The Dictionary of Literary Biography, available online through the Literature Resource Center database, is an excellent source for detailed biographies of major literary figures across all periods, genres, and nationalities. Search for an author name and click the Biographies tab to see the results.
Primary documents, secondary reference sources (Scribner's Dictionary of American History and the Dictionary of American Biography, etc.), and journal articles covering all areas of U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present day.
Large general database of articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers on many topics. Also includes reference books (World Almanac, American Heritage Dictionary), biographies, speeches, images, and other primary source documents.
A searchable archive of mainstream US newspapers, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and the LA Times, as well as prominent black newspapers including the Chicago Defender, Norfolk Journal and Guide, Pittsburgh Courier, Baltimore Afro-American, and NY Amsterdam News.
A general collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world, held at the University of Texas. More than 5,000 map images from the collection are available online. This includes the general use maps such as those produced by the CIA as well as some historic city plans that are included from travel guides and bluebooks.
This online collection includes thousands of historical and current maps from all over the world. Browse for maps of cities and towns, railroads and other transportation maps, conservation and environment, maps of national parks, and so on.
Alderman also has a large physical map collection, located on the 3rd floor. These include detailed topographic maps for all 50 states from the US Geological Survey. For a full listing of all map resources, consult the maps guide.