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NEW! Complete online access to the Charlotte Observer

The library recently acquired complete online access to the full run of the Charlotte Observer (1892-present).  Previously there was a gap in online access (1923-1985) that required use of the microfilm and clippings of the newspaper.  This new access will greatly improve the experience of searching, viewing and saving content from the Charlotte Observer.

CITE YOUR SOURCES! Chicago Manual of Style Online

How-To Video: Searching for Secondary Sources

Secondary Source Databases

History Databases



A repository for digital collections. Items in the public domain (works published before 1923) are freely accessible online.

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Internet Archive

A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Includes digitized books, periodicals, media, and more.



Research Tips

When using Academic Search Premier and Historical Abstracts, be sure to use "And" between the terms.  (E.g. Black death AND Italy)
Quotation Marks...
When using JSTOR an AND is automatically inserted between every word. To keep words together as a phrase, use quotation marks. (E.g. "Black death" Italy) 
An asterick at the end of a word can find alternate endings. (E.g. Jew* will find Jew, Jews, Jewish, etc)

Journal Search


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