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Academic OneFile Restricted Resource
This database offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use resource for serious academic research. Includes nearly 14,000 indexed periodicals and journals covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other many subjects in a variety of languages. Full-text articles are available in either PDF or HTML formats.
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.


New York Times Historical (1851-2015) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2015. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources, or go to the New York Times Subject Guide for instructions on registering for a free account.
Online Newspapers
Provides links to thousands of newspapers worldwide.
Aggregates and indexes content from over 130 African news organizations, plus more than 200 other sources. Available in English or French.
World News Archive Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Historical Archives of Newspapers from around the world
Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Full text of newspapers published by U.S. ethnic communities including African American, Arabic, Asian, Filipino, Finnish, Greek, Hispanic, Italian, Jewish, Native American, Pacific Islander, Russian, and more.

Biographical Information

Biography and Genealogy Master Index Restricted Resource
This database indexes over 2,000 publications containing biographical information on noteworthy people, living and deceased, from all over the world. A wide range of fields of endeavor and periods of history are represented in its sources.
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 Open Data Resource contains quantitative 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

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

American National Biography
Multivolume reference work containing thousands of biographies of prominent Americans.
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
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.
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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