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"With this project, I have created something helpful for the library, faculty at the University, my fellow students, and myself. I had never expected to learn so much about the world or myself.” Leslie Rose, Archival Scholars Research Award recipient

We knew our Archival Scholars Research Awards (ASRA) would provide benefits to the students themselves, but we were thrilled and proud to have helped these undergraduates find a deeper connection with their research material, their future academic/career plans, and future scholars and researchers.

--Heidi Card, Social Media Librarian


The Digital Scholarship Commons has a computing area with 12 PC workstations, each with an ultrawide monitor.  Use your Pitt computing account to log on. The following software is available on each of these machines:


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D-Scholarship@Pitt is an institutional repository for the research output of the University of Pittsburgh.

Zhongguo fang zhi ku

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This database includes premodern local gazetteers. University Library System at Pitt purchased the chuji 初集, which includes 2,000 titles of all kinds of traditional local gazetteers. After log in please select 愛如生古籍數據庫,then 中國方志庫 and click on 初集。

U.K. Parliamentary Papers

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Contains the working documents of the British government for all areas of social, political, economic, and foreign policy. It covers Bills, Reports of Royal Commissions, Reports of Select Committees, Accounts and Papers and other materials.

(formerly the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers)

Africa-Wide Information

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Combines databases sourced from Africa, Europe and North America to form a multidisciplinary aggregation of unique, extensive coverage of African research and information. This includes content from South African Studies, African Studies, and African HealthLine. Incorporates previous titles South African Studies database link and the Africa Wide NiPad.

U.S. Declassified Documents Online

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U.S. Declassified Documents Online provides immediate access to a broad range of previously classified federal records spanning the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The collection brings together the most sensitive documents from all the presidential libraries and numerous executive agencies in a single, easily searchable database. Former title: Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS).

A-R Editions’ Online Music Anthology

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A database of music scores containing representative vocal and instrumental compositions from antiquity through the nineteenth century. The database has been designed for customized use in music history classes. Searching criteria include composer, title, genere, language, historical period and language.

Times of India

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With coverage from 1861-2008, the Times of India provides insight into colonial and post-colonial times, class and gender issues, religion, as well as international economics, international relations and culture influence research. Full coverage of such topics as the British Raj, Gandhi, Independence and Partition.


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