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For complete lists of research tools, see Research Tools by Subject

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)

Data, Gateway

NHGIS is a data portal for U.S. Census data in both tabular and geospatial formats. It provides access to summary statistics and GIS boundary files for population and agricultural censuses and other nationwide surveys from 1790 through the present. Alternatively, for a user-friendly online mapping interface connected to this same data see Social Explorer.


Naxos Music Library

Audio collection covering classical, jazz, and world music, with particular strength in 20th and 21st century composers. Users can create playlists and can download the free NML iPhone app to listen to their playlists remotely.


NBER Working Papers

Full-Text

Coverage: 1973-present

Searchable, full-text database of working papers from the National Bureau of Economic Research.


New York Review of Books

Full-Text
Coverage: 1963-present

Full text of the New York Review of Books back to its first issue. Includes lengthy book reviews plus essays by major writers on politics, literature, and culture.


New York Times historical backfile

Full-Text

Coverage: 1851-2013

Cover-to-cover, full image backfile of the New York Times from the first issue through 2013. (For an electronic version of articles from 2014 forward, use LexisNexis Uni.)

New York Times.com

Full-Text
New York Times website. To access articles beyond the 10 per month that NYT makes freely available, use Lafayette's "passes": visit NYTimes.com/passes and use your Lafayette email address to create an account and/or log on. After registering, students have full access through December of their graduation year. Faculty and staff will claim a pass that can be renewed after 364 days.

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories

Full-Text

Coverage: 1784-2004, majority of content 1807-2002

Database documenting the experiences in North America of immigrants from across the globe. The collection can be searched by facets such as 'age when writing', 'point of departure', and 'occupation', etc. or can be browsed by place ('where written', 'where sent', 'discussed'), nationality, and personal events experienced.