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History & Cultures

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A TO Z World Food

Explore food culture and recipes from 174 countries around the world. This resource contains more than 7,000 traditional recipes, along with thousands of ingredient, food culture, and reference articles. Paid for by NDL.

Biography in Context

Comprehensive collection of biographical information on people from all eras and cultures, historic and current. Includes both brief and in-depth articles from authoritative reference books, journals and newspapers, as well as thousands of images

Culturegrams

For information on countries and states, with detailed articles, images, and video clips. Includes World, Kids, States and Provinces (Canada) editions.

Fold3

Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives. With content from the Revolutionary War onward, Fold3 Library Edition is an invaluable research resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, as well as teachers and battle reenactors. Paid for by NDL.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A comprehensive collection of digitized reference works and encyclopedias. Great for research on a wide range of topics. Save or email your research, and with easy to use citation builder.

HeritageQuest Online
Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. Paid for by NDL.

National Geographic Virtual Library

Contains the digitized archive of National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to present, as well as a wide range of full-text books published by National Geographic. Includes an easy to use module “for Kids”, as well as maps, photos, National Geographic Traveler magazine and more. Great for travelers and students of geography and history.

Newspapers.com
Library Edition is an extensive database that provides online access to 4,000+ historical newspapers. Dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s, Newspapers.com Library Edition contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Paid for by NDL.

Sanborn Maps

Digital Sanborn® Maps (1867-1970) delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in Michigan towns and cities across a century of change. The Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years, repeatedly mapping towns and cities as they changed. The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, and property numbers. Paid for by NDL.

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