June Featured Resource: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture

The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture series offers collections of essays which are intended to serve as reference works for an inter-disciplinary audience. Addressing topics and figures ranging from Plato through Kant to Habermas, and philosophical movements such as the Scottish Enlightenment and German Idealism, this online eBook collection contains over 1300 downloadable essays. Each volume includes a substantial bibliography, glossary and timeline.


February Featured Resource: African American Archives

African American Archives provides over one million pages of original historical documents pertaining to the African American experience over several centuries. Collections include the Essential Records Concerning Slavery and Emancipation from the Danish West Indies (1672-1917) and Records of the Southern Claims Commission. Highlights of the collection are:

  • Government records
  • Original muster and hospital rolls
  • Lists of deserters
  • Notational cards
  • Enlistment papers
  • Casualty sheets
  • Death reports
  • News clippings from the American Colonization Society
  • Prisoner of war papers


January Featured Resource: AtoZ the World

AtoZ the World offers current information on the culture, customs, food, religion, language, maps and points of interest for 175 countries of the world.


Subject Categories for Each Country Profile
Snapshot & Facts
Business Culture
Climate & Weather
Culture & Society
Embassies & Consulate
Health & Medical
Human Rights
Money & Banking
National Symbols
News Feeds
Points of Interest
Travel Essentials

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September Featured Resource: New Georgia Encyclopedia

bruce(historicga)Recently Bruce traveled to Savannah and when he got home, he wanted to know more about Yamacraw Bluff the most historic site in Georgia and the early years of the colony. The librarian recommended he try  the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Recently the New Georgia Encyclopedia launched a newly redesigned site. This collection includes over 2,000 articles and 6,000 images related to the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia. Users can search the collection directly or browse the following categories of interest: arts & culture, business & economy, counties, cities & neighborhoods, education, geography & environment, history & archaeology, science & medicine, sports & outdoor recreation and people. The destination feature includes art across Georgia, 10 major Civil War sites, 7 natural wonders of Georgia and north GA in the fall.


Guidebooks Available for World Travelers


Are you traveling abroad this summer? Check out a guidebook  to take with you. Guidebooks offer maps, travel tips, language help and key facts about the culture, customs & traditions. Guidebooks are available for a 28-day loan period and can be renewed online if needed.

You can also use the following suggested resources to learn more about the cultures and places you plan to visit:
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
Countries and Their Cultures
CIA The World Factbook

Didn’t find what you needed? Check out these guidebooks available from GIL Express.

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April Featured Resource: Literature Criticism Online

lcoprintHave you used any of these print titles from our Reference Collection? These 9 criticism titles plus Children’s Literature Review, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Something About the Author are now available in an electronic format. Simultaneously search across all titles to discover essays, commentary, criticism and biographical information related to literature, history and culture representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works.

Primarily used for literature research, Literature Criticism Online can be useful for history, philosophy, political science and other topics.


New Resource: Literature Criticism Online

We recently added Literature Criticism Online to our collection of electronic resources. This resource is primarily used for literature research but can be useful for history, philosophy, political science and other humanities topics.

Literature Criticism Online offers collections of essays, commentary, criticism and biographical information related to literature, history and culture representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.

This online subscription includes full archives of the following series:


  • Children’s Literature Review
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism

Users have a choice of search options to broaden or narrow searches:

Keyword searches for a match within the author’s name, work title, literary topic, essay titles, critic or section headers
Full-Text searches for a match within the entire text for a comprehensive results set
Named Author searches for a match about a specific author and his or her works
Named Work searches for information about a specific work

Users also have the flexibility of browsing by authors, works or topics. Sample topics to explore:

  • American Civil War in Literature
  • Baseball in Contemporary Literature
  • Christianity in 19th Century Literature
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Drama Criticism
  • French Enlightenment
  • Hellenistic Age
  • Isaac Newton: Theology
  • Literature of the New South
  • Multiculturalism
  • Presidential Memoirs
  • Vampire in Literature

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February Featured Resource: African American Biographical Database

African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together the biographies and narratives of thousands of African Americans spanning the years 1790-1950. It features the rich cultural heritage of the African American community, including sketches of national activists; state and local figures; prominent women; legal, medical, educational, business, and other professionals; musicians, artists and writers; church and missionary leaders; social club and fraternal order members; reform organization members; former slaves; and more. In addition, users will be able to view thousands of photographs and illustrations.

Use the Profile Search to locate individuals by name, place of birth, date of birth, date of death, occupation, religion, gender, or source of information or use the Full Text Search to search the full text of the biographical sources by any word or phrase, including a personal name.


New Resource: Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference is a full-text collection of encyclopedias and dictionaries, as well as a critical selection of partner publishers scholarly works. These major reference titles cover the Arts, History & Culture, Literature & Language, Law, Media Studies, Medicine & Health, Philosophy & Religion, Science & Technology and Social Sciences.

The content of the collection is available in a variety of reference types:

Overview Pages: provide free navigational guides to a topic and contain a heading, a short definition and links to a selection of other entries on that topic and to related topics

Subject Reference: encyclopedia entries from the general reference content

Timelines: timelines of events, arranged according to world history, areas, and themes

Quotations: entries from dictionaries of quotations, which tell you who said what, about what, and when

English Dictionaries: entries from dictionaries which give English language definitions of terms

Bilingual Dictionaries: entries from bilingual dictionaries which offer translations of terms in various languages

padlock Users need to limit results to “provided by library” to discover content provided by Clayton State and can request locked content using Interlibrary Loan.

Customize your search experience by creating a My Work account. Select Sign up in the top right corner of the window (just above the search box), and follow the instructions given. Users can save book entries and searches for future sessions. Your work is organized into 4 folders: most recent, my content, my searches and my account.

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