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Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines.

This primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history and illustrates the significant impacts African Americans have had on culture, the arts, science, politics, religion, and more.

Full text of more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, and dictionaries — all from well-respected publishers

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Countries, states and provinces with maps, flags, photos, recipes and famous people

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A collection of ebooks on various subjects.
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A platform that allows the user to search multiple EBSCO databases at once and retrieve a single set of results.


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Provides access to information from magazines and books on many topics for elementary students

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Provides access to information on many topics from magazines, newspapers, books, biographies, country reports, primary sources, video and more for high school students

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Provides access to information on many topics from magazines, newspapers, books, biographies, country reports, primary sources, video and more for middle school students

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Provides access to information from many sources on most topics for teen through adult public library patrons

A collection of premier reference books that you can view and search online. You can search a single book, within a subject or across the library’s entire book collection.
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Full-text articles from 120+ children’s magazines, reference sources and newspapers

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Provides primary sources, biographies and reference overviews, videos, articles from premium publications, and more on the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. History

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Provides primary sources, biographies and reference overviews, videos, articles from premium publications, and more tracing global history from ancient societies to modern conflicts

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Searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages

Provides free online access to historic local and regional newspapers originating throughout South Carolina since the 1700s

U.S. and world history topics from historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents

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161,000 multimedia resources, including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, images, audio files, interactives, maps and science experiments.

Salem Press has recently updated our online platform with all new features, search capabilities and a great new design. It is now easier than ever before to access all Salem Press’ award-winning content in one database.

A joint project of South Carolina Humanities, the University of South Carolina Press, the USC Libraries, the USC College of Arts & Sciences, the USC Institute for Southern Studies, the South Carolina State Library, and many other organizations, the digital South Carolina Encyclopedia is a reference source of the people, places, events, things, achievements, and ideals that have contributed to the evolution of the Palmetto State. Consisting of almost 2000 entries with more than 1200 digital assets, the digital Encyclopedia aspires to be an authoritative compilation of essays on topics ranging from politics to the arts, from Hilton Head to Caesars Head, from the Lords Proprietors to Hootie and the Blowfish. In short, we hope it will be the go-to reference for everything South Carolina.


America has played a significant role in world affairs from first contact between Europeans and Native Americans into the twenty-first century. America in World History explores the core historical events, trends, and personalities from U.S. history within the context of global history and international relations.

America’s Top Rated Cities, 23rd ed., 4v, 2016

Provides statistical information and other essential data on the top cities currently cited as the best for business and living in the United States.

Provides current, comprehensive data on U.S. cities, all top-ranked by population growth, median income, unemployment rate and crime rate.

The term “counterculture” refers to any intentional departure from conventional values and practices or the dominant lifestyles of the day. This set is the first reference work to examine the impact of countercultural movements on American social history. It explores these movements in America from colonial times to the present in colorful detail.

Cross-disciplinary source for junior and high school students and teachers, public librarians and general researchers who need to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history (1900-2009).

Covers everything from monumental events and groundbreaking individuals to the fascinating details of Americans’ daily lives. Supports historical research in disciplines from the arts and business to law, medicine, technology and social trends.

Covers everything from monumental events and groundbreaking individuals to the fascinating details of Americans’ daily lives. Supports historical research in disciplines from the arts and business to law, medicine, technology and social trends.
American Eras, 8v, 1997

Includes essays on events, publications, lifestyles and individuals important to particular eras in U.S. history.

  • Early American Civilizations and Exploration to 1600
  • The Colonial Era, 1600 – 1754
  • The Revolutionary Era, 1754 – 1783
  • Development of a Nation, 1783 – 1815
  • Reform Era and Eastern U.S. Development, 1815 – 1850
  • Westward Expansion, 1800 – 1860
  • Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860 – 1877
  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1878 –  1899

The election of the president is the banner event in American politics. The process of nominating candidates and campaigning among voters rivets the attention of the nation every four years—and for good reasons. The president holds the most important position in the U.S. federal government. The power of the office, moreover, has grown over time, giving it immense influence at home and around the world in the twenty-first century.

Covers an extensive array of topics on ancient Greece and Rome including daily life, art and architecture, philosophy, science, religion, statesmen, military leaders, emperors, and more.

This timely and authoritative set explores four centuries of good times and hard times in major economies throughout the world. Nearly 400 signed articles cover events from Tulip-mania during the 1630s to the U.S. economic stimulus package of 2009, and introduce readers to underlying concepts, economic theories, recurring themes, major institutions, events, and notable figures.

Provides a historical overview of the issues of civil disobedience, social justice, nationalism, populism, violent demonstrations and race relations.

The study of world civilizations and societies is presented in a form and a medium that facilitate both geographic and historical exploration—travel through space and time—as well as comparison, analysis, and appreciation.

Explores crime and punishment throughout the world through the eyes of leading experts, local authors and scholars and government officials.

History and high drama that chronicles the origins and development of the two major parties and 100 third parties and alternative movements, it presents the sweep of election and convention history in articles and documents for every four-year cycle since the origin of the two major parties in the mid-nineteenth century.

This reference library provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the regions of the American continents in which two of the world’s first civilizations developed: Mesoamerica (the name for the lands in which ancient civilizations arose in Central America and Mexico) and the Andes Mountains region of South America (in present-day Peru and parts of Bolivia, northern Argentina, and Ecuador).

Documents African American culture and political activism from the slavery era through the 20th century.

This reference work surveys the many varieties of folk-life in America, past and present. Folk-life is defined socially as tradition-centered communities, locations, or groups, and culturally as the skills, symbols, identities, and customs that characterize such groups.

Covers the history of Native Americans, ranging from human origins to present-day controversies.

From abolition and woman suffrage, to civil rights and the minimum wage, to the campaigns for clean air and clean water, struggles to mobilize groups to improve society and promote justice are among the enduring themes of American history. Whether one is studying economics, labor, government, politics, current events, or global issues, it is impossible to understand the nineteenth and twentieth centuries without understanding the role of social movements in the United States.

A survey of clothing, costume and fashion. Coverage includes the origins of clothing and body adornment, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress, as well as representative costumes from a wide range of historical eras.

This illustrated reference presents descriptions and analyses of more than 170 significant post-World War II conflicts around the globe.

Comprehensive guide to the history, uses, related scientific principles, and technology of espionage and intelligence, written by experts in the field. Topics range from the historical use of espionage to the emerging use of technology in modern espionage and counterintelligence.

A survey of food and its place in human culture and society, presented through 600 alphabetically sorted entries. Features multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others. Includes photographs, illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, and timelines.

Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present. Covers cultural issues and includes numerous biographical profiles of important figures in politics, letters and the arts.

A survey of modern Asia, defined as extending from Japan in the east to Turkey in the west, and from Kazakhstan in the north to Indonesia in the south. Presents entries covering such subjects as countries, cities, regions, natural features, religions, social issues, languages, people, events, customs, politics, and economics.

Provides coverage of demographic topics both in the core field and in neighboring disciplines. Encompasses the large-scale changes in emphasis and research directions in population studies during the last 20 years. Topics covered include: rapid demographic expansion in poor countries, low fertility rates, immigration, problems of old-age support, the environmental impact of dense population; the press for expanded reproductive rights; and many other issues.

This 2-vol. set encompasses nearly two decades of American history, beginning with the farm crisis of the mid-1920s, through the 1929 stock market crash, the gradual recovery during the 1930s with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and World War II. This wide-ranging, multidisciplinary encyclopedia features entries on depression-era politics, government, business, economics, literature, the arts, society and culture.

Trade has defined relationships between cultures and countries from prehistoric times to the present. From the caravans of the ancient world, to the search for new trade routes during the age of discovery, to the development of interconnected markets and the global economy, trade has been a defining force in world history.

This book discusses epidemics and pandemics, their impact on public health, and how they shape and are shaped by political, economic, and social forces. It offers historical and contemporary examples and case studies. It explains what an epidemic is, how it emerges and spreads, what diseases might become epidemics, how they are tracked/prevented/combated, impacts of such factors as air travel and antibiotic resistance, and roles played by public health agencies and the media.

Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Examines more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment, ranging from togas to turbans, necklaces to tennis shoes. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses. This set shows how clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear reflect the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.

This book charts the evolution of the gun, from the pistol and rifle, to the machine gun and revolver. Detailed catalogs profile more than 300 firearms spanning over 700 years.

Designed to answer such key questions as: How has the U.S. Constitution shaped the economy of the United States? What were the consequences of Prohibition on consumers behavior? This title presents 1,000 entries, era overviews, event/movement profiles, biographies, business/industry profiled, geographic profiles, and more.

Written in a lively, engaging style, and designed to complement the high school social studies curriculum as well as programs in the social sciences and humanities, this reference vividly recreates and analyzes pivotal encounters, exchanges, and conflicts between cultures and civilizations that profoundly influenced the course of human history. It covers all regions of the globe — Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Pacific — and all time periods — from the early trade networks of the Fertile Crescent in 10,000 B.C.E. to the spread of monotheism in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, through Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492, up to the expansion of the World Wide Web.

This four-volume work provides students with an examination of 10 modern genocides. It is enhanced by documents and introductions that provide additional historical and contemporary context for learning about and understanding these tragic events.

New Encyclopedia of Africa, 2nd ed., 5v, 2008

Addresses the entire history of African cultures from the pharaohs and the ancient civilizations of the south through the colonial era to the emergence of 53 independent countries, some of them newly emergent in world commerce and others deep in conflict. Covers issues facing the continent such as global development, the AIDS crisis, and international terrorism.

Provides an overview of pandemics throughout history.

Provides detailed demographic and statistical data on the states of North and South Carolina, including demographics on each county and individual city or town; detailed data on school districts; Hispanic and Asian population statistics; informative statistics and rankings on ancestry groups; weather statistics; and comparative ranking charts.

During the Renaissance, a number of scientists and inventors made major breakthroughs in astronomy, medicine, physics, and more. Readers examine the scientific revolution, profiling Isaac Newton, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo, and many other great thinkers who transformed the scientific and mechanical worlds.

The Middle Ages, 4v, 1996

Covers an array of topics on the Middle Ages including daily life, art and architecture, science, religion, politics, women’s issues, and more.

Ukraine & Russia features important information on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine throughout world history.

Records the actual prices of thousands of items that consumers purchased from the Civil War to the present, along with facts about investment options and income opportunities.

This handbook provides records of the actual prices of thousands of items that consumers purchased from the Colonial Era to the Civil War; pricing data from 1600 to 1865. A useful tool for all high school, public and academic library reference collections.

141 Chronologically arranged overviews of the history of weaponry and military tactics from ancient times to the present global age.

This interdisciplinary work brings a new perspective to the diverse and colorful global history of human attire from prehistoric times to modern day. It illuminates dress as a reflection of social status, aesthetic trends, economic conditions, cultural exchange, and modern media marketing, covering the evolution of clothing styles in diverse historical periods, regions, and countries, as well as the diversification of materials, production methods, and commerce.

Throughout history, royal dynasties have dominated countries and empires around the world. Kings, queens, emperors, chiefs, pharaohs, czars — whatever title they ruled by, monarchs have shaped institutions, rituals, and cultures in every time period and every corner of the globe. The concept of monarchy originated in prehistoric times and evolved over centuries right up to the present

This timely new successor to the highly acclaimed Encyclopedia of World Terrorismis thoroughly revised, updated, and reorganized–provides the definitive reference resource on terrorism throughout the world from Ancient Greece and Rome to the post-September 11 world. This illustrated, three-volume set includes more than 200 in-depth articles and provides students with essential background on the various types, definitions, and categories of terrorism–domestic and international, religious and nationalist, state and non-state, left-wing and right-wing–as well as detailed entries on terrorist movements and incidents throughout history and across the globe.

Covers cultural groups in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Each volume is organized by continent, covering history, politics, customs, religion, education, human rights issues, teen life, and more.

Presents easy-to-understand information on 194 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders.

Best of the Web

In addition to (Historical and Natural History) Handbooks, the National Park Service has produced a number of “series” of titles that cover a range of subjects. The links below reflect some of the more popular series of publications (the contents of many are available online for your reading pleasure and more will be released in the future).

Statistical Abstract data present here ranges from last published edition in 2011 to the historical abstracts compiled throughout the decades.

South Carolina

Maps of South Carolina tend to be an very helpful element of genealogy and family history research, particularly if you live faraway from where your ancestor was living. Since South Carolina political borders frequently changed, historic maps tend to be crucial in assisting you discover the precise specific location of your ancestor’s hometown, just what land they owned, who their neighbors ended up being, and a lot more.

List of South Carolina governors since colonial times with links to biographies.

African American

The Slave Dwelling Project envisions a future in which the hearts and minds of Americans acknowledge a more truthful and inclusive narrative of the history of the nation that honors the contributions of all our people, is embedded and preserved in the buildings and artifacts of people of African heritage, and inspires all Americans to acknowledge their Ancestors.

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