Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. & the World

Curious about education spending per pupil in Europe, changes in the rates of smoking in the U.S. over the last fifty years, or the primary exports of Sweden? The answers are just a few mouse clicks away!

image of US outline created from highlighted textStatistical Abstract of the U.S.

An authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political and economic conditions of the United States. It provides an easily searchable or browsable collection of 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets.)

world map made from wordsStatistical Abstracts of the World

Statistical data from over sixty countries aggregated from a variety of official statistical offices, plus Eurostat, the United Nations’s current and historical Demographic Yearbook, and the World Bank’s World Development Indicators.

graphic of smoking ratesBoth databases provide quick previews and full XLS (Excel) or PDF downloads of data, all with copy and paste citations in MLA and APA style. Convert the data to charts in Excel or use a service like Piktochart to create charts or infographics like the one shown.


Over 200 new journals for 2017!

UTC Library has access to over 200 new journals across the disciplines in 2017!

Highlights include:

Contemporary Japan

Features original research on present-day Japan and recent historical developments
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International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Development and application of entrepreneurship from an interdisciplinary perspective
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Literature & History

Investigates connections between writing, history and ideology
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Medical journal focusing on sleep-related research.
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World Policy Journal

Coverage of global affairs that transcends the divide between foreign and domestic policy
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See a complete list by publisher
*Please note: some journals may not be available yet. In that case, check back on the publisher’s site later in the year.

New Current Access to Science Online!

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The UTC Library is now pleased to offer Science online in its entirety, including the current year!

Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science is one of the highest impact publications in the sciences.  It encompasses all scientific fields including astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, optics, neuroscience, and human health and reaches an estimated global readership of more than one million. Science has published the research of over 400 Nobel Laureates since the award’s inception in 1901.

Notable details:

  • Weekly online edition published every Friday
  • 51 issues per year
  • UTC boasts access to all content from January 1997-present via the Science site
  • Pre-1997 access back to issue 1 in 1880 is available via JSTOR
  • Science First Release features selected articles prior to appearing in print
  • Content types include:
    • Perspectives—analyze recent research developments
    • Reviews—describe new developments of interdisciplinary significance & highlight unresolved questions and future directions
    • Research Articles—present a major advance
    • Reports—present important new research of broad significance
    • Science News—breaking news and analysis
    • Multimedia—videos, podcasts, images
    • Science Careers—career forum, job listings, and career advice
  • Browse a set of curated topics covered in Science


Access Science Online

Celebrate Black History Month with New Resources from Special Collections

The Black United Front Newsletters digital collection documents the Black Power movement in Chattanooga, Tennessee  from 1969 to 1971. The publication, edited by community organizer Ralph Moore, features news reports, editorials, poetry, and artwork, preserving Chattanooga’s African American voices.

My Thought, a by Molapa Mphadi published in the April 25, 1970 issue of the Black United Front newsletter.

My Thought, a by Molapa Mphadi published in the April 25, 1970 issue of the Black United Front newsletter.

The newsletters include powerful language and imagery that preserves African American voices of the early Post-Civil Rights era.

Historic New York Times!

Historic New York Times mast headWhen was the last time you sat down and picked up a newspaper to get your daily scoop of current events? With the proliferation of social media and easy internet access today, we can get up-to-the-minute developments on global and local issues. The world is at our fingertips. But think of a time before cell phones and the Internet. People waited every morning for the daily newspaper to see what was going on in the world.

The New York Times is a mainstay of documenting the United States and beyond, from society to politics and more. UTC Library now has access to “ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index,” a compendium of every article printed in the New York Times from 1851 to 3 years ago. It also includes articles from the New York Times Magazine and Book Review.

A basic search can get you started with your research by scouring the full text of each article. The advanced search option allows you to search by subject, company name, people, or location. Once you’re in a specific article, click “browse this issue” on the right margin to view a digital replica of that day’s paper (including advertisements!).

This database will take you back in time to gain a historical perspective on various global and national issues.

Take a look at times when Chattanooga appeared in the New York Times:

newsclipping battle of chattanooga

In the midst of Civil War, see how the NYT provided details on “The Battle at Chattanooga”

newspaper Chattanooga steamboat line

With the advent of steam power, Chattanooga’s location on the Tennessee River made it a trading hub with the rest of the U.S. – take a look at this report of the first steamboat trip from Chattanooga to St. Louis

newspaper broad street

A fifty year legal battle with the state of Georgia led to Chattanooga demolishing buildings on 9th Street (now MLK Jr. Blvd.) to extend Broad Street, creating the part of downtown where TVA and Chattanooga Public Library stand today.

Did you know our police chief was charged with making and selling moonshine in 1967? According to him, he was set up by Federal authorities for keeping notorious teamster Jimmy Hoffa out of prison.