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Acceda Noticias (English interface) Restricted Resource

2000-present. Online resource that provides full-text information from over 40 Spanish-language newspapers and news services based mostly in the United States, Mexico, and some countries in Central and South America.

Acceda Noticias (Spanish interface) Restricted Resource

2000-present. Online resource that provides full-text information from over 50 Spanish-language newspapers and news services based mostly in the United States, Mexico, and some countries in Central and South America.

National Newspapers Expanded Restricted Resource

Includes the following newspapers: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1990-present; Boston Globe, 1980-present; Chicago Tribune, 1985-present; Christian Science Monitor, 1980-present; Denver Post, 1988-present; Los Angeles Times, 1985-present; New York Times, 1980-present; USA Today, 1987-present; Wall Street Journal, 1984-present; Washington Post, 1987-present.

New York Times Historical (1851-2010) Restricted Resource

Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2010. For current access, see National Newspapers Expanded, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.

Online Newspapers

Provides links to thousands of world newspapers.


Aggregates and indexes content from over 130 African news organizations, plus more than 200 other sources. Available in English or French.

Access World News Restricted Resource

Electronic editions-of-record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers. Also contains full-text content from key international sources.


Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource

An extensive multidisciplinary database providing full text for thousands of publications, including thousands of peer-reviewed journals.

Mobile access to Academic Search Premier

Europa World Plus Restricted Resource

Online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.

Uniworld Online Restricted Resource

Searchable database featuring two unique directories that provide contact information for multinational business firms, showing "who operates where" and “who owns whom.” Useful for seeking employment and internships, sourcing, selling, building a business, or tracking competitors.

PAIS International Restricted Resource

1915-present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.

Sociological Abstracts Restricted Resource

1952-present. Includes citations and abstracts for articles in journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.

Biographical Information

Oxford Art Online Restricted Resource

Gateway to art research and access point for full-text Oxford art reference publications, including The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Oxford Companion to Western Art. Searchable database also includes specially commissioned articles and bibliographies.

Oxford Music Online Restricted Resource

Gateway to music research and access point for full-text Oxford music reference publications, including Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Data and Statistics

World Bank Data

Provides statistics and data for hundreds of economic and social indicators, going back 40 years in some cases, for every country in the world. Includes a catalog of available World Bank datasets of use to policymakers, advocacy groups, journalists, and academics.

Reference Resources

Reference Universe Restricted Resource

Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.

African American National Biography
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor E185.96 .A4466 2008

American National Biography
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor E176 .A493x 1999

Biographical Dictionary of Iowa
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT234 .B56 2008

Biography Index
Print Location: 4th Floor East Wall

An index to biographical information appearing in books and magazines.

Biography: a User's Guide
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT21 .R585 2008

A discussion of biography as a literary form.

Dictionary of National Biography
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT1502 .S46

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor DA28 .O95 2004

Chambers Biographical Dictionary
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT103 .C4 1997

Dictionary of Literary Biography Restricted Resource

Online access to a selection of Dictionary of Literary Biography volumes through the Literature Resource Center. Print volumes are held at Grinnell's Offsite Storage Facility and are available upon request.

Iowa Biographical Dictionary
Print Location: Burling Ref CT234 .I59

Notable American Women: 1607-1950
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT3260 .N57

Notable American Women: the Modern Period
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT3260 .N57

Notable American Women: a Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT3260 .N57

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize CT213 .S

Biographical Dictionary of Iowa
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT234 .B56 2008

Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor CT103 .C26 1998

Current Biography Yearbook
Print Location: Burling Ref CT100 .C8

Covers 1940 to present.  Updated by Current Biography monthly supplement.

Web sites

Charity Commission for England and Wales

Provides information about each of the thousands of registered charities in England and Wales.

CharityVillage (Canada)

Directory of non-profit sector in Canada.


Listing of charities compiled by the American Institute of Philanthropy.

Directory of Development Organizations

International in scope.

Google Scholar

Accesses the scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites. Includes links to resources subscribed to by Grinnell College.

National Center for Charitable Statistics

Search for statistics on active charitable organizations.

NGO Database

A database reflecting the research interests of scholars at Duke University. International in scope.

TakingITGlobal Organizations Database

International in scope. Search by country, language, category, and more.

Charting Impact

Encourages strategic thinking about how your nonprofit or foundation will achieve its intended impact, and helps you share concise information about your plans and progress with key stakeholders and the public.

Charity Navigator

America's premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,500 of America's largest charities.


Non-profit data, reports and forms for donors, grantmakers and businesses.

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership

Established in 2003, HAP International is the humanitarian sector's first international self-regulatory body. Members of HAP are committed to meeting the highest standards of accountability and quality management.


The largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country.

Keystone Accountability

Helps organizations develop new ways of planning, measuring and reporting social change; offers provides access to useful guides, reports and surveys.  

Non-Governmental Organizations

A useful guide, including a search engine, for information on NGOs.  Created by the University of California Berkeley.


Rates verified, financially responsible charities according to how much great work they're doing.

Project on the Evolution of International Non-Governmental Organizations

Information sources on NGOs  from the City University of London.

Search for Charities (US)

Compiled by the US Internal Revenue Service.  A list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.

WANGO: World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations

An international organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being. WANGO helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity’s basic problems.


A global platform for sharing information in order to evaluate societal progress.  It is a place to find information and statistics to facilitate the exchange of ideas, initiatives and knowledge on “measuring the progress of societies,” and is open to anyone who has an interest in the concept of “progress.”

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