Geography, History & Law Resources

We also suggest seaching the library catalogs for books, DVDs ebooks and other materials in our libraries.   Recommended historygeography and law enforcement internet resources are listed below. 

Online Databases

LexisNexis Academic: A search can be done by individual collections of full text information for: people, country profiles, news and federal and state codes (laws). Be sure to look at the Lexis/Nexis help screen, it offers many tips on formulating a search. Search tutorials are on the left.

Culturegrams: World, U.S. States and Kids edition of this online resource that includes information about cultures, statistics, maps, flags, recipes and other information about over 200 countries of the world

Newspapers: National, international and local newspapers are included.  Many full text articles from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal are available. 

Historical Minneapolis Tribune 1867-1922: Combination index and PDF article images of the Minneapolis Tribune articles from 1867-1922.

Archive Grid: Searchable index of descriptions of archival collections that can be found in historical societies, churches, libraries and musuems.

Encyclopedia Britannica:  The academic edition search results have links to the Ebsco database citations.

Salem History Collection: Collection includes modern history of fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.

Student Resources in Context: Database includes reference books, full text magazines and newspapers, documents and multimedia. Search help.

Business Searching (BSI): This index is an excellent source for company profiles, including datamonitor reports, industry profiles, market research reports and country reports.  

Gale Criminal Justice: Journals and books, some in full text. 

Riverland Electronic Collection: Complete list of our entire electronic collections.

Library Catalogs & Online Books

Riverland Catalog:  Books, ebooks and nonprint materials in our libraries. Search other college libraries for interlibrary loan.  Search help.

Online Reference:  Collections include encyclopedias, dictionaries and biographical dictionaries for law, geography and history.

America in the 20th Century: Encyclopedic reference that contains photograps, articles and graphics.

Exploring American History 1550-1877: Encylcopedic reference that contains photographs, articles, maps & timelines.

Google Books:  Google has some full text content.  Click on the "Find in a library" link to check Riverland's collection for a paper copy.

History Internet Resources
Minnesota Historical Society Virtual Resources
Minnesota Video Vault
Minnesota History Ebooks from the Minnesota Historical Society
American Memory Collection
Chronicling America Historic Newspapers
Making of America
History Cooperative Journals
Minnesota History Magazine

Geography Internet Resources
Google Earth
Country Background Notes
U.S. State Department -- Countries
Bureau of Labor Statistics -- Demographics
Minnesota Geographic Information
Minnesota Demography Center

Law Enforcement Internet Resources
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
U.S. Department of Justice
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Minnesota CrimeNet
Minnesota Statues & Rules

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