Scope and content
The North Carolina Collection makes available books, pamphlets, periodicals, state documents, maps, broadsides (printed sheets), newspaper articles, and microfilm (old newspapers, census records, Sanborn Insurance Company maps, and county records) pertaining to North Carolina. Materials date from the late 1700s to the present. Eastern North Carolina counties are emphasized. The collection represents a broad range of subjects, including the arts, biography, business, the environment, geography, history, and the sciences. You can explore a variety of historical topics or current events.
Circulation and copying
Books, pamphlets, and state documents in the North Carolina Stacks (call numbers in the online catalog say "Joyner NC Stacks;" call numbers on books say NoCar) circulate and can be checked out at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Most other materials—reference books, rare books, maps, broadsides, microforms—do not circulate. Use your One Card or a copy card to make photocopies of printed materials or to print from the microfilm reader/printers. Copy cards can be purchased for $1 in the Reserve Room or in the Copyserve office in the basement of the West Wing. Copies are 10¢ each.
Think of a subject in which you are interested--the assignment will be much more fun.
Use the online catalog to search for cataloged materials.
Browse the NCC Website to look for periodical articles, newspapers on microfilm, newspaper clippings, and materials reflected in the various subject guides.
Ask someone at the desk for help; we are here to help you!
How to learn more about the item and put it into context
Do a subject alphabetical search in the online catalog (examples: Tobacco industry--North Carolina; Greenville (N.C.)--History; Fish kills--North Carolina ).
Don't know the correct subject heading? Try title keyword searches. (examples: fish kills Carolina; Greenville history).
Use bibliographies to find additional sources, then check the online catalog to see if our library has them (examples: H. G. Jones, North Carolina History: An Annotated Bibliography [NoCar Ref F254 .J66 1995] or "Greenville and Pitt County: Sources for Study" [on Web page under Subject Guides]).