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Finding Ebooks In Surprising Places

by Erin Gow on 2020-03-31T09:38:00-04:00 | Comments
By Kurt Metzmeier


Project MUSE

One of the resources available through University Libraries, Project MUSE is a rich source of scholarly articles in a variety of disciplines in social science and the humanities. However, it now has a significant collection of ebooks from several dozen university presses, covering topics ranging from history and political science to race and gender studies.

To find Project MUSE use the link above or go to the main library’s A-to-Z directory, and find the link under P. This will trigger a remote login using your UofL credentials.

Once in Project MUSE, you can run a search and filter it by clicking the “books” box. A “[+] Show Chapters” link will take you to a table of contents where you can read and download chapters relevant to your research project. For example, if you are researching a topic comparing state courts or legislatures, Project MUSE has around two dozen titles covering the government and politics of individual states from Oregon to Arkansas to Maine.


HeinOnline: University of North Carolina Press Law Titles

Tucked away in HeinOnline, under the header, “UNC Press Law Publications” is a storehouse of nearly 400 scholarly legal titles. Most concern the intersection of law with the American South and its troubled history of slavery, white supremacy and racial discrimination, as well as African American struggles for civil rights and prosperity. These topics have been central to the mission of the prestigious University of Carolina University Press over the last half-century.

Searching Kentucky one notices Louisville is well-represented by Tracy E. K'Meyer’s excellent From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 1954-2007 (2013) and Luther Adams, Way up North in Louisville: African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970 (2010).

The fight between slave-state Kentucky and free-state Ohio over the fugitive slave laws runs throughout Stanley Harrold’s Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War (2010).

The legal history of higher-education in Kentucky is a recurrent theme of Christi M. Smith, Reparation and Reconciliation: The Rise and Fall of Integrated Higher Education (2016) (which covers Berea College) and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, When the Fences Come down: Twenty-First-Century Lessons from Metropolitan School Desegregation (2016) (discussing the Louisville-Jefferson County integration story).

Each title has a table of contents navigation bar on the left and both chapters and other portions can be downloaded like any other HeinOnline title.


Wiley Online Library

The Wiley Online Library is another resource available through University Libraries. This collection has over 225 reference works, and more than 22,000 books online. Subjects include science, medicine, and engineering, with commentary on the legal issues involved in those areas. This collection is particularly strong on patent law and health law.

To access the Wilely Online Library follow the link above or go to the main library’s A-to-Z directory, and find the link under W. This will trigger a remote login using your UofL credentials.

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