Comparative Studies 4990 Senior Seminar

This guide contains recommended resources for doing course research.


Welcome to the Comparative Studies 4990 Research Site, your information gateway for research, teaching, and learning. Feel free to contact me for your research and classroom needs.

                                                                        Leta Hendricks



Archive Directories


The Research Libraries Group (RLG) Archive Grid provides access to archival records and finding aids.  The RLG includes the massive Archival and Mixed Collections file.

Archive Finder

This ProQuest archive directory provides location and descriptions of primary source materials available in United States, United Kingdom and Ireland repositories. Database includes the Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the United States and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC).

Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) Online Public Access Catalog  

The ALIC catalog contains United States history, biographical information, and government documents.  


Open Access Digital Resource Catalog. Catalog contains records of open access multidisciplinary digital resources available including: digitized books, journal articles, newspapers, manuscripts, and other materials.

USC Libraries' Directory of National Archives

The directory provides links to available sovereign nation’s official web sites of national archives.

Archive Databases

Adam Matthew Explorer

Adam Matthew Digital collaborates with archives, libraries, and research institutions to provide access to primary source databases and curated collections for the humanities and social sciences. 

Alexander Street Press

Alexander Street Press is the perfect research companion for Multidisciplinary Studies scholars. Subjects include Africana Studies, Gender Studies, Global Studies, social and cultural history, the performing arts, and emerging research areas. Alexander Street Press contains digital media materials including text, audio, image, and video. Search architecture allows general and advanced searching of specific subjects. This multi-layered database features custom clip making, playlist tools, and course pack compatibility. Users can create playlists of whole videos, film clips, and HTML content for saving and viewing. Alexander Street Press digital media are also accessible via Apple and Android mobile devices.

Archives Unbound                                                                                                                      

Archives Unbound strength is the representation of multidiscipline subject  clusters including African American Studies; American Indian Studies; Asian Studies; Holocaust Studies; LGBT Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Middle East Studies; and Women’s Studies. These digital collections are comprised of historical documents which allows access to primary resources for scholars and students. 

ProQuest History Vault                                                                                                               

History Vault provides primary source materials from digitized archival collections. Content includes correspondence, government records, organization papers, speeches, and other documents.

Readex AllSearch
Readex provides primary resources collections I the areas of culture, literature, and history.  Americana collections includes a rich collection of African American, Hispanic, and Women Studies books, correspondence, diaries, documents, periodicals, newspapers, realia, and speeches.

Digital Libraries and Archives

Umbra: Search African American History                                                                          

Umbra is an online search tool that brings together digitized materials from United States archives, libraries, and repositories. The free digitalized content provides wider access to Africana history, culture, and life. Umbra is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries, Penumbra Theatre Company, Institute of Museum and Library Services and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Connecting Africa                                                                                                                             

This site provides access to research and publications in African studies. It also provides information on researchers and organizations that focus on Africa. It is hosted by the African Studies Center at Leiden University.

Digital Library Directory (DLD)                                                                                                           

The DLD is a directory of the best digitized archive collections and library resources. All sites are open access and digital formats are viewable and usable by the general public.

Digital Library for International Research (DLIR)                                                                                    

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies deliver important bibliographic and full-text primary and secondary source information from member centers research collections. Digital resources include: The DLIR Archive, he African Language Materials Archive (ALMA), and The Local Archives and Libraries Directory.


The Public Library and Digital Archive contains free information and software for art, culture, history, literature, music, politics, and science. The site is operated by the Center for the Public Domain and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Library Without Walls                                                                                                             

Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library (LANL) site provides access to global scientific and technical resources. Resources include articles, conference papers, databases, proceedings, reports, and technical standards.