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Didaskalia : The Journal for Ancient Performance

“Didaskalia is an English-language, online publication about the performance of Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music.  We publish double blind, peer-reviewed scholarship on performance as well as reviews of the professional activity of artists and scholars who work on ancient drama.

We welcome submissions on any aspect of the field, and we provide a uniquely friendly venue for publishing sound, image, and video evidence.  If you would like your work to be reviewed, please write to at least three weeks in advance of the performance date.  We also seek interviews with practitioners and opinion pieces.”– From the website.

Journalist’s Resource

“Based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center of Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Journalist’s Resource project examines news topics through a research lens. We focus on surfacing scholarly materials that may be relevant to other media practitioners, bloggers, educators, students and general readers.–From the website.


Media History Digital Library : Online Access to the Histories of Cinema, Broadcasting & Sound

“We are a non-profit initiative dedicated to digitizing collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access. The project is supported by owners of materials who loan them for scanning, and donors who contribute funds to cover the cost of scanning. We have currently scanned over 800,000 pages, and that number is growing.”–From the website.

Search the Historical Newspaper Archives

Elephind is a search engine for digitized historical newspapers.  Currently, users are able to search 14 different source libraries (including the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America project), 1000+ titles, and over 1 million newspapers.  Papers range in date from 1803 to 2012, so genealogists might find it especially helpful.

The Memphis Blogroll

The Commercial Appeal has compiled a list of blogs written by Memphians, about Memphis or for a Memphis audience.  Here you can check out what your neighbors have to say about everything from local politics to the new restaurant on the corner.

Popular Science Magazine : 137 Year Archive Free Browsing

The entire 137 year archive of Popular Science magazine is here free for browsing.  Each issue can be viewed just as it first appeared at its original time of publication.

News and Newspapers Online

Links to online newspapers in the United States and from around the world are found here as a courtesy of the University Libraries of the University of North Caroline at Greensboro.

Chronicling America : Historic American Newspapers

“Welcome to Chronicling America, enhancing access to America’s historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).“–From the Website.

Virginia Quarterly Review

The Virginia Quarterly Review: A National Journal of Literature and Discussion has just opened up its archives.  Visitors to the site now have access to everything published between 1975 and 2003.  Browsing is possible from the link above, or you can search the archives.

Search and Find Magazines on Google Book Search

Google has announced an initiative to bring more magazine archives and current magazines online and has partnered with a diverse number of magazine publishers to begin digitizing millions of magazine articles.   Users can use Google Book Search to search for magazines and magazine articles and as time goes on there will be more and more magazine articles appearing in the results of a Google Book Search.

LIFE Photo Archive

From the site: “Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.”  I highly recommend doing a search for ‘Memphis’.  Good stuff.

New Databases: Time Magazine Archives and SI Vault

Time Magazine offers a free, searchable database of Time Magazine covers and the content of all of its issues going back to 1923.

Sports Illustrated magazine offers a free, searchable database of the content for the last 54 years of Sports Illustrated magazine.


From Kevin Dixon (Staff Development):

This site shows a map of the US with lots of dots that represent cities.  Point to a dot and see the current front page of that city’s newspaper.  Click on the dot to see a readable version which also has a link to that newspaper’s website.” 

Go to Today’s Front Pages to use the tool Kevin describes.  There are also a lot of great stories in the Exhibits and Theaters section.

Get Lost in Translation Sites

Lifehacker has a great guide to language translation sites and other language tools.  Besides common sites already mentioned in this blog, there are links to language dictionaries, slang sites and newspaper translators.  Enjoy!

Question about Memphis City Council Super Districts

From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):

Question: Why were the Memphis City Council Super Districts formed?

The Newsbank database for the Commercial Appeal includes the following articles that may jumpstart the research of curious customers:

Chris Conley, “Judge OK’s City Council Remap Plan,” Commercial Appeal, June 20, 1995, A1.

Chronology of Lawsuits,” Commercial Appeal, April 26, 1995, p. 11

According to Thomas Jones, the Memphis Room clipping file subject heading for this topic is “Memphis–City Council–Election Districts.”

Note: Links work in the library only.

Thanks to Doris for all of the research!