Category Archives: Electronic resources

Resource of the Week: Accessible Archives

The OWHL is pleased to announce that we have recently purchased Accessible Archives, a new electronic database filled with primary sources that “contain the rich, comprehensive material found in leading historic periodicals and books.”  Search this resource to find “eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, and commerce as seen through advertisements and genealogical records.”  Accessible Archives includes the full text of many well-known publications including Godey’s Lady’s Book, The Liberator, The Pennsylvania Gazette, The Virginia Gazette, and other 19th century African American newspapers.  Visit the OWHL A-Z e-Resources page or go directly to Accessible Archives


An open letter to our students who have been accepted to School Year Abroad for next year

On behalf of the OWHL staff, I am delighted to congratulate you on having been selected for School Year Abroad. We know that you will make the most of this extraordinary opportunity. Though you will be gone from our campus next year, you will not be forgotten. In particular, I want to remind you that many of the services and resources provided by the OWHL are available to you electronically. If you need help on a research assignment, we’d be happy to assist you over email or Skype. In addition, nearly one third (48,000+ titles) of our collection of academic materials is now in ebook format, making it possible for you to continue to use many of the rich resources of the OWHL in support of your academic work on the other side of the globe. Your PA ID card is your library card number, and will authenticate you as a member of our community no matter where in the world you log in. If you have any questions about using our “virtual” collections and services, please stop by the OWHL sometime this term to speak with us about it.

An in the meantime, please accept our sincere congratulations on your accomplishment. Adventures await, and we’d like to help you make the most of them.

Proquest historic newspapers are free during National Library Week

The following resources by Proquest are free during National Library Week — just in time to be helpful for History 310 projects. Try these resources and then let us know which ones you think that we should purchase.

ProQuest® African American Heritage (try it now | learn more is a groundbreaking resource that brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ – Black Newspapers (learn more) for eye-witness accounts of history being made, start here. Search and browse continuous runs of the following full-image Historical Newspapers:

* The Baltimore Afro-American (try it now | 1893-1988)
* Chicago Defender (try it now | 1910-1975)
* Los Angeles Sentinel (try it now | 1934-2005)
* New York Amsterdam News (try it now | 1922-1993)

Celebrate National Library Week with Free Resources

It’s National Library Week. Help us celebrate by exploring one of these excellent resources from Gale. Just use the drop-down menu below to select the resource you’d like to explore, and then go!
The resources include:
Archives Unbound — a vast new resource of topically-focused, cross-searchable digital collections of historical documents
Career Transitions — a new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change
Global Issues in Context — this online resource offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance
GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) — a new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources
Grzimek’s Animal Life — an interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species

National Library Week

This Sunday begins the annual celebration of National Library Week. Naturally, we are planning to celebrate at the OWHL all week.  There will be free books and movies to check out, and free professional assistance on research projects.  Oh wait, that is what we do every week.  All the more reason to celebrate.  Join us at the OWHL during National Library Week.  Mention that you saw this post and we’ll give you a free OWHL carabiner.

And even if you can’t stop by, be sure to check out these excellent products, on free trial this week in celebration of National Library Week.

ABC-CLIO’s is offering “extended” trials as part of their “virtual” open house.The ABC-CLIO NLW web page is located at:

Other National Library Week trials are available from:



Credo Reference

And month long or longer free trials from: Alexander Street Press (American History in Video) and Sage Journals Online.

Enjoy.  And be sure to thank a librarian during National Library Week.

Downloadable e-books and Readers to borrow

Last week we introduced our new collection of electronic books—ebrary. Those e-books primarily support academic work. But we are also happy to introduce another e-book program available through NOBLE that features recent recreational reading and bestsellers.

The new e-book collection can be read on Sony Readers and the nook reader from Barnes & Noble, as well as on PC and Mac computers and many smart phones. If you don’t have your own reader, we will be happy to loan you one of ours. The OWHL has purchased 5 Sony readers to support this collection.

Under this program each user can have up to four downloadable items (any combination of e-books or audiobooks) checked out at the same time. As is the case with downloadable audiobooks, there are no fines or overdues for e-books because the titles expire at the end of the loan period automatically.

To learn more or to borrow a Sony Reader, stop by the Help Desk at the OWHL. To access the e-books and audiobooks to play on your own device, go to our Overdrive site. You’ll need your PA ID as your library card.

Introducing ebrary!

ebraryThe OWHL is pleased to announce that we have just added 47,000 full-text electronic books to our collection. These academic titles are provided by ebrary, and are well aligned with our curriculum. Here are some reasons why we are so excited.

1. You can find these books in the OWHL catalog, or you can search the collection directly through ebrary on the A to Z list.
2. You can refine your topic by selecting any “facet” suggested for your search. You can get to these books from anywhere, at any time, even when the OWHL isn’t open.
3. The collection offers unlimited simultaneous user access—so if a whole class is interested in the same topic, the students don’t have to fight over the books.
4. You can search within each book, getting immediately to the “best parts.”
5. You can highlight text on the screen, add notes, and save all of your annotations with one click.
6. You can get help with citations for the sources you use.
7. You can use “text to speech” and have the text read to you.
8. You can find out more or take a “test drive” by stopping by the Help Desk at the OWHL.