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Genealogy site has announced a huge new collection of African-American family history records, though compared to the passenger list collection it’s being positively chintzy with the free access (sign up for a free account and get three days free access, as opposed to “free access until the end of November”.)

This collection includes more than 55 million African-American family history records includes US Colored Troops service records, Freedmen’s Bureau records, and narratives from 3,500 former slaves. (Southern Claims Commission records are on the way.) The US Federal Census collection, which spans 1790-1930, has been upgraded to users can search for African-American entries (there are 53 million of them in the census.)

To get more information, visit the collection directly at .

Posted by Tiffeni Fontno on March 3, 2007 01:44 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Learn Spanish Online

In the past, I have received questions about online resources for learning foreign languages.

While Learn Spanish does appear to sell resources, it offers many free tutorials. The tutorials are flash-driven so you can hear the words spoken at your pace.

[VIA: The Scout Report -- Volume 12, Number 43]

Posted by Brian Gray on February 2, 2007 07:00 AM | TrackBack (0)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

If you are doing any type of career exploration, start with the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It is created by the U.S. Department of Labor and available online. It covers

  • Training and education needed
  • Earnings
  • Expected job prospects
  • What workers do on the job
  • Working conditions

Posted by Brian Gray on November 30, 2006 09:35 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Public Opinion Polls Online

A recent article in C&RL News by Gary Thompson and Sean Conley brings together an international collection of public opinion web sites available on the Web.

The author's state that:
"Since their beginnings in the 1930s with Gallup, Roper, Harris and others, scientific polling organizations have grown dramatically in number, scope, and stature to their worldwide presence today. This compilation focuses on significant Internet sites concerning general public opinion polls, especially those providing polling results in usable formats. Like other professions dealing with public affairs, pollsters have found the Internet to be a great boon both for advertising services and for offering survey results. Professional organizations, university research centers, and data archives all use the Web to enhance access to public opinion polls. Access to polls from other countries and multinational surveys has expanded greatly in the last few years as scientific polling becomes commonplace in more nations. Commercial polling organizations and publishers are putting electronic journals and searchable databases on the Web, with some information for free and some only available to registrants/subscribers. The compilers decided to exclude Internet sites that focus heavily on market research; consumer surveys; pollsters whose primary focus is political campaigns and elections; census and other governmental sites as well as historical treatments; and sites oriented towards polling methodology and training."
This posting courtesy of Gary Price's Resource Shelf

Posted by Catherine Wells on October 31, 2006 10:03 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

People Finder Guide

UPDATE: Link fixed as suggested in comments below.

The Virtual Chase has put together a People Finder Guide.

The guide will help you find online sources of public records as well as other Web-based people finding tools. When searching public records such as court filings, property records or the records of a government agency, understand that you will often find details in the supporting paper documentation, which is not available online. According to BRB Publications' Public Records Online, 5th edition, only 35% of public records are available online, and many of these contain insufficient information for verification purposes. Moreover, data in public records online is often erroneous. To be certain you have found information about the right person, you should verify it with the source (court or government agency).
[About Virtual Chase]
The Virtual Chase has assisted legal professionals conducting research on the Internet since Summer 1996. Originally a hobby, the site began as a means by which to disseminate articles and teaching aids to law librarians and other instructors of Internet research. Now owned by the law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, it offers articles, guides, teaching materials, an alert service and more on Internet research strategies and resources. The site is open to anyone free of charge, but we provide materials with experienced researchers, lawyers and other legal professionals in mind.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 15, 2006 09:07 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Knovel: Take the University Challenge! - Win an iPod

Case students are eligible for this opportunity!

This contest is open to current students in all schools with trials and subscriptions to the Knovel Service. One entry per person. The contest starts 9/13/06. You have until (midnight) Monday, November 13 to submit your answers and contact information (full name, school, mailing address, email address, and time to complete) via the link at

All entries with a total of 5 correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for one of (6) 30G Video iPods and (8) iPod Shuffles and (1) $500 Visa Cash Card. The drawing will take place on November 10, 2006. The Prizes will be awarded to entrants in the US, Canada, Asia, Eastern Europe,Western Europe and all other regions. All winners must present correct answers to all 5 quiz questions. The winners will be contacted by Knovel Corporation.

The correct answers and winners of the contest will also be announced and featured in K-News on All entries become Knovel Corporation’s property and will not be returned. Each participant consents to the use of his or her name and picture on the Knovel Web site for informational and/or promotional purposes, without compensation.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 15, 2006 07:00 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Free Databases in Black History, Early English Books and Historic Annual Reports

Kelvin Smith Library has free trial access to several research databases from ProQuest, a leading information provider. Please feel free to use these resources during the trial period and let us know your opinion of their quality, content, searchability and if and how they can assist you in your research, teaching and learning. Send comments to

Black Studies Center
Black Studies Center is a leading tool that supports research, teaching, and learning in Black Studies and other disciplines that benefit from a more detailed coverage of the black experience such as history, literature, political science, sociology, philosophy, and religion. At its core is Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience™, a series of topical studies help define the development of Black Studies as an academic field. The Black Studies Center gateway makes it cross-searchable with the historical backfiles of The Chicago Defender, as well as current scholarly journals from International Index to Black Periodicals
This trial runs through 09/16/2006.

To log in to your trial, go to:
Your password is: blackberry

Two other databases have trials that extend through September 30, 2006. No password is required.

Historical Annual Reports
The corporate annual reports of the past are a rich source of information for scholars in business, economics, and history. ProQuest Historical Annual Reports offer invaluable information on companies, including financial performance, key officers, competitors, and market trends. Coverage will include over 800 companies with reports dating back as far as 1845.

EEBO (Early English Books Online)
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

Posted by Catherine Wells on September 5, 2006 02:41 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

OAIster - Digital Collections from Hundreds of Institutions

OAIster is a project of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service. Their goal is to create a collection of previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources that are easily searchable by anyone.

As of September 2, 2006, OAIster contained 8,995,140 records from 670 institutions. Users can search these records by keyword, title, author, subject, or language, while limiting by media type. Users can also browse by institution.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 4, 2006 05:05 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Marquis Who's Who on the Web - Now Available

The Kelvin Smith Library has acquired electronic access to Marquis Who's Who on the Web. It offers biographical data on leaders and achievers from around the world in the areas of business, law, science, medicine, the arts, government, entertainment and more - in one convenient source. Comprehensive biographical coverage, including birth and death information, family history, education and degrees, career history, creative works, awards, achievements, memberships, and more. Coverage includes 1985 to the present.

It is available for the CASE community from the Research Databases list.

When finished using Who's Who, please click on "log off" in the upper-right corner or the next user will need to wait 10 minutes to gain access.

Posted by Brian Gray on September 1, 2006 09:20 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

European Library Online

European Library webservice is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals - both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe. It is a major contribution to research both in making resources widely available and by making possible new connections through exploitation of a huge virtual library collection.
Searching is free. Some content may require Adobe Acrobat Reader to display.

Posted by Catherine Wells on July 13, 2006 09:19 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

InterDok Proceedings Directory Now Free Online

Directory of Published Proceedings (DoPP) database is now available free of charge online. This resource began in print format in 1965. It is particularly useful in identifying hard to find conference literature in the sciences, engineering, medicine, technology, social sciences and humanities. As of today, DoPP maintains over 50,000 records and also provides procurement assistance for any title located in DoPP, with most being available at below publisher list price.

Posted by Catherine Wells on June 9, 2006 10:56 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

MLA Introduces New Edition of Language Map of the U.S.

The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States. The census data are based on responses to the question, "Does this person speak a language other than English at home?" The Language Map illustrates the concentration of language speakers in zip codes and counties. The Data Center provides census data about over three hundred languages spoken in the United States, including actual numbers and percentages of speakers.

Posted by Tiffeni Fontno on June 2, 2006 08:04 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

AltaVista Babel Fish Translation

AltaVista Babel Fish Translation will conduct a translation on blocks of text or web sites in various languages, including English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. It even offers a "World Keyboard" for unusual letters or characters not found on a standard English keyboard.

Babel Fish is now swimming in Yahoo's water.
(Via: LibrarianInBlack, Yahoo Babelfish, May 06, 2006)

Posted by Brian Gray on May 16, 2006 09:45 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Images Canada

Are you in the need of an image that relates to Canadian culture? Check out Images Canada to search the collections of participating archives, libraries, museums and universities from across Canada.

[About Images Canada]

Images Canada provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions. Through Images Canada, you can find images of the Canadian events, people, places and things that make up our collective heritage. Read more...

Posted by Brian Gray on April 26, 2006 08:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Historic Films Online

On February 24, 2006, the Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Google Co-Founder and President of Technology Sergey Brin announced the launch of a pilot program to make holdings of the National Archives available for free online. This non-exclusive agreement will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries and other films from the National Archives via Google Video as well as the National Archives website.

Examples of collections, include:

  • NASA History of Space Flight Motion Pictures
  • United Newsreel Motion Pictures (1942-1945)
  • Department of the Interior Motion Pictures

(Originally posted on, February 24, 2006.)

Posted by Brian Gray on April 24, 2006 08:50 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)