Friday, April 3, 2009

Tips & Tools: NC Live

If you live in North Carolina, you have access to an amazing resourcee: NC Live. NC Live provides access to any resource held in any participating library in North Carolina. This includes academic and scholarly databases such as J-Stor, which makes for an incredibly useful tool as users can directly access scholarly publications that would normally incur a fee (or simply be unavailable). Want to know more about the history of the Rural Cemetery Movement in America? You can search J-Stor and find some great articles. In addition you have access to newspaper clippings and special collections, a boon to any genealogist.

In most states, even if there is not a program such as NC Live, you can access scholarly publications in the library of public universities, and many of these archives offer the ability to download PDF copies of articles. In most states the libraries of public universities are open for use by residents of the state, you'll possibly need to sign up for a library card and provide proof of residence. It can be a hassle if you don't live near a university, but it is an option if you really need access to some material.

Do you know of similar programs in other states? Let me know - I'll post a list of websites for researchers in as many states as I can get information on. Leave a comment on this post or send me an e-mail!

p.s.

I'm working on an article about the Rural Cemetery Movement, so keep an eye out. Sphere: Related Content

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