Smithsonian Collections Online: Rare Treasures

We’ve all heard of the Smithsonian, but did you know that some of their museum collections can now be viewed online? Digitized primary source materials from deep within the museums, libraries, and archives of the world’s largest museum and research complex are now available in searchable formats to supplement your academic work or indulge your personal interests.

Currently available collections include:


Dissertations & Theses Global Full Text

Comprehensive research often requires some deep digging. This digging can often lead to theses and dissertations, which are notoriously hard to get your hands on. The UTC Library now offers ProQuest’s Dissertations & Theses Global Full Text!

This database includes full text for 1.7 million doctoral dissertations and master’s theses (with citations dating back to 1861). More than 3,000 graduate schools worldwide contribute works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

In February 2017, some of the most downloaded theses included:

Corruption: Political determinants and macroeconomic effects

by Christian Robert Ahlin
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The Roman Villa in Calabria: Case Studies in Visual Culture

by Rosemarie Trentinella
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Characterization of delamination in 2099-T861 aluminum-lithium

by Russell J. McDonald
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Access UTC Dissertations and Theses from 2008


Introducing the Social Science Premium Collection from ProQuest!

Culling articles from political science and policy, education, criminal justice, linguistics, and other social science disciplines, Social Science Premium Collection is a trove for researchers. Books, articles, case studies, conference papers and proceedings, and dissertations and theses are just some of the types of information available to you via this database.

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Check out some of these titles:

World Politics

(Cambridge University Press) features full-text articles on international relations and comparative politics available from 2002 through one year ago.
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Academy of Educational Leadership Journal

From Allied Academies, the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal (Jordan Whitney Enterprises, Inc.) offers peer-reviewed content with full-text articles on education and educational leadership available from January 2006 through present.
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American Journal of Cultural Sociology

(Palgrave Macmillan) features full-text articles on today’s social world from a lens of meaning-centered inquiry available from February 2013 through one year ago.
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Social Science Premium also includes the following disciplinary indexes:

Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences

Policy File Index

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts


Introducing ProQuest Central, a large multi-subject database with over 19,000 full text titles!

Got some business research that needs doing?  How about research in STEM fields or the social sciences?  Education? Humanities?  Do you need a variety of source types like news, peer-reviewed articles, multimedia, magazine articles, and more?  Did your professor tell you to find “credible” sources?  Then ProQuest Central multi-subject database is for you!

One of the most notable features of ProQuest Central is its large variety of newspapers from around the country and the world including major dailies such as:
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ProQuest Central is the largest multi-subject database on the market today.  It’s recently redesigned interface provides a clean look with rich search features and a concise set of tools for saving, sharing, and citing articles.  You can’t go wrong when you add ProQuest Central to your research toolbox!

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Explore the History of Women in Chattanooga with Oral Histories

Special Collections has partnered with the City of Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women History Subcommittee to preserve and provide access to more than 50 interviews with women in and around our city. The interviews celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of women business leaders, advocates, educators, social activists, and community builders across generation, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. The women interviewed discuss topics ranging from the revitalization of downtown Chattanooga and their experiences during Jim Crow to political activism and achieving work-life balance.

Fifty-nine interviews have been published in our Digital Collections, and more than forty boast full text transcriptions, allowing you to search the audio. Please take a moment to read excerpts from the interviews below.

[Momma] always talked to me about how when she was young and would go downtown, unparalleled to what I went through, how she would see the fountains that said “colored” and “white”, but when I was a little girl going to see my momma work downtown, I could go to any fountain I wanted to go to. It was those kinds of things–the stories that I was able to hear about what they went through and why we don’t have to go through those things … because people had already fought and overcome.

Karitsa Mosely, 2016 April 20

I was speaking with a refugee, himself, a few weeks ago. He is from Iraq, and he said ten years ago, they were really just leaders who came to their community in Iraq also having a rhetoric of hatred and distrust and fear, and he expressed something interesting, he said, “At the time, we thought ‘well, you know, nobody’s really listening to these people.’ But, then years later, there is a harvest of death and destruction.” And, he said, “I see the very same seeds now being planted, especially from Christian radio stations and tv stations, and I fear that from–in a few years–we are going to start seeing a harvest of violence because we are not standing up and speaking against that.” So, I think this whole environment, it’s not a nurturing one, and, sometimes, people have this tendency to think, “Oh, once the poltical campaign is over and the election, we’re going to get on with our lives as if nothing happened.” But, I believe that that’s, unfortunately, not true.

Gabriela Phillips, 2016 April 19

Funding for transcription of the interviews is provided by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs grant.


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