is national, regional, and local; includes rural areas, small towns, and major urban centers (e.g., Philadelphia). The most frequent users of this database will be history and African American Studies majors as slavery and related themes were widely covered by the mainstream press of the day. Also of great interest to English majors looking for historical reviews and coverage of major literary figures, Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) majors, and art students seeking early American newspaper illustrations. Finally, individual newspaper titles available from EAN, Series 1 can also be discovered by search the TCNJ Library catalog.
FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1996 offers researchers primary source accounts of international economic, environmental, military, political, and social events. It contains first-hand news coverage translated by experts from the original language (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Polish, Russian and many others) into English. Media represented include foreign radio and television news broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements. These are the reports American diplomats and other U.S. decision makers relied on to understand major events as they unfolded around the globe.
Several of the innumerable topics covered by FBIS include World War II and the Axis powers; the final stages of European colonialism in sub-Saharan Africa; the first decades of apartheid in South Africa; the emergence of postcolonial Arab countries; the creation of Israel; the Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall (including its fall); the superpowers’ Space Race; the Suez and Cuban Missile crises; the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts; the Iranian Revolution; Lech Walesa and Poland's Solidarity movement; the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan; Mikhail Gorbachev and the dissolution of the Soviet Union; and Chinese students’ takeover of Tiananmen Square.
FBIS is the premier TCNJ Library database for researchers looking to find primary sources about the Cold War from a non-U.S. perspective.
The ODNB is the standard reference work for British biography; extensive and highly valuable bibliographic essays accompany individual entries. Also available in print, Reference Collection, 1st floor of TCNJ Library (call # DA28 .O95 2004).
TLS Historical Archive (1902-2012) is a primary source database of reviews of major books of fiction and nonfiction published in many languages. It provides a unique record of developments in arts and letters over a period of more than a century. Revered by literary scholars, philosophers, and other humanists, TLS reviews are among the most coveted by researchers. Important literary figures (e.g., Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and T.S. Eliot) wrote for this publication. Recent issues published within the last five years are available in print in the Periodical Stacks, 2nd floor, TCNJ Library.