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Library and Research

The Randolph Campus library serves all Middle and Upper School students, faculty, and staff as a resource for learning and research; promotes a culture that values diverse literary and intellectual voices; and encourages reading for pleasure.

Explore our resources below and please contact Kate Brooks, Randolph Campus Librarian, or Vicki Janisch-Tri, Randolph Campus Library Assistant, with questions or to suggest materials for the collection.

Find a book

  • Search the SPA Online Catalog to locate a book in the SPA collection.
  • Search MNLink to search for materials at local public libraries.
  • Search WorldCat to explore books and other materials in libraries across the world.

Access a database to find an article or web resource

SPA's collection includes access to 48 scholarly databases via ELM, a service for citizens of Minnesota, as well as 22 additional databases to which the school subscribes. View database passwords

General

CIA World Factbook

Provides wide-ranging and hard-to-locate information about the  background, geography, people, government, economy, communications,  transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries from  Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Included among the 271 geographic entries is one for the "World," which incorporates data and other information  summarized where possible from the other 270 country listings.

EBSCO Host (PW)

Portal of several large EBSCO databases covering all subjects and ranging from popular magazine articles to scholarly peer-reviewed journals.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (PW)

Includes general topical overviews, dictionary and thesaurus tools, and other basic reference resources.

Informe Académico (PW)

Covers most disciplines but with a focus on Latin America

JSTOR(PW)

JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that includes full-text content of more than 1,400 academic journals, as well as thousands of primary sources.

Opposing Viewpoints (PW)

Contains more than 700 titles covering some of today's most controversial topics. New reference content is added on an ongoing basis, and new full-text periodical and newspaper articles are added every day.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias (PW)

Developed in collaboration with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, Oxford University Press has developed new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics.

Statista (PW)

Statista is a statistics/infographics portal that allows access to quantitative data, market reports, statistics and studies from a wide range of sources.

Student Resources in Context (PW)

Provides holistic topic perspectives by integrating a multitude of content, including: Reference articles; periodical and newspaper articles; primary sources; multimedia records, including charts, graphs, maps and tables; and video and audio content from NBC, NPR and many other respected sources.

University of Minnesota Libraries

Search the University of Minnesota Libraries to identify articles and books related to your topic. Most resources can be requested via interlibrary loan.

World Digital Library

The WDL makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures and significant historical documents on one site, in a variety of ways. Content on the WDL includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings, and films.

English

Project MUSE (only available at SPA)

Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content.

World Religions: Belief, Culture and Controversy (PW)

Covers religion around the globe, from prehistory to the present. Includes articles, media, visuals, statistics and timelines.

Oxford Online Dictionary (PW)

The OED is the definitive guide to the English language. Look up the meaning of over 600,000 words, discover when a word was first used, and track how its meaning may have changed over time.

History

Accessible Archives (PW)
Search 18th and 19th Century newspaper and periodical collections, including eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical record. Specific collections include material related to the Civil War, slavery, women's suffrage, early American county histories and more.

American History (PW)
From the explorers of the Americas to the issues of today’s headlines, investigates the people, events, and stories of the United States' evolution.

American Memory Project
Primary source material including historical documents, maps, photographs and sound collections from The Library of Congress.

American History in Video (PW)
Includes newsreel footage, including the complete series of United Newsreel and Universal Newsreel as well as award-winning documentaries.

Daily Life Through History (PW)
International in scope, enables students and researchers to discover the everyday details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful.

Great Events from History and Great Lives from History
Great Events and Great Lives offer far-reaching view of history, and include worldwide coverage of important events, men and women in all areas of achievement from ancient times to the modern era.

History Study Center(PW)
Covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. Study Units offer editorially selected material on over 500 historical topics.

Modern History Sourcebook
Historical primary source texts in the public domain. Sponsered by Fordham University.

National Journal (PW)
Includes access to:
National Journal Daily - journalism on congressional activity, also available in print or via email newsletter
The Hotline - daily journalism on House, Senate and Gubernatorial races
The Racetracker - one-stop shop for elections. Track House, Senate and Gubernatorial races through custom dashboards. Easily pull relevant information from tracked campaigns--from polling data to campaign contributions and much more 
The Almanac - congressional, federal agencies, cabinet departments and White House staff directory, profiles of elected officials, election results, committee and subcommittee information
Daybook - exportable listing of important events on and around Capitol Hill, submit your own events to be promoted, add to your calendar.

Project MUSE (only available at SPA)
Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content. 

ProQuest Historical Newspapers (PW)
Includes: Chicago Defender (1910-1975); The Guardian (1821-2003); The Observer (1791-2003); Los Angeles Times (1881-1988); Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922); The New York Times (1851-2008) with Index (1851-1993).

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (PW)
Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection includes 110 document projects and archives with almost 4,200 documents and 56,000 pages of additional full-text documents. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, news from the archives, and teaching tools.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (PW)
Covers early human history around the globe—from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance. In addition to articles, includes media, visuals and maps.

World History: The Modern Era (PW)
Covering history from the Renaissance to today. In addition to articles, includes media, visuals and maps.

World History in Video (PW)
A wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content is global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania, with coverage that captures longer-term and multiple perspectives.

World Religions: Belief, Culture and Controversy (PW)
Covers religion around the globe, from prehistory to the present. Includes articles, media, visuals, statistics and timelines.

Science

Nature Research

The Nature Research portfolio includes journals, online databases, and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine.  Focusing on the needs of scientists, Nature (founded in 1869) is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. In addition, for this audience, Nature Research publishes the Nature research journals and Nature Reviews journals, plus a range of prestigious academic journals including society-owned publications. Online, nature.com provides over 6 million visitors per month with access to Nature Research publications and online databases and services, including news and comment from Nature, NatureJobs plus access to Nature Education's Scitable.com. For information on Nature Research publications, online databases and services, visit the A-Z index or go to the catalog.

Many of the articles are open access but you will most likely also need to interlibrary loan items. 

PubMed Central 

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). In keeping with NLM’s legislative mandate to collect and preserve the biomedical literature, PMC serves as a digital counterpart to NLM’s extensive print journal collection. Launched in February 2000, PMC was developed and is managed by NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Science Online (PW)

Includes biographies, experiments, diagrams, timelines and videos and animations in all science disciplines and math.

World Geography Online (PW)

Provides maps and statistical information for the United States and foreign countries.

Medicine

Alt Healthwatch (PW)

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

Consumer Health Complete (PW)

Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Completeprovides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. In addition, Consumer Health Complete includes the Clinical Reference System and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs. The database is updated on a weekly basis.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (PW)

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

PubMed Central PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). In keeping with NLM’s legislative mandate to collect and preserve the biomedical literature, PMC serves as a digital counterpart to NLM’s extensive print journal collection. Launched in February 2000, PMC was developed and is managed by NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Business

Business Source Premier (PW)

Provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 
peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998, covering the areas of marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. The database also includes other sources of full text information such as country economic reports from the EIU, Global Insight, ICON Group and CountryWatch and detailed company profiles for the world's 10,000 largest companies. Additional full text, non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

eBooks

EBSCO eBook Collection (PW)

Search and view the full text of eBooks. 

Project Gutenberg

Offers over 40,000 free ebooks:  Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, and many audio books. Download them or read them online. Includes books in ChineseSpanishFrench, and German.

Movies and videos

The SPA library provides access to a variety of movies and video content, both in its DVD collection as well as select streaming services.

DVDs in the library can be browsed online in our catalog by selecting "Video" from the drop down menu under "Material Type." Or come into the library and just browse. 

We subscribe to two streaming services:

  • Kanopy streams over 80 different subject categories and includes over 30,000 films. Access is currently limited to to our adult community and information and credentials can be accessed here.
  • Alexander Street Press offers a variety of video content related to both United States and World History. Passwords to use these databases off campus can be found with our general password list.

 

American History in Video includes newsreel footage, including the complete series of United Newsreel and Universal Newsreel as well as award-winning documentaries.

World History in Video is a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content is global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania, with coverage that captures longer-term and multiple perspectives.

Request materials

If you would like to request a book via interlibrary loan, please fill out this form.

If you would like to request an article via interlibrary loan, please fill out this form

LibGuides Pathfinders

View citation management tools

Check out this guide to understanding plagiarism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Writing Center.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an excellent online resource for multiple citation styles, including APA, Chicago, and MLA. This resource also offers guides to writing in specific subject areas such as writing in the sciences, writing in literature, and creative writing.

SPA subscribes to Noodle Tools, a program that offers integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing. Includes MLA, Chicago, and APA styles. Users must create an account.

Zotero is a free Mozilla Firefox plug-in that provides full citation manager functionality.

Read a newspaper or magazine

Newspapers

SPA provides digital access to the New York Times Online. Here is a link to instructions to set up your individual account.

Additionally, we have electronic access to the following newspapers via ProQuest Newstand. While this access is not the same as a direct subscription to the publications, articles are indexed and full-text is available. You will need a username and password to access this database at home.

  • Star Tribune
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post
  • USA Today
  • New York Times

Click here to access ProQuest Newstand.

Magazines

We subscribe to many print magazines, ranging from the Economist, to HarpersThe New Yorker, Film Comment and Poetry Magazine

Primary Sources

Are you wondering what a primary source is and how it's different from a secondary, or even a tertiary source? Here's a great explanation from the University of Minnesota Libraries to get you started.

Our Primary Sources Portal, below, can help you find online primary source material organized according to discipline.

Legal Documents

Digital Collections from the Library of Congress Primary source material including maps, photos, sheet music, sound collections all from Library of Congress. Focus is on United States history, but includes international topics, as well.

Selected Historic Decisions from the US Supreme Court Full-text of select Supreme Court decisions

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School – Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy Full-text documents related to US History, law, economics, politics, diplomacy & government. Provides links to supporting documents

FedWorld/FLITE U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Home Page Full-text of Supreme Court decisions between 1937 and 1975

Foreign Governments: Constitutions, Laws and Treaties Links to world government documents and other general information and other countries

Supreme Court of the United States Gives definitions of and calendars for Supreme Court proceedings

World Events

WORLD

Eurodocs Primary source material about Western Europe

EyeWitness: History Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It Material (journals, maps, newspapers, photos) alongside brief summaries and commentaries about World History

German Propaganda Archive German propaganda (essays, posters) and materials produced for propagandists. Also provides background info about the authors

Hanover Historical Texts Project

Historical Atlas of the 20th Century Maps showing trends in government, economics, etc. Some text summaries of info are displayed in the maps

History of the United Kingdom Primary Documents History of the UK through links to primary documents. Links provide commentary, forum discussions, maps and photos

Internet Medieval Sourcebook Full-text medieval sources and links to Ancient, Medieval and Byzantine sources about Saints' lives

Middle East Peace Process Documents Middle East sources, including books, links, maps and newsletter

National Archives (UK) Teaching/learning resource tool with links to British National Archives sources

United Nations Treaty Collection

University of Texas Historical Maps Links to historical map web sites

World History Archives

World War I Document Archive

World War II Documents

EVENT

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

Avalon Project: World War II Documents

Civil War Women--Primary Sources

Dr. Seuss Went to War (political cartoons)

Gulf War: An Oral History

Historic Government Publications of World War II

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive

Kappler's Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties

North American Slave Narratives

Personal experiences of World War I

Powers of Persuasion: Poster Art of World War II

Private Art (Letters to and from the homefront--WWII)

Oral History Archive of World War II (from Rutgers University)

Salem Witchcraft Papers

Suffragists Oral History Project

They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II

Veterans' History Project

World War I Document Archive

War Poster Collection

War Relocation Authority: Photographs of Japanese-American Relocation and Resettlement

World War I Images

World War I Trenches on the Web

Speeches

American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank 5000+ full-text, audio and video(streaming) versions of public speeches, lectures and debates.

All Things Considered Archive (radio transcripts including many interviews) National Public Radio transcripts, including many interviews from 1996 to present

Conversations with History (Interviews) Video interviews from 1982 to present. Interviewees include diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World Women's speeches (text) from 1848 to presentGraduation Speeches List of 42 famous graduation speeches from 1980 to present

Historical Voices Collection of audio spoken-word materials (also includes some photos) spanning the 20th Century

History and Politics Out Loud Archive of politically significant audio materials

History Channel: Speeches Audio and video speeches (Both International and U.S. speakers)

History Place: Great Speeches Collection Collection of "great" speeches from 1220 to 2005 (commercial site)

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations Collection of presidential inauguration materials from Washington to Bush

Lost and Found Sound (from NPR's All Things Considered) NPR audio collection of speeches, home recordings, etc. (Note: No search feature)

Online Speech Bank

Social Activism: Sound Recording Project Index of sound and video recordings of significant people and events of the 1960's U.S.

Speeches of Abraham Lincoln

Talking History Collection of oral history materials

Vincent Voice Library Collection of spoken word recordings dating back to 1888, over 100,000 people from all walks of life

U.S. History

U.S. History

Repository of Primary Resources Links to 5,000 websites w/manuscripts, archives rare books, photos and other primary sources for research

NARA 100 Milestone Documents 100 milestone documents compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration chronicling U.S.

OurDocuments.gov

Ad Access Database (advertisements) Search ads from beauty and hygiene, radio, television, transportation and WW II

American Hypertexts American studies program that provides links to museums, hypertexts, cultural maps and historical figures

American Memory Learning Page (Primarily a resource for teachers) contains historical docs, photos, maps, film and audio. Includes lesson plans and collection connections

American Memory Collection Finder Contains historical docs, photos, maps, film and audio, sheet music, song sheets and other printed text

Census Statistics Census info on people, households, business, industry and geography. Includes features such as: "Newsroom", a special topics section and population clock

Charters of Freedom From the National Archives, includes historical docs, exhibits, presidential libraries, federal records and government docs

Chronology of US Historical Documents (U. Oklahoma) Documents ranging from pre-Colonial to the 21st Century

Conversations with History (interviews with notables) Provided by University of California, includes mix of Google video, podcasts, blogs and a radio library all focused on interviews of distinguished men and women

Digital Classroom

Emergence of Advertising in America Advertising in the U.S. from 1850-1920. Includes timeline and category search. From Duke University

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence Variety of subjects and special collections such as the U.S. Constitution and Lewis and Clark

Electronic Literature Foundation (ELF) of texts in different languages and editions

Eyewitness to Labor History NYU's libraries' historical image collection, focused on American labor

From Revolution to Reconstruction A hypertext on American history from the colonial period until modern times. Includes docs, essays and biographies

Founders' Constitution Sponsered by the University of Chicago's "Press & Liberty" Fund; includes major themes of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and Amendments

Historical Text Archive Links to historical archives of articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links

Historically Significant Images in American History Over 500 public domain images of American political history

HistoryNet Commercial site, but includes historical figures, historical conflicts, discoveries and magazines.

Making of America Project (American social history in journals and books--antebellum through reconstruction)

New York Public Library Digital Library Digitized collection of rare and unique photos, manuscripts, music, video and exhibitions

Nineteenth Century Documents Early national politics, slavery and sectionalism, Nebraska Bill, Dred Scott Case, etc. Doesn't extend beyond Civil War time period

Our Documents

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet Legislative info, bills, resolutions, congressional records, treaties and resources for teachers

U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873 Congressional docs

Research Manuscripts, books, serials, government docs, maps, dissertations, visual material and music data files

Presidents

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations Collection of presidential inauguration materials from Washington to Bush

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents (Washington to Bush)

Nixon White House Tapes History of Nixon White House tapes, audio-national archives and records administration

Presidential Debates Watch past debates and read old transcripts--can search site by candidate and debate history

Presidential Libraries Website links for all presidents, includes Presidents directory.

Speeches of Abraham Lincoln

LBJ White House Tapes

Maps and Images